Last week, we enjoyed a mini vacation at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. After the challenges of the last few months, it was just the break we needed!
When determining where we wanted to go, it was of utmost importance that the destination prioritized guest safety. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa capped capacity at 50% at the resort and in the parks, mandated masks for guests ages 3 and over, and heightened their cleaning and sanitizing regimen.
The resort itself is elegantly appointed. Located at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, it offers scenic views of the surrounding areas. The grounds are meticulous and were a joy to walk. We even spotted a few cottontail bunnies!
Inside, there are touches of Dolly everywhere. My mom is a huge country fan (Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, John Wayne, etc.), so I recognized many of these covers.
It is difficult to overlook the ubiquitous butterfly motifs at the resort (and parks). Some say Dolly’s love of butterflies is tied to her success of her 1974 hit, Love is Like a Butterfly. But Dolly once explained, “Butterflies are my symbol. As a child, I used to get lost chasing them and got my butt whipped for wandering too far off. So we have butterflies everywhere.”
We stayed in a Family Suite. Upon arrival, we found a note that it had been professionally cleaned and inspected.
As the kids get older, we all appreciate the extra space and separate beds for them. The Family Suite set up was perfect!
At the pool, tables and chairs were properly spaced and tagged clean, when available. And the views from the pool area are magnificent!
The resort kept up a variety of activities, which they could safely social distance. In the late afternoons, Dolly’s Pink Lemonade was served in the Lobby. Smores were a big hit in the evenings near the pool. Followed by Ranger Talks or Bedtime Stories. The kids felt they were too big for some of these, but loved the smores!
Opinions vary about just how toasted a marshmallow should be. I maintain my way is best for optimum smooshiness! Amiright?!
Song and Hearth: A Southern Eatery is the main dining option on property. It serves typically southern cuisine. One night we enjoyed the Family Style Supper, which is a hearty buffet meal served by the staff.
Breakfast was typically Starbucks coffee and pastries from DM Pantry Grab & Go Cafe.
The Spa was closed due to COVID restrictions, so Blinky and I will just have to make a second trip to complete this report. 😊
The resort offers free tram service to Dollywood Splash Country and Dollywood, which run approximately every 20 minutes. Later this week I’ll recap our experiences at both of the parks. Stay tuned!
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