In no more than 2 weeks, The Gatlinburg Crafts Fair for fall will open the doors of the W.L. Mills auditorium and fully satisfy fans of the Appalachian wood-worker, artists and artisans' trades between October the 8th and the 25th. Good-sized crowds are known to pour into the convention center to get a more-than-good look at the incredible and incredibly skilled individuals who decor our houses and delight that little corner of our hearts that yearns for the simpler ages in American history.
Such is the appeal of the Craftsmen's Fair - so much so that its a bi-annual affair for Summer and Fall. A special event so popular is has to be done twice a year?
Such is the appeal of the Craftsmen's Fair. Many, many artists and crafters will be attending and working right in front of your eyes. Even if you don't like huge crowded areas, this is still something to attend, as the Conference Center is huge (it has to be to sponsor something this big) and you won't be hearing much noise over the sounds of gentle acoustic picking and performances by Keith Longbotham and Dennis Lee. Crafts marketplace and auctions recommended.
And what do you, guests at Sidney James, have to gain from this? Well, you likely passed the Convention Center on your way up the road. Again, the location of Sidney James, at a point where you can conceivably get to just about anywhere in Gatlinburg in roughly the same amount of time, saves you from crawling around narrow mountain roads, traffic, getting lost, etc. The Conference Center is just down the street right before you hit downtown Gatlinburg.
And after walking around for some hours in the large Conference Center, its only about 10 more minutes back uphill (great exercise, by the way) before you can retire properly, in your bedroom, at the cafe downstairs, at the indoor pool, or wherever you feel most comfortable onsite.
Some reasons to stay at Sidney James are seasonal, but most are year-round, don't forget that as you plan your vacation here in the Smoky Mountains!