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... most likely deviate from the planned route. However, much to my bitter disappointment we will not be diverting to Chattanooga to ride the incline. Oh well, a reason to comeback to Tennessee someday.
After DC we hired a car from Knoxville and headed to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. We stayed in a town called Gatlinburg and the only way I can describe it so that everyone understands.... It's like being at Disneyland without the rides but all the attractions and fast food restaurants that you could think of. It had so many mini golf places, Ripley's believe it or not attractions, cars from movies, old fashion ...
... Every time I thought it couldn’t rain any harder, it rained even harder. Hot, wet, cramped, and worried about marauding bears craving chocolate fiber bars, I slept only fitfully.
Despite my inadequate slumber, the next day I felt surprisingly chipper. But we had a decision to make about the day’s route. After six million gallons of overnight rain, we figured the iffy crossing of last night would now be an unmanageable torrent and that it would be safer to take ...
... the afternoon. (I napped, Chris read a computer book or something)
Tonight we had the Sach's over to our campsite for some Spaghetti Bolognese (or however that is spelled) Chris showed off his caveman fire building skills and also managed to throw away the brand new unopened box of Graham Crackers and Marshmallows we had purchased that day. Thank you very much sir.
First night of camping in a National Park complete, we got up early to find out what we would be doing today. For the next few weeks we have handed all the planning over to Marc and Louise and basically hijacked their vacation. Marc informed us that today we would be hiking to a waterfall "Ramsey's Cascade". Great i thought as me and Les have become expert hikers over the last 6 weeks (I just hope the Sach's can keep up with our pace!).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Deer Ridge Mountain Resort Gatlinburg
Our family reunion at Deer Ridge in late July 2004 was outstanding. Driving out of Gatlinburg we kept our eyes open for our destination but we're totally flabbergasted by the amazing mountainside resort which appeared above us. "That can't be it, can it?" we remarked. But it was. Entering and driving through the beautiful golf course in the valley below, prepare yourselves for a steep drive up to the resort itself where you truly will find "The Best View of the Smokies". Our party of 30+ stayed in almost every type of accommodation available: 1 bedroom condos, 2 bedroom condos, and 1 bedroom with loft. All were remarkably clean, well-equipped for every need (including paperbacks by the fireplace), and awesome balcony views. We also enjoyed our evening meals as a group in the pavilion. The club house, with indoor pool, hot tub, pool table, and a magnificent deck, was close and relaxing. We adults especially enjoyed the "no kids" swimming ater 11 pm. From the resort base we enjoyed trips for white water rafting and tubing. Although some of us chose to do town things like the aquarium and shopping, mostly we enjoyed the nature and its offerings. All this for the modest price of $100-120/night thanks to Deer Ridge's special discount for family reunions. How great is that! The same vacation at Mackinac in my home state for far more modest accommodations would run $175+ per night. Believe me, when we're ready to return to the Smokies, we'll head for Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.
1st Family Reunion
We stayed at the Deer Ridge Mountain Resort it was a very nice place. High in the Mountains, about an hour from Gatlinburg. Beautiful scenery. One draw back was if you just wanted to stay on the mountain , you needed to bring food with you. There is a catering service for large groups. The other draw back (I guess that it is state wide) is the little black bugs. They were very persistent. All in all, we had a great reuion and would probably go back another time.
My Family loved Deer Ridge Mountain Resort
This was an excellant place to stay for my family. It was clean, quiet and a great place to get away from the busy city of Gatlinburg. There was lots for the kids to do and the VCR rental was very nice. The outside play area was clean as was the pool and game room area. We had a 1 BR Loft condo and had plenty of room for 2 adults and 3 kids.
Best View in the Smokies
Deerridge has one of the best views in the Smokies. Not only does it have a great view it is a wonderful place to stay. It offers a heated pool, steam room, jacuzzi, sauna, game room for the kids, tennis, playground, and a short nature hike. The staff is out of this world.
They go the extra mile to make sure your stay is great. We stayed in a 2 bedroom/2bath and had lots of room (more than a motel room). We loved where it was located away from the hustle and bustle. When we wanted the hustle and bustle we were only minutes away. I would highly recommend Deerridge.
Love the resort
My wife and I have stayed at Deer Ridge twice in the last 6 months. We love it, easy to get to from interstate 40 without going through the crowds. Is close enough to Gatlinburg to really enjoy if you want to.
Loved the Deer Ridge Mtn Resort
My church group wanted to get away to Gatlinburg for the New Year's and it seemed as though everything was booked up. At the last minute, there were openings at the Deer Ridge Mtn Resort. All I can say is when we pulled up it was amazing. The view was incredible and the rooms were gorgeous. Nothing like clean, mountain air to clear your head. We will definitely make a trip back to that resort.
Favorite Destination in the Smokies
We, along with friends, have been vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains for over 30 years. Deer Ridge Mountain Resort has now become our favorite destination! It's close enough to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to enjoy the shopping, dining and theaters, but also a quiet retreat to the solitude and beauty of the mountains. The staff goes out of their way to make your stay enjoyable, the rooms are very clean and comfortable, and the view is breathtaking!
Best View of the Smokies
Our family has stayed at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort several times during the past few years. It truly has "the best view of the smokies!" We stayed in a one bedroom with a loft (a second bedroom) and it was perfect for our family of four (they are on the top floor with a better view). The indoor recreation area (heated pool, hot tub, sauna, steamroom, and gameroom) was very relaxing after a day of hiking in the National Park. The resort is close enough to Gatlinburg (9 miles) but far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet. We recommend this resort highly !!!!
Great place to relax
We have stayed at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort several times, and have found it to be consistently well-kept, and just a great place to relax.
We enjoy the beautiful view from the balcony, the clean mountain air, and the freedom from noice and commotion. The resort is close enough to Gatlinburg and all the hustle and bustle if we want to participate, but generally we just want peace and quiet.
Bottomline: Deer Ridge is a great value.
My buddies and I go on a yearly golfing excursion to Gatlinburg, Tn and we always stay at Deer Creek condos. Very reasonable rates, and the most beautiful scene of the Smokies as far as my wife and I are concerned.