Dollywood’s Dream More Resort offers southern comfort just minutes from the park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I had the pleasure of staying at the Dream More with my friend Irene during a press trip to Dollywood and couldn’t wait to tell you all about it!
The Dream More Resort opened just five years ago and is one of the most welcoming resorts I’ve at which had the pleasure of staying. There’s afternoon lemonade, s’mores around the campfire, porch rocking chairs, live music, and smiling, gracious hosts everywhere you turn. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is quite large with fantastic outdoor spaces and cozy interiors.
We stayed in room 443 and had a gorgeous pool and mountain view. The rooms at the Dream More are equipped with bunk beds so that a family of four could easily stay in one room. The king sized bed has fluffy pillows and were a welcome site after a day in the park.
Nothing is basic at the Dream More. The mirror and desk chair are great examples of that. They pack a fun design punch that is uncommon in hotels.
The bathroom has a good amount of counter space and has complimentary makeup remover pads. How thoughtful is that? The toilet is separate – one of my favorite hotel features – and the shower is equipped with fairly large bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
The Dream More has a beautiful, family-friendly pool with a splash pad, lazy river, waterfalls, hot tub, and poolside flag service. My only qualm is that more of the pool is 3’ deep, so adults can only tread water in one tiny part of the pool. Still, it’s a beautiful place to lounge the day away, especially if it just so happens o be 95 degrees during your day. Ice cream cone, anyone?
The rest of the Dream More’s “backyard” is filled with gardens, playgrounds, corn hole, and fire pits. You know how much I love a fire pit! Every night, the Dream More lights all of the fire pits for their guests to enjoy and they offer complimentary s’mores from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.
Another huge amenity is the Spa. I love the look of the Spa at the Dream More. It’s modern and girly and a little rock ’n’ roll. I can’t help but think that Judy Jetson would love this spa. I indulged in a Very Velvet Massage, one of the October specials. (Check the specials online before you visit – they have good deals and fun, seasonal treatments.)
I’ve never been a huge fan of swedish massages but massage therapist Melissa made a believer out of me. She managed to work out all of my knots but still relax me with her firm, sweeping strokes and attention to detail. The cinnamon lotion smelled amazing and I was silky smooth for the rest of the day. I highly recommend ending your stay with a trip to the spa.
Access to Dollywood
One of the huge perks of staying at the resort of course is the easy access to Dollywood! The Dream More is a seven minute trolley ride away from the theme park and guests get early access on Saturdays as well as a time saver pass, which allows them to bypass the lines ten times. Any purchases made in the park can also be delivered directly to your room at no additional park, leaving you free to ride coasters without carrying souvenirs around all day. Theme park guests also have their own entrance, which is considerably less crowded (we walked right up) than the main entrance. I’ll tell you more about Dollywood soon!
There are several dining options at the Dream More: the DM Pantry, Song & Hearth, and poolside service. The DM Pantry has pizza, ice cream, pastries, coffee, snacks, and grab-and-go eats like fruit cups and wraps. They serve excellent coffee. I loved both my cinnamon latte and season maple pecan latte. Yum!
Song & Hearth has a breakfast buffet in the morning and a dinner buffet at night. The salad and baked potato bars were my favorite part of dinner. Our favorite dessert was the super chocolatey gluten free chocolate cake. (For the record, flourless chocolate cake was gluten free before it was trendy.) The breakfast buffet included an omelet station, build-your-own breakfast bowl station, assorted pastries, bacon and sausage, pancakes and waffles, French toast, and more. There’s a donut wall at both breakfast and dinner with different glaze and sprinkle options so that guests can build their own donut.
My group got to do a special dessert + cocktail pairing on the patio on our first night and I loved sampling the craft cocktails!
The atmosphere at the Dream More is that of Southern charm. The resort has the farmhouse chic look down. The public areas are super cozy and there are fun perks like checkered in the lounge and pink lemonade every afternoon. The staff sees themselves as the hosts and you as their guest. It feels a lot like staying in someone’s home rather than staying a hotel. I already can’t wait to return with my whole family!
Disclaimer: This article is intended to be a general resource. Any recommendations are based on personal opinion. A portion of this trip may have been compensated but opinions are my own, always. I’m not a fan of negativity so if I don’t like something, I don’t write about it. I’m here to tell you about the best of the best!