Ballantyne Magazine

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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70 specialty shops, restaurants and attractions. Its signature "dancing" water fountain is amazing. Choreographed colored lights and music, programmed by the same designers as the fabled Bellagio Hotel fountains in Las Vegas, launch into action every 30 minutes. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot Ferris wheel, offers stunning views of the Smokies. Visitors love the throwback Emery's 5&10 General Store, offering a retro visit down memory lane with its old- fashioned candy bars, sodas and souvenirs. TITANIC MUSEUM In Pigeon Forge, it takes an outsized museum to tell the stories and history of the Titanic. Period-costumed "crew" greet visitors, assign individual passenger identities (you'll find out if you made it at the end of your voyage), distribute audio guides and help bring to life the amazing stories of the famous disaster. The 30,000-square-foot Titanic Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts WHERE TO STAY Cabin rentals offer a wonderful opportunity to go local. Eagles Ridge Resort in Pigeon Forge has dozens of well-equipped one- to nine-bedroom cabins and chalets that offer enough room for the whole family. With amenities like wraparound porches, game rooms, hot tubs and rocking chairs on the deck, these cabins make the entire crew feel right at home. WHERE TO EAT Bring your appetite when dining in this area, as portions are hearty and the fixings extra tasty. Locals and tourists alike love the fabled Old Mill in Pigeon Forge for flaky biscuits, fried chicken and glorious pecan pie. The place for breakfast in Gatlinburg is Crockett's Breakfast Camp, where homemade cinnamon rolls are crafted right before your eyes and served in cast-iron skillets. The pancakes are seriously good as well. Bullfish Grill in Pigeon Forge is a favorite for seafood, ribs and burgers. At Anakeesta Mountain, the Cliff Top Grill and Bar in Firefly Village offers libations, snacks, desserts and more. The bar's tagline is "Good Brews and Great Views." Savory snacks include homemade potato chips topped with blue cheese, bacon and a balsamic glaze, as well as Cliff Top's famous fried green tomatoes with tomato chutney and buttermilk ranch dressing. Next door to Cliff Top is Pearl's Pie in the Sky, where hand-dipped Blue Bell ice-cream, milkshakes and sweet treats all come with a view of Mount Le Conte and its several subpeaks of 6,000 feet or more. WHAT TO DO AT NIGHT Pigeon Forge hosts Las Vegas-style variety shows nightly. Most impressive is the Smoky Mountain Opry with its dazzling array of song, dance, lights and comic relief. Into big-time magic? Darren Romeo's "Magic Beyond Belief" leaves the audience continually asking, "How did he do that?" The Titanic Museum features a replica of the ship's Grand Staircase, considered the heart of the vessel. Eagle Ridge Resort Photo courtesy of Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism Photo courtesy of Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism Photo courtesy of Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 80 Escape Old Mill Photo courtesy of Anakeesta Mountain Pearl's Pie In the Sky Smoky Mountain Opry

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