Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Hotels in the Smokies Comfort Inn

     Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. The weather is moderate, the traffic is lighter, and normally the leaves on the trees in the mountains turn into gorgeous shades of red, yellow, orange and gold. Who could ask for anything more? But you have to be here and you will need a good, comfortable, clean and centrally located place to stay - how about the Comfort Inn Apple Valley?

Clean comfortable rooms near GatlinburgHeated outdoor pool near Pigeon ForgeIndoor pool close to outlet shopping
Smokies Hotel Free hot breakfast
     Yes there are many good places to stay in the Smokies area but the Comfort Inn Apple Valley is a multiple winner of Choice Hotels Preferred Platinum Award for excellence, has a 4.8 Choice Guest Rating out of 5, and a 97% guest recommendation rate. So the hotel classifies as good, clean and comfortable and they also have top notch amenities. Indoor pool and outdoor heated pool, free hot breakfast, plenty of parking, free Wi-Fi and interior corridors 
to name a few.

Hotel of the year three times in the Smokies   Convenience? Of course. Many of the top live shows are located just down the street, as are well-known and local restaurants like Joe's Crab Shack, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse. Fast food, a drug store, IHOP and Wal-Mart are up the street, and the outlet shopping mecca of the area, Tanger Outlet Mall, is but a stone's throw from the hotel. More shopping awaits around the corner at Governor's Crossing, and if you are in the mood you can race go-karts at the NASCAR Speedpark or zipline, horseback ride or challenge yourself at a ropes course at Adventure Park. So as you can see, fun, food and bargain hunting is right outside your hotel room door at Comfort Inn Apple Valley.

     So join us for fall fun and make your reservations for Thanksgiving and Christmas to make sure that you have a room at the Comfort Inn Apple Valley. You will be glad that you did. And if you need to get more information about things to do and places to eat and shop, go to the Best Read Guide website at, and be sure to print out the money-saving coupons.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


National Quartet Convention Pigeon Forge
Gospel Music celebration in the Smokies

Leconte Center Pigeon Forge, TNThe National Quartet Convention rolls into Pigeon Forge for the second year in a row, making their home at the beautiful Leconte Center. From Sunday September 25th, through Saturday October 1st, 2017, joyful noises emanate from the Leconte Center as groups like The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Kingsmen, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Tim Lovelace and many more gospel groups take to the stage.

National Quartet Convention (NQC) is the largest gathering of gospel groups, gospel music and gospel music fans in the country. Over 40,000 people from more than 40 states gather each year to enjoy and celebrate the music of over 300 groups and visit with over 500 vendors of gospel-related items and events. For six days the exhibits are open f4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., closing as the last gospel groups finish on the main stage.

Gospel Music in the Great Smoky MountainsEach morning opens with Chapel with speakers, inspirational messages and glorious gospel music, followed by the Morning Main Stage Showcase, a Matinee and the NQC Artist Showcase. Each day wraps up with Evening Concerts from 5:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. This year the artists will be projected onto screens with a state-of-the-art video imaging system that puts everyone in the audience 'on the front row'.

Soul'd Out, Talleys, Nelons, Ivan Parker gospel music
Perrys, Legacy Five, Mark Trammell gospel groupsBut the star of the event is gospel music, and the performers are the world's best. In addition to the groups mentioned above, the list includes Legacy Five, Mark Trammell Quartet, Dixie Echoes, Greater Vision, Kingdom Heirs, Whisnants, Freedom, Perrys, Ivan Parker, Talleys, Nelons, Soul'd Out, 11th Hour, Isaacs, Sneed Family, Triumphant and many, many more. For lodging information for the Smoky Mountain area go to, the Smoky Mountains Lodging Guide. Then click back to the Best Read Guide site for information on dining, shopping, live shows and attractions. There you will find coupons and more information. Enjoy your stay in the Great Smoky Mountains where you will immerse yourself in the beauty of God's mountain creations and the wonderful gospel music presented by the National Quartet Convention.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Auntie Belham's Cabin Rentals Pigeon Forge

     The fall is a wonderful time to visit the Smokies. The weather is cooler, the crowds are smaller as kids are back in school, and during late October and sometimes into early November, the trees in the Smokies shed the greens of summer for the oranges, yellows, golds and reds of the fall as they change color in preparation for the winter season. For all of these reasons you will enjoy a weekend or week in an Auntie Belham's Cabin Rentals for a cabin or chalet in the Smokies.

Cabins and Chalets in Gatlinburg     Let's paint the picture.... you and your spouse, significant other or fiancee, relaxing in front of a crackling fire in the cozy cabin in the woods close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sound inviting? Or, picture your family all together in a large cabin relaxing, playing games and cooking meals together, everyone seated around the same table exchanging stories, catching up on business of the day and sharing experiences from your day. You know, the way it was when we were growing up and everyone ate together and communicated with each other. Auntie Belham's can help you make this experience happen.

Spectacular Smoky Mountain views     Auntie Belham's has cabins in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas and can fix you up with cabins and chalets from economy travel to luxuriously appointed accommodations. Amenities like hot tubs, fireplaces, game rooms, plasma TV's, Jacuzzi Tubs and spectacular mountain views are also available, and all you have to do is tell the folks at Auntie Belham's what you want and where you want to be. And the Smokies is where you want to be.

     In the Smoky Mountain cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville you will find unlimited attractions - from low impact like mini-golf, to high adventure like ziplining - unlimited dinning opportunities, unlimited shopping expediences, and some of the greatest live entertainment available in the United States. So plan your trip to the Smokies and give Auntie Belham's a call to help you find the perfect lodging for you and your loved ones.And for more Smoky Mountain information and coupons, check out the Best Read Guide website at

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Crossroads Inn  &Suites Gatlinburg, TN

Vacations can be a hassle, especially when choosing a place to stay. But it doesn't have to be if you want to stay in a well-established hotel in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you can choose the Crossroads Inn & Suites.

Pool & Kiddie pool at downtown Gatlinburg hotelIn the 1950's and 1960's, the main crossroads in Gatlinburg were Highway 441 - The Parkway - and Highway 321. So a natural name for a hotel built in that location was Crossroads. The rooms were built big and some have sitting rooms, and the vanity and bathrooms are separate leading to the name Crossroads Inn & Suites. All rooms have a view of the mountains and also the pool and kiddie pool.

Clean, convenient and positive reviews

The Crossroads Inn & Suites have been a favorite for many families who vacation in the Smokies year after year.They enjoy the convenience of the hotel, free parking and the Simmons Beautyrest, pillow top mattresses.  The ownership keeps the rooms and linens updated The hotel is smaller- 77 rooms - the staff is great and many have been at the Crossroads for decades, so be sure to plan ahead.
The Crossroads Inn & Suite carried the Best Western flag for years, the owners strive to meet or exceed the Best Western standards and they offer a complimentary breakfast.

Complimentary breakfast, free parking & Wi-Fi

You can find more information about the Crossroads Inn & Suites, and get money-saving coupons at the Best Read Guide website at There you will find information on attraction, shopping, attractions and more. Travel safely!

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: