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With multiple people contributing to this blog, our hope is to provide a broad range of topics so everyone can find something of interest to them. Some of our contributors have lived here their whole lives, while some have moved here recently. Others are frequent visitors to the area, and others have only been here a few times. The one thing they all have in common? They all have a love and appreciation for the beautiful area we call the Great Smoky Mountains.
28 June 2017

What is Parent Swap?

By | 2017-06-28T15:46:01+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Dollywood is hailed as a family-friendly park. And, my family of seven always puts that to the test. Parent Swap is one of the programs Dollywood offers that exemplifies why I love this theme park so much. Have you taken advantage of Parent Swap? Do you know what it is? Watch this short clip [...]

26 June 2017

Must See: Gazillion Bubbles Show

By | 2017-06-26T15:55:32+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Entertainment|0 Comments

It's my girls' favorite time of the year - and for good reason - because the world renowned Gazillion Bubble Show is back at Dollywood! It's been one of our favorite shows for a few years and we always get excited when we see it on the schedule of events for the summer season. [...]

5 June 2017

3 Reasons We’re Celebrating Father’s Day at Dollywood

By | 2017-06-09T09:36:48+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Father’s Day is less about thanking dad and more about making memories with your family. As a dad of four kids, I know that my favorite gift for Father’s Day is that question and answer sheet where my kids say that I weigh 20 pounds and I’m 8 feet tall. My favorite thing to [...]

22 May 2017

Memorial Day in the Smokies

By | 2017-06-09T09:28:53+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Memorial Day is a day we recognize our American heroes and the unofficial kick off to summer fun. To me, summertime means lake days, cookouts, patio dinners, baseball games and weekend trips to the Smokies. In my opinion, Memorial Day weekend is the best time to head up to the mountains and have some [...]

15 May 2017

Dollywood’s Splash Country: Open Now!

By | 2017-06-09T09:23:57+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Water Park|0 Comments

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘water park’? Whatever it is, I can just about guarantee Dollywood’s Splash Country water park will blow it out of the water! (pun intended ;) ) I wouldn’t be a Dollywood Insider if I didn’t give you the scoop on the newest attraction at Splash [...]

8 May 2017

Mother’s Day at Dollywood: My Top 10

By | 2017-06-09T09:46:17+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

I love visiting Dollywood, so Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity each year to go with my family. I have some favorite things that I like to do there and on Mother's Day weekend, I get to pick. :) 1- Stay at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa Dollywood's resort is amazing and I enjoy [...]

24 April 2017

My People Fund Update

By | 2017-06-09T09:11:43+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Community|0 Comments

It’s hard to believe but the monthly distribution of assistance from The My People Fund is coming down the home stretch. It has been quite the journey and although we have not crossed the finish line, as this project winds down, I find myself thinking of all that has transpired over the last five [...]

17 April 2017

Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

By | 2017-06-09T09:51:31+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Nature|0 Comments

April in the Smokies features many wonderful things – longer days, warm sunshine, cool evenings, rain, new leaves on the trees, and of course, wildflowers. Visitors often come to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in spring specifically to see the wildflowers, which bloom for a few short weeks each year. Hillsides dotted with delicate white, [...]

10 April 2017

My Family’s Experience with Dollywood’s Calming Room

By | 2017-06-09T09:53:00+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

 Our family recently had the opportunity to visit Dollywood, and we were able to enjoy it to our fullest potential. My kids seek adventure, enjoy new attractions, and are balls of energy, but we often reach a point when everything can feel a bit overwhelming. Whether it's too much to process, overwhelmed senses, or not [...]

20 March 2017

Perfect Smoky Mountain Views

By | 2017-06-09T08:58:10+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Flowers are blooming, the buds on the trees are opening and spring in the Smokies provides the perfect view for families during Spring Break. There are so many amazing opportunities for families to experience the beauty of this picturesque area. From the back porch views at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa to the mountainside [...]

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