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!