About Michelle Borja

Michelle Borja (Dollywood Insider 2019-Now), a native of East Tennessee, recalls first walking the streets of Silver Dollar City when she was just a child. She couldn’t wait to share the experience with her son and daughter. As a marketing professional, Michelle enjoys storytelling and often shares Dollywood planning tips with friends. She homeschools her children which offers flexibility to visit the park often. Their favorite getaway is a stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which Michelle calls “their home away from home.” They complete their schoolwork by the grand piano overlooking the pool, enjoy time at Dollywood and finish their day with a sip of Dolly’s pink lemonade by the fireplace.
10 December 2020

The Perfect Personalized Gift from Dollywood

By | 2020-12-10T16:37:10+00:00 December 10th, 2020|Shopping|0 Comments

One of my favorite places to stop while visiting Dollywood is the caricature stand to watch the Kaman’s Art Shoppes’ artists at work. During our recent visit, we met Eric, an artist, who is in his ninth year at Dollywood. Eric is a screen designer and puts his skills to work capturing personalized drawings [...]

5 December 2020

NEW This Christmas Season: Candlelight Carolers

By | 2020-12-02T13:56:05+00:00 December 5th, 2020|Entertainment, Festivals|0 Comments

The sun was just setting over Dollywood when my kids and I waited for the Candlelight Carolers performance during our last visit. This new show takes place on the steps of the iconic Robert F. Thomas Chapel. It’s a remarkably breathtaking spot nestled at the foot of the mountain in Craftsman’s Valley. This Christmas [...]

25 September 2020

Education in Action at Dollywood

By | 2020-09-24T14:20:33+00:00 September 25th, 2020|Trip Planning|0 Comments

We love to visit Dollywood to take a break from our routine AND learn outside our homeschool classroom. Did you know that Dollywood takes education at the park a step further by providing curriculum you can use before and during your visit? Check out the educational resources available to families in this overview video: [...]

17 August 2020

It’s [Already] Looking A Lot Like Christmas!

By | 2020-08-18T12:27:01+00:00 August 17th, 2020|Festivals|0 Comments

Our absolute favorite time of year at Dollywood is Christmas. When I was invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at lighting preparations for the holiday season, I didn’t hesitate!  I was curious to see how the magic of the season comes to life – literally strand by strand. Did you know Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain [...]

30 June 2020

80th Birthday Wish: Ride Every Dollywood Coaster!

By | 2020-06-30T16:29:48+00:00 June 30th, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

It was a sunny fall afternoon. The smell of fresh baked apple pie burst from the Spotlight Bakery on Showstreet. Jerry and his wife Kay, a life-long friend of our family, sat across from me at a nearby table.  A few weeks earlier, I discovered a picture Kay’s daughter posted of their recent trip [...]

19 June 2020

Dollywood’s Splash Country: What to Expect in 2020

By | 2020-06-19T16:29:32+00:00 June 19th, 2020|Water Park|0 Comments

Summer fun has begun at Dollywood’s Splash Country!  We enjoyed a much-needed day of water play during one of Dollywood’s Splash Country’s Season Passholder preview days. It was the perfect time to check out the new safety measures in place during the water park’s phased reopening. As expected, we were greeted by safety staff [...]

2 March 2020

Dollywood: Food by the Numbers

By | 2020-03-02T17:38:20+00:00 March 2nd, 2020|Dining|0 Comments

It’s impossible to visit Dollywood without enjoying an array of tasty treats. I took a deep dive into Dollywood guests’ favorite foods, and it left me hungry for more! Cinnamon Bread The aroma through Craftsman’s Valley makes me throw my diet into the wind and run for the nearest entrance to the Grist Mill. [...]

11 December 2019

Behind the Scenes: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

By | 2019-12-11T17:08:18+00:00 December 11th, 2019|Behind the Scenes, Entertainment|0 Comments

When I think of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, experiencing ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with my family is a must! The beautiful story of the Baxter family and their Christmas miracle makes my heart smile, but seeing the show through my children’s eyes is the icing on the cake. Year after year, my son [...]

22 November 2019

Top Tips for Your Dollywood Christmas Visit

By | 2019-12-02T12:12:32+00:00 November 22nd, 2019|Family Visits|0 Comments

My most treasured Christmas tradition is spending time at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa and Dollywood during the holidays with my children. Since we homeschool, we often sneak away before the rest of the world is on winter break to enjoy a nice, quiet getaway.  This past winter, we discovered that the first week [...]

25 September 2019

Take a Tour: Hidden Hollow

By | 2019-09-26T11:00:36+00:00 September 25th, 2019|Family Visits|0 Comments

Everyone needs time to recharge – parents and kids alike!  Don’t miss this hidden gem found in Wildwood Grove. Whether you’re escaping the heat or warming up on a cold winter’s day, Hidden Hollow is the perfect spot. I was thrilled to discover the benefits of this interactive indoor playground: Lots of play areas [...]

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