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.
Deals and Savings BRG Smoky Mountains App
Look on the website to see how to download the BRG App for additional deals and savings. Enjoy shopping and your Smoky

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!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Theater Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery

In Pigeon Forge you can find great food and wonderful fun at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Show. The audience becomes part of the show and you can choose from three different interactive shows.

Moonshine Murders live show in Pigeon ForgeMoonshine Murders takes place in Sevier County where the Luke Boys have been running shine in the hills, always one step ahead of the bumbling Sheriff Ketrain and the unscrupulous Boss Boar. The action takes place right among the visitors at the show and you don't know who is going to become part of the show. It could be you!

Dinner theater near GatlinburgFrankly Scarlett, You're Dead is the story of a Southern get-together where the proud father is trying to marry off his daughters, Scarlett and Melody. Set during the formation of the Confederacy, there is plenty of boastin', braggin' and prideful talk as the father, daughters and the crowd mingle at the party.

Theater in the Smokies Fun and Food The Killbillies is the story of the Clampett's who have moved to Pigeon Forge from California. Having Hillbillies in Tennessee doesn't seem so strange but the way they deal with their problems, and with the audience, will leave you laughing and saying "Yee-haw!"

Your meal comes with options of 3 types of soup, oven roasted chicken or a pork tenderloin, green beans, mashed potatoes, plus a vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten-free options. So check the schedule and book your show where you will laugh 'til you die at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Show. And for more information on area restaurants, attractions, shopping, accommodations, shows and coupons, check the Best Read Guide site at

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Hotels The Inn at Christmas Place

Accommodations in the Smokies
The Inn at dusk
     So what could be better than going to the Great Smoky Mountains for the Christmas Holidays and staying at The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge? The four star Inn is designed with a Bavarian architectural style and is beautifully landscaped. The pond in front reflects the hotel and lights and is home to visiting waterfowl. Any snow that might fall only highlights the beauty of the hotel and its surroundings.

Singing Santa at The Inn at Christmas Place
Singing Santa
     Inside, it is Christmas all year long with gorgeously decorated with an Old World charm and elegance, with Christmas trees, greenery and sleigh bells all around the property. And above the fireplace in the lobby is an ornate holiday-designed Glockenspiel that chimes out the time on the hour from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. And with the Singing Santa performing daily, you can't help but feel the Christmas spirit no matter what the time of the year. But during the holidays the feeling is intensified. And all you
                                                                                       have to do is walk out of the door and across
                                                                                       the street is the South's largest Christmas store,                                                                                        the Incredible Christmas Place!

Bellmen and Concierge near Gatlinburg
Uniformed Bellmen welcome you!
Hotel with Christmas theme
Christmas themed rooms
     The Inn at Christmas Place has excellent amenities. There is an inside and outside pool, a hot tub inside around the pool, and beautifully appointed rooms, all with Christmas decor. You can choose King Bed Suites, rooms with Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, kitchenettes and beautiful bathrooms with marble-topped vanities. The hotel offers car-to-room service with their uniformed Bellmen, and a Concierge in the lobby seven days a week from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm to assist you with planning, tickets and reservations.

      Visit The Inn at Christmas Place any time of year and try to experience during the Christmas holidays to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit. It will be a happy and joyous experience. Be sure and download the BRG App for other area deals. You can go to the Best Read Guide website at to download the App, find coupons and get area information. Enjoy your stay and Merry Christmas to all!