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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.”

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.

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

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing Announces New Miniature Golf Course

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing is pleased to announce the addition of a new 9 hole miniature golf course in 2013. The new mini golf (Putt Putt) course will be located between Phase I and the outdoor waterpark. It will occupy about half of the walkway and run length ways. Completion of the course is expected to be mid to late March.

Mini Golf to the right of outdoor pools

Mini Golf to the right of outdoor pools

The addition of the mini golf will add to The Resort’s growing list of on site amenities. In 2012 The Resort added its Pirate Ship Playground, a dry play area, and the Toddler Splash & Play area to the indoor waterpark.

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

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.

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 Pirate Ship Playground Now Open

The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing new “Pirate Ship Playground” is completed almost a full month ahead of schedule and now open. The new playground located between the lazy river and the building housing the front desk office is a dry play area. The new playground is recommended for children 5-12 years of age with adult supervision.

New "Pirate Ship Playground" Now Open

New “Pirate Ship Playground” Now Open

Dragon Slide at "Pirate Ship Playground"

Dragon Slide at “Pirate Ship Playground”

March 23rd The Resort will host its Grand Opening of the Pirate Ship at 4PM.  Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley is schedule to cut the ribbon. Along with the mayor, “Captain Jesse Raven” will be available for pictures with the “little pirates” . DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS FORECASTED FOR MARCH 23rd THE GRAND OPENING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

 

 

 

 

Come meet "Captain Raven" March 23rd at 4PM

Come meet “Captain Raven” March 23rd at 4PM

 

 

 

 

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*