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.

  • 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.

    Pictures:

     

    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/.

  • 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

    Info:
    “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

    Info:
    “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.