Celebrate New Years Eve in Gatlinburg!

After a wild year with many ups and downs, we are soon to commit 2016 to history and transform it as 2017 - and one of the best ways to do that here in the Smokies is to enjoy the festivities on December 31st in downtown Gatlinburg not far from us!

Downtown Gatlinburg on the 31st will be bustling with activity and positivity throughout the day in anticipation for the party to come. As the night comes on, more entertainment comes out from the many establishments surrounding the Space Needle. Then at 10:00PM, live entertainment will begin near Stoplight #8, which is Airport Road and where Bubba Gump is located at. It will definitely keep the energy electric as it gets closer to the magic hour.

Then, just before it turns midnight, the ball begins to drop from the top of the Space Needle and once it turns Midnight, January 1st, 2017, we celebrate the first 15-20 minutes of the year with fireworks that light up the night sky, shot from the tower itself. It's an amazing sight.

You can see more on this at www.gatlinburg.com. We hope we get to see you in 2017!
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Three Jimmy's Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg

We would like to post this on behalf of Three Jimmy's in Gatlinburg.

"Introducing Three Jimmy’s Thanksgiving Feast!
Join us for a tradition dinner on Thursday, November 24th between 11:00AM to 10:00PM.

Our menu includes:
* 12-14 lb. turkey
* Cornbread stuffing
* Creamy mashed potatoes
* Rich turkey gravy
* Green bean casserole
* Fresh yeast rolls
* Candied yams
* Pumpkin Pie

All homemade!

Adults - $17.95
Kids - $9.95
Children Ages 6 and under are FREE.

You can take all the fixins' home by having it delivered! You will need to order in advance as quantities are limited.

Place your order by calling 865-325-1210."

See more on Three Jimmy's at www.threejimmys.com.
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Winterfest Kickoff Events For 2016

We had a lot of fun with Sunset Festival this year and we were lucky enough to have FIVE of them to celebrate the season and leaf changing with. Now we say goodbye to the Harvest Festival for another year and move on to Winterfest, of which Gatlinburg will officially be kicking off this week with the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff/Winterfest Kickoff on November 9th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.

As is tradition in Gatlinburg, we celebrate Winterfest with a Chili Cookoff in downtown Gatlinburg between Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. This event is so big that the city of Gatlinburg shuts down a whole section of the downtown parkway just to hold it. The first part of the event is the chili cookoff where dozens of tables featuring dozens of local restaurants (as well as those from abroad) set up to serve all-you-can-eat chili. The purchase of an admission "spoon" is you all need to enjoy the best chili in the Smoky Mountains. Then later the switch will go on and BOOM, Gatlinburg will finish putting on the last of the Winterfest lights with their own trolley tours to follow.

See more on this event at http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=11.

Two Nighter Getaway Special:

Book now and stay between March 1st – December 18th! Stay any 2 nights in any size condo or cabin and receive 10% off our regular nightly rates.

Three Nighter Long Weekend Special:
Book now and stay between March 1st – December 18th! Stay any 3 nights in any size condo or cabin and receive 15% off our regular nightly rate.

Weekly Special:
Book now and stay between January 1st – December 31st! Stay a week (7 consecutive nights) and pay for only 5 nights. Valid on any size condo or cabin.

See more on our specials at http://deerridge.com/specials/.
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Gatlinburg Special Event - Scenes of the Nativity

We received a request to post this on behalf of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg, TN.

"Our Savior Lutheran Church invites you to celebrate the season at its Scenes of the Nativity Open House held at the church on Historic Nature Trail road in Gatlinburg. Scenes of the Nativity will be open on Saturday, November 26th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM and on Sunday, November 27th from noon to 2:00PM.

Member and friends of the congregation will display their own Nativities. There will be one-of-a-kind Nativity sets from around the world, pieces, and collectibles like the Hummel and Willow Tree, hand-carved, humorous, new and old, papier-mâché and more.

“Many of these displays are family treasures,” says Robin Whiting, event organizer. “These Nativities have been in our homes passed down through the family or gifts from special friends for ages. This open house is our gift to the community and to our Gatlinburg visitors. We hope that the thirty or so minutes you spend here viewing these artistic  expressions of the Christmas story will renew a spirit of Christmas and christian tradition for you.”

In addition to the Nativities, there will be cookies and hot apple cider, and childrens’ activities centering on the Christmon Tree and the Season of Advent. A Nativity scene will be given away each day. Parking is free at the church. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Smokies. We encourage everyone to also attend the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees at  Mills Auditorium, which also benefits the Boys and Girls Club.

Please visit our website at www.gatlinburglutherans.com for additional information or contact Robin Whiting at whitingr@bellsouth.net.

Our Savior Lutheran Church is located at 423 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 and their phone number is 436-5641."
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Free Lunch For Veterans on November 11th.

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Sunset Festivals For 2016

What are the three best things you can get from the Smoky Mountains during Autumn?

1. Views of the full Autumn bloom.
2. Top restaurant-quality food from local favorites at a special event.
3. A self-sufficient luxury resort with everything you need to get the Smoky Mountain vacation you deserve.

And what luck, Sunset Festival at Deer Ridge provides all three for NO extra cost!

The Sunset Festival is Deer Ridge's long-running tradition of holding a fun little party every Saturday evening with free food and all the views of the full bloom of the Smokies your camera can hold. The night air is crisp and dignified, and it's an excellent way to unwind and get the true Appalachian experience the mountains provide in this season.
This year, our food is being provided and sponsored by high-class restaurants in nearby Gatlinburg. Our sponsors for this year include:

* Three Jimmys
* Friendly Falls
* Texas Roadhouse
* Brainstorm Cafe

Our availability for Sunset Festival accommodations, as of writing, are as follows:

October 1st    ***** Available ***** 
October 8th   ***** SOLD OUT *****
October 15th   ***** SOLD OUT *****
October 22nd   ***** SOLD OUT *****
October 29th   ***** Available *****

And be sure to ask about our Past Guest Discount at the time of your reservation booking!

Reserve a condo or cabin for Sunset Festival today or call us for more information at 877-333-7743. www.deerridge.com
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Labor Day Weekend and the Upcoming Rod Runs

Labor Day Weekend starts today! And we're thankful for the break. It's been QUITE a summer here in the Smokies with blazing hot temperatures, a lot of activity and a lot of work needing to be done. There's no better place in the South to enjoy a 3-4 day weekend than the Smokies and we hope you all come out to visit us!

One thing to note particularly is that Dollywood will be having a brand new special event going on tomorrow on park. "Rock The Smokies" will provide several rounds of Christian rock artists throughout the park that perform at 1:00PM, 4:00PM and 7:00PM. There will also be fireworks going off to celebrate Labor Day on September 3rd and 4th. See more on this at http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/RockTheSmokies.

And then, you guessed it, it's Rod Run season in Pigeon Forge! Shades of the Past Rod Run XXXIII rolls into town from September 9th to the 10th and the Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run begins the next weekend between September 15th and the 17th. The Shades of the Past Rod takes place up at Dolly's Splash Country while the Fall Rod Run takes place at the LeConte Conference Center in Downtown Pigeon Forge, but you can still expect the entire town to be in automotive party mode during the nights on those two weekends. See more information on that at www.mypigeonforge.com.

There's more events coming up in September and we'll be back in a little while to tell you about them. Reserve a condo or cabin today at Deer Ridge to capitalize on a Fall getaway to the Smokies with a luxury vacation rental that offers the BEST views in the Smokies! www.deerridge.com.

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