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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.

Pigeon Forge Area Restaurants Open Thanksgiving

A listing of restaurants open and their hours of business in Pigeon Forge for Thanksgiving 2015, information compiled Nov. 18, 2015.

Alamo Steakhouse 908-9998 4PM-9PM
Auntie’s Anne’s Cinnabon 286-7001 10AM-6PM
Baskin Robbins Ice Cream 453-3337 11AM-Midnight
Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que 429-2200 11AM-9PM
Big Daddy’s Pizzeria 429-7171 4PM-9PM
Bojangles 286-9534 5:30AM-Noon
Burger King-South 453-9789 6AM-11PM
Burger King-North 453-2615 6AM-11PM
Cakes By Bakin’ Bishop 774-1117 Call for Hours
Calhoun’s  868-1500 10AM-10PM
Captain Jims 453-0003 12PM-9PM
Corky’s Ribs & BBQ 453-7427 4PM-10PM
Cracker Barrel-South  428-4613 6AM-10PM
Cracker Barrel-North 908-4459 6AM-10PM
Denny’s Diner-South 774-5047 24 Hours
Denny’s Diner-North 428-2411 24 Hours
Domino’s Pizza 429-1818 10:30AM-1AM
Dude’s Daiquris 286-3800 Call for Hours
Dunkin Donuts 365-1396 5AM-9PM
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin 908-6115 7AM-1PM
Funnel Cake Factory 453-3623 Call for Hours
Geno’s Pizza 428-2496 11AM-1AM
Golden Corral 453-1827 11AM-7PM
Happy Days Dinner 774-7707 11AM-9PM
Hard Rock Café’ 430-7625 11AM-Midnight
Harpoon Harry’s 428-2006 12PM-8PM
Hardee’s 774-7687 5AM-10PM
IHOP 429-2335 6AM-2PM
Iron Boar Saloon 429-7779 2PM-9PM
J T Hannah’s 428-4200 11AM-9PM
Jimmy Buffet’s Margariaville 210-8530 11AM-8PM
Kentucky Fired Chicken 453-4371 10:30AM-9PM
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse 774-7598 12PM-11PM
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 428-3222 7AM-11PM
La Cieliton Lindo Mexican Restaurant  286-9145 Call for Hours
Loui’s Grill  428-2700 7AM-11AM & 5PM-8PM
Mad Dog Creamy 774-5558 4PM-10PM
McDonalds 453-9351 24 Hours
Mama’s Farmhouse  908-4646 11AM-9PM
Margaritaville Coffee 366-1170 7AM-6PM
Mel’s Diner 429-2184 7AM-Midnight
No Way Jose’s 429-7779 2PM-9PM
Old Mill Pottery House Café 453-6002 10:30AM-8:30PM
Old Mill Restaurant 429-3463 10:30AM-8:30PM
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen 366-1510 10:30AM-6PM
Reagan’s Broken Egg Pancake House 453-4600 7AM-12:30PM
Reagan’s House of Pancakes 428-0652 7AM-12:30PM
Ruby Tuesday 429-5665 11AM-9PM
Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant 336-1090 8AM-2PM
Shoney’s North 453-1806 6AM-11PM
Shoney’s South 428-3453 6AM-11PM
Smoky Mountain Brewery 868-1400 Noon-11PM
Smoky Mountain Pancake House 453-6746 7AM-Noon
Starbuck’s 429-3124 5:30AM-6PM
Subway North at Fast Stop 429-2709 24 Hours
Taco Bell South 908-1193 Call for Hours
TGI Friday’s 453-1750 4PM-10PM
The Fudgery 286-0119 Call for Hours
The Sweet Shoppe of the South 286-0119 Call for Hours
Wood Grill Buffet 429-3120 10:30AM-8:30PM
     
ALL Information Subject to Change    

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.

Titanic Museum Attraction to host Dive & Dine Excursion

In conjunction with Wilderness Wildlife Week the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge will host a Dive & Dine Excursion on January 31. This special one –night-only event will include an escorted tour of the Titanic Museum Attraction, a First Class Dinner and a personal introduction to Titanic historian/explorer John Joslyn.

Joslyn was the co-leader of the first live television show that took viewers to the Titanic wreck site in 1987 and is the founder /co-owner of the Pigeon Forge attraction along with one in Branson, MO. Joslyn will take guests back to Titanic’s beginning, from her launch and maiden voyage, to the iceberg, to the luxury liner’s loss and her discovery. Titanic

Join us at 5PM Jan. 31, 2014 for this special once-in-a lifetime event, space is very limited.  Admission is $45.00 per person. Call 800- 381-7670 to make your reservation!