If there is a good deal out there when it comes to booking my family’s vacation or even just looking for a one-night hotel stay, I’m always searching for it. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a BOGO deal or a complimentary meal when I book by a certain date, incentives or options for savings are at the top of my travel planning list.
Monday, Monday. Nope, I’m not referencing the famous Grammy-winning song from the 1960s – I’m suggesting a good night to stay at the resort. Or Tuesday or Wednesday or even Thursday for that matter. If your schedule allows you to book a stay during the week or starting on a Sunday night, you’re going to get not only the best deal but the best choice of room type. And if you can make your travel plans during the week in the “off-season” (most of January through April except for holiday weekends and spring break, as well as in September), the deals are even better! For Dollywood’s cabins the best rates of the year are in January and February. So in truth, no matter what that real estate adage says: it’s not location – it’s flexibility, flexibility, flexibility.
S is for Spontaneous. Spontaneity actually goes along with part one above of my suggestion on flexibility. Whether at the resort or cabins, there may be times of year when there (unexpectedly?!) is more room space available than normal. If you follow Dollywood on social channels and/or receive their emails, from time to time you’ll learn about some amazing deals with a brief window to book and to stay. I think getaways like this are so much fun – just keep a travel bag packed, grab a few things based on the weather and head up to the mountains. With all the money you can save on these last minute deals, you can add a fun activity you’ve never done that you’ve been wanting to try!
Time to Book ‘Em, Danno. Not sure why my vocabulary today has become full of 1960s pop culture references, but the advice of getting your stay booked at a Dollywood cabin or at the resort just as soon as you know your vacation schedule is always timely. This allows you to get what you want when you want it. For example, my very favorite times to be in the mountains are in October for all the harvest celebrations (and Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights!) or for the holidays. So – go ahead and start looking at your calendar now if you want your perfect cabin in the fall, November or December by no later than six months out to get exactly what you want.
Look for add-ons. Not everyone has a lot of flexibility. Your family trips are always during the summer, the family reunion is traditionally during a holiday weekend, etc. The best way to stretch your travel dollar during those peak vacation times is to monitor Dollywood.com and check out the deals on Facebook – you might get complimentary meals, resort credit or something else perfect for your family or group.
Now, where’s my 2018 calendar? I’ve got to get to work on booking my Smoky Mountain getaway. Great deals, here I come!