Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Smoky Mountain Outdoors Gtalinburg

Smoky Mountain Outdoors promises you the journey of a lifetime on the beautiful Pigeon River in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) is one of the premier rafting companies in the Smokies with over 23 years of experience and they love taking people down the river and giving them an unforgettable experience. They offer three different trips, an upper Pigeon, Lower Pigeon and Upper Pigeon Extreme. Let me tell you about each one.

Whitewater Rafting in the Smokies

The Lower Pigeon River Rafting trip is a great family trip or an ideal trip for those who want a relaxing and fun ride down the river. You travel down the river at a little slower speed as there are fewer rapids that will give you a gentle thrill but they are safe enough for young children. In fact, kids love the Lower Pigeon trip because there is time to play, to splash and to enjoy the ride. Kids need to be at least 3 years old an accompanied by an adult.

Attractions near Pigeon Forege

The Upper Pigeon River Raft trip is an exciting 6.5 mile thrill ride down Class III and IV rapids. Hold on to your paddle as your guide navigates the river and the rapids while you supply the power when needed. You will run about 70 rapids during this trip and will experience plenty of big waves and lots of splashing water. Of course you are wearing life jackets and helmets and you are in the secure hands of an experienced guide.

Outdoor attractions in the Smokies
Class 3 & 4 rapids Gatlinburg
The Upper Pigeon Extreme trip is for thrill seekers. You travel in a smaller, 4-person raft that your guide will direct right into the heart of the waves. You will shoot the mightiest part of the rapids and hydraulics as your guide pushes the limits and heads for the go-for-it-lines for a fast, exciting and extreme ride down the Pigeon River.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors prepares you and your family or group for each adventure that you choose. You will be safe and well-prepared for the trip but nothing will prepare you for the beauty, the enjoyment and the thrill of riding down the Pigeon River in a whitewater raft. This is something you must experience for yourself.

And there is so much more to experience in the Smokies, so come on down! You can find out about the live shows, attractions, restaurants, shopping, coupons and accommodations at
http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. And you can get more deals and info by downloading the BRG App.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Krispy Kreme Pigeon Forge
     Sweet and sugary, melt-in-your-mouth goodness - that describes  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and you can get them at their new location in Pigeon Forge. You can din in-store and enjoy your doughnuts and the famous Krispy Kreme coffee, or go through the drive-through and take home a dozen or more.

Doughnuts in the Smokies     There are 39 types of doughnuts available to you on a regular basis, and at least 9 specialty doughnuts. The regular menu includes the original glazed, maple glazed, glazed sour creme and glazed cinnamon. Chocolate covered goodies include Chocolate Iced Glazed, Kreme filling, Custard filling, Iced Cake, Glazed Cruller, Raspberry filled, Double Dark and Mint Chocolate made with Ghiradelli. Of course there are powdered doughnuts filled with strawberry, lemon, strawberry kreme, blueberry and Bavarian Kreme, and doughnuts covered with sprinkles!

Coffee Mocha Lattes near Gatlinburg     There is nothing better than a good cup of coffee with your Krispy Kreme doughnut, and you can choose from over 30 types of coffee, lattes, mochas, iced and frozen delights. If soft drinks are your choice there are many options including Hi-C products and hot chocolate.

Hot Now doughnuts Great Smoky Mountains     And don't forget about the "Hot Now" sign. When the "Hot Now" sign is lit you can increase your taste-bud tickling with hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Is there anything better?

     Yes, you can make a special trip to the Smokies just for Krispy Kreme, but if you want to do anything else you can get attraction, live theater, dining, shopping, outdoor activity information and coupons from http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. You can get additional deals - like the Krispy Kreme offer - when you download the BRG App. Enjoy your trip to Pigeon Forge and Krispy Kreme!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Attractions Moonshine

Moonshine Gatlinburg TN
"Simple is best", Doc Collier used to say, that's why his recipe for Tennessee Moonshine was only corn, sugar and mountain spring water. And you can taste that shine at Doc Collier Moonshine on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. But that pure, clear, "straight off the still" moonshine is just one of the many regular and seasonal flavors available at the mercantile store.

Shopping Shine Brandy Mercantile Another basic and simple distilled product is Corn Liquor also known as White Lightning. This is corn, water and yeast and is a true American Spirit. Doc's serves-up a barrel full of flavored shines including cherry, blackberry, peach and apple, but they have also cooked-up several specialty flavors. Mountain Blossom is a blend of cherries and apples, Smoky Mountain Sunrise combines pineapple, orange and cranberries and Firecracker is a cinnamon moonshine. You can also try limited editions of brandy's using wine from the Rocky Top Wine Trail and seasonal flavors including Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Buckeye. Buckeye has a milk chocolate start and a peanut butter finish.

Brandy Flavored moonshine
You will want to wander through the Mercantile store to shop the unusual products Doc Collier's has to offer. There you will find a great selection of unique products to take home as souvenirs or give as gifts to those who couldn't come to the Smoky Mountains with you.

For more things to see, do, eat, buy, ride, explore and experience in the Great Smoky Mountains, go to http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/ where you can get coupons, maps and more. Also, download the BRG App for deals and info on your phone!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Outdoor attractions family fun

     Take a drive down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge to stoplight #10 and take a right into valley making your way to Little Cove Road. Along the way you drive through the woods of the Great Smoky Mountains region. This pastoral scene puts you in the right state of mind for an exciting afternoon at Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa. There you will enjoy some of the best horse riding conditions in the Smokies, as well as ATV rides, Gem Mining, Fishing, Petting Zoo, Picnic area, Museum and General Store. Plenty of activities for an exciting day in the Smokies or just a relaxing afternoon picnicking with the family and drowning worms in the pond.

Fishing Museum General Store in Pigeon ForgeHorseback riding in the SmokiesThe horseback trail is 3.5 miles long and takes about an hour and a half. You will ride horses that are well-groomed, sure footed, even tempered and well taken care of, so they will take care of you on the trail. The stable flooring is concrete and is kept exceptionally clean which is not only good for the horses, but good for the rider, especially if they aren't wearing their boots. Their loading ramp is safe and easy making mounting your gentle horse a very comfortable experience. On the trail your guide will inform and entertain you and you will return to the stable smarter, relaxed and feeling like a real accomplished horse rider.

ATV rides Smoky MountainsThe ATV experience is also a great experience but know that you will ride through some creeks and mud holes and there may be some flying dirt, which for most of us just improves the experience. The one-hour ride will take you to the top of the ridge where you will experience some amazing views of our gorgeous Smoky Mountains.

Big Rock General Store and Museum near Gatlinburg

Fishing, Gem Mining, the Petting Zoo, Museum, General Store and Playground all provide you and your group with plenty to do for kids of all ages. The staff at Big Rock Dude Ranch is there to ensure that you have a wonderful time enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer in her beautiful Smoky Mountains. Get more information about Big Rock and the other attractions, restaurants, live shows, accommodations and restaurants in the Smokies at  http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. Also download the BRG App for additional deals and information.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Tennessee Homemade Wines Gatlinburg TN

It's not very often that you get to experience a product that is made locally with locally grown fruits whose flavor competes with the big distilleries. But that is the case with Tennessee Homemade Wines that are made and served by local folks right in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Southern Red wine made in the SmokiesSouthern White wine Pigeon Forge TNThe selection is broad and ranges from delicate whites to robust reds with 10 choices of product. Southern Red and Southern White are two flavorful staples of the Tennessee Homemade wines collection. Add the distinctive southern flavor of  white and red Muscadine grapes, strawberries, apples, blackberries and blueberries, and you get Tennessee wines called Strawberry Stomp, White Knuckle Grape, Great Niagara and Blueberry Bammer to name a few.

 You can enjoy Tennessee Homemade Wines anytime just by joining the Wine Club. Sign up for the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum package and you will get shipments 4 times a year. You will get an email three weeks prior to shipping indicating the wine selection, and you will be given the choice to go with the offer or make changes. Being a Club member gives you access to new wine selections and free shipping on orders of 4 bottles or more.

Shopping Wine Club Gatlinburg TN

Next time you are in the Smokies, visit Tennessee Homemade Wines in Gatlinburg and sample their selection to see how many bottles you will take home with you. Then, reorder through the Club. Plan your trip with the information on shopping, attractions, live shows, outdoor activities and restaurants that you will find at http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. While you are there be sure and print out money saving coupons and download the BRG App for more deals and information.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


TopJump trampoline park

     Top Jump is a Trampoline Park and Climbing Experience located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. On the Trampoline side there are tramps for open jump, an air bag, Slam Ball, DodgeBall, the Gladiator Pit, a Ninja Course and the Kids Zone. The Kids Zone has kid-friendly trampolines, a foam pit and a giant ball pit. At the Trampoline Park you can jump, flip, twist, fly, compete, throw and challenge yourself in the Pit or on the Ninja Course.

Kids love to climb in Pigeon ForgeClip 'N Climb climbing theme park in the Smokies     Clip 'N climb is one of the world's most unique climbing challenges, more like a climbing wall meets theme park! There are 21 climbing lines and on each obstacle you can focus on form or compete for the best time. The obstacles are varied - ascending columns, stacked balls, climbing walls of different forms and hand and footholds and stacked beams to climb over and around.

Arcade fun near Gatlinburg     Take a break from the physical activity and challenge the Arcade where you keep track of your winnings with an advanced card system so no more hassle keeping up with tickets or tokens. Games include SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade, Big Brass Wheel, Wizard of Oz and Jurassic Park Arcade SD. Challenge yourself and challenge your friends!

Fantastic candy store at TopJump     Jumping, flipping, climbing and gaming burns up a lot of energy so take a break at Sugar Rush, the candy store filled with wall-to-wall candies, plus giant jawbreakers, cereal boxed size of Nerds and humongous suckers that could take a week to eat. If you have a sweet tooth or just need an energy blast, visit Sugar Rush.

     Top Jump has a party room for celebrations of all kinds, and group discounts are available. Call ahead to make sure you can schedule the activity you want when you want to do it. Plan to spend the day at Top Jump in Pigeon Forge for a high-flying, adrenaline-filled day of fun and exercise. And for more things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains you can check out the live shows, shopping, other attractions, restaurants and outdoor activities at http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. And don't forget to download the BRG APP for special deals, maps and more information to help you enjoy your vacation in the Smokies!

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 http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/ or download the BRG APP for Deals, Coupons, Map, Directions, Points of Interest and more.