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.
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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

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

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!

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Lots to Talk About in August

 Well sir, it's the last month of the summer season, but even though folks will be going back to school, our early August blog entry is full of things to talk about. Let's look:

* Our 30th Anniversal Special for August *
End of Summer Special – stay 4 nights and only pay for 3 nights or stay 7 nights and pay for only 5 nights. Let us know you are a Past Guest and receive an additional 5% off. (Valid on any condo or cabin, cannot be combined with any other special or promotion.)

* Special Events *
We actually have quite a few for this month and they're less of the "party" variety and more of the homegrown local flavor for something more potentially and personally enriching. These events include Stringtime in the Smokies in Pigeon Forge on August 6th (Old Mill Square), the Smoky Mountain Singer-Songwriters Festival between August 24-28th (all throughout Gatlinburg) the Heroes Tribute to Veterans and First Responders in Pigeon Forge between August 15-18th at the Smoky Mountain Resort Convention Center and, finally, the Welcome Home Veterans Parade on August 27th.

More information on these events can be found on and with the latter two being part of Pigeon Forge's Celebrate Freedom - which leads us to:

* Celebrate Freedom *
Throughout the month of August, the city of Pigeon Forge initiates "Celebrate Freedom", where many businesses offer discounts to current and former military personnel as well as currently employed emergency personnel/first-responders. The full list of what which businesses are offering discounts can be found here.

And of course, Deer Ridge continues to offer the best military discount (27% off!) for lodging in the area whether it's August or not. See our military discount here.

* Sunset Festival *
Not an August event here, but it's good to talk about it anyway as we're already taking reservations for our famous Sunset Festivals here at Deer Ridge. Sunset Festival is each Saturday of the month of October where we host a small soiree on our big sun deck and bask in the changing colors of autumn with the Best Views of the Smokies spread miles in front of us. We offer free dinner for this event and it's every bit as wonderful as it sounds. Reserve today to get your place in time for Sunset Festival!

Wow, that's a mouthful. Don't let August be the final authority on the end of your summer, come see what the month could offer you at Deer Ridge.
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317th Engineers' Battalion

Over the weekend of June 24-26, we were privileged to be the reunion headquarters for the 317th Engineer's Battalion that were deployed during the Desert Storm of the Gulf War.

And this is a video taking of the reunion doing a 25th anniversary formation as well as a bugler playing "Taps".

Thank you, 317th Engineers' Battalion for making Deer Ridge your group headquarters for this reunion! We hope to see y'all again.

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Fourth of July in Gatlinburg for 2016

The 4th of July is coming up very soon and we wanted to keep you up to date on the events going on here in the Smokies.

In Gatlinburg, the events start as soon as the 3rd of July ends with the 4th of July Midnight Parade on the main downtown street where you and your whole family can see some of the best, brightest and most patriotic floats in the country for over an hour of fun.

Then, the morning after, The River Raft Regatta starts at 10:00AM and is another fun activity for the whole family, particularly younger kids, as you can watch all manners of small objects race down the river to cross the finish line first at Ripley's Aquarium. You can see more information on that at

Finally, the big show begins at 10:00PM with the Independence Day fireworks you've all been looking forward to, and you don't have to go anywhere but the main sidewalk in downtown Gatlinburg to see the fireworks overhead. Gatlinburg has been celebrating the 4th of July this way for years and it just gets better each time it comes around.

We hope to see you this Independence Day and we'd like you to see our specials and packages at to save on your Smoky Mountain vacation while adding even more to it. Hope to see you soon! Read More!

Tax Free Weekend 2016 Info

We received this email some time ago and felt it was relevant to share here.

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Deer Ridge Wins The Certificate of Excellence From TripAdvisor

We are happy to announce that, like our title indicates, Deer Ridge Mountain Resort has received the Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor due to our consistently high reviews as reported by the many visitors we have provided for over the course of the year.

Just listen to some of our recent visitor reviews to see how we came upon this award:

Joseph M
Hialeah, Florida
Reviewed yesterday.

We stayed at one of the cabins at this resort community during the last week of 2015 into 2016. The cabin was very nice and fit us 6 comfortably. It's about 30 minutes from Downtown Gatlinburg and The smokey mountains . There are a few close restaurants and a grocery store 20 minutes away. The drive up to our cabin was scary as we've never been up so high specially at night. The resort has a common area you can use but we didn't because there's so much to do around you won't be in the cabin only to sleep.

Indianapolis, IN
Reviewed last week.

We had just stayed at Deer Ridge in January and booked a unit for next January then, but decided to return in the spring again, as well! They did not disappoint us at all; once again. Everyone is so friendly and eager to assist you with whatever you needed help with. The unit was very clean, and we love the views of the mountains! Enjoyed sitting on the balcony, drinking coffee in the mornings, and just letting the world go by. It is a bit of a drive to Gatlinburg, but we bought our groceries and didn't need to venture into that busy town at all. The unit had plenty of pots/pans/dishes/etc that one can cook your own meals. We enjoyed hanging out at the pool and the hottub every evening. They have a nice patio area outside the pool, of which we would sit there with a good book and read, taking in all the views. They have tennis courts, but we did not use them. Can't wait to return in January!

Wendy C
Chicago Illinois
Reviewed 2 weeks ago.

We stayed at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort the last week of March during our visit to the Smokey Mountains. The view from the condo was beautiful. It was a perfect distance from Gatlinburg and away from all the crowds, which were substantial that week. The indoor pool and hot tub were perfect after our long days of hiking. We used the washer and dryer a few times that week which were reasonably priced and worked very well.

We have been satisfying visitors like these for 30 years and we don't have any plans in sight to stop! See more reasons you should consider Deer Ridge for your vacation destination on our TripAdvisor page. Read More!