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Military Reunion June 24-26, 2015

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

We’re happy to have the ENTIRE 317th Engineer Battalion from Desert Storm come to visit us at Deer Ridge between June 24th and June 26th. This is their 25th anniversary reunion and they have rented the entire resort for their visit!

If you would like to host a military reunion at Deer Ridge, contact us today at

Deer Ridge Wins Award From TripAdvisor!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

We’re very proud to receive this award from TripAdvisor and we want to thank all of you who reviewed us to make this award possible. We hope to keep meeting and exceeding your expectations for another 5 years and more!


Upcoming Spring Events

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

A lot of events starting up in the next few weeks within driving distance from Deer Ridge. Let’s look.

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Free Junior Ranger Day
April 25th sees this unique opportunity for families with younger children to enjoy a variety of free nature activities managed by the National Park service. Free Junior Ranger Day goes from 10:00AM to 2:00PM and you can find activities set up at the Sugarlands, Cades Cove and Cherokee visiting centers. See more on this at

Dolly Homecoming Parade
One of the biggest reasons to come to the Smokies in early May is the Dolly Homecoming Parade on May 1st in downtown Pigeon Forge. From Stoplights #3 to #6, dozens and dozens of awesome floats will parade down the main parkway of the city, ending with Dolly herself as the Grand Marshal of the event.

Sevier County Days at Ripley’s
Starting May 3rd, all of Ripley’s attractions in downtown Gatlinburg will be only $5 a person as part of their “Sevier County Days” local appreciation. This includes Ripley’s Aquarium, Haunted Adventures, Guinness World of Records and the rest.

Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass
The second festival for the Spring season at Dollywood is returning on May 23rd and is going on until June 7th for 2015. It’s exactly what it says on the tin, a huge festival featured the best barbecue meals and the best bluegrass performers you can find in nearly marathon-style sessions. See more at

See the Spring specials we’re offering at Deer Ridge by visiting

Festival of the Nations 2015

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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

Dollywood has re-opened over the weekend for the 2015 season with perennial favorite “Festival Of The Nations”. This year the headlining act is “Rhythm of the Dance”, at the main theater on park, while many newer performers like “Timber!” and the “Alash Ensemble” play at venues throughout alongside returning favorites like Zebra Stelzentheater and Atahualpa coming back again.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Dollywood here in the Smokies and many new changes are expected this year, from the opening of their new multi-million dollar “DreamMore” resort and new parking to new guest amenities, new stages and much more you can see at

So how can you top enjoying a weekend at Dollywood during Festival of the Nations? By making it a vacation package with Deer Ridge.

See more on our Dollywood vacation package at

Spring Is Just Around the Corner – We Promise!

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

And we thought the Winter blasts of last year was bad! We didn’t quite get as much of the brunt of the atmospheric mess, but a lot of our neighbors up North and out West did. We know you’re looking forward to the return of warmer weathers, brighter skies and colorful expanses of nature more than we are, and Deer Ridge is committed to helping you get what you seek.

To make that happen, we are offering a slew of specials and discounts for March and April. Here’s a few of them:















And we also have these vacation packages that would be perfect for March and April:

* Romantic Getaway Package
* Birdie Getaway Package
* Horseback Riding Package
* Zipline Getaway Package
* Girlfriend Getaway Package

Reserve these specials and see more at

Deer Ridge Discount Programs

Friday, January 16th, 2015

In addition to the specials we offer throughout the year, we also have year-round discounts that we make available for past guests, groups, veterans and more. If you haven’t seen our Discounts page, we’ll show you the details right here:

Past Guest Discount Program
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort unveils its past guest recognition program. All Deer Ridge past guests will receive an additional 5% discount off any promotion, discount, package or deal that we offer**.

Deer Ridge realizes that our business success is dependent upon our past guests returning for future stays and recommending Deer Ridge to their friends and relatives.

**Past Guest discount cannot used in conjunction with our Military Discount, Golf Packages and Members Only Club.

Value Card Discount Program
In Deer Ridge Mountain Resort’s effort to recognize and thank our country’s fire fighters, police officers, teachers and small business owners, Deer Ridge Mountain Resort has created a Value Card Program that will offer discounts valid year-round.

Fire chiefs, police captains, school principals or small business owners are invited to call our Value Card coordinator at 865-436-2325 or email us at Click here for details. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or package deals.

Members Only Club
The Deer Ridge Mountain Resort “Members Only Club” is an exclusive group of past guests who have agreed to pay a one-time membership fee and purchase their vacation time in advance in increments of two, three or four weeks at huge savings. Vacation days can be used a minimum 2 nights at a time. VIP benefits are extended to our Members that are not offered to the general public. Click here for details.

Group Discount Program
(Choosing 4 or more condos or cabins)
Deer Ridge specializes in hosting Family Reunions, Golf Groups, Church Groups, Class Reunions, Car and Motor Cycle Clubs, Couple Retreats, Corporate Meetings and Retreats, and Adventure Escapes. Our group sales staff can assist you in planning your event and can recommend caterers, group discount tickets to local attractions, meeting and gathering space, and event souvenirs. Group leaders should ask about our “Best Deal Dates”. “Best Deal Dates” are times of the year when our Group Sales Department can offer your group the largest discounts.

Group inquires and request for quotes should be directed to our Group Sales Manager at 877-333-7743 or email or
Click here for details.

Future Booking Incentive
Deer Ridge introduces an incentive program that rewards guests who book a future stay prior to departure. This new program will ensure that you will stay in the condo or cabin of your choice, will reduce your deposit requirement to hold your condo of cabin, and you will receive an in-house credit (amount based on length of stay) and will be allowed early check-in and late departure. See our front desk or click here for details.

Deer Ridge New Years Eve Party!

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Ring in the New Year with your family and friends at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort. All registered guests are invited to gather for fun, food and beverages, prizes and entertainment from 9:00PM to midnight. We’ll listen to a popular Smoky Mountain bluegrass band, munch on snacks, and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight to welcome in 2015. Best of all, you’ll have just a short walk back to your condo when it’s over – no driving necessary!

Happy Veteran’s Day 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Veteran’s Day is an important day to us here at Deer Ridge. Many of our staff have family or other significant connections who have served and sacrificed for our country by joining the armed forces, and it means as much for us to be able to celebrate the freedom they won us as it does you.

Deer Ridge therefore strives to make sure our military men and women are appreciated back home by offering the BEST military discount in East Tennessee – 27% off all our condos and cabins. No “ifs”, “ands” or “buts”, we just need to see your military ID to confirm and you and your guests are set to go!

See more on our military special at

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

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:

Stringtime in the Smokies

Pigeon Forge Midnight 8K Road Race

Kidabra! The International Association of Family & Kid Show Performers Annual Convention

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show

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