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September 23, 2015

Inn offers birdwatching walks

Birdwatching AdultsBecome 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 info@buckhorninn.com.  Binoculars supplied.

September 8, 2015

Special Birthday for Buckhorn Inn Regular

Ken Owens 2Beloved and respected guest Ken Owens is celebrating his 90th birthday this month with family and friends and his beautiful wife Barbara.  Happy Birthday, Ken!

August 14, 2015

Have Fun at This Old Fashioned Heritage Day in September

Pittman Center Heritage Day

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Boogertown Gap


Pittman Center Heritage day photo






Free Admission

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

Cream of Vidalia Onion Soup

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

Summer Fun in the Smokies

Summer Vacation Carr KidsHusband 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

Romantic Inn – Review of Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN – TripAdvisor

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

Glad to be back! – Review of Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN – TripAdvisor

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

via Glad to be back! – Review of Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN – TripAdvisor.

“Charming inn, beautiful peaceful setting” – Review of Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN – TripAdvisor

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.

via Glad to be back! – Review of Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN – TripAdvisor.

More than Anticipated – Review of Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN – TripAdvisor

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.


“Spectacular, Comforting, Peaceful, Charming Historic Inn” TN\\ – TripAdvisor

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time we have stayed at the Buckhorn; we have lovingly reminisced about it many times since we first stayed a decade ago. There’s not much I can add to the reviews below, other than to note that our hearts have grown even fonder. I am not normally at a loss for words, but it is hard to convey with precision how genteel and refined this Inn and its keepers are, while at the same time being warm, welcoming and down to earth. We stayed in a suite that must have been the old innkeeper’s quarters, as we had an expansive living room with fireplace, a dining area, a large fully-outfitted kitchen with laundry room, a smaller sitting room with a library, a master bedroom, two bathrooms, a linen closet, and two balconies, all decorated to a high standard of beauty and tastefulness. The kids spent a lot of time playing in the “secret closet”, and I spent a lot of time on the balcony, listening to the most enchanting birds and spring peepers weaving together their mountains-in-the-twilight songs, as the sunset flared off of Mt. LeConte. Our three breakfasts were fabulous, from Pina Colada French Toast to grilled salmon and hashbrowns. Our children had some questions about the chef one day, and they were invited into the kitchen to watch Chef Frank at work. It was so special and thoughtful, the kindness and consideration shown not just to us, but to the little ones who can sometimes be regarded with scorn at fancier places. It is also very affordable for the quality and value of what you get. The grounds are filled with beautiful springtime Lenten roses and the inn is filled with a very nice art collection. But most important of all is the feeling of joy, beauty, and peacefulness that stays with you long after you have left the Smokies. We hope to return again soon!

 Review of Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN – TripAdvisor.