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August 20, 2019

TripAdvisor Has Changed Travel

Every month, 456 million people visit TripAdvisor to plan or review a trip.  That works out to about 1 in every 16 people on earth!  For almost every place there is a review, even fictional ones.  In fact the fictional Grant Budapest Hotel (from the movie) has more than 350 reviews and a 4.5 star rating.

The volume of consumer-sourced reviews has led to what some travel experts refer to as “reputation economy”.  While positive reviews can boost a business, bad reviews can be devastating.  Even before the days of print travel guides, people wanted to know everything about their destination before they got there.  Those who post on TripAdvisor are doing their best to help their fellow travelers.

TripAdvisor Comments

At Buckhorn Inn we are fortunate that 865 reviews from our guests have given us and overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars and made us the #1 B&B/Inn in Gatlinburg!   http://www.tripadvisor.comHere are some of our recent comments: 

We have received many positive guest reviews on TripAdvisor.

The view from Bebb House is spectacular.

Judy B said.  Chef Allen was incredible with his selections for dinner. I must admit there was so much food I couldn’t eat it all. Well, I had to leave room for the dessert didn’t I?

According to Relax164989.  Just a beautiful, happy place to unwind…with beautiful views…wonderful food and a very helpful and absolutely lovely staff.It’s in a great location right in the 8 mile loop of all the galleries, potters and cute restaurants and bistros.Will definitely return and experience a different season.

marcus1248 wrote. This was a most unforgettable experience. The drive down the entrance with the lush forest trees on each side of the road, the greeting by the owner Lee, as if we were long loss family, and sitting on the screened in porch of our cottage with a breath taking view of the Smokies, all created memories that will last forever. The entire staff was friendly and very accommodating. The breakfast and dinner meals were absolutely divine. This was our first trip, but definitely not our last.


August 16, 2019

Roasted Tomato-Crab Bisque with Cheddar Toasts

Organic ripe tomato cluster in a greenhouse

What says Buckhorn Inn dinner more than a flavorful bowl of soup?  And what says summer more than fresh ripe tomatoes from the garden?  With end-of-summer tomatoes so plentiful, now is the time to make this soup and transport yourself back to Buckhorn Inn—if only for dinnertime.

Heat oven to 400 F.

4                      Tomatoes, cut in half

1          Cup     Celery, diced small

1          Cup     Onion, diced small

1          Tbl       Garlic, minced

2          Qts      Clam or chicken broth

8          Oz       Lump crabmeat

1                      Bay leaf

1          Tsp      Thyme

1          Tsp      Fennel seeds

1          Cup     Heavy cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Roast tomatoes drizzled with olive oil in 400 F. oven until starting to blacken, about 30-40 minutes.  Let cool and remove skins.  Puree in food processor.  Sauté celery, onion and garlic in butter until tender.  Add clam or chicken broth, crabmeat, bay leaf, roasted tomato puree, thyme, fennel seeds.  Bring to boil and simmer until vegetables are tender.  Thicken slightly with flour and butter roux.  Add 1 cup whipping cream.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Cheddar Toasts:  Slice French bread into ½ inch thick slices.  Top with sharp cheddar cheese slices and chopped parsley.  Toast until cheese melts.  Serve bisque topped with Cheddar Toasts.

 

Yield:  10-12 servings

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August 6, 2019

Loop Lope Registration is Now Open

The Friends of the Smokies has announced that online registration for the 3rd annual Cades Cove Loop Lope is open.  The race will be held on Sunday, November 3.  Participation is limited to a total of 750 runners for the 5k or 10 mile event.  The 10 mile race begins at 7:30 am and the 5k begins at 7:35 am.

This is the only run taking place within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so it is a not-to-miss experience.  Runners will enjoy the splendor of Cades Cove while raising funds to protect the park for future generations.  Walkers, joggers, and individuals with strollers are welcome to participate.  Please be aware that there is a low water crossing on the 5k course where a creek crosses the road.  Both courses are certified by USATF.  

Cades Cove is a beautiful setting for the Loop Lope.

The morning fog adds to the beauty of Cades Cove.

In addition to the two course options, their is also a Virtual Race option.  This option allows runners to sign up to run the distance at the time and place of their choice and still support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Virtual runners will receive a t-shirt and a finisher’s medallion.  Registration and additional information may be found at the organization’s website http://www.friendsofthesmokies.org

You should know that Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed until 11 am on Sunday, November 3 due to the race.  Cars without a vehicle pass will not be permitted past the Townsend Wye.

Loop Lope Organized by Friends of the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The group has raised more than $65 million to support critical park programs in Tennessee and North Carolina.  

Generous support has been provided by sponsors, including:  Fleet Feet Knoxville, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort, DENSO, Rocky Top Tours, Townsend Gateway Inn, and Unlimited Training Systems.