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.

  • 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.

  • Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies

    Many of our guests come to the Smokies to fully immerse themselves in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the complete disconnect from the world around them into unspoiled nature. The copious amount of hiking trails within reasonable driving distance from Deer Ridge creates many opportunities for them to do this and sometimes we get asked about hiking trails with waterfalls to them.

    In this article, we’ll showcase a few trails that offer gorgeous waterfalls as part of the trail with information reposted from www.hikinginthesmokys.com.

    Grotto Falls
    “The hike to Grotto Falls begins from the Trillium Gap Trailhead. Hikers will be following the Trillium Gap Trail for most of the way as it meanders through a beautiful old-growth forest, which includes many large eastern hemlocks. For the most part the trail to the waterfall travels a gentle grade along a wide and well-worn path. As you proceed to the falls you’ll cross over four small streams without the benefit of a footbridge. At 1.2 miles hikers will reach a tumbling cascade. Just beyond this point, looking upstream, Grotto Falls will come into view for the first time. The most distinctive feature about Grotto Falls is that it’s the only waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that a person can actually walk behind. The 25-foot high waterfall offers a cool, shady, and moist retreat for hikers in the summer. This same environment also provides ideal habitat for salamanders as well.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/grotto.htm

    Laurel Falls
    “Laurel Falls is an extremely popular destination within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thus, parking can be a problem during peak season. If you wish to avoid crowds your best bet is to begin your hike early in the morning, during the early evening hours, on a weekday, or during the off-season. Roundtrip, the hike to Laurel Falls and back is 2.3 miles in total length. The hike is well worth it though – Laurel Falls is very photogenic, and is widely considered to be one of the best waterfall hikes in the Smokies. Visitors should also note that you’ll be traveling in bear country on this hike. If you still have plenty of energy left in your legs after soaking in the sights at the waterfall, hikers will have the option of continuing along the Laurel Falls Trail for another 2.7 miles to visit the old fire tower atop Cove Mountain.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/laurel.htm

    Porters Creek Trail
    “The first mile of the Porters Creek Trail is actually an old gravel road, which meanders through a lush forest of moss covered trees and rocks as it follows along the banks of Porters Creek. If you happen to have the opportunity to hike this trail during the spring you’ll likely be treated to an absolutely awesome display of yellow trillium near the trailhead. Roughly two-thirds of a mile from the trailhead several old stone walls will appear on your right. These are remnants from the Elbert Cantrell farmstead, who settled in the Porters Creek community in the early 1900s. Also on your right, just past the stone walls, is the Ownby Cemetery, which also dates back to the early part of the 20th century. Roughly one mile from the trailhead, after crossing over a footbridge, hikers will reach a fork in the road. The spur trail on the right leads to an historic farm site. A short hike of roughly 250 yards will take you to the John Messer farm site, which includes a cantilevered barn that was built by John Whaley around 1875. There’s also a cabin on this site that was built by the
    Smoky Mountain Hiking
    Club in the mid-1930s. Members of the club were permitted to use the cabin as an
    overnight facility until 1981.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/porters.htm

    Ramsey Cascades
    “The Ramsey Cascades Trail gains almost 2200 feet in elevation over its four-mile course, and is considered to be a moderately strenuous hike. The beginning of the Ramsey Cascades Trail follows the remnants of an old gravel road. At 1.5 miles from the trailhead you’ll reach an old cul de sac, which marks the end of the old roadway you’ve been following to this point. This location also marks the junction with the old Greenbrier Pinnacle Trail, which used to lead hikers to the top of Greenbrier Pinnacle where an old fire tower once stood. The trail, however, is now overgrown and is no
    longer maintained by the park. From here the Ramsey Cascades Trail continues towards the east as a narrow footpath. Hikers will soon enter the largest old-growth forest remaining in the Smokies.
    One of the primary reasons the national park was created was in response to the
    damage being done to the ancient forests by the logging industry. This forest was one of the few to remain mostly unscathed. According to the Eastern Native Trees Society some of the largest trees in the park are located on this trail, including the third tallest red maple in the park (141 feet), the second tallest white oak in the park (123 feet), and the tallest black cherry in the park (146 feet). Over the course of the last 2 miles hikers will also see some very large tuliptrees, eastern hemlocks, basswoods, silverbells, and yellow birches.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/ramsay.htm

    Hen Wallow Falls
    “Almost from the start the trail begins to make a steady climb up the northern
    flank of Snake Den Mountain. While ascending the Gabes Mountain Trail, which
    was once known as the Messer Trail, the roots and rocks will testify just how rough this route can be in some places. Although rugged, the trail passes through a beautiful lush-green forest of rhododendron and ferns, with eastern hemlocks and yellow poplars providing a nice overhead canopy. After walking a short distance Rock Creek will appear on your right. Soon after you’ll pass the side trail that leads to the Cosby Campground, almost four-tenths of a mile from the trailhead. Shortly thereafter the trail crosses over Rock Creek. Roughly 1 mile from the trailhead hikers will reach Messer Gap. There’s another faint side trail on your right here, that supposedly leads to an old grave site. To continue on towards the falls, hikers should proceed straight ahead. Just past this junction look towards your left and you’ll see the remnants of an old rock wall from an old homestead.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/hen_wallow_falls.htm

     

     

  • It’s Not Too Early To Consider 4th of July in the Smokies

    We’re only in the late part of Spring, just before Memorial Day, but we have our minds thinking forward to one of the best parts of the upcoming season and the grandest patriotic event on the calendar: 4th of July!

    Six weeks from today will be the most exciting day of the Summer season – the always astounding 4th of July celebration in the country and the Smoky Mountains. Nearby Gatlinburg will be celebrating it as it always has with the First Independence Day Parade in the Nation going on at 12:01AM July 4th (as in the first minute it transitions the night from July 3rd to July 4th), the River Raft Regatta that starts the following morning at 10:00AM between Christ in the Smokies and Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies, and the fireworks that explode overhead downtown Gatlinburg at 10:00PM will all be expected and greatly anticipated as it should be.

    Lodging for the 4th of July can get hard to come by as it gets closer to the famous date, but we’re happy to announce that Deer Ridge still has several units available for Independence Day fun-seeking visitors coming to the Smokies!

    The following units still available as of writing are:

    Unit C205
    https://deerridge.com/portfolio-item/c205/

    Unit C102
    https://deerridge.com/portfolio-item/c102/

    Unit A203
    https://deerridge.com/portfolio-item/a203/

    Unit D204
    https://deerridge.com/portfolio-item/d204/

    And the 4th of July events in Gatlinburg are as follows:

    4th of July Midnight Parade
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/midnight-parade/

    River Raft Regatta
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-river-raft-regatta/

    Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburgs-fireworks-finale/

    Get them while they’re good to get! Availability will not last long!

  • Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend

    Have we got a special event for you! Starting next weekend is a very revered April special event known as the “Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend” going on from April 11th to the 12th for 2019.

    From Gatlinburg.com:

    “Sample wines from Tennessee wineries along with small dish fare from some of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.

    Presented by Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown, Gatlinburg Wine Weekend celebrates its seventh annual year of offering the area’s best in wine and food with two unique experiences, the Gatlinburg Wine Tour and the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest.

    The festival begins on Friday, April 12, 2019, with the Gatlinburg Wine Tour, an exclusive journey through Gatlinburg’s finest wineries. In this limited-access event, guests enjoy complimentary transportation to and from winery locations, premium food and beverage offerings and more.

    Continuing into Saturday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., festival-goers can sip and savor from this year’s amazing lineup of wine and food vendors at the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest, all while strolling the picturesque grounds of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Ticket purchases include a commemorative wine-tasting glass, wine tastings throughout the event, food sampling tickets and access to the festival.

    Wine Vendors:

    * Amber Falls Winery
    * Apple Barn Winery
    * Beans Creek Winery
    * Cades Cove Winery
    * DelMonaco Winery & Vineyard
    * Goodwater Vineyard
    * Grinder’s Switch Winery
    * Highland Manor Winery
    * Hillside Winery
    * Keg Springs Winery
    * Mill Bridge Winery
    * Mountain Valley Winery
    * Natchez Hills Winery
    * Paris Winery
    * Spout Springs Winery
    * Stonehaus Winery
    * Sugarland Cellars
    * Sumner Crest Winery
    * Tennessee Homemade Wines
    * Trazo Meadery

    Food Vendors:

    * Alvin’s Kitchen
    * Anakeesta
    * Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort
    * Ober Gatlinburg
    * Proof of the Pudding
    * The Park Vista
    * Savannah Bee Company
    * Willa’s Shortbread
    * Zi Olive”

    See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/wine-fest/.

    And keep coming back to Deer Ridge for more news on upcoming items of interest going in Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains!

  • More Spring Break News to Look Forward To!

    The Dogwood trees have exploded and the calendar now reads “March”, so we’re guessing Spring is now the season we should be gearing our minds towards for enjoying the Smoky Mountains – and we encourage you to get into a Spring mindset as well.

    The last week of our Winter Special will begin soon. Our Winter Special for 20% off 2 nights, 30% off 3 nights, 40% off on 4 nights and a 7-night stay for the price of 5 nights is good until March 14th. Our Spring Break Fling deal also begins soon, March 11th, and go on to March 18th for this year – book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free or stay 7 nights and only pay for 5 nights. March 14th also marks when the Deer Ridge Grill and Lounge will re-open for the year! We look forward to serving you the dishes our customers have enjoyed greatly since we first began offering them at our lounge – burgers, sandwiches, chicken dishes and wonderful sides that welcome you to the Smokies in fine form.

    In local news? Guess what’s coming back in less than a week – it’s Dollywood’s Festival of Nations! This year the big focus is on Cuba Vibra! which, as you can guess represents the nation of Cuba, as well as “Drumstruck” from West Africa, Atahualpa representing Ecuador, Invaders Steel Orchestra from Trinidad and Tobago, and many others. International foods and international wares return as part of the festivities as well. See more information on Festival of Nations at www.dollywood.com.

    And that’s just within the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned to Deer Ridge and events calendars at www.mypigeonforge.com and www.gatlinburg.com for other events coming up soon!

  • Newer Developments in Gatlinburg

    While we still have quite a few weeks away before Spring officially begins, or even Spring Break for that matter, we still would like to encourage anyone interested in visiting the Smokies in the near future to consider building some plans for Spring already – and not just for what we already have and the traditional special events you can expect, but some new things in the city you may or may not know about!

    Here’s some new things in Gatlinburg we wanted to highlight here; some of it not yet here, and some of it already ready to enjoy. Take a look:

     

    Ole Red
    511 Parkway #209, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    www.olered.com/gatlinburg

    STATUS: Opening March 2019.

    “Country fans already know this place gets its name from superstar Blake Shelton’s breakout hit, “Ol’ Red.” Being here is a lot like hanging out with the guy himself: laid-back and genuine, up for anything, a bit irreverent (but always fun)—and set to great music. Ole Red has a little something for everyone in the heart of the Smokies!

    We cordially invite you to settle in with a Blake-approved cocktail, order a plate of Redneck Nachos, or try the super-stacked Ober Gatlin-Burger. And you feel like sharing, snap a selfie with our famous Champagne of Fried Chicken, brined in Miller High Life, fried to perfection, and served in a champagne bucket. You can’t go wrong here; every one of our made-from-scratch menu items and special desserts is a crowd pleaser.” – website

    Gatlinburg Pinball Museum
    205 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    http://gatlinburgpinballmuseum.com
    (865) 430-1811

    STATUS: Open.

    “The best kind of museum is one where you can play with the exhibits. Our goal is to give our guests a fun, informative experience by sharing our love and passion for pinball. Our collection includes mostly Limited Editions from both modern times and dating back to the 1960’s!

    Some of our pinballs include: Medieval Madness, Attack From Mars, Lord of the Rings, Metallica, Dialed In, The Addams Family Gold Edition, The Walking Dead, the 1965 classic Gottlieb Sky-Line, and many more! Located off the Parkway on Historic Nature Trail, just past the Space Needle.” – website

     

    The Celtic Shop, Gatlinburg
    651 Parkway #103 Behind LIDS, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    http://thecelticshopgatlinburg.com
    (865) 773-5711

    STATUS: Open.

    “Amid the busy tourist town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you can find The Celtic Shop, a little place where you’ll discover a huge selection of Celtic goods and be greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Featuring genuine pieces that our staff hand selects during visits to Ireland and Scotland. The Celtic Shop allows you to bring a piece of your Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish heritage home from your Great Smoky Mountains visit. Visit us and see why the locals shop here and why the tourists we love come back year after year.” – website

    Cliff Top Grill & Bar
    576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    http://anakeesta.com
    (865) 325-2400

    STATUS: Open.

    “Anakeesta’s newest addition, Cliff Top, located in Firefly Village at the top of Anakeesta Mountain, offers delicious dining with an even better view. The menu includes ½ pound char-grilled burgers, entrée salads, house specialties like our Smokehouse Stacker, our famous bucket -o- chips and so much more!” – website

     

    Rampant Lion
    734 Powdermill Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 567-5217

    STATUS: Open.

    “The menu celebrates the Celtic nations, including fish & chips, bangers & mash, and more! Also, full wine selection and bar menu.” – gatlinburg.com

    Amazing Gatlinburg Race
    Downtown Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    (865) 436-1630
    https://amazinggatlinburgrace.com/

    STATUS: Opening Spring 2019.

    “If you’ve ever found yourself laying on the couch binge-watching The Amazing Race and showering the contestants with insults about their lack of physical prowess, here’s your chance to step up and play, but without the cameras in your face. Get your team together for the race that you won’t forget. The blood pumping, adrenaline flowing Amazing Gatlinburg Race is here.

    When you play the Amazing Gatlinburg Race, you will experience a part of your family vacation that cannot be compared. You will experience Cherokee and Appalachian mysteries the average tourist will never crack. Will your team be the first to unveil all of the secret clues and mysteries awaiting your discovery?” – website

    Stay tuned for more developments in Gatlinburg as we get to move into Spring!

  • Post-Holiday Romance Opportunities at Deer Ridge!

    Get cozy with Deer Ridge resort for a post-Holiday Winterfest vacation in the Smokies. The holiday festivities are done and over with for this winter season, but the vacation opportunities never take a break in the Smokies! To start the new year off right, Deer Ridge is offering the following special between January 2nd and March 14th for 2019:

    20% off on a 2 night stay;
    30% off on a 3 night stay;
    40% off on a 4 night stay!

    And from now to March 14th:
    Stay 7 nights for the price of 5 nights. 2 nights free!

    Minimum 2-night stay required. No other discount or special may be applied and, yes, the February 15th-18th Valentine’s Day weekend dates are excluded, but for those who are interested in taking advantage of the special will find quite a bit of time and opportunities befitting a mid-Winter romantic trip all the same. Don’t forget that ALL of our condos have fireplaces and the BEST views of the Smokies!

    Another option for a Winter-season romantic interlude out at Deer Ridge could make use of our Romance Package. The details of this package include:

    * 2 Nights In A One-Bedroom Condo *
    * Welcome Bucket *
    * $50 Dinner Certificate *
    * Best View in the Smokies *
    * Two Bundles of Firewood and 1 Bundle of Kindling *

    This package starts at $275.00 (plus tax and fees). Additional nights can also be purchased through our reservation system.

    All of this can be yours today by reserving on our main page or by calling 877-333-7743. We hope to see you this Winter!