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.

  • 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

  • Were All the Attractions and Downtown Gatlinburg Destroyed in the Fire?

    No, in fact, contrary to reports and social media posts, an overwhelming majority of downtown Gatlinburg and the attractions and restaurants in and around the area were never hit by fire damage.

    As we posted in some of our other posts in the topic, this remains the official list of relevant attractions and restaurants that were affected by the wildfires of 2016:

    * Alamo Steakhouse (Gatlinburg location). Destroyed.
    * Arrowmont. Damaged but recovered and back open to the public.
    * Cupid’s Chapel of Love. Destroyed.
    * Dollywood. Slightly damaged but recovered with all events and plans for 2017 on track.
    * First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. Damaged, but main church building intact.
    * Gatlinburg Church of Christ. Destroyed.
    * Hillbilly Golf. Damaged. Reconstruction underway and expected to re-open for Spring 2017.
    * Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Minor damage. Recovered.
    * The Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Largely damaged. No longer in business.
    * Mountain Lodge Restaurant. Destroyed.
    * Mysterious Mansion. Previously believed destroyed, the attraction is fully intact and undamaged.
    * Roaring Fork Baptist Church. Destroyed.
    * Southland Car and Jeep Rentals. Destroyed.

    To say it short and sweet, if it’s not on this list, you can expect it will be open and conducting business as usual either now or once the tourism season fully begins in March 2017.

    This Smoky Mountain wildfire update is provided to you by Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.

    Last updated: 2-22-17

  • How is the Gatlinburg Fire Recovery going in 2017?

    It will be a quite a while still before Gatlinburg and some surrounding areas of the city are fully recovered (and that means recovered to the point where you can’t even tell the fire was there), but much of the recovery for visitors and locals to return to what they are expecting when they come to Gatlinburg has already been well and done with.

    Where you’ll still see the damage are the neighborhoods behind and near the parkways in Gatlinburg. That reconstruction will still take time. Others are, naturally, businesses that were burnt down by the wildfires, but it has been officially established that stories of Gatlinburg itself burning down entirely were highly untrue and that an overwhelming majority of attractions, restaurants and businesses are still in business as usual right now.

    This remains the authorized list of businesses that are no longer intact from the wildfires. If your favorite attraction or restaurant is not on this list, you can expect to visit it right now or the next time you’re in town:

    * Alamo Steakhouse (Gatlinburg location). Destroyed.
    * Arrowmont. Damaged but recovered and back open to the public.
    * Cupid’s Chapel of Love. Destroyed.
    * Dollywood. Slightly damaged but recovered with all events and plans for 2017 on track.
    * First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. Damaged, but main church building intact.
    * Gatlinburg Church of Christ. Destroyed.
    * Hillbilly Golf. Damaged. Reconstruction underway and expected to re-open for Spring 2017.
    * Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Minor damage. Recovered.
    * The Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Largely damaged. No longer in business.
    * Mountain Lodge Restaurant. Destroyed.
    * Mysterious Mansion. Previously believed destroyed, the attraction is fully intact and undamaged.
    * Roaring Fork Baptist Church. Destroyed.
    * Southland Car and Jeep Rentals. Destroyed.

    And for those of you who are interested to know if any far off sights of the mountains are still affected, we are happy to say the floral damage is recovered and will still look pretty as we get into Spring 2017!

    This Smoky Mountain wildfire update is provided to you by Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.

    Last updated: 2-22-17

  • Has Gatlinburg, Tennessee Recovered From the 2016 Wildfires?

    For all intents and purposes, YES. We have been back in business for tourism since the beginning of the new year and everything you want to come and see and do are open and waiting for you to arrive!

    While it is true that many areas and businesses that were hit hardest by the fires still bear the scars of the disaster (full reconstruction, as if the fires had never happened, will still take some time), both locals and visitors have well since move past the disaster and are continuing to operate normally. No further special events are cancelled, all roads into and around the Smoky Mountain National Park available to the public are no longer closed and all of the major attractions in the city (as well as the minor) are either fully open for business now or will be once the tourism season begins in March. The mountain sights and natural spots of the Smokies that were burned during the disaster have also healed and will flourish again here very soon as Spring gets further underway.

    This remains the authorized list of businesses that are no longer intact from the wildfires. If your favorite attraction or restaurant is not on this list, you can expect to visit it right now or the next time you’re in town:

    * Alamo Steakhouse (Gatlinburg location). Destroyed.
    * Arrowmont. Damaged but recovered and back open to the public.
    * Cupid’s Chapel of Love. Destroyed.
    * Dollywood. Slightly damaged but recovered with all events and plans for 2017 on track.
    * First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. Damaged, but main church building intact.
    * Gatlinburg Church of Christ. Destroyed.
    * Hillbilly Golf. Damaged. Reconstruction underway and expected to re-open for Spring 2017.
    * Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Minor damage. Recovered.
    * The Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Largely damaged. No longer in business.
    * Mountain Lodge Restaurant. Destroyed.
    * Mysterious Mansion. Previously believed destroyed, the attraction is fully intact and undamaged.
    * Roaring Fork Baptist Church. Destroyed.
    * Southland Car and Jeep Rentals. Destroyed.

    Everything else is operating as normal here in the Smokies!

    This Smoky Mountain wildfire update is provided to you by Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.

    Last updated: 2-22-17