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.
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.
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!
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.
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!