An Apple A Day…In Sevier!
Story and photos by Judith Royce
Visitors enjoy the attractions at Applewood Barn
Pancakes!! Pancakes!!! Whether you call them griddle cakes, flapjacks or hot cakes,
everyone here must love batter-based breakfasts, because those are the signs you see on
pancake houses all along all the main roads through Sevier County, Tennessee. But if you
are aching for a special meal to start your busy day and a shopping opportunity as
well be sure to visit the Applewood Farmhouse complex.
spend a few hours at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and be there early because
thats how just about everyone visiting here does it. (Breakfast hours are 8:00 a.m.
until 11:00 a.m.)
former home offers several rooms to dine in. Built in 1921, this six room house stands at
the centerpiece of the restaurant. The first room off the front door can be reserved for
private parties. Its décor will catch your eye because of its elegant woodwork,
hand-crafted by Lewis C. Buckner, a former slave known throughout the region for his
carpentry and artistry in wood. All of the
other spacious rooms are more modern.
|At 5000 feet, the haze that gives the Smoky Mountains
you are seated for breakfast, the restaurants signature drink will arrive, the
mouth-watering, cant-have-enough Applewood Juleptm . The breakfast menu
has many items to choose from such as applesauce muffins, apple smoked bacon, apple
fritters, fried apple pie and homemade apple butter. The
rest of the menu features solid Southern fare: chicken friend steak, country ham, country
sausage, a British-influenced Toad in the Hole and, of course, delicious silver dollar,
chocolate chip and buttermilk
After breakfast, make sure
to stroll through the complex of the Apple Barn Cider Mill and General Store. Youll
see the hillsides filled with apple trees, 65 acres and between 4000 and 5000 of them
representing 14 distinct varieties to be exact.
Perhaps surprisingly, apple
trees are a relatively new addition to the land. In
1972 the Ben Hicks and Bill Kilpatrick families purchased the property intending to
operate it as a beef cattle and burley tobacco farm. When the tobacco crop failed soon
thereafter, they decided to plant apple trees and in 1986 expanded the original farmhouse
to become Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant.
The Apple Barn houses both the
General Store and a working cider mill. From here, the fruit will eventually become sweet
cider, pies, candies, ice cream and more before your eyes. You can sample many of these
treats at the Cider Bar or at the Pie Kitchen, where behind a window into the open kitchen
chefs prepare fried apple pies by hand. Theres even a winery where you can taste a
selection of sweet, fruit dessert wines.
If you need to bring a gift
home or want to purchase a souvenir for yourself, the General Store offers many attractive
options including farm made products such as apple butter, which can be shipped anywhere
in the world or even ordered from home at www.AppleBarnCiderMill.com.
If Dad isnt
eager to spend his time browsing the kitschy collectibles at the General Store,
theres an Orvis outdoor store located right on the premises.
Bus tours are welcomed at
The Apple Barn & Cider Mill and streams of tourists mingle with the regulars who have
made this complex such a popular local attraction.
When day is done after
having a good time in Sevier County (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and, of course, Sevierville)
youll surely be thinking about how to start your next day. As you drive to your
accommodations, a host of signs will be calling out to you: Pancakes! Pancakes!!
If you enjoyed your first
visit to Applewood Farmhouse, why not just put those signs behind you and return for
another visit in the morning. Its the premiere location in these parts for
absolutely everything apple.
More information is available at www.applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com.
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