Wilderness at the Smokies-River Lodge Indoor Waterpark Resort is now OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!! Visit the website for more info and reservations.

To my owners: Good Luck with your closings everyone! Please stay in contact with the closing guru, Chad Corbett. His number is 540-314-1243 and email is

Call me if you need anything and don't forget to invite me to your new home soon ;-)

My best,

Shelia Kramer

Our Wilderness Family

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wild Waterdome Opens at Wilderness

Wild WaterDome Opens at Wilderness at the Smokies
Published on: December 22, 2008
--Travel Pulse

A new indoor water park, Wild WaterDome, has opened at Wilderness at the Smokies in East Tennessee. The waterpark spans more than 60,000 square feet with a see-through, energy-efficient Foil Tec roof that lets guests tan indoors year-round. The facility features the Smokies SurfRider, Tennessee’s only surfing simulator. The Surf Rider uses 50,000 gallons of water a minute to create a continuously moving sheet of water on which people can surf or boogie board. The Wild WaterDome also includes the Storm Chaser, a four-person tube slide that begins with a 58-foot drop into a giant orange-and-white funnel where riders swoosh back and forth up the sides of the funnel. Other activities at the waterpark, which is reserved exclusively for resort guests, include a 10,000-square-foot wave pool, two tube slides, an indoor/outdoor hot spa, a multi-level play structure with a gigantic dumping bucket and 50-plus play-and-spray features. Plus, there is a special toddler area with mini-slides and a swing tree.
Wilderness at the Smokies, the region’s first full-service waterpark resort, also unveiled the property’s 472 multi-room suites conveniently connected to the Wild WaterDome. The units include three different floor plans ranging from one to three bedrooms designed to accommodate up to 16 guests. Phase I of Wilderness at the Smolies opened in June 2008 with a 234-room hotel and outdoor waterpark adjacent to the 240,000-square-foot Sevierville Events Center. The resort will be unveiling a second outdoor waterpark next to the Wild WaterDome in the summer of 2009. The developers are the owners of Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, America’s Largest Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells. For more information on the resort or for reservations, call 800-867-WILD or visit

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tornado headed for Sevierville, TN!

Today the crew is working on assembling the Tennessee Tornado, also referred to as the Hurricane in Wisconsin.

(The funnel ride is all about size. Pumping approximately 10,000 gallons of water per minute and towering an estimated 75 feet in the air. Riders are placed in two or four person tubes, facing one another while they spin, twirl and screech around the walls of the funnel until they’re eventually plunked down into the black hole and water. A hit with all ages, this is a ride designed especially for families and groups of friends to experience a thrill like few others) - Waterpark Resorts Today, Aquatics International

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wilderness Event Center Hotel Grand Opening!

After just a year of construction, the Wilderness Event Center Hotel is now open! 125 rooms checked in just last night! Things are going great and we are so excited to welcome out first guests. We still have a bit to do until things run seamless, but we could not have asked for more of a successful grand opening. Salamander Springs Waterpark (our 20,000 sq ft outdoor park) is also open, along with the Coyote Cafe, Hidden Trail Bar and Grill and Black Bear Boutique.

We celebrated our Grand Opening Celebration for Phase I on Thursday, June 26th at 10:00 am in the Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel Lobby. Monty the Moose was the first guest in that day to get his key to his room! The ceremony was lead by the General Manager, David McGregor, with words given by town and city authorities, the State department, Jim Caulkin of the Bridgemont Group and Wilderness's own, Pat Helland. Hotel tours and construction overviews were given following the ceremony along with light appetizers and drinks in the new Deep Creek Conference Room. A great time was had by all-and the City of Sevierville is so proud to have Wilderness at the Smokies as part of their bright future for generations to come!
I invite you to visit us to see for yourself what an amazing place we have created in the hottest tourist destination in the South!
For more pictures go into the photo album and click on the Hotel section

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Looks like a "Hurricane" is coming!

For those of you that haven't had the opportunity to try these water slides you'll see why the Wilderness has become such a popular family vacation destination...check them out by the links below. For those of you that have experienced us, these should bring back some great family memories!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

It all began with a vision....Now it is a REALITY!

Every Vacation Destination is looking for that one element that creates a flow of people to the area who are first time visitors along with those who are loyal to the area. Something that impacts the economy, is mildly affected by weather, creates new jobs and is not easily affected by shifts in the markets. Sevierville Event Center is that focal point for Bridgemont.
With Events lined up from Car Auctions to International Gift Shows, the Event Center becomes that quiet factor driving people to the Retail, Entertainment, and Dining Zone, to the Golf Courses, and most importantly the Wilderness at the Smokies.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Shopping in the Smokies!!

Shopping while on vacation has a big impact on our economy. More people are looking for shopping venues as a part of their vacation experience. This is true for Sevierville as well. Studies show that shopping is a major part of what people want in a vacation destination. Take a look at the Shops at Bridgemont and Bridgemont Commons to learn more about the upcoming shopping at Bridgemont and Wilderness at the Smokies.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fit and Finish Update

"Kitchen counters are granite, floors are slate look porcelain tile, walls are rustic texture drywall with warm gold field paint and deep greens and reds as accent. Carpet is cut and loop graphic patterned commercial/hospitality grade 100% solution dyed nylon. Furnishings are a combination of stained finished full log construction for casegoods, bicast leather and tapestry combination for seating, fully enclosed armoire style Murphy bed, oil rubbed bronze finish lighting. All televisions are LCD wall mounted units."
~This is what I received from the designers via email.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Preferred Lender Info

Brandon Beswick, C&F Mortgage Corporation
804-858-8331 Direct 804-874-4622 Cell Midlothian, VA

Sally Bucciero, Sally Bucciero Mortgage Group
877-607-8363 Direct 865-607-8363 Cell Sevierville, TN

Rose Goldfarb, American Financial Funding Corp
708-364-7800 X23 Direct 708-699-4276 Cell Orland Park, IL