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January 31, 2014

Loads of Laundry

Loads of Laundry
Let us introduce you to Terry Ledger who sees to it that all our laundry gets sparkling clean, even though some days the stacks of laundry are nearly as tall as she is. Terry has been with us 13 years and many of you will remember her from when she served breakfast.  She is an absolute A+ employee and human being.

Terry Ledger

Terry Ledger

January 29, 2014

Trip Advisor Review: A Truly Wonderful Place

The setting, location, and atmosphere was wonderful and relaxing. We traveled with our 2 kids and other family and had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. The service at the Buckhorn was second to none and the food was extraordinary!

Trip Advisor Review: A Truly Special Place

This is a wonderful place to stay in Gatlinburg. It is up on a hill above the town, away from all the bustle and schlock associated with Gatlinburg. You have a choice between rooms in the historic inn itself or one of seven cottages. We stayed in cottage #5, which was lovely. A bedroom with a very comfortable king bed, a nice living room with gas fireplace and cable tv with dvd player, a small kitchen with a microwave, small fridge and cooktop (and some basic dishes) and a large bathroom with a jacuzzi tub. Nice bathroom amenities, and comfy bathrobes provided. You have both a private screened porch and a small balcony off the bedroom with gorgeous views of the mountains. I would guess the rooms are nice too, but we really enjoyed having the extra space to spread out. There is a living room in the inn (for use of guests) with couches and tables, coffee and soft drinks, afternoon snacks and access to games and puzzles. There is quite a bit of property associated with the inn with a walking trail, a pond with swans, several gardens, and a games area with badminton, horsehoes etc. (We stayed in January with one warm day to enjoy the outdoors and nothing in bloom. I imagine it is spectacular when there are flowers or autumn leaves.) The inn operates as a bed & breakfast, so you get an excellent hearty breakfast in the morning. There is a choice of a couple of substantive breakfasts or lighter fare if you prefer; you also get biscuits and coffee cake and excellent coffee. They also serve dinner by reservation. You can purchase dinner separately or as part of a package deal (we did a winter special with two nights lodging, two breakfasts and two dinners for a very reasonable price). The dinner is a fixed menu each night with soup, salad, excellent bread, an entree and dessert. Non-alcoholic beverages (including a delicious spiced iced tea) are also included in the price. You can purchase wine by the glass or bottle (a limited list) or bring your own. The food is very good and the service is excellent. The dining room is comfortable with a big fireplace, windows with views of the mountains and a laid-back atmosphere (although most people did dress up a bit for dinner). Overall everyone who worked at the inn was very gracious and helpful–providing lettuce leaves to feed the swans, extra towels, coffee to go for one couple who were hitting the road early, etc. They put a suggested tip on your final bill which is 10% of your total amount (I guess distributed among the servers, housekeepers, etc.) which is well deserved. I would highly the Buckhorn Inn as a place to stay (or even just make a reservation and go have dinner.)  

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January 28, 2014

Memories Contest Winners Announced

Celebrating 75 Years of Hospitality     1938-2013 

Thanks to everyone for the heart-warming memories you shared with us during our 75th Anniversary year.  Every single one was a winner of our hearts. 

The following were selected to receive the gift of dinner for two the next time they book a stay with us.  Tom and Mary Kollie will receive the grand prize of a complimentary two-night visit.

Continue  down on this page and the following page to read each entry.

The Blizzard of ’93 at Buckhorn Inn  Eddie and Virginia Wilson 

Buckhorn Inn and Roast Beef Hash Anne Ogden 

A Unique Guest Memory   Bill and Gwen Baddley 

Healing the Soul  Connie Layne 

Memories of a 1955 Honeymoon  Tom and Mary Kollie* 

Perfectly Beautiful Weekend  Ben and Kitty Coffee 

Where Guardian Angels Live    Norm and Linda Campbell 

Coming Home!   Georgia Hobb 

Precious Memories  Terry and Terri Morgan 

Tractor Driving Lessons  John Warren 

Some Things Change—Other’s Don’t    Malinda Lewis 

Always the Same but Always Changing    Bob Holsaple 

Happy Thoughts   Nancy and Sherold Walker 

The Perfect Hosts   Constance and Michael Beaubien

January 25, 2014

A Walk in the Woods Offers Buckhorn Guests Guided Van Tours

Van tours with pick-up and drop-off service at Buckhorn Inn are offered by A Walk in the Woods which has been offering conventional guided hikes for 12 years. The company is the recipient of REI Adventures Top Guide Award.

The two van tours currently offered are described below. For more information or to book a van tour, phone 865 436 8283.

Tour One: The Mountains are Calling (2.5 hour tour)

A Naturalist Guide will conduct this  tour which takes you from Sugarlands Visitiors Center to Newfound Gap. The guided tour includes several beautiful photographic opportunities of the sea of mountains, a stop to see the Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap,, plus stories of the natural and human history of the Park. After photos of the sea of mountains, we’ll head back down the mountains and stretch our legs on a half hour history tour. Learn how the settlers of the area farmed these rugged mountains, find out what the Cherokee used to cure headaches, and soak your feet in the clear mountain stream.  You may even get to taste a wild mountain treat.

Tour Two: History and Turkeys and Bears…Oh My! (5-6 hours)
Cades Cove is so popular it could be its own national park. With almost three million visitors a year, this beautiful valley can often become a frustrating driving experience. Let our experienced naturalists take the burden of driving from you as you sit back in our comfy large passenger van.

This highly interpretive tour will include many beautiful stops as we wind our way to the famous Cove. Explore the rich Southern Appalachian history in this living museum, through the 6000 acre valley. Visit cemeteries, churches, and beautifully restored cabins. Learn the history Cherokee and the fiercely independent Scottish and Irish settlers. On many of these tours, our guests will be lucky enough to spot the icon of the Smokies–the black bear. Birds, deer and even coyotes frequent this verdant valley.

Feeling a little adventurous? We might take you to see the mouth of a hidden cave and even glimpse some sleeping bats! What did kids do before video games? You’ll find out when we take a hidden path.