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It’s Not Too Early To Think About Winterfest!

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Winterfest is a season of the Smoky Mountains that is, for all practical purposes, split into two sections – the Holiday season, and the “quiet” season.

The former is quite obvious – from early November to New Years day, the Smoky Mountains are in full swing celebration mode to bring families closer to the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years spirits (along with everything in between). We have several parades, one for each city in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Dollywood transforms their entire park into a literal Winter wonderland, million-dollar lighting displays are put up throughout the cities, community choral events, holiday theater performances, and so many more special events, it would take years of repeated visits to see them all!

The latter refers to the after-holiday season that begins after the festivities. Naturally, after two months of solid special event planning, the area goes on an unofficial break period until March. Dollywood and the major special events go on hiatus, many of the arts and crafts and several other mainstream businesses around close for the season, and we see a marked reduction in traffic.

While it sounds like there isn’t much to do in that part of Winterfest, it’s a unique time for a unique atmosphere in the Smokies. We have several occasions throughout the year reserved for reflection, but this is the time it really comes alive. The cold air, the snow-peaked tops in the distance, and the stillness of the environment really create an air of dignity and a simple beauty you almost can’t get at any other time. It’s a great time to be hiking, planning a honeymoon weekend in Gatlinburg, or even breaking out the snowboard for nearby Ober Gatlinburg’s Winter Sports season as well.

At Deer Ridge, we don’t take a vacation, we work year-round to provide you with yours. Whether you come to the Smokies for a Christmas or Thanksgiving filled outing for the family, a chance to take advantage of the romantic qualities the Smokies offers in February, a weekend to get in the snowboarding and skiing up at Ober, Deer Ridge will accommodate all your wants and needs. We’re just 15-20 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, 30 minutes from Pigeon Forge, and 10 minutes from the newly opened Rocky Top Sports World.

See our discounts and other things we can offer you at www.deerridge.com.

Celebrate Freedom And More Special Events For August 2014

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Today is the start of August, but don’t get any ideas in your head about the “Summer blues” of going back to school and such – this year the Smokies are packing August with more special events than the month has seen in a long time!

Even today is the start of two of them – the fabled Sales Tax-Free weekend going on until the end of Sunday, August 3rd throughout the entire state of Tennessee, and Celebrate Freedom, of which the entire neighboring city of Pigeon Forge engages in a series of military discounts at businesses and attractions and, later in the month, special events designed to honor current serving and veteran officers of the armed forces.

Here is a list of recommended events going on in August:

8/2/14
Stringtime in the Smokies

8/2/14
Pigeon Forge Midnight 8K Road Race

8/11/14-8/15/14
Kidabra! The International Association of Family & Kid Show Performers Annual Convention

8/21/14-8/24/14
Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

8/23/14-8/24/14
Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show

8/23/14
Welcome Home Vietnam Parade

And don’t forget, even if Deer Ridge is not in Pigeon Forge, we offer THE best military discount in all of the Tennessee Smokies! See what we can do for your August getaway at www.deerridge.com.

Deer Ridge Weddings

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Here’s some pictures from a recent wedding done up here at Deer Ridge!

End of Summer Sale!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

August tends to get the short end of the stick every time it appears on the calendar year, being the icon of the “Summer Blues” as the vacation season ends, kids go back to school, and adults get back to work without another vacation opportunity coming up in the near future.

Well, at Deer Ridge, we say August is no excuse to not have the Smoky Mountain vacation you deserve, and to put it into practice, we’re having an End of Summer Sale for those of you who didn’t get to get out here during June or July, or want to end the season with a bang!

From August 10th to August 31st (INCLUDING Labor Day Weekend!) you can stay at our condos and cabins for 2 nights and get the 3rd night FREE. That’s either 33% off a three day weekend, or 50% more vacation time for a two day weekend free. No matter how you do the math, you win!

Reserve this special at www.deerridge.com.

Fourth of July 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Fourth of July is this Friday, and we hope you all get to come out and enjoy it with us in the most patriotic part of East Tennessee!

The parade starts on 12:00AM Thursday night, festivities go on throughout the day afterwards in downtown Gatlinburg, and the fireworks themselves start at about 10:00PM on the night of the Fourth. A whole city-wide party worthy of celebrating American independence! www.gatlinburg.com

Rocky Top Progress – 6/9/14

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Some new pictures of how far the Rocky Top Sports World is coming along!



Once completed, Rocky Top Sports World will provide innumerate entertainment opportunities for visitors to Deer Ridge, and Deer Ridge will provide ample accommodation for visiting sports teams as well as convenience being only 9-10 miles down one highway from the main facility.

See more on what we can offer your vacation or sports team at www.deerridge.com.

TripAdvisor Award 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014

We received this in the mail just the other day, and we want to thank each and every one of you who left us high marks on TripAdvisor.

We greatly appreciate your patronage to Deer Ridge, and we hope you come back soon so we can repeat the success! www.deerridge.com.

Update on Deer Ridge Lobby Lounge

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

We are proud to announce that our official grand opening date for our new Lobby Lounge will be April 25th this coming Friday.

You might be asking yourself, “Well, great, but what’s the big fuss for?” and to that we answer this:

* Breakfast and Coffee Bar for those on our Deer Ridge golf packages.
* A gathering spot for golfers after a hard day on the links. (BYOB).
* Waffle Bar Breakfast. The DR staff would host (4) waffle bar events annually.
* Major sporting events and pay for view events; Super Bowl Party, Final Four, The Masters, The US Open, World Cup, World Series.
* Corporate retreats, team building experience and business planning meetings.
Birthday and anniversary parties for guests, owners and Cobbly Nob residents.
Owner- Broad reception, Friday night in-house owners bash.
* Cornhole tournaments.
* Friday-Saturday guest welcome reception w/wine and cheese.
* Hospitality room.

That’s a LOT of new opportunities that just opened up for Deer Ridge registered guests at no additional charge with our new lobby lounge. Check out these new pictures to see what will very soon be available to you!

New Lounge Coming to Deer Ridge!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We’ve got some news at Deer Ridge. As a way to help guests truly feel at home here in our little mountain community in Cobbly Knob, we are converting our former game room into a mountain lounge that all registered Deer Ridge guests may use at their leisure.

Out new lounge area will include easy access to the indoor pool area (it’s literally just feet away), enough room for friends and groups to meet for refreshments and a meeting, comfortable chairs (obviously), and a fireplace for colder season nights and pure atmospheric joy. Your comfort will be our #1 priority at Deer Ridge, same as it always has been!

This exciting new addition to the Deer Ridge Clubhouse area will be open for use at the end of April and ready for a Summer of welcoming our friends and their families to the Smokies. A good place to sit and observe in the warmer months, and a good place to meet around the fire in the Winter months, just another thing we offer at Deer Ridge to make sure your vacation is awesome no matter what season you come to visit! www.deerridge.com.

A Mountain Quiltfest and Festival of the Nations 2014

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

If this doesn’t inspire a plan to visit the Smokies soon, nothing will.

This weekend, March 22nd, Dollywood is opening again for the 2014 season and opening with perennial favorite “Festival Of The Nations”. This year the headlining act is “Mother Africa”, at the main theater on park, while many newer performers play at venues throughout alongside returning favorites like Zambia Vocal Group and Atahualpa coming back again.

Friday is also the unveiling for the new FireChaser Express rollercoaster ride as well. How in the world do you beat a huge multi-national festival with a new rollercoaster alongside everything else Dollywood offers?

By making it a vacation package with Deer Ridge.

Won’t spoil the surprise here, see more on our Dollywood vacation package at http://www.deerridge.com/dollywood_package.html.