Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

September 6, 2019 - November 22, 2019

The City of Gatlinburg is expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival beginning September 6 through November 22, 2019. The extension of Harvest Festival offers visitors more time to plan a trip to the Smokies during the peak of the fall season.
Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops with seasonal decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will feature over the top fall decorations including new life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people. Likewise, Gatlinburg Winter Magic will feature new decorations including very merry, life-sized Snow people that capture the magic of the season.
Looking for a special event or festival? Gatlinburg is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for arts and crafts shows, special concerts, food festivals, or holiday parades, Gatlinburg hosts a wide range of events in every season. Come join us for exciting celebrations throughout the year!

Oktoberfest at Ober

September 27, 2019 - November 3, 2019

Location:  Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun.
OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking as the resort commemorates the 209th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.
The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest.  Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.
For more information on OktOBERfest call 865-436-5423 or visit their website.

Autumn Color in the Smokies

October 1, 2019 - November 16, 2019

Autumn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special time when a glorious leaf season of several weeks is enjoyed by visitors as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. The kaleidoscope of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains is magnificent and varied because of the amazing diversity of trees. Some 100 species of native trees live in the Smokies, the vast majority of which are deciduous. The timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of “peak” season are impossible to predict in advance.
In the Smoky Mountains, autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry, clearly visible from such vantage points as Clingmans Dome Road.
The fall color display usually reaches peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park’s most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.
Because the Great Smoky Mountains provide a range of elevations between 875 and 6,643 feet in the Park with differing moisture conditions and habitats, many trees will still produce significant color as the Park moves into its peak autumn season. Recommendations: High elevation trails such as Sugarland Mountain Trail and Appalachian Trail, accessed at Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap, would be good hikes for this time of year. Also, roads leading into the high country, including Newfound Gap Road, Heintooga Ridge Road, Foothills Parkway West and East, and Rich Mountain Road out of Cades Cove, are the best options for seeing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.
By mid-October at the lower elevations, fall color is nudging along. It is the sunny days and cooler nights that instigate the biochemical processes in the leaf to begin. The Park continues to experience very dry and warmer-than-normal conditions. These conditions will affect the timing, duration, and intensity of fall leaf season. The peak of color at the lower elevations is over a week away. In the valleys, black gum, dogwood, sumac, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are coming along on tulip tree, black walnut, birch, beech, and hickories. A few scattered maples and oaks are showing the first signs of fall colors in lower regions of the Smoky Mountains.
Late October begins to fade away up top, autumn colors at mid elevations, from 3,000-5,000 feet, are at or slightly past peak and are very impressive. Reds are more pronounced now than in recent years, especially on the North Carolina side of the park. Colors at the very highest elevations (above 5,500) are now past peak.
At the lower elevations of the Smoky Mountains, fall colors are quickly developing. The first frost of the season occurred this week in the low elevations, so the remaining leaves should begin to change color within a few days. Black gum, dogwood, sumacs, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are present on tuliptree, black walnut, birch, beech, spicebush, and hickories. The peak of color at the lower elevations is still a few days away and will probably spill over into November.
It is not unusual for some autumn color to last through certainly the first week of November in the Smoky Mountains, but if weather cooperates autumn displays could last through mid-November as well.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

October 10, 2019 - October 27, 2019
Gatlinburg Convention Center   Phone(865) 436-7479

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The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events… the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From October 10 through 27, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States.
Autumn’s brisk air signals all of nature to transform the Great Smoky Mountains from lush green to a majestic patchwork quilt of colors.
A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. daily
Entertainment is included in the admission cost. Group rates are available. For more information, call 865-436-7479 or visit website.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales

October 2, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Visitors are invited meet costumed storytellers, musical ensembles and cloggers portraying Appalachian characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Summer Time in the Smokies

Hey Y’all!! Summer is in full swing, and every night we get treated to a free fireworks show from Miss Dolly Parton! 10 minutes of all American Splendor, every night through till August 10th!

Speaking of All-American…Celebrate Freedom! Here in Pigeon Forge through the entire month of August
Pigeon Forge Salutes America's heroes for the month of August. Participating businesses in Pigeon Forge wish to honor American Heroes, past and present by offering discounts to Military, police, fire, and emergency personnel. To receive Celebrate Freedom discounts, servicemen and women will need proper identification and proof of service.

How about some down home fun?! TENNESSEE SMOKIES BEERFEST is on Saturday, August 3, 2019 The second annual Beerfest at Smokies Stadium is from 4-8 pm. You can enjoy samplings from over 30 breweries, complete with music and other festivities. The event is being held at the scenic minor league ballpark, just off route 40 just 13 miles away in Kodak TN.

In Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is “Celebrating Our Appalachian Musical Roots” - which features “Hit” songwriters. The public is invited. Free Live Entertainment. Songwriter Opportunities: song competition, workshops, co-writing with hit writers, mentoring sessions and stage spots. Rain or shine this is a free event!  From their website- “The mission of The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is to provide an amazing setting and opportunity for songwriters, music professionals and music lovers to come together and enjoy, learn, share, and preserve the craft of songwriting. There is a song in everyone…..  We welcome the Public as well as songwriters to participate in any facet of the festival they would like to attend.”

BUBBA FEST is in Knoxville, TN. AUGUST 23RD – 25TH, 2019 Come on down, have a good time, we have lots of celebrities from sports, TV movies, and reality shows you’ll meet some of your favorite celebrities, and create memories that will last a lifetime!     comic con at KNOXVILLE CONVENTION CENTER 701 HENLEY ST, KNOXVILLE, TN 37902
Looking ahead, we are already filling up our rooms for the beautiful autumn season!  Come relax with cool nights, sitting by the fire, privately on your balcony, even in your private hot tub. Imagine renewing your vows, or saying your nuptials over-looking fall colors our Great Smoky Mountains provide! Call to book, or reserve online, as rooms tend to book quickly for late Sept/October.
We hope to see y’all real soon, Patrick and Sue

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Smoky Mountain 2019 New Summer Shows and Events

Just opened!  “NEW” Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show in Pigeon Forge!  Dolly Parton has done it again, and done it well! This show was launched in Myrtle Beach, SC and it did so well there, she has brought it home to Sevier County! The show is action packed, with lots of food for ya Matey’s ! Sue and I had the opportunity to see the new show and we loved it.  Of course the Stampede is also one of our favorites.  Just like the Stamped it keeps you entertained nonstop from beginning to end.  They have everything from Jugglers, acrobat artists, pirates, mermaids and even seals.  The dinner was very good as well.  More food than most can eat and tasty too!  We would definitely recommend it as a must see if you are in the area. 

Are you ready for this year’s Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales!  It is a good time to experience the walk-able town of Gatlinburg, TN. 2019 “Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and cloggers, portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s. Dates: June 21, 2019 till August 3, Daily performances will be from 6 p.m. to 11p.m."

July 4th Celebration: get back to childhood with  Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta .  Sorry sailor, Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta is not an actual “all hands on deck!” sailing regatta. People are not allowed aboard the tiny water craft. The fun is in seeing whose floatable will make it to the finish line first. Registration begins at 10:00 am and the race starts 12:00 noon. The bridge at Christ in the Smokies on River Road is the starting point and the finish line is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.  If you have something that will float, you can enter it in the race.

This year’s FANBOY EXPO is bigger and better - the weekend of July 12-14th at the Convention center.  About an hour drive from the Lodge is Knoxville, TN. This Comic Con is offering you a lot of options to meet and greet some of your favorite celebrities for times past and present…   Including Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers! Check out the list of celebrities here!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass 2019

Dollywood Bluegrass & Barbeque

Dollywood Bluegrass & Barbeque in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee runs over the course of 17 days with FREE performances on different days by different bluegrass bands.
The 2019 Dollywood Bluegrass & Barbeque festival is set for May 24 – June 2.
Doyle Lawson and QuicksilverFriday, May 24Celebrity Theater
Sugar & The MintFriday, May 24Showstreet Palace Theater
Rhonda Vincent and The RageSaturday, May 25Celebrity Theater
Terry Baucom's Dukes of DriveSaturday, May 25Showstreet Palace Theater
Rhonda Vincent and The RageSunday, May 26Celebrity Theater
Summer Brooke and Mountain FaithSunday, May 26Showstreet Palace Theater
Dailey and VincentMonday, May 27Celebrity Theater
Michael Cleveland and FlamekeeperMonday, May 27Showstreet Palace Theater
Dailey and VincentTuesday, May 28Celebrity Theater
Lonesome River BandTuesday, May 28Showstreet Palace Theater
The GrascalsWednesday, May 29Celebrity Theater
The Little Roy and Lizzie ShowWednesday, May 29Showstreet Palace Theater
Sister SadieThursday, May 30Celebrity Theater
Chris Jones and The Night DriversThursday, May 30Showstreet Palace Theater
Flatt LonesomeFriday, May 31Celebrity Theater
Lorraine Jordan and Carolina RoadFriday, May 31Showstreet Palace Theater
Joe Mullins and The Radio RamblersSaturday, June 01Celebrity Theater
The Kenny and Amanda Smith BandSaturday, June 01Showstreet Palace Theater
Blue HighwaySunday, June 02Celebrity Theater
Volume FiveSunday, June 02Showstreet Palace Theater

For more information visit Festival Website.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Springtime in the Smoky Mountains

Guests of the lodge just love our new fire pit, located next to our outdoor kitchen! Lots of folks utilizing both spaces to entertain new and old friends during an evening sunset!  We do offer lunch, dinner and S’mores packages for your stay - please inquire about it for your next visit here. As you know it is very peaceful here on the Mountain, yet we are so close to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, why would you stay anywhere else?

Looking for something different? Look to Gatlinburg, May-17-2019 thru May-27-2019 and enjoy a traditional German celebration to welcome spring! Ober Gatlinburg to host Mayfest 2019  You can see displays of history, culture, and the Maypole dance. Celebrates spring with a beer Olympics, a 5K hike, children's activities, local artisans, and live music. Children can enjoy bounce houses, games, face painting, and crafts while
adults can enjoy art displays and refreshments provided by Shulz Brau Biergarten!

How about bringing home a little Tennessee with you, so you can live in your own Log Cabin?  Are you interested a log home and have questions, come visit us in early June! Bring your ideas and questions to the Log and Timber Home Show Fri. Jun 7 to  Sun. Jun 9 located here in Sevierville, Tennessee. At a Log and Timber Home Show you can meet with builders, log and timber home companies face to face to ask questions, even attend Log and Timber Home University

Celebrate spring and summer here, at your favorite Bed and Breakfast. You can find us on the web , on TripAdvisor - where we have been rewarded with the Certificate of Excellence, or in the Select Registry Directory, located on page 283.
As always, it’s our pleasure to serve you, come see us again, soon!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Spring Events in the Smoky Mountains

Spring thunderstorms come and go washing away the pollen for a day to give spring flowers that extra push they need to bloom. The weather is warming up nicely, with temps hitting the upper 70’s already – before Easter!  Wild turkeys, deer, colorful songbirds and even some late night raccoons are coming by the lodge this spring!

This spring we are meeting more and more new guests as we sit by our new fire pit! So cozy to sit and watch the sunset with a crackling fire, and listen to nature. We offer campfire s’mores as an add on to anyone’s stay, and they’re already most often requested to this year’s bookings. We also have many return guests coming back to enjoy the serenity this vacation spot offers. We’re glad we could make your trip memorable.

Coming April 17-20 is the Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show – Unique handcrafted gifts and products produced by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are placed on display and offered for sale as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. To “Do the Loop” visit, for information.

April 24-27 is The 69th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage, which dates back to 1951, offers over 150 programs including an array of instructional walks and guided hiking tours tailored to meet individual walking skills and ability, along with demonstrations, motorcades, lectures centered on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the great outdoors .  These tours showcase the abundant varieties of wildflowers, plants, ferns, mosses, trees and shrubs, as well as birds, reptiles and amphibians, all native to the Great Smoky Mountains. Please visit their official Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage website,  or call (865) 436-7318 ext. 222 for more information, or to register.

Love good BBQ and Bluegrass? Bloomin BBQ & BluegrassFestival  - May 17th and 18th is your weekend to visit! Come to the home of Dolly Parton= Sevierville TN.  “More than forty of the nation's top BBQ cook teams will be on hand for the Bush's Best Tennessee State Championship Cook Off. Other event highlights include The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition honoring the songwriting of Dolly Parton, The Late Night Jam, and The People's Choice Tasting Contest (ticketed) which lets the public sample and vote for their favorite pulled pork.  Free admission.  Free concerts.”

If you’d like to elope here in the Smokies, we have packages that will take the hassle out of wedding planning, and give you more time to focus on fun. At Berry Springs Lodge, we have different wedding packages, complete with a minister to perform the ceremony, 33 acres of mountain views, overnight stay in a suite with sunrise and sunset view, whirlpool tub perfect for two, a private balcony, professional photographer, wedding cake for two, and online gallery to share with family and friends.  Interested in less hassle - y’all can book with us!

Lots to see and do here! We have become home to couples, family reunions or groups looking for a great, relaxing place to get together. We’re easy to find and close to numerous area attractions. Motorcycle friendly, you’ll love the winding roads! Our accommodations are clean, secure, private, friendly, and welcoming. We have walking trails, mountain bikes, canoes, fishing, horseshoes, and croquet, or relax under a shade tree in a hammock with a book. Complimentary breakfast, and decadent deserts every day. Our friendly staff is always here to help you, call us today to plan your stay. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Here at Berry Springs Lodge, we are all ready to SPRING FORWARD. The recent rains have given way to green grass, blooms on our daffodils, and buds on the trees. Cooler temps at night, yet it warms up nicely during the day. Come stay with us this spring, where you’ll be treated to a free breakfast, freshly prepared by a new addition to our family. Patrick and Sue welcome Kate to the lodge. Come, stay, meet her, she’s always whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, duplicating or Berry Springs (Sue’s) recipes, or starting a cozy wood fire in the living room for the guests to enjoy.  We love catering to our guests, and to better provide for you, we’ve brought Amy on board to assist Melissa in housekeeping.
Image result for festival of nations 2019Spring time also has us looking forward to DOLLYWOOD opening! So close by, you can’t miss visiting a local favorite. Opening weekend features the Festival of Nations. The park is beautifully decorated to represent diversity in culture, country or territory. Dollywoodis also set for a very large expansion in 2019, including new rides, attractions and PIRATES VOYAGE dinner and show, which has been proven very successful in Myrtle Beach S.C. Best time to visit this theme park is March 16th- April 14th, during the Festival of Nations. Bring your dancing shoes, and your appetite! You may even get to see Dolly Parton herself!
Other area things to do include hiking, drive the Great Smoky Mountains, local winery’s, moonshine tastings, or kick back and enjoy a stage show at the Smoky Mountain Opry, Wonders of Magic show, or Dolly Parton’s STAMPEDE. 
Image result for wonders of magicAt the end of your day, we’ll be here at the Lodge, making something sweet for your evening snack. With breathtaking mountain views at the lodge, your room will be waiting for you with your choice of hot tub, whirlpool bath, or in room fireplace. Our modern day lodge, complete with your own private bathroom, is even more updated! Your room now has a 50” flat screen TV, with ROKU service. If you’re looking for a quiet home away from it all, check us out! We are quaint, cozy and charming, yet so close to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Knoxville Tennessee!
Wedding, birthday, or massage packages are available as an add-on to your stay! Call us today to book.