Category Archives: Local Interest

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!

2014 Wilderness Wildlife Week In Pigeon Forge

The 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week will be held Jan. 25-Feb. 1st at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. The annual salute to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the great outdoors has been recognized by many organizations including the International Festivals & Events Assoc. and Southeast Tourism Society.

Among the many different activities offered is the new Smokies through the Lens! (Photography workshops), hiking, and crafting. Some of the many lectures will cover the Civil War in the Smokies and East Tennessee, fly fishing, wildlife, conservation, and much more. camerahiking

Downloadable Program Guide

Early 2014 Smoky Mountain Events

Visitors to The Resort at Governor’s Crossing and the Smoky Mountains look forward to attending certain area events year after year. Listed below are dates of some of the earlier events for 2014. Dates are subject to change.

·    Jan. 25- Feb. 1       24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week
LeConte Center Pigeon Forge

Jan. 31                   Titanic Dive and Dine Excursion 

·    Feb. 19-23             14th Annual Saddle Up Celebration
                                               TBA
·    Mar. 19-22            20th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest
                                            LeConte Center Pigeon Forge
·    Mar. 21-22            Corvette Expo
                                            Seviervville Events Center
·    Mar. 22                  Dollywood Opens
·    April 11-13            Spring Pigeon Forge Rod Run
·    May 2                     Dolly’s Homecoming Parade
                                            Pigeon Forge
·    May 16-17              Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass
                                            Sevierville

Human Interaction Harms one of Tennessee’s Free Attractions

One of East Tennessee’s and here in the Smokies great attractions is the chance to see a black bear in the wild. People come from near and far with the hope of seeing one of these bears and other wildlife as this area holds the greatest bear population in the entire state.

Mother & Cub

Mother & Cub

On top of that viewing them in the wild is free as The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has no admission fees. That’s right; you can drive through Cades Cove, the Roaring Fork, all over the park and only have to pay for your fuel. Sadly foolish, uneducated, and uncaring tourists are ruining the chance for you and your family to observe these bears.

A recent report by Knoxville WBIR TV News brought to light that poor behavior by certain tourists is harming these bears leading to their removal or even causing the need for certain bears to be killed. They reported how tourists fed a female black bear and her three cubs in Cades Cove causing them to become “Nuisance Bears”. This forced the park service to capture and relocate the mother bear and her cubs 40 miles from the area. The article goes on to tell of a bear having to be euthanized in 2010 because of it approaching hikers in the Laurel Falls area wanting food.

Full WBIR News Article

The WBIR article also reported on the story in Country Magazine where the lady bragged about approaching an angry mother bear and her cubs in Cades Cove to get that “photographic treasure”. Thankfully enough public backlash caused the magazine to retract the story.

Cub in tree eating berries

Cub in tree eating berries

The law states you must stay back 50 yards and may not disturb or displace these animals. Visitors can be arrested and fined for violating this law. Bring a zoom lens and stay back. Don’t feed the bears! Keep your distance, stay safe and keep them safe.

Black Bear Safety Tips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2013

Newfound Gap Road (US-441), the main route from Gatlinburg TN to Cherokee NC, has been closed since January due to a land slide on the NC side, near mile marker 22. Park officials have reported that road repairs are on schedule and should be completed by May 15, 2013. Newfound Gap Road is open from Gatlinburg to the Newfound Gap overlook and to Clingmans Dome Road weather permitting.  UPDATENewfound Gap Road repairs are completed and the road is now open from Gatlinburg TN to Cherokee NC as of 4/15/13.

The following roads are scheduled to open April 12:
Parsons Branch Road
The Roaring Fork Motor Natural Trail

Little Greenbrier

Due to federal budget cuts the following campgrounds and picnic areas will be closed in 2013:
Look Rock campground and picnic area
Abrams Creek campground
Balsam Mountain campground and picnic area (includes Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain Roads)
Tow String horse camp (NC)

Current park road and facilities information click here.

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Many guests choose to stay at The Resort at Governor’s Crossing during the Christmas Holidays and inquire about places to eat on Christmas Day. This is a  partial list of restaurants open Christmas Day in the greater Sevierville and Pigeon Forge area. This list is incomplete and subject to change.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant & Grill Reservations Only
Broken Egg Pancake House 7am-12:pm
Calhoun’s Restaurant Noon-9pm
Captain Jims Noon-8pm
Corky’s Ribs & BBQ 11am-9pm
Denny’s Diner 24 hours
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin 7am-Noon
Funnel Cake Factory 2pm-10pm
Fusion Café Asian Grill 11am-10pm
Geno’s Pizza Noon-1am
Golden Corral Steak House 11am-7pm
Happy Days Diner 4pm-9pm
Hardee’s 7am-7pm
IHOP 8am-2pm
J T Hannah’s 2pm-9pm
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse 2pm-10pm
Little House of Pancakes 7am-Noon
Louie’s Grill at Holiday Inn 7am-11am
No Way Jose’s 2pm-10pm
Partridge and Pear 11am-4pm
Shoney’s North & South Locations 8am-6/7pm?
Smoky Mountain Pancake House 8am-noon
Starbuck’s 8am-4pm
TGI Fridays 4pm-10pm
Wood Grill Buffet 8am-10pm

4th of July 2012 Celebrations in the Smokies

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge start celebrating July 4th early and go late into the night with fun and excitement for the whole family. The two cities bring back the charm of years gone by with many small town traditions plus some modern day entertainment.

July 4 Schedule of Events:

All Pigeon Forge events held at Patriot Park

Sevierville’s 2012 Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass

The 8th Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for May 18 & 19 in downtown Sevierville. This free street style festival features live Bluegrass music as well as some of the finest BBQ in the country.

Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass

Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass

Scheduled to perform on the main stage Friday evening are Jerry Butler & The Blu-J’s, Just Us, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, and The Quebe Sisters Band. Saturday’s headliners are Mountain Ruckus, Ken Mellons, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Rockin’Acoustic Circus and then at 8PM The Travelin’ McCourys.
The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing will offer special rates that entire week online. Look for the special discounted rate code: BBQ.

Special Invitation from The Resort at Governor’s Crossing

For only our guests here at The Resort at Governor’s Crossing, visit Hillside Winery between 4:00 – 5:00pm any Thursday for a complimentary Cheese & Wine Tasting on us!  With over a dozen handcrafted bottles on site, Hillside Winery is sure to have a wine that fits your group’s preferred flavors.  Wines offered range from the traditional dry white and red wines to the exceptional fruit & sweet wines.  Tours of the facility are also available from Noon  – 5pm everyday and they also have great gift items for the local traveler and wine enthusiast alike!

Hillside Winery

Hillside Winery

Stop by our front desk here at The Resort and ask for your special invitation. Present the invitation upon arrival at Hillside Winery and enjoy.
Must be 21 years of age.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Again in 2011 Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is at TN Smokies Stadium in Sevierville, TN. With hundreds of thousands of lights programmed to music, this is a “can’t miss” experience for the family during the holidays.
While taking in the light show the children will enjoy “Santa’s Village” with a free petting zoo. There are also pony and camel rides, photos with Santa, and festive refreshments.
Hours are dusk to 10PM. Fees schedule.