Pigeon Forge, a town that was once a valley of golden wheat fields, is now a bustling family vacation destination. With so much to do, where does one start? I recently visited the area with other influencers and have some great suggestions of where to stay, eat, and play.
Dollyood’s DreamMore Resort
Night view of the outdoor pool at DreamMore Resort.
The DreamMore Resort opened its doors in 2015 and is located by Dollywood’s Splash Country and Dollywood amusement parks. The resort has all of the amenities that you would expect and more. The beautifully appointed resort is a reflection of Dolly, herself.
Yes – Dollywood has cabins. Beautiful cabins with stunning views of the mountains. There are park perks, too, for being a cabin guest. Guests can purchase a Length of Stay Pass for the same price as a regular day’s pass and have unlimited visits to the park for the duration of their stay.
In addition to a really good show, the Dixie Stampede knows how to serve up a delicious meal. The four-course meal starts with a creamy soup and savory biscuit, followed by a whole rotisserie chicken, smoked barbecue pork loin, a potato wedge, corn-on-the-cob, and topped off with a delicious pastry.
The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille
This quaint restaurant sits next door to The Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery. What’s neat about it – in addition to some really good Southern food – is that they serve up their dishes on handmade pottery. I recommend the Shrimp & Grits. (You can see the full menu here.)
Dollywood ranks high among my favorite theme parks. It’s clean, beautiful, the people are friendly, the food is good, the shows are great, and the rides are thrilling. There is so much more to say about it that I wrote a separate post. You can read it here.
Dollywood Splash Country
Dollywood’s Splash Country (Photo courtesy of Dollywood.)
I am looking forward to trying Dollywood’s Splash Country. The park has water slides, a lazy river ride, a wave pool, places to dine at the park, lockers, and retreats. It seems like a great place to soak up some sun while the kids play in the water.
Being at The Island is a lot like being at a beach boardwalk – there are carnival-like rides, fun shops, and over a dozen places to get a bite to eat. You can park your car in the big parking lot and catch the free shuttle. There is something for everyone. Folks 21+ can visit Ole Smoky Moonshine and enjoy a tasting of some of their unique flavors. (Click here for a coupon.)
The Titanic Pigeon Forge pays respect to those souls who boarded the ship that “could never sink.” The museum tastefully displays artifacts recovered from the wreckage and has a few interactive displays to give visitors an idea of what the Titanic passengers experienced. As visitors enter the museum, they are given a card with a name of an actual passenger from the Titanic. At the end of the voyage, they learn of the fate of that passenger.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest national park East of the Rockies. It is also the country’s most visited park and one of the few that charges no entrance fee. It has 4,000 plant species, 140 tree species, approximately 1,500 species of wildflowers, black bears, cottontail rabbit, red wolf, groundhog, red fox, coyote, bobcat, river otter, white-tailed deer and wild boar. At Cades Cove, visitors can view a typical Smoky Mountain homestead, complete with a barn, smokehouse, blacksmith shop and corncrib. Visitors can also camp, fish, hike, ride bikes, and so much more. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy nature at its finest.