One of the best places to visit when staying at Willow Brook Lodge is The Apple Barn in Sevierville TN. It is one of the most visited places in the Smoky Mountain area. Visitors make it a point to walk through The Apple Barn Village, dine at the restaurants, sip the cider and more every time they visit the Smokies. We’re sure you’ve heard of this popular spot before, but how much do you really know about it? Check out these interesting facts about The Apple Barn.
1. It’s an Actual Barn.
“The Apple Barn” isn’t just the name — this popular place is an actual barn! It was built back in 1910 and was part of the farm that two families, the Hicks and Kilpatrick families, bought in 1972. Mr. Hicks daughter is actually one of the founders of Willow Brook Lodge in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The family strives to keep things local and has been serving visitors in the Smokies for decades. In 1980, the families started renovating the old cattle barn one board at a time. In 1981, it became known as The Apple Barn.
2. You Can Watch Apple Cider Be Made.
Soon after The Apple Barn came about, a Cider Room was added. Visitors can watch the apples being pressed into cider during the fall. Not only can you watch, but you can taste some too! A Cider Bar was added to give visitors the opportunity to sample the cider, hot or cold. You also don’t want to miss out out on the wonderful apple fritters and donuts! Willow Brook Lodge serves this Amazing, Hot Apple Barn Cider with their Apple Spices every Fall and Winter to every guest in the Willow Brook Lobby. So if you can’t make the trip to the Apple Barn, we will provide a taste that will make you wanting more.
3. It is Home to Two Amazing Restaurants.
In 1986, the original farmhouse was transformed into a family eatery known as the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. Here, guests can enjoy homemade apple fritters, delicious Applewood Julep and Southern favorites like fried chicken, meatloaf and pot roast. After the growing popularity of the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, a second restaurant was built in 1995. Applewood Farmhouse Grill serves up the same Southern comfort foods, along with some healthy options too. You can’t go wrong with dining at either of the restaurants!
4. You Can Buy Some of Your Favorite Foods to Take Back Home.
If you loved the meals you had at the two restaurants, stop by the General Store and get some to take back home with you! The General Store is a 3-level store that sells their famous apple butter, apple jelly, apple fritter mix and more. If you couldn’t get enough of the apple fritters at the restaurant, buy the mix and bring a taste of the Smokies back home with you! You can also browse through a variety of mountain crafts, home decor and collectables.
5. It’s Christmas All Year Long.
Also located in The Apple Barn in Sevierville TN is the Christmas & Candle Shop. This 6,000-square-foot store will get you in the Christmas spirit any time of year. As soon as you walk through the doors, you’ll be greeted with twinkling lights, Christmas trees, holiday decorations and the sweet smell of candles. The candle department has hand mixed and poured candles that are made right in the store! You’ll love the Apple Barn Collection, which has 6 apple-scented varieties. As you walk through, enjoy the sounds of gospel, Christmas and country music echoing throughout the store.
6. It Has Wine Made from Apples.
We bet you’ve heard of the Apple Barn Winery before, but did you know it serves wine made from apples? Instead of grapes, the winery uses locally grown apples to handcraft the wine on-site. You can sample the local wines for free, and even try wine slushies! The Apple Barn Winery is also part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, which includes 5 different wineries in the Pigeon Forge area. Visit 3 wineries on the trail and receive a complimentary wine glass. Visit all 5 and you’ll get a second free gift!
Visit The Apple Barn in Sevierville TN
If you’ve never been to The Apple Barn in Sevierville, a visit needs to be at the top of your list! Whether you want to shop, dine or taste some of their famous cider and wine, there’s something for everyone at this popular spot. We encourage you to give the Apple Barn a try on your next visit, we promise you won’t regret it. Reserve today at Willow Brook Lodge and put this on your list of things to do!