Property Manager’s Personal Reflections of 2017 at Oak Ridge Lodging

As we come to the end of 2017 I reflect on this past year here in Oak Ridge, TN. My heart is overflowing with a sense of community and closeness I have never felt in any other town. I was raised in a small town in Lancaster County, SC. As a child, I just wanted to see the big city. Over the past 10 years I have seen many big cities and realize I am not a big city person. As the saying goes, “we are exactly where we belong.” Oak Ridge, TN and Oak Ridge Lodging (formally WestGate Lodging) has become where I belong, and has been my job and residence since October 2014.
In 2017 we have had so many wonderful guests here at Oak Ridge Lodging. Every one of them leaves a positive memory. There were some very special memories I reflect on during this holiday season.
One couple moved here in 2015 and bought a house in 2017. Seeing them go, was difficult. Knowing they still live locally, makes me feel much better. Having met them showed me a lot about how to really go after a dream. Shari wrote and got her first book published while she was here. Her mother in law who is in her 90s had the same heart replacement surgery my mother will undergo in early 2018. Shari was able to point me to the right doctors for my mother.
Another couple, an Oak Ridge resident for many years stayed with us for five months during repairs to their Oak Ridge home after a house fire. During their time with us they became part of the family. Mr. Tommy and I hit it off due to his love for old cars. He fell in love with my 1968 SS Chevelle I had stored in the back-parking lot, waiting to go to the shop for restoration. To most people they only saw an old rusty piece of junk, but Mr. Tommy and I had a see-saw relationship with cars, he could see what I saw. He saw it the way it was back in the day. He saw a fast, beautiful, and rare diamond in the rough. He even went out of his way to make sure I got to see his 1955 Chevrolet Belair his son had restored for him, oh my goodness, I loved that car. He would always come by our office just to talk with my husband Gary, and me. Mr. Tommy went home to heaven this year, we cried. His wife was also so wonderful, who I will always love like family. She is so kind and sweet. She always gave special attention to our family during a critical illness with our grandson. She still stops in to check on us all from time to time.
Oak Ridge, TN has many wonderful people like this. I could go on and on for hours about the wonderful people here in Oak Ridge, TN. It is a small town feel with all the perks of a big city.
In closing, on behalf of the entire staff here at Oak Ridge Lodging, I want to thank you all for staying with us and for all the kind words you left for us during the holidays.
Happy New Year from all of us here at Oak Ridge Lodging in Oak Ridge, TN.

Don’t Miss This Holiday Treat!

The Holiday Express in Oak Ridge TN, a miniature village with 10 garden-scale model trains and thousands of lights, will be open from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

The Holiday Express, which has been open weekends in December, features a 2,500-square-foot G-scale railroad display inside the Children’s Museum gymnasium, with the 10 trains running consecutively.

Designed by landscaper and train enthusiast Mark Fuhrman, the Holiday Express offers visitors the opportunity to walk on a bridge over a creek near a waterfall in the village filled with holiday trees and more than 100 scale model buildings. They will see a carnival area, sawmill, outhouse, and railroad artifacts such as a velocipede, a three-wheeled hand-propelled railroad and pump car. Visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt as they wander through the holiday display.

Many buildings in the village are scale model replicas of East Tennessee structures, most depicting the architecture during logging days in the Smoky Mountains.

On Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, Holiday Express will be open from noon to 6 p.m. From Dec. 26 through 30, it will be open from noon to 8 p.m. And Sunday, Dec. 31, hours are 1 to 6 p.m. at the museum, 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge.

Admission is $5 per person, and children under three are admitted free. Children’s Museum members receive a $1 discount. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Museum. Combo tickets for a museum visit and train display viewing are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and older, and $10 for children ages 3-17.

Holiday Express will be open, but Children’s Museum exhibits will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Museum hours during the holidays are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, see the Children’s Museum website at or call (865) 482-1074.

Happy Holidays and 2018 News to report for WestGate Lodging!

During this wonderful season, we would like to take the time to wish everyone the Happiest of Holidays!
2018 is bringing a new name for WestGate Lodging. We have been a huge part of Oak Ridge, TN since 1984. Our new name will be Oak Ridge Lodging to reflect our commitment to the Oak Ridge Community.
WestGate came from the historic West Gates that sit in front of our property. The Oak Ridge Turnpike Checking Station, a World War II-era gatehouse in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. This station was one of several security checkpoints that filtered traffic in and out of the area’s Manhattan Project facilities. Click the icon for history on Oak Ridge TN.

We are very proud to have this Oak Ridge historic site next to our Lodging Facility here in Oak Ridge, TN. We have offered temporary housing for visitors here in Oak Ridge, TN since 1984 and it seems only fitting that we become Oak Ridge Lodging. With our new name, a new web site will be coming very shortly that will focus greatly on the history of our great city.
In the upcoming months you will see many changes to make Oak Ridge Lodging a huge staple in the Oak Ridge community. We are excited to offer this great gift for the holidays to a city that has been a wonderful asset to our business. We want to thank everyone who has visited us and invite them to come and see the wonderful things we have planned for this great community and the history it stands for.
When looking for vacation, corporate, and relocation services please look at what Oak Ridge Lodging has to offer. No matter if you plan a one-week stay, a month, or 3 months, you will love Oak Ridge Lodging. When it comes to Oak Ridge Apartments or Accommodations, we want to be your Home Away From Home.
As the managers we will see to it that you are happy with your stay. Call Gary or Cindy for all of your lodging needs in Oak Ridge, TN. We promise to make your visit affordable, comfortable, and your home away from home.
We can be reached at 865-481-0603. Happy Holidays and we hope to see you soon!