Editor’s Note: This post was written by Kayleigh Johnson, Dollywood Parks and Resorts Hospitality Intern.
We are in the heat of the summer, and it’s hard to imagine changing leaves and pumpkin spice just yet. But believe me, now is the time to start thinking about your fall Smoky Mountain getaway. Availability for Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins is going fast, so you should start booking that fall vacation NOW! But to help get you in the right mind set, picture this. It’s a chilly October morning and you’re sitting on the porch, wrapped in the coziest sweater you own. Your hands are warmed by the best-tasting cup of coffee you’ve had in a while as thousands of crimson and gold leaves surround you.
If you’re anything like me, I have just described your perfect fall morning.
Lucky for us, this perfect fall morning is nestled in East Tennessee, tucked into the side of the Great Smoky Mountains. Quiet cabins built into the side of the Smokies are surrounded by gorgeous views. The rolling mountainside is blanketed with gorgeous fall foliage. Plus, the perfect day full of fall fun in Pigeon Forge is just down the road, filled with awesome activities and yummy food for the whole family. Again, availability is limited, so make sure to book your stay as soon as possible.
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins are a great choice for lodging if you are planning to enjoy the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas. Not only do they offer great value, but they also offer plenty of space and amazing amenities so that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Many of the Dollywood cabins feature fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, home theaters and hot tubs. Plus, you can stay connected with the complimentary Wi-Fi available at each of the cabins. If you book your stay at one of the cabins, you also can score discounted rates at many of the attractions nearby. At Dollywood you receive early Saturday entry and a discounted TimeSaver pass! Dollywood is currently offering discounted tickets to its cabin guests for the entire length of their stay, making the trip even better. Plus, Dollywood is just a short drive from the cabins, and your stay earns you FREE parking in a reserved lot at Dollywood.
If life at the top of a mountain isn’t for you but you’re still seeking those gorgeous mountain views, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa is another excellent option for your stay. Right next door to the parks, this beautiful resort offers plenty of fun, food and family activities. With gorgeous rooms available for every type and size of family, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room dining, restaurants, shopping areas and children’s activities, you can’t go wrong. The Spa is the perfect place to visit if you are in need of some relaxation. Several season-themed treatments will be available this fall, and you won’t want to miss them! By staying at DreamMore Resort, you get priority access to the parks AND you pay kids’ price for any Pink Jeep Tour. A toasted s’more (complimentary resort offering) with your family is JUST what you need this fall.
If you’ve never heard of Pink Jeep Tours, it is exactly what it sounds like. You and your crew will climb inside a pink jeep and take a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains. It is the perfect way to explore the Smokies without hiking, which is perfect for families with small children. There are multiple tours to choose from, including a trip through Foothills Parkway and a trip through Newfound Gap! Regardless of which tour you and your adventure buddies choose, you will be given the best tour guides to teach you all about the Great Smoky Mountains and their history.
Get ready for an exciting off-roading mountain adventure!
If you’re looking for a bit more of a thrill, you’re in good hands. Dollywood has you covered with its numerous award-winning roller coasters built into the side of the Smokies! You can enjoy the rides and our Harvest Festival presented by Humana, which is included with the purchase of your Dollywood ticket. My favorite part of our Harvest Festival is the amazing fall food that is served. Plus, you and your family will be able to capture Instagram-worthy photos in front of the beautiful pumpkin tree, themed lights and other Great Pumpkin LumiNights icons, like this field of sunflowers!
Your perfect fall day awaits you in the Great Smoky Mountains. With inviting lodging, thrills for all ages and yummy food, you can’t go wrong. When you book at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins or Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, your fun family activities are within reach! You won’t be disappointed. We hope to see you this fall for your Smoky Mountain vacation!