Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort has only been open a little over two years, and in that short amount of time I’ve enjoyed five different stays at the property. On every single trip I’ve found something new and wonderful about this special place that makes me fall in love with it a little more every time I visit.
During my very first visit upon its grand opening in 2015, I shared an overview of the iconic property, which you can view here on TravelingMom.com. That post gives you a great idea of what you can expect, which is a fabulous resort that greatly exceeds your typical expectations of “theme park resort properties” – by far. And if you need a second opinion, you can also check out what my fellow Dollywood Insider pal, Morgan, thinks about all of the “luxury in the details” and perks of the resort here on the Dollywood Insiders website.
This past weekend I was thrilled to get to take my family for yet another short weekend stay while I attended a training session to serve for a second year as a “Dollywood Insider” – which is such an honor!
Planning a successful family vacation can stress out even the most organized family vacation planner. Our time is precious, and for those of us who do the planning, we want to ensure that we are making the most of that time for everyone. That’s where Dollywood and the Dollywood Insiders come in. We’re here to help you find the information and Insider tips you need to make the best decisions for your family and loved ones.
For my family, the vacation planning always falls to me. I admit that I still stress out about making sure that every trip my guys and I take is special and worthy of our time, energy, and money. It’s so important that our vacations meet our needs, which is always a combination of both resting and having tons of fun!
This time was no exception, and even though school has only been back in session for a few weeks now, I admit that my boys and I are already worn out from all the early mornings, ball practices, music lessons, late-night homework sessions, and overall stress of just getting back into the old school-year routine. We needed this perfect little getaway for some fun and relaxation, and we knew that Dollywood and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort would be just the ticket to achieve that!
However, this time was a short one night trip – and I was concerned that it might not be worth the hassle. We literally had to find someway to accomplish our vacation goals in a short 24-hour time period.
Is it even possible to relax and have fun on a 24-hour road-trip to a theme park?
Well, I’m happy to report that it was! So much so that, while we were there I found myself wondering exactly what it was about Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort that made it the perfect vacation spot for a combination of relaxing and recreating, even on such a short and jam-packed getaway.
So, I wrote down my thoughts, and now I’m sharing them here with you so you’ll believe me when I recommend Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort the next time you need a getaway – even a short one – that will revive and rejuvenate you amidst the grind of daily life.
Three Reasons Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is the Perfect Getaway Retreat
The View at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort
The first sign that Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort was the right choice for this getaway was the sight that met our sore eyes when we turned up the drive to the property. If you’ve ever been to The Smokies, you know that Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg are bustling with action and energy. There’s a ton of “stuff” to see and do – everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. There is traffic, noise, and neon galore. The Smoky Mountains that most visitors drive so far to see seem to just be “somewhere back there in the hazy background”…until you turn up that long, winding drive to the Dollywood Resort.
Immediately, I felt like I’d been transported back in time and was on my way to visit grandmother on the farm. The grounds are lush with grass, trees, flowers, and you even pass a “barn” and wooden fence as you make your way up to the resort, which itself is architecturally designed in a beautiful “farmhouse” style. And then, once you make that final turn up the hill, you see them – the mountains. And nothing is blocking that amazing, Smoky Mountain view. Welcome to your home away from home!
The Hosts with the Most at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort
The second thing we noticed upon arrival was the friendliness of our Hosts (what The Dollywood Company calls all of its employees). I’m not just talking about a friendly smile and a “yes, ma’am”, “no sir” here and there. I’m talking about three attendant hosts immediately coming to open the car doors for us and greeting us with, “Well, it’s about time you guys got here! We’re so glad to see you!” They were asking the boys questions about school and roller coasters as they organized our luggage and checked us in in what seemed like one smooth move.
These folks don’t know a stranger because everyone is always treated like family. We were never made to feel like anything we asked about or for was a bother or a hassle. In fact, I seriously felt like they were disappointed we hadn’t asked them to do more for us!
Arrival, check-in, and baggage delivery went by so fast and so smoothly that we found ourselves seated in the resort restaurant, Song & Hearth, before we could hum the first stanza of Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again”! And then our waitress at Song & Hearth was so sweet and had such a great personality, I swear I almost asked her to just sit down and join us for our meal!
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort Wow’s Without Overwhelming
The Resort will pleasantly surprise you with it’s modest tastefulness and elegant – yet decidedly unpretentious and convenient – decor, design, and layout. One of the things I appreciate most about Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is that it is easy to navigate after I’ve spent a long, hot day at Dollywood or Splash Country.
I love that the trolley transports us right up to a special back entrance to the theme parks and back to the resort for free all day long. And I love that I don’t have to walk a mile to get to my room when I get back, and another to get to any of the fabulous amenities I want to enjoy.
It thrills me to no end to be able to come back, change quickly in my room, and easily get to the indoor or outdoor pool, fitness center, and spa. Or, we can grab a quick bite at The Lounge…
or DM Pantry…
or join others dining at the buffet at the Song & Hearth.
Later, under the stars, we can rock on one of the many porches…
lounge by one of the many fire pits and roast some s’mores and listen to the storytellers, enjoy live music in the lobby, or walk around the property playing games and taking in the beautiful sunset against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains.
What it comes down to is pretty simple, really... Unparalleled natural beauty and spectacular design; welcoming and friendly people; and a combination of splendor and convenience that enables us to actually leave our cares behind and just enjoy every precious moment of time together.
That’s the genius of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort – it offers everything we need and more for an extraordinary family vacation getaway when we need a break from the ordinary grind of daily life!
I’d love it if you’d share your ideas of what you look for when planning a short family getaway. What makes it “extraordinary” for you?