Today was the official opening of The Island in Pigeon Forge, located between traffic lights 3 and 4 in the heart of Pigeon Forge, TN in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

The focal point of the complex is the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel. The views of Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains are terrific, and you can see new developments like the Leconte Convention Center and the beginnings of the Pigeon Forge baseball complex.

We ate at the Timberwood Grill which is decorated in a mountain lodge theme and offers a little different twist on offerings like Bison Burgers, fried Macaroni and Cheese and Hillbilly Whine. Yes, that’s the way they spell it. It was a great experience sitting on the patio in the shade, a nice breeze blowing, people walking by, music playing, a real festive setting.

In this first phase already opened are Arcade City, The Flying Horse Carousel,The Euro-Bungy Dome which are mini-trampolines, Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Gift Shop, Mellow Mushroom restaurant and Dude’s Daiquiris, and several other snack shops like Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Island Yogurt and The Fudgery.

There are many building ready to be occupied by retail shops and a hotel, and a sign promising “The Island Fountain Show”, which is a lighted fountain display and show, all to open in the spring of 2014.

The Island In Pigeon Forge is brand new and looks like it is off to a good start. It is a good experience to visit The Island, ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, shop and eat and drink. We are looking forward to spending an evening shopping in one of the unique stores then sitting on one of the restaurant’s patios, enjoying a meal or drink, listening to music and watching the sun set over Pigeon Forge.

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