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Day Trips from the Smokies

Day Trips from the Smokies: Agritourism

Just outside of the quiet scenic Cosby entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (www.cockecounty.com), visitors will love Carver's Apple Orchard (423) 487-2710 www.dininginthesmokies.com/_cosby/dccarver.htm) and Holloway's Country Home Quilts, Fabrics and Supplies (www.hollowaysquilts.com (423) 487-3866). Fresh produce, homemade goodies and handmade treasures await with these daytrips:

Ritter Farms (2999 Hwy. 11-W South, Rutledge, TN 37831 www.ritterfarms.com (865) 767-2575) is famous for their Grainger County Tomatoes and hosts several events with local fiddlers, whittlers as well as crafts and foods April through October. And, right next door is Windy Hill Alpacas -  call for an appointment (865) 767-3187 - to see these gentle creatures on this working ranch. Find the perfect souvenir of Stoneware and Raku at Joppa Mountain Pottery. The artists live and work tucked away in a rural mountainous setting. 1 hour from the Park

With over 900 awards, the Tennessee Valley Winery (15606 Hotchkiss Valley Road East, Loudon, TN 37774 Ph: (865) 986-5147 www.tnvalleywine.com) is family-owned, uses local grapes and has free tastings. What goes better with wine than cheese? Just up the road, is Sweetwater Valley Farm, which is one of the few farms in the country producing fine farmstead cheese. Take a walking tour to see the dairy and hear about the process from cows to cheese. 2 hours from the Park

Day Trips from the Smokies: Appalachian Heritage

After touring Cades Cove (Townsend, TN 37882 www.smokymountains.org (800) 525-6834), a free 1,800 acre open-air museum which features structures remaining from its first settlers in 1819, see what life was like in the Smokies during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn more about Appalachian Heritage through these daytrips:

Museum of Appalachia (2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716 www.museumofappalachia.org (865) 494-7680): A 65-acre living history museum of pioneer, frontier, and early artifacts of mountain life in the Southern Appalachians. This farm/village complex has been called "the most authentic and complete replica of pioneer Appalachian life in the world" and is home to 250,000 pioneer relics and 30 log structures. While in the area, don't miss the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Center, Lenoir Museum Complex and the Coal Miner's Museum. 1 1/2 hours from the Park

Yonder Hollow (319 West Rockwood St., Rockwood, TN 37854 www.yonderhollow.com (865) 250-6717): This "old timey music show" offers authentic bluegrass music in an atmosphere similar to "O'Brother, Where Art Thou". Hear mandolin, bass guitar, harmonica and fiddle as local talents are showcased every Friday at 6:30 p.m. On the way, step back in time at Harriman's family-owned and operated Rocky Top General Store, specializing in everything from quilts to canned goods. 2 hours from the Park