About Christine Derr

Christine Derr (Dollywood Insider 2017-2019) 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!
29 August 2019

Keeping Cool at Dollywood

By | 2019-08-29T17:37:09+00:00 August 29th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

We love calling East Tennessee our Smoky Mountain home… but it’s not quite as lovable with record- breaking temperatures and off-the-charts humidity. With school back in session and our Dollywood days restricted to weekends, the weather is playing a bigger factor in our planning. But we can’t just wait for heat to abate- especially [...]

15 August 2019

Back-to-School Blues? Plan Your Dollywood Fall Break Now!

By | 2019-08-15T10:37:29+00:00 August 15th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

While we’re currently stuck in the muggy mire of a humid August, I can’t help but daydream a couple of months into the future. When the air is crisp and cool, the delighted summertime shouts of children are subdued and replaced by the whisper of wind through the colorful branches and the crunch of [...]

12 July 2019

Where Should I Eat at Dollywood Today? Quiz

By | 2019-07-12T09:32:28+00:00 July 12th, 2019|Dining|0 Comments

Dollywood is known for having spectacular food; just look at our Dining Guide here. How are you ever supposed to choose when you have these amazing options? If you’re feeling indecisive or are arguing with your group members over where to eat, just take this handy quiz! After all, wherever you eat at Dollywood [...]

19 April 2019

Why Rainy Days at Dollywood Are My Favorite

By | 2019-04-19T16:54:53+00:00 April 19th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

When your Dollywood trip is getting close enough for you to check the forecast and you see a high chance of rain, your first reaction may be disappointment. But for me, rain in the forecast is a blessing. Rainy days at Dollywood are my favorite. Why? You ask. I’ll tell you. During the spring, [...]

6 March 2019

Top 5 Tips for an Awesome Day

By | 2019-03-06T16:02:16+00:00 March 6th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Any day spent at Dollywood should be awesome, right? But how can you make sure to have your best day? Here are my Top 5 Tips for How to Build a Perfect Dollywood Day. Keep your day interesting by alternating between shows and rides. There are many things to experience at Dollywood, and alternating [...]

3 December 2018

Staying Warm at Dollywood

By | 2018-12-03T17:41:21+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Smoky Mountain Christmas may just be my favorite Dollywood season. As a huge Christmas nerd, Smoky Mountain Christmas calls to my heart. But how do you keep yourself and your family warm during a Tennessee winter? Here are my top tips for staying warm at Dollywood during this season! Know how to dress! Check [...]

10 October 2018

Dollywood Restaurant Guide

By | 2019-11-19T10:14:42+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. [...]

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