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

Spring 2016

Well it’s Spring of 2016 and everything is in full swing in at WestGate Lodging. We are getting ready for the intern season to start. We look forward to seeing all the different faces from returning interns to the new interns. We have many interns that return year after year until graduation.

The Oak Ridge mall project which is called Main Street Oak Ridge is finally moving ahead towards a start date. The new company that is doing it is set to make the final payment of the loan to First Tennessee bank and this will satisfy the remaining payments and interest. So hopefully soon they will start demolishing the old mall and making way for the new project to start.

The Secret City Festival is June 10 and June 11 with lots of activities for the kids and adults. There will be several activities for kids including a petting zoo, playful city, fire truck slide, inflatables, crafts and games. On Saturday there will be a Home Depot Kids Workshop. Also for the older kids there will be laser tag, karaoke and a video game trailer. For the Adults there will be arts and crafts fair with craft and pottery demonstrations. also a Manhattan Project Historical Park Tour on both days. There is also train excursions that leave from the former K-25 Heritage Center.

On Friday night Charlie Daniels Band will play and on Saturday night Grand Funk Railroad will play, it’s going to be a great time at both of those concerts.

Don’t hesitate to call WestGate Lodging for any reservation needs, from a couple night stay to a couple month stay will can accommodate any reservation. We offer five different types of rooms from an Efficiency to a Two Bedroom Unit. All of our units are fully furnished and have all the comforts of home. All of the units have furniture in all rooms and are move in ready, from a queen bed in the bedroom to a three person couch and love seat in the living area. Most of the units have 32 inch flat screens in them, we also offer free wifi and all rooms have ethernet plugs in them. We have grills by the pool for anyone that wants to cook out and the pool is always open year round. Feel free to call Gary or Cindy at 865-481-0603 and reserve your room now. Our website is http://www.westgateor.com.






Spring Time At WestGate Lodging

Things are really going full speed at WestGate Lodging right now. We are full of interns for the National Lab and have a steady stream of customers coming and going. Here at WestGate Lodging we offer 5 different types of fully furnished condos. We offer Efficiency, Studio, 1 Bedroom, Large 1 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom condos. All of our units have full size kitchens in them and have small appliances ready to help in any kitchen adventure you may be willing to tackle. Our living rooms have couches and love seats or recliners and cable t.v. with HBO ready for you to kick back and relax after a hard day at work or ready for lounging around. We also offer free Wifi and each room has ethernet hook ups in them. We have daily maid service for each room also. So when you are coming to Oak RIdge and need a place to stay and you don’t want that hotel motel stay please check out WestGate Lodging for all your needs. Give us a call at 865-481-0603 and ask for Gary or Cindy and we will be glad to help you in any way. Our website is http://www.westgateor.com.

The DOE is having the DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the months of June, July and August. The bus departs from the American Museum of Science and Energy at Noon. You will explore the original Manhattan Project sites around Oak Ridge and learn the history behind the worlds first atomic weapon. This tour is for age 10 and up. For more information you can call the American Museum of Science and Energy at 865-576-3200

ORNL Federal Credit Union Ground Breaking Ceremony is June 9th and its located at ORNL Federal Credit union 215 S. Rutgers Ave here in Oak Ridge.

Secret City Festival is June 12 and 13. For a full list of activities go to http://www.secretcityfestival.com. The Marshall Tucker Band and Three Dog Night will be playing on Friday and Saturday night

17th annual Lavender Festival is June 20th at Historic Jackson Square. They will have food, fun activities for children herb demonstration, crafts music and much much more.

So come to WestGate Lodging for all your lodging needs and look around Oak Ridge. We always having something going on.

Spring Time in Oak Ridge, TN

Spring in Oak Ridge is an exciting time. Not only is the area beautiful but there are so many things to do.

First there are a few ongoing events that you find worth your time. The Department of Energy Public Bus Tour is a must for anyone who enjoys History. The bus departs from the American Museum of Science and Energy, ( 300 South Tulane Avenue), at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during April and May. During June, July, and August the tours are Monday – Friday. The tour takes you to the original Manhattan Project Sites around Oak Ridge. You will learn the history behind the worlds first Atomic weapon which helped to end WWII. The tour is for Age 10 and up.

There is also a newly opened exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. The Children’s Museum is located at 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge. “Masterworks : Prints from the Collection of Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge” features works by the worlds greatest artists, including Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrandt.  The museum hours are Tuesdays 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Sundays 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays during the school year. During June, July, and August the museum is open Mondays 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. It is a great experience for children and adults.

There are also some upcoming events that you may want to mark on your calendar.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will host Primetime Fiesta on April 16th. This is one of the largest networking events of the year! We hope to see you there!

Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will offer a Spring Colors Train Ride on April 18th. The train ride will give you the opportunity to experience the journey enjoyed during the golden age of rail travel in the 1930’s and 40’s. Passengers will begin their journey back in time abroad Southern Railway coach Fort Oglethorpe, built in 1947. The train ride times are 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

The SIRA Championship Regatta will be April 18th and 19th at Melton Lake in Oak Ridge.  The Regatta will begin on Saturday at 7am and end on Sunday at 6:00pm.

These are just a few of the many things to do here in Oak Ridge. The weather is beautiful, the scenery awesome, and the community welcomes you. If you plan to visit, remember you can get an Oak Ridge Apartment for the price of a hotel room here at WestGate Lodging. Our units are fully furnished and have kitchens. Every Unit has pots, pans, dishes, and cooking utensils ready and waiting. We also provide linens and weekly maid service. There are grills for guest use out by the pool in the courtyard.  You can call WestGate Lodging at 865-481-0603 for more information or to make your reservations. Get Outside and enjoy Spring! We hope to see you soon!


Welcome CVMR!

WestGate Lodging would like to welcome CVMR-Canada to Oak Ridge! We are very excited that this company has picked Oak Ridge for their new home. The company is moving from Toronto. CMVR operates in 18 countries and manufactures high-purity metal powders and super alloys. The headquarters will be in the former Theragenics building at Horizon Center in West Oak Ridge.

The first employee has already been hired. And the plans are to bring 620 jobs to Oak Ridge. They could put 218 people to work right away and add 402 manufacturing jobs later. It is great news for East Tennessee. According to Randy Boyd, the new commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development, this is the start of a new wave!

There could be about 120 PhD researchers at the company’s new Oak Ridge headquarters. The company has commitments to manufacture by June 2015. Operations will begin by the end of May 2015. They will use ore to make pure metal products which will be used by manufacturers to make parts, such NASA and the US Department of Defense.

The Horizon Center entrance is only 1.8 miles from WestGate Lodging. We are excited to have CMVR as neighbors. And for anyone relocating to the Oak Ridge area for CVMR, we would love to have you come stay here at WestGate. WestGate offers long and short term furnished apartments with all utilities, cable, wifi, local phone service and weekly maid service included. Our Apartments include linens, pots and pans, dishes and all cooking utensils. We also have ethernet outlets in all apartments. We have a beautiful courtyard with a large pool. Directly across the street there are nature trails for walking, running, or biking. There is also an onsite coin operated Laundry room. It is quiet here and you are still only 4 miles from restaurants and shopping centers. It is a great time to get into an Oak Ridge Apartment here at WestGate, as we upgrading, and plan to add onsite equipment for volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, and bean bag toss ( cornhole). We also have grills by the pool for guest use. It will make for a great weekend to spend the days playing and swimming and then relaxing by the pool and the afternoon with a steak on the grill. WestGate offers a community for family fun. And the best part is you get all this for less than a hotel room. We look forward to welcoming you all to Oak Ridge!