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
Print out the coupons or download the BRG APP for even more deals and savings. Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas from everyone at the Best Read Guide magazine!

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Smoky Mountain Winterfest

Millions of winter lights in the Smoky MountainsEvery November the Great Smoky Mountains is lit-up with spectacular displays to celebrate the fun of the holidays in the multi-month event called Winterfest. This event features millions of brightly colored lights and lighted displays and family events throughout the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

Old Mill in Pigeon Forge is lit-up for the holidaysThe lighted displays begin at Exit 407 and if  you follow these displays down Highway 66 into Sevierville, along the Parkway through Pigeon Forge and into the city of Gatlinburg, you will experience 15 million brightly colored lights on businesses, light poles and lighted displays created and exhibited for your pleasure. At the Sevierville Welcome Center you can buy a pair of 3D glasses to enhance the look of the holiday lights. Also at Exit 407 is the Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium, a 1.5 mile drive through an LED experience.

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Lights
Gatlinburg kicks off the Winterfest season with their 41st Fantasy of Lights Parade, and the next day you can watch the 54th annual Sevierville Christmas Parade. The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Trolleys offer Winterfest Trolley light tours, and maps are available if you prefer to drive yourself.
Other events include the Festival of Trees, Arts & Craft Shows, Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales a New Year's Eve Ball drop, all in Gatlinburg.

Dollywood Smoky Mountain ChristmasThe Smoky Mountain area is not only lit-up with beautiful lights and displays for the holiday and winter season, but the area is alive with the spirit of Christmas. Most of the theaters offer Christmas shows, Dollywood is lit-up with Christmas lights and shows, the Titanic offers fireworks on Thanksgiving and seasonal food and specials abound in the area restaurants and shops. Come to the mountains and enjoy the holiday spirit with your friends and family. For more information on Smoky Mountain events, attractions, shows, dining, shopping and fun, go to, and be sure and copy or download the coupons for extra savings!

Smoky Mountain Ziplines Christmas lights