Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Smoky Mountain Opry Pigeon Forge TN

     You can start off your Smoky Mountain vacation with a live show at the Smoky Mountain Opry, come back in the afternoon for a different show, and close the evening with yet another show!

Smith Morning Variety Show Live Show near Gatlinburg
Charlie Bob Smith
      Morning begins with The Smith Morning Variety Show at 10:30 starring Charlie Bob Smith, the Man of a Thousand Voices. Charlie Bob and friends put on a very entertaining show with great Pop, Country and Gospel music, comedy and celebrity impersonations like Johnny Paycheck, Ray Charles and Kermit the Frog, who actually appears on stage to sing along. This is a great way to start your Smoky Mountain morning.

White Tiger and Grand Illusions at Magic Beyond Belief     At 3 pm, Darren Romeo stars in Magic Beyond Belief, a Vegas-style magic show with Smoky Mountain charm. Darren's large-scale illusions are fast paced and amazing, and some even feature a white lion and a Bengal tiger. Darren adds comedy, singing and beautiful assistants into his show to keep the two-hour production fascinating and spectacular.

Musical variety show in the Smokies
Country Dancers
     In the evening at 8 pm you can enjoy the area's largest and most elaborate variety show, The Smoky Mountain Opry. You will be taken on a musical journey with Big Band, Pop, Disco, Motown, Broadway, Gospel and Country. Each genre of music is supporting with excellent musicians and singers, extravagant costumes, laser lights, special effects, pyro, giant video screens and high-flying musicians - yes, high flying musicians! All of this combines to give you a hand-clapping, foot-stomping great evening of entertainment.

     There are discount combo ticket deals for all of these shows and several more, plus they offer group rates. You can learn more about the shows and get coupons and maps, at the Best Read Guide site:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016



     In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a unique hotel sits in the middle of town but is separated by a mountain stream and retail shops and restaurants from the hustle and bustle of the town itself. This hotel is the Best Western Twin Islands, and it is unique for many other reasons.

     The firsts part of the hotel was built in the 1950's and adding on continued through 1985. Each section of the hotel interior reflects the style of the time from red brick walls to tongue-in-grove siding, and many guests specifically request the sections of the hotel that make them feel most at home. The siding hasn't changed but the furniture, carpet and linens are updated continually to provide the guests a great customer experience.

     The courtyard of the Best Western Twin Islands is beautifully landscaped with flowers and trees, and offers picnic areas, charcoal grills, ducks and the occasional geese dropping by to visit. There is also an outdoor pool, Pirate Ship playground, swings, slides, a Kiddie Pool and hot tub. All of the elements to provide a relaxing, family friendly environment.

     At least three generations of families have made the Best Western Twin Islands their home away from home when they visit Gatlinburg. They love the family friendly atmosphere and have gotten to know the staff, many of which have been with the hotel for decades. And, if they can't get "their room", they change their dates and come when it is available.

     If it sounds like a great place to stay, it is. If you want a place that is convenient to downtown Gatlinburg, but where you can relax, hear children laughing and playing, then Best Western Twin Islands is your kind of place.

     Don't wait too long to book because three generations of visitors are already planning to book "their room"! For more lodging, attraction, shopping, dining and live show information, visit the Best Read Guide website at and don't forget to print out the coupons!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Hotels Gatlinburg Bearskin Lodge

When you are visiting Gatlinburg and are looking for comfortable rooms, fabulous amenities and nearby attractions, then look no further than the Bearskin Lodge On The River in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Family Fun Lazy River Smoky MountainsHeated Pool Fire Pits Mountain CharmThe Bearskin  Lodge offers all of the amenities of an upscale hotel, but with the feel and decor of a mountain cabin. Amenities include and Outdoor Heated Pool and a Lazy River, Outdoor Fire Pits, Fitness Room, Continental Breakfast, Free Guest Parking and Wi-Fi and well-lighted Interior Corridors. The Bearskin Lodge is a short walk to the attractions, restaurants and downtown shopping, and is also on the Trolley Route. The Lodge also offers attraction discount coupons.

Comfortable Rooms Fireplaces Whirlpool TubsThe Bearskin Lodge offers you a choice of comfortable King, Queen or two Queen sized beds, Suites and rooms with whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces and balconies overlooking a mountain stream! All rooms are non-smoking and handicap-accessible rooms are also available.

Downtown Gatlinburg Trolley Route Close to ShoppingGreat Smoky Mountains National Park Family AdventuresYou are surrounded by mountain charm at the Bearskin Lodge, but the downtown and the entrance to the great Smoky Mountains National Park are just minutes away from your door. There are several park trails within walking distance and the downtown opens up at the top of the hill. There you will find restaurants, unique shopping, museums, Ripley's attractions, and caramel corn, ice cream, candy and souvenir shops to keep you entertained as you explore the main street of Gatlinburg. And if you want to go farther, take the Trolley! You can even take a Trolley into Pigeon Forge and the National Park!

Enjoy the best that nature has to offer at the Bearskin Lodge On The river in Gatlinburg. You will experience all of the charm of a mountain lodge, but with all of the modern amenities that you expect in a top quality lodge, all conveniently located on a mountain stream next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Click the following link for more information and coupons:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Auntie Belham's Cabin Rentals Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountain views near Gatlinburg     Auntie Belham's Cabin Rentals in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN, offer years of experience in helping visitors plan their vacations to the Smoky Mountains. Quality and knowledge count in the hospitality business and their years of experience can make you trip planning easy and efficient. Their personalized and expert service will not only get you the right cabin in the right place with all of the right amenities, but their agents can guide you to the right places to go to enjoy all of the activities that the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.

Luxurious cabins near Pigeon Forge     Previous guests of Auntie Belham's leave very positive reviews confirming that he promises were kept. "We had a wonderful experience!"   "The cabin was beautiful. Very clean and accommodating." "Everything great. Perfect location for our needs."    "We were exceptionally well informed from booking to check-out. It was a great vacation experience!"    "Very friendly staff. Very clean cabin, it felt like home."

Family and Group fun in the Smokies     Auntie Belham's offers cabins from one to nine bedrooms, Pet-friendly cabins, cabins with Theater Rooms, Riverside locations, Condos and cabins throughout the area, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville locations and in the surrounding mountains and on rivers and streams. And with every booking they offer over $200 in savings with their Smoky Mountain Adventure Pass. Places like Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, WonderWorks and the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show. Your friendly Auntie Belham's agent will help you plan and book your visit to many of the attractions, theaters, museums and dinner shows in the area. They have been to these activities and will help guide you to your perfect destination.

Honeymoons, Romantic Get-a-ways near Gatlinburg
     If you want to bone-up on things to do in the Smoky Mountains before you call Auntie Belham's go to the Best Read Guide website at You can click over to Auntie Belham's site directly from the BRG site.

Enjoy your trip to the Smokies!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Ole Smoky Distillery Attraction in the Smokies
The Holler in Gatlinburg, TN

      Distilling moonshine and whiskey products is a part of the Smoky Mountain heritage as locals did whatever they could to survive tough economic times. And when Tennessee law changed to allow the distillation of spirits, Ole Smoky Distillery became the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee.

Moonshine, Moonshine Cherries Shopping in Pigeon Forge     Today Ole Smoky Distillery produces and sells a variety of moonshine and whiskey products in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Co-founder Joe Baker states, "We have an incredibly rich history with making liquor. It's an important part of who we are." Products vary from Unaged Corn Whiskey and White Lightnin', to flavored shines like Apple Pie, Blackberry, Strawberry, Peach, Lemon Drop and even Moonshine Cherries. Currently there are over 26 flavors and several proofs to choose from including seasonal shines like Pumpkin Pie and Shine Nog. Ho-Ho-Ho to those Christmas goodies!

Buy whiskey, moonshine and souvenirs in the SmokiesMoonshine a Taste of the Smokies      Ole Smoky Distillery has stores in The Island in Pigeon Forge and The Holler in Gatlinburg where you can taste the products, buy jars and bottles of shine and whiskey, and pick-out some memorable souvenirs like T-shirts and hats, glassware, mugs and jugs and bar ware. The recently opened The Barrelhouse on the main street of Gatlinburg, where they distill whiskey in carefully selected White Oak Barrels to create an authentic experience that is truly American. Come in for a taste.

     Born from Hospitality, Craftsmanship and Pride, and using a 100 year old recipe, Ole Smoky Distillery is a real Smoky Mountain experience that should be sampled when visiting the Smokies. Find our more, watch their video and plan the rest of your vacation at the Best Read Guide website at There you will find coupons, maps and information on all of the places to stay, things to do, places to eat, shop and play in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"If you want a real nice place to stay then you should stay at Norma Dan Motel

Norma Dan Motel Pigeon Forge, TN

"Friendly staff", "clean, spacious rooms", "conveniently located to attractions, restaurants and shopping", and "they treat you like family". These are all TripAdvisor comments about the Norma Dan Motel located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Clean spacious rooms some with JacuzzisOutdoor pool, hot tub and heated indoor poolThe Norma Dan Motel is family owned and operated and has been for 50 years. They treat their guests like family as many of their guests return year after year. They have 85 luxurious rooms, some with private balconies and options like Full, Queen or King beds, Queen bedrooms with fireplace and Jacuzzi and King bedrooms with fireplaces. The motel has a heated indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor pool and plenty of free parking.

Dollywood attraction in the Smokies
Dixie Stampede dinner theater in Pigeon ForgeThe Norma Dan Motel is close to Dixie Stampede and convenient to Dollywood, Dolly's Splash Country and the live music and comedy theaters like Country Tonight and Comedy Barn. Restaurants are close including Shoney's, Cracker Barrel and Denny's, with many more up and down the Parkway. And if shopping is your thing there are several malls and many unique stores in Pigeon Forge that are easily accessible from the Norma Dan Motel, either by car or the Pigeon Forge Trolley system.

So when you are planning your next trip to the Smokies, consider the Norma Dan Motel as your home away from home, and include a trip to the Best Read Guide website for info, coupons, maps and more. Click here for Smoky Mountain details and coupons for attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shopping, theaters and outdoor attractions, and enjoy your trip to the Smokies!

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Theater Grand Majestic Pigeon Forge, TN
The Grand Majestic Theater located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, TN, offers 3 different live, dinner shows. You can hear jukebox hits from the '50's and '60's at Hit Parade, a concert-style tribute to Motown legends at Soul of Motown, or enjoy some foot stompin' fun for the whole family at the Hazzard County Hoedown.

Rock 'n' Roll music in the Smokies
Start with the Hit Parade's energetic, non-stop action as they sing and dance to the greatest hits of the first two decades of rock 'n' roll. Poodle skirts, saddle shoes, tight chinos and even beads and paisley shirts are the costumes that represent the different eras of music and fun. You will remember the words and the music and the singers will have you clapping along or up and dancing in the aisles.

Dukes of Hazzard style live show near GatlinburgHazzard County Hoedown features your favorite characters from the Dukes of Hazzard, but with a little mountain flair. The Boars Nest is the place for foot-stompin' music, dancin', humor and down home family fun. See the show or enjoy dinner and the show.

Motown music in Pigeon Forge, TN
And for top-notch Motown music see the Soul of Motown. You will hear music from legends like Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, The Drifters and The Platters. There is plenty of more recent renditions from Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and The Jackson 5. The Ladies of Soul are also well represented with tunes from Aretha Franklin, The Supremes and Gladys Knight.

You can save money by buying a Combo Deal and you can get coupons and find out about other Smoky Mountain shows or attractions, shopping, dining and accommodations, by clicking on the ""Visit Best Read Guide Smoky Mountains" link at the top of the blog page.