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: