I stayed at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and it's the perfect getaway for Dolly Parton superfans

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Talia Lakritz takes a selfie in front of a photo of Dolly Parton at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
The author at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider
  • I stayed at the Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, Dolly Parton's hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

  • The hotel is full of Dolly Parton memorabilia and family-friendly activities.

  • With a free shuttle to Dollywood, it's the perfect getaway for Dolly Parton superfans.

On a recent trip to Tennessee, I stayed at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, Dolly Parton's 20-acre hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Outside the Dollywood DreamMore Resort. A guitar-shaped statue with butterflies in the foreground, the white hotel building in the background
The Dollywood DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

My hotel room with one queen-size bed cost $449 per night, not including taxes and fees. I also added a one-day Dollywood theme park ticket to my reservation for $95.

In total, my two-night stay at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort cost $1,102.31.

One of the biggest advantages of staying at the DreamMore Resort was its shuttle to and from Dollywood.

The shuttle to and from Dollywood at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.
The shuttle to and from Dollywood.Talia Lakritz/Insider

When I arrived at the DreamMore Resort, the front desk had my Dollywood ticket waiting for me. Since I booked my park admission through the hotel, I also got free access to the hotel's Dollywood shuttle and a complimentary TimeSaver pass to skip long lines.

The shuttle dropped me off right at the park entrance, and the driver provided some helpful tips along the way, like the fact that we could get free ice water at any concession stand.

After the fireworks and drone show that closes out summer nights at Dollywood, the shuttle picked me up in the same convenient spot. I was exhausted after spending all day on my feet, and loved that I didn't have to make the long trek back to the parking lot.

In the lobby, I was greeted with live music as I checked in.

A singer performs in the lobby of the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
A singer performs at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

The singer played Dolly Parton songs, but also sang Disney songs like "Let It Go" from "Frozen."

The walls were decorated with framed instruments that Parton has used throughout her career.

Dolly Parton's instruments framed and on display at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Dolly Parton's instruments on display at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

In keeping with Parton's iconic style, the instruments were bedazzled with rhinestones and decorated with butterflies.

A sign at the entrance advertised "Camp DW," a series of family-friendly activities like s'mores roasting and bedtime stories.

A sign advertising kids programming at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort
Dollywood DreamMore Resort has programming for kids.Talia Lakritz/Insider

Also on the agenda: craft kits to-go and complimentary pink lemonade.

At the Starbucks store in the lobby, Dollywood's famous cinnamon bread was available without the long lines at the theme park.

A sign advertising cinnamon bread at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Cinnamon bread is available at the hotel.Talia Lakritz/Insider

Baked fresh daily, the pull-apart cinnamon loaves are soaked in butter and cinnamon-sugar before baking. Each one comes with dipping sauces of buttercream icing and apple butter.

It's such an iconic treat that Dollywood gift shops even sell t-shirts that read "I'm just here for the cinnamon bread."

At Dollywood, the cinnamon bread is sold at The Grist Mill in the Craftman's Valley area and the Spotlight Bakery on Showstreet, but the wait can be long. The lines at the DreamMore Resort's Starbucks are much shorter.

The lobby's gift shop sold some of the same souvenir items available at Dollywood in another chance to bypass the crowds.

Dolly Parton mugs for sale at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Mugs for sale at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

Among the gift shop's offerings were mugs with Parton quotes and t-shirts with her face on them.

Tucked into a corner of the lobby's lower level, an unreleased Dolly Parton song written to be her last was hidden in plain sight.

An unreleased Dolly Parton song on display in a glass box at Dollywood.
An unreleased Dolly Parton song on display at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

A chestnut "Dream Box" displayed in a glass case contains a recording of "My Place In History," a song Parton wrote to be released on her 100th birthday in 2046.

Parton wrote "My Place In History" in 2015, the year that she opened the DreamMore Resort. She recorded the song on a CD and included a CD player in the chestnut box as well.

The glass case also features a piece of wood from the front porch of Parton's childhood home in Sevierville, Tennessee, where she grew up singing with her 11 siblings.

Around the corner, a hallway full of Parton's album covers paid tribute to the hotel's founder.

Dolly Parton's albums on display in a hallway at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Dolly Parton's albums on display at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

Parton has released almost 90 albums since the beginning of her music career in the 1960s.

As I made my way to my room, Parton's words and images remained present throughout the halls.

Photos of Dolly Parton in the hallway at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Photos of Dolly Parton at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

The walls outside the elevators featured Parton quotes such as "If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain," "Leave something good in every day," and "My weaknesses have always been food and men, in that order."

In another tribute to Parton, I also noticed butterfly designs in the carpet.

Carpet with butterfly designs at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
A hallway at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

Parton, who wrote a song called "Love is Like a Butterfly," often features butterflies in her outfits and staging.

The butterfly theme continued inside my hotel room.

A bed at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
My room at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

The lampshades featured the word "Dream," and a butterfly accent blanket on the bed encouraged me to "Put wings on your dreams."

In addition to a small seating area, the room featured a TV, refrigerator, and desk.

A hotel room with a desk and TV at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
My room at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

I didn't notice the mini fridge right away since it was located in a cabinet of the entertainment center.

A postcard with a photo of Parton sat on the desk, in addition to the room service menu and a notepad and pen.

Cardsmwith Dolly Parton on the, at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Cards in my room at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

The desk also came with a small coffee machine.

I could see the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains from my window.

The view from a hotel room at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
The view from my room at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

The hotel is located about 12 miles from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Outside, the pool area provided a welcome break from the Tennessee summer heat.

An aerial view of the pool at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
The pool at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

While the Dollywood theme park doesn't serve alcohol, the DreamMore Resort offers poolside drinks through its on-site restaurant, Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery.

I happened to be in the right place at the right time to enjoy a complimentary glass of pink lemonade from Camp DW.

A hand holding pink lemonade at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Pink lemonade at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

I took my pink lemonade out to the hotel's back porch overlooking the pool.

As I sat sipping pink lemonade in a rocking chair on the hotel's porch, I felt like I was living in a Dolly Parton song.

Insider reporter Talia Lakritz, who has brown curly hair and wears a blue shirt, sips pink lemonade on the porch at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.
Living my best live at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort.Talia Lakritz/Insider

After my charming stay in a Dolly Parton-themed RV the night before, I enjoyed the creature comforts of the DreamMore Resort. Its idyllic mountain scenery, Southern hospitality, and family-friendly entertainment all felt true to Parton's brand, and I loved finding little tributes to her music career all over the hotel. Plus, the convenience of the hotel shuttle and free TimeSaver passes made visiting Dollywood a breeze.

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