If you’ve been keeping up on Deer Ridge, you know that we’ve been particularly excited and interested in Rocky Top Sports World. It’s not every day we get a huge sports complex just down the road from us on Highway 321, and what a sports complex it is!
• 86,000 square foot indoor facility. Total property covers 80 acres. • 10 basketball courts. • 17 volleyball courts. • 6 synthetic turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, ultimate frisbee and more. • Picnic tables. • Children’s play area. • Bleacher seating. • Champ’s Grill eatery. • Event planning space.
And pretty much every sport you can think of is represented here, from baseball to wrestling, flag football to martial arts. It’s an incredible sight and site to behold and it opens up brand new opportunities for sports teams to come to the Smokies.
If you’re bringing a team to Gatlinburg to play at Rocky Top Sports World, choose Deer Ridge as your lodging accommodations and you’ll be just up the road from the complex and enjoying luxury amenities in between matches. Call us at 1-877-DEER-RIDGE to ask about our Rocky Top Sports Team Specials!
Deer Ridge has the pleasure of being about 15-20 minutes driving distance from downtown Gatlinburg in East Tennessee. Gatlinburg is one of the most famous mountain cities in the country, being built at the very gates of the Smoky Mountain National Park, and it could take you weeks to see all there is to see and do all within the city limits.
On this page, we’ll show you some of our recommended attractions and restaurants for you to consider the next time you’re in town.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Give your mind one heck of a workout at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in center downtown Gatlinburg. Hundreds of genuine oddities and interactive fun stuff from every corner of the planet in every epoch of history await you and your family. www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg
Christ in the Smokies
Formerly “Christus Gardens”, this is one of Gatlinburg’s oldest and most dignified attractions. Christ in the Smokies is a museum dedicated to the story and portrayal of Jesus Christ with over 100 life-sized wax figures and the famous “Carrera” face of Christ. www.christinthesmokies.com
Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
Gatlinburg’s premiere theater for serious comedy and theatrical entertainment enthusiasts, Sweet Fanny Adams has had 35 successful seasons in town with no signs of slowing down! If country music isn’t your thing, come to Sweet Fanny Adams for comedy stylings in the vein of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, and more. www.sweetfannyadams.com
Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts
The reason the city is here – The Arts and Crafts Community is famous throughout the country as being the largest collection of independent artists and artisans in The U.S. Potters, painters, broom-makers, fine restaurants, sculptures, sketchers and incredible stores of all kinds could take days to see in full. www.gatlinburgcrafts.com
An icon in the large roster of attractions in Gatlinburg, Ober has been a site for many things for over 40 years in the city. In the winter time, it’s the only place for miles around to go for skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. In the warmer season, it’s a mountain-high family fun park with mini-golf, arcade, park rides, shops, indoor ice skating and more. www.obergatlinburg.com
The tallest structure in Gatlinburg is a center place for a good portion of the entertainment in the city. From the top of the tower, you can see for miles and miles around of the Smokies. At the bottom is Arcadia, a 25,000 square foot arcade and family entertainment center and Jon Dee’s Hypnotized Comedy Show. Watch for the Space Needle on New Years Eve where the city of Gatlinburg traditionally lines the whole structure up with fireworks and creates one of the most spectacular displays you’ll ever see. www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com
A Brit of Magic With Keith Fields
Gatlinburg does have a small vein representing a UK culture in the area, and that small but pleasant vein grows with the entertainment of Keith Fields – world champion street magician who has appeared on Broadway in New York, London’s West End, Las Vegas, and apparently even had Robin Williams as a warm-up act. How many entertainers like that do you get to see in the Smokies? www.gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/details.aspx?id=1309
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
After becoming a big hit on Wears Valley Road, the people who own the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster brought one to North Gatlinburg to add a new unique attraction for visitors to enjoy. Come soar through the hills of the city like never before! www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com
Having been in the BBQ business in Sevier County for over 20 years, Bennetts has racked up in impressive amount of awards for their food and service; winning “Best Ribs, Best BBQ” again as recently as 2012. They also serve amazing chicken, sausage, catfish, pork shoulder, brisket, and more. See their full menu at www.bennetts-bbq.com
The Smoky Mountain Brewery
One of the area’s favorite hangouts for visitors and locals alike, the Brewery is part, well, brewery, and part restaurant specializing in ribs, wings, pizzas and half-priced pizzas on Tuesday nights, sandwiches, burgers, spaghetti and a ton of other items on the menu. www.smoky-mtn-brewery.com
The Peddler Steakhouse
How would you like a proper fancy dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s oldest restaurants where a fat, succulent steak, cooked over hickory charcoal is waiting for you next to some mountain trout or prime rib, New York cheesecake or hot blackberry cobbler. This is one of many amazing food combinations you’ll find at The Peddler Steakhouse. Wine Menu also available. www.peddlergatlinburg.com
Man alive, you haven’t eaten the best in the Smokies until you’ve eaten at Three Jimmy’s in Gatlinburg near the Arts and Crafts Community. Favorite dishes include award-winning wings, brick-oven pizza, Champagne Chicken, Sirloin, Artisan Cut Shoulder Tender, Back Baby Ribs and much more. www.threejimmys.com/
Wild Boar Saloon
Formerly Howard’s in Gatlinburg, but with the added advantage that is both a new restaurant, and the original restaurant available upon request. Some of the best steaks and steak burgers, roast beef sandwiches, grilled pork chops, chicken sandwich platters and much more just waiting for you to take your next trip to Gatlinburg! www.bestitalian.com/wild_boar_saloon.html
When you drive down the main street and, at any given day during the morning, you see a line from the outside of the door extending around to the inside of the Village just to get in and EAT, you know you’re looking at the best pancake restaurant in the city! Chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, cherry waffles, pecan waffles, western omelets, breakfast cereals with banana slices and much more! www.pancakepantry.com
The Best Italian
Not just a boastful name, “The Best Italian” proves itself to many a visitor with starting rounds of their famous “garlic knots” and continues on with some of the best homemade pizza you’ll find in the city, or Filet Tips Linguini, Chicken Linguini with White Sauce, Tenderloin Tips Marsala and more amazing Italian dishes that earned them the name on this listing. www.bestitalian.com
While we’re betting it’s a fairly slim chance this page is your introduction to the greatest theme park in all the state, no area information in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is complete without it. Dollywood is one heck of an attraction and there’s always quite a bit to talk about on it!
Dollywood is a theme park that’s ever-changing and ever-expanding while remaining firmly rooted in celebrating the culture of the Smoky Mountains, and more than just offering a huge selection of thrill rides for families like most theme parks, Dollywood also prides itself on it’s theatrical focus and its commitment to maintaining a Smoky Mountain arts and crafts community of sorts. Three specialized fields for one park!
There are almost two dozen huge AAA-quality rides at Dollywood as well as smaller rides for younger kids, more than half a dozen theaters/stages with shows going on around the clock, multiple eateries and food shops from one end of of the park to the other, lots of interactivity in between all that, its own fully functioning train, and somehow even more than that. It would take more than a full day to enjoy everything there is to do in Dollywood!
Dollywood is more than just a world class theme park. It’s the complete getaway for families looking to disconnect from the world’s distractions and reconnect with each other while nestled in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood’s properties provide ample opportunity to overwrite life’s daily stresses with new family memories.
Dollywood’s Splash Country is the perfect mountain oasis for families to cool-down and chill-out. Located in a mountainous hollow adjacent to Dollywood theme park, Dollywood’s Splash Country features a variety of splashy water attractions for both the thrill-seekers and pool-loungers in your family. Add in a private cabana rental or delicious poolside treat, and your crew is set for the perfect day of togetherness in the Smoky Mountain sunshine.
For more than a quarter of a century, the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge has been the most popular theatrical venue outside of Dollywood in the Smoky Mountains, and Deer Ridge is offering discount tickets for registered guests who would like to visit or revisit this legendary attraction.
The premise of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede (yep, it’s a Dollywood attraction you don’t have to go to Dollywood to enjoy) is simple, yet easy to understand why it’s retained its popularity – a dinner and a show with horses, ostriches, dancing girls, stunts, pyrotechnics and so much more. Dinners include a four course meal of rotisserie chicken, smoked barbecued pork loin, vegetable soup, homemade biscuit, corn on the cob, unlimited soft drinks and dessert among other items.
Dixie Stampede is open all throughout the year too and has a Christmas themed show during the winter holidays. See more on Dixie Stampede at www.dixiestampede.com.
Spacious accommodations with spectacular views!!! From the moment you enter our A301, you will be amazed at the views, decor and space! The master bedroom offers king-sized pillow top mattress, as does the queen-sized bedroom which has a bath directly across the hall. An appealing loft upstairs has 2 twin beds. There is a new sleeper sofa in the living room. There are ceiling fans throughout and flat screen TVs in all bedrooms and the living room. The kitchen having been remodeled has beautiful new wood cabinets, all new appliances, and Corian counter tops. This is a top quality unit located on the top floor. The private balcony offers a breathtaking view of the Great Smoky Mountains as well as a nice overlook of the Bent Creek Golf Course. This unit will sleep 6-8 people. Plan on staying in A301 for a spectacular Smoky Mountain vacation!
This two bedroom (plus loft), two bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing southwest and offers not only a beautiful sunset view of the Great Smoky Mountains but allows you to see the far off twinkle of the lights in Gatlinburg after dark. This top floor unit will sleep 8 people. Plan to book E308 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.
This two bedroom (plus loft), two bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing south and offers a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a nice overview of the Back 9 at Bent Creek Golf Course. This top floor unit will sleep 6-8 people. Plan to book D303 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.
This two bedroom (plus loft), two bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing south and offers a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a nice overview of the Back 9 at Bent Creek Golf Course. This top floor unit will sleep 6-8 people. Plan to book D301 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.
This two bedroom (plus loft), two bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing south and offers a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a nice overview of the Back 9 at Bent Creek Golf Course. This top floor unit will sleep 6-8 people. Plan to book C304 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.
For the Best View in the Smokies along with All New “everything, done in a (take your pick) LOL Country Charm-shabby chic-rustic-farmhouse theme.”, look no further than unit E-305. This two bedroom plus loft unit features 2 King sized beds, 1 Queen bed, and 1 Full Trundle bed. There is a TV in each bedroom for your convenience, and ceiling fans throughout for your comfort. Go ahead and book right now, you deserve for your next visit to the Smokies to include a stay in Deer Ridge Mountain Resort Unit E-305.
This two bedroom (plus loft), two bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing south and offers a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a nice overview of the Back 9 at Bent Creek Golf Course. This top floor unit will sleep 8 people. Plan to book C306 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.
• Building: C
• 2 Bedrooms + Loft
• 2 Bathrooms
• Queen & Queen downstairs
• Trundle Bed in Loft
• Sleeper Sofa
• Balcony Mountain View
• Cable TV
• DVD Player
• Wood Fireplace
• Standard Appliances
• Fully Equipped Kitchen
• In-Room Safe
• Indoor Pool Access
• Outdoor Pool Access (June-August)
• No Smoking
• Sorry No Pet