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.

  • Upcoming Winterfest Kickoff Events

    While Halloween and the peak colors of the mountains get closer in our month of October, we wanted to take a minute to look ahead at the next truly big event coming up in the Smokies – the Winterfest kick off!

    Most of you know that all three cities have a party within very short dates of each other, some years had them all on the same day. In this article, we’ll give you some beginning information on all three since it’s still a little while before the event will take place and some information hasn’t been detailed yet. Let’s look:

     

    Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff 2017
    November 6th at Sevierville Community Center and Civic Center
    From 3:00PM to 9:30PM

    More information TBA. Stay tuned at http://visitsevierville.com/.

    The 28th Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff
    November 8th at Patriot Park
    From 5:00PM to 7:00PM

    MyPigeonForge.com writes:

    “Draped in more than 5 million 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 through the end of 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 Winterfest Celebration.

    Visit Dollywood to see more than 4 million lights shine during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, when the park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, a nightly Parade of Lights and much more to celebrate the season. Dollywood recently announced the addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life.

    Old Mill Square features a light display depicting its own version of a covered bridge, one made of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge. The Smoky MountainOpry is decked out for the holiday season with giant trees, wreaths and more, all covered with sparkling lights. You might even catch Old Saint Nick making a rooftop delivery.

    Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating for the holidays. One of the highlights is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top. Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with all new decorations including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Guests are treated to three new Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their new workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

    And the best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway.

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

    See more on Winterfest events in Pigeon Forge at www.mypigeonforge.com.

    Gatlinburg Winterfest Magic Kickoff
    November 8th in Downtown Gatlinburg between Ripley’s Aquarium and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
    From 5:00PM to 8:00PM

    From Gatlinburg.com:

    Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown.

    City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.”

    Participants in the Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition t-shirt available for purchase.

    See pictures of Chili cookoffs from yesteryears at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-magic-kickoff-chili-cookoff/.

     

    We’ll report again on the Winterfest Kickoffs as it gets closer to the event times. until then, enjoy your Harvest Festival here in the Smokies!

  • Veteran’s Day in Gatlinburg 2017

    Deer Ridge is, has been and will always be, a big supporter of current and former military staff and we’d like to share with you Gatlinburg’s posted information on this year’s Veteran’s Day Celebration in Gatlinburg. We offer a 27% Military Discount every day of the year. Use our Toll Free number to make your reservation: 877-333-7743

    From their website:

    “Join Gatlinburg in saluting America’s veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.

    Every year since 2000, Gatlinburg, Tennessee hosts a very special event on November 11 to honor our nation’s veterans in a fitting and appropriate manner. The title “Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration” is an accurate description of the event in that the service and sacrifices made by our veterans are celebrated with the intent to thank those who gave – and continue to give – so much to keep our nation free. The ceremony at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza starts at 11 a.m. and is free to the public.”

    More information on Gatlinburg’s upcoming Veteran’s Day Celebration may be made available as it gets closer to November and you can find their original article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/veterans-day-celebration/.

  • Upcoming Fall Events and Colors

    We don’t want cry wolf, but it’s extraordinarily obvious that the color change has already started in the Smokies. Heck, the colors started changing in AUGUST this year! That was due to the early cold snap we had for a while at the late end of that month and the first half of this month and now that the temperatures are back up, we’re not quite sure what could happen. We could see the full Autumn Bloom as early as 1-2 weeks ahead of schedule, right on schedule (which is towards the last week of October) or maybe extend it on through November. Could be anyone’s guess at the moment, so those of you looking to get a bright and colorful Autumn getaway in the Smokies might want to start planning now and make your trip sooner.

    Why sooner if it’s not guaranteed the peak will come sooner? Well, the colors have already started for one thing, so you’ll still get many gorgeous views from our decks and we have a slew of special events to celebrate the season coming up as well. In Pigeon Forge, we have the Annual Heritage Day at the Old Mill on September 23rd, which will include music performances and crafts in a festival setting. From the 24th of September to the 30th, we will be the headquarters of the National Quartet Convention at LeConte Conference Center on Teaster Lane parallel to the main Pigeon Forge parkway. Then, for a full month starting September 29th to October 28th is Dollywood’s world-famous Harvest Celebration – where the music will play non-stop, booths will set up for more Appalachian artists to congregate and show off their talents, and the rides will be even sweeter! This year also features a brand new event called the “Great Pumpkin LumiNights” which will bring back a sense of Halloween to Dollywood for the first time in decades!

    Then in Gatlinburg, starting September 22nd and going on to October 29th is the Oktoberest at Ober Gatlinburg where German fun, food and beer will run practically non-stop for its duration and the Autumn Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair where over 100 booths will open, gathering a majority of crafters from our area as well as many from further out across the country. It’s like the entire Arts and Crafts Community all concentrated in one spot!

    You can get more information on these events at www.mypigeonforge.com and www.gatlinburg.com.

    And don’t forget you’ll have even more reasons to book your Fall vacation early with our upcoming Sunset Festivals. We hope to see you then.

  • Sponsor Spotlight : Friendly Falls | Gem Mining, Group Venue, near Cades Cove

    Are you planning a family get together at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort? Deer Ridge specializes in group gatherings and we look forward to hosting your family or military group or even class reunion!

    Back for 2017 is Sunset Festival Sponsor, Friendly Falls. Friendly Falls is located on Wears Valley Road, between Pigeon Forge and Townsend, Tennessee and specializes in waterfall weddings, group gatherings, family reunions, sports teams and more. For more than 100 years, families and friends have gathered at our beautiful waterfall. It’s the perfect Smoky Mountain venue for a memorable reunion, a group retreat, or a party to celebrate a special occasion, anniversary, or birthday.

    Amenities at Friendly Falls include:
    * Lunch and dinner served.
    * Large covered deck structure overlooking the falls.
    * Onsite pavilion.
    * Stage and music performances.
    * Wedding packages.
    * Light show.
    * Gem mine attraction for children.
    * Onsite gift store featuring locally made crafts.

    And much more!

    Find Friendly Falls online at www.friendlyfalls.com.

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    Gnorbert’s Magic Gem Mine and the Waterfall Light Show that shows currently on Wednesdays and Saturdays.   Your group can reserve the pavilion or rent the whole waterfall!   Group packages are available.

    We thank Friendly Falls for their sponsorship of our Sunset Festival and hope that you will explore the Magic and Fun at Friendly Falls while visiting us.

  • Sunset Festival Sponsor Spotlight: Texas Roadhouse in Gatlinburg and Sevierville


    We’ve been doing our Sunset Festivals for quite a few years here at Deer Ridge, and this year we get to welcome one of the highest profile sponsors and food providers we’ve ever had with Texas Roadhouse. Texas Roadhouse is a big name for Southern dining in our region and each of their restaurants certainly knows how to put the word “legendary” in their food, service and margaritas to make Legendary Fun.

    Texas Roadhouse will be serving our 4th week of Sunset Festival on October 28th and providing chicken, wings and fixin’s. For those of you who would like to get to know them beforehand (or after), we definitely recommend you try one of their restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Sevierville. Ice cold beer is the name of the game no matter which one of their restaurants you visit and you can also expect:

    * Fresh baked bread (with cinnamon butter).
    * Fall off the bone ribs.
    * Hand-cut steaks that are cut in-house.
    * Sides and dressings that are made from scratch onsite.
    * Kids’ Night every Monday from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with free ice cream bar and kid-friendly crafts.
    * And of course, the aforementioned Legendary Food, Service, Margaritas and Fun!

    See more on Texas Roadhouse at https://www.texasroadhouse.com.

  • Smoky Mountain Eclipse Tennessee 2017

    Just a quick heads-up that the Total Solar Eclipse will be happening this coming Monday, August 21st and that much of the western side of the Smoky Mountains (around the Townsend area of the Tennessee Smokies) will be within the eclipse’s line of sight.

    Here is some updated information from the National Park Service regarding the special event:

    Where Can I See The Eclipse?

    The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The park is currently planning organized public viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome; Cades Cove; and Oconaluftee. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Association page to buy an Eclipse Regional Map.

    Clingmans Dome: Clingmans Dome Trailhead parking area will be converted to a special ticketed event site for experiencing the eclipse with the assistance of experts, educational exhibits, and story tellers. The Clingmans Dome tower will be limited to MEDIA ACCESS ONLY, but there are many opportunities for viewing from the parking area and along the 0.5 mile trail to the tower. Tickets for the Clingmans Dome event are sold out. Any cancelled tickets will become available to the public again, so visit recreation.gov regularly to watch for cancellations. You must have a ticket to attend the event at Clingmans Dome. NASA will be streaming live from Clingmans Dome and other locations around the country. Watch the NASA Livestream on August 21. Clingmans Dome Road will be closed on Sunday, August 20th and Monday, August 21st to accommodate the special event. Call 865-436-1585 with questions about the event.

    Cades Cove and Oconaluftee: The park is currently planning to host informal staff- guided eclipse viewing sites at Cable Mill (Cades Cove) and Oconaluftee Visitor Center. There will be no charge to participate. Vehicle access to these sites, though, may be closed when parking becomes full or roads become congested.

    The Park is still working on details for these events, so check back here often for updated information as it becomes available.

    Visitors may view the eclipse from other areas of the park on your own, though due to the influx of eclipse viewers during the already-busy season, the Park Service may need to close certain areas on August 21st to reduce gridlock, which may include Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove.

    See more on the upcoming eclipse and any updates to it at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/2017-solar-eclipse.htm.

  • End of Summer Treat for those who stay at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort!

    At Deer Ridge Mountain Resort we celebrate with our customers as each season passes. It’s the end of summer and we want one more chance to make memories with you! Beginning August 18th and running through September 3rd, we have this sweet treat to offer those who come for one last chance to take in those Best Views in the Smokies!

    When you call our front desk reservation specialist, you get the best deal! Reserving online through www.deerridge.com will allow you your choice of condo, our most current available discount special, and if you are a Past Guest, you will receive an additional 5% off your rates! We enjoy speaking with visitors who reserve with us to help them make great choices for their stay. Calling to reserve is excellent! Our toll free number is 877-333-7743.

     

  • Celebrate Freedom With Deer Ridge!

    Starting on August 1st and running all month, nearby Pigeon Forge (about 30 minutes driving distance from Deer Ridge) will be having a month-long salute for active and veteran members of the military, as well as rescue and law enforcement officers, with military discounts available at over 100 stores, restaurants, attractions and more.

    While Deer Ridge isn’t technically part of the Celebrate Freedom festivities, we would like to encourage any interested current or veteran members of the military and their families to come stay with us at Deer Ridge. We offer a military discount that we are proud to say is the BEST military discount in our area – 27% off our nightly rates with proof of military ID. We’d also like to emphasize that we don’t have this special going on for one month only – at Deer Ridge, our military discounts are year-round.

    You must call to reserve Gatlinburg’s Best Military Discount. Call us toll free at 877-333-7743.

    What do we have for Celebrate Freedom in Pigeon Forge? Let’s take a look:

    * Ole Smoky Moonshine – 15% off all purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
    * Moon Pie General Store & Book Warehouse – Additional 10% off any merchandise not marked down.
    * The Grand Majestic Theater – Military personnel and one guest each get 50% off dinner show ticket.
    * Old-Fashioned Wood Crafts and Variety Store – 50% off any item in the store.
    * Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
    * Magic Beyond Belief – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
    * Smoky Mountain Opry – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
    * Mel’s Diner – 10% off.
    * Reagan’s House of Pancakes – 25% off entire meal.
    * Shoney’s – 15% off all food and beverages.
    * Elvis and Hollywood Legends Museum – Free admission.
    * The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel – Wheel ticket discount of $7.00.
    * Titanic Museum Attraction – $5.00 off box office rate.
    * Country Tonite Theatre – $15.00 off each adult in your party. Kids 12 and under are free.
    * Alamo Steakhouse – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Bennetts BBQ – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Big Daddy’s Pizzeria – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Firehouse Subs – $2.00 off any medium or large sub sandwich.
    * Mad Dog Creamery – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Mama’s Farmhouse – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Marble Slab Creamery – 15% off.
    * Marco’s Pizza – 25% off regular menu price. Some restrictions apply.
    * Huck Finn’s Catfish – Free order of fried pickles appetizer per table.
    * TopJump Trampoline Park – 25% off to military and their family.
    * Incredible Christmas Place – One free pound of fudge with ID.

    We welcome all Military past and present to experience the Best Views in the Smokies with our Best Military Discount! https://www.deerridge.com.

  • Summer Eclipse In The Smokies

    Ooh, have we got some news for you! This coming August 21st for 2017, East Tennessee will get to see a partial solar eclipse taking place between 1:00PM and 4:00PM.The National Park Service website writes:

    “The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The park is currently planning organized public viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome; Cades Cove; and Oconaluftee.”

    “Visitors may view the eclipse from other areas of the park on your own, though due to the influx of eclipse viewers during the already-busy season, the Park Service may need to close certain areas on August 21st to reduce gridlock, which may include Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove.

    Furthermore, our educational partner, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is planning a special multi-day Science Camp for high school aged students over the eclipse weekend and event.”

    You can see more information from the National Park Service at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/2017-solar-eclipse.htm.

    You can also build a simple card projector using these instructions from timeanddate.com:

    DIY: Simple Card Projector
    The simplest and quickest way to safely project the Sun is with a projector made from only 2 pieces of card or paper.

    You Need:
    * 2 pieces of stiff white cardboard, e.g. 2 paper plates
    alternatively, 2 sheets of plain white paper
    * a thumbtack, a sharp pin or a needle.

    What to Do:
    Diagram of a DIY pinhole projector.
    The concept of a pinhole projector ©timeanddate.com

    To make a quick version of the pinhole projector, take a sheet of paper and make a tiny hole in the middle of it using a pin or a thumbtack. Make sure that the hole is round and smooth.

    With your back towards the Sun, hold 1 piece of paper above your shoulder allowing the Sun to shine on the paper.

    The 2nd sheet of paper will act as a screen. Hold it at a distance, and you will see an inverted image of the Sun projected on the paper screen through the pinhole.

    To make the image of the Sun larger, hold the screen paper further away from the paper with the pinhole.

    A box projector works on the same principles, it requires a little more time and a few extra items to construct, but it is more sturdy.

    Keep Safe! Never look at the Sun directly without protective eye gear. Even sunglasses cannot protect your eyes from the damage the Sun’s rays can do to them.

    And we also suspect you may be able to see them from our Deer Ridge complex in Cobbly Nob between Gatlinburg and Cosby, TN. We do have the BEST views of the Smokies after all, would it not logically follow we can have the best views of the eclipse too?

    Only one way to find out: reserve with us today at www.deerridge.com!

  • How Can We Help Gatlinburg Wildfire recovery?

    Come back and visit us, of course! Truth be told, much of the needed recovery resources have long since been provided – anyone who ever doubted the charity of the United States of America during Christmas only needs to look to the incredible outpouring of support we received from all over the country.

    No, seriously, we’ve had many people who set up GoFundMe accounts for thousands of dollars and a majority of them got fully funded. We’ve had many benefit concerts and telethons, some of which hosted by none other than Miss Dolly Parton herself, and we’ve had dozens and dozens of donation centers set up across Sevier County that had to tell people to stop donating because they were getting more support than they could hold!

    It was the true spirit of Christmas, alive and well in the Smokies.

    Now the only thing we ask for is you! Come on back to Gatlinburg and vacation with us this year! The fires barely touched downtown Gatlinburg and just about everything you want to see here in town is still operating as normal as it ever did.

    Last updated: 2-22-17