The Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store – For over twenty years, visitors to the Smoky Mountains have been enchanted by this unique tourist attraction. I have to tell you that it’s one of my favorite stops each time I travel to the area. There are so many things to see at the Apple Barn complex, so let’s get started!
The General Store is, without a doubt, one of the most-visited shops in the Smokies. There’s a reason for this—you can find one of the best selections of gifts for the entire family right here.
What’s interesting is how the store and the complex came to be. The barn was originally built in 1910 by the Mullendore family. After being sold in the mid 1970s, there was more of an emphasis placed on the apples that grew on the land around the barn. Close to thirty years, the barn opened to the public, and the apples began selling…and selling…and selling.
In fact, the venture proved to be so successful that more items were added, and now, you can get a wide variety of country-themed products…and yes, you can still get apples at the Apple Barn. The barn now has three floors, and chances are that when you visit, you will see plenty of customers looking for that unique present from the Smoky Mountains. You can even see the apples turned into cider in the popular cider room.
OK, I’ve got to mention that’s one of my favorite subjects to do with the Apple Barn—the cider. You can take it home by the gallon, or simply delight in a refreshing cup of Fall Harvest at the Barn’s Cider Bar.
But wait…there’s more!
You will find some of the most delicious Fried Apple Pies this side of the Pearly Gates at the Apple Barn, as well as their delicious Apple Dumplings. If you get something to eat at the Cider Bar, make sure that you top it off with a scoop (or two!) of their delicious ice cream. There has been many a box of pies and gallons of cider that has made it from the Apple Barn all the way back home, and I have a feeling that trend will continue for many years to come!
If you are a connoisseur of wine, be sure to stop by The Apple Barn Winery. They call it “Award-Winning” for a reason! Flavors such as Apple-Raspberry, Apple-Peach, and Apple-Strawberry continue to bring back customers year after year.
What if your tastes go beyond Apple? Well, you’re still in luck, with classic blends like Merlot and Muscadine.
And I didn’t even mention the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, which is one of the anchors of the complex. To be honest, I can tell you I have never tried their lunch or dinners—I can’t get past their breakfasts! Go for their Apple Fritters (words can’t begin to tell you!) and stay for their Country Ham—the best I’ve ever had!
The only thing about visiting the Apple Barn is that you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all they have to offer, and by the way, did I mention those fritters?
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The Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store
230 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN
800-421-4606 / http://www.applebarncidermill.com/