Pigeon Forge and Dollywood Tennessee (Vacation Part 3)
Been hitting the midnight oil on most every night since this semester at school started. I wanted to post all the vacation stuff during the same week but wasn’t able to do that. Please have patience with me as I try to finish the final two this week. Off to a good start since this is one of those posts. 🙂
We arrived in Pigeon Forge on a Monday and stayed through Thursday. Our accommodations were at a place called Riverstone Resort and Spa right off of Dollywood Lane. It was a spectacular place to stay. It is not a hotel/motel type place but is made up of a series of buildings with 2 -4 room condos. They either overlook a river or a golf course. Our condo was a two bedroom that overlooked the golf course from our back patio. Both bedrooms had king beds with the smaller room sharing a bathroom with the other areas but the main room had a huge walk-in closet with a bathroom of its own. The back patio/balcony was entered either from the main bedroom or the living room. The living room had a fireplace, huge tv, two couches with one being a queen pull-out bed. There was full size table that sat 6 people and a full size kitchen complete with dishwasher. The best thing I thought was the screened in porch area. It faced the front of the resort. Normally you get off the elevator and the doors would be right up front on the walkway. Not this place. Our condo had a screened in porch that you would enter before getting to the door of the condo. Plus the kitchen had a huge sliding door right into the porch area. I loved all three nights we stayed there. It was quiet even though it was almost full of people staying there. It also had above ground parking or you could use the parking garage under each building. There was an indoor heated pool, spa treatments available, a large playground for the kids, and a lazy river but it was closed for the season still. I would love to stay there again if we were to go for more than two days on another visit. I don’t have any of my own pictures but will post a few off the website along with the address for it.
We also bought our Dollywood tickets from here when we reserved and paid for the room online. Very easy and quick to do.
We didn’t get to do too much while there. We spent Tuesday driving to Cades Cove in the national park then returned to Pigeon Forge. After that we spent almost six hours, yes I said six hours, at one of the go-cart places. We were tired to the max after returning to the condo sometime after 10 o’clock.
Our next day was spent all day at Dollywood. Make sure you check out their website before you go. It will tell all the important things like parking fees, opening times, and will help you plan the things you want to do. We were lucky the day we went in that it was only the second day open for the season so there was no parking fees. Yay! I wouldn’t worry about how far out you have to park because they run plenty of shuttles from all areas. There might be a slight wait for one but it is worth not having to walk the long distance from your vehicle to the entrance. Plus you get a nice breeze going during the ride. Be prepared for lots of walking and I do mean lots of walking.
I don’t know if I would want to do it again but it was fun. I would recommend going before it got too hot but just be ready for some cold water if you do the water rides.
Since we didn’t get to do any of the other wonderful things in Pigeon Forge, the kids and I set out when it was dark and took pictures when things were all lit up.
Make sure you get online to the Pigeon Forge tourism website and order a brochure/book from them. We ordered one from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.