Archive for the ‘News from the Ridge’ Category

Oktoberfest 2014

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Rocky Top Sports World hosts Labor Day Soccer Tournament

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Rocky Top Sports World, the new sports complex just down the road from Deer Ridge Mountain Resort, held its first event – The Labor Day Weekend Soccer Invitational Tournament.  The tournament was held on Friday August 29 and Saturday August 30, 2014.  Deer Ridge had its first bookings from a Rocky Top Sports World event, hosting the TN Soccer Club U12 group.  The kids and the parents were very positive about the resort!  We are going to host members and families of the No Excuse Lacrosse team who will be visiting for a Lacrosse tournament in October.

Deer Ridge Mountain Resort is working hard to use our close proximity to the new facility to bring in additional business, check out our new website


Here are some pictures of the soccer players enjoying the new facilities at Rocky Top Sports World:

2014 Family Reunions at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

It has been a booming summer for family reunions at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort!  We’ve been so busy with assisting guests that it has taken me awhile to get to reporting about how great our summer is going.  We are still busy but time allows for a  quick report.  This summer we have had the pleasure of hosting the:

Smith-Gholson Family

Lindsey Family

Burke Family

Yates Family

Baechler Family

Call-Steele Family

for their family reunions.  We get the pleasure of hosting the Valentine Family this week and the Mazanowski Family next week.  Whew!

I haven’t even gotten to our military reunions, non family groups, and weddings yet – that post is coming later this week, or maybe next – like I said, we are still very busy here on the Ridge!

Thought you might enjoy seeing one of our groups enjoying their stay at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.  These pictures are courtesy of the Lindsey Family:


Deer Ridge Mountain Resort, Gatlinburg’s Winter Wonderland 02/14

Thursday, February 13th, 2014


November 27, 2013 Snow Fall at Deer Ridge Mtn. Resort

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

It is the day before Thanksgiving and we have gotten a beautiful snow fall.  Accumulation was approximately 2-3 inches here at the resort.  Guests are overjoyed by the amazing winter views.  Here are a few pictures so you can enjoy the snow too!

Fall golf groups visit Deer Ridge Mountain Resort

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

This fall is giving us beautiful weather and allowing golf groups to really enjoy their visits to Deer Ridge Mountain Resort. We have hosted the Simmons golf group (1st time visitors) and the Newman golf group (past guests) during the month of September. We are looking forward to having Lockheed Martin from the Marietta GA facility back with us this year. This golf group visited us for the first time last year – and they are bringing a bigger group back this year! They will be here Oct. 10-14 and have booked 20 rooms for this year’s outing. We are glad to have these folks back with us!



October Fest 2013

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


2013 Sunset Festival

Saturday Evenings
October 5,12,19,26
5:00-7:00 P.M.
On The Sun Deck

Bluegrass Music, Food, Beverages, &
A Spectacular Sunset View

Complimentary for 
All Deer Ridge Guests

Another Bear Visits Deer Ridge Mountain Resort

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

One of the great things about Deer Ridge Mountain Resort is the fact that we often have wildlife stop by for a visit.  These pictures were taken around lunch time near our Maintenance Building here at the resort:



Gaines Family Was Pure Sunshine for Rainy 4th of July Week

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

We were pleased to once again host the Gaines family for their annual reunion.  The Gaines have stayed with us before on several occasions and it was a pleasure to have them return to Deer Ridge!

Dearest Deer Ridge,
We are from Portage, IN about 600 miles away a 9-10 hour drive. We too have
relatives come from different parts of Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina,
Missouri, California & Tennessee. This was our 4th time (2005, 2008, 2009
& now 2013) staying here July 4th to July 8th and each time was for our
“Gaines family reunion” this year we had 70 people. My husband, Dave,
being from a family of 10 each year 2 kids take charge of the reunion so we go
different places but we are always excited to come back here to Deer Ridge. My
biggest enjoyment is having my own family here our 3 kids with their spouses
and our 7 grandchildren ages 14, 13, 11, 10, 5, 4,& 1 1/2 yrs. 4 girls &
3 boys. Its great seeing them every day while we are here. Just having them run
in and out of our condo wanting cookies and seeing if I, their grammie, am
cooking pancakes for breakfast or have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We
love spending time in the pool and doing things as a family (the 15 of us) down
in Pigeon Ford or Gatlinburg. This year we did the Ripley’s Believe It or Not
and Ober over Gatlinburg, wow! that was an experience going up in the tram 2800
ft. above the ground. We in the past did the aquarium & Dollywood which was
cool. We as a group of 70 did a baseball game on Fri. night Tennessee Cubs they
won (being from the Chicago area we are all Chicago Cubs fans)the fireworks
were spectacular, and we had breakfast at Carver Apple restaurant Sat. morning
they were very nice to us and food was good. We enjoyed the use of your deck
and the shelter for our big picnic we had on Sunday the kids enjoyed the
playground. We always do our annual horse shoe tournament it was a bit muddy
due to the rain which made it quite interesting and funny, the screened in
porch was idea for us all to gather and to eat in. Your resort as a whole is
absolutely breathe taking. I loved waking up seeing the fog rising over the
mountains which we now know why its called the Smokey mountains. Early Sat. morning
I saw the most fantastic rainbow it was so huge made you almost wonder if there
was a pot of gold at the bottom of it, ha!. I took a picture of it. I love the
condos having a journal in them for us to write only my did not c-207 so I used
the one in my son Adam’s condo. I love reading other visitors experiences.
Anyways as much as I love our family reunions and seeing the cousins and sister
and brother in laws my most important enjoyment is having our own family around
24/7. Our 2 daughters and their families live close by us and our son and
family lives 2hours away so we do see each other but this is just different and
so special. I am hoping we will come back here for more reunions. Sorry to go
on and on I do love to write and there is so much to say about Deer Ridge. Once
again we do thank you for making our mini vacation another “Kodak”
moment. So until we meet again we wish you and yours good health and the best
of everything. Sincerely, Candy Gaines from Portage, IN

We would like to thank Candy for her kind comments and Ms. La Donna Gaines for the fine picture below:


TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2013

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Deer Ridge Mountain Resort is proud to announce that we have once again received the “Certificate of Excellence” Award from Trip Advisor for 2013.  This award is earned by businesses that rank in the top 10% worldwide for traveler feedback.