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About Christine Derr

Christine Derr has put down roots in East Tennessee after years of living adventurously in several different states, from Florida to Alaska. She loves exploring East Tennessee with her husband and two energetic boys, and always cheers for the Seminoles and the Vols. She writes about their adventures at Paw Prints in the Sink. Christine works as a freelance writer and loves reading, writing, baking, and playing outside with her family and dogs in her free time. She’s excited to continue to explore Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country as an Insider and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you!
10 October 2018

Dollywood Restaurant Guide

By | 2018-10-12T11:25:36+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

Dollywood has so many restaurants and dining options, choosing what to eat is the hardest part! Here’s a rundown on each of the Dollywood restaurants and what to expect from each one. Quick Guide- On the Dollywood website, restaurants are described one of four ways. Here’s the difference: -Buffet: You’ll go down a line [...]

20 July 2018

Fall Getaways the Dollywood Way

By | 2018-07-20T17:43:34+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Lodging|0 Comments

Whew, it’s hot outside. This summer has been such a scorcher. Of course, a quick ride through Smoky Mountain River Rampage is sure to cool you off. A day spent at Dollywood’s Splash Country will certainly do the same. But if you’re far away and looking for another way to cool off during this [...]

25 June 2018

Hands-On Activities for Kids

By | 2018-06-25T14:32:10+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Family Visits|0 Comments

The fun to be had at Dollywood is diverse. It’s not limited to heart-racing rides, incredible shows, and delicious food. There are plenty of hands-on activities that will expand your mind, create some friendly competition, or give you a sweet memento to take home. I have some tips if you want to enjoy a [...]

16 May 2018

Taking Toddlers to Dollywood’s Splash Country

By | 2018-05-16T16:17:10+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Water Park|0 Comments

Dollywood’s Splash Country is home to sky-high water slides and thrills galore, of course. But do you know about all of the fun activities for the younger set? There are multiple play areas, family-friendly spots, kid-approved foods, and all of it sits under the watchful eye of the highest ranked lifeguards in the state. [...]

28 March 2018

Dreaming of Dollywood’s Splash Country

By | 2018-04-27T12:58:28+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Water Park|0 Comments

When the nights are long, And the days are cold, I will dream, Yes, I will dream, Of Splash Country. Okay, so maybe the cold has snapped my brain, because I’m now singing odes to Dollywood’s Splash Country. Here in Tennessee we had a brief glimpse of spring followed by weeks of cold, and [...]

5 March 2018

How To: Season Pass Processing

By | 2018-04-27T13:02:53+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Congratulations! You’ve upgraded to a Season Pass at Dollywood for 2018, and you’re almost all set for a year full of roller coasters, cinnamon bread, and world-class entertainment as often as you want. Did you purchase your passes online? If you’re like me, you squealed in excitement when your temporary Season Pass tickets arrived [...]

17 November 2017

A Guide to Smoky Mountain Christmas with Young Kids

By | 2017-11-17T09:58:57+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Christmas is a magical time of year, and feels even more so when you have small children. Dollywood offers many exciting options for little ones, including playgrounds, rides, shows, and character meet and greets. Santa Claus himself is known to make an appearance! Here are my mom tips for taking a young family to [...]

14 November 2017

Ice Skating Delights at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas

By | 2017-11-14T14:31:43+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Dinner Theaters|0 Comments

Snow falls gently on the mill and stage at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures- or so it seems. A multi-dimensional projection lighting system has the capabilities to create a variety of beautiful settings for the latest show, Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas. The beautiful decorations pair perfectly with the gently falling snow to create the ideal [...]

23 October 2017

Dollywood Does Good

By | 2017-10-23T10:02:19+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Don’t you just love when you discover something great about a place you love? I heard a radio promotion inviting first responders for a special weekend with discounted ticket prices at Dollywood, and I couldn’t help but think, “what a wonderful way to thank the community.” Then I heard about a fundraising drive at [...]

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