Get Out and Golf in Maryville

February 2, 2018   -   0 comments

When visiting scenic Maryville, TN, nestled in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, did you know that you have access to several outstanding golf courses? In fact, the area is home to several very highly rated golf courses.  Each course has something unique to offer the avid golfer no matter what your handicap is. The town is even home to a Frisbee® disc golf course for those skilled in this sport. Let’s take a look at a few of the top rated golf courses in and around Maryville, TN.

Royal Oaks Golf Course

Located at 4411 Legends Way, the Royal Oaks Golf Course is only 5 minutes from downtown Maryville, TN. This is an 18-hole par 72 course. The course is perfect for the beginner and the experienced golfer alike. Both will find the course not too challenging, yet fun to play. In the past five years, the course has undergone a complete renovation under the new owners.

Lambert Acres Golf Club

The Lambert Acres Golf Club is considered by guests and locals alike to be one of the most scenic golf courses in the area. Within the boundaries of the club, you will find a 27-hole course, with 9,525 yards of sloping grades and rolling hills covering the entire course. Each of three nine-hole sections has something different to offer, allowing you to decide which challenges you are up to. They also offer a special $27 fee for seniors complete with a golf cart.

Egwani Farms Golf Course

The Egwani Farms Golf Course has long been considered to be one of the most enjoyable golf courses in the area. The golf course was built in 1991 on the grounds of the farm. The name Egwani means “Little River” in Native American culture. True to its name, the river runs alongside the course and can be seen from 7 holes. In 2016 the course underwent extensive renovations that included installing new cart paths, championship quality Bermuda greens, new carts with GPS, and billy style bunkers. Come make Egwani your new home for golf in the Maryville, TN, area.

Wild Laurel Golf Course

The Wild Laurel Golf Course is a public golf course and clubhouse. Located in the Laurel Valley in nearby Townsend, this is a par 70 18-hole golf course. The scenery throughout the course is nothing short of spectacular and your game may occasionally be interrupted by one or more members of the local wildlife. Along with the 18-hole course, Wild Laurel offers a pool, clubhouse with outdoor seating, dining/lounge, bar, corporate meeting room, and a fitness center.

Green Meadow Country Club

Located in nearby Alcoa, the Green Meadow Country Club was founded back in 1925 when Alcoa Inc. purchased the land and built a 9-hole course. This same location is the home of the front nine here. The back nine was added to the course back in the 1950s. It is the only private country club in Blount County and offers swimming, golf, and tennis as well as a full-service dining room and lounge.

As you can see there are plenty of top quality golf courses to choose from in the Maryville, TN, area. Be sure to request your tee times well in advance, as these courses tend to be booked early.

Start Out from Townsend, TN for Great Smoky Mountains National Park Adventures

January 26, 2018   -   0 comments

If you are looking for the ultimate in family fun adventures for your next vacation, look no further than starting out in Townsend, TN, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is so much for your family to do in and around the park that spending a single vacation here simply will not be enough. Once you visit, you and your family will find yourselves coming back time and again to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Start Out with a Nice Hike

If you like to hike, then you are going to love the 150 official trails that run throughout the park. These trails cover more than 800 miles and range in difficulty from easy and family friendly to extremely difficult trails that should be attempted only by those who are highly experienced hikers. There is a trail for everyone and the scenery is unmatched. Once you hike one or two of these trails, you will want to come back often – there’s always something new to see.

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park there are many wonderful sights to see, including a number of waterfalls, some of which you can see right from the trail; others can be driven up to. Some of the trails are more challenging than others, but you are always guaranteed the trip will be more than worthwhile as you get to enjoy these majestic falls.

Cades Cove Heritage Tours

Chances are good that you will never run into a Park Ranger in the Cades Cove area of  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in fact; less than 1 person per 100 ever do. So, if you really want to learn more about the park, you should plan to take a Cades Cove Heritage Tour. On the tour, you will learn about the ecology of the park, its history, listen to some very unique stories about the park and spend the entire tour surrounded by the majestic woods. You never know what types of wildlife you might run into along the way. These tours are conducted on comfortable tour buses that hold 14-18 passengers. Here’s a great tip to ensure you get the most from these exceptional tours that provide in-depth historical details that enrich your enjoyment: plan for a private tour. While the Cades Cove Heritage Tours company does offer public tours, one may not fill up and be ready to go when you are. Reserve your tour in advance and have this special introduction to the Smokies waiting for you when you visit Townsend.

Come for the History, Adventure & Southern Hospitality

This barely touches on the many amazing and wonderful things to do in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Townsend, TN. Come for the adventure, stay for the great food and wonderful accommodations. No matter what time of year you come, you will always be treated to true Southern hospitality, superb foods, and great entertainment. Come see all that Eastern Tennessee, Townsend, and the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.

Fun Spots to Visit in Maryville, TN for Valentine’s Day

January 23, 2018   -   0 comments

Ah! Love is in the air and there is no better place to spend the day/evening with the love of your life than at one of the many wonderful places in Maryville, TN, in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains. From amazing dining experiences to romantic hotels and special places to visit, Maryville, TN, has a lot to offer.

Quiet, Romantic Places to Eat

Foothills Milling Co.

If you are looking for the ultimate romantic restaurant in the Maryville area, take some time to stop at the Foothills Milling Co. The restaurant looks more like your grandma’s house with the dining area split up into several rooms to help provide a more private and romantic atmosphere. The menu offers a number of spectacular dishes with superb sauces chosen for the way they pair with the dishes. Even the locals love this restaurant.

Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar

You would never know by looking at the outside of the Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar that inside the doors is the home of some of the best Thai food to be found in the state. For something a little different, try their Dinner for Two and choose two entrees along with a wide range of freshly cooked Thai dishes. Try it once and you may find you never want to eat anywhere else.

Fun Things to Do

Parkway Drive-In Theater

If a romantic dinner is how you plan to start your evening, why not make a drive-in movie the end of it? What could be more romantic than sitting in your car cuddled up with the love of your life catching a movie at the Parkway Drive-In Theater? The theater is open from spring through fall and plays double features on the weekends in a 50s – 60s environment. Grab some popcorn and a soft drink at the concession stand, grab your honey and catch the latest movies.

The Dancing Bear Lodge

The Dancing Bear Lodge offers true luxury in “rustic comfort” with well-appointed rooms, free WiFi, and all the modern conveniences you expect from a luxury hotel. But at the same time, if you are looking for the ultimate place to unplug and relax, this is the perfect spot to do it. Reserve their Luxury Villas, or 1 or 2 bedroom cabins. These luxurious accommodations and all the little details, such as cabins stocked with guest supplies and cooking utensils, make your stay carefree.

Start your morning out with their custom Breakfast Box that features a chef-inspired quiche pastry, Greek yogurt, in-house made granola, and juice. And here’s something else you’ll love: start your day with a fresh-brewed cup of locally roasted Apple Valley coffee.

Appalachian Bistro

Located in the Dancing Bear Lodge, the Appalachian Bistro offers guests a chance to sample a wide range of great Appalachian cuisine. Under the careful guidance of Chef Shelley Cooper, (who herself was born in Memphis), the Bistro prepares farm fresh Southern dishes. The Bistro serves foods that go from farm to table, ensuring every meal you eat is prepared with the freshest possible ingredients. Be sure to check out the restaurant on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday when Chef Shelley creates a special 3-course menu for your dining pleasure.

Look Forward to Your Visit to Maryville

Maryville, TN, has so many fun spots to visit on Valentine’s Day, and for that matter, any other day of the year. Be sure to check out the many wonderful hotels, bed and breakfasts, and lodges in and around town. You are sure to find at least one that makes the perfect place to spend the night.

New Year’s Resolution: Discover More Blount County Outdoor Fun!

January 19, 2018   -   0 comments

With the new year just around the corner, isn’t it about time you started thinking about where you are going to spend your next vacation? Or maybe you are just looking for somewhere different to take the family for a weekend. No matter the reason, bring your family to wonderful Blount County, TN, and be prepared to discover all there is to enjoy in this historic part of East Tennessee. Consider visiting these places in the county with your family for a great time.

The Blue Goose Farm and Vineyards

Who would think you could find an outstanding winery here in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains? The Blue Goose Farm and Vineyards offers a line of Southern muscadine wines in both red and white varietals. Enjoy the wine tasting room that sits inside a classic barn and offers you the opportunity to sip your wine with a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains.

The Capitol Theatre

Conveniently located in downtown Maryville, the Capitol Theatre first opened its doors in 1934 and continued showing movies until the 1970s. Today, the Theatre is the perfect place to hold a number of special events in a dinner theater-like setting. Inside is a stage, a huge retractable silver screen, a coffee and ice cream shop, a fully equipped catering style kitchen, and seating that can be adapted to your needs. You can hire the theater for private events such as weddings, receptions, and corporate events.

Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse

Take a trip back to 1812 and take a seat at your desk in the schoolhouse, when you look up from your work to find your teacher is none other than Sam Houston. If you would like to learn more about what school was like in those days, bring your kids to the one-room schoolhouse. Children of all ages will be taught things like “Book-learning,” colonial games, and a number of chores such as candle making, quilting, washboard laundering, and bullet making.

Hit the Smoky Mountain Speedway

During the summer months, race fans can get their fix at the Smoky Mountain Speedway. The track started out over 40 years ago as a clay oval track and has seen some of the top names in racing grace its banked corners, including Richard Petty, Bobby and Donnie Allison, the Bakers, Darrell Waltrip, and more. Make Monday nights your time to get out and watch the dust fly, catching up on the latest leaderboard standings.

The Parkway Antique Mall

The Parkway Antique mall is the perfect place to hang out when you want the opportunity to shop for lots of unique items in one location. Here you will find a fantastic selection of top-quality antiques at very affordable prices. The mall specializes in American, Early Primitive, and European antique furniture. Be warned: bring a truck as you are sure to find far more than you are looking for as you browse through hundreds of antiques.

You just never know what you might find in Blount County, TN; from antique stores to the perfect place to host your wedding. Enjoy warm summers, good old-fashioned Southern hospitality, and so much more. Make spending time in this picturesque area of Tennessee a priority in the new year. In fact, why not make visiting Blount County one of your New Year’s resolutions?

Plan Your 2018 Wedding in Maryville, TN

January 16, 2018   -   0 comments

Finding the perfect place for your wedding can be challenging, especially when there are so many wonderful places in Maryville, TN, to choose from.  If you and your soon-to-be husband/wife are looking for a special venue  in town or in the surrounding areas, there are several amazing locations for you to choose from. Whether you are looking for somewhere to hold an outdoor wedding for 300 guests or a more private indoor setting for 30, the many venues in Maryville, TN are sure to have what you are looking for. Here are a few of the top-rated venues for you to check out.

The Barn at Wildwood Springs

While this venue is just down the road in Walland, TN, it may be one of the most picturesque venues in the area. The barn is located at Pure Water Farm and was purpose-built just for weddings. This barn has never been used for anything else and may well be one of the cleanest barns in the state. Space to serve up to 100 guests a plated sit-down meal, a dance floor, and access to an award-winning wedding planner make this hand-crafted barn one of the top wedding venues in the state.

The Capitol Theatre

Located at 127 W. Broadway in Maryville, TN, the historic Capitol Theatre has undergone a complete restoration helping to turn the theatre into the perfect location for your wedding, forup to 300 people. The Hollywood style Art Deco interior takes you back to a time of elegance and beauty. Full catering services are available, there is a coffee and ice cream shop, an art gallery, handicap accessibility, and plenty of parking. Everything you need to make your wedding perfect is available through the theatre.

Pearson Springs Park

Looking to have an outdoor wedding in the spring or summer of 2018? Why not take your entire wedding party out to Pearson Springs Park? Inside the grounds is a hand-crafted pavilion which is surrounded by gorgeous woods, overlooking the park. The pavilion offers plenty of shade for a daytime wedding, or enjoy a star-filled night wedding. With space for 50 in the pavilion or up to 150 guests outside, the park offers an incredible setting for your wedding.

The Smithview Pavilion

If you need a larger outdoor facility, then the Smithview Pavilion could be just what you are looking for. The 3,200-square foot facility offers seating for up to 200 guests.  Host your wedding outside on the beautifully wooded lawn, then bring everyone into the pavilion for the reception. The pavilion offers an air-conditioned bridal lounge, a large prep-style kitchen, propane heaters, a gas grill, a large wood-burning fireplace, and an audio system. Book early, this is one of the most popular venues in the area.

This is only a small sample of the many incredible places to hold your wedding and wedding reception in the Maryville, TN area. Be sure to do your homework and plan ahead as most of the top wedding locations tend to be booked far in advance. This area of Tennessee offers many magical places to hold your wedding; whether you are interested in a formal wedding or something a little more relaxed.

When It’s Time for Dinner in Blount County, Here’s Where the Locals Dine

January 12, 2018   -   0 comments

If you want the best food in town, there is only one way to make sure you are getting what you pay for. You have to figure out where the locals go when they want a night out on the town. Sure, every town has its share of restaurants that exist just for the tourist trade. Some are absolutely amazing, some charge too much, and some, well let’s just say they don’t live up to expectations. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most popular eateries in Blount County, TN.

The Barn

This awesome restaurant is located at 1471 W Millers Cove Rd in Walland, TN. Enjoy fine dining at a restaurant that offers farm to table meals, an outstanding wine list, superb service and what is often referred to as “Foothills Cuisine.” Be sure to pack a dinner jacket or you won’t get in the door and you will miss out on an exquisite dining experience.

Miss Olivia’s Table

Miss Olivia’s Table is located at 1108 W. Broadway in Maryville, TN, and serves a delicious array of sandwiches and salads along with many other dishes. But perhaps the biggest reason so many locals come here (besides the great food and a wonderful inviting atmosphere) is the homemade potato chips. From the moment you enter the door until you head back out, the service and food here are amazing.

The Shrimp Dock

Located at 321 S Calderwood St Alcoa, TN, there is no better place in the area to dine on an incredible array of seafood. The dishes served here easily rival the best seafood restaurants in Knoxville and are far more affordable. Beyond shrimp and the standard seafood fare, The Shrimp Dock also serves up alligator, duck, sausage, crawfish, salmon, shark, and a range of bisques and gumbos.

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant

Yes, the locals do love their Mexican food and find it at 2715 US Hwy 411 S in Maryville, TN. This family-run restaurant serves food that tastes incredible. From amazing in-house made salsa to several Guadalajara style dishes, this is the place to go if you want true “South of the Border” food. Portion sizes are excellent, and two nights of the week kids eat free; you just can’t beat that.

Midland Restaurant

Located at 155 N Calderwood St, in Alcoa, TN, this wonderful restaurant serves up an amazing array of comfort food dishes that are so good, you could almost see yourself coming to the table in your comfies and slippers. Portions are plentiful, the staff very friendly, and you won’t believe the low prices.

The Soup Kitchen

A restaurant whose name says it all. Located at 245 Calderwood in Alcoa, TN, this restaurant serves homemade soups and grilled cheese sandwiches to die for. But this is only a sample of the incredible foods the staff puts together here. Service is fast and friendly, perfect for those in a hurry to see the sights.

Blount County has dozens of fantastic places to eat; this is only a small sample of the many restaurants where you can always find the locals grabbing lunch or something for dinner after a hard day at work.

Make These Sights Part of Your Alcoa, TN Bucket List

January 9, 2018   -   0 comments

The town of Alcoa is perhaps best known for the massive aluminum processing plant that is owned and operated by the Alcoa Corp. Once known as North Maryville, the town changed its name in 1919. What started out as a company town developed for the sole purpose of housing Alcoa plant workers has now developed into thriving town situated conveniently close to Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, and Maryville, TN. There is plenty for your family to see while you are in Alcoa, TN. Among the many things to see in and around town are:

Governor John Sevier Farm Home

Marble Springs State Historic Site, includes the farm home of Governor John Sevier, a Revolutionary War hero fighting in the Battle of King’s Mountain (1780). He was elected as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee in 1796. As governor, he named his property Marble Springs after the pink marble found in the area.  

Here you can see the farm’s cabin home, along with a number of other structures from the same period. These include a tavern, a Spring House, a Smoke House, a Loom House, and the detached kitchen sitting just outside of the farmhouse. The museum is filled with period items and mementos.

Pistol Creek Dam and Mill Race

For those interested in the history of Alcoa, the Pistol Creek Dam and Mill Race play a vital role in the founding of Maryville, the Alcoa processing plant, and a number of grist mills and clothing mills. The original dam was built around the turn of the 19th century along with the mill race that ran for several hundred yards along the southern bank of the creek. By the turn of the 20th century, the majority of these mills and industries had closed down and shortly thereafter, the buildings were razed leaving just the dam and mill race for you to visit.

The Cades Cove/Thompson-Brown House Museum

The museum is housed in the 150-year old Thompson-Brown House and is managed by the Cades Cove Preservation Society. The vast majority of the items found in the museum have been donated by local residents and tell the story of those who have chosen to call this area of Eastern Tennessee home. You may find yourself coming back time and again to make sure you see everything the museum has to offer.

The Sam Houston Schoolhouse

The Sam Houston schoolhouse takes you all the way back to the year 1812! Come on in and find your seat. Your teacher is none other than the famous Sam Houston who earned fame during the war with Mexico to secure the freedom of Texas. Bring the kids and let them see what going to school in the 19th century was truly like. Not only will you enjoy book-learning, but you will learn useful skills like candle-making, quilting, and bullet making. Schools back then were one room for everyone no matter their age.

Enjoy a Day or Two or Even Longer in Alcoa!

This only touches the smallest sample of the many places to see while you are in Alcoa, TN. Once you arrive in town, you’ll find there’s a lot of ground to cover; but that’s okay. You’ll have a great reason to come back and continue discovering everything Alcoa has to offer.

Can’t-Miss Stops on Your Townsend, TN Vacation

January 5, 2018   -   0 comments

Sitting on the “Peaceful Side of the Rockies,” Townsend, TN, may be best known for its incredibly diverse range of local flora and fauna. It’s a place where people feel connected to history; the locals work hard to preserve their Appalachian heritage and culture. Despite the fact that Townsend is only a short drive from towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, there are so many things here for you to do, you could easily spend your entire vacation just checking them out.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The town of Townsend, TN, is situated at the gate to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although Townsend is not the only entrance to the park, it is the one that is closest to Cades Cove. The Cove is one of the most visited attractions in the park as it is filled with a number of historic buildings, including churches, grist mills, and pioneer log cabins. This is only one reason to visit the park; there are miles of scenic drives, hiking and biking trails, and incredible views to enjoy.

The Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day

Looking for something a little different to do this spring? Why not plan your vacation around the Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day? While here, you can enjoy art, clogging, plenty of Tennessee style BBQ, and good old-fashioned bluegrass music. You can even listen to your fair share of stories as many of the old timers take the time to tell what it was like in Townsend back in the day.

Get Out of the Sun for a Little While

If you are looking for a way to get out of the sun for a little while, consider taking in the Tuckaleechee Caverns. Deep in the caverns, you can see a range of amazing natural formations, including totem pole, pencil, palette, and chandelier. Spend as much time as you like in these wonderful, naturally cool caverns. The caverns are known as ‘The Greatest Site Under the Smokies’ and visitors of all ages marvel at their beauty. These extraordinary caverns provide amazement around every corner.

Take a Trip Back in Time

The kids are sure to be thrilled at the steam trains on display at the Little River Railroad and Lumber Co. Museum. While the kids (of any age) are checking out the trains, there is plenty of time for everyone to learn about the origins of the lumber industry in the area and how it affected the growth of towns like Townsend over the course of their history.

Tubing Fun for Everyone: The Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center & Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing

If tubing is your thing, check out Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center and Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing. Spend a day floating lazily down the Little River. The river is gentle enough for kids as young as 2 and as old as well…. there really isn’t an upper limit. Each of these companies offers great rates for adults, children and groups. Tubing is a terrific way to spend a day that’s economical, too!

#RiverRatGSM is the hashtag you’ll want to use when you tell all your friends on social media that you went tubing on the Little River with Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing.  Check out River Rat’s ‘Know Before You Go’ hints so you’ll be all set for tubing.

Here’s a bonus tip for when you visit The Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center: be sure to check out their gear section. They have the latest gear in stock for all your Townsend adventures!

So Many Reasons to Come Visit Townsend, TN

There is just so much to do in the Townsend, TN, area, you may find yourself coming back year after year as you try to take it all in. Be sure to plan to spend as much of your vacation in town as possible.

New Year Means New Travel Opportunities – Discover Maryville, TN

January 2, 2018   -   0 comments

With the new year just around the corner, isn’t it about time you started planning your next trip to Maryville, TN? Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the original town was established as Fort Craig in 1785. It was renamed to Maryville ten years later. Today this town of over 25,000 is the perfect base camp for visiting towns such as Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, and of course the attractions in and around Maryville.

With a moderate year-round climate and temperatures in the summer hovering in the 70s and 80s, there is never a bad time to visit. There is so much to do here, that you could easily fill up your vacation planner. But, you will need to plan carefully to make sure you get a chance to see everything. In fact, you may have to make several trips to take it all in.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Maryville, TN, is the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is only 13 miles from town. Inside the park, you will find over 800 miles of well-maintained hiking trails. They range in difficulty from easy enough for the kids or grandma and grandpa, to those you should take a backpack and sleeping bag on. Hike the half-mile trail to the top of Clingmans Dome to the observation tower where you can enjoy spectacular views covering over 100 miles around when the weather is right. There is so much to see in the park, you could spend days here and still never see it all.

One of the Last Drive-In Movie Theaters

Drive-in movie theaters have become a thing of the past across the country. However, the Parkway Drive-In Theater continues to offer the latest movies in a 50s – 60s atmosphere. You can check out double features on the weekends with your kids or better yet, cuddle up in the back seat with that special person in your life while you enjoy a great movie and a bowl of fresh, hot buttered popcorn.

Looking for Live Entertainment?

If you are looking for great live entertainment, look no further than the Capitol Theater. This art-deco theater was built in 1922 with a seating capacity of 1,000. Today it is a dinner theater that offers spectacular live entertainment that includes jazz, Motown, soul, and much more. The theater still has its original stage and offers a retractable silver screen, an art gallery, and a coffee shop. Can’t think of a better way to spend an evening or two while you are in town.

The Shed  

If you are in the mood to party the night away, you should check out the Shed next door

to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. This is a 16,000-square foot mega-watt outdoor pavilion that plays host to a wide range of live entertainment including Southern Rock, Country, and more. The musical season runs from April to September. While you may come for the music, be sure to sample some of the best “down home” country cooking in the area while you enjoy the show. Among the many artists that have been seen on the Shed’s stage are Ted Nugent, Eddie Money, Confederate Railroad, Billy Joe Shaver, and Leon Hubbard.

This is only a small sample of all there is to do in and around Maryville, TN. If you are looking for somewhere unique to visit while on your family vacation, plan to spend plenty of time in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come see all that Maryville, TN ,and the surrounding area have to offer.

Don’t Leave Maryville, TN Until You Visit Gracie’s “Fine” Home Cookin”

December 29, 2017   -   0 comments

If you are looking for a restaurant that offers outstanding “Fine Home Cookin’,” look no further than Gracie’s Restaurant conveniently located on Lincoln Rd. in Maryville, TN. We can already hear you saying, “Why Gracie’s?” The only way to answer this question is to tell you a little about Gracie’s and what you can expect from the moment you step in the door of this amazing restaurant.

Nothing Fancy

If you were to ask owner Ken Gentry about Gracie’s, one of the first things he would tell you is that as restaurants go, there is nothing fancy about Gracie’s. Walking in the door and looking around, no one would blame you for agreeing with this statement. However, you will be greeted at the door by a host with a warm friendly smile on his face. From here it only gets better.

Take a seat and gaze around the dining room; chances are good that you will never see another one like it. Take in the comfortable seating, the spotlessly clean tables and floors, sit back and enjoy the many works of art hanging on the wall. Not quite what you might expect from a small down-home country restaurant.

The Best is Yet to Come

The best part of Gracie’s and the reason so many of their customers come back frequently has to be the food. Don’t come here looking for fancy foods, haute cuisine, or upscale dining; you won’t find it. What you will find is good, old-fashioned made-from-scratch home cooking. Whether it’s the fried bologna served for breakfast, a burger you crave, or a slab of smoked and cured country ham, the food is as good as “momma used to make.”

Breakfast cook Chad Smith gets the ball rolling at 5 a.m. getting everything together for the day. He starts cooking at 6 a.m. for when the doors open at 7 a.m. for the early morning crowds. Chad learned to cook from his grandmother, making him the perfect person to take on the challenge of providing outstanding home-cooked dishes. The fine folks of Maryville and the surrounding area, as well as the many tourists who visit, enjoy the great meals Chad produces every day.

The Give Back Meal

Owner Ken Gentry is delighted to help with several of the food-related ministries in the area. He also offers The Give Back meal; which consists of a big bowl of beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, and a beverage. At Gracie’s, you can order this meal and pay for it; they suggest $5 for it including tax, but if you can’t afford the price, you are welcome to come in and eat for free; no one will say a word. You are welcome to pay anything you can for the meal, $1 or $2, whatever you can afford.

The local community helps out with this program as well. There are several regular customers in here who will come in and leave an extra $20 specifically to help pay for these meals and help the less fortunate. The restaurant has been offering this service for over a year and got started by working with United Way.  Gracie’s is more than just a restaurant; it’s a valuable and loved member of the community. Ken Gentry invites you to come on in and sample the finest “Home Cookin” in the area.

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