Celebrate the New Year at Tennessee State Parks

Friday, December 17, 2010 | 02:59 pm
NASHVILLE – Make plans now to ring in 2011 with a number of special New Year’s Eve celebrations at Tennessee State Parks inns and restaurants, including dinner buffets, holiday room discounts, music and dancing!
New Year’s Eve dinner will be served Dec. 31 at Cumberland Mountain, Fall Creek Falls, Henry Horton, Montgomery Bell, Paris Landing and Pickwick Landing state parks. This special dinner will include a variety of entrees, dessert and non-alcoholic sparkling beverages. Seating times and prices will vary by park, and reservations are encouraged. Fall Creek Falls, Montgomery Bell, Paris Landing and Pickwick Landing also will be offering a New Year’s Day Brunch as an additional holiday dining option.  
In addition, the park inns at Fall Creek Falls, Montgomery Bell, Paris Landing and Pickwick Landing are offering special room packages for the holiday. Details for individual park festivities across the state include: 
East Tennessee
Cumberland Mountain will serve its Traditional Catfish Buffet on Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. The buffet will feature farm-raised catfish, made-from-scratch hushpuppies, Southern-style turnip greens, cobblers and homemade cakes – just to name a few! Please contact Cumberland Mountain State Park for reservations or for additional information at (931) 484-7186. 
Middle Tennessee
New Year’s on the Mountain has become a traditional celebration at Fall Creek Falls and will be held Dec. 31 through Jan. 1. The New Year’s Eve Surf and Turf Buffet will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. Children ages 5 to 12 pay only half price and children four and under can eat at no charge, both with an adult buffet. Chef-carved prime rib, snow crab legs, fried shrimp, catfish with hushpuppies, and homemade gumbo are just several of the featured items – in addition to the park’s famous dessert bar, featuring a chocolate fountain. A New Year’s Day Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
The Inn at Fall Creek Falls also is offering a special New Year’s on the Mountain Package for only $75.99 for a standard room. Enjoy the beauty of the Cumberland Mountains with great food and a romantic backdrop. The package includes a one-night stay in a standard room, a special New Year’s Day Brunch and gift basket. A 2 p.m. checkout time will be offered for late-night revelers. All rooms are subject to availability and reservations are required. Contact the park directly at (800) 250-8610 for additional information and reservations.  
Make your reservations now for Henry Horton’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, slated for Dec. 31. The restaurant is offering a special Prime Rib Buffet, including other delicious main entrees, an assortment of vegetables, a full salad bar, dessert and party favors. Call (800) 250-8612 or (931) 364-2222 for reservations or for additional information. 
Montgomery Bell’s New Year’s Eve Candlelight Dinner will be served Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include several four-course menu choices – such as shrimp cocktail, delicious salads, grilled salmon or pork tenderloin medallions, assorted sides and desserts. Start 2011 off with Montgomery Bell’s tranquil New Year’s Day Brunch overlooking Acorn Lake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 1. 
For those wishing to ring in the New Year in an intimate environment, Montgomery Bell is offering two special inn packages. For only $105 (including taxes and gratuity) Package #1 includes an inn room, a New Year’s Eve candlelight dinner for two, a special room gift and a 2 p.m. checkout. For $135, Package #2 includes an inn room, gift in room, candlelight dinner for two on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day Brunch for two and a 2 p.m. checkout. Please contact Montgomery Bell State Park for reservations or for additional information at (800) 250-8613. 
West Tennessee
Ring in the New Year at Paris Landing State Park with the Boots and Boas New Year’s Eve Celebration! Spend Dec. 31 enjoying the beauty of Paris Landing State Park and as the sun sets, tour the festive light displays sponsored by groups in the local community. Later that evening, guests can put on their dancing boots for the Johnny Mac Band’s Comeback Tour. Event tickets are $25 per person or $200 a table, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Paris Landing. 
To make the evening even more special, take advantage of Paris Landing’s New Years Eve Dinner and Room Package. The $119 package includes one double-occupancy inn room, two New Year’s Eve Buffets and two New Year’s Day Buffets.  The New Year’s Eve Buffet will be served Dec. 31 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and will include chef-carved roast beef, peel-and-eat shrimp, Southern-fried catfish, assorted vegetables, salads and desserts. The New Year’s Day Buffet on Jan. 1 will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both buffets are open to the public, while tickets for the Boots and Boas Celebration are sold separately. Please contact (800) 250-8614 or (731) 642-4311 for reservations or additional information. 
All aboard! Cruise into 2011 with Pickwick Landing State Park and Team Hardin County for a New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 31. A $240 “boarding pass” includes inn room accommodations, dinner, dancing and a midnight toast. Live entertainment provided by Magi, party favors and a delicious New Year’s Day Brunch will complete the festivities. Formal attire requested. For more information and to make reservations call (800) 552-3866 or (731) 925-8181.
Tennessee's 53 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call 1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit the Web site at www.tnstateparks.com