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.

  • Smoky Mountain Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving Day 2021

    Alamo Steakhouse
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.alamosteakhouse.com

    Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
    Thanksgiving Day
    8:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com/

    Aubrey’s Sevierville
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://aubreysrestaurants.com/sevierville/

    Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.bigdaddyspizzeria.net/

    Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.bennetts-bbq.com/

    Best Italian
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://www.bestitalian.com/

    Blue Moose Burgers & Wings
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://bluemooseburgersandwings.com/

    Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.bestbbqintown.com/

    Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
    Thanksgiving Day
    12:00PM – 6:00PM
    https://www.bubbagump.com/

    Bullfish Grill
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://bullfishgrill.com/

    Calhoun’s in Pigeon Forge
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:30PM
    https://calhouns.com/menus-and-locations/pigeon-forge/

    Calhoun’s in Gatlinburg
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:30PM
    https://calhouns.com/menus-and-locations/pigeon-forge/

    Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse
    Thanksgiving Day
    4:00PM – 10:30PM
    https://cherokeegrill.com/

    Chesapeake’s Seafood and Raw Bar
    Thanksgiving Day
    4:00PM – 10:00PM
    https://chesapeakes.com/locations/gatlinburg/

    Cielito Lindo
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:30PM
    https://www.facebook.com/MyMexicanGrill/

    Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://kennedy-concepts.com/restaurants/crawdaddys/

    Denny’s
    Open 24 Hours
    https://locations.dennys.com/TN/PIGEON-FORGE/249380?utm_source=yext&utm_medium=local-listing&utm_campaign=yext-listing

    Dick’s Last Resort
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://dickslastresort.com/locations/pigeon-forge/

    El Ranchero Loco
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM to 10:00PM
    https://www.facebook.com/ElRancheroLocoMexicanRestaurant/

    El Soñador Mexican Restaurant
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM to 10:00PM
    http://elsonadormexicangrill.com/

    Five Oaks Farm Kitchen
    Thanksgiving Day
    10:30AM – 7:00PM
    https://fiveoaksfarmkitchen.com/

    Fuddruckers
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.fuddruckers.com/sevierville

    Gaucho Urbano
    Thanksgiving Day
    1:00PM – 10:00PM
    https://gauchourbano.com/

    Gondolier Italian Restaurant
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://gondolierpizza.com/

    Holston’s Kitchen
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM to 6:00PM
    https://holstonskitchen.com/

    IHOP
    Thanksgiving Day
    6:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://restaurants.ihop.com/en-us/tn/pigeon-forge/breakfast-3636-pkwy-4494

    Hard Rock Cafe
    Thanksgiving Day
    12:00PM – 9:00PM
    https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/pigeon-forge/

    Harpoon Harry’s Crab House
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 7:00PM
    https://harpoonharryscrabhouse.com/

    Howard’s Restaurant
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://www.howardsrestaurantgatlinburg.com/

    Johnny Carino’s
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.carinos.com/locations/pigeon-forge/

    Johnny Rockets
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 8:00PM
    https://locations.johnnyrockets.com/ll/US/TN/Gatlinburg/735-Parkway-#2

    JT Hannah’s Kitchen
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://jthannahs.com/

    LandShark Bar & Grill
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM to 10:00PM
    https://gatlinburg.landsharkbarandgrill.com

    Little Tokyo Restaurant
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://m.facebook.com/pages/Little-Tokyo-Hibachi-Grill-Sushi/153376314683946

    Mama’s Farmhouse
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 7:00PM
    https://www.mamasfarmhouse.com/

    Mellow Mushroom Pigeon Forge Island
    Thanksgiving Day
    12:00PM – 8:00PM
    https://mellowmushroom.com/location/tn-pigeon-forge-131-island-dr-ste-3101-37863/

    Mel’s Diner
    Thanksgiving Day
    7:00AM – 12:00AM
    https://www.melsdinerpf.com/

    Mountain Edge Grill
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:30AM – 8:00PM
    https://mountainedgegrill.com/

    Nagano Japanese Grill
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.facebook.com/NaganoJapaneseGrill

    Ole Red
    Thanksgiving Day
    2:00PM – 8:00PM
    https://olered.com/gatlinburg/

    Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
    Thanksgiving Day
    10:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://pauladeensfamilykitchen.com/

    Quaker Steak & Lube
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    http://thelube.com/locations/tennessee/sevierville/

    Smith & Son Corner Kitchen
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://smithandsoncornerkitchen.com/

    Smoky Mountain Brewery
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 12:00AM
    https://smoky-mtn-brewery.com/

    Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 12:00AM
    https://smoky-mtn-brewery.com/

    Sunliner Diner Pigeon Forge
    Thanksgiving Day
    10:00AM – 6:00PM
    https://www.sunlinerdiner.com/pigeon-forge/

    Taste of Italy
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:30AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.facebook.com/TasteofItalyGATLINBURG/

    Texas Roadhouse
    Thanksgiving Day
    3:00PM – 9:00PM
    https://www.texasroadhouse.com/locations/336-pigeon-forgetn

    TGI Fridays
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://locations.tgifridays.com/tn/pigeon-forge/2794-parkway.html

    The Melting Pot
    Thanksgiving Day
    4:00PM – 9:00PM
    https://www.meltingpot.com/gatlinburg-tn/

    The Old Mill Restaurant
    Thanksgiving Day
    8:00AM – 9:00PM
    https://www.old-mill.com/the-old-mill-restaurant

    The Park Grill
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:30AM – 4:00PM and 5:00PM – 9:00PM
    https://parkgrillgatlinburg.com/

    Three Jimmy’s Good Time Eatery
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 12:00AM
    https://threejimmys.com/

    Timberwood Grill
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 11:00PM
    https://timberwoodgrillpf.com/

    Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill
    Thanksgiving Day
    11:00AM – 10:00PM
    https://www.tomandearlsbackalleygrill.com/

    Waffle House
    Thanksgiving Day
    Open 24 Hours A Day
    https://locations.wafflehouse.com/pigeonforge-tn-2113

     

     

  • Sevierville\’s Winterfest Map For 2021

    Visit Sevierville’s website has published a map of Winterfest landmarks that can function as a tour of the lights for the holiday season. Take a look.

    See more on Winterfest events in the Smokies at:

    Sevierville
    https://visitsevierville.com/SmokyMountainWinterfest.aspx

    Pigeon Forge
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest

    Gatlinburg
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/events/winter/

  • Winterfest Kickoff Information 2021

    The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have posted their official information on Winterfest kickoff events for 2021 and we would like to repost them here.

    Pigeon Forge’s official tourism website writes:

    32nd Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration

    Draped in more than 5 million holiday lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November until February.

    From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Pigeon Forge Winterfest Celebration. The best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the holiday light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway. You can also download the Winterfest Driving Tour Map.

    Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with thousands of ornaments, millions of lights and over a mile of garland. Guests are treated to three different Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

    Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Smoky Mountain Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.”

    Gatlinburg’s official tourism website writes:

    “Celebrate the kickoff of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic at the 32nd Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s Chili Beans. Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, Gatlinburg hosts this annual event on Thursday, November 11 from 5 to 8 PM at the Anakeesta Plaza, located at 576 Parkway. Festivalgoers will enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    Tickets will be required for entry to 2021 Gatlinburg Chili Cook-Off
    Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.
    Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly suggest you purchase tickets in advance.
    There will be no refunds for this event.

    VIP tickets are $20 per person for early entry beginning at 5 p.m.
    General Admission tickets are $15 per person beginning at 5:30 p.m.
    Children 5 and under are free.

    Grand Ole Opry Member and Country Music Star Mark Wills headlines the entertainment.”

    See these full articles at:
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-chili-cookoff-and-winter-magic-presented-by-bushs-chili-beans/16/

  • Dollywood Pumpkin LumiNights Gallery 2021

    Looking to check out Dollywood’s Pumpkin LumiNights for 2021 before Halloween comes and goes? At least looking to get a look at some of what’s going on over there for this year? We’ve got a new quick gallery of this year’s Pumpkin LumiNights taken by Ge’ne Kea that we’d like to post here as we have with her photos in years before.

    Take a look:

    See Dollywood and Pumpkin LumiNights at <a href=”http://www.dollywood.com”>www.dollywood.com</a>.

  • The Hidden Gems Of The Arts and Crafts Community

    The Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg is the first major attraction other than the mountains themselves to bring people in from all around the United States and get to know more about the artisan soul of our region. Artists of all kinds reside here – painters, woodcrafters, potters, glass makers, sign makers, quilters, candle makers, upcyclers, jewelers, stone crafters… the list goes on.

    Much is written about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community and some stores are already well-known. In this article, we wanted to showcase some of the lesser-known shops from the Community that we visited lately and can recommend as part of your Gatlinburg visit. Take a look:

    Shaconage Stone Art & Jewelry
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    865-719=3999
    http://www.shaconagestoneartandjewelry.net/

    “Our unique product lines from the Stone Art to the Jewelry are made by local artists. Most of the items are Native American made. We are extremely proud of our artist and products.Our products are made by local artisans. The unique stone art is made by Walking Bear. Our jewelry is designed by Vidars Custom Jewelry, and Matoka. Our hand knapped arrowheads, bows and arrows are by Stone Bear. Walking Bear, Stone Bear and Les Coffee make our unique knives. Our herbal teas, oils and soaps are by Nuwati. We also carry products by other Native Americans. Each item is unique and one of a kind.”

    Hills Creek Gallery
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    865-430-7778
    https://www.hillscreek.com/

    “Est. 1991 Featuring the Award Winning Smoky Mountains Scenic, Wildlife and Nature Photography of M&D Hills. Enjoy unique handcrafted gifts, jewelry, art glass, kaleidoscopes, paperweights, metalwork, & pottery. Don’t miss our one of a kind selection of glass pendants and earrings by artist J. Hills. Plus so much more.”

    Elk River Gifts and Crafts
    608 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    865-412-1028
    https://www.facebook.com/elkrivercraftsandgifts/

    Ownby’s Woodcraft
    704 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    865-436-5254
    https://www.etsy.com/market/ownbys_woodcraft

    “Since the late 1800’s the Ownby’s carry on a long family tradition, turning native wood into beautiful wooden fruit, bowls, flowers, baskets, cutting boards, stools, birdhouses, bears, old timey games, toys & much more.”

    Hand-n-Heart Creations
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    865-412-1156
    https://www.facebook.com/handnheartcreationsgatlinburg/

    “We are a shop in the Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We feature a wide variety of unique, hand-crafted, artisan items from regional artists in a pleasant atmosphere.”

    White Buffalo Native American Gifts
    601 Glades Road Suite 2
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    865-335-9762

    Jams, Jellies, Nuts & More
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    865-436-8911

    Firefly Glass Studio
    830 Moyers Dr,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 206-6083
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/firefly-glass-studio/516/

    “Nancy Huff creates contemporary fused glass art. Ths studio offers a “You Create” experience for all ages. Stop by and design your own masterpiece that will be fired and shipped.”

    JJ Signs and Gifts
    170 Glades Road, Suite 22,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (260) 705-1058
    https://www.facebook.com/HancevilleAL/

    “Artist Joyce Branch free hands signs, paints acrylic paintings and creates unique art with glass and resin. Joyce is able to paint a sign for you while you wait or create a special unique piece of art for your home or business.”

    Lil’ Bit of Gatlinburg
    575 Proffitt Rd.,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 430-4280
    https://www.lilbitofgatlinburg.com/

    “Come explore our unique sampling of craft and whimsy. We offer so much for the casual gift shopper, as well as the refined collector. From novelties to candles to pottery to paintings and handcrafted items from local artisans. Gift Wrapping Services offered here. Save time and hassle. Bring all of your gift wrap needs to us. If it’s more than a few, we’ll come to you. Call for more info and availability.”

    Smoky Mountain Gold 2
    601 Glades Rd # 8,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-6805

    The Rampant Lion – A Pub & Wine Bar
    734 Powdermill Rd,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 567-5217
    http://www.therampantlionpub.com/

    “A Celtic Pub and Wine Bar on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, nestled in the Arts and Crafts Community Centre. Starting with a wide selection of Whisky’s, ciders, wine coolers and cheeses, plus a tapas restaurant with offerings from around the world.”

  • Special Events For Autumn (and Beyond!) For 2021

    * Sevierville Harvest Festival
    NOW – September 30th, 2021
    https://www.visitSevierville.com/fall

    * Autumn Adventures At Anakeesta
    NOW – October 31, 2021
    https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/events/autumn-adventures

    * Oktoberfest At Ober
    NOW – October 31, 2021
    https://obergatlinburg.com/oktoberfest/

    * Dollywood Harvest Festival presented by Humana
    NOW – October 30, 2021
    https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

    * Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood
    NOW – October 30, 2021
    https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

    * National Quartet Convention
    September 26, 2021 – October 02, 2021
    https://natqc.com/

    * Rotary Club Fall Crafts Fair
    October 01, 2021 – October 30, 2021
    www.pigeonforgerotary.org

    * Ripley’s Fright Nights
    October 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021
    https://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/haunted-adventure/

    * Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
    October 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021
    http://www.visitSevierville.com/fall

    * Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming
    October 1, 2021 – October 3, 2021
    http://www.smokymountainhomecoming.com

    * Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
    October 7, 2021 – October 24, 2021
    https://craftsmenfair.com/

    * Monsters on the Mountain
    October 15, 2021 – October 17, 2021
    https://www.monstersonthemountain.com/

    * Halloween Trick of Treat at The Island
    October 31, 2021 – October 31, 2021
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/halloween-trick-treat

    * Wears Valley Fall Festival
    October 15, 2021 – October 17
    https://www.wearsvalleyfallfest.com

    * Ripley’s Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival
    October 31, 2021
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-trick-or-treat-kick-off-karnival/25/

    * Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
    Nov 06, 2021 to Jan 02, 2022
    https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Smoky-Mountain-Christmas

    * Smoky Mountain Gift Show
    November 10, 2021 – November 13, 2021
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-gift-show/59/

    * Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff and Winterfest Kickoff Presented by Bush’s Chili Beans
    November 11, 2021
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-chili-cookoff-and-winterfest-kickoff-presented-by-bushs-chili-beans/16/

    * Pigeon Forge Winterfest
    Nov 13, 2021 to Feb 14, 2022
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest

    * Festival of Trees
    November 24, 2021 – November 28, 2021
    http://gatlinburgfestivaloftrees.com/index.html

    * Great Smoky Thanksgiving & Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
    November 29, 2021 – December 4, 2021
    https://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/

  • Smoky Mountain Foliage Forecast Information For 2021

    Get and stay up to date information on the Smoky Mountain foliage forecast with www.gatlinburgtnguide.com. Here is an excerpt from their post for this year:

    “Each year, we post the very first Gatlinburg Fall Colors Forecast before anyone else, which we have historically posted in August…way before anyone else even attempts to “guess”. We put a lot of research and experience into providing the most accurate forecasts, which have been right on the money since we started posting our fall foliage forecasts years ago! Before you think we’re crazy, keep reading to see the science behind our prediction and see when we expect fall colors to start appearing throughout the Smoky Mountains.

    Fall is a special season in Gatlinburg, TN and the Smoky Mountains as the temperatures drop, sweet aromas fill the air, and trees turn into an incredibly beautiful display of colors. The fall colors in Gatlinburg are one of the most beautiful sights that you will ever see. Each year, people always ask when the leaves will change color in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains in hopes of planning a visit at just the right time to see the colors at their peak (when they are the brightest).

    Foliage Forecast: September 17, 2021 – While the weather has been warm and enjoyable, the higher temps haven’t helped foliage get in the color-changing mood just yet. A quick look at the webcams around Gatlinburg show that pretty much everything is still green. There are some cooler temperatures in the forecast for the next two weeks, which look a bit more favorable for fall colors. However, the highs will still be in the 70’s and the rain in the forecast for the next week throws in a slight speedbump as well.”

    Read the full article at https://www.gatlinburgtnguide.com/fall-colors-forecast/.

    The Gatlinburg Skylift webcam has one of the best views of the Smoky Mountain foliage colors, so we present it here embedded from their Youtube video page:

  • What’s In Store At The Sevier County Fair 2021

    Information on the upcoming Sevier County Fair for 2021 from the official Sevier County Fair website is as follows:

    “The Sevier County Fair is back… better than ever!

    August 31st-September 6th, 2021

    Here’s just a taste of what you can look forward to at the Fair this year. We can’t wait to see you!

    * Exhibit Hall
    The Exhibit Hall: Showcasing exhibits from folks in our community like you. Whether photography, floral, produce, or arts & crafts there is something for everyone. See what one the Blue Ribbon or Best of Show.

    * Livestock
    No fair is complete without the Livestock! You will find different shows throughout the week which include cattle, poultry, sheep, & goats.

    * Contests
    FREE contests can be found during the week. From throwing a cast iron skillet to how quick you can eat your atomic hot wings. Win or lose, still loads of fun.

    * Entertainment
    All entertainment is included with your admission. Multiple choices each night. We have something for everyone. Back again for 2021 is our Bulls & Broncs Rodeo – 2 Nights!

    * Live Music
    Live Music every night – all genres
    Rock – Oldies – Country
    And Much More!”

    There is also going to be a “Sevier County Pit Master Showdown” as a 3-day event from August 31st to September 2nd. 1st Place wins $1,000. Second Place wins $500 and Third Place wins $250. There is an entry fee of $125 and there are two-person teams and 20 spots being professionally judged.

    See the official website for full information on the upcoming event at https://seviercountyfair.org/.

  • Tennessee Tax Free Holiday 2021

    It’s that time again for our favorite late Summer, just-before-school-starts holiday and this year is going to be different than the years before it in the state of TN.

    Tax Free Holiday is not a single weekend affair for 2021. This year there are three different categories of tax-free items; one of which has already started and continues on until… June 2022?? Only in Tennessee!

    Let’s take a look:

    Event 1: Clothes, School Supplies and Computers

    Tennessee’s traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

    During this time clothing, school supplies and computers may be purchased tax-free. Certain restrictions apply. Items sold online are also eligible. Items must be purchase for personal use, not for business or trade.

    Exempt:
    * General apparel that costs $100 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.

    * School and art supplies with a purchase price of $100 or less per item, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist paintbrushes.

    * Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less.

    * Laptop computers, if priced at $1,500 or less, also qualify as well as tablet computers.

    Not exempt:
    * Apparel items priced at more than $100.

    * Items sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum.

    * Items such as jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment.

    * School and art supplies individually priced at more than $100.

    * Items that are normally sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum.

    * Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs.

    * Individually purchased software.

    * Printer supplies.

    * Household appliances.

    Event 2: Food, Ingredients and Prepared Food

    During the period beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, July 30, 2021 and ending Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm, food, food ingredients, and prepared foods are exempt from sales tax. This includes qualified sales of prepared food by restaurants, food trucks, caterers, and grocery stores.

    Sales of alcoholic beverages are not included in items exempt during this period.

    Food and food ingredients are defined as liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value. Food and food ingredients do not include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements.

    Prepared Food – A food item qualifies as prepared food if it:

    * Is sold in a heated state or heated by the seller,
    * Contains two or more food ingredients mixed together by the seller for sale as a single item; or
    * Is sold with eating utensils, such as plates, knives, forks, spoons, glasses, cups, napkins, or straws provided by the vendor.

    Prepared food does not include food that is only cut, repackaged, or pasteurized by the seller, and eggs, fish, meat, poultry, and foods containing these raw animal foods requiring cooking by the consumer as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent food borne illnesses.

    Event 3: Gun Safes and Safety Devices

    Gun safes and safety devices sold at retail are exempt from sales and use tax during the holiday period beginning at 12:01 am on July 1, 2021 and ending at 11:59 pm on June 30, 2022.

    A “gun safe” is defined as:

    * A locking container or other enclosure equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or other locking device that is designed and intended for the secure storage of one or more firearms.

    A “gun safety device” is defined as:

    * Any integral device to be equipped or installed on a firearm that permits the user to program the firearm to operate only for specified persons designated by the user through computerized locking devices or other means integral to and permanently part of the firearm.

    See https://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/sales-tax-holiday.html for full information.

  • Top 8 Things to Do This Summer in Gatlinburg

    The main tourism website for the city of Gatlinburg published this blog post recently and we thought there was enough good information on it that we would like to share it on this blog as well.

    From www.gatlinburg.com:

    Top 8 Things to Do This Summer in Gatlinburg

    “1. Outdoor adventures
    No summer vacation is complete without escaping to the mountains for an adventure. Great Smoky Mountains National Park holds the record for being America’s most visited national park – and for good reason. Hit any of the park’s 900+ miles of hiking trails and discover historical settlements, cascading waterfalls, and scenic views along its many paths. Along with its numerous trails, there is no shortage of ways to get out and experience the park’s unique wilderness, from guided nature hikes to scenic drives, to river rafting and horseback riding. Motor routes like the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Cade’s Cove loop road also let you sightsee at a Sunday-drive pace and offer plenty of picnic areas to stop and enjoy lunch along the way.

    2. Panoramic views
    For a truly magnificent photo op, try viewing the Smokies from above. You can enjoy panoramic views of the mountains on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Space Needle, Aerial Tramway, or from the comfort of an Anakeesta Chondola. You can also hop in the car and take a scenic drive up to the Gatlinburg Bypass for an amazing view of the city surrounded by the Smoky Mountains.

    3. Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Loop
    Gatlinburg’s famous Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community – which started from a local tradition for making craftsmen goods – has since grown to be the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Find quality creations inside every storefront along with the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop that’s home to weavers, potters, painters, jewelers, candlemakers, and many other artists.

    4. Family Fun
    With activities and excitement lining both sides of downtown, Gatlinburg is a great place for family attractions. Kids of all ages can play in a magical treehouse village or race together on duel ziplines when families discover Gatlinburg’s newest theme park, Anakeesta. For any family looking for a variety of things to do, there’s just nothing like Ober Gatlinburg. With rides like the Alpine Slide and Ski Mountain Coaster, year-round ice skating and a special area for the littlest ones, this amusement park is a favorite family destination. Families that enjoy a challenge can work together in a 60-minute race against the clock to break out from Gatlin’s Escape Games, one of the most adrenaline-pumping attractions in Gatlinburg. There are countless other family activities in town, from the wonderful Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to museums and mirror mazes.

    5. Fourth of July
    There’s no better place to celebrate July 4th than Gatlinburg, because we start earlier than anybody else. Gatlinburg’s 46th annual 4th of July Midnight Parade begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 4 and is the first Independence Day celebration in the nation. At 1 p.m. on July 4th, the action moves to the Little Pigeon with the River Raft Regatta. You can participate or cheer on your favorite floatable in this fun and competitive Independence Day tradition. The big finale comes after dark when a spectacular firework show from The Space Needle lights up downtown at 11 p.m.

    6. Romance
    Are you getting married this summer? Gatlinburg is one of the most romantic places in the world, not only for couples tying the knot and newlyweds honeymooning but for lovers who want to renew their relationships.

    7. Gatlinburg Farmers Market
    Every year from May to October, our local farmers, artisans and food producers gather on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 next to the Post Office on East Parkway. The Gatlinburg Farmers Market features fresh, local produce, eggs, homemade baked goods and items like jams, honey and natural health products.

    8. Summer music
    When the summer sun goes down, Gatlinburg’s downtown Parkway comes alive with the sounds of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales! Visitors can stroll Gatlinburg’s famous Parkway sidewalks and easily catch one of Tunes & Tales’ many costumed performers sharing the music and tales that have existed in the Smoky Mountains as far back as the 1800s. Musical entertainment can be found at the Ole Smoky “Holler” or at Ole Red Gatlinburg on a daily basis. We’re also celebrating Appalachian music at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival on August 19-22 at venues throughout Gatlinburg.”

     

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