Get ready, new hotels are opening soon in Pigeon Forge!
The Smokies is home to a booming tourist industry, so it’s no surprise that new businesses and lodging opportunities are popping up regularly.
In fact, if you’re a regular traveller to the area, odds are there will be something new to see almost every time you visit.
We will continue to update this list as new announcements become available. As of 2021, here’s a list of the new hotels, resorts and lodges that are coming soon to the Great Smoky Mountains area:
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1. Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort (2023)
Last month, The Dollywood Company announced a half-a-billion dollar investment that will be coming soon to Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
This exciting new addition to the Dollywood family will open in 2023.
“I’m so proud of this place that we’ve been able to build here in the Smokies,” said Dolly Parton.
“I always dreamed of accomplishing two things with Dollywood. I wanted to give jobs to the folks who live here. And I wanted to give visitors another reason to come and experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.”
This new resort and lodge will offer a variety of accommodations, including an all-season indoor pool, an outdoor pool, an outdoor “cove” with family gathering spaces, a communal fire pit and a screened-in porch.
2. Camp Margaritaville (now open)
If you’re gathering a group of people, it can be hard to keep everyone happy.
Some people may want to experience the outdoors. Some may prefer the comforts of a traditional hotel or lodge. But now, family members and friends can get the best of both worlds.
Camp Margaritaville is now open in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
There are two ways to stay at Camp Margaritaville.
The RV Resort, which is currently open, utilizes the comfort, freedom and affordability of outdoor living while offering amenities backed by the Margaritaville name.
The first-of-its-kind resort also includes a lodge for those who prefer hotel-style housing on-site. The lodge opened in 2022.
3. DreamCatcher Hotel (2023)
This high-end hotel comes from the partnership of three Native American tribes in the Southeastern United States: The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
This hotel will feature 12,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, a rooftop restaurant/lounge and 200 guest rooms.
“The Pigeon Forge property launches a new milestone in our company, opening as the first hotel under our brand name,” said Zeke Cooper, President of DreamCatcher Franchise Development.
“Our tribal partners share our bold vision of developing and investing in unique and innovative hospitality properties, located in areas we know people want to visit. We are excited and humbled by their investment and trust.”
DreamCatcher Hotel will be located adjacent to the Leconte Center and the Cal Ripken Baseball Experience. It will open in 2023.
4. Blue Mist Mountain Resort (Date unknown)
Blue Mist Mountain Resort will be a luxury resort that features over 300 hotel rooms and suites, 200 two-bedroom townhomes and 40 vacation residences.
The resort will feature over 50,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities, 7 restaurants, rooftop bars, a whiskey distillery, artisan shops, an ice skating rink and a 2000-seat amphitheater.
The resort will also feature a sky carriage, which will transport guests from the base of the mountain to a boardwalk that wraps around a 5-acre mountaintop lagoon, complete with a sandy “beach” and cabanas.
Blue Mist Mountain Resort’s completion date is not yet known. For more information about this resort, visit them online.
What do you think of the new hotels, resorts and lodges coming to the Smoky Mountains? Which would you prefer to book? Let us know in the comments.