Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Old Mill Restaurant Pigeon Forge

     The Old Mill Restaurant, General Store and Shopping District, is a fun and interesting place to visit any time of year, but it is decked out with Fall Finery as the leaves are changing and falling among the shoppers.

Old Mill General StoreDining in the Smokies
The Old Mill has several things to do and explore. First, if you are hungry, then you have two delicious options. The Old Mill Restaurant offers Southern hospitality and Southern recipes all year long, but in the fall there are some tasty seasonal delights as they are cooking with pumpkin, apples and all kinds of yummy spices. And you can take home many of the mixes to make Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes, Pumpkin and Pecan pies, Apple Cakes, Sorghum Apple Bread Pudding and more. And you can buy Apple Bakers, Pie Plates and Mixing Bowls from the Pottery House to create and bake these wonderful products.

Fresh, Southern style dining
Homemade meals with pumpkin pie
Across the street you can dine at the Pottery House Cafe and Grille for fresh-made soups, sandwiches and bakery products. Dine outside next to the rambling pond or inside close to the fire place with a view of the gardens out front. During the fall the gardens are decorated with colorful mums, pumpkins, corn stalks and seasonal decorations enhancing your
                                                      dining pleasure.

Unique shopping in the SmokiesStep outside of either restaurant and you can visit the Old Mill General Store and the shops of Old Mill Square. At the General Store you can find Smoky Mountain souvenirs, mill products ground fresh at the Old Mill, jams, jellies and butters of all flavors. Other shops include Pigeon River Pottery, Farmhouse Kitchen, The Creamery, Candy Kitchen and Sassafras. Here you will find unique and homemade gifts and tasty foods and treats.

You can win a gift certificate to the Old Mill Restaurant when you enter the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest. Go to  www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains and "Like" the Contest Photo. You can Share and Comment on the picture, business or contest also. Before you come to the Great Smoky Mountains you will want to prepare for your trip and get maps, information and coupons. Online you can go to www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com for all of this Smoky Mountain information. Enjoy your fall trip to the Smokies and chow down on the tasty treats from the Old Mill Restaurant and the Pottery House Cafe and Grill, and be sure and take home some of the locally ground flours and mixes to make at home.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Emery's unique shopping

     When you visit Emery's 5&10 in The Island complex in Pigeon Forge, your first impression is that this is a new store, and it is. But the concept behind Emery's, and many of fixtures and displays are several decades old, and for you the shopper, this is a good thing.

Family-owned retail businessThe Island in Pigeon Forge     Ron Emery is a third generation retailer, growing up in the stores that his father ran and his grandfather created and built. He tells how Emery's started in Knoxville on Vine Street - which is now Summit - because his granddaddy saw where the farmers parked their buggies and trucks when they came to town on Saturday. They parked down on Central where the stables used to be and they walked right up Vine Street right by Emery's, and many came inside. Whenever Ron's granddaddy would open a store he would go to the town, stand downtown, and watch the traffic. Where it was the busiest is where he opening another Emery's.

     Emery's 5& 10 grew to 50 stores throughout the southeast, and peaked during the 1950's. Ron's daddy wanted his father to expand the stores to continue the growth, but the founder was content with what he knew. He knew what square footage worked, how much merchandise he had to order to fill the store, and how much he would have to invest, so they stayed with what they had. In the 1970's and '80's,

Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
     Wal-Mart was developing and expanding and they were buying up many of the traditional five and dime stores like Big-K and Kresge's, and even Emery's. They liquidated in 1983 and Ron had to find a new concept, so he opened Emery's 5&10 on the southeast side of Knoxville, TN.

     Emery's existed in Knoxville until 2014 when they were approached by a new shopping and entertainment complex that was developing a stalled project in the heart of Pigeon Forge. They wanted Emery's for its uniqueness and Ron Emery's knowledge and expertise in retail, so Emery's 5&10 opened up in The Island in 2015. Ron said, "We opened two months late but when I brought in all of the displays and merchandise from the other store, everything seemed to fit perfectly. People said, 'Wow, you're a genius!', but I think it was all part of God's plan. This is God's store and he will do with it what he wants with it."

Toys for kidsFood and candy for families     If you haven't been there, Emery's 5&10 carries a wide-range of unique, unusual and quality items ranging from American-made food items, European linens and French soaps, cast iron kitchen-ware from Chattanooga, TN, gardening tools from Holland, new and nostalgic toys and 180 different sodas and root beers. Emery's is a destination attraction all its own, but it is still the place for locals to shop for that special gift or distinct kitchen ware.

     Check back to this blog for more stories on Emery's 5&10 and the varied and unusual shops you can find in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Find out more about the Smokies and get coupons at www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


     You know the Comedy Barn Theater as a place where you'll laugh your socks off, find amazing animals and enjoy music, magic and knee-slappin' comedy. But did you know that it is also the place for Christmas fun for the entire family? Well, now you know.

The Comedy Barn® clowns will be wearing their favorite Christmas costumes and the The Comedy Barn® halls will be decked out with boughs of holly. Actually it will be garland, lights and snow. Everything is in place to put you and your family or group in the Christmas Spirit. There will be Christmas music, Christmas jokes an storytelling, and special Christmas acts you will only see at The Comedy Barn®. So be prepared to work you laugh muscle - a lot - as the clown at the Barn will present new acts combined with y our favorite acts from the past, to bring you the funniest show in the Smokies, if not in Tennessee, or perhaps the world!!

Join the Comedy Barn jokesters and see what everyone is laughing about at the funniest Christmas show in town! You can win two tickets to the Comedy Barn Theater by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest. Go to www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains and "Like" the contest Photo. You can Comment and Share if you want. Get your funny bone ready for a trip to the Smokies by clicking on www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/ and get coupons, information and events for attractions, dining, shopping, outdoor activities and other live shows.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Theater Hatfield & McCoy

     The folks at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show say "Come see what all the fuss is about!" and it sounds more like a challenge than an invitation. But every Hatfield, McCoy, cook, server and all their friends want you to come to the show and promise to do their best to send you away full, satisfied and totally entertained with comedy, dancing and great music.

Live shows in Pigeon Forge

     The story is as old as the hills - two families feuding over who-knows-what - but this one has a slight twist. The feudin' is done with singing, dancing, comedy and mighty feats of strength while you enjoy Granny's country cookin' and whooee it's good! You will be served a heap of Feudin' Fried Chick'n, Open Pit Pulled-to-Pieces Pork BBQ, Southern Style Creamy Soup, Smashed Mashed Taters, No Tellin' Whats in it Cole slaw, Buttery Corn on the Cob, Ma' Hot Homemade Bread and Granny's special dessert. Granny says this is the best dinner in town!
Dinner show in the Smokies

Theater Christmas showChristmas Show near Gatlinburg     And for the holidays things change up a little with the Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show. This group puts the FUN in dysFUNctional as they try to set aside their differences in the spirit of the holiday season - yeah, good luck with that? You may feel a whole lot better about spending the holidays at your in-laws after seeing what goes on between the Hatfields and McCoys.

      Add this show to your families holiday vacationing in the Smokies, and save some money when you combo it up with The Comedy Barn, Smoky Mountain Opry or the Blackwoods Morning Variety Show. Win tickets to the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner show by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest at www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains. Click on the Contest Picture and Comment and Share if you so desire. To prepare for your trek to the mountains, get coupons and information at www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/. Come on down to the live entertainment at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show and all of the live shows in the Smokies.