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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.

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

Duke

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.

4th of July Special Events in the Smokies

Annually Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville celebrate July 4th in a big way with 2015 being no exception. From parades, concerts to fireworks there is something for everyone. This year’s schedule includes:

  • Fireworks at Dollywood approximate start time 9:30PM nightly through 8/2
  • Red White and Boom Fireworks at TN Smokies Stadium 7/1-7/3 after the game
  • 40th annual Gatlinburg “First July 4th Parade in the Nation” starts at midnight July 3/July 4
  • 25th Annual Patriot Festival sponsored by the City of Pigeon Forge and 107.7 WIVK radio Knoxville begins Noon July 4th, entertainment begins 1:30PM at Patriot Park
  • River Raft Regatta on the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg starts at noon on July 4th
  • Diamond Rio in concert at the Patriot Festival Pigeon Forge 8PM July 4th
  • Fireworks at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge approximate start time 9:30PM July 4th
  • Fireworks downtown Gatlinburg approximate start time 10PM July 4th

Restaurants Open Christmas Day 2014

The following Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg restaurants are currently scheduled to be open Christmas Day. All listings are subject to change.
Abbreviations;
Sev….Sevierville
P.F. …. Pigeon Forge
Gat….Gatlinburg

Calhouns 10:30 – 9:00 pm  P. F. & Gat
Corky’s 11:00 am – 8:00 pm P. F
Denny’s 24hrs P. F
Dunkin Donuts 5:00 am – 9:00 pm P. F
Geno’s Pizza 12:00 noon – 1:00 am P. F
Golden Corral  11:00 am – 8:00 pm Sev & P. F.
Happy Days Diner  5:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Hard Rock Café  4:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Hardees 7:00 am – 7:00 pm P. F
IHOP- 8:00 am – 2:00 pm P. F
JT Hannah’s 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse 2:30 pm – 10:00 pm P. F
Little Tokyo 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm P. F
Louie’s Grill Holiday Inn Breakfast- 7:00 am-  11:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm P. F
No Way Jose’s 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Iron Boar Saloon 2:00pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Reagan’s Broken Egg Pancake House 7:00 am – 12:30 pm P. F
Reagan’s House of Pancakes- 7:00 am – 12:30 pm P. F
Smoky Mt. Brewery 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight P. F
Smoky Mt. Pancake House 7:00 am – 12:00 noon P. F
Starbuck’s 9:00 am – 5:00 pm P. F
TGIFriday’s 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Sev. P.F. & Gat
Wood Grill Buffet 11:00 am – 8:00 pm P. F
Margaritaville 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Pucker’s Sports Bar & Grill, Crawdaddy’s, Loco Burro, Johnny Rockets: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm P. F
Seasons of Ober 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm P. F

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing Named a 2014 Best In Stay Hotel by Orbitz Customers

Sevierville,TNThe Resort at Governor’s Crossing is the winner of a 2014 Orbitz Best in Stay Award for being a top-rated hotel in Sevierville. The 2014 Orbitz Best In Stay Awards honor nearly 400 top-rated hotels in 75 popular destinations based on reviews by Orbitz customers. In addition to the destination winners, Best in Stay winners were also selected in six categories: Value, Luxury, Family, LGBT, Ski and All-Inclusive.

Orbitz Best in Stay 2014

Orbitz Best in Stay 2014

Orbitz Best In Stay Award winners are selected based on the overall numeric score of verified hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers that have booked and stayed at hotels over the past year. Customers are asked to rate a variety of hotel attributes on a scale of 1 to 5, including amenities, maintenance, hotel staff, room comfort, location, and value. Those ratings are supplemented by input from nearly 150 Orbitz hotel experts who factor in other market conditions, such as the number of reviews, frequency of booking and reputation of hotel staff.

“With customers booking hotels on Orbitz.com and our other sites in record numbers, we expanded the Best In Stay Awards to recognize even more best-in-class hotels as rated by customers,” said Peggy Bianco, group vice president of global hotel supplier services for Orbitz.com. “In the age of mobile and social media, customers use our nearly 2 million hotel reviews to make real-time decisions about their trips based on advice from other customers. Orbitz is proud to honor these highly rated Best In Stay properties that provide exemplary service and make our customers’ hotel stays memorable.”

Four Special Days in Pigeon Forge Honoring Those Who Have Served

August 21-24 the City of Pigeon Forge and various local businesses are hosting special events to honor the men and women who have served our Country.
At 5:30 PM on August 20th the Patriot Guard will escort the Cost of Freedom Tribute and The Traveling Wall from the Titanic Museum Attraction to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. The Wall will be on public display from Aug. 21-24th as part of the Welcome Home Vietnam Celebration and the Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show.

Traveling Wall

Traveling Wall


The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVVT) presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits including the Traveling Wall, a 50% scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. This magnificent indoor display pays respect to veterans, active duty personal and first responders.
Smoky Mountain ResortsThe Collier Restaurant Group,  Titanic Museum AttractionSons of Confederate Veterans,  United Daughters of the Confederacy, U.S. Tours, and many other sponsors have worked with the AVVT to bring this tribute to Pigeon Forge.
On Aug. 23rd at 10AM will be the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade honoring our country’s veterans. The parade will feature veterans from all over the country, military vehicles, marching bands and parade Grand Marshall Louise Mandrell.
After the parade from 11:30AM to 1:30PM there will be a veterans reunion held at The Traveling Wall hosted by Mandrell, Hanoi Hilton Survivor Captain James Lollar, Author and Veteran David Chaltas, and Vietnam Veterans of Tennessee Commander Barry Rice.
Aug. 23 & 24 and the Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Military and history buffs will have the opportunity to view and purchase artifacts and relics from the Civil War.

Smoky Mountain 4th of July Events Schedule

Every year on July 4th the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg celebrate Independence Day in a big way. 2014 will be no exception; here is the current list of scheduled events:

  • July 3 Fireworks Display at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville following the TN. Smokies/Montgomery baseball game.
  • July 3rd/4th The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation– At the stroke of midnight the 39th annual Gatlinburg July 4th Midnight Parade will march down the parkway. This year’s parade will honor Women Veterans and other U.S. HeroesView last years Midnight Parade
  • July 4th Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta– The annual unmanned River Raft Regatta will be held at 12 noon, registration begins at 10 a.m.
  • July 4th Patriot FestivalPigeon Forge’s Patriot Park will again be home to this annual festival starting at 12 noon with fun and activities for kids. Onstage entertainment will begin at 1:30 p.m. with concerts featuring the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass group Adkins & Loudermilk, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and the event headliners Lonestar.
  • July 4th Mark Chesnutt– 8 p.m. at Country Tonite Theatre
  • July 4th Fireworks- Pigeon Forge’s fireworks display will be at Patriot Park starting somewhere between 9:30 till 10 p.m. depending on the conclusion of onstage entertainment. Gatlinburg’s fireworks will be centered downtown (recommended viewing around traffic light #3) to begin about 10 p.m. All fireworks subject to weather conditions.

The Great Smoky Mountains Quarter

In 2010 the US Mint launched the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The mint began issuing quarters embossed with designs featuring national parks or national sites.
This past week the mint released the Great Smoky Mountains Quarter, the 21st coin in the program. The coin’s design features a historic log cabin found within the National Park (presumably the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove) with a mountain backdrop and a hawk soaring above.

The Great Smoky Mountains Commemorative Quarter

The Great Smoky Mountains Commemorative Quarter

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing was fortunate to receive some of these quarters at their release. As a special thank you to our guests staying the nights of February 16th and/or 17th during the Presidents Day weekend, we will be handing out a “mint stateGreat Smoky Mountains Quarter in a protective plastic case.

Commemorative quarters are limited to one per guest unit. The quantity is very limited and not for sale.