• Get To Know Clingman’s Dome

    In the wide and wild expanse of hiking the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides us, has Clingman’s Dome ever been on your list of destinations? You’ve likely heard of it before as it has been an iconic landmark of our area for generations (it even predates color photography!), but for those who continue to be curious, we’d like to put a spotlight on it and highlight some more information!

    From https://www.nps.gov:

    “At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, rise higher. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top.

    Clouds, precipitation, and cold temperatures are common at Clingmans Dome. Temperatures at the dome can be 10 -20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than in the surrounding lowlands. In fact, the cool, wet conditions on Clingmans Dome’s summit make the spruce-fir forest that grows there a coniferous rainforest. Proper preparation is essential for a good visit. Dress in layers and be sure to bring a jacket, even in summer.

    It’s seven miles to the end of Clingmans Dome Road and there are scenic pullouts with endless views of ridges and valleys along the way. The road ends in a large parking area from which a 0.5 mile trail leads to the summit. The trail is paved but steep, and leads to an observation tower on top.

    Besides the trail to the summit, there are several trails that start on Clingmans Dome Road and parking area. The Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses Clingmans Dome, marking the highest point along its journey from Georgia to Maine. The Forney Ridge Trail leads to Andrews Bald, a high-elevation grassy bald.”

     

    Read more at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm.

  • Winterfest Events 2020 Starting Today

    It is officially and effectively winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less obvious reason is that we have capabilities for Winter sports enthusiasts to break out their skis, snowboards and more; and those seeking to get a hot burst of adrenaline out in the cold will want to get to the Smokies ASAP!

    Here are some Winterfest events we have coming up:

    * Ober Gatlinburg – Winter Sports *
    11/21/20 – Easter Day 2021

    Ober Gatlinburg is the mountainside amusement park overlooking the city and it functions in the Winter season as both a family fun center and a sports center where they offer the only place to ski, snowboard, snowtube and ice skate for miles around. Definitely a worthy visit. https://obergatlinburg.com/winter/

    * Sevierville Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland *
    12/1/20 – 1/3/21

    From Visitsevierville.com: “It is officially and effectively winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less obvious reason is that we have capabilities for Winter sports enthusiasts to break out their skis, snowboards and more; and those seeking to get a hot burst of adrenaline out in the cold will want to get to know more about these facilities!”
    https://visitsevierville.com/EventsCalendar.aspx#!/208477-shadracks-christmas-wonderland

    * Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade *
    12/4/20

    From Gatlinburg.com: “On December 4, the 45th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade rolls through downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the beginning of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.

    Floats will be decorated with one-of-a-kind displays of LED lights, marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and holiday characters.”
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/36/

    * Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival *
    12/9/20 – 12/12/20

    Every year hundreds of fans pour into the Evergreen Smoky Mountain Lodge & Convention Center to come to the Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival. While the bluegrass festival is enough fun for anyone, there is so much more to offer in Pigeon Forge! The festival is held in the heart of Pigeon Forge on Parkway. The whole city is decorated for Christmas and sparkles everywhere you go at night. There is lots of shopping, food, and fun in Pigeon Forge. Come join us this year at the festival! https://bluegrasschristmasinsmokies.com/

    Find more events at mypigeonforge.com, gatlinburg.com and visitsevierville.com.

  • Gatlinburg Veteran’s Day Observance

    On November 11th, the city of Gatlinburg will be holding its traditional observance of Veteran’s Day at Rocky Top Sports World for 2020. Masks and social distancing practices will be encouraged or may be required for all attendees, but otherwise it is a welcome return to tradition in the Smoky Mountains as we near the end of 2020 and re-establish our commitment to honoring veterans past and present in East Tennessee.

    Gatlinburg.com writes:

    “For more than 20 years, Gatlinburg has celebrated Veterans Day with a tribute to honor the United States Military service members and veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee recognizes the ceremony as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Rocky Top Sports World.

    The ceremony will feature special performances and appearances by the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band, the American Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, distinguished vocalist Jay Teter and a dramatic presentation by the American Eagle Foundation. Retired Gatlinburg Police Department Captain Jim Maples will present the POW-MIA Table/Invocation.

    The event is free to the public.”

    As part of our commitment to honoring veterans and current-serving military personnel, Deer Ridge offers the best military discount in the Smoky Mountains, as well as military reunion faculties and amenities. See more by clicking here.

  • 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
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  • 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.