If you want to get the absolute most out of your vacation experience to Dollywood and the Smokies, there is no shortage of articles out there to tell you how to do it. From my years of experience, I recommend you plan your trip around a stay at the beautiful oasis, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. It’s a place where you feel like you’re totally away from it all but you’re really only a stone’s throw from all of the fun and adventure of Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country!
I will also bet that a ton of those articles are about how family-friendly Dollywood’s resort is, too, right? I bet they go on and on about all of the family-style amenities and activities. And, I’ll also bet that some of those posts are even about how wonderful Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa is for a “girlfriend’s getaway.”
But maybe you, like me, have never read a post about what DAD thinks about it all. Does dear old Dad ever get a say about where the family stays on vacation? Do we ever really take his opinions into account or ask what amenities he’s looking for in a resort destination?
Being very honest here, I do most of the planning when it comes to travel for my family, and I have to confess that I rarely, if ever, ask my sweet husband what he’s looking for in our vacation accommodations. I mean, I know him pretty well, and I admit that I just assume that he’ll be happy if there is air conditioning, food available nearby and a comfy bed and pillow to get a good night’s sleep. He rarely complains so I just never really thought it was that important to ask him what he really wanted. So sad!
So, when I was brainstorming a list of topics to write about for the Dollywood Insiders this year, imagine my surprise when my darling hubby piped up and said, “Hey! Why don’t you write about all the reasons husbands love Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa?” And when he immediately reeled off seven legitimately-fantastic reasons right off the top of his head, I knew we had a winner!
Without further ado, here are “Seven Reasons Why My Husband Loves Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa”:
1- Park Your Car and Leave It!
It’s that simple. After you drive up to the front porch of the resort and the wonderful attendants unload your luggage, you can drive just a few feet away, park your own car in the lot and walk the few steps back to the entrance—leaving your vehicle there for free for your entire vacation! You could also take advantage of their convenient valet parking for a small fee.
2- Complimentary Trolley to the Back Door of the Park!
Guests at the resort enjoy a relaxing ride to and from Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country via the convenient and complimentary resort transportation. The beautiful trolley is air-conditioned/heated and runs throughout the day, delivering guests to both parks—at Dollywood, it’s a special back entrance to the park! There’s hardly a wait and it is so close and convenient, which is extra-nice when you’re worn out from a long, adventurous day in the parks. It also saves you on the standard parking fee. Dads love this!
3 – Complimentary TimeSavers pass!
Dads love value, and they love saving time. In fact, those are my husband’s major contributions to every vacation: finding the best values and the time-savers. My hubby LOVES that whenever we stay at Dollywood’s resort because we (every resort guest) receive a complimentary Dollywood TimeSaver! That’s a value of $44 per person, per day! Dollywood TimeSaver can be used for 10 select rides and unlimited daily show reservations.
4 – Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery is THE BEST!
All you can eat—that is what a Dad is dreaming about! Trust me, when we stay at this resort, that means we’re eating breakfast AND dinner there every day. Waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy, biscuits, doughnuts, potatoes, grits, and you-name-it-they’ve-got-it for breakfast means my man does not go to the park hungry. He goes with a satisfied grin on his face at the beginning of the day. It’s pretty safe to say he’s in love with this establishment.
5 – Relaxing at the Swimming Hole After an Exciting Day
My husband never turns down a warm, relaxing soak under the waterfall in the hot tub overlooking Mount LeConte. He usually follows that with a nap in a lounger nearby while the boys have their fun in the pool. Sometimes he even sticks to his fitness routine by swimming laps in the heated indoor pool. The pool area at Dollywood’s resort is truly an oasis.
6 – Live Music to “Sit a Spell” and Relax
Are you sensing a theme here? Evenings are all about winding down and relaxing for Dadd-io on the patio. Live musical entertainment is going on at the resort most Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year. We love discovering the various artists who come to share their musical gifts with the guests. One of our local favorites is Anthony Mangrum, who delights the audience with his keyboard and vocal talents, always including some favorite Dolly Parton hits in his repertoire.
7 – There is Always the Dream that Dolly Herself Might Make an Appearance!
A guy can dream, can’t he? How could a trip to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa end up any dreamier than if the Dreamer-in-Chief showed up herself? The truth is, it actually does happen at this dreamy resort! Whenever Dolly Parton visits Dollywood, she (well, her driver) actually drives her “bus” and parks it in a very special parking space right there in the parking lot next to the resort! She rides in her van from this special “home away from home” back and forth to the parks. Do you need any more evidence that she loves her fans? The truth is, I’ve actually been at the resort when she’s “in residence” and had the opportunity to see her, but my poor husband hasn’t been there at the same time as Dolly yet. So, he still has something to dream about!
If your husband is wondering whether or not he’ll enjoy a stay at Dollywood’s resort, share this list with him. I bet you’ll be on your way to a fabulous vacation at this dreamy resort before you can say, “Sweet Dreams!”