• 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

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

    Gatlinburg Brewing Company
    458 Parkway Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
    (865) 412-1123

    Gatlinburg Wine Cellar
    702 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 412-1065

    Goodwater Winery Gatlinburg
    651 Parkway Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
    (423) 623-0681

    Little Bear Winery
    631 Parkway Suite B Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
    (865) 325-1836

    Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
    903 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-6995

    Ole Smoky Whiskey Distillery
    650 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-6995

    Smoky Mountain Brewery
    1004 Parkway Suite 501 Gatlinburg, TN 37738-
    (865) 436-4200

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

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

    Sugarlands Distilling Company
    805 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 325-1355

    Tennessee Cider Company
    611 Parkway Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
    (865) 412-5005

    Tennessee Homemade Wines
    643 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 412-1030

  • The Year In Review: Snow in 2019

    On the subject of our last blog post, it was suggested we could also gather together some of the media we took of snow in Deer Ridge from 2019. A good idea, indeed! Here are some pictures and videos of how gorgeous Deer Ridge can look when we have a snowfall.




  • Where To See Snow in the Smokies

    We have said goodbye to 2019 and the holidays for now and hello to the new year and the second half of the Winterfest season in the Smokies. After the month-long celebration that is December, we do appreciate the quieter and more atmospheric period that follows, but Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cosby and the nearby communities are not devoid of reason to visit our region – we have one thing we can reliably look forward to in January and February.

    You guessed it: snow! Although we have gotten snow in late 2019 before Christmas and sometimes do each year, the months where we know we can expect it for sure are January, February and March. There may be only a handful of snowfalls per year, but that just makes it all the more special! From there, visitors and Deer Ridge guests often ask for suggestions of how to see snow when it falls on the distance peaks or here in town, and we have this article prepared for that.

    Let’s take a look:

    Ober Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Snow
    The first recommendations are sort of a cheat, but if you want to be as close to guaranteed snow-styled fun in the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Snow are the best places for them. The reason for this is they CREATE their own snow at their attraction establishments daily – Ober Gatlinburg from early-mid December to around the start of the March (give or take a week) and Pigeon Forge Snow all-year-round. Ober Gatlinburg creates snow so winter sports enthusiasts can get their snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing, ice skating and fill of more while Pigeon Forge Snow offers indoor snow tubing and a snow play area for the little’uns. And don’t forget the views you can see from the Ober Gatlinburg attraction and its gondola cars.

    See Ober Gatlinburg at www.obergatlinburg.com and Pigeon Forge Snow at www.pigeonforgesnow.com.

    Newfound Gap
    Newfound Gap is also somewhat tricky as it comes with the caveat that, often, when there is snow, the National Park Service will close sections of the road for safety. That being said, because Newfound Gap is the road that goes straight into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, connecting Gatlinburg to Cherokee, even if the road is closed at the Sugarlands Visitors Center, you will still get quite a lot of gorgeous views of the snow covering the dense and lush surrounding forest – and the Visitors Center itself and the outdoor trails to it are usually open during snowfall as well. This author himself has hiked the nearby trail when 2 or more inches of snow had fallen and shut down much of the rest of the town. It was an extremely memorable experience.

    See the Sugarlands Visitors Center at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm.

    Gatlinburg SkyLift and SkyBridge
    The Gatlinburg SkyLift is one of the oldest attractions in town and has consistently provided decades of views and atmospheric wonder for Gatlinburg visitors. They have a much newer attraction and one that got national attention with the SkyBridge that was completed in 2019. The SkyBridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge on the continent and both the Lift and the Bridge will give you incredible views of snow-covered Smoky Mountains – some that were previously unable to obtain without a drone.

    See more on the Gatlinburg SkyLift and SkyBridge at https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com.

    Space Needle
    Short of turning yourself into a bird, there is no better way to see the sights of Gatlinburg from the center of the city than the impossible-to-miss Space Needle. The Space Needle takes visitors over 400 feet above the ground of the downtown strip and allows for full 360 degree views of the city, the woods, the mountains and the peaks of the mountains as well as coin-operated super binocular stations that let you see incredibly close up on the city and those distant, white-covered peaks. Practically no visit to Gatlinburg is complete without going to the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

    See more on the Gatlinburg Space Needle at https://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com/.

    And of course, Deer Ridge condos provide the BEST views of the Smokies from our condo porches and you will be able to get more than a handful of wonderful snow pictures of the Smokies onsite alone. Get some ideas of what our views look like at https://deerridge.com/photo-gallery/.

  • 2019 In Review: Smoky Mountain Bear Sightings

    By request: this blog post is a compilation of the Smoky Mountain black bear sightings that our guests and ourselves have captured with digital cameras in 2019. We look forward to seeing our ursine neighbors again for 2020!


    And some videos!

  • Gatlinburg Parade 2019 Video Replay

    Missed this year’s Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg? Here’s a video of it that you can catch up on:

  • Christmas Attractions and Events in Gatlinburg

    Looking for ways to enjoy the Christmas splendor for an upcoming trip to Gatlinburg? We’ve got you covered with holiday events right here as listed by Gatlinburg.com. Take a look and plan ahead!

    SkyLift Park “Lights Over Gatlinburg”

    November 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020

    “The holidays are a special time in Gatlinburg, and this year there’s no better place to experience the magic than the SkyLift Park.

    Join us as the SkyLift and SkyDeck become a celebration of the holidays with Christmas decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, and take in the best views in Gatlinburg as you gaze out over town and deep into the Smoky Mountains while warming up around the fire pit with a hot chocolate or cider.

    Next, make your way up to the SkyBridge which will become even more incredible as it is transformed into a tunnel of vibrant lights stretching out across the mountain to create a holiday experience you’ll always remember.

    Through Sunday, December 15, guests can save $4 on tickets purchased at the SkyLift Park by bringing a new toy to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.”

    See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-skylift-park-lights-over-gatlinburg/.

    Enchanted Winter Celebration at Anakeesta
    November 26, 2019 – February 17, 2020

    “Anakeesta transforms into a woodland winter wonderland! Make your winter vacation plans special this Season with twinkling lights, holiday sights, and warm cocoa around the fire – discover it all during Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter celebration!

    – Immerse yourself in an enchanting 1000′ tunnel of twinkling arctic lights as you stroll from Firefly Village to Vista Garden
    – Enjoy whimsically decorated live Christmas trees at Vista Gardens and on the Parkway
    – Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the beautiful display of holiday lights throughout Anakeesta
    – Santa will be handing out treats and available for family holiday photos at Firefly Village November 29-30 and December 20-21 from 11 AM – 3 PM creating special memories with families and children
    – Discover the perfect selfie spot at our giant Anakeesta Snow Globe where the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park acts as a natural scenic backdrop
    – Stroll along the Treetop Skywalk at night and immerse yourself in a – Forest of Firefly lights that every adult and child will want to experience
    – Enjoy Winter food specials and hot drinks like our famous Wassail at Cliff Top Grill and Bar and Pearl’s Pie in the Sky
    – Shop our quaint retail shops to find the perfect Holiday gifts you will want to share with friends and family
    – Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the holiday lights
    – And….when it snows in the mountains, Anakeesta is the very best spot to enjoy the views of fresh snowfall on the Mt. LeConte range.”

    See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/enchanted-winter-celebration-at-anakeesta/.

    Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
    November 29, 2019 – December 22, 2019

    “Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!

    Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29-30 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on Dec 6-7, 13-14, 20-21. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights….making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!”

    See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-smoky-mountain-tunes-and-tales/.

    New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
    December 31, 2019

    “On Tuesday, December 31, Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for it’s 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Since 1987, this family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s end-of-the-year celebration will be a spectacular start of a new decade.

    With live music, fabulous downtown celebrations and activities, the streets of Gatlinburg come alive to offer plenty of exciting ways to celebrate the last night of the year, all while leading up to a midnight firework show and ball drop at the base of the 400-foot Space Needle.

    This year, the renowned Journey tribute band, Departure, joins the downtown celebration with an exciting live performance beginning at 10:30 pm. The party is adjacent to the Space Needle at 120 Historic Nature Trail.

    Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses.”

    See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-ball-drop-and-fireworks-show/.

  • Halloween in Gatlinburg 2019

    For those who want to see the Halloween thrills, chills and spooks for 2019, here are some worthwhile events to look forward to. Take a look:


    The Legend of Hallow Mountain
    Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

    “Enter a world of whimsy and scares at Anakeesta’s Legend of Hallow Mountain. From kid-friendly Halloween fun to pulse-pounding scare zones, everyone will find their level of fun… or FEAR…at Anakeesta.

    For all ages throughout the day, Autumn at Anakeesta will offer family-friendly crafts, games, activities, not-so-spooky character visits, and fall-inspired treats for all.

    As the nightlife awakes, the Treetop Skywalk with 16 sky bridges transforms into the NEW Firefly Forest, Anakeesta Gem Mining treasures begin to glow, Halloween movies air at the overlook and the mountain coaster and zipline rides turn into haunted adventures and the Vista Gardens transform into Hallow Mountain Graveyard where the undead rise to seek their way off Hallow Mountain… enter if you DARE!

    Autumn at Anakeesta and Hallow Mountain are included in the cost of general admission. Zombie Ziplining and the Haunted Rail Runner Mountain Coaster require an additional ticket purchase.” – Gatlinburg.com

    See more on Anakeesta at https://www.anakeesta.com/.


    Ripley’s Fright Nights
    Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

    “Celebrate 21 years of Fright Nights with Nostalgic Nightmare at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure! Travel back to the 1980s with our warped versions of your favorite toys, cartoons, television shows, and movies! See how many twisted characters you recognize.

    Fright Night shows run every Friday–Sunday from 6pm until close, with a special event night on Halloween. A character parade kicks off the festivities every evening at 6pm, so have your camera ready!

    There is no extra charge to experience the Fright Nights show. You can find additional package options online and at our ticket booth!” – official website

    See more on Ripley’s Haunted Adventure at https://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/haunted-adventure/.


    Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival
    Anakeesta and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

    “A fantastic family Halloween day event from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Fun for visiting guests and local residents – contests, costumed characters, candy and more await guests who attend this annual Halloween extravaganza. Festival locations will be at Anakeesta Plaza and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza in Gatlinburg.”

    See more Gatlinburg events at https://www.gatlinburg.com/.



  • Homecoming Spotlight: Marilyne and Logan Asbury

    Spotlight: Marilyne and Logan Asbury of Wild Mountain Honey
    September 28th

    Playing mandolin and dobro in addition to guitar Logan combines his eclectic musical taste with Marilyne’s elegant songwriting to produce a unique blend of contemporary American music. Performing songs they have both co-written and written individually as well a large repertoire of classic favorites of multiple genres, Marilyne and Logan have been featured artists at the Smoky Mountain Song Writers Festival for the past 7 years. Free s’mores and entertainment from 6:00PM – 8:00PM while you enjoy lounge specials and the Best Views in the Smokies.

    Marilyne and Logan Asbury are part of the Wild Mountain Honey music group. Their Facebook page describe themselves thusly:

    “Wild Mountain Honey is group of musicians from Eastern Tennessee. Members include Cindy Wallace playing fiddle/violin, guitar and vocals; Laura Wallace-Knight on fiddle/violin, percussion and vocals; Marilyne Mayhall, lead vocalist and guitarist; Logan Asbury on guitar, mandolin, dobro and vocals.

    Wild Mountain Honey toured throughout Kentucky,Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia and were a favorite around the Smoky Mountains performing for the city of Gatlinburg on a regular basis as well as many concert dates at Dollywood. They have been a regularly featured band at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Wild Mountain Honey performs many different styles and genres including folk, rock, rockabilly, bluegrass, and traditional country as well as current and classic standards and original compositions.”

    See more on Marilyne and Logan Asbury and the Wild Mountain Honey music group at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Wild-Mountain-Honey-869524193106977.

  • Homecoming Spotlight: Hale Entertainment

    Spotlight: Hale Entertainment
    September 21st

    Free to our guests from 5:00PM – 7:00PM, enjoy entertainment on our sundeck with DJs provided by Hale Entertainment. Awesome sounds of the season as we enjoy lounge specials, free s’mores and the Best Views in the Smokies.


    From their website:
    “Hale Entertainment is a husband-wife team dedicated to providing you with premium Photography, professional DJ services, and state of the art sound and lighting systems, bringing affordable, first class entertainment to your wedding day or other special occasion. We know that your event is a special day and we take pride in focusing on you and your needs to make sure that it is a fun and memorable experience for you and your guests.

    William has been entertaining internationally since 1992 in the mobile/wedding DJ industry, cruise ships, conventions, corporate events, dance clubs, and venues including but not limited to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Hard Rock Cafe, and the New Years Eve celebrations at the  Ceaser’s Palace in Las Vegas and the Space Needle in Gatlinburg, TN.

    Enjoy great tunes with lounge specials and the Best View in the Smokies when you join us for Deer Ridge Homecoming on September 21st from 5-7 pm.   ​​​

    See more on Hale Entertainment at https://www.haleentertainment.net/.

  • Homecoming Spotlight: Smokey Mountain Sounds

    As part of our Deer Ridge Homecoming series of get-togethers for September, we’ll be featuring entertainment from local professional entertainers and we’d like to highlight each of them on our blog so you can get to know them before they arrive at Deer Ridge.

    Spotlight: Smokey Mountain Sounds
    September 14th

    Enjoy entertainment brought to you from 5:00PM – 7:00PM by DJ Services Smoky Mountain Sounds. Awesome entertainment fun at no cost to our guests. Check out our lounge specials for this event! Free s’mores and the Best Views in the Smokies will be the stars of the show!


    From their website:

    “Smokey Mountain Sounds is a professional DJ service specializing in weddings. We are based in the Smokey Mountains serving the surrounding areas, which includes Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. We have over 20 years of creating memories one song at a time.

    Our DJs spend a minimum of 15 to 20 hours preparing for your event before it even starts, from staying in touch with you, the event planner and other vendors; working on completing the itinerary, as well as finalizing all the details. We go to the venue between two and three hours before the event to set up and stay late to take down after the event. My company and I are fully licensed and insured so you do not have to worry about anything that may happen at your event.

    At Smokey Mountain Sounds, we never just go to an event without pre-planning. When you hire us, you need to know that we care and will dedicate 100% of our attention to your event.”

    See more on Smokey Mountain Sounds at http://smokeymountainsounds.com/.