Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Feast



THANKSGIVING FEAST

Visiting our area from out of town?
No family in the area?
Don't want to go grocery shopping?
Don't want to dirty your kitchen?

Whatever the reasons, if you don't want to cook a Thanksgiving meal, the multitude of restaurants in our area offering a traditional feast will surely not disappoint! Read below for some great choices, but be warned just reading this post will make your stomach growl and your mouth water!

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
Serving a Thanksgiving Feast from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm
Adults $25.99 and Children 10 and under $9.99
All the traditional fixings and more: Applewood Julep, Apple Fritters with Apple Butter, Vegetable Soup, Prime Rib with Au Jus, Roasted Turkey with Gravy and Stuffing, Apple Glazed Sugar Cured Ham, and more!

Bennet's Pit Barbeque
Serving a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11;00 am to 8:00 pm
They are offering a full Thanksgiving buffet or you can order a family feast for $100. You must pre-order the feast prior to Thanksgiving. This includes a 12 lb Turkey, 4 qt of Mashed Potatoes, 2 pt of Gravy, 4 qt of Dressing, 4 qt of Veggies of your choice, 15 Rolls, and 2 Pumpkin Pies. 

Corky's BBQ
Serving all Thanksgiving Favorites from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Dine in on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Get it to go if you would rather feast at home or need something to take to a family dinner!

Harpoon Harry's 
Serving a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast with a Seafood Twist 12:00-8:00 pm
Enjoy a huge Thanksgiving buffet with all your favorite foods, but also enjoy some seafood options to shake things up a little! Need some more....they are also offering their crab bucket menu.

Mama's Farmhouse 
Offering all you can eat Thanksgiving Dinner 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Serving a traditional Thanksgiving Meal family style. You get turkey, ham, dressing and your choice of five sides. Don't forget that your meal comes with desert. As always, their meal is all you can eat!

Margaritaville Restaurant
Serving a Thanksgiving Feast 11:00 to 8:00 pm
They will be offering their regular menu and signature margaritas. Or you can enjoy their Thanksgiving Feast featuring Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Honey Garlic Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream. $18.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids 12 and under.

Old Mill Restaurant
Serving a full Thanksgiving Meal 10:30 am to 8:30 pm
One of the most popular choices in our area, they do not offer reservations on Thanksgiving day. However, do not let that deter you from enjoying a delicious feast! Adults are $25.99 and Kids under 12 are $8.99. They are serving all the delicious Thanksgiving foods including turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, and cranberry sauce. The corn chowder & fritters, ambrosia fruit salad, and roasted prime rib of beef are offerings that can't be missed!


A few more popular choices: Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Applebees, and Shoney's will all be offering a Thanksgiving Meal!


The Derosia Team wishes you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Check out next month's post for can't miss Christmas Activities and Shows in our Area!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy November



Happy November!

TEMPERATURES are cooling, LEAVES are falling, BEARS are scavenging for food, TURKEYS are calling, and CHRISTMAS LIGHTS are being turned on! That can only mean one thing in the Sevier County....it's NOVEMBER!

There is lots to see and do throughout the year which each month being just as magical as the one before. The events in November are sure to not disappoint. Check out this month's post to find several can't miss activities and a recipe for one of my favorite things...PUMPKIN PIE!


 Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff -November 7, 2016
3:00-7:30 pm

The 2016 Sevierville Winterfest kickoff event, dubbed “Music, Lights and Magic,”  takes place in the heart of the city at the municipal complex downtown. Free food, local entertainment, kids' games and fireworks make this event fun for everyone! The evening wraps up by turning on the area's first Winterfest lights.
Sevierville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 110 Gary Wade Blvd. in Sevierville TN



Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff- November 8, 2016

Winterfest Kick-off
4:00 PM: Kids Area opens up Days Gone By Old Time Games
5:00 PM: Activities start from stage National Anthem presenting of colors: Mayor and City Manager to speak recognize Volunteer of the Year Grace Stottlemeyer
5:15 PM: Count down to lights being turned on *in Patriot Park only immediately followed by 3-4 minutes of fireworks
5:30 PM: Entertainment starts from stage: Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day & the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus: Note some members of Pistol Creek will be strolling through park earlier entertaining
6:00 PM: FREE Trolley Tour of Lights rides will start
Local Girl Scouts will be selling hot drinks and cookies and they will have Winterfest shirt sales also.

 Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff- November 9, 2016
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg.

City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city while thousands sample from more than 25 vendors from area restaurants and businesses.
This year’s event features great musical acts throughout the night performing on multiple stages.
5:00 The Greenbrier Band (will perform 4 times throughout the evening. 5:15 Grassabillies
5:30 & 6:00 All Sauced Up Hot Chili Eating Contests
6:00 Winter Magic Kickoff lighting 
6:15 Tara Thompson (headliner)



PUMPKIN PIE!

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.


Happy November....check back later in the month for the best places to get a Thanksgiving Feast without having to dirty your kitchen!

THE DEROSIA TEAM!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Local Favorite: 3 Jimmy's

Local Favorite:
3 Jimmy's Restaurant
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Tourist destinations like Sevier County have their share of chain restaurants, but it is the small individually, owned establishments that the locals hold near and dear to their hearts. These restaurants are often off the beaten path or offer delicious favorites that keep the locals and guests to our area coming back often!

3 Jimmy's is located at 1359 East Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. It is found on the corner of the Parkway and Glades Road and is a perfect place to stop if you are touring the Arts & Craft Community. 

They offer BBQ & Hearty American meals that you can enjoy inside or on the covered patio. They are known for their award winning smoked wings, but everything on the menu is delicious. They also have regular live music. They are open 11 am- 12 am every day.
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3 Jimmy's offers nightly entertainment. Need to relax-check out the live music Feeling brainy-check out the team trivia! Feeling groovy-check out Karaoke! Feeling musical-Bring your instrument to open mic night! 
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Looking for a new breakfast spot? They offer a breakfast buffet every Saturday and Sunday. You can get breakfast from 7:00 am to noon. Find all the normal breakfast treats, such as biscuits & gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and more. 
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They even offer delicious pizza...and yes they deliver!
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Let us know if this is one of your favorite spots!

Happy Fall Y'all-
The Derosia Team!

Monday, October 3, 2016

October in the Smokies


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October in the Smokies is a great time. There are so many fun fall activities that everyone in the family is sure to find something they will love. From apple cider to corn mazes to pumpkin patches and hay rides, check this post out for some must do fall activities!

Kyker Farms: Located off Highway 66 and is open September 30-October 30. One admission price gets you a full day of fun. Check out the pumpkin patch, hayride, tunnel slides, straw crawl, corn tub, corn cob swing, corn hole, educational barn with lots of kritters, bouncing pillow, and several corn mazes. For the older more adventurous ones, check out the Zombie Paintball Adventure and Haunted Corn Maze. 

Looking for free family fun entertainment, check this list out!





Gumstand Baptist Church is hosting a Hallelujah Party on October 31st at 5:30. Lots of Candy and fun activities!


Greenbrier Campground is hosting their 1st ever Halloween Carnival. Food, drinks, games, hay ride, costume contest, corn hole tournament, and even a haunted island after dark. Saturday, October 29th from 4-9pm. Open to the public and suitable for all ages. 

Pigeon Forge Community Center is hosting a trick or treat event on October 27th.

Gatlinburg Recreation Department will present the second annual Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, October 29 in Mills Park.  Families can Trick or Treat in a safe and friendly environment along the walking trail at Mills Park.  Local organizations and businesses will provide fun games, activities and, of course, lots of treats.  The event will run 5:00PM – 8:00PM. The community is invited. 

 Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies - Annual Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival will be held Saturday, October 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Contests, costumed characters, games, food vendors and lots of candy will help make an unforgettable event for resident and visitors of all ages. Trick or treat safety tips will be provided by the Gatlinburg Police Department and the Gatlinburg Fire Department will offer information on fire safety during the event, which attracted more than 1,200 children last year. Proceeds from some activities will benefit the United Way of Sevier County.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Back to School

It's August and for Sevier County residents that means one thing....It's Back to School time for all the kiddos! Check this blog post out for tips on how to make the last few weeks of summer meaningful for your children, how to combat boredom, and some awesome deals in the area as you get ready to embark on yet another school year. 


10 activities...No Parent's Allowed!

1. Wash the car
2. Make a picnic lunch, but only pack items that start with the letter P
3. Make a wind chime from recycled items
4. Create a fairy garden...for an added twist make it for zombies
5. Create a back yard zip line for action figures or barbies
6. Use old newspapers to create anonymous notes
7. Paint rocks and add googly eyes to represent members of the family
8. Cover the slip n slide in shaving cream
9. Using old boxes, build a giant robot 
10. Wear parent approved old clothes and see who can create the largest grass stains

10 activities..Family Involvement
1. Bake cookies and create homemade ice cream sandwiches
2. Visit a Farmer's Market
3. Have a picnic at a state park 
4. Make homemade pizzas
5. Camp out in the backyard...create a campfire or use the grill and roast hot dogs and make s'mores
6. Go fossil hunting near a lake
7. Get a map of your area, mark off all the local parks -- then visit them, take pictures and vote for your favorite
8. Create three dimensional buildings using toothpicks and mini marshmallows
9. Take a free kid's workshop at stores like Lowe's and Home Depot
10. Make a giant hopscotch or Twister game on the lawn (with spray paint) or driveway (with chalk)

Back to School Deals
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Many stores in Tanger Outlet have back to school deals!

Carter's: Up to 50% off sale and BOGO shoes Expires-8/15/2016
Old Navy: Kid's Styles up to 60% off and free backpack if you spend $75 or more Expires- 8/10/2016
Reebok: Take an extra 40% off Women's and Kids Footwear Expires- 8/10/2016
Stride Rite: Buy one, get one 40% off Expires-9/5/2016
Under Armour: Buy one, get one 50% off Expires-8/2/2016
Under Armour Youth: Buy one, get one 50% off Expires-8/2/2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

What's better than locally raised, farm fresh produce? One of the best things about summer is the variety of delicious fruits and veggies available. Luckily, in Sevier County there are 4 Farmer's Markets to help you find the perfect items to complement your meal. Even better, you might even find a locally made gift for a friend or loved one. Read on to find out more about each of our wonderful Farmer's Markets. 

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market is held on Saturdays at the Covered Bridge on Galdes Road from 8:30-12:00. Stop by to find fruits, nuts, berries, honey, jellies and jams, and vegetables. Also, find plants, baked goods, and health products. Every second Saturday includes live music, and every fourth Saturday features kid's activities. Check out their webpage for even more information: Gatlinburg Farmer's Market


Sevierville Farmer's Market is held on Fridays at the Bruce Street Gazebo from 9-1:30. Stop by to fresh bagels, breads, all kinds of produce and so much more! Check out their facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/seviervillecommons/



Famer's Market at the Co-op is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 to 12:00 at the Sevier Farmer's Co-op on West Main Street in Sevierville. Find peaches from Gist Creek and apples from Mountain View Orchards. 


Seymour's Farmer Market is held on Saturdays from 8:00 to 12:00 at First Baptist Church of Seymour. They feature fruits, vegetable, honey, eggs, and craft items. Check out their webpage for more info: http://www.seymourfarmersmarket.org/


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Local Favorite: Parton's Deli

Tourist destinations are packed full of restaurants; most of them being the well known chain restaurants that can be dined in all over the country.  However, every city has the smaller restaurants that are usually out of the hustle and bustle of the city life.  These restaurants are  local favorites and mom and pop establishments that don't make it into the guidebooks and vacation brochures.  Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and the other surrounding areas of the Smoky Mountains have several well-kept secrets that the locals love. 

These establishments in the Smoky Mountains are often a great place to go and learn about the local culture, as well as eat some of the best local food.  Most of the establishments have more reasonable prices than the chain restaurants in town.  The service is above and beyond in these family owned establishments and the food is worth coming back for over and over again.

Because there are so many local favorites we will pick a featured restaurant each month and share it with our readers.  This months featured restaurant is Parton's Deli.

Parton's Deli is located at 332 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN (right next to Hillbilly Golf) and is open for Breakfast and Lunch 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Daily.

Parton's Deli has been in business since 1974. Any business that has been around 40 plus years must be good! It is a small family operation with big value!


People return time and time again for the best chili dogs in the area, fresh sliced meat, delicious Reubens and deserts worth all the extra calories. The homemade potato salad is a favorite among many. The sandwiches are steamed and delicious. It is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor. Check out the reviews if you are not sold yet! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60842-d443428-Reviews-Parton_s_Deli-Gatlinburg_Tennessee.html

Make sure to stop by for great food, great people, and great atmosphere!