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December 9, 2016

Beautiful book of photos and guest comments published

John and I are so excited about our newest addition to the Buckhorn Inn gift shop and we hope you will be, too.  The Buckhorn Experience is a gorgeous 115 page book featuring 240 high quality photographs of Buckhorn Inn with annotations by Buckhorn Ibuckhorn-experience-book-cover_webnn guests from the last 78 years. Writer Stephen Williford put this delightful coffeetable-style book together over the last two years and his skills have certainly paid off. Gift-perfect for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, first-time guests and for anyone who loves Buckhorn. $25 Paperback $35 Hardcover  Click here to Order Your Book Today.

Buckhorn Inn Escapes Fire

The fire that destroyed so much in Gatlinburg proper did not come our way. We and the whole of the Arts and Crafts Community were spared. We had a bit of wind damage but we are getting that taken care of. The morning after the fire all employees–even those who were not scheduled to work–appeared at 8:00 a.m. to get us up and going and our doors were open that afternoon. The caliber of our staff continues to amaze us. We are grateful to them and to all of you who called, emailed and texted us to find out how we had been affected by the fire and to wish us well.

Gatlinburg re-opened today, Friday, December 9. The main street suffered almost no damage from the fire and shopkeepers are eagerly awaiting the return of tourists.   Cades Cove has remained opened throughout the crisis and the major part of the Park opened on Friday, including Highway 441 and the Spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. No matter, there are great hiking trails out our way–from Greenbrier to Cosby.

August 26, 2016

Spiced Chocolate Pecan Squares

 

Try our latest afternoon treat which has a surprising ingredient.

Cookie Base
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ (1/2 stick) butter, softenedSpiced Chocolate Pecan Squares

Topping
1 package (8 oz) semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
2 large eggs
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1½ cups chopped pecans, divided

Preheat oven to 375F. To prepare cookie base, place flour/ ½ cup sugar and baking soda in food processor or bowl of electric mixer. Process or mix 10 seconds. Add butter. Process or beat 30 seconds or until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press evenly into bottom of greased 9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.

To prepare topping, place chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes or until chocolate is melted, stirring until chocolate is smooth. Set aside.

Place eggs/ ¼ cup sugar, corn syrup, Worcestershire and vanilla in food processor or bowl of electric mixer. Process or beat until well blended. Add melted chocolate. Process or beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup nuts. Pour chocolate mixture over cookie base. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup nuts. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with slightly fudgy crumbs. Cool completely on wire rack. To serve, cut into squares. 16 serving.  

 

July 20, 2016

Buckhorn Housekeepers Save Hummer

                Hummingbirds Buckhorn                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This little guy knocked himself out on a glass door at one of our guest houses. Housekeepers rescued him and placed him on a bouquet of tiny roses. Revived, he flew off to Mexico in about 30 minutes.  Buckhorn is a major stopover for the hummers, going and coming.  We look forward to their southward journey to Mexico in September and seeing them dive bomb one another trying to get the sweet nectar from our chenille plants.  

May 6, 2016

Get a Look at Our Luxurious New Guest House

Named for our favorite hiking area, Greenbrier House said welcome to its firsts guest in the middle of April–and it’s been busy ever since.  When you walk intoGH Living the spacious open living area with kitchen, you can’t take your eyes off the view out the multi-level windows, except perhaps to admire the floor to ceiling stone fireplace. There are two ensuite bedrooms with king beds and bathrooms with walk-in, tiled showers on the main floor. Upstairs is a grand spacious loft with king bed, private bath, bookshelves and a game table.  A long deck furnished with tables and chairs runs the length of the house.  There are even laundry facilities on the main floor.  All rates include our hearty menu-based breakfast.  Rate for two  $285;  Rate for four $320; Rate for Six $400.  GH Master Bath GH Master Bedroom

GH Kitchen

 

GH Second BedroomGH Loft Bedroom

 

 

 

March 15, 2016

Smokies in the Spring at Buckhorn Inn

Smokies in the Spring at Buckhorn Inn
by Colleen Campbell

A month away
From today
A Miss Rena and
A Miss Colleen
Will come to stay….

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You mustn’t in Spring
Miss a single thing
For God puts on quite a show
Things of wild that grow and grow.
A trillium over here
A hidden violet under there.
Bears cling to trees way up high
Elks that move as if they fly!
I save for last the best of all
These are the people we see every spring and every fall –The innkeepers and the cooks
To the house cleaners and those who fill the books
Spring,summer, fall and even winter,too.
Buckhorn Inn, I love you.
So coming soon, these two ladies visit.
It goes so fast I already miss it

February 9, 2016

Culture Trip Lauds Buckhorn

Here’s what Culture Trip has to say about us in its latest issue:

Huge white pines frame the view of the Great Smoky Mountains from this Gatlinburg bed and breakfast, and a wild flower meadow below the inn completes the panorama. The flagstone terrace is a special place Marcus Garden Statueto absorb he peace emanating from the pine and hemlock forest surrounding the inn. Less than a mile from the National Park, Buckhorn Inn affords visitors easy access to all activities and attractions in the area, including hiking, arts and crafts,and musical theaters. Boasting four-course gourmet dinners, a comfortable library and complete workout facilities, Buckhorn Inn offers elegance and charm as one of East Tennessee’s classic country inns.

 

January 28, 2016

Woo-Hoo! Have you got great winter deals waiting for you!

Winter Deal #1  Can you only getaway for one night?  Then book our February Sunday-Thursday Special.  Accommodation, breakfast and dinner for two is $200 in a premier room or cottage or $170 in a traditional room.  

Winter Deal #2   Annual Buckhorn Inn Wine Fest   February 18 Look, smell, taste – starting with your basic senses and expanding from there you will learn how to taste wines like the pros in no time!   We are offering a special one-night rate which includes the wine tasting experience, breakfast and accommodation at $175 for premier rooms and cottages and $130 for traditional rooms. 

Winter Deal #3  Two-Night Midweek Discount of 24%  Hot Chocolate Special Sunday through Thursday Nights, January through March 17.  Two Nights, Two Breakfasts on Two Mornings and Two Dinners on Two Nights.   $385 Cottage or Premier Room; $320 Traditional Inn Room. 

Winter Deal #4  Valentine’s Day   We only have two accommodations left on Valendine’s Day, Sunday, February 14.  Book any one of them at $195 and get rose petals strewn on your bed!

Winter Deal #5  Experience Peace in the Heart of Nature  February 26-28, 2015 Here in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains you will find the perfect environment to learn how to meditate or to refresh your practice.

Elements of the Retreat include

  • Learning basic meditation techniques
  • Joining in group meditations that help you go deeper
  • Gentle yoga poses that will help relax and release tension
  • Silent nature experiences to help you regain your inner awareness and calm
  • The art and science of prayer and meditation
  • Gentle Yoga postures,that will help you to release tension and give you the ability to meditate more deeply

Package Price: The per person cost (sharing) of $220 includes the retreat, two nights’ accommodation, two breakfasts, two dinners, and one lunch. Participants with little or no meditation experience attend for three nights, beginning on Thursday. There is an additional fee of $120 for these participants which includes the additional night’s accommodation, breakfast, dinner and lunch. 

It is best to call the inn to make reservations:  865 436 4668.  We do block out space for the retreat, so accommodation which may looked unavailable actually is.

January 12, 2016

Guest Reviews Buckhorn Inn and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hi Lee and John,

Arline  and I were recent guests of yours at  Buckhorn Inn and found it to be one of the highlights of our visit to the Great Smoky National Park.  From the greeting on our arrival, to the comfortable tower room, to the delicious breakfasts and dinners, to the warmness and fine service of the staff, we were delighted in all that you folks offer.  Arline is ready to return and suggested a number of times on our return to New England the possible dates and the various things there are to enjoy.  We did, by the way, really enjoy the Nature Trail on your 30 acres.Our compliments to all.

Russell 

January 8, 2016

Chef Frank Downs Gets Creative

Frank is never too busy that he can’t think of new ideas. Breakfast fruit 2016This week he produced a pretty fruit cup to serve at breakfast, taking the time to hollow out an orange and filling it with sliced honeydew, kiwi fruit, strawberries and blueberries.  The thinly sliced honeydew gives the fruit cup the benefit of added height and drama.

Frank also wanted to produce a breakfast dish which would accommodate guests who are vegetarians who eat fish.  He came up with Buckhorn’s Bayou Breakfast, the layered dish you see below:  hash browns followed by crunchy fried shrimp, spinach, creamy scrambled eggs and a garnish of chopped tomatoes and green onions.  He finished it off with a great aioli sauce.  Our guests, whether vegetarians or not, really went for it.  We think the secret of the dish was the crunchy shrimp!

Breakfast Shrimp