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.

  • The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run For 2021

    Beginning tomorrow and going on until April 17th (though our Rod Run weekends typically see eventgoers enjoy the event through Sunday as well) is the annual Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run for 2021. Cars of generations ago return to the modern era reborn with incredible new shapes, colors, sizes, accessories and more will be centered around the LeConte Conference Center, but be spread out all across the parkway downtown.

    Mypigeonforge.com writes this:

    Car Show • Swap Meet • Car Corral

    The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run is a spectacular 3-day event for any car enthusiast! This annual car show features a $10,000 cash giveaway, Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and King of the Hill. In addition to a huge swap meet with hundreds of showcars and car corral.

    So come on out to the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge and join the many automotive enthusiasts for the area’s largest automotive event.

    The newly renovated location will allow for even more show cars, vendors and entertainment. Don’t miss this incredible event!

    How do I register for the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run?

    Visit the Rod Run website to download the registration form or contact MCS Promotions at (865) 687-8303.”

    See this event page at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/pigeon-forge-spring-rod-run.

  • Dollywood Grand Opening For 2021

    Dollywood has sent out announcements and emails that it will be opening to their 2021 season on March 13th as well on information on their Spring season festival. Here is what they provide from their website and email:

    “At Dollywood we celebrate the best of life as we light up the Smokies with rides, slides, music, food and laughter – day and night. We invite you to our Tennessee home where you can hold on tight to those you love most in the great outdoors in each beautiful season of the year. Start planning now!

    Offering more than 40 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world! Dollywood opens tomorrow, March 12, for Season Passholders and to the public on Saturday, March 13.”

    Spring Special Event: Flower & Food Festival
    April 23rd – June 7th, 2021

    “The Smokies are blooming like never before. Explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms, dance under a picturesque Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors from Dollywood chefs. Sample a variety of culinary delights from Dollywood Chefs at locations across the park for one low price. See one-of-a-kind plant sculptures each carefully created and pruned by seasoned horticulture artisans. Grown for months and months they take shape into a stunning array of topiary-like displays.”

    Visit www.dollywood.com today for more information on their 2021 grand opening and their upcoming Spring festival!

  • Shinerunners UTV Rentals

    Rent a UTV and discover the Smokies in a brand new way! What could be more fun than exploring the beautiful Smoky Mountains in your UTV Rental? One of the biggest things on vacation is trying to get the most bang for your buck. Did you know that we beat ALL competition in the area in prices AND rental hours? This means less money spent and more time enjoying the open road and family. Get the most out of your money with one of our rentals.

    We offer brand new UTV’s, competitive pricing, multiple rental plans and excellent customer service. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking to explore the gorgeous scenery that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer, we have a trail for you!

    Shinerunner’s UTV Rentals located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, TN, and Serves the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Wears Valley and Douglas Lake communities of the region. Visit us at https://shinerunnersutvrentals.com/.

  • Dollywood Opening Announcements

    Dollywood has updated their website with information on opening for 2021. We thought we should let the website speak for itself with these snapshots from www.dollywood.com.

  • Ripley’s Sips & Sharks

    Here’s something new that would inspire some of the adults-who-are-kids-at-heart-but-like-something-harder-to-drink to get out of the house and come to the Aquarium: Ripley’s Sips and Sharks.

    From the main Ripley’s website:

    “Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will be hosting Sips & Sharks events! Sips & Sharks is an adult (21+) sleepover that gives guests overnight access to the Aquarium. This experience includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a behind the scenes tour, movie, continental breakfast, and much more!”

    This event is scheduled for February 13th and September 25th, 2021, both Fridays, at 8:00PM and lasting overnight.

    Edit: The February 13th date has sold out of tickets. Perhaps not surprising as it sounds like quite a lot of fun for adults. Only tickets for September 25th are currently available.

    See this event and reserve tickets at https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/event/sips-n-sharks-grownup-sleepover/2021-09-25/.

  • 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.