“There was an outpouring of genuine concern from the people of Sevier County,” said John McClure. “It just proves that there’s no better place to live and work than right here.”
McClure spoke on behalf of himself and his partners from the Ogle family in the Oak Tree Lodge following the fire that damaged 36 rooms on the hotel on August 23 of last year.
“The fire itself, which occurred just after 12:30 in the afternoon, caused no injuries and little damage,” McClure explained. “The real damage came from the water and smoke.”
The 14-year-old facility was not crippled, and indeed remained in continuous operation throughout the ordeal, but the owners decided the time was ripe for a renovation.
After spending more than $1 million on upgrades to the hotel, the Oak Tree Lodge combines the best that Sevier County has to offer.
Set in a perfect location, the back and sides of the hotel are surrounded by a working horse farm and riding stables, meaning that from the private balconies, one can enjoy the gamboling herds as they are let out to graze throughout the year.
The hotel is also within short walking distance of several excellent restaurants, one of which – Damon’s – is the exclusive caterer to the Oak Tree Lodge’s convention center.
The convention center is in a separate building from the hotel proper, minimizing noise and fuss to the guests and ensuring ample and convenient parking for everyone. The hotel books a large number of events for the center, which features over 2500 square feet of space that can be divided up to four ways, with excellent sound insulation and a food service area.
Guests at the hotel cannot fail to be impressed with the sumptuous rooms the hotel provides. The hotel’s signature suite, for instance, includes a large Jacuzzi with mirrored paneling for those romantic getaways, a large fridge and a microwave oven, along with a large television with remote and cable, a spacious vanity, a gas fireplace for setting just the right mood, and a private balcony from which to gaze out on the peaceful scenery.
But the special touches aren’t limited to the largest suites, as the smaller rooms each feature King and Queen size beds, oak furniture, refrigerators in every room, coffee makers, and hair dryers and irons with ironing boards.
Although the Oak Tree Lodge is right on the Parkway, you could never tell when you are in your room. Sound baffles and superior engineering keep the noise to below a whisper.
However, when it’s time to step out on the town, you’ll find yourself at the center of the action, with easy walks to Tanger Five Oaks Factory Stores, NASCAR SpeedPark and NASCAR Café, Damon’s and Red Lobster Restaurants, and Five Oaks Riding Stables. A few minutes of driving take you to four public golf courses, Governor’s Crossing, Dollywood’s theme parks, and of course the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
One of the best-kept secrets of the hotel is the covered picnic pavilion located on the back of the property. Set on a hillside above a quiet pond with horses grazing below, it’s a bit of heaven come to earth. Featuring full kitchen facilities with an ice machine and restrooms, the pavilion is ideal for gatherings ranging from birthday parties to more formal affairs such as wedding receptions.
“We look forward to inviting everyone to visit and stay in our beautiful facility, in which we’ve invested, improved, and upgraded,” McClure said.
With the amenities that the Oak Tree Lodge has to offer, it’s an invitation he won’t have to extend twice.
Contact the Oak Tree Lodge, located at the entrance to Pigeon Forge on the Parkway, toll free at 1-800-637-7002.
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