Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Rod Runs in Pigeon Forge are events to behold. Its not September until two back-to-back weekends are filled with classic cars parading down the street as the night sky is lit up with every hotel and headlight in the downtown area.

On the weekend of the 11th, the Shades of the Past Rod Run comes to The Smoky River Ranch in Pigeon Forge, but you'll be seeing its presence for miles around. The Rod Run is ENORMOUS here in town and those who come to attend will pretty much party a good deal of the night away (just use excellent judgment when you do). The sidewalks will be lined with chairs, festive watchers, owners, gearheads and much much more.

Word of warning: Traffic will be INSANE and there is nothing you can do about it. Just get in early, find a reasonable spot and some comfort footwear and enjoy.

On the 18th is the Grand Rod Run which takes place at the Grand Hotel and Convention Center. This is the biggest one of the year and if you missed anyone the first week, its a good chance they stuck around for this one.

And after a while, all that walking and talking and bright lights and designs makes even the most hardcore enthusiast tired and hungry.

Enter The Alamo Steakhouse (which is a good idea). It looks over the Pigeon Forge parkway as dead center in the middle of town as it can get and provides the best steak, chicken and Texas style dinner dishes in the county. If you don't believe it, come by and have a look at the awards proudly sitting on the wall next to the door.

Chicken Fried Chicken
Sirloin Steak
Teriyaki Chicken
Pork Chops
Steak on a Stick
Santa Fe Chicken
Roasted Vegetables & Creamed Spinach
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Padre Island Fried Shrimp
Shrimp Scampi
Oak Grilled Salmon

Imagine sitting down to a proper dinner of any of these and then going right back out to enjoy the town-wide party.

Are you making your reservations? Good. Alamo fills up quickly on a busy weekend, so be sure to get it and get it in early.