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.

  • 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.

  • Homecoming Spotlight: Hale Entertainment

    Spotlight: Hale Entertainment
    September 21st

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

     

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

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

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

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

  • Homecoming Spotlight: Smokey Mountain Sounds

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

    Spotlight: Smokey Mountain Sounds
    September 14th

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

     

    From their website:

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

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

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

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

  • Upcoming Autumn 2019 Festivals in Gatlinburg

    Oh yes, it’s that time of the year where we start gearing up for all the wonder that Autumn brings the Smoky Mountains and nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be bringing in the season in short order with some noteworthy events that we’ll showcase in this article.

    Have a look and consider coming out to the Smokies to enjoy them!

    Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights:
    September 27-November 2, 2019
    https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

    Harvest Festival:
    “Each fall unique artisans from around the country visit Dollywood to share their beautiful handmade crafts with guests during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana. In addition to Dollywood’s own skilled craftsmen, many talented artists set up shop to demonstrate a number of traditional crafts.

    This year’s booths feature inspirational jewelry, paintings, handmade historic games, textile art, woodworking, felt hats, dolls and textiles, pottery, glass jewelry, chainsaw carvings, fiddles, and hand-painted ornaments. Visiting crafters are located in booths throughout the park.” – official website

    Great Pumpkin LumiNights:
    “Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana is even more spectacular this season, with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns immersing families in fabulous fall fun. The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun throughout Timber Canyon.

    Great Pumpkin LumiNights also features new pumpkin-themed food options, entertainment and interactive opportunities for park guests to experience an exciting nightly finale during the best fall festival in the Smokies.” – official website

     

    Oktoberfest at Ober
    September 27-November 3, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/

    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 208th 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.

    For more information on OktOBERfest call 865-436-5423.” – official website

     

    Old Mill Heritage Day
    September 28th, 2019
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/old-mill-heritage-day

    “Experience the past in the present during Old Mill Heritage Day, at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Take the whole family to this event for a fun filled day! At Old Mill Heritage Day you will find quilt demonstrations, a petting zoo, kid’s train rides, basket making, a farmers market and much more! See firsthand what life in the 18th century was like as you learn to make lye soap and yummy apple butter. This is a fun-filled day for the whole family featuring arts & crafts, pumpkin painting, bingo and much more. Adults can enjoy moonshine making, a farmer’s market and sorgum making demonstrations. In addition, families can enjoy music and entertainment with world-class Bluegrass, traditional folk songs, cloggers and twirlers. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, fire trucks, music and a special arts and crafts tent.” – official website

     

    Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales
    October 2-24, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-harvest-festival-tunes-and-tales/

    “Visitors are invited meet costumed storytellers, musical ensembles and cloggers portraying Appalachian characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings.” – official website

     

    Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair
    October 10-27, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-craftsmens-fair/

    “The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events… the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From October 10 through 27, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States.

    Autumn’s brisk air signals all of nature to transform the Great Smoky Mountains from lush green to a majestic patchwork quilt of colors.

    A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.

    Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. daily.”

     

  • Winterfest Surprise Update

    Some surprise news about Winterfest this year as reported by WVLT.com:

    SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — Sevier County leaders announced they’ll delay the start of Smoky Mountain Winterfest this year.

    The three cities have decided to hold off turning on the 15 million winter lights until later in November, not the first week as they’ve done for the past 29 years.

    City leaders said this comes after many businesses wanted to enjoy fall a little longer. Many businesses argued that they spent a lot of money on fall decorations and wanted customers to enjoy them longer.

    Pigeon Forge’s Director of Tourism said the change comes because fall lasts longer.

    “Over the last two years, you’ve had fall decorations and winter decorations, sort of sends a confusing message. So the three cities got together and decided that we would be better off pushing the lights back,” said Leon Downey, City of Pigeon Forge tourism director.

    Pigeon Forge said they will have a community celebration in December, and does not plan on a Winterfest kickoff event this year.

    The holiday light display ends sooner as well, Winterfest will end just after Valentine’s Day in 2020.

    Date changes

    Winterfest lights: November 22-February 17

    Pigeon Forge community celebration will be on Dec. 5 at the community center.”

  • Tennessee Football Schedule For 2019

    Without a doubt the most popular and widespread item our region has is our Tennessee Vols college football team! By request, we’re posting information on this year’s Tennessee Vols football schedule as it appears on https://utsports.com/news/2018/9/18/tennessee-football-announces-2019-schedule.aspx.

    Tennessee Volunteer Football Schedule For 2019

    Aug. 31 | Georgia State | Knoxville, Tenn.
    All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 1-0
    Last Meeting: 2012 (Tennessee 51, Georgia State 13)

    Tennessee will open the season in the month of August for the first time since 2014…Tennessee has won 23 of its past 24 home openers.

    Sept. 7 | BYU | Knoxville, Tenn.
    All-Time Series Record: First Meeting
    Last Meeting: First Meeting

    Tennessee will make the return trip to Provo for the second leg of its home-and-home series with BYU in 2023…BYU is not a member of a conference, but the Cougars have a storied history, capturing the 1984 national title while winning 23 conference titles in the WAC and Mountain West.

    Sept. 14 | Chattanooga | Knoxville, Tenn.
    All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 38-2-2
    Last Meeting: 2014 (Tennessee 45, Chattanooga 10)

    Tennessee has won 14 straight games against in-state non-conference teams and possesses an all-time record of 71-3-2 against those schools.

    Sept. 21 | at Florida | Gainesville, Fla.
    All-Time Series Record: Florida leads, 27-20 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
    Last Meeting: 2017 (Florida 26, Tennessee 20)

    Each of the past two meetings between Tennessee and Florida in Gainesville have been decided on the game’s final play.

    Oct. 5 | Georgia | Knoxville, Tenn.
    All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 23-22-2 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
    Last Meeting: 2017 (Georgia 41, Tennessee 0)

    Tennessee will have an open date the week before playing Georgia for just the second time since 2007…The Vols’ most recent win over the Bulldogs, in 2016, came when quarterback Josh Dobbs found wide receiver Jauan Jennings for a 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown with no time remaining.

    Oct. 12 | Mississippi State | Knoxville, Tenn.
    All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 28-16-1
    Last Meeting: 2012 (Mississippi State 41, Tennessee 31)

    Tennessee will face Mississippi State as its rotating opponent from the SEC West in 2019, its first meeting with the Bulldogs since 2012 and first meeting in Knoxville since 2008…After the 2019 season, Tennessee is not scheduled to face Mississippi State again until 2024 in Starkville.

    Oct. 19 | at Alabama | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    All-Time Series Record: Alabama leads, 55-38-7 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
    Last Meeting: 2017 (Alabama 45, Tennessee 7)

    Tennessee will be looking for its first win in Tuscaloosa since 2003 – a 51-43 five-overtime triumph.

    Oct. 26 | South Carolina | Knoxville, Tenn.
    All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 25-9-2 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
    Last Meeting: 2017 (South Carolina 15, Tennessee 9)

    Every meeting between the Vols and Gamecocks since 2012 has been decided by six points or less.

    Nov. 2 | UAB | Knoxville, Tenn.
    All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 4-0
    Last Meeting: 2010 (Tennessee 32, UAB 29; 2 OT)

    Tennessee has hosted UAB three times since the 2005 season, more than the Vols have hosted any other non-conference team during that span…Tennessee was also scheduled to play the Blazers in Nashville to open the 2015 season, but UAB cancelling its program caused UT to find another opponent for that game.

    Nov. 9 | at Kentucky | Lexington, Ky.
    All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 79-25-9 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
    Last Meeting: 2017 (Kentucky 29, Tennessee 26)

    The Vols had back-to-back 50-point games against the Wildcats in 2014 (50-16) and 2015 (52-21), and nearly made it three in a row with a 49-36 win in 2016… The game in 2019 will mark the 115th meeting between UT and UK, dating back to 1893 – the most games Tennessee has played against any opponent all-time.

    Nov. 23 | at Missouri | Columbia, Mo.
    All-Time Series Record: Missouri leads, 4-2 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
    Last Meeting: 2017 (Missouri 50, Tennessee 17)

    2019 will be the first time that Tennessee has ever faced Missouri coming off of a bye week…Tennessee’s 63 points against Missouri in 2016 are the most the Vols have scored since 2009.

    Nov. 30 | Vanderbilt | Knoxville, Tenn.
    All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 75-31-5 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
    Last Meeting: 2017 (Vanderbilt 42, Tennessee 24)

    Tennessee has been playing Vanderbilt longer than any other opponent with the first matchup coming on Oct. 21, 1892…The 2019 game will be the 113th meeting in the series.

    Get more information on the UT Vols at https://utsports.com.