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FALL 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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or two was not uncommon back in the day. Today experienced distillers like those at Sugarlands Distilling Co. and Ole Smoky Moonshine in Gatlinburg greet visitors with tours, tastings and branded merchandise at their distilleries. Pigeon Forge DOLLYWOOD "Dollywood is one of the country's most unique attractions because it encompasses a way of life and a heritage unlike what you'll find at traditional theme parks," says Pigeon Forge spokesperson Trish McGee, describing Tennessee's most-visited tourist attraction. Craftsman Valley, for example, features everything from local potters, metalworkers, glass blowers and woodcarvers to regional dishes in restaurants (Aunt Granny's is a favorite eatery). At more than 150 acres, the park is thoughtfully designed and directly influenced by Dollywood namesake and country music icon Dolly Parton, who grew up nearby. A good strategy for exploring is to plan visits around the variety of shows and fixed exhibitions. Schedules with showtimes are available upon park entry. The Smoky Mountain String Band plays 30-minute sets throughout the day at the Show Street Gazebo, treating listeners to the fine bluegrass and jug-band-style mountain music for which the area is known. Dolly Parton's Chasing Rainbows Museum holds memorabilia such as her many gold records, costumes from such films as "9 to 5," and Trains were once the main way into and out of the Smokies. Today the Dollywood Express takes visitors on a 20-minute ride into the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Photo courtesy of Dollywood BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 77 Escape

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