Pigeon Forge, Tennessee along with the surrounding area is quite possibly the area we visit for vacation more than any other location (maybe besides Orlando, FL), As a family we have tried to find an ideal location that isn’t too hard on the wallet but is still a nice relaxing environment for my family and I. With 3 kids, a regular hotel room can get very cramped and uncomfortable, but I’ve narrowed down our list to three hotels/resorts that isn’t too hard on your wallet and is very relaxing! I have not included cabin rentals, because they frequently include fees that include a $75 cleaning fee that make a stay in a cabin a bit more expensive than I would like to pay! Also it should be mentioned that we have season passes to Dollywood and Splash Country, so that is an expense we do not need to worry about during our trips. Speaking of annual passes, they are usually available for a deep discount starting in August. For instance, if you buy a one day pass to Dollywood right now, you can upgrade it to a season pass for $37. It’s a great deal, and being able to return to see the Christmas lights for free is great!
- Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge
The Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge is situated at light #1 as you enter Pigeon Forge. It is very close to a number of attractions, and if you follow Teaster Lane, you can get to Dollywood very quickly as well. The rooms are large, and they are usually cheaper if you walk in to check for a room. However you must specifically ask for the room price that is on their sign outside, if you do not, you get charged regular price for the room. The rooms are large, but most of the rooms I have stayed in have had a couple issues. For instance, one of the rooms we stayed in had the peephole knocked out. I pushed in a few napkins to at least eliminate possible peeping toms. The indoor pool area is nice and also includes a water slide. Every time we have visited however, the slide is occupied by many teens and preteens with little supervision. There is no continental breakfast, but we were offered coupons to the breakfast buffet to the restaurant directly in front of the hotel.
- Econo Lodge Riverside
The Econo Lodge Riverside is located just after light #2. We have only been able to stay once at this location, but the two bedroom suite (had a bunk bed in the second bedroom!) was excellent and VERY roomy without breaking the bank. Since Pigeon Forge is mostly a strip, the attractions are within a couple miles of the hotel. Once again, if you get on Teaster Lane, you’ll have a much easier time to get to Dollywood. The breakfast was great and featured many selections. If it wasn’t so hard to book the two bedroom suite, we would stay here more often!
- Mainstay Suites
The Mainstay Suites Conference Center is the most recent resort that I’ve stayed in and possibly the most comfortable out of the three. It is off of the strip, but is within walking distance to a number of attractions. The pool area included a lazy river which is great if you want to relax for a bit on the property. The room we stayed in was a one room suite that included two queen beds and a sofa bed. There was also a full kitchen with stove (no oven) that could help with the cost if you wished to cook your lunches and dinners in the room. The breakfast at the resort was your usual continental breakfast, but it was still tasty.
If you have any suggestions on a resort in the Pigeon Forge area that I did not list, please let me know in the comments!