• Dollywood’s Christmas Celebrations Return!

    Dollywood is alive and well in 2020 and continuing to adapt their seasonal traditions to meet the safety standards of social distancing. They are currently bringing in the Halloween season with this year’s Pumpkin LumiNights, something we have longed for more than ever in 2020, and now we look forward to this year’s Smoky Mountain Christmas going on at Dollywood beginning November 7th.

    Here is what they about this year’s Smoky Mountain Christmas on their website:

    “Take in the experience of a traditional Christmas in the Smoky Mountains with our award-winning festival, named the best in America for over a decade. Gaze in awe at over 5 million glistening lights, and for the first time ever, fireworks that light up the winter night sky. Continue your family’s favorite Christmas traditions this year with award-winning shows, culinary delights, seasonal shopping and, most importantly, the light that brings us all closer together. Wrap your family in the light of the season this Christmas at Dollywood.

    More than 5 million sparkling lights surround you, adorning every building, illuminating each walkway and glowing in the sky above. Every part of the park is saturated in uniquely colored lights so no area feels like the last. As you explore, you’ll encounter classic Christmas red and green that turn to crisp, arctic blues that transform into warm gold hues. Come make millions of memories wrapped in light.

    Cherished holiday stories unfold onstage in a perfect harmony of song, family and celebration. Guest favorites “Christmas In The Smokies,” “Kingdom Heirs Christmas” and more return with daily shows performed indoors with reduced capacity.

    All-new this year at the Back Porch Theatre, “Heart of the Holidays” features members of Dolly Parton’s extended family sharing stories and showcasing songs from her brand new Christmas album, along with classic holiday favorites. These heartwarming holiday shows will tug at your heart and lift your spirit.

    Enjoy an all-new Dollywood Christmas tradition. Every Friday and Saturday* during Smoky Mountain Christmas, the “Merry & Bright” fireworks fill the sky with light and unfolds in rhythm to new holiday Christmas tunes. There are a variety of areas throughout the park where you can view this uplifting display.”

    We have video footage of previous Smoky Mountain Christmas Dollywood seasons so that anyone who has not had the privilege to attend one of their Winterfest festivals can get an honest look at what they might expect. Fireworks are not shown because, as the website states, this is brand new for 2020!

    Keep up to date on Dollywood and their Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration at https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Smoky-Mountain-Christmas.

  • Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg 2020

    While we still look to see what this Harvest Festival season will be like, which events we usually expect will be postponed and which will continue for 2020, one awesome Gatlinburg tradition we can look forward to is Ober Gatlinburg’s celebration of German culture and heritage with the always-popular Oktoberfest at their restaurant overlooking the city of Gatlinburg.

    From the official event page on Gatlinburg.com:

    “Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun. OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking as the resort commemorates the 210th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

    The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.”

    Ober Gatlinburg is accessible from downtown Gatlinburg via its famous Airtram system or can be driven to directly on Ski Mountain Road. Either way, it is roughly 20 minutes from Deer Ridge Mountain Resort – you’ll be there and back in much less time and energy than a day trip.

    Visit Ober Gatlinburg online at www.obergatlinburg.com.

  • Halloween Events Coming Up in 2020

    The main questions in the Smoky Mountain tourism industry this year have all revolved around what traditional special events will still be going on for 2020 and when. While indeed things will continue to be different this year for the next season with the iconic Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years event lined up one after another, those who come to the Smokies to celebrate those events specifically will still find we are indeed celebrating them!

    For Halloween, as of September 1st, here are some events that locals and visitors can plan on enjoying.

    * Great Pumpkin LumiNights *
    Sep 25, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
    Held at: Dollywood

    “Great Pumpkin LumiNights is just one of the fun things to see and do at the annual Dollywood Harvest Festival presented by Humana. Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights features spectacular lighted pumpkin displays throughout the Dollywood park, which glow with the fire of fall. And this season’s event promises to be even more spectacular with artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and loads of fun for families to experience all throughout Timber Canyon.

    Here is just a sampling of some of the fun family activities taking place at Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights:

    * Character Meet & Greet
    * Master Carvers
    * Glow Face Painting
    * Specialty Foods”

    See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollywood-great-pumpkin-luminights.

    * Halloween Spooktacular Event *
    Oct 29, 2020
    Held at: Pigeon Forge Community Center

    “Join the family-fun Spooktacular Halloween Event at the Pigeon Forge Community Center on the Thursday before Halloween. This free and non-scary event is a safe alternative for families to go Trick or Treating.”

    See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/spooktacular-halloween-event.

    * Ripley’s Fright Nights *
    Oct 2, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
    Held at: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

    “Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Fright Nights happen every weekend in the month of October. This year the theme is Nostalgic Nightmare.

    Reserve the Exclusive Package that includes the Fright Night VIP Couple Package PLUS a Meet & Greet, Photo with the Monsters and Front on the Line entry for Fright Nights! Limited Availability.”

    See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-fright-nights/.

    * Halloween Trick of Treat *
    Oct 31, 2020
    Held at: The Island in Pigeon Forge

    “Step right up! Step right up! Join us for our annual Halloween Trick of Treat at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

    Enjoy free Trick or Treating Halloween night at The Island In Pigeon Forge and unlimited rides for just $5 for those in costume. Watch live Bluegrass band, Midnight Run, from 5pm-11pm on the Ole Smoky Stage.”

    See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/halloween-trick-treat.

  • Condo for sale C306

    C306
    This two bedroom (plus loft), two bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing south and offers a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a nice overview of the Back 9 at Bent Creek Golf Course. This top floor unit will sleep 8 people. Plan to book C306 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    $156,000

    If you would like to tour this condo contact Jamie Palo: jamie@deerridge.com
    865-323-6350

    Call 865-323-6350
    Jamie Palo
    jamie@deerridge.com

  • Spotlight: In Cabin Massage

    What is a romantic treat you and your partner can indulge in without having to leave Deer Ridge and the BEST views of the Smokies out of proximity? One that replenishes the body as well as the mind and soul with the message “I love you” attached to it? The answer to this riddle is “In-Cabin Massage” – both the name of the romantic treat and the recommended service provider we’d like to shine a spotlight on today!

    In Cabin Massage is a professionally licensed and insured mobile therapeutic and couples’ massage service that specialize in providing for visitors at cabin rentals and condos like the ones we have at Deer Ridge. They provide the following massage services (as of July 2020).

    * Single 60min / Swedish – $85.00
    * Single 90min / Swedish – $125.00
    * Single 60min / Deep Tissue – $95.00
    * Single 90min / Deep Tissue – $145.00
    * Single 60min / Deluxe – $100.00
    * Single 90min / Deluxe – $150.00
    * Single 60min / Prenatal – $100.00
    * Single 90min / Prenatal – $150.00
    * Single 60min Mud Wrap, Body Polish, Massage – $150.00
    * Single 90min Mud Wrap, Body Polish, Massage – $200.00

    Single 3 Hour Ultimate Spa Package – $300.00
    Couples Ultimate Spa Package – $600.00

    * Couples 60min / Swedish – $170.00
    * Couples 90min / Swedish – $250.00
    * Couples 60min / Deluxe – $200.00
    * Couples 90min / Deluxe – $290.00
    * Couples 60min / Deep Tissue – $190.00
    * Couples 90min / Deep Tissue – $290.00
    * Couples 90min / Hot Stone – $290.00

    Group of 4 or more may have:
    30min Massage / 1 Hot Towel – $50.00

    Additional services and photos of some of these can be found at http://incabinmassage.com/2020/07/02/menu-of-services/.

    Reserve In Cabin Massage at your next Deer Ridge appointment by visiting http://incabinmassage.com/.

  • Dollywood Opens With Flower & Food Festival For 2020

    New update from Dollywood on its Grand Opening featuring new festival:

    “Dollywood adds to the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with the all-new Flower & Food Festival. Immerse yourself in a colorful array of larger-than-life mosaicultures accented by delicious dishes featuring the flavors of spring.”https://www.dollywood.com/35

    AttractionsMagazine.com provides further detail:

    “During this brand-new event, guests can explore larger-than-life plant sculptures covered in half a million flower blooms. These displays can reach heights up to 14 feet, and floral carpet beds will envelope walkways, decorate buildings, and fill flowerbeds throughout the park.

    During the festival, the park will stay open until 9:30 p.m. each evening. In addition, the nights will come to a close with a fireworks show.

    Special Instagram-worthy photo-ops will be set up throughout the park as well, including the Umbrella Sky, a display of more than 600 umbrellas dancing above guests’ heads.

    In addition to the blooms, Dollywood’s team of culinary experts have created a new menu of garden-fresh dishes, including:

    * Grilled Citrus Shrimp Over Delta Peas and Rice
    * Gyros
    * Greek Orzo Pasta
    * Grilled Chili Lime Skirt Steak
    * Chicken Stir Fry
    * Zucchini Fritters
    * Lobster Rolls
    * Charcuterie in a Cone
    * Pork Sliders with Pineapple Chutney”

    A video teaster on the festival can be seen by clicking here.

    For more information on Dollywood’s 2020 Grand Opening, visit www.dollywood.com.

    For the full article from AttractionsMagazine.com, visit https://attractionsmagazine.com/dollywood-inaugural-flower-food-festival-start-june/.

  • Dollywood 2020 Opening Date

    We’re happy to announce that Dollywood has unveiled its long-awaited opening date for 2020 with a statement as follows:

    “Dollywood Parks & Resorts will begin a phased reopening on June 15.

    Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country reopen June 17, with Season Passholder Exclusive Days on June 15 & 16. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa opens June 10.

    During this unprecedented time, we are implementing a number of new safety measures based on the guidance of health officials including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. The safety and well-being of our guests and employees are our top priorities and guide our decisions.” ~ statement.

    Dollywood, for probably the first year in a couple decades, will not be opening the operating season with Festival of Nations, however, Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is still scheduled to go on from June 20th to August 2nd for 2020 as of now.

    See more on Dollywood’s re-opening information and Summer Celebration at www.dollywood.com.

  • Important Smoky Mountain Travel News – May 9th

    As the state of Tennessee is beginning its first stages of re-opening tourism and general business, much is going in during this initial transition: some places have opened, some places are beginning to re-open and some places will not be opening for a bit. Additionally, some events have been rescheduled and some have been cancelled for this year entirely.

    Due to the nature of slowly transitioning out of social distancing, information on what and when for re-opening is highly de-centralized at the moment, so we would like to help pass on current news for openings and other pertinent travel information coming up this month and further for travel preparation and consideration.

    * Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade Has Been Cancelled *
    From WBIR.com:

    “Gatlinburg officials said the city’s Fourth of July parade is canceled for a second year in a row due to public health concerns. The city will plan new patriotic events for families who want to celebrate while following social distancing guidelines, officials said in a Tuesday press release.”

    See full article by clicking here.

     

    * Gatlinburg Release on Re-openings *
    From gatlinburgtn.gov, dated April 29th, 2020:

    “Safety precautions and sanitization procedures will be handled at all City facilities to help keep the community, residents, employees and visitors safe. All City facilities will be heavily sanitized during the phased reopening.

    The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.”

    The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.

    Plans are also in place to install signage throughout the City in visible areas outlining CDC practices on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    On Friday, May 1, the McMahan/Parkway parking garage in downtown Gatlinburg will reopen, as will the public restrooms at the garage. The public restrooms located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center will also reopen.

    Also on Friday, May 1, the Gatlinburg Golf Course clubhouse will reopen. The course has remained open for play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    On Monday, May 4, the administrative offices located at Gatlinburg City Hall, including the City’s Finance Department, Building and Planning Department, Police Department and Fire Department, will reopen to the public. The administrative offices located at the Schilling Center, will also reopen on this date.

    On Monday, May 18, all Gatlinburg City Parks – Mynatt Park, Mills Park and Herbert Holt Park – will open for public use. Upon initial opening, playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed at each park.

    The Gatlinburg Community Center will also reopen to the public on May 18, with reduced operating hours and restrictions on the amount of patrons allowed in areas of the building. The Tone Zone portion of the building will be the only space open to the public, in accordance with the April 28 release of the Tennessee Pledge pertaining to gyms. Operating hours will be 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    The Anna Porter Public Library plans to reopen its facility in phases on Monday, May 18. The library will limit the number of patrons to 10 at a time through the end of May, and hold temporary operating hours of 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff will wear masks and gloves when interacting with the public and the public will be allowed to access computers for 30 minutes at a time, with social distancing practices applied. Desks will be sanitized after each use.

    Rocky Top Sports World is actively following the guidelines and directions presented from the Governor’s office and CDC while coordinating with County and City offices. Because of the continued fluidity of the COVID19 situation, no opening date has been determined. Rocky Top Sports World is working diligently on events currently scheduled and continues to focus on venue cleanliness, safety and health.

    The municipal parking garage located at Ripley’s Aquarium will be reopened at the same time as the Aquarium opens to the public. A resumption of Gatlinburg Trolley Services will be announced at a later date.”

    * Pigeon Forge Local Business Opening Status *
    The Mypigeonforge.com site hosts scheduled information in separate, downloadable files.

    For Pigeon Forge attractions, click here:
    For Pigeon Forge restaurants, click here:
    For Pigeon Forge retail, click here:
    For Pigeon Forge grocery store information, click here:

    More information on Pigeon Forge’s re-openings, updated frequently, can be found at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/planning/travel-resources#business-closed.

     

    * Sevierville Partial Re-opening of Parks and Recreations *
    From https://www.seviervilletn.org:

    “Sevierville city parks will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions, including:

    * All playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, and swimming pools remain closed indefinitely;

    * Walking trails and tennis courts are open, social distancing of at least six feet will be enforced;

    * Picnic shelters will be open, but groups must be less than ten persons;

    * The PetSafe Dog Park is open, but each area (small dog and large dog) will be limited to less than ten persons and each person is limited to 45 minutes per visit; and

    * Cemetery Park will be limited to less than ten people.

    Some areas of the Sevierville Community Center will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions. The gymnasium, swimming pool, locker rooms, and racquetball courts remain closed indefinitely. All children’s programs are suspended indefinitely.

    The Bowling Center will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.”

    See more details by clicking here.

     

    As more significant information becomes available, we will post new information on our blog here. Thank you and stay safe!

  • Condo for sale E304

    E-304
    This one bedroom (plus loft), one bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing southwest and offers not only a beautiful sunset view of the Great Smoky Mountains but allows you to see the far off twinkle of the lights in Gatlinburg after dark. This top floor unit will sleep 4-6 people. Plan to book E304 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    $134,900

    If you would like to tour this condo contact Jamie Palo: jamie@deerridge.com
    865-323-6350

    Call 865-323-6350
    Jamie Palo
    jamie@deerridge.com

  • Smoky Mountain Spring Picture Gallery 2020

    Spring has begone its bloom in the Smokies! Green is returning to the mountains, grass is growing again and soon we’ll be seeing all kinds of gorgeous flowers and colors surrounding our mountains, towns, houses and gardens.

    As an appetizer for the immense beauty we are about to receive in our region, we wanted to share this gallery of pictures taken by local photographer John Saunders in previous years. Just click the pics and enjoy!