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April 1, 2019

GSMNP Protects One of Last U.S. Wild Trout Habitats

Did you know that 20% of the 2,900 miles of streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are large enough to support trout populations?  The Park offers a variety of fishing experiences, from going after trout in remote, headwater streams to angling for smallmouth bass in large, coolwater streams.  Most of these streams remain at or near their carrying capacity of fish, according to the Park.  Therefore, you have a great opportunity to catch these beauties throughout the year!

The Park permits fishing year-round, from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset in all streams.  Tennessee residents and nonresidents age 13 and older must have a valid fishing license.  The daily possession limits are five brook, rainbow, or brown trout or smallmouth bass.  Twenty rock bass may be kept in addition to the above limit.  Fishermen may use only artificial flies or lures and a single hand-held rod.  Additional information is available from the park at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/fishing.htm  To trout fish in Gatlinburg, you must purchase a special license.  The city does not allow fishing on Thursdays.

Brook trout are native to the park.

Fishing is plentiful in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

There are 67 different species of fish in the park.  Brooks are the only trout native to the Smokies, although rainbows and browns have been introduced and are found in most large streams.  Long-term monitoring indicates that fishermen play practically no role in the fish population changes.  Major spring floods and summer droughts have much more effect both inside, and outside, the park.

Local Trout Fishing Guides Available

Local outfitters provide everything from rods and reels to professional guides.  These local experts can offer tips and insights for any skill level.  They know on what the fish are biting on any given day!  Spending a day with a local guide can speed up the learning curve.  You can research guides on your own, or ask advice from a local fishing shop.  

If you are new to fishing, many experts recommend the East Prong and the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River.  Both areas are easily accessible and offer medium to large fish.

And if fishing is not your thing, just watch our online menu and make a reservation for trout night at Buckhorn Inn!

 

 

 

March 25, 2019

Lemon Panna Cotta is Perfect Spring Dessert

What could be more spring-like than a lemon dessert?  Panna cotta means “cooked cream” in Italian.  The sweetened, thick cream is the perfect ending to a meal any time of year.  The brightness of lemon makes this version taste light and sunny.  Panna cotta is sometimes called a custard, but a true custard is thickened with egg yolks, not gelatin.  

Panna cotta is a gluten-free dessert.

Lemon adds a bright note to this creamy dessert.

Lemon Panna Cotta with Blackberry Sauce

1 cup whole milk

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup crème fraiche

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Lightly oil six custard cups and set aside.  Mix milk and cream in a heavy saucepan.  Bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat, cool slightly, and add vanilla.  Pour lemon juice into a small bowl.  Sprinkle gelatin on top of the juice and let stand about 10 minutes.  Stir sugar and gelatin mixture into milk mixture.  Stir over low heat just until sugar and gelatin dissolve, about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Whisk in crème fraiche and lemon peel.  Divide among custard cups.  Cover and chill until set, at least six hours.

Sauce

2 cups fresh blackberries

2 tablespoons packed golden brown sugar

2 tablespoons crème de cassis

Puree 2/3 of the blackberries, brown sugar and crème de cassis.  Strain into a medium bowl, extracting as much liquid as possible.  Stir remaining berries into sauce.

To serve, run a small knife around each custard cup.  Place bottoms of cups, one at a time, in a bowl of hot water for 45 seconds.  Place dessert plate on top of custard cup and invert, shaking gently, to turn out the panna cotta.  Serve with sauce.  This recipe make six servings.

Our chef notes that if you cannot find crème fraiche, heat one cup of whipping cream to lukewarm.  Remove from heat and mix in two tablespoons buttermilk.  Cover and let stand in a warm area about 24 hours until slightly thickened.  Chill until ready to use.

March 18, 2019

Many Films Shot in Beautiful Tennessee

When we think of U.S. films, we often think of Hollywood.  But the gorgeous landscapes and famous landmarks make Tennessee a great location to create movies.  Both the large studios and independent filmmakers have shot in our state.  Below is a list of some of the recent films that were created all, or in part, in Tennessee.  Visit http://www.tntrivia.com for more information.

Recent Films Created in Tennessee

Many films have been shot all, or in part, in Tennessee

You could be discovered by a filmmaker on your next visit to eastern Tennessee!

The Green Mile with Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, and Sam Rockwell.  The exterior of the prison is the Tennessee State Penitentiary which closed in 1992.

Nashville with Jeff Goldblum, Lily  Tomlin and Julie Christie.

Hannah Montana:  The Movie with Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Tyra Banks.  Middle Tennessee served as the backdrop for the movie, which is appropriate since Miley Cyrus is from the Volunteer State.

Black Snake Moan with Justin Timberlake, Christina Ricci, and Samuel L. Jackson.  This dark film was shot in Memphis and Stanton.

The Fugitive with Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, and Tommy Lee Jones.  The movie was filmed in the Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee/North Carolina border.  The iconic scene features Harrison Ford jumping into the Tennessee River.

Coal Miners Daughter.  The story of Loretta Lynn was shot in and around middle Tennessee, including Hurricane Mills and the Ryman Auditorium.

The Blind Side.  This biography of Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Michale Oher was filmed in Memphis.

The Firm with Tom Cruise.  The movie was true to the book, which was set in Memphis.

The Matrix.  Nashville was the backdrop for the opening chase scene.

Jungle Book.  Fall Creek Falls served as the jungle setting, showcasing the natural beauty of Tennessee.

Walk the Line with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.   The Folsom Prison scene was shot at the Pipken Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds in Memphis.

Green Mile.  This modern classic used the old State Prison building outside Nashville as its setting.

New Films Shot Locally

The Knoxville Film Office reports that five feature films were shot in the city in 2018 with more scheduled in 2019.  According to KnoxNews, “the movies run the gamut in terms of genre.  They include:  the paranormal Jim Gaffigan flick “Light From Light”; the Civil War film “Into the Wilderness”, the black comedy/musical “Flirting with Azrael”; the thriller “Purity Falls”, and the political/historical drama “No Time to Run”.”

So, when staying at Buckhorn Inn always put your best profile forward, you may be discovered and become a star!

 

 

 

 

February 25, 2019

Early Spring Events in Gatlinburg Draw Visitors

Early spring is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains.  The air is cool and fresh and swathes of blooming wildflowers blanket the mountains.  Whether you are interested in wine or wildflowers, crafting or running, this area has something just for you.  In order to help you plan your visit, here are some community events in which you might be interested.

April Events

April 12-13  Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend.  Located at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  Wine Festival guests can sip from the area’s best wineries and savor samples from the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.  http://www.gatlinburg.com/event/wine-fest/

April 12-14 Hands-On Gatlinburg.  Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will provide guests the chance to learn how to make crafts from the artists themselves.  Festivalgoers will leave with the items they make.  Woodturning, fused glass ornaments, rug weaving, and drawing are only a few of the areas to be explored.  http://www.pigeonforge.com/event/hands-on-gatlinburg/

April 17-20  Arts and Crafts Community Center Easter Show.  The Show will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Admission is free.  Demonstrations are part of the fun as you view unique handcrafted products produced locally.http://www.gatlinburg.com/event/great-smoky-easter-arts-crafts-show/

April 21 Easter  Sunrise at Ober.  Gatlinburg’s Annual Easter Sunrise Service will be enhanced by the beauty of the Smokies when the community and its visitors gather at Ober Gatlinburg.  The 30-40 minutes mountain service will begin at 6:30 am and will be led by pastors of the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association.

April 24-27 Wildflower Pilgrimage.  The Spring Pilgrimage has been held for 68 years in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The experience features professionally-guided walks.  Registration

In 2018 more than 850 people from 32 states participated in the wildflower pilgramage and associated events.

Spring wildflowers abound in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

opens on March 1.    http://www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org

April 26  Earth Day 5k.  Both runners and walkers are invited to participate in this run/walk in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg.  Proceeds benefit local scholarships, donations to schools, the Gatlinburg Goes Green Program and community-wide educational events.  Buie Pottery is providing awards and finishers medallions.  http://www.runsignup.com/Race/TN/Gatlinburg/earthday5kgatlinburg  

We hope your visit includes a stay at Buckhorn Inn.  We are conveniently located on the Arts & Crafts Loop with easy access to the both Gatlinburg and the Park.

 

February 18, 2019

Why Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Rather than a Hotel?

Why opt to stay in a bed and breakfast rather than in a large hotel?  The website http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/info/trav discusses the many reasons travelers opt for smaller, independent inns and bed and breakfasts.

A Bed and Breakfast Offers Value

The article points out that hotels usually do not offer a big bang for your buck.  The rooms can be small, you may pay for parking, and if there is a free breakfast it typically is a continental breakfast.  Most amenities are available for an extra cost.  At the Buckhorn Inn, you get a comfortable room and free nearby parking.  We offer complimentary Wi-Fi, which has been newly upgraded.  One of the best perks about staying with us is the hearty and delicious breakfast that comes as part of your stay.  You enjoy fresh fruit, juice, and fresh-baked biscuits and sweet breads while you contemplate your choice of entrée.  You may opt for a savory dish, like Country Eggs Benedict, a sweet dish like Bananas Foster French Toast, eggs cooked the way YOU like them with a breakfast meat, or a hearty bowl of oatmeal with delicious optional add-inns.  And while you enjoy that, your mug will be kept filled with robust, regular or decaf coffee or tea.

Unique Rooms

Many people prefer the inns because they like a room with character.  At the Buckhorn Inn you may

A typical bed and breakfast offers unique rooms as this traditional Buckhorn Inn room.

The Buckhorn Inn provides a serene oasis from the crowds viewing the eclipse.

choose from several different traditional inn rooms, premier suites, cottages, or guest houses.  Each has its own personality and décor.  Many of our guests find their favorite and always try to book “Cottage 5” or “the Red Room”!

Rich History

Many B&Bs have rich history and stories.  At the Buckhorn Inn, we are proud of our 80-year history of serving guests.  We have tried to keep the original charm and feel of Douglas Bebb’s vision, while providing our guests with the most modern amenities.

Personal Attention

Innkeepers go the extra mile to make sure you feel comfortable and welcome.  Innkeepers John and Lee Mellor provide personal attention and assistance to all their guests.  The bed and breakfast staff are great local experts and can provide you with great advice on what to see and do in the Gatlinburg area.  Part of that personal attention is providing fresh-baked treats in the afternoon and providing a library of good books and DVDs.

Please let us know why you choose to stay at Buckhorn Inn!

February 2, 2019

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Smoked Cheddar Cheese

2 Tbl Extra-virgin olive oil
1 Medium Onion, halved and thinly sliced
¾ Cup Apple cider
2 Lb Butternut squash—peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch dice (5 ¼ cups)
4½ Cups Chicken stock
½ Cup Heavy cream
Salt and pepper
2 Tbl Unsalted butter
1 Apple, cut into ½-inch dice
1/3 Cup Coarsely shredded smoked cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
Toasted pecans and oats for garnish

In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil. Add onion and cook until golden. Add the apple cider and cook until syrupy, about 3 minutes. Add the squash and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the squash is very tender, about 40 minutes.
In a blender, puree the soup in batches. Return the soup to the saucepan and stir in the cream. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Heat a medium skillet. Add butter and diced apple and cook over high heat until the apple is tender and golden around the edges, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Garnish with cheddar and toasted pecans and oats.

Yield: 4 servings

Girls’ Getaway in the Smokies: Suggested Itinerary

Buckhorn Inn is a popular destination for sisters, girlfriends, and mothers and daughters to get away from it all and reconnect. Based on the input from guests, we offer an itinerary for a perfect three-night stay for you and your best gal pals!

DAY 1 Arrive and check into your room, suite, cottage or guest house. Stop by the sitting room for a fresh-baked cookie or brownie. Be sure to ask for some lettuce leaves in the office. Why? Because your next activity is to walk the beautiful Buckhorn Inn Nature Trail. You will go by Buckhorn Pond where you can give our resident swans, Bubble and Squeak, a tasty lettuce treat. The Trail will take you by our formal gardens, our raised-bed vegetable gardens, and beautiful views of the mountains. Maps of the trail are available in the office. At 7 pm please join us in the dining room for a delicious four-course dinner. Your meal will begin with a basket of freshly-baked warm bread and include soup, salad, entrée and a decadent dessert. Remember that calories don’t count on vacation, so you can feel free to indulge. You will then retire to your cozy accommodation with the rest of your getaway in front of you!

DAY 2 Meet in the dining room for a cooked-to-order breakfast. Your options will include a sweet entrée, like bananas foster French toast; a savory entrée like Southern Eggs Benedict; eggs cooked to order with a breakfast meat; a yogurt parfait; or cereal options. You will enjoy a fresh fruit cup and warm biscuits and coffee cake while you are pondering your decisions. Before you leave breakfast, be sure to ask for a sack lunch menu so that you can order one for tomorrow.

Today will be spent exploring the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community. In the morning you may want to visit Buie Pottery to admire beautiful pottery and stoneware pieces. You might then want to stop by the Highland Craft Gallery. Their shop is a celebration of traditional and contemporary artisan work in metal, fiber, wood, leather, glass, clay, and printmaking. They also offer fine art created by more than 60 regional artists. You will also want to see the work in the G Webb Gallery. There you will find original watercolors, limited edition lithographs, and giclees. By this time you might be ready for a bite of lunch. We recommend the Wild Plum Tearoom as a lovely spot. A newer establishment, The Split Rail, offers a good selection of sandwiches and salads. We are partial to their fish tacos. If you opt to go to 3 Jimmy’s, we recommend the Mediterranean grilled vegetable flat bread. After lunch you can browse through Alewine Pottery, Tim Weberding Woodworking, and many other shops on the Loop.

The Loop has many options for dinner. You might want to visit the Red Oak Bistro for wine and tapas to share. There also is the Rampant Lion which offers a large wine list, imported draft beers, and elegant cocktails along with small plates and celtic-inspired dinners. No matter which entrée you select, the roasted brussels sprouts are a fabulous side. Another good spot is Crystelle Creek where you can listen to the live piano music and enjoy a spinach feta dip while you review the menu. Let the staff at Crystelle know you are experiencing the Buckhorn Girls’ Getaway and you will get a 10% discount!

DAY 3 Don’t forget to pick up your sack lunches after breakfast. This morning you will be exploring the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you choose to hike in the Greenbrier section, to drive the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, or to take a scenic drive to Cades Cove, you are sure to find a lovely spot to picnic. The afternoon is a perfect time to enjoy the serenity of the Buckhorn Inn. Perhaps you have booked in-room massages. Or maybe you would like to choose some movies from the library and have a film fest. Board and card games are a fun way to spend time together while you chat. Or perhaps you will spend the afternoon enjoying the silence and serenity of your private porch as you read books and enjoy companionship. Be sure to return to the main Inn building by 6:30 so you can enjoy a glass of wine or spiced tea in front of the fireplace or on the veranda before your last luxurious Buckhorn Inn dinner.

DAY 4 As you linger over breakfast, we know you will be making plans to return!

January 28, 2019

National Park Resumes Regular Operations

We are sharing this news from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at GSMNP resumed regular operations beginning Saturday, January 26. Many basic services were accessible to visitors on weekends and holiday periods throughout the shutdown period using a combination of partner funds and revenue generated by recreation fees. Visitor centers are now accessible seven days a week and reservation services for the frontcountry and backcountry are fully operational.

The Park is a wonderful place to time in any season.

The Buckhorn Inn is only 1 1/2 miles from the entrance to the Greenbrier area of the Park.

Visitors may experience delayed openings this spring at some campgrounds, picnic areas, and seasonal roads due to a reduced timeline for seasonal staff hiring and project planning. An updated operating schedule will be posted on http://www.nps.gov/grsm as soon it is available.

Park Superintendent Thanks Community

“On behalf of the employees of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our partners and communities for their unwavering support over the last five weeks,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “In addition to the monetary support offered by our partners to provide basic visitor services, we were moved by the number of people and organizations who stepped up to organize litter pickups and the outpouring of generosity expressed to our employees through meals and gift cards.”

All staff, including biologists, engineers, education rangers, and administrators have resumed work functions critical for year-round park operations. Employees are glad to be back at work protecting resources and assisting visitors in having a safe and enjoyable experience. If you are interested in helping take care of the park, please visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/getinvolved/volunteer.htm  for more information on how to become a volunteer.

The GSMNP is a true treasure.  We are fortunate to have such a beautiful, unspoiled area to enjoy.  We applaud the staff for their year-round assistance in maintaining this natural resource.

January 21, 2019

Guests Share Experiences on TripAdvisor

We invite you to share your Buckhorn Inn experiences on TripAdvisor.  The Inn seem to have many guests who love the Inn as much as we do.  In this blog we are sharing a few of their recent reviews below.  All of them have awarded Buckhorn Inn five stars out of five!

Dinner Guest Review from TripAdvisor

epbodo writes:  Superb Mountain Getaway.  We return to the Buckhorn Inn as often as possible.  The location, a few miles outside of Gatlinburg, is perfect to avoid the tourist crowd and is convenient to many hiking and day-trip destinations.  The rooms are always clean and well-kept.  We usually eat dinner at the Buckhorn and we have never been left hungry or dissatisfied.  Staff is always ready to accommodate special requests.  The soups and desserts are extraordinary.  Lee and John and all of their helpers are gracious hosts.  To summarize in one short sentence:  We love the place.

Overnight Guest Reviews from TripAdvisor

Donna V writes:  Priceless!  Another lovely visit to the beloved Buckhorn!  This time with lifelong friends

We have received many positive guest reviews on TripAdvisor.

The view from Bebb House is spectacular.

who fell in love with the Inn too!  We stayed in the Bebb House for the first time and absolutely loved it!  It’s so charming and cozy with lots of room to accommodate two couples.  The full kitchen and two baths were perfect.  The view from the beautiful living area is breathtaking and my husband kept a warm fire going which we all enjoyed!  We dined in the Inn on Saturday evening and the prime rib was delicious!  Heidi is the ever welcoming hostess and took care of us so well!  Breakfast at the Buckhorn is always a treat with a sweet or savory choice each morning! 

We missed seeing John this visit but Lee informed us he was celebrating his birthday with friends and family.  The Mellors could not be more perfect as innkeepers!  We have been visiting the Inn for almost twenty years and always look forward to our next stay with anxious anticipation!

Fancydance wrote:  Girl trip.  We had a girlfriend getaway trip.  We are all critical care nurses, we work in a stressful environment.  This trip allowed us time to relax and unwind for a week.  Everyone was so kind and nice.  We stayed in the Bebb House which offered beautiful views.  The stay was relaxing.  The Inn offered us peace and quiet.  The staff always asked about our day, wanting to make sure we were pleased.  The answers were always yes.  Can’t wait to return next year.

If you enjoyed your trip to Buckhorn Inn, please provide a review on TripAdvisor to guide others new to the Inn.  http://www.tripadvisor.com

 

 

 

January 14, 2019

Gatlinburg Goes for World Record in Number of Scarecrows

Did you know that Gatlinburg is set to attempt a world record for having the most scarecrows in one display?  The record has been held since 2014 by an English city, Burton-upon-Trent, which is innkeeper John’s birthplace!  Cincinnati held the most recent U.S. record.  John also lived there.  If Gatlinburg succeeds, we think John could hold a world record for living in the most cities that held the record for scarecrows!  Sounds like we will have an exciting fall 2019!

The current world record is 3,812 scarecrows all in one display.

Will Gatlinburg be able to bring the record back to U.S. soil?

The Battle for the World Record

Burton-upon-Trent’s record is 3,812 scarecrows in one display.  Photos of their scarecrows can be seen at http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-28956395.  The population of Burton is approximately 76,000.  The display was erected on the National Forest Adventure Farm.  According to the director, visitors brought many of the scarecrows.  Some even made them on-site.  In fact, guests added more than 100 scarecrows every day.  Seeing thousands of scarecrows in one place is a stunning visual.  Some of the mannequins had plain white cloth heads.  Meanwhile others bore the faces of celebrities.

Jim Downs, director of events at the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, says that local businesses are encouraged to purchase scarecrows.  Other ideas include having a scarecrow drive.  Individuals could make a scarecrow in exchange for a donation to a local charity.  Or residents could donate scarecrows.  The population of Gatlinburg is about 4,100.  Will being so much smaller than Burton impact our chances?  According to an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Gatlinburg began the effort in the fall of 2018.  Many local businesses displayed scarecrows and visitors were charmed.  For example, Anakeesta had about 35 scarecrows, and The Holler had nearly 60.  The two tallest scarecrows so far are 9-foot ones in downtown.  In 2019 the efforts will intensify.  The organizers feel that whether they ultimately succeed or not, they are doing something positive for the community.  For more information, contact Jim Downs at [email protected]