• 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 www.old-mill.com.


    * 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 https://www.bubbafest.com/.



    * 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 https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountains-songwriters-festival/.


    * 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 http://gsmballoonfest.com/.

    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).

  • Celebrate Freedom With Deer Ridge!

    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 100 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:

    * Ole Smoky Moonshine – 15% off all purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
    * Moon Pie General Store & Book Warehouse – Additional 10% off any merchandise not marked down.
    * The Grand Majestic Theater – Military personnel and one guest each get 50% off dinner show ticket.
    * Old-Fashioned Wood Crafts and Variety Store – 50% off any item in the store.
    * Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
    * Magic Beyond Belief – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
    * Smoky Mountain Opry – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
    * Mel’s Diner – 10% off.
    * Reagan’s House of Pancakes – 25% off entire meal.
    * Shoney’s – 15% off all food and beverages.
    * Elvis and Hollywood Legends Museum – Free admission.
    * The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel – Wheel ticket discount of $7.00.
    * Titanic Museum Attraction – $5.00 off box office rate.
    * Country Tonite Theatre – $15.00 off each adult in your party. Kids 12 and under are free.
    * Alamo Steakhouse – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Bennetts BBQ – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Big Daddy’s Pizzeria – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Firehouse Subs – $2.00 off any medium or large sub sandwich.
    * Mad Dog Creamery – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Mama’s Farmhouse – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
    * Marble Slab Creamery – 15% off.
    * Marco’s Pizza – 25% off regular menu price. Some restrictions apply.
    * Huck Finn’s Catfish – Free order of fried pickles appetizer per table.
    * TopJump Trampoline Park – 25% off to military and their family.
    * Incredible Christmas Place – One free pound of fudge with ID.

    We welcome all Military past and present to experience the Best Views in the Smokies with our Best Military Discount! https://www.deerridge.com.