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.

  • 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

    Unit C102

    Unit A203

    Unit D204

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

    4th of July Midnight Parade

    River Raft Regatta

    Gatlinburg’s 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.


    “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

    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

    And that’s just within the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned to Deer Ridge and events calendars at and 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

    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
    (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
    (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
    (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.” –

    Amazing Gatlinburg Race
    Downtown Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    (865) 436-1630

    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!

  • The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

    We had another wonderful Thanksgiving with more than a few families who made Deer Ridge their destination for the biggest family feast of the year and we’d like to thank all those who came out to see us!

    Now we have Christmas coming up and Gatlinburg is already getting the mood started with several special events, some of which are already going on, and it culminates with the biggest Gatlinburg Christmas event of the year: The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. Here’s what Gatlinburg has to say for the parade for 2018:

    “Gatlinburg’s most enchanting holiday tradition returns! Presented by Ole Red, the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade promises to be a spectacular celebration filled with marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus. It all happens on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass to traffic light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg.

    More than a dozen marching bands, full-scale balloons, and glimmering floats will take part in this year’s Fantasy of Light Christmas Parade, grand marshaled by celebrity barbecue chef Myon Mixon of “BBQ Pitmasters” fame.

    Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on the Parkway to watch the parade or you can purchase a bleacher seat to get one of the best seats in the house.”

    See more Winterfest events going on in Gatlinburg at

  • Nearby Distilleries in Gatlinburg

    In the last decade, the Smoky Mountains has seen unimaginable growth as a result of the success of the distillery industry that began at that time. By now, we’ve had more than a few companies come in and visitors often ask us about what is currently available and where to find them.

    In this post, we’ll be happy to help you with that. The following information comes from

    * Smoky Mountain Winery *
    450 Cherry Street Suite 2
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738-
    (865) 436-7551
    Toll Free: 1-888-765-9463

    “Come Visit East Tennessee’s oldest producer of premium wines. Located in Winery Square. Complimentary tasting of internationally award winning wines. Free Parking. Open daily year round 10 AM. Come visit for a ‘Grape’ taste.”

    * Sugarlands Distilling Company *
    805 Parkway
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 325-1355

    “America’s Top-Rated 5-Star TripAdvisor distillery experience. Open daily offering samples of award-winning Sugarlands Shine and other spirits, free behind-the-scenes tours, free live music on the Spirit Stage, mountain merchandise shopping, and a Smoky Mountain film history exhibit. Family–friendly.

    Come experience the distillery of Sugarlands Distilling Company in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Enjoy samples of award-winning Sugarlands Shine, take behind-the-scenes tours of the Still House to learn how moonshine is made, and watch free, live music performances on the Sugarlands Spirit Stage from top Americana touring acts.”

    * Sugarland Cellars *
    1133 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 325-1110
    Toll Free: 1-855-228-5217

    “Enjoy Gatlinburg’s rich history along with a selection of fine gifts and handcrafted wines. Tours are available and we offer free samples! Located at traffic light #10 across from NOC’s Great Outpost.

    * Free Samples
    * Shop Online
    * Made in Gatlinburg
    * Foods/Candies
    * Indoors
    * Free Parking
    * Open year-round
    * Located Downtown”

    * Gatlinburg Wine Cellar *
    702 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 412-1065

    “Taste our truly Southern hospitality wines. You won’t find any flavor additives here! We let the fruit speak for itself. Our “HuckleBeary Bear” wine bottles make great souvenirs!”

    * Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery *
    903 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-6995

    “Hundreds of years mountain people hid their craft. Now celebrating the rich history, genuine moonshine is being made on Gatlinburg’s Parkway. Experience sights, sounds, smells and tastes of true moonshine culture.

    Visit Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery! A mason jar of Ole Smoky Moonshine is the finest souvenir in the Smokies. Sample a centuries old family recipe and learn more about the rich history of moonshine in East Tennessee. Our authentic copper stills are always working to keep the shine flowing. Ole Smoky Moonshine offers 15 flavors for purchase in our bottle shop! Our distillery is open for self-guided tours to all ages so bring the whole family. Our holler has live bluegrass music playing every day from noon until dark. Come by, grab a jar, and sit a spell with us! Shine responsibly!”

    * Tennessee Homemade Wines *
    643 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 412-1030

    “Rooted deep in family tradition, Tennessee Homemade Wines is a true taste of Gatlinburg. Made with local fruit, crafted by local folk, and served by local friends. Stop in for free tasting. Open 7 days a week.”

    * Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery *
    519 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 325-1468
    Toll Free: (800) 398-5132

    “Doc Collier’s original recipes are made using only fresh English Mountain Spring Water straight from the source! Stop in to try our craft corn whiskey and flavored moonshine today!”

    * Ole Smoky Whiskey Distillery *
    650 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-6995

    “Ole Smoky Whiskey is a White Oak Barrel aged whiskey which is a true American authentic experience. After four years, we carefully hand picked our barrels based off of taste and color. We pride ourselves in welcoming visitors to our local distillery in Gatlinburg, TN. While visiting our distillery, we offer you tours, tastings and a retail experience for all family and friends to enjoy!”

    * Smoky Mountain Brewery *
    1004 Parkway Suite 501 Gatlinburg, TN 37738-
    (865) 436-4200

    “Lodge atmosphere, unique restaurant featuring wood roasted steaks and entrees, pizza and calzones, fresh baked breads, sandwiches and burgers, large selection of appetizers, and fresh handcrafted beers and brewery souvenirs. Kid’s menu available.”

  • Sunset Sponsor: Food City

    Our second sponsor for Sunset Festival (who will be providing food for our second Sunset Festival) is Food City in Gatlinburg. Food City has long been in the service of helping visitors to the Smoky Mountains get groceries, deli meats, bakery goods, snacks, flowers, breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between for decades (even before they had a location in Gatlinburg) and we are pleased to be working with them once again for Sunset Festival!

    About The Sponsor:
    As stated above, Food City is a large grocery chain in East Tennessee; with their Gatlinburg location being our biggest and most accessible grocery provider in the city. They are particularly known for their quality of meats at their deli and cold meat section. Their bakery is nothing to go without mentioning either; they make exquisite cakes, dessert cups, cupcake selections and donuts that easily rival Krispy Kreme in taste and texture. Many of our guests make use of Food City for holiday catering during their stay at Deer Ridge – turkeys and mashed potatoes and the works for Thanksgiving and Christmas, just to start with, so they are a very natural fit as a food provider for Sunset Festival!

    What They Will Provide:
    * Chicken Tenders
    * Cole Slaw
    * Rolls
    * Refreshments

    See more on Food City at

  • Sunset Sponsor: Friendly Falls

    We welcome Friendly Falls as they return to provide food for our first Sunset Festival of 2018! We have enjoyed working with them for a few years now and they’ve been a very welcome addition to the Sunset Festival tradition.

    About Our Sponsor:
    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 their 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.

    Gnorbert’s Magic Gem Mine is an attraction that they operate near their main Friendly Falls establishment and they have recently opened Gnorbert’s Magic Putt-Putt & Gem Mine in Townsend, TN. If you are doing a day-trip to Wears Valley or Townsend, TN, we definitely recommend you visit these Friendly Falls establishments!

    What They Will Provide:
    * Barbecue Pulled Pork
    * Beans
    * Corn Salad
    * Refreshments

    See more on Friendly Falls at

  • August in the Smokies – Special Event Spectacular!

    We’ve got one more month of Summer to look forward to in the Smokies, and while usually people have their thoughts of barbecues, festivals and family fun time turn back to school, work and other routines by now, We would encourage you to remember that some of the most interesting special events in the Smokies happen at the 3rd month of the season and August 2018 will prove it starting this weekend!

    If you enjoy music, wrestling, hot air balloons and Southern culture, you’ll want to check out some of the special events we have coming up. Take a look:

    * Stringtime in the Smokies *

    August 4th

    It’s an August tradition for the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge to hold an all-day music festival and we look forward to hearing some great groups, individuals and music coming from it once again this year! The entire festival is free and begins at 11:00AM. The Old Mill has some fine, high class shops in its complex, so plan to spend a day at the Old Mill on August 4th.

    See more on the Old Mill at

    * Bubba Fest *

    August 10th to August 12th

    You might have heard the Tennessee Smokies was getting an event in August called “Bubba Fest” and thought it might’ve been a joke – but it is indeed a real event and it really is coming to Pigeon Forge. Don’t turn your nose up at it, though, Bubba Fest is a tongue-in-cheek festival that is very self-aware and wants to encourage us to have fun with the “Bubba” stereotype of Southerners. Bubba Fest will feature events that include a kick-off party, live wrestling, celebrity look-alike contest and a “farmer’s tan” competition while celebrity meet and greet opportunities will feature Burt Reynolds, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Bret “the Hitman” Hart, Lee Majors, Richard Pretty, Glenn “Kane” Jacobs and others.

    Get the full story on Bubba Fest at

    * The Smoky Mountain Songwriter’s Festival *

    August 13th to August 22nd

    This is probably the biggest music festival we have in Sevier County. This is more than a week of performances by singer-songwriters, hit writer and talented locals as well as workshops, songwriting lessons and other events that truly make it a festival! Dozens and dozens of powerful songsmiths will be performing all throughout its duration in Gatlinburg.

    See more on this event at

    * The Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival *

    August 18th

    Now this is an event for which the Smokies has nothing like throughout the region or calendar! On August 18th in Townsend, TN, a number of huge hot air balloons with professional designs on them will take flight and provide a “glow” event against the backdrop of the gorgeous Smoky Mountains and the even more gorgeous sunset. Additional event amenities like live entertainment, local craft beers and more will be available as well.

    See more on this event at

    And stay tuned as we get news on upcoming special events as the seasons start changing once again – Rod Runs and Dollywood and, yes, the Sunset Festival will all be coming up as blog news from Deer Ridge soon enough! Get ready, Summer’s still got a few highlights left to show you!