2019 Bassmaster Classic on Tennessee River in Knoxville TN

Many guests of The Resort at Governor’s Crossing are avid fishermen and women. This March 15-17 nearby Knoxville TN will be the host city for bass fishing biggest event, The Bassmaster Classic. Four time Classic Champion Kevin Van Dam, 2017 & 2018 Champion Jordan Lee, and 4 Tennessee anglers are among the 52 competitors aiming for their share of the one million dollar purse.  Brandon Lester (Fayetteville), Wesley Strader (Springcity), Jacob Wheeler (Harrison) and Knoxville’s own Ott DeFoe will represent the Volunteer State.Bassmaster

Fans can attend the daily boat takeoffs from Volunteer Landing and the daily weigh-in shows from Thompson –Boling Arena on the UT Campus. Outdoor Expo presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods will be held at Knoxville Convention Center and World’s Fair Exhibition Hall. All events are free, details at Bassmaster.com.

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing via US-441N is less than 30 miles from all event locations.

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing Announces Additions for 2019

Sevierville, TN – The new 67 Unit expansion at The Resort at Governor’s Crossing is celebrating the topping out of the brand new $12 Million condominium tower. The new units will feature room layouts for families of varying sizes and with special emphasis on multi-generational units. The new building is designed to bring families together for the ultimate Smoky Mountain Vacation. Don Collier, President of the HOA says “When the rental management company proposed this addition we challenged them to develop unit types that would compliment what we already have instead of replicating what already exists in the other two buildings. They conducted a lot of research with guests and are well positioned to enhance the overall experience at The Resort and offer a lot of amenities that families have wanted but were unable to get before.” The new 1 Bedroom Unit, for example, features a private master bedroom with a king size bed and a sleeping galley with two bunk beds. The largest unit is a 3 Bedroom Unit and will accommodate up to 18 guests. Detailed units layouts will be published later this year.

This $12 Million investment is important for not only the Sevierville economy, as well as the entire Southeast. “When we began the design process I knew for this project we needed to support the communities that have made us so successful. We looked at a lot of our major markets and then what they manufactured in those areas. Our tile is coming from Crossville, TN and carpet from Georgia. Our furniture is all out of Virginia and textiles from Florida. The Resort at Governor’s Crossing is not only made in America, it is made here in the Southeast,” shared Kay Collier-Pittman, President of Governor’s Crossing Leasing and Management who operates The Resort. The new units have been upgraded to include granite counters in the kitchen and bath, 50 inch televisions in the living rooms. All units are fully equipped with the conveniences of home like a full kitchen, washer and dryer and a full living room for family gathering.

With an ideal location in the Smokies, The Resort is just minutes away from everything. “Guests really love the easy access to Dollywood from Collier Drive. Many are surprised at just how close we are to Dollywood and all of the other wonderful attractions in the area. When you combine that with all of our amenities and luxury accommodations it is easy to understand why over 60% of our guests have stayed with us before,” stated Tabitha Lippi, Director of Operations. The Resort features a wide variety of amenities like Indoor and Outdoor Waterparks, Putt-Putt, and Pirate Ship Playground. “With the addition we wanted to create a new guest space to round out their family getaway. We created Firefly Cove a new family area with lots to do!” said Kay Collier-Pittman. The new area will feature fire pits with comfortable seating, a picnic grounds equipped with grills, a new kids playground, and a hammock relaxation zone. That is not the only new area coming to the Resort. They are also expanding the Outdoor Waterpark with the brand new “Adventure Springs.” According to Don Collier, “This new area is a joint venture between the HOA and the developer. It is a large play structure using over 1,500 gallons of water a minute.” It will feature two slides, a dual racer slide and a fully enclosed slide surrounded by more than 30 interactive elements encouraging interactive play with kids. What really makes it exciting is a 300 Gallon Dump Bucket that drenches the whole play area every few minutes. Adventure Springs will open in the spring of 2019.

Governor’s Crossing Leasing and Management & The Resort Board of Directors invite you to join them Thursday, October 18th at 10:30 AM for the Topping Out Ceremony at 225 Collier Drive, Sevierville TN.

Special Golf Discount for Guests at The Resort at Governor’s Crossing

Guests of The Resort at Governor’s Crossing can receive $10 off one round of golf at The Sevierville Golf Club in 2018.  Guests may request voucher at The Resort’s front desk and is good for all members of the golfer’s party.

The Sevierville Golf Club is located at 1444 Old Knoxville Hwy in Sevierville. The club features two 18 hole championship courses: The Highlands, a par 70 that winds through lush rolling hills and The River, a par 72 that plays along and across the Little Pigeon River.

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Voucher is provided by The Sevierville Golf Club, discount voucher has no cash value.

2018 Pool Side Cinema Schedule

The award winning Resort at Governor’s Crossing announced their 2018 schedule for their ever popular Pool Side Cinema. Enjoy an evening while making memories watching family friendly movies shown pool side at The Resort’s outdoor waterpark with the Great Smoky Mountains in the background.

The schedule is subject to change, updates will be added accordingly. In case of inclement weather the movie will be canceled. For additional information on a particular movie click on title

May 25             Sing

May 26             Beauty & The Beast

May 27             Cars

May 29            Frozen

May 31            Lego Ninjago

June 2             Hotel Transylvania

June 5             Cars 3

June 7             Inside Out

June 9             CoCo

June 12           Moana

June 14           Monsters Inc.

June 16           Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

June 19          Sponge Bob Movie- Sponge Out of Water

June 21          Cars 3

June 23          The Boxtrolls

June 26          Despicable Me

June 28          Frozen

June 30          Lego Ninjago

July 3             The Good Dinosaur

July 5             Despicable Me 2

July 7             Sing

July 10           CoCo

July 12           Monsters University

July 14           Beauty & The Beast

July 17           Minions

July 19          The Secret Life of Pets

July 21          Cars 3

July 24          Enchanted

July 26          Ratatouille

July 28           Lego Ninjago

July 31           Frozen

Aug 2            Finding Dory

Aug 4            CoCo

Aug 7            Moana

Aug 9            Hotel Transylvania 2

Aug 11          Finding Nemo

Aug 18          Up

Aug 25          The Lego Movie

Aug 31          Beauty & The Beast

Sept 1           Wreck-It Ralph

Sept 2           Zootopia

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing Receives Travels’ Choice Award

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing was awarded the 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award by Trip Advisor being one of the Top 25 Hotels for Families in the United States, ranking 17thThe Resort is the only hotel in Tennessee to receive this award in 2018! 

2018 Travelers' Choice Award

2018 Travelers’ Choice Award

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Co. Museum

As we bring another installment to our Off the Beaten Path Series we highlight the Little River Railroad and Lumber Co. Museum in Townsend TN. Many guests of The Resort at Governor’s Crossing visit and enjoy the beauty and history of Cades Cove but have no idea how close they are to a big part of the regions heritage at this small museum.

Water tower at Museum

Water tower at Museum

Located on Lamar Alexander Parkway just a mile east of Wears Valley Road, the most popular route to Cades Cove from The Resort, sits this museum of early 1900s railroading and logging. W. B Townsend, whom the town was named after, came to the region after having run a successful logging business in Pennsylvania. In 1901 he founded two companies, the Little River Lumber Co. and the Little River Railroad. Soon the lumber company owned nearly 80,000 acres of timber in what is now the Smoky Mountain National Forest.
As the two companies began to flourish; workers, their families, and other settlers moved into the area starting other businesses. Saw mills, tanneries and even tourism provided many opportunities for these settlers as the railroad serviced over 150 miles in the region. In 1924 the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Assoc. was formed hoping to turn the area into a national park. After many negotiations, W.B. Townsend sold the land, retaining logging rights for another 15 years, giving conservationists 80,000 acres to advance the park movement. By the late 1930s most of the trees had been harvested and the small camps and towns in the region began to disappear and along with them much of the history of the region.
The Little River Railroad and Lumber Co. Museum provides a small look into this history. Outside you will find a locomotive, railcars, steam engine and a logging crane. Inside the Walland Depot, restored and moved here in 1983, you will find artifacts, photos and stories about the region and the life these people lived. Alongside the depot sits a gift shop, a replica of the Elkmont Post Office, with volunteers who gladly offer more stories of the history of the railroad and logging company.

70 Ton Class C Shay Locomotive used by Little River Railroad from 1932-35.

70 Ton Class C Shay Locomotive used by Little River Railroad from 1932-35.

Walland Depot moved to this location in 1983

Walland Depot moved to this location in 1983

Train moving logs to be milled

Train moving logs to be milled

Admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated. The museum is open daily in June, July, August, and October. Also they are open on weekends in April, May and September and by appointment only November through March.
Directions from The Resort: Turn right onto Collier Drive going .5 mile to the intersection with the Parkway. Turn left on Parkway going 2.4 miles to traffic light #3 in Pigeon Forge. Turn right onto Wears Valley Rd. (Hwy 321) traveling 16 miles to the junction of Hwy 321 & Hwy 73, Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Take a right at light and proceed 1 mile, the museum will be on your right.
Directions from Cades Cove Loop Rd exit: Right on Laurel Creek Rd traveling 7.4 miles to intersection of Hwy 73/Townsend Entrance Rd. going left to exit National Park. Travel 3.2 miles Lamar Alexander Pkwy (Hwy 321 S), museum will be on your right.

Day Trip from The Resort at Governor’s Crossing to the Wheatland’s Plantation

Established 225 years ago by Revolutionary War veteran Timothy Chandler, The Wheatland’s was one of the largest farms in Sevier County at its peak covering over 4,600 acres. The plantation presents a rich diverse history of the region and is also known for paranormal experiences. Many accidental and intentional deaths have been reported to have occurred at the Wheatland’s Plantation.

Wheatland's Plantation

Wheatland’s Plantation

In 1780 John Sevier, whom Timothy Chandler served with at the Battle of Kings Mountain, defeated Cherokee Indians at the Battle of Boyd’s Creek. Timothy Chandler moved his family to the Boyd’s Creek location in 1791. After his death in 1819 his son John took over the farm. The original farm house burned in 1825 and John commissioned the building of the Federal-style home to replace it. There is a mass grave of approximately 28 Cherokee warriors between the house and the creek.
One of the builders of the plantation home was Capt. William Morgan. John Chandler and Morgan built one of the first commercial distilleries in Tennessee making wheat whiskey which they shipped via inland waterways to New Orleans. By the mid 1800s they were producing 8,000 gallons of whiskey annually.
During the Civil War Union troops wintered at the plantation. After the war Chandler paid emancipated slaves and upon his death in 1875 he left a portion of land along the south side of the plantation to the former slaves. The grounds of the plantation have over 100 slaves and two Revolutionary soldiers buried here.
Marked grave sight

Many original structures remain at the plantation including the brick mansion house, a hand hewn smokehouse, summer kitchen with dining hall and a loom house. The interior of the main house retains most of its original design including handmade railings and hand carved mantels.

Smoke house

Smoke House

The Wheatland’s Plantation is open Thursday- Sunday 11AM-4PM Spring, summer and fall. Winter hours are limited, please call. Tours take around one and one-half to two hours and cost $15.00 per person for Historical Tour and $20.00 for History and Ghost Walk. For more information visit the Wheatland’s web site or call 865-365-1052.
The Wheatland’s Plantation is a little over 13 miles from The Resort at Governors Crossing. When leaving The Resort turn right on Collier Drive. Go to the intersection of Collier Dr and the Parkway, turning right. Go to the Winfield Dunn Pkwy (HWY 66). Heading North on Winfield Dunn Pkwy go about 5 miles to TN 338, Boyds Creek Hwy (there is a Pilot Service station on the left). You will turn left onto Boyds Creek Hwy and travel 5.8 miles to the Wheatland Plantation which will be on your left.map

Day Trip from The Resort at Governor’s Crossing to Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

Many times guests at The Resort ask where is some place the locals go. Even though the famed Apple Barn is just minutes away many an area resident in desire of homegrown fruits (especially apples), produce and good eats will make the trip to Carvers in nearby Cosby Tennessee, about 25 miles from The Resort.

Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

With the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop customers will see rows and rows of mature apple trees as one starts up Carver’s driveway to the old style apple sorting barn and attached restaurant. Inside the barn guests will find tables and benches full of fresh fruits and produce, much of it raised on the farm or from other local growers. Shelves on interior walls will display homemade jams, apple and peach butter, plus juices and ciders. Above the shelves on the interior west wall you will find giant wooden signs describing the different varieties of apples including their flavor and recommended uses.

Baskets of home grown apples for sale

Baskets of home grown apples for sale

After checking out the barn and stocking up on produce it might be time for some home style southern cooking as you make your way into the Applehouse Restaurant, which serves breakfast (can order up to 1PM), lunch and dinner.  The restaurant is noted for their Catfish Dinners and their awesome Chicken N Dumplings. Just like Sevierville’s Applewood Farmhouse Grill, you get delicious apple fritters with homemade apple butter along with fresh cider included in your meal at the Applehouse Restaurant. If you’re looking for some sweet treats for the trip back to The Resort check out Stacy’s Candy Store on the north side of their parking lot.

Apple Fritters with homemade Apple Butter and fresh Apple Cider

Apple Fritters with homemade Apple Butter and fresh Apple Cider

Chicken & Dumplings Fried Catfish Dinner

Chicken & Dumplings
Fried Catfish Dinner

DIRECTIONS: This is the shortest route and you will be going most of the way cross country. As you exit The Resort turn left onto Collier Drive, when you come to the stop light take a left onto Veterans Blvd. At the second stop light make a right onto Middle Creek Rd., you will then go .8 of a mile to a right on Earnest McMahon Rd. On Earnest McMahon you will go .7 of a mile and Earnest McMahon will fork left, you will then travel 1.6 miles to a stop light. Turn right at the light onto old TN 35 going .2 of a mile to a left staying on old TN 35 (the Walter’s State College campus will be on your left). You will travel .8 of a mile on old TN 35 dead ending on TN 339, take a right. (Side note; just a short distance after making the turn onto 339 you will see a sign for the Harrisburg Covered Bridge, if you have time to stop this is one of 4 remaining covered bridges in the state). On TN 339 you will go 1.3 then TN 339 will make a right hand turn (there is a small gas station/convenience store on the corner). This will now be your longest stretch as you travel 14.9 miles through the Sevier and Cooke County’s country side. TN 339 will dead end onto US 321, make a left and you are 1.8 miles from Carver’s entrance on your right. Your total distance is 23.5 miles.

Google Maps from The Resort at Governor's Crossing to Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

Google Maps from The Resort at Governor’s Crossing to Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

Day Trip from The Resort at Governor’s Crossing to Forbidden Caverns and Bush’s Visitor Center

Many times guests of The Resort at Governor’s Crossing inquire about things to see and do away from Dollywood and the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg tourist scene. A nice day trip of less than 45 miles round trip from The Resort can allow you to visit both the Forbidden Caverns and Bush’s Visitor Center. So load up the family, turn left onto Collier Drive at the entrance to The Resort, as we begin our road trip. Take Collier Drive to a left onto Veterans Boulevard and then a right at the intersection of Dolly Parton Pkwy (US 411). You will travel a little over 11 miles on US 441 until you come to a right on Blowing Cave Road (there will be signs advertising the Forbidden Caverns). A little over a mile on Blowing Cave Road and we will reach our first destination.

Forbidden Caverns

Forbidden Caverns

Hundreds of years ago Indians used the Forbidden Caverns for shelter. The caves river, the source believed to come from an underground lake beneath English Mountain, provided the Indians a ample source of clean water. The Indians also used flint found in the caverns to form arrowheads and Knives. After the turn of the 20th century the fresh water supply found a new use as the cave was used by moonshiners from the early 1920s to around 1943. In the early 1960s investors began undertaking the development of the caverns as an attraction for the general public. The caverns contain many calcite formations that continue to grow along with which is believed to house the largest wall of rare cave onyx or drip stones. The caverns maintain a constant temperature of 58 degrees and the average guided tour lasts about one hour. The Forbidden Caverns does charge admission, Adults $16, children 5-12 $10, four and under are free. Check the coupon books at The Resort for discounted admissions.

A. J. Bush General Store

A. J. Bush General Store

Leaving the caverns we again travel east about 4 miles to the Bush’s Visitor Center. Home of the renowned Bush’s Best Beans, the visitor center is housed in the original A. J Bush & Co. General Store. Free to the general public you can view a short film that includes an intro from Jay & Duke



as the film tells the Bush family history and shows modern processing and canning of their beans. You may also view a timeline presentation of the company from its inception. The store also has clothing, home goods and memorabilia for purchase. As you prepare to head back to The Resort conclude our day trip stop in the Bush’s Family Café for a dinner of Southern dishes and special treats.

Whisper of the Pines

Whisper of the Pines was designed and built exclusively for The Resort at Governor’s Crossing by Viz Art in Houston, TX. Weighing in at over 180 pounds and taking over 4 weeks of production, the 140 hand blown flutes and bulbs give a unique entry into The Resort.

Whipser of the Pines

Artists found inspiration right here in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As you make your way up the Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte you come across several areas of evergreen trees. One such area suffered from a blight several years ago killing most of the trees leaving a vast expanse of barren tree trunks. Today evergreens have begun to grow back filling in the void around the brown. Whisper of the Pines depicts the beauty of this area utilizing the striking and uncommon ratio of brown to green in this section of the park. On the hike to Mount LeConte you can see life shooting out amongst the brown in every which way with no rhyme or reason. The natural spires and juxtapositions of blown glass imitate the very beauty of nature. And when there is a gust of wind the new trees whisper to you to let you know that they are there and becoming more vigorous then ever before.