Thursday, March 9, 2017



     Gatlinburg, Tennessee is one of America's favorite destination areas. For decades families and groups have been coming to Gatlinburg to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains, strolling down the Parkway, visiting the attractions, shopping in the unique stores and dining in the many restaurant options the city has to offer.

     Today the city is spruced up and has been welcoming visitors - as usual - since the new year. None of the Gatlinburg downtown was affected by last November's wildfires, and only a very small percentage of the National Park was affected, so if you've made plans to visit, come ahead! If you have not then you better call or get online and book now so you and yours can enjoy all of the wonderful memory-making moments that families and groups have enjoyed for decades. Pigeon Forge and Sevierville were not affected at all so the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are ready to welcome you back, or to roll out the welcome mat for first-time

     Spring has come early to the Great Smoky Mountains but there is still a crisp coolness to the mountain air. Breathing the fresh mountain air is one of the great benefits of vacationing here, and the spring season is a great time to breath in all of the freshness of the Smokies. This is the "Land of the Blue Smoke" - a name given to the Smokies by the Cherokee Indians years ago - and seeing the blue mist envelope the mountains sets a brilliant background to the greens, yellows, oranges and reds of the fauna coming back to life after a winter's nap.

     From April 11-15 the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers professionally guided tours and classes that explore the beauty and diversity of America's most visited park. This year several walks will look at the effects of a wildfire on a natural environment and there will be a program on "Fire Ecology of the Great
                                                                                   Smoky Mountains National Park". This is a once
                                                                                   in a lifetime educational experience.

     For more information on the area go to or download the BRG APP for Deals, Coupons, Map, Directions, Points of Interest and more.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Smokies Strong bluegrass celebration Pigeon Forge, TN

     Some of the country's top Bluegrass Artists will perform in a two-night celebration in Pigeon Forge, TN, on February 10th and 11th at the LeConte Center. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Grascals, Flatt Lonesome and Volume 5 will take the stage on Friday, February 10th, and The Lonesome River Band, Barry Bales & Friends, Newtown, Dave Adkins Band and Jimbo Whaley & Greenbriar will perform on Saturday, February 11th. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship Fund.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Smokies Strong Celebration
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
     Doyle Lawson, who lives in Bristol, TN, said, "As an East Tennessee native, I've been especially moved by the mountain tough spirit of my neighbors in the aftermath of this event". Lawson and Quicksilver are seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Group of the Year Award winner, they have four Grammy Award nominations for best bluegrass album and they are a member of the IBMA Hall of Fame.

     Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism commented that "For these stellar artists to step up and donate their time and talents to support Sevier County families is beyond belief". The donated monies will help ensure Sevier County students receive scholarship funds.

Lonesome River Band bluegrass in the Smokies
Lonesome River Band

     Tickets are available at the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism offices, located at the LeConte Center at 135 Jake Thomas Road, or at

For more information go to  And for Smoky Mountain information for attractions, shopping, theaters, dining, accommodations and more, go to

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Smoky Mountain Knife Works Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains Pigeon Forge
If you can't make it to the world's largest knife store, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, to buy the next holiday or gift-giving present, then open up and 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.

Case Knives near Gatlinburg TNBuck Knives at SMKW Kodak 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.

Guns 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.
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
                                                      Mountain vacation!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Outdoor attraction Mountain Trax

Street legal UTV adventure in the Smokies     Your outdoor adventure starts at Mtn Trax in Townsend, Tennessee. Mtn Trax offers street legal and guided off-road tours in the Smoky Mountain foothills. Mtn Trax is the ONLY UTV company offering street legal and off-road tours in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Family four-wheeled fun near GatlinburgThe street legal UTV's come in 2, 4 or 6 seat
vehicles that are great for couples or families. They are perfect to drive through Townsend or into the Park to Elkmont or Cades Cove for a picnic. The street legal UTV's are able to go on roads 40 mph or below.  Maps are provided to help you explore the beauty of East Tennessee.

Off-road four-wheeling near Pigeon ForgeMud-flying 4-wheeling in the Smokies
For an hour-and-a-half, off-road adventure, make a reservation for a Guided Off-Road Tour. You will be exploring a remote part of the Smoky Mountains where you can expect the unexpected. The trail boss will lead you on the ultimate outdoor thrill ride on rough, tough mountain trails in the back country of the Smokies. Choose the days you want but please make your reservation 24 hours in advance for off roading or street legal during the winter season.                                    
So if you are looking for a scenic drive through Cades Cove, Rich Mountain, Tremont, Elkmont, Townsend, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, try Mtn Trax UTV/Side by Sides and build memories that last a lifetime. Get money-saving coupons and more information about things to do, places to eat and places to stay, go to

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Shopping Old Mill Catalog

     When you are in Pigeon Forge, TN, you can go to the Old Mill General Store and Old Mill Square for unique shopping and great gift-giving products. But when you are back home and looking for ideas for Christmas, birthdays or special occasions, just open the Old Mill Catalog that you can find online at The Old Mill website. Inside you will find hand crafted, stone-ground and home-made ideas that will brighten the home, delight taste buds and tickle the fancy of anyone who receives the gifts.

Homemade Pies near GatlinburgShopping Pigeon Forge     The catalog is filled with great ideas from Gift Crates filled with Old Mill products, to individual Hostess Gifts, the perfect way to say "Thank you". Of course there are Home-baked Breads, all-time favorite cakes including Pound Cake, Rum Cake and Chocolate Fudge Cake and of course, their famous pies! Three kinds of Pecan Pies, Apple Caramel, Three Berry Streusel and Chess Pies. I have died and gone to heaven!

Gift Ideas in the Smokies 

     There of many unique gift suggestions like a Pail of Peanut Brittle and a Sample of Soup, and an entire page of Holiday Brunch ideas and suggestions for the perfect pancake breakfast! The pancake mix is just one of the extensive line of Stone Ground products that the Old Mill grinds at the General Store. And the perfect topping for those Stone Ground baked products are the handcrafted Heritage Line of preserves and butters. Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry and Cranberry Preserves and Apple, Plum and Vanilla Apple Pumpkin Butters.

Old Forge and Old Mill Spirits     Still looking for ideas? Try the Farmhouse Kitchen Collection with mugs and bowls from the Pigeon River Pottery studios and quality cast iron pans and cookware. If you need to satisfy a sweet tooth or two, there is nothing better than Southern Confections like Pecan Logs, Divinity, Peanut Brittle, Chocolates and many flavors of Fudge. Do you have a recipe or a gathering that calls for adding spirits to the mix? Now the Old Mill can offer Spiced Apple Cider, Bourbon Infused Honey, Chocolate Cherry Moonshine Preserves, plus other spirits from the Old Forge Distillery located next door to the Old Mill.

Dining in the Smokies

     Shopping at home just became easier with the Old Mill Catalog. And when you are in the Great Smoky Mountains, check out more great shopping at the Best Read Guide website where you can find coupons and information on shopping, dining, live shows, attractions and accommodations. Go to And for more deals and savings, download the BRG App. Find details at the Best Read Guide site. Happy Shopping from all of us in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Theater Smoky Mountain Opry

Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry Pigeon Forge     If you need some help getting into the holiday spirit, then spend an evening at the Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry. This live show is a joyous occasion of all things enjoyable about the Christmas season and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Kids love the live Toy Soldiers and Toys     The Opry Christmas Show is a massive production with a rocking live band, lively and graceful dancers, comedy, special effects, laser lights and wonderful singers who do a lovely job bringing fun to each Christmas carol, and a decided reverence to the live Nativity scene, the largest in the area.

Theater with Largest Living Nativity Scene     The Nativity Scene is a spectacle unto itself. Shepherds, Wise Men on Camels bringing gifts, live animals and soaring angels present an awe-inspiring re-enactment of the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger in Bethlehem. The accompanying music enhances the scene as the flying angels sing joyfully in announcing the birth of the Prince of Peace.

Santa Claus at Smoky Mountain Opry in the Smokies     Kids will love the Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry show. There are Toy Soldiers and Christmas Toys who come to life and dance around the stage, Sugar Plum Fairies fly through the air, Elves dance and reindeer prance as they pull Santa's sleigh to center stage. And after the show you can greet Santa in the lobby and give him your Christmas list.

Comedian Juggler Slim Chance explains Frozen
     Another kid - and adult favorite - is Slim Chance. Slim is a comedic juggler and he often brings a young child on stage to 'help' him with his act. Slim also tells the back story to the movie Frozen following the on-stage ice skating act, trying to give the audience members who haven't seen the movie some idea of what the animated movie is all about. Slim's interpretation is hilarious if not always accurate, but the children in the audience are captivated by his storytelling.

Theater with live Christmas Show
     Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry will definitely get you in the mood for Christmas and will restore that child-like feeling of awe and wonder about the season. Everyone in your family or group will enjoy the show. And to help you plan for other activities to enjoy in the Smokies, check out the Best Read Guide website with coupons and information on Attractions, Restaurants, Shopping, Accommodations and more live shows. Go to and download the BRG App for coupons and super deals. Enjoy the spirit of Christmas at the Opry and in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Attractions Trampoline Park Smokies

Sevier Air Trampoline ParkSevier Air Trampoline and Ninja Warrior Park is the Smokies newest and largest indoor family adventure park. Located in Governors Crossing, Sevier Air offers junior and advanced Ninja Warrior Courses, Trampolines and First Ever 3 Story Net System for 2 to 10 year olds. They also host parties and corporate events.

Ninja Warrior course near GatlinburgSevier Air is a great place to go for fun and it is also a great workout. You can book high flying fun in the trampoline park where you can bounce, jump and flip on the largest trampoline park in the area! Or, just like the TV show, you can test your ninja skills in the area's only ninja obstacle park. Do you have what it takes to become a Ninja Warrior? And for young adventurers there is the Networx Net System where you climb your way to the top of the 3 story net system.

Net system for young adventurers near Pigeon ForgeSevier Air's concession area offers refueling food like pizza, ice cream and soft drinks, plus Sevier Air gear like T-shirts and socks. You can book group activities for a Trampoline/Ninja Warrior party, or  Net System party that also comes with a private room. Sevier Air provides pizzas, soft drinks, socks, paper products and utensils, a dedicated staff member and set-up and clean-up for your room. Your group shows up, parties up, jumps up and climbs up for and hour or more of great fun and exercise.

For Smoky Mountain fun and adventure, check out Sevier Air Trampoline and Ninja Warrior Park in Sevierville, Tennessee. You can check out the rest of the Smoky Mountain action and activities at There you will find information and coupons for shopping, dining, attractions, live shows and more in the Great Smoky Mountain cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend and Cherokee. Have fun at Sevier Air and enjoy your time in the Smokies!