On a recent trip to Tennessee, I stayed at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, Dolly Parton’s 20-acre hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
My hotel room with one queen-size bed costs $449 per night, not including taxes and fees. I also added a one-day Dollywood theme park ticket to my reservation for $95.
In total, my two-night stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort cost $1,102.31.
One of the biggest advantages of staying at the DreamMore Resort was its shuttle to and from Dollywood.
When I arrived at the DreamMore Resort, the front desk had my Dollywood ticket waiting for me. Since I booked my park admission through the hotel, I also got free access to the hotel’s Dollywood shuttle and a complimentary TimeSaver pass to skip long lines.
The shuttle dropped me off right at the park entrance, and the driver provided some helpful tips along the way, like the fact that we could get free ice water at any concession stand.
After the fireworks and drone show that closes out summer nights at Dollywood, the shuttle picked me up at the same convenient spot. I was exhausted after spending all day on my feet, and loved that I didn’t have to make the long trek back to the parking lot.
In the lobby, I was greeted with live music as I checked in.
The singer played Dolly Parton songs, but also sang Disney songs like “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”
The walls were decorated with framed instruments that Parton has used throughout her career.
In keeping with Parton’s iconic style, the instruments were bedazzled with rhinestones and decorated with butterflies.
A sign at the entrance advertised “Camp DW,” a series of family-friendly activities like s’mores roasting and bedtime stories.
Also on the agenda: craft kits to-go and complimentary pink lemonade.
At the Starbucks store in the lobby, Dollywood’s famous cinnamon bread was available without the long lines at the theme park.
Baked fresh daily, the pull-apart cinnamon loaves are soaked in butter and cinnamon-sugar before baking. Each one comes with dipping sauces of buttercream icing and apple butter.
It’s such an iconic treat that Dollywood gift shops even sell t-shirts that read “I’m just here for the cinnamon bread.”
At Dollywood, the cinnamon bread is sold at The Grist Mill in the Craftman’s Valley area and the Spotlight Bakery on Showstreet, but the wait can be long. The lines at the DreamMore Resort’s Starbucks are much shorter.
The lobby’s gift shop sold some of the same souvenir items available at Dollywood in another chance to bypass the crowds.
Among the gift shop’s offerings were mugs with Parton quotes and t-shirts with her face on them.
Around the corner, a full hallway of Parton’s album covers paid tribute to the hotel’s founder.
Parton has released almost 90 albums since the beginning of her music career in the 1960s.
As I made my way to my room, Parton’s words and images remained present throughout the halls.
The walls outside the elevators featured Parton quotes such as “If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain,” “Leave something good in every day,” and “My weaknesses have always been food and men, in that order.”
As I sat sipping pink lemonade in a rocking chair on the hotel’s porch, I felt like I was living in a Dolly Parton song.
After my charming stay in a Dolly Parton-themed RV the night before, I enjoyed the creature comforts of the DreamMore Resort. Its idyllic mountain scenery, Southern hospitality, and family-friendly entertainment all felt true to Parton’s brand, and I loved finding little tributes to her music career all over the hotel. Plus, the convenience of the hotel shuttle and free TimeSaver passes made visiting Dollywood a breeze.