Wednesday, December 31, 2014


2014 is going out with a bang in the Smokies
as Holiday activities continue right through the New Year. Plus there are on-going activities of note, so read on!

First of all, you can win a $25.00 Gift Card to any of the Collier Restaurants in the Smokies including TGI Friday's, Corky's, Golden Corral and Flapjacks by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook contest. All you do is go to and click on the Collier Restaurant picture and you are entered! You can share and comment on the picture if you want. The contest runs from December 30, 2014 through January 5th, 2015.

Smoky Mountain WinterfestWinterfest is all a-glow as the three Smoky Mountain cities of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg, TN celebrate with millions of lights and light displays through February of 2015. You can ride the Trolley's in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg and get a guided tour of the best displays in each city.

Dollywood's "Smoky Mountain Christmas" continues through the first of the year as does Shadrack's "Christmas Wonderland" light, sound and music display at Smokies Stadium at I-40 and Exit 407                                                    in Kodak, TN.

Outdoor Activities in the SmokiesFoxfire Mountain is open for ziplining with a new line that is the second highest and longest in the United States, and several other ziplines and outdoor activities like horseback riding and go-karting are running full speed through the holidays. And, on top of the mountain, Ober Gatlinburg is open for skiing, ice skating and tubing.

Fitness, Exercise near PIgeon Forge
If you don't get enough outdoor exercise you can visit 24/7 Workout Anytime, a new gym located in Governor's Crossing in Sevierville. Free weights, Matrix machines, Elliptical and Treadmills, Hydromassage and Tanning beds, locker room with showers, and trainers available to help you get into shape or stay in shape.

And gear-up to attend "Wilderness Wildlife Week" at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, the first week of January, 2015. If you have any interest in the out-of-doors this is the place to be as there are seminars, hikes and plenty of gear and merchandise to prepare you for your time outside.

Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon ForgeDinner Show in the SmokiesThere's plenty of live entertainment with theaters like "The Comedy Barn" "Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show" running on the weekends in January of 2015.

Visit the Great Smoky Mountains any time of of year and find out about the dining, shopping, live shows, attractions, outdoor activities, and events, and get coupons and maps at:

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Villa Zapata Pigeon Forge, TN

Villa Zapata honors two Mexican revolutionaries - Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata - but you can honor your stomach with some great Mexican food when you are in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Fresh ingredients, Mexican foodVilla Zapata uses only the freshest ingredients to make their authentic Mexican meals, and they serve lunch and dinner daily from their location on Community Center Drive, right next to Walden's Landing Shopping Center in Pigeon Forge. They have 5 HDTV's so you can watch your favorite sports, and they offer free Wi-Fi, a children's menu and take-out options.

Dining in the SmokiesMexican Restaurant near GatinburgOf course they offer enchilada, quesadillas, burritos and fajitas, but also check-out the "Especialidades de la Casa", the Specials of the House, and the
                                                 Postres, which are Mexican desserts.

Smoky Mountain CouponsWin a lunch for two by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest. All you do is "Like" the Villa Zapata picture at You can share or comment on the picture also. The contest runs from Tuesday December 30, 2014 through Monday, January 5, 2015, but the prize is good for one year.

While you are in the Smokies check out the attractions, shopping, theaters, outdoor activities and other things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg at .

Monday, December 8, 2014



When you are visiting the Great Smoky Mountains you will work up a powerful appetite playing, shopping, and visiting all of the great things there are to see and do here in the Tennessee Smokies. But whether you are in Gatlinburg, Sevierville, or Pigeon Forge, there is a Collier Restaurant nearby that will take care of any hunger for almost any type of food.
Flapjacks Pancake Houses in the Smoky Mountains
Let's start with breakfast and with their own brand of breakfast houses called Flapjacks. You can find a Flapjack Pancake House in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville and they do breakfast up right from early morning until about 1pm every day.

Restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, TN

Dining in the Great Smoky MountainsFor lunch or dinner, you have many choices. Gatti's offers a pizza buffet AND an indoor arcade and TGI Fridays is in all three Smoky Mountain cities and their menu offers several specials with Jack Daniels sauces, a full menu of sandwiches and dinner entrees including steaks, seafood and pasta.
Buffett restaurants in the Smokies

Bar-B-Que restaurant in Pigeon ForgeCorky's in Pigeon Forge does Memphis bar-b-que with the all the fixin's;  and if it is buffet-style food you are seeking then you will find a Golden Corral in Sevierville and in Pigeon Forge. Their food is hot, delicious and plentiful!

Now for that special evening book a table or boot at The Melting Pot in Gatlinburg. They are located just above the TGI Friday's on the Parkway, and you can nibble on cheese or dessert selections, or go with several choices of cheeses, vegetables, meats, chicken or seafood, all cooked to your perfection right at your table.
Fine dining in Gatlinburg

If you are interested in a drink with your meal, you can enjoy alcoholic beverages at TGI Fridays and the Melting Pot. Both offer full bars, and wine and beer selections.

You can win a $25.00 Gift Card good at any of the Collier Restaurants mentioned above by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook contest at between December 9th and 15th, 2014. The winner will be notified on our Facebook page so Comment, Share and check-in on December 16th to see if you are our winner.

And for more information on the Smoky Mountains including coupons, events and maps, go to

Good luck on winning the Collier Restaurants Facebook Contest and enjoy your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!!

Monday, December 1, 2014


Bluff Mountain ATV

Bluff Mountain ATV is one of the most exciting, adventurous and best ways to see the trails and forests of the Smoky Mountains up close and personal. You are riding a 4-wheeled ATV crossing streams, going up hills, through valleys and immersed in the Smoky Mountain experience.

The first thing that happens is training. There is no experience needed as the guides at Bluff Mountain ATV will show you how to ride, how to manage your ATV safely, and will lead you along the one or two-hour trail ride. Your adventure includes the thrill of driving your own machine but also the glorious experience of seeing spectacular views and enjoying nature's wildlife and beauty. ring your camera or phone to record the sights and your activities of the ride.

Great family fun
Outdoor Attractions in the Smokies
There are four rides to choose from:
1. The Family Introductory Ride is great for beginners, families and for great views.
2. The Mountain Trail Adventure Ride goes to the top of the 2,300 foot bluff!
3. The Custom Trail Ride covers a lot of scenic trails with just you and your guide.
4. The Ridge Run is the most challenging ride on very rough terrain to challenge your skills.

Near Gatlinburg
Actual riders have expressed their opinions of the Bluff Mountain ATV ride with words like "What fun we had"... "More than we expected and worth every penny"... "Good fun"... "Absolutely incredible"... and a "Great Time."

See  the Great Smoky MountainsYou can win two tickets to for the Basic Package at Bluff Mountain ATV by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook contest at Simply "Like" the Bluff ATV picture and you are entered, but do so between December 2nd through December 8th, 2014. You can Comment and Share the picture and the winner will be announced on the BRG Facebook page late on December 8th.

For more Smoky Mountain fun and ideas go to for information, maps and coupons to the attractions, shopping, dining, theaters and fun in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

 Y'all come and enjoy your Bluff Mountain ATV adventure!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


You are enjoying a nice dinner out, when suddenly a shot rings out and a person slumps to the ground! It sounds like the beginning of a paperback novel but it is the premise of the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge.

Dinner Theater in PIgeon Forge

If you are looking for an evening of fun,campy-ness, good food, and a most unusual theater experience, then the Murder Mystery Theater is for you. Why? Because you become part of the show. And there are three different shows that you can enjoy at three different times;

Live theater in the Smokies

"Marcia, Marcia Murder - formerly "The Bradley Bunch" - has a family of brothers and sisters left at home alone for the weekend while Mom and Dad take a well-deserved break. Every thing is going well until Marcia, the vain and self-centered daughter - wants everything to be about her. This has the siblings fighting over who is going to put her in her place - or on the floor.
Lucy & Ricky in the Great Smoky Mountains

"Who Dunnit Lucy" stars America's favorite redhead and her husband Ricky Bacardi. She wants to be in his new show and he is bound and determined to not let that happen. But will he go so far as to end her interest by ending her life??

Moonshine theater near Gatlinburg

The third show is very appropriate for the Great Smoky Mountains and its history of moonshining. It is "The Moonshine Murders Good Ol Boys Murder Mystery" and it stars the Luke boys, Boss Boar and his deputy Roscetta P. Ketrain, and the Celebrity Speed Trap Concert starring Elvis. Who could ask for anything more?

Well, there's more. You can win two tickets to any one of the three show by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook contest. Click here - - and "Like" the Murder Mystery picture. You can Share and Comment too! The contest runs November 25 through December 1, 2014.

 Come and see the lights of Winterfest, the live Christmas Shows at the area theaters, shop until you drop, fill-up in the area restaurants, and have fun at the attractions in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. Click here for coupons, a map and more information -

Enjoy all three Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Shows and all of the fun of the Great Smoky Mountains and have a wonderful holiday season!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Chrsitmas show in Pigeon Forge

The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud is on of the most unique shows in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Inside the World’s Largest Indoor Lumberjack Sports Arena two logging families - The Dawsons and The McGraws - compete in Lumberjack events to win the rights to log the last remaining timber in the forest that will become the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Attraction in the Smokies
The Springboard Chop
And from November 2014 through January 4th, 2015 you can enjoy "A Smoky Mountain Christmas Story" that combines all of the fun of Christmas and the excitement of the Lumberjack and Timberdog competition. It all starts when Santa sends his best elf to the Great Smoky Mountains in search of the perfect Christmas tree! Of course that perfect tree sits right in the middle of McGraw territory and Dawson country.

It all starts with the Holiday Pre-Show as the Mountain Jacks, an award winning bluegrass band, sing some of your favorite Christmas Carols, tell a few jokes and encourage you to sing along. 

Family fun attraction near Gatlinburg
Log-Rolling Competition
Dog lovers love the Lumberjack Feud
High-flying Timberdog!
Then choose a side and cheer on your lumberjack family as they compete in 18 thrilling events in hopes of getting a Christmas wish from Santa himself!, You will also see the World Champion Timberdogs compete in several events.

ESPN athletes in action
The Speed Climb 

Dining in a restaurant in a Pigeon Forge attraction You will enjoy a traditional holiday menu of oven roasted turkey, baked ham, fluffy mashed potatoes and gravy, home-style stuffing, buttered tri-colored corn, fresh rolls, and the best cobbler in the Smokies, served in a 1930s style mess kit!

 Start a new family tradition and enjoy all the excitement of Christmas with a feud unlike any other! An you can win tickets to The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook contest between November 18 and 24, 2014. Click on the Best Read Guide link,, and "Like" the Lumberjack Photo. You can Share and Comment if you want. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page at the end of the contest.

For holiday shopping ideas, other Christmas shows to see, and fun attractions check out the Best Read Guide website for coupons, information, event information and more by going to our website at:

Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


The winter months in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee light-up with activities ranging from the Winterfest Lights to fun on the mountain and holiday shows and activities.

All three cities have kicked-off Winterfest with their official lighting ceremonies that turn-on the hundreds of lighted Christmas and winter displays throughout the county.

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer "Trolley Tour of Lights" Trolley Tours for the next several months, and Dollywood lights-up the park with 5 million lights and displays with her "Smoky Mountain Christmas".

Pigeon Forge has a huge display at Patriot Park and Gatlinburg greets visitors with the Parkway that is lit from the beginning to the end.

All of the area theaters offer live shows like "The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show", "Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry", "Christmas at Country Tonite!", "The Lumberjack Feud Christmas Dinner Show", Terry Evanswood adds Christmas wonder to his "Wonders of Magic" show, C.B. and Jill Linn Smith add holiday merriment to the Smith Family Show, there are always spectacular things going on at "Magic Spectacular" and you never know what is going to happen at the "Hazzard County Hoedown". So let the displays and the live entertainment light up your holiday season here in the Smokies.

At the end of November Gatlinburg puts on the "Festival of Trees" at the Convention Center and also puts on the "Winter Magic Tunes & Tales", where you can see, hear and meet storytellers, characters and caroling along the Parkway. Old Mill has an Open House on November 11th, and Smokies Stadium lights up synchronized LED lights at the "Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium".

Enjoy the fun but you can get ready for Christmas by shopping in the Smokies. Tanger Mall runs a big after Thanksgiving sale and the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community puts on a hand-crafted gift show from November 25-30. But the Smoky Mountain cities offer thousands of unique stores and items including wineries, distilleries, and locations like Old Mill Square, Walden's Landing and The Island.

A couple of sports related buzz items include the success of Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, and the groundbreaking for the Cal Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge.

All of us at Best Read Guide wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


The Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge, TN, is a most spectacular show all year long. But at Christmas the costumes, the performers, the fiber optics show, the white Christmas Lion, and Santa and his Elves make the show merrier, jollier and even more spectacular!

  The Opry has a huge cast of musicians, comedians, singers, dancers, ice skaters and acrobats. Ice skaters?  Yes, there is a pond in the show with ice skaters, but there are also toys that come to life, lasers and snow in the theater, the area's largest living Nativity, and the area's largest live band spotlighting their brass section.

 Your family will not want to miss this show during your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains in November and December.
You will see and hear all of the magic of Christmas from wonderful Chrsitmas music, to Santa's Workshop - where the toys come to life! - incredible jugglers, and amazing Silk Aerialists performing live on stage. 

Experience Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry for you and your family and make it a part of your Winterfest visit to Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. And Best Read Guide is going to help four people see the show for FREE! Simply go to to the Best Read Guide Facebook site at and "Like" the Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry photo. That's it. Of course you can Comment and Share the photo also. 

We announce the winners on our Facebook page so keep checking. There will be tickets given the week of November 3-10, 2014 and two tickets given away the week of November 11-17, 2014. All tickets will be good through December of 2015!

Celebrate the birth of Christ in the area's largesst Nativity with shepherds, the Magi, live stable animals and flying angels!

And for more Winterfest information or Smoky Mountain fun and coupons, go to the Best Read Guide site at

Enjoy your Smoky Mountain holiday and the fun and memories provided by Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


The Grand Majestic Theater on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, offers musical and magical entertainment for all ages and types of music lovers, plus great food too!

Jackie and Doug Miranda are the proud hosts of this diverse venue located near the Great Smoky Mountains. You can see Jackie as a lead dancer in "America's Hit parade" a musical tribute to the '50,'s, '60's, '70's and '80's. The costumes are great, the dancing superb and the music is fun and memorable.

If it's Motown you dig the catch "The Soul of Motown" show with a male and female cast that does justice to the greatest hits from Motown, and they do it in style and with graceful choreography.

Hits from the Temptations, Smoky Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Area favorites C.B. and Jill Linn Smith headline "The Smith Family Show" with country, oldies, gospel music, comedy,  and impersonations.
Is that C.B. or Kermit The Frog?

"Hazzard County Hoedown" features country fun, frolickin' and music with Bo, Luke and Daisy singin', funnin', dancin' and a-runnin' from the Boss and Roscoe!

And for a magical time go to "Magic Spectacular" with the award-wining husband and wife team of Steve and Cassandra Best doing illusions, magic and a World Record Quick Change Act. And all of these show can come with a Southern Feast that varies night to night with each night topped off with an unforgettable Strawberry shortcake. A big Yeee-Hawww to that!!!

You can win two tickets to any of these show at the Grand Majestic Theater during the week of October 28 through Monday, November 3rd by going to the Best Read Guide Facebook page and Liking the Grand Majestic picture. Go to Share and comment on it if you like, but stay tuned to the site where we will announce the winners.

Find out more things to do near Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountains, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge on the Best Read Guide website at .