Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Comfort Inn Apple Valley Smoky Mountains

Hotel near stream close to Pigeon ForgeThe award-winning Comfort Inn Apple Valley prides itself on making their guest feel at home in a comfortable and hospitable home away from home environment. The Inn is located on the Parkway but the layout of the hotel and the pool and sitting areas make it feel like you are miles away. In back of the hotel an apple orchard covers the hill and the Apple Barn and Apple Farmhouse Restaurant are a short walk along a gently flowing stream.

Genuine Southern Hospitality in the SmokiesAll rooms at the Comfort Inn Apple Valley are suite-sized with a sitting area with either a couch or two chairs. Every room has either a balcony or patio and amenities including a refrigerator and coffee maker. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and seasonal outdoor pool and spiced apple cider in the lobby. Comfortable furniture invites you to sit and relax inside, or go outside to the conversation pit where you can enjoy a good discussion of the day's activities, or watch TV. Many guests will take a break from swimming and eat their lunch in the sitting area.

Full hot breakfast at Comfort Inn hotel
The Inn serves up a full hot breakfast with eggs, waffles, biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon, pastries, fresh fruit, bagels, juices, cereals. It makes getting out of bed on your vacation, worth it.

Beautiful and convenient hotel in the SmokiesTanger Outlet Mall is just down the street as are many restaurants and attractions. Entertainment and amusements are also close by with WonderWorks, the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, The Titanic Museum, Darren Romeo's Magic Beyond Belief, Country Tonite and The Smoky Mountain Opry nearby. There is a Trolley Stop right at the Inn to make it convenient for you to reach the nearby shopping, amusements, attractions and live music venues.

There is so much to do and see in the Smokies but the Comfort Inn Apple Valley makes your lodging decision an easy one if you want comfort, convenience and southern hospitality. And for more Smoky Mountain information download the BRG App and get deals, coupons, maps, Points of Interest and more. And for attraction, lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options, visit .

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Greystone Lodge on the River Gatlinburg

Greystone between the river and the mountainsBalcony rooms on the river in the Smokies  The Greystone Lodge on the River is ideally located to stay in and explore Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Lodge is located just off the Parkway across the street from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, but is tucked in along the Pigeon River with a mountainside backdrop. Many of
the private balcony rooms overlook the river
                                            giving guests a peaceful, scenic view.

Hillside cottages for families or groups
Newly remodeled Executive Rooms & Suites  The Greystone Lodge on the River has just undergone a complete renovation now offering King and Queen Executive and Executive Deluxe rooms and Suites with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, bunk beds for the kids. Rooms have flat panel TV's, mini-fridges and most rooms have in-room Wi-Fi. There are also several cottages on the adjoining mountainside that are perfect for families or group gatherings.

Free hot breakfast near Pigeon Forge

Outdoor pool waterslide and kids splash pool in Gatlinburg
  Every day is a free hot breakfast and during the summer guest enjoy the outdoor pool with waterslide and toddler splash pool.

  Many of Gatlinburg's favorite restaurants and attractions are just out the door of the Greystone Lodge on the River. A short walk takes you to the Parkway and No Way Jose's Mexican Restaurant, the Mountain Mall, Doc Colliers Moonshine Distillery and dozens of other restaurants, shops and attractions. And the biggest attraction of all, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is less than a mile from the Greystone. Hop in your car, take a right on the Parkway, and you will be driving into the majestic beauty of one of America's finest National Parks in no time.

  The Greystone Lodge on the River offers Southern Hospitality in an elegant, yet comfortable setting that is convenient to all of the fun and excitement that Gatlinburg and the Smokies have to offer. For more information Smoky Mountain information go to or download the BRG App for deals, maps, Points of Interest and Visitor Information.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Old Creek Lodge Gatlinburg, TN

Gatllinburg Lodge on the river     The Old Creek Lodge in Gatlinburg is ideally located at the juncture of Little River and LeConte Creek, and all rooms have a balcony overlooking the water.

     This peaceful and serene location is in the perfect Gatlinburg location as it is only steps away from the shops, restaurants and attractions of the Parkway.

Oversized rooms with fireplaces in the SmokiesWalk-in tiled shower in the Smokies
     The Lodge was renovated in 2011 and the decor follows a National Park theme and photos throughout the Lodge show the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Every room has hardwood floors, a walk-in, tiled shower - with Bath & Body Works amenities - a fireplace and
                                                      custom, hickory furniture. All 54
                                                      rooms are over sized for
                                                      additional guest comfort.

Free Hot Breakfast near Pigeon Forge     There is a free, hot breakfast offered daily, with biscuits and gravy, 2 breakfast meats, waffles, oatmeal, fresh fruits, bagels and pastries, coffee and juices. You can dine inside or go out on the patio to enjoy your complimentary meal.

In addition to the breakfast patio, the Lodge offers a Rocking Chair Patio where you can rock along to the soothing sounds of the bubbling streams.

     The staff at Old Creek Lodge is awesome and knowledgeable and will help you with tickets, dining plans and getting around the area. There is free parking at the Lodge and you can catch the Trolley right in front. The Ober Gatlinburg Tramway is located next door and the National Park entrance is less than a block away.

     If you are coming to the Smokies check out the Old Creek Lodge to enjoy the feel of a National Park lodge in a perfect location in Gatlinburg. For more area information, coupons, maps and an App for deals and coupons, go to

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Ben & Jerrys Scoop Shops Smokies

Ice Cream in Pigeon Forge
Ben & Jerry's in Sevierville and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, are know for scooping up great ice cream flavors of their customers, but now they have scooped-up a couple of big awards from Ben and Jerry themselves.

Shakes Sundaes in GatlinburgJulie Williams, Lineta and Bill Pritchard, Phyllis Schultz and Matt Gromet are the owner-operators of the Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops in the Smokies, and they received the "Big O" award as the Operator of the Year for ALL of Ben & Jerry's locations. Their stores had wins in sales, operations, community involvement, marketing, cost management and staff development, and everyone at the store had fun setting and meeting goals. Gatlinburg also won the Summer of Specialty Cone contest two weeks in a row.

Desserts in the SmokiesSo if you thought Ben & Jerry's was just a place for great ice cream, ice cream treats and delicious new flavors, you are right! But the people that scoop all of that love LOVE what they are doing and it shows in great customer service, a great recommendations, and a smile when  you walk in. So now that you know a little more about the people behind the scoop, treat yourself to fun and flavors at the Sevierville or Gatlinburg Ben & Jerry's. The 2017 "Big O" Award Winner for ALL of the Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Bluegrass celebration in the Smokies

If you love bluegrass music then you need to be in Pigeon Forge, TN on Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th. That's when 9 top-rated bluegrass bands will be performing at the LeConte Center. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship Fund.
LeConte Center home of Smokies Strong concert
LeConte Center

Newtown, Grascals, Flatt Lonesome bluegrass in Pigeon Forge

The groups on Friday include Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the Grascals, Flatt Lonesome and Volume 5. On Saturday it is The Lonesome River Band, Barry Bales & Friends, Newtown, Dave Adkins Band and Jimbo Whaley and Greenbriar. General admission tickets are available for each day as is a two-concert ticket. Tickets go on sale on January 18 at either the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism offices at the LeConte Center, at 135 Jake Thomas Road, or online at

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at Smokies Strong bluegrass
Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson is an East Tennessee native and he said that, "I am excited and humbled to participate in this two-night bluegrass celebration offering relief and support for some well-deserving folks".

Leon Downey, the executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism stated, "..this two-night music event will help ensure that Sevier County students receive scholarship funds and that's an important investment in the students' future - and ours".

For more information go to And for information on other things to do while you are in the Smokies, click back to the Best Read Guide website at for coupons, theaters, attractions, dining, accommodations and more!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Smoky Mountain Knife Works Tennessee

Need Gifts? The head to Smoky Mountain Knife Works in the Great smoky Mountains, or if you can't make it to the world's largest knife store, browse through their digital catalog. You'll find it at You will be amazed at the thousands of knives and knife products at your disposal, but there is much, much more.

Buck Knives at SMKW Kodak TNCase Knives near Gatlinburg TNOf course they carry well-known knife makers names like Buck, Case, Browning, Remington and Cold Steel, plus cutlery, kitchen utensils and specialty knives and weapons. Folding knives, fixed-blade knives, pocket knives, throwing knives, collectibles like Harley-Davidson and commemorative collections, lock backs, tomahawks, field dressing and utility knives and the list goes on. They also carry knife-making tools, self-reliance outfitting and outstanding brand-name items like Zippo and Victorinox, the producer of the Swiss Army knife.

Great Smoky Mountains Pigeon ForgeGuns and collectibles in the SmokiesThere are plenty of gift ideas for the collector and the "person who has everything". You can be inspired by knife and truck sets, Relics, Masonic Collectibles, Collector's Armoury, tin signs, tools, sheaths and sharpening products, decorative items, knife sets and rifle and pistol replicas. Many of the sets and knife products are designed specifically with a woman's sense of color, style and usage in mind. So if you are looking for ideas, look through the Smoky Mountain Knife Works (SMKW) digital catalog and you will find items for that hard to buy for person, that special someone, a favorite niece or nephew, and of course, something(s) for you!

Axes, knives, tomahawks near GatlinburgWhen you visit the Smokies you will enjoy spending time in the SMKW store and if you are looking for gifts, you will leave satisfied with the perfect item and maybe a little something extra. And if you are looking for other things to do in the Smokies go to and check out coupons, attractions, restaurants, live theater shows, shopping and accommodations.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016


Hotel Comfort Inn Apple Valley TN

Hotel indoor pool in the SmokiesImagine relaxing in a suite with a gas fireplace and a two-person Jacuzzi tub, snuggling together, nice and warm at the Comfort Inn Apple Valley in Sevierville, Tennessee. And if you want to go shopping or eat, you have only a short walk to several fine restaurants, live theaters and Tanger Outlet at Five Oaks. Ahhh, you have arrived at one of the Smoky Mountains great hotels providing great service, convenience and full service amenities.

Hotel Hot Breakfast in the Smokies
The Comfort Inn Apple Valley has a newly remodeled indoor pool and hot tub, and a seasonal outdoor pool. All rooms have either a patio or balcony, and as a guest you are treated to real Southern Hospitality. A hot breakfast is served daily in the Apple Valley Cafe, featuring flavored waffles, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage links, bagels with cream cheese, fresh fruit, cereals and hot and cold beverages.
Private Balconies near Gatlinburg
All of our rooms are extra large and include microwaves, mini-fridges and flat panel TVs. You can choose a Standard Room with two Queen Beds, a King Room or a King Suite with a private balcony, fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. And when you venture out into the community there are a dozen restaurants within walking distance or a short Trolley Ride from the hotel.

Theater Country Tonight Hatfield & McCoy
Live theaters including Smoky Mountain Opry, Country Tonite, The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show and Memories Theater are just down the street, and Tanger Outlet at Five Oaks, Governors Crossing and WalMart are a very short drive up the Parkway. WonderWorks, The Titanic Museum and Hollywood Wax Museum are also a short drive down the Parkway.
Ziplining, horseback riding, NASCAR Speedpark SmokiesAttractions are also convenient. Ziplining, Horseback Riding and a Ropes Course are 2 blocks from the hotel, NASCAR Speedpark is next to Tanger and Old McDonald Mini-Golf is located at the entrance to Tanger. The Comfort Inn Apple Valley is a multiple choice hotel of the Year Winner and a multiple Platinum Award Winner, so you know that standards are high as is customer service. So why would you stay anywhere else?

Need help planning your trip? Go to the BRG website at and also download the BRG App. (How to download is on the BRG website.) Get coupons, info on attractions, dining, live shows and accommodations to save you money for your next trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!