For anyone who wants to get away to the Great Smoky Mountains in the Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee, think about staying someplace as unique as the area around you. Dollywood Cabins are gigantic cabins built to give you the luxuries you look for in a hotel along with tons of space and simply amazing, stop-you-in-your-tracks, breathtaking views.
What works for families?
- Huge square footage to fit every family (some can sleep up to 30 people!)
- Built in game room
- All the amenities of home…but better
What doesn’t work for families?
- Younger children may be scared to stay on a different level than parents
- Three levels of stairs can be difficult for families with infants or those who have a hard time walking
- No room service
All Dollywood Cabins are unique. My family stayed at the Beverly’s Bearadise Cabin and it was a beautiful mountain mansion. The cabin is three stories tall, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms, and a game room with a pool table, foosball table, and air hockey game. It has a country-chic coziness that is just perfect for the mountains.
The lower level has a desktop computer with some old school computer games. And the most exciting aspect of all for my kids, it is the best place for Hide-and-Go-Seek we have ever found. Three porches, one on each level of the cabin, provide simply amazing, unobstructed views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Each of them had the perfect rocking chairs that just screamed “come use me”!
Dollywood Cabins are great for larger families or even extended families getting together. My family of six had more than enough room in this spacious cabin. There was even one bedroom we didn’t use!
As larger families know, eating out can get quite expensive, so the fact that the cabin has a full-sized kitchen really helps to add value to this trip. The dining room table seats six (or eight if you wanted to squish together) which made meal times easy. The kitchen was stocked with all the things that we needed to cook, serve, and eat the meals I prepared, including dishes, pans, cups, utensils, etc.
As fantastic as this cabin is, it is not part of a resort. There is no room service. No restaurant with a complimentary breakfast. The closest restaurants are an easy drive though and offer every kind of food from fast food to upscale. The most prevalent food in this part of East Tennessee is definitely Southern! So get ready for some grits and gravy, y’all!
My family attended the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction one night and got our fill of southern delicacies we don’t usually indulge in. Grilled corn dripping in butter was next to a solid slab of pork loin and barbecue chicken and half of a baked potato. A creamy vegetable soup and crisp hot apple turnover were the two bookends to the meal. While enjoying the food we watched a fun “friendly” competition between the North and the South, very much in the style of Medieval Times. This time the South won.
Dollywood Cabins are located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which is about 240 miles north east of Atlanta.
There is a Dollywood Cabins check-in lodge where we received the keyless code to our unit and basic information regarding our stay. Be sure to ask for the parking pass as that gives you access to free VIP parking at Dollywood. Our cabin had expanded satellite TV and free Wi-Fi but be sure to ask if the cabin you reserved has the same. Also ask for explicit check out instructions so you know ahead of time what is expected of you. For our cabin, we needed to take the garbage out, fill and run the dishwasher, turn off lights, lower the thermostats, and make sure all doors and windows were closed and locked.
We got to the cabin by following a winding road up into the Smoky Mountains about 1.5 miles. The scenery as we drove to the cabin was just spectacular with rolling hills and green, lush vegetation that seemed untouched. The views from the cabin were even better though!
The street signs are a little tough to see in the dark and I’m guessing in winter the road could be icy. However, on a quiet summer afternoon, we had little trouble following the map to find our cabin.
Dollywood Cabins were the perfect landing spot for our family to return to after long days at Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country. It gave us space to stretch out and let my husband and I spend some quality time alone after the kids went to bed without having to worry about them waking up. It was only about a 10 minute drive from tons of entertainment and food options in Pigeon Forge and the Dollywood theme parks, but sitting on the porch overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains, we felt 1,000 miles away from everything.