Since 1960 the Oliver family has been cooking and serving up great traditional Tennessee country food to locals & travelers passing over Monteagle Mountain, between Nashville and Chattanooga on old US 41 & 64 and Interstate 24.
The Smoke House is located just off Interstate 24 – Exit 134 at the top of Monteagle Mountain and now features not only the famous Jim Oliver’s Smoke House Restaurant, but also The Smoke House Lodge, 21 Smoke House Vacation Cabins, the Old General Store gift shop, Live Music every Friday & Saturday night, the Louvin Brothers Country Music Museum, and Hamper McBee’s Moonshine Artifact Exhibit. The Smoke House is a true “Mountain Retreat Getaway” for couples, families, and groups; and the area is rich with many historic & scenic attractions, outdoor adventures, hiking, waterfalls, & bluff views, antique shops, cafes, and a host of motor touring back road sightseeing trips around the mountains and hollows of the South Cumberland Mountains.
The family owned & operated nostalgic restaurant has grown into a “must see when in Tennessee” stop over for travelers, featuring homemade family recipes of Smoked Meats such as BBQ Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Southern Fried Chicken & Catfish, Country Ham, Smoked Bacon, Fresh Homemade biscuits & fried pies, locally grown vegetables fresh right out of the local gardens, skillet cornbread & bread puddin’, made daily vegetable beef soup, and breakfast all day; plus you get to sample all the delicious sauces, rubs, pickles, relishes and such that the Smoke House brands and sells in their store. Open every day from 6:30 am to 9 pm weekdays, 10 pm on Friday & Saturday. There is plenty of room in the Smoke House dining rooms for all size groups, so if you’re traveling as a couple, or as a group, the Smoke House has room for you.
The Smoke House lodging facilities offer a variety of accommodations in vacation Cabins and Lodge rooms for travelers; it is an excellent & affordable quiet place for one night stop overs, weekend getaways, family or business retreats, couples night out, or family vacations. The 22 Log & Timber Frame Cabins feature wood burning fireplaces, private jacuzzi tubs, kitchens, front porches, and lots of privacy. The 80 room Lodge is Timber Frame style construction with wood plank boardwalks, wooden spindles, post & beam support timbers, which all enhance the rugged Mountain Lodge experience. The lodge room furnishings are mission style dark mahogany, wood floors, slate limestone vanity areas, new comfortable beds, flat screen TV, wireless internet, and complete room upgrades done in 2014. All features and accommodations are shown and described on the web page at TheSmokeHouse.com; see text, video, and virtual tours at the web site. Also described here you can find out about all the area attractions, shopping, historic, and scenic features around Monteagle Mountain. For Lodging Reservations, call 1-800/489-2091 to speak with a reservations operator. The Smoke House is pet friendly.
Every weekend Live Music is featured at the Smoke House Restaurant in the music room, cabaret style seating w/tables, no cover charge, doors open at 6pm, food & beverages are served during the show, a cozy candle lit room for couples, but if you have your family with you bring the kids, it’s family friendly. Legendary as well as up & coming Singer Songwriter Music Artist perform music and lyrics they have written; and they’ll tell you their story about how they came about to write the lyrics and if any noted major music artist have recorded it. The music varies from pop, to blues, to soul, some bluegrass, folk, and a little country makes all the shows unique every time. Each show features the primary artist or group first, starting at 7pm for 2 hours. Then, another featured artist or group may perform for 30 minutes. To end up the evening, a Nashville style songwriter round is next which features 3 or 4 songwriters singing and performing their songs in rotation for about an hour or more. What’s unique about songwriters is that you are actually watching and hearing songs sung by the original songwriter artist who wrote them; its really interesting to hear their version of the song. You may be watching a person sing their song which was ultimately recorded by great artist such as Toby Keith, or Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Jr., Elton John, Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, and many, many others. The songwriters say that the Smoke House venue is as good as or better than the famous Nashville music venues such as The Bluebird Cafe, Tootsies, the Wagon Wheel, and others in the Nashville Music scene.
The Old General Store is a place you can spend the whole day looking around. Here you’ll find all of the “Soon to be Famous” Smoke House BBQ & Hot sauces; probably the largest selection of BBQ sauces in one spot anywhere! In addition to the sauces, there’s the Smoke House meat rubs for those delicious Smoked Ribs you want to do at home, vinegars, salad dressings, dessert toppings, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, homemade pork skins, nuts, and the now famous Smoke House Fudge; made fresh every day. Wait, there’s more; local crafts & honey, toys, music, novelties, taffy, 40 flavors of soft drinks all in glass bottles, the museum of the Country Music’s legendary “Louvin Brothers”, and the entertaining Hamper McBee Moonshine artifact exhibit area; learn how to make moonshine lik’er, and get away with it.
All year long, the Smoke House host an assortment of meetings, retreats, reunions, and family groups; over 12 meeting buildings & meeting rooms accommodate a variety of set ups from indoor to outdoor venues. Scheduling, entertainment, food/beverage/ and banquet arrangements featuring the famous Smoke House recipes & menus are all arranged thru the Smoke House sales manager; contact sales@TheSmokeHouse.com, or 1-800-489-2091. Full meeting information, room sizes, menus, entertainment, is outlined on the web page under the “Meetings” section.
The Smoke House is a convenient place to stay for many of the top area Festivals, State Parks, Attractions, and Cities. Festivals such as Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester TN, the CMA Country Music Association Fan Fair in Nashville TN, the Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburgh TN, Web School Arts & Craft Festival & Moon Pie Festival in Bell Buckle TN, the Heritage Days Festival in Cowan TN, Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee TN, Festival of Lessons & Carols Sewanee TN, the University of the South Sewanee TN, Thunder on the Rock motorcycle festival in Monteagle TN, Monteagle Arts & Crafts Festival, and the Beersheba Springs Arts & Crafts Festival. Hiking, sightseeing, bluffs, vistas, waterfalls at South Cumberland State Park, fishing & boat rental at several places around the area Tim’s Ford State Park and Tim’s Ford Lake, Nickajack Lake at the Tennessee River, Normandy Lake near Tullahoma TN, the Elk River and the Sequatchie River, Indian artifacts at Russell Cave National Historic Site in Stevenson AL. Distillery tours at Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg TN, George Dickel Distillery in Normandy TN. Attractions in Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville AL are just a short drive from the convenience of Monteagle TN.