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Take a look inside Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel

When traveling down Veteran’s Boulevard in Pigeon Forge, it’s hard to miss Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. 

The large white building, which sits on 20 acres and has 300 rooms, stands out among all the green from the Great Smoky Mountains.

It has occupied its spot next to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country since its opening on July 27, 2015. Though it’s been around two years, several people I talked to recently didn’t know much about the resort or what it had to offer guests. 

On Tuesday, July 18, News Sentinel photographer Brianna Paciorka and I got the opportunity to stay one night at the resort, and we chronicled our experiences. 

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After trying out everything I could at DreamMore in the span of 19 hours, I realized the resort and all it offers had a touching effect on myself and other guests. It makes you enjoy vacation like a kid again.

Starting off the stay

My time at the resort started with something that would become a recurring theme throughout the trip. After I drove up to check in at 4 p.m., DreamMore staff members were immediately welcoming and helpful, and I didn’t encounter an employee there who acted differently.

Once I checked in, it was time to take stock of my surroundings. My first thought was, “Wow, this place is massive.” Almost every area at DreamMore is spacious. I don’t think I felt cramped anywhere while I was staying there, and that’s not always the case while staying at hotels or resorts on vacation.

I explored the upper lobby area, which houses a restaurant, two lounge areas and a shop, before heading to my room. 

DreamMore has eight types of rooms with varying layouts. In addition to these, the resort offers the Dolly Parton penthouse suite with details and decor inspired by Parton. 

Paciorka and I stayed in a room with two queen beds. When we arrived, the room was clean and comfortable with a mostly blue and white interior. It also featured small details that reminded me of Parton, including butterflies on the bathroom mirror and beds, and a photo of guitars on the wall.