Sunday, November 29, 2009

Our Stay at Berry Springs Lodge was the most wonderfull experience that anyone could ask for

The entire staff of Berry Springs Lodge were always willing to exceed your expections. in every possible way. The food was always prepared to suit your personal needs and/or likes. It was just delicious! Our four night stay there was the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation we have ever experienced. We will definitely recommend it to all of our friends and family. We are already making plans for our next getaway to Berry Springs! Nov 30, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

stayed complaints

We had a small reunion of friends. Berry Springs made this year's experience one of our best.. Not only a great place, but Patrick and Sue went the extra mile to help us do whatever we wanted to enjoy our reunion. We will return.

Bluffton, SC

Nov 15, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Gatlinburg Winter Magic

Listed as one of winter's “Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society, Gatlinburg’s four-month Winterfest Celebration transforms the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg into a spectacular winter wonderland from November through February.

A holiday craft show, Christmas parade, Winter Magic Tunes & Tales, and the popular New Year's Ball Drop combine with millions of LED lighting displays and attractions to make Winterfest an activity filled season in Gatlinburg.

November 4, 2009 - February 28, 2010

Trolley Ride of Lights

Enjoy a guided trolley ride of the spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Enjoy a guided trolley ride of Gatlinburg's spectacular Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure from Mass Transit/Trolley Center at Ripley's Aquarium Plaza. Tours leave nightly at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. beginning November 4 except on December 4, 24, 25 & 31, and run each Saturday during January.   
Call 865/436-0535 beginning October 15 for reservations.
 November 4, 2009 - January 30, 2010

New Year's Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks

Gatlinburg welcomes the arrival of 2010 with a street party that begins around 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. An estimated crowd of 40,000 revelers gather in the streets of downtown Gatlinburg. At the stroke of midnight, the sky will light up with a fireworks and music show. The event is free to the public and features music and party favors. 

December 31

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

Soak Up Gatlinburg’s 34th Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, Presented by Land O’ Lakes Half & Half

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Smokies Superintendent Dale Ditmanson will serve as Grand Marshal of Gatlinburg’s 34th annual Fantasy of Light Christmas Parade on Friday, December 4.
Classic motor cars and period dancing routines will salute the Smokies’ anniversary at the lead of the parade, which is sponsored by Land O’ Lakes Half & Half.

December 4

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit or call (800) 568-4748.

November 30 - December 6

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Nutcracker "Sweet"

Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7 p.m. in the W.L. Mills Auditorium. (GSE) Call (865) 680-7369 for information and reservations.
November 27 - 28

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales

Gatlinburg Winter Magic from Elfdom 

The magic of the holiday season comes to life when award winning designer DeWayne Kirchner’s Whimsical Elves enchant the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg for eight fanciful nights of live Winter Magic Tunes & Tales entertainment.
 Each Friday and Saturday night starting on November 27 the main street of the City transforms to an enchanted stage with singing, dancing and storytelling performed by brightly-dressed, immaculate Elves from the Land of Elfdom created especially for the sidewalks of Gatlinburg.
Children of all ages can meet as many as 20 charming and affable characters hailing from such locales as Jolly Town, Cinnamon City, Gum Drop Lake, the Nutwood Forest and the Village of Belldom, including distinct personalities like Jilly Bean, Cinny Mon, Jingle R. Bell, Holly Berry, Mayor Wally Nutt and Professor Tant E. Baum.
The Elfdom cast will thrill the gathering crowd with classical Christmas songs, amusing and mesmerizing tales of life in Elfdom, and extraordinary dancing numbers, adding to the spirit of the holiday season in downtown Gatlinburg.
The performances are free to the public. All that’s missing is your presence as Gatlinburg presents it’s third annual Winter Magic Tunes & Tales program.

November 27 - December 20

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Festival of Christmas Past

2009 will mark the 34th annual Festival of Christmas Past celebration, to be held Saturday, December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sugarlands Visitor Center. The event, sponsored in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association, is free to the public. The popular event is a celebration of Christmas and winter in the Smokies. Around Christmas time, people gathered in churches, homes, and schools, and many of them celebrated the holiday through music, storytelling, and crafts. The Festival of Christmas Past lets us pause and remember some of these traditions. The festival will include old-time mountain music and Old Harp singing, as well as demonstrations of traditional domestic skills such as the basketmaking, quilting, spinning, and apple butter making. Call (865)436-1291 for details.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public  at the Sugarlands Visitor Center

Pampered, nothing left undone

After searching the internet for a B&B in the Smokies, we decided to try a stay at Berry Springs Lodge. What a treat! This bed and breakfast is definitely worth a visit. We have stayed at several B&B's and can say we would most certainly make a repeat visit. The hosts have thought of everything and are the most hospitable innkeepers we have ever had! At every turn they have done just "one more thing" to make your stay enjoyable. Although we had inclement weather during our stay, which meant we could not take advantage of the amenities on the property, the view alone was worth it. Pictures on the internet don't do it justice. The rooms were spacious and clean (thanks to the excellent housekeeping!) and very comfortable. The common areas and breakfast room were delightful, and breakfast was a real treat! Also, there are snacks and drinks available all day, which we have never encountered at any other B&B we've stayed at, and there is a nightly dessert each evening! If you want to experience a bed and breakfast inn and have never tried one, this would be a great first experience. You can't go wrong with Berry Springs Lodge!

Nov 5, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Incredible Hospitality

Nothing was left to chance at the Berry Springs Lodge. From the moment we arrived, our every need was taken care of . The breakfasts were wonderful and the nighttime homemade deserts were an added bonus. The view from our balcony was nothing short of spectacular. In short, our stay at Berry Springs Lodge exceeded our expectations.

Nov 2, 2009

I have to go back

I recommend this place very highly. They took care of the smallest detail in making the lodge a perfect place to rest and relax. The food is great. The service is great. Patrick will even recommend the best ways to get around the area. Patrick is very hospitable. He makes you feel very comfortable. If you are making your plans to visit the Smokies, this is the place to be.

Houston, Texas

Nov 1, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Idylic location & superb accommodation

  This was a gem of a place to come and totally relax or be active. The owners are very welcoming as soon as you step into the large sitting room with many very comfortable seating. The log fire was lit and gave the room that instant warm and cosiness. Our room was spacious, clean and very relaxing with two easy chairs to sit and drink the warm spiced cider freely available. The TV in the room was switched to a music channel with relaxing music playing.

The views of the Smokies from the rockers on the two huge porches are breathtaking and for those that like watching the antics of the local birds you can sit there relaxing and watch them flying to and from the numerous birdfeeders.

The owners have certainly thought of everything to make your stay a memorable and comfortable one. The vast library of books and DVDs were at your disposal as was the small fitness room. Also at the nearby fishing pool there were rods & bait, cycles, canoes, table tennis and croquet.

Apart from going out to have lunches and dinner one could quite easily stay and be entertained. In addition to a TV in each bedroom there was a large screen set in the sitting room. In the dining room there were cards, scrabble games plus more to entertain yourselves with. All day long in the dining room there are drinks and snacks freely available.

Berry spring is without doubt a fabulous place to come and chill out or if you wish to explore the trails and the surrounding area. It combines the very best of B&B Inns with the freedom of having your own cabin. We highly recommend this warm and friendly hideaway in the mountains.


Oct 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Relaxing in the Smokies

Once again we paid a visit to Patrick and Sue's Berry Spring Lodge, and the stay was even better than last years.
We stayed in the second floor Newberry Springs room, the view of the Smoky Mountains from the very private balcony was awe inspiring. We found the hot tub in the corner was a perfect vantage point to contemplate them from.
One of the nights was just cool enough to warrant the use of the gas fire log in the corner of the room, this made the room even more cozy and romantic than it already was.
Even though I am not a morning person each breakfast was a joy, from the well put together culinary delights to the conversations with Patrick and the other guests the breakfast time was a high spot in the day.
Would we come back?
The main problem is deciding which time of the year to come back in.
See you next year Patrick and Sue.


Oct 20, 2009

Amazing room, amazing food, amazing view

Everything was just as all the other reviews stated: perfection. I always stay somewhere based on reviews, and tripadvisor once again came through for me. Berry Springs is secluded, has an amazing view, unbelievablly clean rooms and bathroom, our hottub looking out over the mountains was fantastic, fireplace in room was romantic, desserts at night were decadent, breakfasts were amazing, there were hundreds of DVD's to pick from in the library, what else to say?? STAY HERE. You will be so happy you did. We are already trying to work it in our schedules and budget to stay here again this Winter.

Oct 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Perfect Getaway

We absolutely loved the Berry Springs Lodge! My husband and I stayed there for two nights in October and didn't want to leave. The view is amazing and the lodge has a cozy, homey feel. Our room was kept immaculately clean. I don't think I've ever had a room this clean at any place I've stayed. You can't beat the location either. It feels like you're staying in the middle of nowhere when in fact the "main drag" of Pigeon Forge is only 5 minutes away. I would highly recommend this B & B to anyone looking for peace and tranquility with activities close by.

Greenville, South Carolina

Oct 19, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

What A Perfect Place

Berry Springs is a beautiful B&B! Everything is absolutely spotless yet all of the common areas are welcoming and warm. Our room, Raspberry Springs, was very comfortable and luxurious, perfectly clean, and quiet. The view from it's balcony is toward the west. The breakfasts were superb and very filling. We so enjoyed all of the food; Sue is an outstanding cook! Also, the evening desserts were absolutely great! Patrick helped carry our luggage upstairs, was very helpful with restaurant suggestions, made reservations for dinner for us, and shared maps that helped us avoid the traffic. There is nothing we can think of that would be an improvement - it was a perfect experience! We will definitely return to this B&B next time we're in the area.


Oct 17, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Smoky Mountain Seclusion

This inn is one of the extraordinary ones. We have stayed in dozens of inns in many states and this is one of the few we have stayed in twice. Although they are tucked away in the foothills, they are far from isolated. They are only about a 10 minute drive from town and once you get used to the backroads, driving there is easy. Patrick and Sue are gracious hosts that are both engaged with their guests. Breakfasts are phenomenal plus they offer many extras. On top of all that, they have a view that is amazing! You can watch both the sunrise and the sunset from their location. I can't say enough except to say that this will probably be the first inn that we make a third visit to.


Oct 11, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fall Newsletter 2009

Hello from Berry Springs Lodge,

   Fall has arrived in Tennessee.  It is like someone flipped a switch.  A few days ago the daily tempatures dropped into the lower 70s and the nights into the 50s.  We have had rain for the last two weeks straight and that stopped as well.  To us this is perfect weather.  There is a large tree behind the lodge that is starting to show a little bit of red colors.  It is usually the first one to turn.  We rode up English Mountain the other day and there were a few starting to turn there too.  All indications are we will have a very good fall this year.  The leaf watchers should be able to view great color starting in about a week all the way through the beginning of November.  The higher elevations will be the best place to be at the beginning of October and the lower elevations will be best towards the end of October.  We still have a few rooms open so if you can get a way, this looks like it will be a very good leaf year.
Thank you, and God bless


 Patrick's   "Home Inn-Provements" 

It has been a lazy summer for me.  We did not do much on projects except for the usual mowing, painting and tree trimming.  I changed out the motor in one of the dryers.  I messed around with the old air unit coil a little bit.  It had a couple of leaks so I soldered  them.  I will pressure test them now to make sure they hold.  

 Again thank you for your help and spreading the word.



Take advantage!

Only 3 mounts left for the "Back to Nature" Special. 



Starting March 1st through December 31st 2009 we are offering "Back to Nature" discount special.  Save $40.00 per night on weekdays and $20.00 per night on weekends.  It's real simple to get the discount.  You just need to bring something with you that comes from nature.  You can bring a flower to plant, a small tree or bush.  It could also be as simple as a rock for a Zen garden or a leaf for a scrapbook.  We want you to use your imagination!  You can be as creative as you like!



I wish I had something exciting to share with you, but I guess sometimes no news is good news.  I will say the summer went by very fast.  I must have been all the napping I was doing.  Just don't tell Sue or she will find something for me to do.   

Available when you stay 2 or more nights.



Berry Springs Lodge
Patrick & Sue Eisert, Innkeepers
2149 Seaton Springs Road  :Sevierville, Tennessee (TN) 37862  :: Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Area

Phone 1-865-908-7935 TOLL FREE 1-888-760-8297
Email:  :: Website:




October, November  & December 

97th Cherokee Indian Fair in Cherokee 10/6/2009, 10/7/2009, 10/8/2009, 10/9/2009, 10/10/2009

"On Cosby" Festival in Cosby 10/16/2009, 10/17/2009, 10/18/2009

Edible & Poisonous Fungi of the Smokies  10/3/09

Fruit, Foliage, & Fall Wildlife  10/10/09

Incredible Edibles & Traditional Medicinals  10/10/09

Day Hike to Mt. LeConte  10/17/09

Fall Nature Photography  10/24/09

*Animal Tracks and Traces  10/25/09


Heritage Paintings & Photographs Exhibit and 'Dinners on the Grounds' in Gatlinburg 4/1/2009 - 11/30/2009


Festival of Christmas Past12/12/2009

Smoky Mountain Christmas Memories in Townsend 12/4/2009, 12/5/2009, 12/6/2009


 Sue's  Recipes     

 Hi everyone.  We just did this one the other day for the first time.  It turned out great!

Orange Brownies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons pure orange extract

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest and beat with a handheld electric mixer until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce top of entire cake with a fork.


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour glaze over cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.







Again we want to thank you for being our friends and guests.  Hope to see you all soon.

Friday, October 2, 2009

“This is the place to stay”

If we ever visit the Smoky Mntns again there is no point in looking elsewhere to stay. We enjoyed the beautiful lodge, very clean room, private balcony w/hot tub and awesome scenery, and most of all the innkeepers. Patrick and Sue made us feel as guests in their own home - very warm and inviting. They are knowledgable about the area and gave some good recommendations for bike trails. The breakfasts and homemade desserts were heavenly. They offer lots of movies, books and board games. This was a home away from home.

Sep 29, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The perfect getaway

We came up to have a nice, small, intimate wedding ceremony. They set everything up for us and it turned out beautiful. We can't wait to go back on our anniversary. The rooms were beautiful and so were the views.


Sep 30, 2009


CarmelitasMakes 4 dozen:

   36 caramels                                            3/4c. brown sugar                                    6oz. white chocolate chips

   5 Tbsp. evaporated milk                         1/2 tsp. soda                                            3/4c. chopped pecans

   1c. flour                                                 1/4 tsp. salt

   1c. rolled oats                                         3/4 c. melted butter


Step 1: In a small saucepan (double boiler), heat caramels an evaporated milk until mixture is smooth and creamy.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, soda, salt and melted butter.  Press half of mixture into greased 8x12 inch baking pan.  Bake for 10 minutes at 300deg.

Step 3: Sprinkle white chocolate chips and pecans over cooked oatmeal mixture.  Cover with caramel mixture.  Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture on top.  Return pan to oven.  Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Step 4: Cool in refrigerator for 2 hours before cutting.  Cut into bars and store in refrigerator or at room temperature.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fly Fishing in the Great Smokies

42-20140435Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,115 miles of streams within its boundaries, and protects one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. The park offers a wide variety of angling experiences from remote, headwater trout streams to large, coolwater smallmouth bass streams. Most streams remain at or near their carrying capacity of fish and offer a great opportunity to catch these species throughout the year.

Fishing is permitted year-round in the park, from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset. The park allows fishing in all streams EXCEPT the following streams and their tributaries upstream from the points described:

Lynn Camp Prong upstream of its confluence with Thunderhead Prong.

These streams are closed to fishing to allow fish to repopulate following restoration work. For the exact location, consult the appropriate USGS 1:24,000 Quadrangle Map available at park visitor centers. Detailed information, including a complete list of regulations and a map of fishable park waters, is also available at any visitor center or ranger station.


License Requirements
You must possess a valid fishing license or permit from either Tennessee or North Carolina. Either state license is valid throughout the park and no trout stamp is required. Fishing licenses and permits are not available in the park, but may be purchased in nearby towns or online (links provided by state below). Special permits are required for fishing in Gatlinburg and Cherokee.

Tennessee License Requirements
Residents and nonresidents age 13 and older must have a valid license. Residents age 65 and older may obtain a special license from the state. Buy a license from the state government of Tennessee.

First Fall Fire at the Lodge

about_4Tuesday September 29th marks the day for the first fire in the lodge. Cool weather ascended on us Monday night. The cool morning was perfect for a warm fire. Not sure what is, but something about the crackling wood and the smell of a real fire that makes you feel so content and relaxed. This fall season should be spactacular. The leaves are just starting to turn. So it is time to get a cup of hot apple cider and sit and enjoy the fire.

This is the place to stay

If we ever visit the Smoky Mntns again there is no point in looking elsewhere to stay. We enjoyed the beautiful lodge, very clean room, private balcony w/hot tub and awesome scenery, and most of all the innkeepers. Patrick and Sue made us feel as guests in their own home - very warm and inviting. They are knowledgable about the area and gave some good recommendations for bike trails. The breakfasts and homemade desserts were heavenly. They offer lots of movies, books and board games. This was a home away from home.

Milwaukee Area, WI

Sep 29, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Forbidden and tuckaleechee Cavern Adventures

forbiden cavernsTennessee is home to the most caves in the United States, with over 8,350 caves registered to date. Forbidden Caverns, located in Sevierville, Tennessee is one of America's most spectacular caverns. Visitors are provided with an entertaining and educational tour past sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, numerous grottos and a crystal clear stream. Special lighting effects, a stereophonic sound presentation and well-trained tour guides combine to make this a most enjoyable experience. The trails are well-lighted, with handrails at all necessary points.

Hundreds of years ago, Forbidden Caverns was known to the Eastern Woodland Indians who roamed East Tennessee's forests and mountains in search of good hunting grounds. The cave was used as a shelter in the winter and the cave river provided a constant supply of water. Scientists believe the source of the water to be an underground lake located beneath English Mountain, now famous for it's spring water. Flint or chert is found here in limited quantities and was used to create arrowheads, knives and scrapers. The cave also contains many unique calcite formations that are still growing and boasts the largest wall of rare cave onyx or dripstones known to exist. An interesting Indian legend explains the fate of an Indian princess who was lost in a "hollow mountain of two streams"..." which is forbidden". During the early twenties and until 1943, the cave was used to make moonshine. The constant water supply and the isolated location was ideal for Moonshiner's to make their homemade whiskey. In 1964, a group of business and professional men began the planning and vast undertaking of opening this natural attraction to the public. After 3 years of excavation and development, Forbidden Caverns was opened in June 1967. The approach to the caverns is through a picturesque valley that affords a beautiful view of the majestic LeConte range and English Mountain of the Smokies. Primitive farm houses, a quaint old grist mill-museum and a trout farm are among the many points of interest along this route. A 35-minute drive from Gatlinburg, and 45 minutes from Knoxville, Forbidden Caverns should be a must in your plans to enjoy beautiful East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. The average guided tour is 55 minutes. Free parking is provided for cars and buses and in addition, there is a souvenir shop, refreshments, and a picnic pavilion.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

White Water Rafting in the Tennessee Smokies

42-19131534Guided whitewater rafting adventures are available only 45 minutes from Berry Springs Lodge with miles of challenging and exciting Class III and IV rapids on one of the country’s premier rivers. Experience the excitement of whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River. The Pigeon River in Tennessee has become the most popular whitewater rafting adventure in America with over twenty continuous rapids and many play spots for miles of endless fun and adventure. Located near the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Pigeon River flows through a beautiful gorge surrounded by scenic wildlife and natural wonders. Pigeon River rafting trips run on weekends only in the months of April, May, September and October. During June, July and August, trips run daily except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Biking in Great Smoky National Park

campSpring summer and fall are great times for biking in Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place to bring your bicycle. Not far from ourSmoky Mountains Bed and Breakfast you will find Cades Cove Loop Road, an eleven mile long, one way road that is closed to vehicles Wednesday and Saturday mornings from mid-May through September. Keeps an eye out for wildlife during these early morning rides: look for woodchucks, wild turkeys, raccoon, white-tailed deer and black bear. It is estimated that there are over 1,500 black bear in this national park, one of the few places in the eastern part of the country where they can live undisturbed in their native habitat. Please remember to observe animals from a safe distance, and do not approach them.

Both cyclists and walkers who venture out on this road will find several 19th century home sites; there are more than 70 historic structures in the park preserved from the early European settlers who lived in the area before it became a national park. Unfortunately, the villages built by the Cherokee who lived here before being forced out in the 1830s have not survived.

At our Smokey Mountain Lodge on 33 acres, you will find more opportunities for riding. We offer complementary bikes to ride on property. Bikes can also be rented for the Cades Cove area. Greenbrier and Tremont roads in Tennessee, and Lake View Drive, and Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina are great places to explore by bike. Unfinished portions of the Tennessee Foothills Parkway are also open to cyclists. Mountain biking is prohibited in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Friday, September 18, 2009

“A Little Slice of Heaven on Earth!”

For a couple or individual who needs total relaxation and gentle pampering, this is the ultimate. The food is divine. The country setting is perfect for sitting on the spacious porch(es) and rocking while the mind/brain takes a vacation worth a billion dollars. Soft music, pleasing scents, wildflowers, songbirds galore, pasture land, cattle grazing in the distance....a feeling of complete peace. Berry Springs Resort is truly the best place we've ever stayed. It is immaculate and there is absolutely no wish or need that is not automatically there for one's enjoyment already! The owners are welcoming, available and helpful with any information. We can't say enough about Berry Springs and Patrick and Sue. It is a place we would gladly LIVE!

Sep 18, 2009  thetindells

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rainbow Blondies


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/3 cups (10.5-oz. pkg.) candy coated chocolate chips

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

  • 1 cup chopped pecans(optional)

1. Heat oven to 375 F.

2. Beat butter and shortening until blended. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar; beat well. Add eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt; beat thoroughly. Gradually beat in flour (if dough becomes too stiff to use mixer, stir in remaining flour with spoon). Stir in candies and pecans, if desired. Press dough into ungreased 15-1/2x10-1/2x1-inch jelly-roll pan.

3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until top is golden. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. About 3 dozen bars

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Heritage Day at Old Mill Square


Heritage Day at Old Mill Square

10:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.
The Old Mill Heritage Day is full of events and activities honoring the history of

Pigeon Forge, TN
The Old Mill
175 Old Mill Avenue
Pigeon Forge, TN   37863

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The Old Mill will be hosting the 6th Old Mill Square Heritage Day in 2009. Heritage means tradition and tradion means passing down information, beliefs and culture by word of mouth and example. During Heritage Day, our visitors (both local and tourists) are able to experience demonstrations of how life was when the Mill was the center of the community beginning in 1830. Everyone gathered on the porch of the Mill while their corn and wheat were being ground to catch up on the happenings in the community. A tour of the Mill will take you back 179 years in time as you watch the stones grind the corn which are powered by the water turbines with the water from the Little Pigeon River. Throughout the day, music is being played on the square, food (fried cornbread and pinto beans, fried apple pies are being cooked in cast iron pots and apple butter is being stirred as it simmers in an iron pot over an open fire. A lady is making lye soap (like our grandmothers made) whle nearby, ladies are quilting. For many of the children, this is the first time, they are able to see how tasks were accomplished by previous generations. It's exciting to hear folks say "I remember my grandmother doing that" Antique tractors and engines are also on display. Children are busy playing games on the lawn, such as horseshoes, bean bag throws and doing a cakewalk to win a delicious cake. To sum up Heritage Day at Old Mill Square is to "Take a walk back in time for a few hours of experiencing the culture of the early days living in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Categories: Arts And Crafts, Children, Educational, Family Oriented, Food, Heritage, Music, Outdoor Recreation

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tennessee Fall Foliage Reports

Click here for: Tennessee Foliage Report.

pic_06Every autumn, nature puts on a brilliant show of color in many parts of the United States. From bright yellows to vibrant reds, the leaves transform, showing their rich and vibrant hues. From the Northeast United States, to the Southeast and Midwest United States, the foliage season begins in early September in the northern regions and ends in southern locations in late October or early November. Every year, people flock to these areas to take in the fall foliage, to catch a glimpse of natures splendor.
The Foliage Network was developed to provide accurate foliage information for various locations across the United States. During the months of September, October, and November, The Foliage Network collects data from our foliage spotters twice a week. This data is collected, plotted, and analyzed by The Foliage Network. The end result is The Foliage Network Report which is transmitted to newspapers, television stations, and web sites. The Foliage Report uses actual data unlike other "reports" which use annual averages. Please check your local newspaper to see the latest report. If your newspaper doesn't carry The Foliage Network Report, let them know you want it!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Peanut Butter Pie

  Single layer pie crust


8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

¾ cups creamy peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup heavy cream


3 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Prepare the crust and bake as directed. Then cool.

Prepare the filling: In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in condensed milk, peanut butter and vanilla.

In a medium bowl beat the heavy cream until soft peak form. Fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture. Pour filling into the crust.

Make the topping: In a double boiler, melt the milk chocolate over hot not simmering, water. Add heavy cream and stir constantly until well blended.

Set aside to cool slightly, then drizzle the chocolate over pie.

Refrigerate until firm. About 2 hours.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Forbes Fall Travel Article


America's Prettiest Fall Drives

Hannah Elliott, 09.07.09, 09:00 AM EDT

With good timing, these excursions offer some of the most vivid autumn colors in the country.

Elevation plays a key role in when and how quickly leaves change color. Higher elevations, like those of the 12,100-foot high Independence Pass, can see leaves change as early as September, while hill sides under 4,000 feet are likely to have leaves that change in October and even November.

Patrick Eisert, the innkeeper at the Berry Springs Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tenn., recommends driving the 5,100-foot Newfound Gap Road in mid-October, and then heading down to Cade's Cove, at less than 2,000 feet, a month later. That extended season is what makes the Smokey Mountains such a draw for fall tourists.

"It's not like up north, where everything changes real quick, and you have to hit it just right within a week," Eisert says. "Here, because there're so many different elevations, you come earlier and the higher elevations are going to give you color. And as time goes on, the color goes down lower and lower."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Peanut Butter rich and creamy fudge


  • 4 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme

  • 12 ounces peanut butter

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish, set aside.

  2. In a saucepan, combine sugar, milk, and butter. Bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the marshmallow creme and peanut butter. Gradually stir in the flour. Spread into the prepared pan, and let cool.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes

  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes

  • Ready In: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

  • Yields: 60 servings

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Elk in the Smokies

Come and learn about the experimental elk release in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Elk have been extinct in NC and TN for approximately 150 years, but they roam again now in the valleys of Cataloochee in Western NC. We will view elk and their behaviors during the mating season, hear bugling, and learn how researchers track and monitor elk in the Smokies.     

Meet at the Cataloochee Ranger Station. Additional information enclosed. Teachers seeking in-service credit should call us (865-974-0150) after class ends.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Praline Apple Bread

Packed with apple flavor and topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans.

1 cup granulated sugar
1 (8 ounce) carton dairy sour cream
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups chopped, peeled tart apples
1.5 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl beat together granulated sugar, sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract on low speed of an electric mixer until combined, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; add to sour cream mixture, beating on low speed until combined. Stir in apple and 1/2 cup of the pecans. Turn into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans; press lightly into batter.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. (If necessary, cover loosely with foil the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning.) Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine butter or margarine and brown sugar; cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 1 minute. Remove bread from pan. Drizzle top with brown sugar mixture; cool.

Makes 1 loaf (18 servings).

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mississippi Mud Cake


1 1/2 cup margarine, 4 eggs, 1cup unsweetened cocoa, 1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans, 3 cups miniature marshmallows, 1 pound box powered sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat 1 cup margarine, eggs and 1/2 cup cocoa until well combined.  Blend in flour, granulated sugar, salt and pecans.   Spread batter in greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake pulls away from sides of pan.

Sprinkle marshmallows over hot cake; return to oven for 2 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly puffed.  

In medium bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat remaining 1/2 cup margarine, powered sugar, remaining 1/2 cup coca and milk until smooth; spread immediately over marshmallows.  Cool cake completely on wire rack.  Cut into squares to serve.   Makes 24 servings.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Arts and Crafts in the Smokies

Do you like arts and crafts?  There is an Arts & Crafts Community only 15 minutes from the lodge.  It was established in 1937, the Arts & Crafts Community is comprised of the largest group of independent artisans in the country. With shops, studios, and galleries located along an 8-mile loop.  This is a part of Gatlinburg's history and has been designated as a historic pathway on the Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail.  It also has a tearoom and bistros for lunch.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th Anniversary: Park 'Rededication'

A rededication of the park, reminiscent of Franklin D. Roosevelt's historic 1940 park dedication speech, will be enacted at the Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap. Special invitations to attend the ceremony will be issued accompanied by live broadcasts at the parks gateway communities. 9/2/2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Alum Cave Bluffs Hike

Alum Cave Bluffs

Distance: 5 miles (up & Back)

Moderate to Strenuous

Elevation : Vertical rise is 1,400 feet in 2.25 miles (3,840 to 5,200 feet) Through short, trail presents a steady, gradual climb and an easy return.

How to get there: From Berry Springs Lodge take rt 441 going South. Take the by-pass and you will enter into the Smoky Mountain National Park. Follow sighs to Cherokee/ North Carolina and you will see a sign that will read Alum Cave Bluff. This trail begins on the Newfound Gap Road. It leaves from the parking place so marked and is just over 8.4 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

The trail includes points of geological interest, splendid views, world of rhododendron & laurel, and in the early spring, a wealth of warblers.

The first half-mile or so along the creek, the trail goes through tunnels of rhododendron & laurel. It crosses and recrosses Alum Cave Creek and two of its tributaries. At 1.3 miles it takes a right hand turn across the creek once more into a large hole. This hole is the Arch Rock, and Anakeesta formation consisting of sandstone, slate & phyllite. It is really a tunnel, and the grade of the path going through is very steep.

From this point up 2 miles, the trail rises sharply and comes out on a table of rock covered with sand myrtle. It is a good place for a break-to have sandwiches and look out at the rippling ridges of the Sugarland Mountain and Chimney Tops. To the west and higher up is a sharp ridge with a small window carved by erosion.

After this breather it seems but a trifling matter to reach Alum Cave, which is neither alum nor a cave. Rather, it is a tremendous bluff, so eroded by wind and weather as to have produced a cave like overhang. If you touch a finger to the rock, the flake will taste salty and bitter. It is worthwhile to continue beyond these overhangs another two-tenths of a mile. Here is another and different view-this time toward the massive south face of LeConte, scored by landslides of the past.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Best B&B experience

This was our second Bed and Breakfast to ever try and it was truly a pleasant experience. It was hard to believe how different it was to be in a place where you they really want you to stay with them instead of the usual hotel "could care less" attitude. Patrick and Sue really strive to make Berry Springs Lodge the best B&B. You can see the proof in everything about the lodge. The bed was wonderful, the place looked like it was built yesterday, there are 34 acres to roam with a pond and rowboats, bikes, and other amenities. Also Sue and Patrick make an incredible breakfast and desert for the afternoon. I miss the morning riddle of the day. Berry Springs Lodge is one of those places that you keep wanting to return.  Aug 20, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Gatlinburg Weddings at Berry Springs Lodge

Elopement Packagegroups_05The Ultimate Elopement Package with Professional Photographer from New Beginning Photography.

  • Ceremony for two at beautiful Berry Springs Lodge

  • 2 Night stay in Berry Springs Lodge Honeymoon Suite

  • Bountiful Breakfasts each morning of your stay

  • Delectable Desserts each evening

  • Local Minister to perform your personalized ceremony

  • One hour professional photography session Ceremony and portraits from New Beginnings Photography

  • 30 4x6 prints in a keepsake album

  • High resolution Photo CD with the 30 photos and copyright release so you may make your own prints and enlargements

  • Beautifully decorated wedding cake for two

  • Up to 10 guests are welcome to view the ceremony

Additional $50.00 for October and Holidays


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A wonderful Smoky Mountain Birthday gift

My husband took me to Berrysprings for my birthday this year. This was our first time staying with Patrick and Sue but it certainly want be our last. The room was gorgeous and the view from the hot tub was spetactular. I could not have asked for better service from Patrick and Sue. Breakfast was a treat and the desserts at night were a great surprise. What a wonderful birthday gift.  Aug 17, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gatlinburg Bed and Breakfast Specials

pic_06"Back to Nature"  

      2009 Fall Special 

Starting September 1st through December 31st 2009 we are offering "Back to Nature" discount special.  Save $40.00 per night on weekdays and $20.00 per night on weekends.  It's real simple to get the discount.  You just need to bring something with you that comes from nature.  You can bring a flower to plant, a small tree or bush.  It could also be as simple as a rock for a Zen garden or a leaf for a scrapbook.  We want you to use your imagination!  You can be as creative as you like!

Available when you stay 2 or more nights.

Click here for Reservations and Rates

Summer Newsletter 2009

Berry Springs Lodge
Summer Newsletter



We have had a mild summer so far this year.  July has been terrific.  Most of the days have been in the low 80s and nights in the 60s.  Hopefully it will continue into August.  The back to nature promotion is doing great!.  The photos are items brought from recent guests.  Thank you to all that have stayed with us so far this year and brought some great items. We wish we had room to put them all in this newsletter but we will add them in the following ones as they grow.. Mom and Dad are back for the summer and fall, and as an extra bonus Patrick's sister Lynn is also up for the summer.  Of course we put them all to work.  Sue snuck away the first part of July and went up north to her parents 50th anniversary.  Patrick's other sister Sherry came and cooked breakfast for a few days.  Sorry to all the guests that were here that week!  Just kidding she did a great job!  PJ  cooked the other mornings  and did a very good job as well.  He came up with a new breakfast that everyone loved.  It was stuffed french toast topped with banana fosters.  We will put that in the Sues' recipes section.  Correction!  PJ's recipes section!!!!
Again we want to thank you for being our friends and guests.  Hope to see you all soon.

Thank you, and God bless


Patrick's   "Home Inn-Provements" 

I have not had that many outdoor projects this summer except for helping Sue plant trees, flowers and shrubs that we received from the back to nature promotion.  A little outside painting and a lot of mowing this year.  I let PJ do the hard stuff and I just mow up by the lodge.



"Back to Nature"  

Special Discount 
Starting March 1st through December 31st 2009 we are offering "Back to Nature" discount special.  Save $40.00 per night on weekdays and $20.00 per night on weekends.  It's real simple to get the discount.  You just need to bring something with you that comes from nature.  You can bring a flower to plant, a small tree or bush.  It could also be as simple as a rock for a Zen garden or a leaf for a scrapbook.  We want you to use your imagination!  You can be as creative as you like!



Available when you stay 2 or more nights.



Berry Springs Lodge Bed & Breakfast is now on Facebook.   Become a fan! 





Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
All summer long hear tales, mountain music, and learn the lore of the Smoky Mountains on the sidewalks of downtown Gatlinburg. Fourteen acts nightly. 5 - 10 p.m.


Stringtime In The Smokies in Pigeon Forge 8/14/2009, 8/15/2009


 P.J.'s  Recipes     

 Hi everyone.  I finaly out did my mom's breakfast and made dad proud!  Try it you will like it or come to the lodge and I will make it for you.


Stuffed French Toast Topped with Bannana



serves 6


1 loaf Italian or french bread cut into 12 quarter inch slices

1  8 ounce package cream cheese, ( I let cream cheese sit out for 10 minutes to soften then I whip with a mixer with a quarter cup chopped pecans and a quarter cup maple syrup, refrigerate cream cheese over night.)

6 eggs

2 cups of milk ( i like to use buttermilk)

1 tsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon


1. Slice bread, spread cream cheese between 2 slices

2.  Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in seperate bowl, set aside

3. Preheat griddle

4. Use a generouse amount of butter on griddle and dip french toast and cook on both sides until golden brown. Keep warm in oven set at 200 degrees.


Banana Foster topping


6-8 bananas

half stick butter

half cup brown sugar (adjust to taste, more or less)

dash cinnamon


1. Melt butter and brown sugar in fry pan , add cinnamon

2. Peel and slice bananas and add to butter mixture, you can add a little half and half to make more syrup. ( you can cheat by buying banana syrup in grocery store and adding to butter mixture)

3. Cook until bananas just start to soften

4. Spoon on top of french toast and enjoy.


Events Calendar





My big project has been the web site.  We did it again!  It seem every few years I get the itch to try to make it better.  I always wanted larger photos in a rotating flash format with music.  Now that most people have faster internet I felt it was time.  I found a local flash designer that was able to give me what I wanted with exceptional fast download even on systems with slower speeds.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  We even have a blog page.  I am still figuring out how to use it.  I guess next is twitter, facebook etc...  

 Again thank you for your help and spreading the word.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Back to Nature Bear

We would love to thank all of our guest who participate in the Back to Nature Special we are running this year, the most recent gift we received was this very cute black bear fishing. Thank you very much Don & Judi Privett.bear 001

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Apple Breakfast Bars

  ½ cup Dried Apples ½ tsp. Ground cinnamon1/3 cup Honey ½ cup Old fashioned Oats

¼ cup raisins ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 Tble packed brown sugar 1/3 cup toasted wheat germ

½ cup peanut butter ¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds

¼ cup apple butter 2 cups cornflakes

In a saucepan combine apples, honey, raisins, and brown sugar. Hear and stir until mixture boils. Reduce heat slightly. Cook uncovered for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until melted. Blend in apple butter and cinnamon. Stir in oats, walnuts, wheat germ and sunflower seeds until well combined. Add cereal, stirring to coat.

Press mixture very firmly and evenly into a 8x8x2 inch pan. Chill to set. Cut into 8 bars. Store up to 2 days in airtight container in the refrigerator.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stringtime In The Smokies

A musical celebration of Appalachian life with a variety of well-known performers appearing throughout the event. Featured music will include traditional, bluegrass, and Americana styles with an emphasis on bluegrass. Activities for youngsters are on-site, along with excellent festival foods.8/14/2009, 8/15/2009
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Free Admission

Pigeon Forge, TN
Pigeon Forge Patriot Park

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Crop till you drop January Scrapbook Weekend

Come join us for our sixth annual "Winterfest Scrapbook Weekend."  This weekend is planned for those of you who love to scrapbook.  If you are a beginner or advanced this  will be the perfect opportunity to make many new friends and get lots of new ideas.

This event is hosted by: Michele   Sizemore





Start Time:
Friday, January 22, 2010 at 3:00pm
End Time:
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 11:00am
Berry Springs Lodge
2149 Seaton Springs Road
Gatlinburg, TN


Thursday, August 6, 2009

“Another wonderful stay!”

My wife and I have been to Berry Springs several times and it is always a great trip. The setting is beautiful with the mountains and it is very quiet. As usual the breakfasts were wonderful and the nightly desserts very tasty. There are many things to do while at the lodge. You can go biking, fishing, play games or just lie back in the hammock and sleep. This is our favorite place to stay!   Jul 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Caramel Rocky Road Smores Bars

 Caramel Rocky Road Smores Bars


1 c. butter

1 c. brown sugar

2 c. flour

1 c. graham cracker crumbs

4 c. mini marshmallows

1 c. walnuts

1 (12oz.) pkg. chocolate chips

¼ c. milk

Bag of caramels

Beat butter and sugar together, add flour and graham cracker crumbs. Press into greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and walnuts on top of crust. Melt bag of caramels with milk and pour on top of the marshmallows, chips and crust. Back at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Incredible Edibles and Traditional Medicinals

FLOWERS23Spend a day discovering how to identify plants and trees Native Americans and early settlers used for dye, food, medicines, crafts, and other items of daily life. Sample delicious wild flavors appropriate to the seasons. 08/29/2009 For more info: Incredible Edibles

Friday, July 31, 2009

Smoky Mountain Antiques


  1. HWY 66 Antique Shops:

  2. Chapman Hwy 573-7022
    Antiques and Uniques 7539 E. " " 448-1033


  3. Middle Creek Shops:

  4. Shields Merchantile 923 Ctr View Rd 774-8009


  5. Cosby Antique Shops: 423 area code

  6. Briar Patch Antiques 3290 Cosby Hwy 487-4283

    10. Walland

    River Mill 4531 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy 977-0810

    11. Maryville

    Heart of Blount Antiques 2208 E. Broadway 982-0290

    Gerred's Collectibles 1529 E. Broadway 981-1094

    Country House Antiques 1811 E. Broadway 679-2994

    Parkway Antique Mall 746 Lamar Alexander Parkway

    983-8516Action Antique Mall – 2189 HWY 66 453-0052

    Heartland Antiques – 1441 HWY 66 429-1791

    Memory Lane Mall – 1838 HWY 66 428-0536

    Old Smoky Mall - 1916 HWY 66 908-5050

    Riverside Mall - 1442 HWY 66 429-0110

    Tuder House Antiques-1471 HWY 66 428-4400


  7. Chapman HWY 411 Shops:

  8. Antiques of Chapman -2121 Chapman Hwy 428-3609

    Chapman Hwy Antiques-7624

    Marquette’s Antiques -13358 Chapman Hwy 774-7800

    Roger’s Antiques -13305 Chapman Hwy 908-5289

    Treasure Hunt -5901 Chapman Hwy 557-8736


  9. Gatlinburg Antique Shops:

  10. Ely’s Mill -393 Roaring Fork Rd Gatlinburg 436-6020

    Mortons Antiques 409 Pkwy Gatlinburg 436-5504

    Wears Valley Road Shops:Carol’s Cottage 1135 Wears Valley Rd 428-6548

    Cathy’s Antiques 2560 Wears Valley Rd 429-3858

    Wears Valley Antiques 3234 Wears Valley Rd 453-5294

    Yesterdays Antiques 921 Wears Valley Rd 908-6271

    5. Upper Middle Creek Shops:

    1. Newport Antique Shops: 423 area code

    GHI 3059 Bogard Rd 623-4944

    Miller’s Auction Gallery 656 W Hwy 25 623-8221

    Second Hand Rose 830 Hartsell Rd 623-9712

    Antique Peddler 154 Hwy 25 E Plaza 613-4812

    Past Restored Antiques 414 W. Broadway 613-4330


  11. Townsend Antiques Shops:

  12. Mountain Mist Antiques 7277 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy

Stuffed French Toast Topped with Bannana Fosters


serves 6


1 loaf Italian or french bread cut into 12 quarter inch slices

1  8 ounce package cream cheese, ( I let cream cheese sit out for 10 minutes to soften then I whip with a mixer with a quarter cup chopped pecans and a quarter cup maple syrup, refrigerate cream cheese over night.)

6 eggs

2 cups of milk ( i like to use buttermilk)

1 tsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon


1. Slice bread, spread cream cheese between 2 slices

2.  Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in seperate bowl, set aside

3. Preheat griddle

4. Use a generouse amount of butter on griddle and dip french toast and cook on both sides until golden brown. Keep warm in oven set at 200 degrees.


Banana Foster topping


6-8 bananas

half stick butter

half cup brown sugar (adjust to taste, more or less)

dash cinnamon


1. Melt butter and brown sugar in fry pan , add cinnamon

2. Peel and slice bananas and add to butter mixture, you can add a little half and half to make more syrup. ( you can cheat by buying banana syrup in grocery store and adding to butter mixture)

3. Cook until bananas just start to soften

4. Spoon on top of french toast and enjoy.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Berry Springs Lodge Launches New Web Site

Check out the new and improved web site for Berry Springs lodge.  In coorperation with Berry springs Lodge now has a new look.  With larger clear crisp photos and a unique layout is is sure to impress.  Check it out for yourself at  Then let us know what you think.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What to do this weekend in the Smokies

Nawger Nob Craft Fair

In Townsend, TN

We have about 80 crafters who sell things like woodcarvings (of course), baskets, other wood products, paintings, pottery, chairs, bird houses and lots of other local made mountain crafts. We make every effort to ensure that only quality crafts are sold here and require samples of the products before a crafter can set up. There is also lots of good stuff to eat and great mountain music.

Categories: Arts And Crafts, Children, Educational, Family Oriented, Food, Heritage, Music,