September 26, 2015
Fall is a beautiful, fascinating period in the Smokies and at Buckhorn Inn. This photo of the leaves of one of our dogwoods was taken by Bertram Henry, a Buckhorn Regular, when he was here this week. The main fall leaf season is still several weeks away (mid to late October), but color has begun to develop over the past week in high elevation areas. Many birch trees are showing muted yellows, and species such as witch hobble, sumac, and blueberries are sporting red leaves at higher elevation. It’s still early in the season though, so colors should continue to develop over the next week or two along the crests of the mountains.
At low to middle elevations, dogwood trees have a reddish cast that will develop into brilliant reds later in October. Species such as sourwood and red maple are also turning red. And the brilliant reds of Virginia creeper vine can be seen climbing the trunks of many trees. Overall however, the forests are still very green at these elevations. There’s not a lot fall color to see yet — just scattered trees here and there.
Fall flowers displays are glorious now. Flowers such as purple asters, white asters, black-eyed Susans, pale jewelweed, ironweed, great blue lobelia, closed gentian, and goldenrod are blooming profusely along roadsides and trails. In the forests, look for the vibrant pink, purple, and red fruits of hearts-a-bustin’ bushes and the brilliant reds of dogwood berries.
September 23, 2015
Become a birdwatcher at Buckhorn Inn! Each Thursday and Saturday morning from now until the end of October, Birder Extraordinaire Keith Watson will lead a morning bird walk here at the Inn.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a premier place for birds. The crest of the Smokies towers nearly a mile above the foothills, creating a range in elevations and a variety of topographies that provide a diversity of habitats and microclimates for birds. The number of birds and diversity of species change with the seasons. Fall is a time of change when warblers and others wear a confusing molted fall plumage. Restless to migrate, many species will leave at night and head south. In mid-September the Broad-winged Hawks begin to kettle-up over the ridges and glide to the next thermal, with a few Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, Northern Harriers, and others joining. Even as the migrants leave, the winter visitors begin to arrive – Purple Finch, Evening Grosbeak, Swamp Sparrow, and others.
Bird walks begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 865 436 4668 to reserve or email [email protected] Binoculars supplied.
September 8, 2015
August 14, 2015
Pittman Center Heritage Day
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Food and Refreshments Available
Since 1992, town residents have celebrated their mountain heritage, highlighting the region’s food, music, entertainment and crafts of the past. The event is actually hosted in remembrance of a community fall festival that first took place in the early 1920’s. It is a day full of fun that is celebrated with great food, live music, games, crafts vendors, prettiest dog contest, and more!
About Pittman Center Just minutes away from downtown Gatlinburg nestled in the mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the quaint community of Pittman Center. Pittman Center provides a unique blend of history, culture and natural scenic beauty that captures the imagination.
Proud of their mountain heritage, residents work hard to preserve the historic landscape and mountain culture that beckons visitors to come and stay awhile. Time seems to stand still as one ventures forth to rediscover the beauty of the natural surroundings and rich history that defines the Pittman Center experience.
Directions from Gatlinburg From Buckhorn, take Highway 321North and turn left (north) to Scenic Route 416. Turn left and go to mile marker #2. Turn right to 2839 Webb Creek Road.
July 8, 2015
4 Oz Smoked Country Bacon, julienned
½ Cup Unsalted butter
1 LB Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
8 Clvs Garlic, peeled and left whole
2 Cups Dry White Wine
1 QT Chicken stock
1 Bay Leaf
1 TBL Fresh thyme
1 Cup Crème Fraiche, heavy cream or sour cream
Salt, Freshly ground white pepper, Tabasco, and nutmeg go taste
Zest of 2 lemons
Dash lemon juice
2 Cups Herb Croutons
3 Tbl Chives, snipped
Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Add butter, onions and garlic to bacon renderings, cover and cook over low heat, stirring often, until the onions are translucent and lightly caramelized. Add wine, stock, bay leaf, and thyme; brig to a boil and simmer 30 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup in a food processor or blender. Chill.
Whisk in the cream, crème fraiche or sour cream. Season with salt, white pepper, Tabasco, and nutmeg. Add lemon zest and juice to taste. Serve in chilled bowls.
We serve this soup hot. If you choose this option, use cream or crème fraiche, not sour cream, so the soup won’t curdle.
July 7, 2015
Husband and Fellow Innkeeper John and I have a stayvacation each year when the Alaskan branch of the family arrives. Our family’s experience reminded me of what a great venue Buckhorn and the Smokies are for summer fun. This year we gave 5 year old great granddaughter Jane skip roping lessons on the veranda of Buckhorn House with her mom, granddaughter Jessica, me and Alice and our daugther counting out cadence. We hiked the Inn’s nature trail, did morning runs, played games on the terrace, enjoyed hearty breakfasts and an elegant dinner served in our private dining room so the four under 10 great-grandchildren could make as much noise as possible and not disturb other guests. We did two hikes, played golf and mini-golf, rode Gatlinburg’s new Mountain Coaster (TWICE), played Pickle Ball at the Gatlinburg Recreation Center, attended a riotous show at Dixie Stampede, and had lunch at the Mountain Lodge, a family tradition.
July 6, 2015
Reviewed 3 days ago This place was so beautiful and relaxing. We stayed in the blue room number 1 and it was so cute clean and has a great view of the mountain. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. The dinner was good, nothing outstanding but delicious. The surroundings are stunning and peaceful.
June 30, 2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The Buckhorn is in a quiet location away from the noise of Gatlinburg. Our room was a “premium” one and we found it clean, very comfortable, with many amenities. More like staying at a friend’s home. The staff was all so friendly, among them we found “Libby” to always be most cheerful and helpful. We had dinner there on Sunday evening and the meal,…
Room Tip: The premium rooms are quite spacious with great views.
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Stayed June 2015, traveled as a couple
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
In the Great Smokies: Just a few miles from noisy Gatlinburg, but truly a world away. We first visited this classic inn several years ago & looked forward to our return. Wonderful view from the room. Comfortable room; small bathroom , which goes along with age of inn; worth the trade off. Lovely furnishings. Interesting artwork all around. The extensive grounds are walkable & lovely. Wonderful to just walk downstairs for dinner, though I’m sad to say that our dinner experience on this visit (unlike the past) was disappointing. (See separate restaurant review. This “5 star” review relates to the inn itself. I debated dropping the overall rating, but I just couldn’t do it: I love the Buckhorn Inn! So I review the restaurant separately.)
Note to visitors who dislike the shared tables of B & B’s: You are seated at your own table for breakfast as well as dinner. The breakfast menu has a variety of good choices.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The Buckhorn is in a quiet location away from the noise of Gatlinburg. Our room was a “premium” one and we found it clean, very comfortable, with many amenities. More like staying at a friend’s home. The staff was all so friendly, among them we found “Libby” to always be most cheerful and helpful. We had dinner there on Sunday evening and the meal, presentation, quality of food and service were all outstanding. Breakfast is also outstanding, the choices were wonderful, the fruit to begin the meal was always ripe and again service is delightful.