• Gatlinburg Veteran’s Day Observance

    On November 11th, the city of Gatlinburg will be holding its traditional observance of Veteran’s Day at Rocky Top Sports World for 2020. Masks and social distancing practices will be encouraged or may be required for all attendees, but otherwise it is a welcome return to tradition in the Smoky Mountains as we near the end of 2020 and re-establish our commitment to honoring veterans past and present in East Tennessee.

    Gatlinburg.com writes:

    “For more than 20 years, Gatlinburg has celebrated Veterans Day with a tribute to honor the United States Military service members and veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee recognizes the ceremony as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Rocky Top Sports World.

    The ceremony will feature special performances and appearances by the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band, the American Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, distinguished vocalist Jay Teter and a dramatic presentation by the American Eagle Foundation. Retired Gatlinburg Police Department Captain Jim Maples will present the POW-MIA Table/Invocation.

    The event is free to the public.”

    As part of our commitment to honoring veterans and current-serving military personnel, Deer Ridge offers the best military discount in the Smoky Mountains, as well as military reunion faculties and amenities. See more by clicking here.

  • Spotlight: In Cabin Massage

    What is a romantic treat you and your partner can indulge in without having to leave Deer Ridge and the BEST views of the Smokies out of proximity? One that replenishes the body as well as the mind and soul with the message “I love you” attached to it? The answer to this riddle is “In-Cabin Massage” – both the name of the romantic treat and the recommended service provider we’d like to shine a spotlight on today!

    In Cabin Massage is a professionally licensed and insured mobile therapeutic and couples’ massage service that specialize in providing for visitors at cabin rentals and condos like the ones we have at Deer Ridge. They provide the following massage services (as of July 2020).

    * Single 60min / Swedish – $85.00
    * Single 90min / Swedish – $125.00
    * Single 60min / Deep Tissue – $95.00
    * Single 90min / Deep Tissue – $145.00
    * Single 60min / Deluxe – $100.00
    * Single 90min / Deluxe – $150.00
    * Single 60min / Prenatal – $100.00
    * Single 90min / Prenatal – $150.00
    * Single 60min Mud Wrap, Body Polish, Massage – $150.00
    * Single 90min Mud Wrap, Body Polish, Massage – $200.00

    Single 3 Hour Ultimate Spa Package – $300.00
    Couples Ultimate Spa Package – $600.00

    * Couples 60min / Swedish – $170.00
    * Couples 90min / Swedish – $250.00
    * Couples 60min / Deluxe – $200.00
    * Couples 90min / Deluxe – $290.00
    * Couples 60min / Deep Tissue – $190.00
    * Couples 90min / Deep Tissue – $290.00
    * Couples 90min / Hot Stone – $290.00

    Group of 4 or more may have:
    30min Massage / 1 Hot Towel – $50.00

    Additional services and photos of some of these can be found at http://incabinmassage.com/2020/07/02/menu-of-services/.

    Reserve In Cabin Massage at your next Deer Ridge appointment by visiting http://incabinmassage.com/.

  • Condo for sale E304

    E-304
    This one bedroom (plus loft), one 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 4-6 people. Plan to book E304 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    $134,900

    If you would like to tour this condo contact Jamie Palo: jamie@deerridge.com
    865-323-6350

    Call 865-323-6350
    Jamie Palo
    jamie@deerridge.com

  • Homecoming Spotlight: Smokey Mountain Sounds

    As part of our Deer Ridge Homecoming series of get-togethers for September, we’ll be featuring entertainment from local professional entertainers and we’d like to highlight each of them on our blog so you can get to know them before they arrive at Deer Ridge.

    Spotlight: Smokey Mountain Sounds
    September 14th

    Enjoy entertainment brought to you from 5:00PM – 7:00PM by DJ Services Smoky Mountain Sounds. Awesome entertainment fun at no cost to our guests. Check out our lounge specials for this event! Free s’mores and the Best Views in the Smokies will be the stars of the show!

     

    From their website:

    “Smokey Mountain Sounds is a professional DJ service specializing in weddings. We are based in the Smokey Mountains serving the surrounding areas, which includes Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. We have over 20 years of creating memories one song at a time.

    Our DJs spend a minimum of 15 to 20 hours preparing for your event before it even starts, from staying in touch with you, the event planner and other vendors; working on completing the itinerary, as well as finalizing all the details. We go to the venue between two and three hours before the event to set up and stay late to take down after the event. My company and I are fully licensed and insured so you do not have to worry about anything that may happen at your event.

    At Smokey Mountain Sounds, we never just go to an event without pre-planning. When you hire us, you need to know that we care and will dedicate 100% of our attention to your event.”

    See more on Smokey Mountain Sounds at http://smokeymountainsounds.com/.

  • Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies

    Many of our guests come to the Smokies to fully immerse themselves in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the complete disconnect from the world around them into unspoiled nature. The copious amount of hiking trails within reasonable driving distance from Deer Ridge creates many opportunities for them to do this and sometimes we get asked about hiking trails with waterfalls to them.

    In this article, we’ll showcase a few trails that offer gorgeous waterfalls as part of the trail with information reposted from www.hikinginthesmokys.com.

    Grotto Falls
    “The hike to Grotto Falls begins from the Trillium Gap Trailhead. Hikers will be following the Trillium Gap Trail for most of the way as it meanders through a beautiful old-growth forest, which includes many large eastern hemlocks. For the most part the trail to the waterfall travels a gentle grade along a wide and well-worn path. As you proceed to the falls you’ll cross over four small streams without the benefit of a footbridge. At 1.2 miles hikers will reach a tumbling cascade. Just beyond this point, looking upstream, Grotto Falls will come into view for the first time. The most distinctive feature about Grotto Falls is that it’s the only waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that a person can actually walk behind. The 25-foot high waterfall offers a cool, shady, and moist retreat for hikers in the summer. This same environment also provides ideal habitat for salamanders as well.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/grotto.htm

    Laurel Falls
    “Laurel Falls is an extremely popular destination within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thus, parking can be a problem during peak season. If you wish to avoid crowds your best bet is to begin your hike early in the morning, during the early evening hours, on a weekday, or during the off-season. Roundtrip, the hike to Laurel Falls and back is 2.3 miles in total length. The hike is well worth it though – Laurel Falls is very photogenic, and is widely considered to be one of the best waterfall hikes in the Smokies. Visitors should also note that you’ll be traveling in bear country on this hike. If you still have plenty of energy left in your legs after soaking in the sights at the waterfall, hikers will have the option of continuing along the Laurel Falls Trail for another 2.7 miles to visit the old fire tower atop Cove Mountain.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/laurel.htm

    Porters Creek Trail
    “The first mile of the Porters Creek Trail is actually an old gravel road, which meanders through a lush forest of moss covered trees and rocks as it follows along the banks of Porters Creek. If you happen to have the opportunity to hike this trail during the spring you’ll likely be treated to an absolutely awesome display of yellow trillium near the trailhead. Roughly two-thirds of a mile from the trailhead several old stone walls will appear on your right. These are remnants from the Elbert Cantrell farmstead, who settled in the Porters Creek community in the early 1900s. Also on your right, just past the stone walls, is the Ownby Cemetery, which also dates back to the early part of the 20th century. Roughly one mile from the trailhead, after crossing over a footbridge, hikers will reach a fork in the road. The spur trail on the right leads to an historic farm site. A short hike of roughly 250 yards will take you to the John Messer farm site, which includes a cantilevered barn that was built by John Whaley around 1875. There’s also a cabin on this site that was built by the
    Smoky Mountain Hiking
    Club in the mid-1930s. Members of the club were permitted to use the cabin as an
    overnight facility until 1981.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/porters.htm

    Ramsey Cascades
    “The Ramsey Cascades Trail gains almost 2200 feet in elevation over its four-mile course, and is considered to be a moderately strenuous hike. The beginning of the Ramsey Cascades Trail follows the remnants of an old gravel road. At 1.5 miles from the trailhead you’ll reach an old cul de sac, which marks the end of the old roadway you’ve been following to this point. This location also marks the junction with the old Greenbrier Pinnacle Trail, which used to lead hikers to the top of Greenbrier Pinnacle where an old fire tower once stood. The trail, however, is now overgrown and is no
    longer maintained by the park. From here the Ramsey Cascades Trail continues towards the east as a narrow footpath. Hikers will soon enter the largest old-growth forest remaining in the Smokies.
    One of the primary reasons the national park was created was in response to the
    damage being done to the ancient forests by the logging industry. This forest was one of the few to remain mostly unscathed. According to the Eastern Native Trees Society some of the largest trees in the park are located on this trail, including the third tallest red maple in the park (141 feet), the second tallest white oak in the park (123 feet), and the tallest black cherry in the park (146 feet). Over the course of the last 2 miles hikers will also see some very large tuliptrees, eastern hemlocks, basswoods, silverbells, and yellow birches.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/ramsay.htm

    Hen Wallow Falls
    “Almost from the start the trail begins to make a steady climb up the northern
    flank of Snake Den Mountain. While ascending the Gabes Mountain Trail, which
    was once known as the Messer Trail, the roots and rocks will testify just how rough this route can be in some places. Although rugged, the trail passes through a beautiful lush-green forest of rhododendron and ferns, with eastern hemlocks and yellow poplars providing a nice overhead canopy. After walking a short distance Rock Creek will appear on your right. Soon after you’ll pass the side trail that leads to the Cosby Campground, almost four-tenths of a mile from the trailhead. Shortly thereafter the trail crosses over Rock Creek. Roughly 1 mile from the trailhead hikers will reach Messer Gap. There’s another faint side trail on your right here, that supposedly leads to an old grave site. To continue on towards the falls, hikers should proceed straight ahead. Just past this junction look towards your left and you’ll see the remnants of an old rock wall from an old homestead.”
    http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/hen_wallow_falls.htm

     

     

  • 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.”www.gatlinburg.com

    See more Winterfest events going on in Gatlinburg at www.gatlinburg.com/events.

  • 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 www.friendlyfalls.com.

  • 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.

  • 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.