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!

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!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Theater Comedy Barn Christmas Show

The words Comedy Barn and Christmas don't really seem to go together until  you experience a Comedy Barn Christmas Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. But once you go to the Comedy Barn Christmas you will appreciate just how funny life, and the holidays, can really be.

Gifts of laughter near GatlinburgChristmas music, carols and skitsOf course you can expect the mayhem and merriment that the Comedy Barn characters create every show, but for the Christmas holiday they spice up the show with Christmas Carols, Christmas music and special Christmas acts that you will only see on the Comedy Barn stage. The Comedy Barn jokesters are all decked out in holiday costumes - no, not candy-cane-striped-overalls - and they have decked the halls with garland, lights and snow (I guess they couldn't find any holly to deck the halls with!).

Theater Pigeon Forge Comedy
Comedy Barn Critters animal showTheir gift to you is the gift of laughter, so be prepared to work your funny bone and let the guffaws gush out. After all, 'tis the season to be jolly, and jolly you will be as the Comedy Barn crew works their magic with singing, the comedy Barn Canines, the Comedy Barn Cloggers and jokes and skits that will have everyone laughing along into the spirit of Christmas. And there will be moments of Christmas reverence as the Comedy Barn musicians play and sing holiday tunes that remember and honor the the birth of Jesus Christ.

Put the Comedy Barn Christmas Show on your list of Christmas things to do while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. When you are booking the show, ask about their combo deals and see some of the other great Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment shows like the Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show. And for more Smoky Mountain Deals, download the BRG App from the Playstore or the App Store. You can find more information on the BRG App at the Best Read Guide website, where you can also find area wide coupons, information, maps and an events calendar. Go to Have a fun-filled and Merry Smoky Mountain Christmas!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


So where are you going to spend Christmas...New Year's Eve...or even Valentine's Day? How about a cozy cabin at Eagle's Ridge Resort in Pigeon Forge, TN, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge fun?

Hotel Eagle's Ridge Resort Pigeon ForgeAccommodations in the SmokiesAt Eagle's Ridge you get it all - great cabins that range in size from cozy, intimate hide-a-ways to large family and group cabins where you can get the entire group together to cook, eat, play games or just chill. Even though the cabins are in the woods they are conveniently located about a mile from the Parkway in Pigeon Forge which puts you close to restaurants, attractions, live theaters, Dollywood and some of the most unique and fun shopping in the Smokies!

Cozy cabins for romantic get-a-waysFamily sized cabins near Gatlinburg
Eagle's Ridge cabins are loaded with amenities. You have fully equipped kitchens, game rooms, theater rooms, hot tubs, Wi-Fi, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and rocking chairs on the porch. Every thing you need for a relaxing weekend get-a-way or a week-long family vacation. And they have pet friendly                                                                                             cabins so you can bring along the pooch.

Theater Country Tonite Pigeon Forge
WonderWorks Pigeon Forge TN
Eagle's Ridge makes a great home base for your family or group to explore the Great Smoky Mountains. The check-in staff can  help you with information about hiking and exploring the Smokies and with tickets to area attractions. They also offer a Smokies fun Pass with FREE tickets to Ripley's Aquarium, Wonder Works, Country Tonite Theater, Laserport Fun Center, Old McDonald's Farm Mini-Golf, the Smoky Mountain Opry, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud and the Comedy Barn Theater! Check their website for details and for any specials.

Cabin specials in the Smokies
And if you are looking for specials, or deals in the Smokies, download the BRG App. There you will find Coupons, Deals, Points of Interest, Visitor Information and more, all designed to make your experience in the Smokies and easier and more fulfilling trip while saving you money. For more detailed information on the Smokies to You can watch videos on attractions in the area, read blogs about tourist-oriented businesses and find great deals on accommodations, restaurants, shopping, attractions and more.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Theater Smoky Mountain Opry

Christmas show in Pigeon Forge     Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry is a special show that will help you get into the holiday spirit. The experience begins outside the brightly decorated theater with the giant Christmas Trees, lighted Toy Soldiers and Holiday Decorations. Inside, another glorious tree adorns the lobby and in front of it sits a special seat for Santa that he will visit after the show.

     The Christmas Show starts out on an upbeat with the live band arriving onstage from a moving platform as the music is accompanied by coordinated holiday and laser lights. Singers and dancers in glorious holiday costumes soon fill the stage adding to the joyous music with holiday songs and beautifully choreographed dances. Christmas music and song fill the theater giving off the warmth of the season. But music, song and dance are not the only parts of the Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, oh no.

Slim Chance comedy in the Smokies     Slim Chance dazzles the crowd with his comedic juggling and jokes and bringing up a young assistant onstage never fails to delight the audience. Slim takes time later in the show to explain the story of "Frozen" after the audience watches the ice skaters grace the stage. Slim's explanation is creative and hilarious. Slim also plays one of Santa's elves who has to improve the production of a newfangled 3D printer, with unexpected comedic results.

     The reenactment of the Nativity Scene is not only visually stunning - with live animals and flying angels - but it is reverently done and reminds us all of the true reason for the season. The music, dancing, Christmas Carols, flying angels and live Nativity Scene all add up to one of the most masterfully produced, completely enjoyable and memorable holiday shows you will find anywhere.

Area's largest Nativity Scene near Gatlinburg
     So come to Pigeon Forge to see Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry and plan to stay a few days to enjoy the holiday lights of Winterfest, shop for Christmas, and play in the Smokies. You can get more information and coupons for live shows, dining, shopping, lodging and attractions at Merry Christmas to all from the Great Smoky Mountains!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Hotel Smoky Mountain Lodging

Cabins and Chalets in the Great Smoky MountainsLuxurious cabins for families and groupsIf you are looking for a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountain cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville or Townsend, Tennessee, then check out Smoky Mountain Lodging Chalet and Cabin Rentals. Smoky Mountain Lodging not only offers cabins throughout the Smokies but also a wide range of cabin options from cozy, honeymoon cabins to large, luxurious cabins for families and groups.

Scenic views of the Great Smoky MountainsIntimate cabins hot tubs
So let's start small and intimate and think about a romantic get-a-way, anniversary or the perfect honeymoon cabin. Ask for a cabin or chalet in the mountains in a private location, hot tub on the deck and a beautiful view away from all of the activities of the area. Include a heart-shaped Jacuzzi Tub, flower delivery, a massage or a full course meal delivered to your door. 
This is romance to the max!

Family and group dining in the Smokies
Cabins with Pool tables and game roomsFireplaces Flat screen TV's in Pigeon Forge
Comfortable great rooms in Gatlinburg
For families or groups you can get cabins with hot tubs, Jacuzzi Tubs, Pool Tables, fireplaces and of course, fully equipped kitchens. The kitchen is a great place to get together to relive old memories and create new ones, preparing family meals to be enjoyed around a table filled with loved ones. And if you have  your family with you in the Smokies you will want to take advantage of the things to do, from hiking the in the Great Smoky Mountains, playing in all of the attractions, shopping in the unique shops and outlet centers and visiting the aquarium, museums and indoor attractions. Smoky Mountain Lodging can assist you with discounted tickets to area attractions and exclusive offers to Dixie Stampede and Dollywood.

Smoky Mountain Lodging Chalet and Cabin Rentals offers several packages and specials throughout the year and will help you find the perfect cabin or chalet for your family or group. You can also get assistance for area information and coupons for attractions, shopping, restaurants and more, from the Best Read Guide website at Create your Smoky Mountain memories with Smoky Mountain Lodging Chalet and Cabin Rentals!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Smoky Mountain Winterfest

Smoky Mountain Winterfest is a great time to visit and stay in the Smoky Mountain cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, Tennessee. Winterfest officially begins the first week of November when all three cities have kick-off events and throw the switches to light-up their Winterfest displays. The displays stay up until the end of February and each city has events for all to enjoy during Winterfest. Here is a city-by-city listing of the events.

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland Sevierville Smokies
From November through December, Sevierville offers up Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium, a delightful drive-through of lights, displays and music. On November 11 the Cherry Pit is offering a one-day class on making Holiday Tree Wall Toppers and from November 11-14th they offer a Christmas School; Sevier County High School is sponsoring a Turkey Chase on Thanksgiving and December 3rd is the 54th Annual Sevierville Christmas Parade. The Santa Hustle and 5K Marathon is at Wilderness on December 11th, and Flapjacks offers Breakfast with Santa on the 13th.

Gatlinburg Fantasy of LightsGatlinburg offers a Trolley Ride of Lights in November through January, and the Festival of Trees and the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Show from November 22nd to the 27th. Meet characters and storytellers during the Winter Tunes & Tales event from November 27th through December 17th on the streets of Gatlinburg. Their 41st Annual Fantasy of Lights Parade happens downtown on December 2nd, and a second Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Show happens November 28th through December 4th. Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, the longest running theater in the Smokies, presents the holiday themed show "Mistletoe & Malarkey" from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. And Gatlinburg welcomes in the New Year with the New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks on December 31st. On January 29th-31st, Ober Gatlinburg hosts the Tennessee Winter Special Olympics.

Theater Christmas Shows Country TonitePigeon Forge Winterfest Trolley Tour of LightsPigeon Forge decorates the length of the Parkway with lighted holiday displays and they offer a Winterfest Lights Driving Tour on their Trolley System. Many of the live theaters present Christmas shows from November through December. These include "The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show", "Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry", "A Comedy Barn Christmas", Smith Morning Christmas Show, Country Tonite's joyous celebration of Christmas, "'Tis the Season" and Soul of Motown Christmas at the Grand Majestic Theater, Christmas favorites at the Frankie Valli Show and The Magic of Steven Best & Cassandra Christmas Spectacular, both at the Starlite Theater and "The Christmas Story" at Biblical Times.

So you see there is plenty to see and do in the Smokies during Winterfest. Check out accommodations at, and find out more details about things to do, things to see, places to shop, eat and play at
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