Last Weekend For Festival of Nations!

Howdy folks. As the topic title says, this is the last weekend Dollywood's 2017 Festival of Nations is going on. On April 10th, it will be done for the year and "Spring Break At Dollywood" will begin immediately after.

If you're staying with us this weekend and would like to see the festival before it leaves for the year, remember we sell Dollywood tickets at our front desk (as well as many others). Take advantage of this and enjoy the multi-cultural thrills in Pigeon Forge!

Here are some photos of this year's Festival of Nations, courtesy and copyright of Ge'ne Kea-Lawhead.

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Spring News From Deer Ridge

We're going full force in offering the best Smoky Mountain vacation you can find in the Spring time. Let's dive right in for all the new things we're offering in the coming months of April and May:
New Special Break Special:
From April 7th to April 23rd for 2017, you can get 25% off any condo or cabin rental if you rent two or more nights.

Reserve this special by going to or by calling 877-333-7743.

New Weekend Breakfast at The Lounge:
Beginning April 8, 2017, every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8:00AM to 10:00AM in our lounge area, Deer Ridge will be offering "the Best Blueberry Muffins" in town to our guests. These wonderful Blueberry Muffins, along with either cold milk or hot coffee, will be complimentary to all registered guest.

Muffins are made fresh daily and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Come join us for our new weekend breakfast at the lounge!

Mother's Day Package:
Is there any more special a concentrated holiday than Mother's Day? Show that good woman you love her by spending Mother's Day with us at Deer Ridge where have a Sunrise Bucket food combination available. The Sunrise Bucket offers coffee service and light breakfast items you and Mom are sure to love.

Prices start at $249.00 plus tax and is valid between May 12th to the 14th. This will buy you the best Mother's Day Getaway Package ever. This package includes a two night stay at Deer Ridge in a 1 bedroom, 1 bath fully equipped condo, a Mother's Day Welcome Bucket and a $50.00 dinner certificate.

Memorial Day Corn Hole Tournament:
Deer Ridge will be hosting its 2nd Annual Corn Hole Tournament for all registered guest on Saturday May 27, 2017. No entry fee, just sign up when you arrive. We are looking for teams of two to compete against other guest teams with a chance of winning a return trip to Deer Ridge for 3 nights and 4 days. Corn Hole tournament rules will apply.

Following the tournament, Deer Ridge will be grilling up $1.00 hot dogs and $2.00 hamburgers for all guests. Tournament players eat for free. The tournament will start at 9:00AM with the final room around noon. Lunch will begin at 11:30AM.

New Merchandise in the Lounge:

We're also happy to announce we have new merchandise available in our fabulous lounge area at the main office:

* New Deer Ridge Men's Polo Shirts
* New Deer Ridge Men's Rugby Shirts
* New Deer Ridge Women's Shirts

Come see what we've literally got in store for you!
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Romance At Deer Ridge Mountain Resort

Our visitors will be looking towards the next weekend and February 14th for romance in the Smokies and Deer Ridge would like to be your nesting ground for Valentine's love in Gatlinburg.

We currently have condos and cabin units available for rent and we can offer the following specials:

Valentine's Special:
* 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 $259.00 (plus tax and fees). Additional nights can also be purchased through our reservation system.

Couple's Golf Package:
$86.00 per golfer, per night plus taxes and fees

Peak Season April 1st thru October 31st
2 night minimum, 2 golfers per 1 BR condo
Golf at Bent Creek Only
Couples Special includes Breakfast.

Reserve either of these today by visiting
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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 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
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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

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
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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 for additional information or contact Robin Whiting at

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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