Blount Partnership will be concluding its yearlong schedule of community events with an inaugural event in partnership with Little Arrow Outdoor Resort and Dancing Bear Lodge.
‘Tis the Season of Touring Townsend is a hospitality tour of local restaurants, shops and lodging options across the mountain community.
It will run throughout the day on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Attendees will tour participating restaurants, shops and lodging options to discover the diverse array of businesses that make up Blount County’s hospitality industry. As people make their way to each location, they’ll be offered special deals and experiences that are only available during this event.
The idea was inspired by a similar event put on by the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, the Christmas Home Tour in which participants explored homes in the Townsend area. A lack of funds prevented the organization from hosting the event this year.
Carmen Simpher, co-owner of Little Arrow Outdoor Resort and board member of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, was disappointed to hear the event wouldn’t be returning and reached out to local businesses across Blount County to see if they’d be interested in taking part in a different kind of opportunity.
“Tourism is one of the biggest sources of revenue for Blount County,” Simpher said, “so this event is meant to highlight the amazing businesses that support and depend on visitors coming to the area.”
Participating shops and restaurants include Cades Cove Jeep Outpost, Apple Valley Mountain Store & Cafe, Cades Cove Cellars, All Good Things Garden Center, Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center, River Rat Tubing, Wild Laurel Golf Course and The Abbey.
Participants can expect a free appetizer or discount on purchase when they come to these businesses on the tour.
They will also be able to tour the lodging available at Dancing Bear Lodge, Big Meadow Family Campground, Dogwood Cabins and the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort.
“We will have Mtn Trax there to give guests a tour of our grounds,” Simpher said. “We will also have carolers and other activities to create a festive atmosphere to celebrate the holidays.”
Tickets for the event cost $25 and include access to each business participating in tour. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.
For more information and to purchase tickets, those interested may visit the ‘Tis the Season of Touring Townsend Facebook page.