Oak Ridge TN. Snow Days

One of many things so positive about Oak Ridge, Tn. is our mild winters. Today it is 55 Degrees here in Oak Ridge Tennessee, yesterday it was 69. But, there is speculation that there may be 2 to 4 inches of snow in a few days, but they have been wrong before. The Oak Ridge children pray, let it snow! Last year was a very mild winter and we did not have many snow days. Happy adults, but unhappy children. The year before, the children must have prayed extra hard. We had so much snow the children received the good news, Oak Ridge Schools closed for 9 days, and they had snow for two weeks to play with.

I am like the children in Oak Ridge, I love when we get the snow. We have some hills here on the property of Oak Ridge Lodging. When it snows the kids will get out the sleds, or storage bin lids, and slide for hours, only to come in to warm up and to down some hot chocolate with marshmallows.

The pond at the back of the Oak Ridge Lodging is drained ever winter but when the snow falls it looks like it is still full of water, and even fools some of the wildlife. You will see footprints in the snow from different animals like deer, raccoons, and several types of birds.

If you are out early enough before all of the hustle and bustle and just walk around Oak Ridge Lodging you can see some of the most amazing sights. Like the morning sunlight just starting to bounce off the newly fallen snow. I love that silence snow brings, like the new blanket of snow has covered all noise. It is quiet enough that you can hear the deer walking in the woods trying to find the first meal of the day.
Next time you are enjoying your snow day, just remember that you are not alone, think of us at Oak Ridge lodging in Oak Ridge Tennessee. It may even get you to go inside and look us up on the internet and have you plan your next getaway to visit Oak Ridge Tennessee. http://www.oakridgelodging.com

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 http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org/ 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!

Oak Ridge, TN “The Not So Secret City”

Oak Ridge, TN has been known as the “Secret City” since 1942 when it was established by the US Government to serve as a home base for the Manhattan Project. The small town was built from nothing in a very remote location. In 3 years Oak Ridge, TN went from 3,000 to 75,000 due to the workers who came in. Believe or not most workers had no idea what was being built at the time, as it was a Secret!!! During that time everyone was quarantined and the project was a mystery. It wasn’t until America dropped the bomb on Japan that the citizens of Oak Ridge, TN realized what they had been a part of.
While some things here in Oak Ridge, TN remain top secret, one thing has changed. Oak Ridge, TN is no longer a secret. People travel here from all over the world to see what Oak Ridge, TN has to offer. What brings tourist here you might ask? The rich history alone is a great reason to visit Oak Ridge, TN. The American Museum of Science and Energy offers a 3 hour bus tour of some of these sites. During this tour you will see are the X-10 Graphite Reactor, New Bethel Church at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the visitor overlook at East Tennessee Technology Park (former home to the K-25 gaseous diffusion building), and Y12 New Hope History Center. This bus tour is included with the cost of admission to the museum and runs March-November. For more information on this tour visit the website at http://amse.org/.
It is also worth a visit to the historic “Jackson Square” Known today as The Historic Heart of Oak Ridge, TN. Jackson Square was known as the center of commerce for the military town in the 1940’s. There were bowling alleys, dime stores, and department stores back then. Today the original buildings still stand, but have been transformed into upscale and boutique shopping and dining experiences. More information about Jackson Square and upcoming events there can be found at http://jacksonsquareoakridge.org/
History is not the only attraction for tourist in Oak Ridge, TN. There are numerous hiking attractions for the outdoor lovers. The UT Arboretum is a wonderful place for hikers looking for beautiful scenery. The UT Arboretum offers over 5 miles of walking trails year round. There is something awesome to see on these trails during all seasons. Visit them online at http://utarboretum.tennessee.edu/arboretum.htm
There are also 12 greenways here in Oak Ridge, TN. Information on the greenways can be found at http://www.oakridgetn.gov/content/VISITORS/Greenways
If you happen to stay at WestGate Lodging in Oak Ridge, TN you only have to cross the street to enjoy the 7 miles (one way) North Boundary Trail. The wildlife is amazing and there is something to see no matter what time of year you visit. Trail information with maps can be found at http://tnlandforms.us/greenways/maps03/nb.html

The other activities and attractions that has put Oak Ridge, TN Tourism on the rise are the Oak Ridge Rowing Association at Melton Lake, the annual Secret City Festival, The Childrens Museum, and numerous other attractions and activities that have become such a huge part of Oak Ridge, TN.
Oak Ridge, TN is certainly not a secret anymore. But Oak Ridge, TN is filled with wonderful things to do no matter what your age. The citizens here are always ready to welcome tourist with open arms. And no matter why you decide to visit Oak Ridge, TN be sure and plan some time for seeing the City and all it has to offer. While Oak Ridge, TN has so much to see and do, we still offer that small town feel. And be sure and make your reservations with WestGate Lodging. At WestGate Lodging in Oak Ridge, TN we will personally treat you like family. You will not find a better deal in town. You can visit us on Online at http://www.westgateor.com or https://www.facebook.com/westgateor/
Call Gary or Cindy directly to make reservations at (865)481-0603. We can’t wait to have you visit us here at WestGate Lodging in Oak Ridge, TN.

Fall 2017 In Oak Ridge, TN

That old familiar smell is in the air in Oak Ridge,TN. You can feel it in the early morning and evening. That crisp air that reminds you of all the hometown Tennessee Football games on Friday nights and Fall Festivals. Here at WestGate Lodging, in Oak Ridge, TN, we are so excited to have the fall season upon us. The leaves are just starting to change and soon Oak Ridge will be a beautiful canvas of color.

It doesn’t matter if you are a local or just visiting, Oak Ridge TN is the place to be this time of year. There are so many exciting things to do during October here in Oak Ridge and the surrounding areas. No matter what your interest, you can always find something fun for everyone in the family. Here are a few of the amazing events going on this week.

October 7th-27th The Appalachian Arts Crafts Center will be offering multiple classes throughout the month. Pumpkin Eggs and Stained Glass Panels are just a couple that will be offered. More information can be found at https://appalachianarts.net/ 

October 6th-8th The Museum of Appalachia will be hosting The Tennessee Homecoming Festival this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each day musicians will perform on a Rustic outdoor stage. Traditional Mountain, Folk, Bluegrass, Gospel, Old-time, and Americana will fill the air. There will be many well known performers throughout the weekend. Even Lee Ann Womack will be performing on Saturday evening. Tennessee Fall Homecoming’s first-ever “Family Day” debuts on Sunday, October 8th. The weekend is capped-off with a day full of games, animals, storytelling, demonstrations, and music. Parents and children will enjoy hands-on activities as they learn about Appalachian history & culture—all at an affordable rate. For more information or to purchase tickets visit  http://www.museumofappalachia.org.

October 7th The Rotary Club of Oak Ridge is sponsoring The Street Painting Festival at Roane State Community College. Hours for this event can be found at  https://www.roanestate.edu/pages/streetpaintingfestival/ .

October 7th Right here in Oak Ridge, The Oak Ridge Fire Department will be hosting a fire prevention celebration as part of the City’s 75th anniversary. It will kick off with a “Then and Now” themed at 10:00 a.m. The parade will start at ORFD Fire Station #3 on Tuskegee Drive and end at A.K. Bissell Park. Following the parade, everyone is invited to gather in A.K. Bissell Park at 11 a.m. for opening ceremonies that will include static displays of emergency services equipment, bounce houses, safety information booths, and emergency services demonstrations.

These are just a few of the things happening this week. If you are visiting Oak Ridge, TN we would love to have you come and stay here at WestGate Lodging where you can get an apartment for less than the cost of a Hotel room. We hope you are all looking forward to Fall here in Oak Ridge, TN! The management and staff here at WestGate Lodging are very excited. You can visit WestGate Lodging on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/westgateor/  or feel free to call Gary or Cindy at (865)-481-0603 for all your Lodging needs here in Oak Ridge, TN.

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

So Thankful for our wonderful guest who have stayed with us this year. Thank You

This year at WestGate Lodging we have been so fortunate to have so many guest from all over the USA and the World stay with us. This year was a record year for those coming to Oak Ridge, TN. seeking temporary housing and accommodations who then relocated permanently to Oak Ridge. It has been a record year for those moving to Oak Ridge who have made their home with us first while they were seeking housing in Oak Ridge. The best compliment we receive is when our guest who have stayed with us for several months get ready to move to their new home in Oak Ridge BUT….. state, “We don’t want to leave you guys, we love it here” Thank You to all our guest for making your temporary home away from home, with us! THANK YOU to our on site managers Gary and Cindy for providing excellent service to all our guest.

If you are planning on coming to Oak Ridge Tn. for a short term or a long term, be sure to check out our accommodations, fully furnished condominiums, before booking a motel or hotel room here in Oak Ridge TN.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Fred DeFalco