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Town resident’s lodge a must see ‘before you die’

Gatlinburg’s The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, owned by Farragut resident Buddy McLean, was recently featured in “1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die,” a travel guide by New York Times best selling author Patricia Schultz.

“I have had reservations made because of [the book] from places like Los Angeles, Chicago and even one family from Japan,” McLean said.

“The lodge is one of only three full service hotels in the state of Tennessee to be included in the book.

McLean said, “[It feels] pretty good when you consider the company we are keeping.”

In a press release, Adele Sensing, of Davis Newman Payne, the marketing communications firm of which McLean is owner, president and CEO, said the land on which the lodge is built has been in the McLean family for years.

The lodge sits on 26 acres, high above Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains amid beautiful mountain scenery, including a spectacular view of Mount LeConte.

McLean said, “My brother and I and our other partner, Jeanie Johnson, really enjoy the hospitality industry, so developing the land for a lodge was a natural for us.”

The lodge features an Adirondack architectural style that was influenced by “a trip that my wife and I took to the Adirondacks in 2002.

“We liked the style and the feel and we decided that this would be a great idea for a resort in East Tennessee, since the Adirondacks are in the Appalachian mountain chain,” he said.

Sensing describes the Adirondack style as “utilizing natural building material, such as roughly dressed logs and native stones to create structures that exist in harmony with the surrounding natural environment.”

The interior décor of the lodge is especially notable, as it displays a large collection of Scottish memorabilia reflecting the McLean family lineage, including traditional clan dress and military items.

Many of these items have been in the McLean family for generations.

Sensing added, visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including fly-fishing in Buckberry Creek, exploring several nature trails, and relaxing within the creekside pavilion.

Guests are treated to a unique mode of transportation in the form of two Pinzguaers, rare Humvee-like military vehicles that were designed for mountain use.

These vehicles are used to transport guests from the Lodge down to Buckberry Creek, she added.

McLean said he is looking forward to some possible expansions of the lodge.

“We are getting ready to put a swimming pool in that has a very unusual design. It has a double-sided fireplace included in it and a canopy over the top and has a view of the mountains,” he said.

“There are also plans for a resort spa as well as possibly adding executive cottages,” he added.

McLean has been a Farragut resident since 1985, and has been working in the advertising field in Knoxville for 35 years.

McLean recently received the prestigious Bob McCabe Silver Medal Award from the Knoxville Advertising Federation in honor of his contribution to the advertising industry.

“It was interesting because I came to work at Davis Newman Payne in 1972 and Bob McCabe was here prior to that. I never spent a lot of time talking to him, but I had heard stories about him, so it was interesting to get that award myself,” McLean said.

“In fact, all of the presidents of Davis Newman Payne have received this award, there have been four of us,” he added.

For more information on the Lodge at Buckberry Creek, visit or call 866-30-LODGE.

For more information on Davis Newman Payne, visit


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