My Take: Winter Is the Best Time to visit Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa is always a smart lodging choice when Dollywood is open. After all, guests enjoy special park privileges including free transportation and TimeSaver passes. But have you considered a stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa in the off-season? Winter is an ideal time to plan your trip to relax and enjoy the tranquility of winter. Here’s why:

Off-Season Rates

Off-season rates can be a fraction of the cost of the peak season, allowing you to stretch your dollar. The resort’s lowest rates of the year are found from January until mid-March. At the time of this writing, resort rates could be found as low as $79!

Thinned Out Crowds

Whether you plan to explore the area or enjoy a resort stay-cation, you’ll find the slower pace can result in a more intimate experience. My recent off-season visit at the resort presented pleasures including a prime table at the Song & Hearth with no wait, finding oversized chairs by a fireplace just waiting for us, having the gym to ourselves for a while, and impeccable service.

Off the resort premises, we were pleased to find light traffic, and no wait at one of our favorite area restaurants. If one of Dollywood’s dinner shows or other area attractions are on your visit list, you’ll find smaller crowds during the off-season.

 The Spa

Winter is the ideal time to relax at The Spa at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, and heated treatment tables and plush cotton robes await you. Dry winter skin is no match for The Spa’s expert staff, who offer a number of remedies to pamper you and repair dry skin, hair and nails in this full-service spa. Look for my post next week on what I’m calling my “spa-cation.”

Laidback Ambiance

Winter seems to attract guests for the tranquility of the Smoky Mountains. The resort offers lots of inviting places to sit and relax, and you’ll find guests reading in comfy nooks, playing checkers at one of the tables in the oversized living rooms, and lounging by the indoor pool.

Without the option to visit Dollywood’s parks, you might find that you enjoy taking advantage of other amenities including the workout room, game room, or one of the resort’s fire pits (kits to roast s’mores are available each evening). You’ll have more time to enjoy a casual meal at Song & Hearth—I recommend you go for their breakfast buffet, which includes delicious locally-sourced meats and a pancake bar. DreamMore also offers seasonal activities: there could be live music, children’s activities, and even nature programs to enjoy.

The resort hosts a number of conferences and special events, and you might find yourself meeting guests there for some interesting reasons.  My last visit timed with the Smoky Mountain Chess Tournament, and past visits have coincided with music festivals and other events. You never know who you might meet!

Winter Beauty at Its Finest

The Smoky Mountains are lovely any time of year, but the tranquil winter views can be simply awesome. Plan to pack an extra layer and enjoy a winter hike, or even drive a loop through Great Smoky Mountains National Park and take in views worthy of a post card. You can’t help but get caught up in the beauty of the winter season!

By | 2021-05-27T10:31:12-04:00 January 24th, 2018|Lodging|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jennifer Chasse (Dollywood Insider 2016-2018) is a New England transplant who now calls Virginia home. When Jennifer’s family discovered Dollywood, they began making weekend excursions to the Smoky Mountains. That turned into Dollywood Season Passes. Jennifer says her family loves Dollywood because of the skilled craftsmen, family entertainment, and thrilling rides. They have enjoyed the park for several years and they continue to find new reasons to visit! Jennifer works in publishing and is an active volunteer in her community. You can learn more about Jennifer and connect with her at JenniferConnects.com.
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