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."

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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.

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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.

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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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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.
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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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