• 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.

  • Condo for sale A101

    A-101
    This two bedroom, two bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing east and offers a beautiful sunrise view of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a nice overview of the Front 9 at Bent Creek Golf Course. This unit will sleep 4-6 people. Plan to book A101 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    $125,000

    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

  • 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 A302

    A-302
    This one bedroom plus loft, one bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing east and offers a beautiful sunrise view of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a nice overview of the Front 9 at Bent Creek Golf Course. This top floor unit will sleep 4-6 people. Plan to book A302 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    $99,900

    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

  • Condo for sale C307

    C-307
    This top floor unit with its own private balcony offers a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains stretching from the Village of Cobbly Nob to Gatlinburg. You also have a great view of the Back 9 of the Bent Creek Golf Course located in the valley below. This one bedroom, one bath, with loft that sleeps 4-6 people has everything you need to enjoy your stay at Deerridge including a wood burning fireplace. Relax and enjoy your stay in C307 and have a Great vacation in the Smoky Mountains.

    $115,000 – MLS# 227295

    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

  • Condo for sale E203

    E-203
    Come cozy up to the wood-burning fireplace in this 2 bedroom/2 bath condo while you watch the snow fall on the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops and updated sink. Your private balcony faces southwest so you not only enjoy beautiful sunsets but also the romantic twinkling lights of Gatlinburg after dark. The master bedroom has a King bed, while the second bedroom offers two twins with trundles. There is also a recliner in the living room. All three rooms have new DVD players and flat screen TVs. Bring your own movies or select from several available right in your unit. An in-room safe and pack-and-play crib are also provided for your convenience. This unit is a very short walk to the indoor pool, sauna and laundry room. There are no steps to carry heavy suitcases up or down, just walk straight in from your vehicle. Book E-203 now and make it your home away from home!

    $135,000 – MLS #227574

    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

  • 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.

    $99,900.00

    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!

  • Condo for sale E303

    E303
    This two bedroom (plus loft), two 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 6-8 people. Plan to book E303 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    $130,000

    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

  • Brewing Companies in Gatlinburg (2020)

    We’ve posted a few times about the distillery industry that practically re-invented vacations in the Smokies for adults around the start of the 2010s and try to update the list every so often as that industry continues to thrive in East Tennessee. The list you saw 2 years ago may be very different today, so as part of our commitment to keeping visitors and fans of Smoky Mountain attractions near Deer Ridge, we have collected here an updated list of breweries, distilleries and moonshine shrineries (we invented that word just now) in Gatlinburg for 2020.

    Please enjoy responsibly:

    Bootleggers Homemade Wine
    903 Parkway Suite 108 Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 603-6200
    http://www.bootleggerswine.com/

    Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery
    519 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 325-1468
    Toll Free: (800) 398-5132
    https://doccollier.co/

    Gatlinburg Brewing Company
    458 Parkway Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
    (865) 412-1123
    https://gatlinburgbrewingcompany.com

    Gatlinburg Wine Cellar
    702 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 412-1065
    https://gatlinburgwinecellar.com/

    Goodwater Winery Gatlinburg
    651 Parkway Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
    (423) 623-0681
    http://www.goodwatervineyards.com/

    Little Bear Winery
    631 Parkway Suite B Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
    (865) 325-1836
    https://littlebearwinery.net/

    Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
    903 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-6995
    https://olesmoky.com/

    Ole Smoky Whiskey Distillery
    650 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-6995
    https://olesmoky.com/

    Smoky Mountain Brewery
    1004 Parkway Suite 501 Gatlinburg, TN 37738-
    (865) 436-4200
    https://smoky-mtn-brewery.com/

    Smoky Mountain Winery
    450 Cherry Street Suite 2 Gatlinburg, TN 37738-
    (865) 436-7551
    Toll Free: 1-888-765-9463
    http://www.smokymountainwinery.net/

    Sugarland Cellars
    1133 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 325-1110
    Toll Free: 1-855-228-5217
    https://sugarlandcellars.com/

    Sugarlands Distilling Company
    805 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 325-1355
    https://sugarlandcellars.com/

    Tennessee Cider Company
    611 Parkway Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
    (865) 412-5005
    https://tncidercompany.com/

    Tennessee Homemade Wines
    643 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 412-1030
    https://www.tnhomemadewines.com/