Dreaming Spots at Dollywood

Some people go for the rides and shows, some for the pools but sometimes, it’s nice just to go to relax and “daydream.” Trust me, I love the thrill of the coasters and the excitement of power walking from attraction to attraction at any and all of Dollywood’s entertainment properties, but as a writer, sometimes I like to pack up and head to the Smokies just for pure inspiration. Taking a cue from my favorite resort, I’m going to share the best spots to sit back, relax and dream more.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa has many unique and creative spaces to enjoy. If you are an early riser, grab a cup of coffee from the DM Pantry and head out to one of the “back porch” rockers. Enjoy a peaceful breeze and be awe-struck by the beautiful view of the Smoky Mountains coming alive beyond the pools and fountains at the resort. I enjoy sitting by the fire pit in the evening, pen and paper in hand. That is, of course, right after I make s’mores around the firepit.

The resort also offers spacious living room areas with couches, comfy chairs and live music. The lower lobby adjacent to the full-service restaurant, Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery (which I highly recommend), features seating areas and farmhouse-style bistro bars that face the windows—a great place to plugin and recharge.

Insider Tip

Make sure to visit Special Events at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort | Dollywood Parks & Resorts to see the schedule of live entertainment and events at the resort before you arrive!

My favorite spot is the reading nook built into the lobby staircase. It’s a nice place to reflect on all of the essential questions life has to offer. Of course, it’s not really large enough for me to sit and ponder for too long, but it’s so aesthetically appealing.

Insider Tip

When we are on vacation, we like to plan a day just to relax. That may include hanging out at the pool all day, eating at the DM Pantry or Song & Hearth, and playing a card game in the lobby after the sun goes down.

Believe it or not, another great place to create dreams and enjoy a little R & R is at Dollywood’s Splash Country. In addition to the giant slides and incredibly-fun water coaster, you can unwind the enjoyable Downbound Float Trip around the lazy river, cool off in one of the pools or chill in an amazing Canopy!

Insider Tip

Before you visit the water park, check the availability of the great amenities like Retreats and Canopies. To learn more, check out this blog: Why You Want A Canopy When Visiting Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Dollywood itself has been a great source of inspiration for me. Sometimes I come to the park alone just to think, write, and, as Dolly would say, to add “wings to my dreams.” Both Showstreet and Craftsman’s Valley have rockers to enjoy while you’re eating ice cream or popcorn and listening to live music. There also are charging stations for your phones at Red’s Drive-In, where you can sit in the shade, slurp a milkshake and get “recharged.” And I love The Plaza at Wilderness Pass. There you will find rockers, benches and seating areas surrounding a beautiful fountain during the summer that transforms into an incredible 40-foot glowing Pumpkin Tree during the fall and a glistening larger-than-life Christmas tree during the winter.

And if you are looking for true inspiration, make sure to visit the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Chapel in Craftsman’s Valley. Take in the beauty of this iconic country church and feel the presence of the Lord anytime during the week.

Insider Tip

Be sure to attend Dollywood’s chapel service if you are in the park on a Sunday. The park’s chaplain, Joey Buck, will encourage you during this heart-felt time of worship.

Wow, I’ve barely scratched the surface of all of the fantastic places that you can “dream more” while visiting one of the Dollywood properties. Take it from me, it’s important to treat yourself to some relaxation now and then—especially when you are on vacation! So, find your inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Who knows what you will dream up!

By | 2021-07-05T22:55:46+00:00 July 5th, 2021|Trip Planning|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jeremy Chandler (Dollywood Insider 2019-2021) was born in the "bluegrass state," but has lived most of his life in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. As the creative director for a church and academy, he enjoys writing, graphic and web design and creating stories that inspire and encourage others. His frequent trips to the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood specifically, recharge his creative energy and inspires his writing. Jeremy leads a singles ministry at his church (tbcnow.org) and enjoys time spent with his small group. He loves to read and believes in the value of investing in others. His greatest passions, however, are his amazing family, deep-rooted faith and best friends.
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