Monthly Archives: May 2009

Gator Sighting at The Resort

The Resort at Governors Crossing has added a Gator to its waterpark’s large indoor pool for kids play on. With a manufactures height restriction for use of the high speed slides we wanted to add things for our smaller guests to enjoy. We also have added a Squirtin Whale and a Squirtin Frog to our zero entry pool. These two new amenities for the smaller tykes will squirt water as the child is seated and rocking back and forth on them.

Gator Sighting at The Resort

Gator Sighting at The Resort

Can you stay dry wrestling this Gator?

Can you stay dry wrestling this Gator?

Late Spring Mountain Wildflowers

With the recent rains and warmer humid weather both the Mountain Laurel and Flame Azalea are in robust bloom in the Smokies. They can be seen both in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and along back country roads through out the area.
The Mountain Laurel has either white or pink bell shape blossoms and is often found in rocky areas. The Flame Azalea, displaying bright orange flowers, happens to be one the very important parent plants to many of today’s hybrid varieties.

Mountain Laurel along Sevier County back road

Mountain Laurel along Sevier County back road

Pink Mountain Laurel along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

Pink Mountain Laurel along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

White Mountain Laurel Blossoms

White Mountain Laurel Blossoms

Flame Azalea along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

Flame Azalea along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

Indoor Waterpark TV Commercials

We have had some recent inquiries referring to an advertisement on TV about indoor waterparks in the area. The Resort currently has no TV commercials running pertaining to our waterpark, as there seems to be some confusion with Dollywood’s Splash Country and the Wilderness in the Smokies current TV campaigns. We have a video on our website and a page featuring photos of both the indoor and outdoor areas of our waterpark at The Resort at Governors Crossing.

Memorial Day Weekend Forecast

The Resort still has a few units available for this Memorial Day weekend. With much lower gas prices locally compared to last year and a decent weather forecast calling for clear skies on Friday and Saturday with just a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon with daytime temperatures in the low 80’s, this will be an ideal weekend to visit the Great Smoky Mountains.  With all the rain we have seen the last two weeks and some very cool night time temperatures the mountains are extremely clear at this time allowing for great views of the .  Notice how clear the mountains show up in these photos that were taken on 5/20/2009.

Mountain view in Cades Cove

Mountain view in Cades Cove

Little River Road between Gatlinburg and Townsend

Little River Road between Gatlinburg and Townsend

Elkmont Historic District Restoration Plans

The Elkmont Historic District Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan Amendment has been published in the Federal Register. The plan outlines the park’s plan for the vacant structures at Elkmont.

The Elkmont Historic District contains 74 vacant structures built in the early 1900s as a logging camp that was turned into a summer resort community prior to the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in 1934.

The plan proposes to preserve 18 cabins plus the Appalachian Clubhouse. Plans call for the clubhouse to be made available for public rental for day-use events after restoration. The remaining structures will be documented and then removed.

Dolly Parade and Bloomin’BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Now that May is finally here, its time to turn up the fun in the Smokies and the next two weekends should be jammed packed.

The 2009 Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade will be held this coming Friday, May 8th, at 6 P.M. on the main parkway in Pigeon Forge. This year’s parade has special meaning to Dolly, the parade grand marshal, as she is an official ambassador of the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park . The parade is one of six Pigeon Forge special events the park has included into its anniversary celebration.

Sevierville’s annual Bloomin’BBQ & Bluegrass Festival will be held May 15 & 16 and Smoky Mountain Resorts is offering a special Rocky’s BBQ package for The Resort at Governors Crossing for stays May 12th-17th. Rocky’s BBQ Package includes a 2-night stay at The Resort, a stuffed Rocky the Bear, and a bottle of Rocky’s Smoky Mountain BBQ Sauce. For further information or to reserve this package call 800-497-5749.

Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass Festival