9 Top-Rated Resorts in Pigeon Forge, TN

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Jul 27, 2020

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Home to Dollywood, in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, Pigeon Forge features a number of different resorts and resort-like properties for all budgets and types of travelers, whether you're heading out for a romantic vacation or on a family adventure in the Smoky Mountains.

Families will love the luxe Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa, just a few miles north of Dollywood, which offers some rooms specifically designed with kids in mind. For something quirky and holiday-themed, check out the Inn at Christmas Place, which leaves little to the imagination when it comes to celebrating the Santa Claus Christmas tradition.

The Inn On The River features a more romantic, rustic country vibe, and many guests choose to head up to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with an entrance just a few miles away from the inn's riverfront locale.

The RiverStone Resort and Spa is a good choice for couples looking for a romantic getaway, as it offers some cozy sleeping picks, including a log cabin with a Jacuzzi tub, pool table, and wraparound porch.

No matter what style of accommodation you seek, find what you're looking for with our list of the best resorts in Pigeon Forge.

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1. Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa

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It is less than a three-mile drive south to the Dollywood Theme Park from Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa, which makes it a popular pick, especially with families looking for quick access to the park - the resort even operates a free park shuttle.

The property features more than 300 stylish and modern rooms and suites in a number of different layouts, including some designed with kids specifically in mind by offering bunk bed set-ups.

Away from the rooms, on-site amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a kids' club, gym, spa, and boutique shop. There are also two on-site restaurants, one serving Southern cooking and the other offering lighter snacks, salads, and sandwiches.

Accommodation: Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa

2. The Inn On The River

The Inn On The River

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On the banks of the Little Pigeon River just under four miles from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and just under six miles from Dollywood, The Inn On The River features clean and comfortable rooms and suites, the best of which come with fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and walk-out balconies with river views.

A full hot breakfast is included in the rate, and on-site amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub plus a seasonal outdoor pool right on the river, as well as barbecues and picnic tables for guests to use. The property is popular with families and couples.

There is no restaurant for meals beyond breakfast, but popcorn and tea are served in the lobby nightly, and the hotel is within walking distance of a number of dining options.

Accommodation: The Inn On The River

3. The Inn at Christmas Place

The Inn at Christmas Place

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If you're looking for something slightly different, check out the Inn at Christmas Place, which is a Christmas-themed, Bavarian-style resort in a convenient locale. The property is about six miles from the Dollywood theme park and less than a 20-minute walk from the Titanic Museum and a few minutes' drive from the Tanger Outlet shops.

It sits on meticulously manicured grounds, complete with gardens and a pond. The rooms and suites are Christmas-styled but not overdone. In the double queen room, for instance, expect Santa Claus red bedspreads and wreaths of holly; while the suites add full-sized, decorated Christmas trees and whirlpool tubs. Rates include a full hot breakfast and visits with Christmas characters.

There is also a heated indoor pool; large hot tub; and a seasonal outdoor pool with a waterslide, which is popular with kids.

Accommodation: The Inn at Christmas Place

4. Courtyard Marriott Pigeon Forge

Courtyard Marriott Pigeon Forge

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Overlooking the Little Pigeon River, the Courtyard Marriott Pigeon Forge is another family favorite in this area. It sits just off U.S. Route 441 and is only a six-mile drive from Dollywood and a 10-mile drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The property features modern rooms and suites with smart TVs, work desks, microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. Some also have river views from walk-out balconies. Families like the suites, which add sofa bed sleepers and living space.

The on-site amenities at this property are extensive, and the grounds are well-maintained. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools with sun loungers and a hot tub. There is even a lazy river that kids will love. The fitness center here overlooks the swimming pool and includes a mix of cardio and weight machines.

A restaurant, coffee shop, and convenience store round out the perks.

Accommodation: Courtyard Marriott Pigeon Forge

5. RiverStone Resort and Spa

RiverStone Resort and Spa

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This upmarket resort sits right on the Little Pigeon River and offers guests great river and Smoky Mountain views from its luxe condos and log cabins, which all come with full kitchens and plenty of living space - the log cabin with a wraparound porch, Jacuzzi tub, and pool table is a favorite of couples, especially honeymooners (the resort also hosts many weddings).

The property is popular with golfers, as it sits right next to the Gatlinburg Golf Course. It is also less than a 10-minute drive to the Dollywood Theme Park and also not far from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On-site amenities include an indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor lazy river pool complete with waterfalls, and a barbecue and riverfront picnic area for guests to use. There is also a spa here.

Accommodation: RiverStone Resort & Spa

6. Parkside Resort

Parkside Resort

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For those in search of a Smoky Mountain getaway check out the Parkside Resort, which offers luxury cabins featuring great mountain views and open floor plans. The cabins are spacious and comfortable and come with full kitchens, fabulous balconies, and best of all, their own hot tubs. Some also feature outdoor TVs and movie theaters with Netflix.

There is also a grill restaurant serving pizza and snacks for lunch and dinner, in-cabin spa services, and a fantastic seasonal saltwater swimming pool with a 60-foot waterslide and a summer poolside movie program at night. Finally, check out the 18-hole miniature golf course and two playgrounds for kids.

Accommodation: Parkside Resort

7. Music Road Resort Hotel

Music Road Resort Hotel

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The Music Road Resort Hotel is just under a six-mile drive from Dollywood Theme Park and only a short walk from the Hollywood Wax Museum. It features clean and comfortable, good-value rooms with bold primary color palettes, like yellow walls, crimson bedspread runners, and navy drapes opening onto floor-to-ceiling doors that lead to private balconies in all. The most recently renovated rooms have hardwood floors over carpet, which is another perk.

Away from the rooms, on-site amenities includ an excellent complimentary hot breakfast buffet with 18 items, from biscuits and gravy to sausage, eggs, and freshly made cinnamon rolls with yummy cream cheese icing. There are also indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the latter of which is seasonal and features a water park.

Accommodation: Music Road Resort Hotel

8. Sunrise Ridge Resort

Sunrise Ridge Resort

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Located just four miles from Dollywood, Sunrise Ridge Resort is a popular choice with guests looking to visit the theme park. It is also near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This all-suites property is a favorite with families, as all rooms come with full kitchens and separate living and dining spaces plus fireplaces, balconies, and, in some cases, Jacuzzi tubs and mountainside vistas.

On-site amenities here include three swimming pools and indoor and outdoor hot tubs, as well as free Wi-Fi, parking, and a fitness room. While there is no restaurant on-site, there are a number of dining options just a short drive away in downtown Pigeon Forge.

Accommodation: Sunrise Ridge Resort

9. Margaritaville Island Inn

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In a convenient locale next to the shops and restaurants at The Island in Pigeon Forge amusement park, just off Route 441 and less than 10-minutes' drive from Dollywood, Margaritaville Island Inn is a good choice for families looking for a low-key resort.

The property features a range of different sized rooms and suites that are all modern and feature a beach-meets-mountain ambience – think driftwood-style furnishings and colorful accents along with fireplaces in stone walls. The suites are specifically family focused, with two bedrooms.

Besides restaurants at the amusement park, guests at Margaritaville can also dine at the inn's restaurant, which serves American fare. Other amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, fire pit, and fitness center. Breakfast is included in the rate.

Accommodation: Margaritaville Island Inn

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