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!

Spring Is In The Air

Two weeks ago, you would have never guessed how close Spring was. We have had some much warmer weather and last weekend was beautiful. If you love East Tennessee in the Spring, then there is no better time than the next few weeks to come and visit. We would love to have you stay with us here at WestGate Lodging. We provide Apartments in Oak Ridge for the price of a hotel room.

Our Apartments are fully furnished with weekly maid service. There is no need to bring a lot from home, our apartments are equipped with everything you need to have a great time here in Oak Ridge. We provide linens, dishes, kitchen utensils and weekly maid service. we specialize in short and long term rentals.

So, if you are looking for an apartment in Oak Ridge, give us a call at 865-481-0603. We would love to have you come enjoy the beginning of Spring with us.

Happy Valentines Day!

WestGate Lodging wants to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day! We also want to remind you we are here if you want to plan a last minute trip for you and your Valentine. You won’t find an Oak Ridge Apartment for a better rate. You get an apartment for the price of a hotel room. Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays. It has been since I was a child and my father was my Valentine. What better reason to celebrate than love? And what better place than Oak Ridge? It’s cold and there is snow in the forecast. Sounds like the perfect setting for romance.

And for those of you who just want to get out and play, Pigeon Forge is a 40 minute drive away. There is something for everyone in East Tennessee. From shopping to snow tubing you will find what you like. We hope to see you here at WestGate Lodging.

Have a safe and beautiful Valanetine’s Day!

Holiday Homecoming!

There is magic in the air here in Oak Ridge. The winter air, the holiday decorations, and the small town feel that makes everyone feel at home. Whether Oak Ridge is your hometown, a vacation spot, or a destination on your to-do list, it feels like coming home. This time of year is a great time to be in Oak Ridge. From the time you arrive you will feel the excitement and anticipation of the Holidays. There is a feeling that takes you back to your childhood Christmas’, a time when Christmas was about family and celebration.

If you come to Oak Ridge in November, don’t miss The Nutcracker 2014! This performance is put on by The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association. Shows are Saturday November 22nd at 7pm and Sunday November 23rd at 2pm. There is also a matinee performance on Saturday November 22nd at 2pm , but note some of the featured artist from the previous shows will be excluded at this performance. No matter which show you attend it is sure to be a wonderful performance of The Nutcracker!

If you are fortunate enough to be here in December, don’t miss the Santa Scenic excursion train, presented by the Southern Appalachia Railroad Museum. No matter your age, we all love Santa. The schedule for 2014 is Saturday December 6th and Saturday December 13th at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. The Sunday departures will be December 7th and  December 14th at 1pm and 3pm. What better way to get your holidays started than a scenic train ride with old St Nick himself?

December 6th thru the 24th visit the Museum of Appalachia for “Christmas in Old Appalachia.” The sights and sounds of the season will surround you on the grounds. The decor is pioneer, recalling times past when Christmas was a simple family holiday. The gift shop has many hand-crafted items. Lunches are served daily from 11am to 2pm in the museum restaurant. Don’t miss this walk through Christmas’ past!

And finally, this year the Oak Ridge Christmas Parade’s theme is “Holiday Homecoming”! You don’t want to miss this small town celebration. You will be surrounded by the magic feeling of a small town holiday with music, lights, and beautiful floats. The parade will be at 6pm on Saturday December 13th. It will begin at Corporate Center, on the corner of Lafayette and Laboratory Road. From there, the parade will travel down Lafayette to the Oak Ridge Turnpike and continue west on the Turnpike to Oak Ridge High School. We are very excited about this as WestGate will have a float in the parade. Come on out and celebrate a Holiday Homecoming with us.

Oak Ridge is a wonderful place to be during the holidays. If you really want that “at home” feeling, come to WestGate and rent one of our condos for your stay. If you plan on staying one night or maybe even thirty, WestGate can accommodate you.

As property managers, we would love to have you come out and celebrate the magic of Christmas and New Years with us. If you happen to be traveling to our area just give Cindy or Gary a call and we will get you all set for a enjoyable and stress free stay. We hope to see you soon!