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.

  • 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!

  • Celebrate Freedom in Pigeon Forge 2018

    A whole month of military discounts begins next week in Pigeon Forge! 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 30 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:

    * Alamo Steakhouse – 15% off lunch (11am-3pm).
    * Bennetts BBQ – 20% off breakfast (8am-11am).
    * Big Daddy’s Pizzeria – 15% off all day (11am-close).
    * Corky’s Ribs & BBQ – $5 off $25 or more purchase. Not valid with any other offers.
    * Country Tonite Theatre – Half price tickets to Country Tonite show. Valid for all adults in party. *Not valid for special concerts.
    * Frizzle Chicken Pancake Coop – 10% off total check.
    * Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud – $5.00 off adult dinner tickets.
    * Huck Finn’s Catfish – Complimentary order of fried pickles appetizer.
    * Mad Dog Creamery – 15% off all day.
    * Magic Beyond Belief – $5.00 off adult dinner tickets.
    * Mama’s Farmhouse – 15% off dinner (3pm-close).
    * Marco’s Pizza – 20% off regular menu price (not valid for delivery orders).
    * Ole Smoky Moonshine – 15% off all purchases.
    * Puzzled on the Island – 20% off all regular priced items. Unlimited with Military, Fire, Police or EMS ID.
    * Reagan’s House of Pancakes – 20% off.
    * Shoney’s – 15% off all food and beverages.
    * Smoky Mountain Gourmet Popcorn – 15% discount; may not be combined with other discount bands or coupons.
    * Smoky Mountain Opry – $5.00 off adult ticket price.
    * Titanic Museum Attraction – Complimentary admission for all veterans, active duty military, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, and firefighters. Guest must show valid agency ID to qualify. All others in party, regular admission rates apply. Reservations are recommended. 1-800-381-7670, mention: ‘Celebrate Freedom 2018.’ Complimentary admission valid August 1-31, 2018 with agency ID only.
    * TGI Friday’s – $5 off $25 or more purchase. Not valid with any other offers.
    * The Grand Majestic Theater – Buy one show or dinner show get one free with proper ID.
    * The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel – $7 Wheel admission per person for military member and
    immediate family (spouse and children living in household).

  • Reserve For the 4th of July

    One month 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:






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

  • Break Into Spring With Deer Ridge Mountain Resort

    Is there any season Deer Ridge doesn’t look forward to? We hope not, every season forward is a season to rejoice in what we have in the Smokies as well as the many possibilities they present to us. Just as well, new seasons in our part of Appalachia present many opportunities to our visitors from outside East Tennessee and we’re absolutely sure they’d like to get a break from their studies, the snow, and everything that ain’t the Smokies!

    That wonderful season is called “Spring Break” and whether you’re a student or not, you definitely deserve to have a week off and relax with the best the Smoky Mountains can offer; and Deer Ridge Mountain Resort in the Smoky Mountains and the best in luxury mountain accommodations overlooking the best views for those mountains.

    Practically everything you want for a full week of rest, adventure, culture and thrills is either available here onsite or within 15 minutes driving.

    Our amenities include:
    * Our Private Lounge & Grill features popular wines and beers as well as a limited menu of starters, burgers and sandwiches.
    * Happy Hour is from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, open seasonally Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    * WiFi throughout the resort.
    * Heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. Open year round!
    * Sundeck providing panoramic views of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
    * Lighted tennis court (rackets and balls available at front desk).
    * ½ acre playground with playhouse, swings, basketball court and horseshoes.
    * Picnic tables and charcoal grills available throughout our property.
    * Pavilion available to rent for special occasions.
    * Coin-operated laundry facility located in recreation center building.
    * Walking trail that extends the full length of our property.

    And recommended nearby properties include:
    * Two outdoor community pools located just a short drive away (Open June, July and August).
    * Bent Creek Golf Course located in the valley just below Deer Ridge.
    * Zip Line and Mountain Bike course within 2 miles.
    * The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Greenbrier and Cosby entrances.
    * Hiking trails and fishing holes. Check with our staff.
    * Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community.
    * Horseback riding in the Smoky Mountains.
    * Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.
    * Closest resort to White Water Rafting.
    * Dollywood and Splash Country theme parks.
    * Tennessee’s largest Factory Outlet Center.
    * Music and dinner theaters in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

    Even better – take advantage of our Spring Break special to get the best for even less.

    * Get a 4th night free if booking between Sunday to Thursday.
    * Get 20% off 4 nights during weekends.
    * 6th and 7th nights are FREE when you pay for 5 nights.

    This special is valid from March 1st to April 24th and can be reserved right now by booking online at or by calling 865-436-2325. Break into Spring with Deer Ridge Mountain Resort!

  • Valentine’s Day At Deer Ridge

    Romantic bliss in all the air – from the peaks on down to the valleys, there is a stillness to the ambience in the mountains that makes one reflective, introspective, and finally amorous to their romantic partner.

    If the bare mountain in the distance holding up the snow-capped peaks in the distance while the the quiet, crisp winter air blows over you doesn’t make you feel like baring your soul to your partner and to nature herself, nothing will. Even if there was no Valentine’s Day as an annual celebration in the United States, this would still be the most romantic time of the year for a Smoky Mountain getaway and Deer Ridge would like to encourage anyone interested in reserving with us at or around Valentine’s Day for that reason to absolutely do so!

    Our amenities include:

    * Indoor year-round swimming pool.
    * Hot Tub and Sauna in indoor pool area.
    * Onsite lobby lounge for gatherings and Deer Ridge special events.
    * Lighted tennis court.
    * Picnic tables and charcoal grills available throughout our property.
    * Pavilion available to rent for special occasions.

    And a Romantic Getaway Package that includes a welcome bucket, dinner at either the Alamo Steakhouse Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, The Peddler Steakhouse or the Park Grill Steakhouse in Gatlinburg, ($50 Gift Voucher for Dinner), 2 night stay in a 1 bedroom condominium with fireplace and the BEST views of the Smokies! Minimum 2-night stay required. (No other discount or special may be applied).

    All of this can be yours today by reserving on our main page or by calling 877-333-7743.

  • The First Specials of 2018!

    The holiday festivities are done and over with for this winter season, but the vacation opportunities never take a break in the Smokies! Now that we’ve begun a new year, Deer Ridge has new Winter Specials to tell you about!

    Martin Luther King 3-Day Weekend Special!
    Stay in any of our condos between January 13th to the 15th and get 30% off your rental rates! We have wood-burning fireplaces in all of our rental units. Minimum 2-night stay required. No other discount or special may be applied.

    Winter Getaway Special!
    Get cozy with Deer Ridge resort for a post-Holiday Winterfest vacation in the Smokies. For the rest of January and throughout February (excluding February 16th, 17th and the 18th), stay in any of our condos and get 30% off your rental rates! Don’t forget that ALL of our condos have fireplaces and the BEST views of the Smokies! Minimum 2-night stay required. No other discount or special may be applied.

    We hope you get the opportunity to make use of our specials for the rest of the Winterfest season, especially if you didn’t get a chance to come out to the Smokies during the holidays. Hope to see you soon!

  • New Years Eve at Deer Ridge

    Deer Ridge Mountain Resort celebrates New Year’s Eve in style. We offer our guests complimentary food, a band, and a toast to welcome in the new year. Enjoy the Smoky Mountain area during the day and then you can return to your Smoky Mountain home at Deer Ridge for a safe and fun family celebration.

    Our private lounge hours for the end of this Holiday Season are:

    We will be open Dec.23rd from 4:00 – 9:00pm.
    We will be open the 26th to the 30th from 4:00 – 9:00 pm.
    And on New Year’s Eve, 4:00 to Midnight, cash bar for drinks only, no food will be served in the lounge.

    Cash bar for drinks only. There will be complimentary food from 9:00PM to midnight.

    Come ring in the New Year at the top of the world with Deer Ridge!

  • Veteran’s Day Celebration in Downtown Gatlinburg

    Gatlinburg is celebrating Veteran’s Day with a proper tribute at Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies:

    From their website:

    Gatlinburg is formally honoring the valiant men and women who have served and are currently serving our country during this year’s Veterans Day Celebration on November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee recognizes the ceremony, now in its 18th year, as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. The event is free to the public and will feature Major General Terry M. “Max” Haston as a keynote speaker.

    The event will feature musical entertainment by the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band and distinguished vocalists Lakieta Bagwell-Graves, who will perform the National Anthem. Likewise, special presentations will be made by the Gatlinburg Boy Scout Troop 111, Girl Scout Troop 20648, and Wings to Soar, which will commemorate the occasion with a demonstration of an American Bald Eagle. Gatlinburg Police Department Captain Jim Maples, a Vietnam veteran, will also present the POW-MIA Table/Invocation. This year the Master of Ceremonies will be WVLT anchor Alan Williams.”

    You can read the full press release at