At Deer Ridge Mountain Resort it is all about the View. No matter what you go and do during the day you will be greeting each morning and evening with the most incredible sunrise and sunset in the Smokies. We hope to provide you with great ideas of things to do and special happenings at our Resort as we write about things you will want to know as you become a Past Guest at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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/

  • 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.

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    Videos:

  • 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/.