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.

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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

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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.

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