Best Of Pigeon Forge – Category Rules

Below is a list of the qualifications for each category in our Best Of Pigeon Forge annual contest. For a business to be nominated in any of the following categories, they must meet the terms listed in the description. For other general rules in our Best Of Pigeon Forge contest, please see our contest rules page.


Lodging

Cabin Rentals

Any cabin rental company or privately owned cabin rental located within Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and the general Smoky Mountain area. This category excludes Dollywood cabins.

Hotel

Any hotel located within Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and the general Smoky Mountain area. A hotel is defined as a place that provides lodging and sleeping accommodations to its patrons.

Condos

Any condominium complex located within Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and the general Smoky Mountain area. Single units within condo complexes are not accepted.

Campground

Any privately owned campground or campground franchise located within Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and the general Smoky Mountain area. Back and frontcountry camps located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are not accepted.

Resort

Any resort located within Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and the general Smoky Mountain area. A resort differs from a hotel in that it offers additional amenities such as a full-service restaurant, spa services or recreation in addition to sleeping accommodations to its patrons. Campgrounds are excluded from this category.

Attractions

Ride

Any single specific amusement park type ride on the premises of a business in the Smoky Mountain area, or a business that primarily operates as a ride. Mountain coasters, go kart tracks, horseback riding, vehicle rentals and Dollywood rides and roller coasters are excluded from this category. Standard zip lines are also excluded from this category unless they offer a unique experience different from traditional ziplines. Virtual reality games are excluded unless they include full motion seating.

Indoor Attraction

Any attraction in the Smoky Mountain area that offers exclusively indoor activities. This category excludes shows and dinner theaters as well as attractions that offer both indoor and outdoor activities.

New Business

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area that opened to the public between January 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021. Winners in this category from previous years will always be excluded.

Arcade

Any arcade in the Smoky Mountain area. An arcade is defined as a venue housing coin or ticket operated games. These games include but are not limited to video games, pinball machines, electro-mechanical games, merchandisers, billiards, and air hockey.

Escape Room

Any escape room in the Smoky Mountain area. An escape room is a game where people are required to solve a series of puzzles within a time limit to accomplish a goal.

Museum

Any attraction in the Smoky Mountain area whose venue houses objects of historical, scientific, artistic, amusing, or cultural interest. Museums may also host interactive activities of the same nature. Aquariums, zoos, and similar attractions can fall under this category. Dollywood museums are excluded from this category.

Shop

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area whose primary source of revenue is based on selling goods.

Show

Any regularly scheduled performance at a business in the Smoky Mountain area with live performers on stage or within the venue. This category includes dinner theaters, comedy, music, and more. This category excludes the fountain show at The Island and any Dollywood performances or theaters.

Guided Tours

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area that offers guided (not self led) tours. Guided tours may include motor vehicle excursions, helicopter rides, food or drink based tours, and companies that offer recreational activities alongside professionals. Whitewater rafting is excluded from this category.

Dining

Breakfast

Any restaurant or venue in the Smoky Mountain area that offers breakfast.

Steak

Any restaurant or venue in the Smoky Mountain area that offers steak.

Barbecue

Any restaurant or venue in the Smoky Mountain area that offers barbecue.

Southern Food

Any restaurant or venue in the Smoky Mountain area that offers food traditionally specific to the southeastern region of the United States.

Pizza

Any restaurant or venue in the Smoky Mountain area that offers pizza.

Moonshine/Cider

Any restaurant, venue or distillery in the Smoky Mountain area that offers moonshine or custom ciders.

Winery

Any winery in the Smoky Mountain area.

Burger

Any restaurant or venue in the Smoky Mountain area that offers burgers.

Bar/Brewery

Any restaurant or venue in the Smoky Mountain area that primarily serves alcoholic beverages or brews custom beer.

Outdoors

Go Karts

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area with a go kart track on the premises.

Mountain Coaster

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area with a mountain/alpine coaster track on the premises. A mountain coaster is defined as an outdoor rail with passenger carts whose speed is controlled by the rider.

Horseback Riding

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area that offers guided horseback riding tours or horseback riding trails. Private vendors within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are accepted in this category.

Mini Golf

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area that offers putt putt or mini golf. Standard full-sized golf courses are excluded from this category.

Rafting

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area that offers guided whitewater rafting tours.

Zipline

Any business in the Smoky Mountain area with a zipline course on the premises.

Vehicle Rentals

Any company in the Smoky Mountain area that rents out vehicles. These vehicles include but are not limited to Jeeps, side by sides, Can-Ams, Slingshots, Polaris RZRs, UTVs, ATVs, or any other motor vehicle.

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