Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Dining Old Mill Restaurant Pigeon ForgeDining in the Smokies

The Old Mill Restaurant and General Store is a special place to visit, eat and shop any time of year, bu the fall and Christmas seasons are especially  suited to a a visit to the Old Mill and Old Mill Square.
For both seasons the Old Mill area is decorated with the the colors and decor of the season, so to be walking around with leaves falling or snow falling, you can feel that you are in a special place.

First, let's focus on the Fall Food.

Sauces mixes fresh ground grains near Gatlinburg
Moonshine Cake
Old Mill General Store
Sweet Potato Pecan Bread
For me, Fall Food is turkey and dressing with cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, baked apples and anything sweet, gooey and sinfully delicious. And guess what, The Old Mill Restaurant features these items plus their signature Corn Chowder, biscuits with sweet, rich apple butter and their famous Pecan Pie! And if you want these items and more, simply walk next door to the General Store and pick up the mix-ins to make them yourself, plus the sauces, butters, jellies, jams, honeys to slather on all of the stone-ground grain mixes that you can whip-up in your own kitchen.

Hand thrown pottery Pigeon River Pottery
Jam Jars
Candies Sweets Cakes Homemade breads Old Mill
Fruit Slices
Once your breakfast, lunch or dinner cravings are fulfilled, saunter over to the shops in Old Mill Square. You can find dishes for baking those delicious apples, great dinnerware and serving dishes that are hand-made at Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery. If you need other kitchen accessories, or snack and dip mixes, visit the Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen. Sassafras has unique fashion and jewelry and if you are still needing to satisfy that sweet tooth, get ice cream at the Old Mill Creamery or old-fashioned, homemade sweet treats at the Old Mill Candy Kitchen.

Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

Visit Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and enjoy the change of seasons and all of the delightful treats that go along with changing weather and special holiday times. Prepare for your trip and the changing seasons by visiting the Best Read Guide website to get coupon savings and information on Dining, Shopping, Attractions, Accommodations, Live Theater and more at

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Hotels Parkside Cabin Rentals

Cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon ForgeAnytime is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, but when the leaves change color in the fall it is a spectacular time to book a Parkside Cabin or Chalet Rental. Parkside Rentals are ideally located in Gatlinburg near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and in Pigeon Forge close to great dining, shopping and live theaters. And in most cases you will be surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of the Smoky Mountains.

Pool tables Game Rooms near National ParkHot tub views of the Smokies

The cabins at Parkside offer a level of quality and amenities that you won't always find in a hotel or motel. Private hot tubs, pool and game tables, log fireplaces, outdoor fireplaces and grills, and mountain streams. All of the cabins are owned by longtime Gatlinburg families who take pride in their cabins and strive to ensure a great mountain experience for their guests.

Accommodations for large groups in GatlinburgLuxury accommodations in the Smokies
Parkside Cabins range from luxury cabins to the affordable, and from large, family-friendly cabins to cozy, honeymoon or weekend get-a-way accommodations. Guest reviews rave about the views from the decks, comfortable beds, large bathrooms and a great experience with the staff of Parkside. Small details like providing water, coffee and cookies to guests and a parking pass for a downtown Gatlinburg parking garage. Parkside offers specials in the summer and winter for longer stays and discounts for members of AAA, AARP and the Military.

See more information, photos, a Google map, a video and a coupon offer for Parkside Cabin Rentals at, and get area information and coupons at

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Welcome to the Big House!

Attractions Alcatraz East Pigeon Forge TN
Summer 2016
Alcatraz East, the Intriguing and Engaging crime museum is slated to be open soon in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and will be located on the Parkway at the entrance to The Island. Guests to Alcatraz East will encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving and the U.S. justice system. This will be an entertaining and educational experience for all ages and said to be so much fun that it's a crime!

New Attraction in the Smokies
Summer 2016
Alcatraz East will be the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East will be an entertaining and educational experience for all ages. “This is going to be the place for the public to learn about crime history, law enforcement, and all things related,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East. The museum will feature a CSI lab, a simulated shooting range, safe cracking, digital fingerprinting and DUI interactive safety training. Artifacts in the collection - many of which came from the Crime Museum previously located in Washington, D.C. - include John Dillinger's death mask, Al Capone's rosary, the Bronco from the OJ chase, an FBI polygraph machine, Al Pacino's sub-machine gun from the movie Scarface and a Bonnie & Clyde collection.
Al Capone, John Dillinger & Bonnie & Clyde in the Smokies
The Guard Turret

The museum is designed on the outside as a 19th century prison but inside there will be 20 different exhibits spread over two floors and 24,000 square feet of exhibit space. The exhibits are categorized into five themes for guests to explore:  The History of American Crime; Consequences of Crime; Crime Scene Investigation; Crime fighting and Pop Culture.

Susan E. Frese, Corporate Sales & Marketing Director, says, "Alcatraz East is so excited to be opening in Pigeon Forge. The city is a premier destination for tourism, and our massive collection of artifacts couldn’t have found a better home. The museum was designed for both learning and entertainment. It really is fun for the whole family. You will be amazed how not only you will love the museum, but just how engaged your children will be! It is sure to be the family favorite!"
Arresting crime museum near Gatlinburg
October 2016

For more information on Alcatraz East go to For information on Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee, and coupons for attractions, theaters, shopping and dining, go to

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Gatlinburg, TN

Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-golf near the SmokiesThe Fairfield Inn & Suites in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, promises outstanding service to make all of your travels easy and comfortable. Guests rate the hotel a 4.5 out of 5 stars and 94% of them would recommend the hotel to someone else. The Inn is located on the north Parkway entrance to Gatlinburg with Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-golf located next to the property, the Spur to Pigeon Forge right in front of the hotel and the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just a few miles away. The Tram to Ober Gatlinburg is just up the Parkway and Trolley service will take you almost anywhere in the city.
Pools Indoor and Outdoor with Waterslide Rain Tree
Amenities are in abundance with indoor and outdoor pools, a complimentary hot breakfast, free Hi-Speed Internet, free parking and a fitness center. The outdoor pool has a Water slide and a Rain Tree and the indoor pool has a hot tub. Room options include a King Balcony room, King Whirlpool, King Sofa bed, 2 Queen beds or a Queen bed with a balcony. The meeting room is a great place for business seminars, family get-togethers, reunions and wedding receptions and dinners.

Staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Gatlinburg gives you all of the amenities of a resort hotel, plus the convenience of being able to drive to Pigeon Forge, get to downtown Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the Arts and Crafts Community in a short drive or Trolley ride.

Please visit the hotel at, and get coupons and more information on live shows and events, restaurants, shopping and more things to do.

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