About Sami Cone

Sami Cone (Dollywood Insider 2016-2018) is proud to call Nashville home where she lives with her husband and their two children. She says they love traveling and are happy to sacrifice the “stuff” of life so that they can fuel their mission of being a family on the go together. Sami is a blogger (SamiCone.com), radio host and TV correspondent and best-selling author of "Raising Uncommon Kids". She draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami also wants to help you plan a great visit to Dollywood, so she’s excited to reveal behind the scenes information as an Insider.
25 July 2018

Try This at Home—Steel Magnolias’ Cup-a Cup-a Cup-a Recipe

By | 2018-07-25T16:55:36+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Dolly Parton|0 Comments

There are so many reasons to love Dolly Parton. The less obvious reason is because of her cook book—Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s. One of my favorite recipes in that book actually came from one of her movies! I know all the Dolly fans out there know what I’m talking about: cup-a this, cup-a that. It [...]

16 April 2018

An Interview with a Spring Mix Artist: Larnelle Harris

By | 2018-04-16T15:52:43+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Entertainment|0 Comments

Larnelle Harris isn’t taking any requests for his upcoming Dollywood Spring Mix concert, but he is making one: “I want everyone to get busy and bring someone [to Spring Mix] they’ve been sharing with/witnessing to; what a nice time to come out and be a part of Dollywood! Hear some music, take them around [...]

22 January 2018

Try This at Home—Dolly’s Bodacious Bean Soup

By | 2018-01-22T17:40:53+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Dolly Parton|0 Comments

From looking at her, you’d never know that Dolly Parton is a fantastic cook. But, visit any of her Dollywood properties or her dinner attractions and you’ll pick up on her appreciation for a good Southern-cooked meal. I tried one of her recipes at home—Bodacious Bean Soup—and made a video for you to see [...]

22 December 2017

Did You Know? Send Mail From Dollywood!

By | 2017-12-22T09:41:26+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

This is the place for insider tips—and I have a fun one for you today. Did you know that you can bring mail to Dollywood’s Hillside General Store? Be sure you already have postage. This is a great way to share a little Dollywood love with your friends and family as you enjoy the [...]

6 December 2017

5 Reasons to Buy Your 2018 Dollywood Season Pass TODAY

By | 2018-04-30T11:11:48+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Best Value|0 Comments

I don’t know if you’re like me at all, but if you are, then you’re always looking for a good deal. There’s usually at least one of us in every family and since you’re the one doing your Dollywood research online and found this blog post, I’m going to guess it’s you. Let me [...]

2 August 2017

Tips for Taking Tweens to Dollywood

By | 2017-09-13T12:31:12+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Navigating a theme park or a water park evolves as your family grows. That’s something I’m learning with my own family. Where it used to depend on how well I planned in advance, now it’s become important to use my improv skills. The kids want to explore on their own? Okay, but let’s set [...]

29 May 2017

Don’t Let Rain Dampen Your Dollywood Visit

By | 2017-09-13T13:06:39+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

As much as I’d love to pretend there’s a bubble around Dollywood and it never rains there, sometimes it does. BUT, Dollywood has so much to offer even in the rain. In fact, cloudy days can be the best days to come because you have more elbow room. The rides still run unless there’s [...]

15 May 2017

Dollywood’s Splash Country: Open Now!

By | 2017-10-27T15:42:03+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Water Park|0 Comments

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘water park’? Whatever it is, I can just about guarantee Dollywood’s Splash Country water park will blow it out of the water! (pun intended) I wouldn’t be a Dollywood Insider if I didn’t give you the scoop on the newest attraction at Splash Country: TailSpin [...]

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