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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
·    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

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing FAQs

What time is Check In and Check Out?

Check In time is 4PM, Check Out is at 11AM
Any late check out may be subject to  additional charges.

If we arrive early can we check in?

We try to check in guests as soon as possible but early check-ins especially during the summer season is almost impossible because of occupancy. We recommend calling the front desk (865-429-0500) when you are close to arriving and to see if your unit is ready.

What are the hours for the pool areas?

The pools open at 9AM and close at 11PM

Can your purchase a pass for the waterparks if not staying at The Resort?

No, the waterparks are for the exclusive use of registered guests staying at The Resort

Can we use the waterparks after checking out?

Yes, after checking out of your unit a special key can be issued allowing access to the waterparks the remainder of the day.

Do you allow pets?

I am sorry but we do not allow pets. These units are individually owned and the home owners association voted against allowing pets.

Is continental breakfast included in a stay?

We do not offer a continental breakfast at The Resort as these are condominiums with full kitchens.

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

The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing on Pigeon Forge Hot Deals

We receive many inquires regarding The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing listing on the discount web site Pigeon Forge Hot Deals. First off, The Resort does not own this web site; we are just listed on it. Along with The Resort this web site currently lists a hotel in Sevierville and five other hotels in Pigeon Forge.
We thought we would answer a few frequently asked questions:
How come you didn’t accept my offer?
The misconception put out on TV is that properties will accept 50-75% off their rates. At The Resort these units are individually owned and the homeowner expects a certain rate when their unit is rented. Plus there is a limit to how low a room can be rented due to the costs incurred in renting and cleaning that room. With increased labor costs, the cost of materials and supplies, plus utilities, the old adage “better than any empty room” is no longer true.
How come I have to submit a new offer to change my dates of stay, why can’t you just do it?
The rates accepted or counter offered are an average over the nights that are requested. Weekday and weekend rates differ, sometimes by large amounts; one added or subtracted day may have a big effect. Also, when one reserves at the Pigeon Forge Hot Deals rate they agree they will honor the dates requested and the property will honor that rate, it is a binding agreement.
It says I have five days to reserve but when I went to book my unit it came back as not available?
The rate accepted or countered is honored for five days, not the unit.  The unit is not held until a guaranteed reservation is made and that requires a deposit of the first’s night stay.

A few tips on using Pigeon Forge Hot Deals
· As the web site states; Pigeon Forge Hot Deals is for last minute deals. Making an offer 3 months out is going to receive little or no discount.
· Do not make a counter offer for less than your original offer for the same dates and unit type, the system will automatically decline it.
· The system does track email address and names to the dates of stay, trying to beat the system rarely works.

New Playground Area at The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing

The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing has announced the addition of  “Pirate Ship” playground. Surveys of previous guests indicated a desire for a play area for smaller children, preferably one that would not involve swimming. After presenting these survey results at the annual Home Owners Association meeting , the association elected to purchase the attraction.  The new “Pirate Ship” playground will be located between the outdoor pools and the building housing the front desk office. This dry play area will add to the many amenities already located at The Resort. Installation has already begun with completion targeting April 1st.

Pirate Ship Playground

Pirate Ship Playground

*Please note this is a manufacture’s sales brochure image, actual playground may differ*

Enter the Pigeon Forge Summer Fuel Sweepstakes

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism is having an online giveaway for a chance to win prizes through July 19, 2011. The grand prize winner will receive Pigeon Forge accommodations for 4, plus four tickets to Dollywood, Wonderworks, Country Tonite, Titanic and 2 gas cards valued at $60 each. There will be an additional 33 prize winners who will receive a gas card worth $60.
Entries are only accepted online.

Newfound Gap Road Construction Delays Starting in March

Travelers on Newfound Gap Road (U. S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will experience delays beginning March 1st. Repairs on the heavily traveled two lane mountain road will begin on the Tennessee side at the state line proceeding north. In addition to repaving and drainage work the stone retaining walls will require repairs including re-construction to support the roadbeds, forcing closure of one lane from March 1st through June 10th.

Just above the Morton Overlook the work on the retaining wall and roadbed will require flag crews to direct traffic from 8AM until 9PM. Overnight traffic will be open to both lanes. At a slightly lower location traffic lights will control traffic around the clock.

From June 11 through August 15 there will be no lane closures during daytime hours.  Overnight between 9PM and 8AM construction will again cause lane closures.

The expected completion time of this first phase of the road work project is scheduled for October 2012. An additional two phases are schedule to complete the repairs of the 15 mile stretch of road between Newfound Gap and the park entrance north of Gatlinburg with projected completion in 2016.

The Resort’s Outdoor Waterpark

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing announced today that the outdoor pools and lazy river will remain open and heated through October 31st. A definite closing date for the season will be decided at a later time depending on weather conditions and pool usage. The indoor waterpark is open year round.

Outdoor Pools and Lazy River

Outdoor Pools and Lazy River

Taking Vacation Back Sweepstakes

The city of Pigeon Forge is running a contest, the Taking Vacation Back Sweepstakes. The promotion is offering a helping hand to families in need plus a vacation this summer to the city.
People may nominate a deserving family by submitting an essay which is voted on by visitors to the web site.  Currently, visitors to the web site may vote on submitted essays to determine the winners for the month of June. They will begin accepting nominations for July on the first of the month.
For further information and contest rules visit

Road Repairs Scheduled in National Park

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park will be closing certain roads this spring for much needed repairs. These repairs will affect some of the parks most popular areas.

The Cades Cove Loop Road near Townsend, is slated for repaving from March 1 through May 21. Due to the fact the road has not been repaved in over thirty years, it will need to be totally closed down as it will require total reconstruction.

Clingmans Dome Road, which normally opens April 1st, will be kept closed until around May 29th. Along with road repairs, new public facilities are being installed at the parking area at Clingmans Dome.

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is also scheduled to be closed till May 29th.  The popular 5 mile scenic loop is in Gatlinburg.

Weather conditions will play an important factor in getting these three projects completed on time. This winter and last fall have been extremely wet causing rock slides along certain roads and making for wet working conditions. We will report any announced delays in scheduled opening dates here on our blog and also on our Twitter page.