Last weekend, I got Disney World and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This past weekend, Lance got Dollywood and its Smoky Mountain Christmas.
To be fair to Lance, we’d joked (or so I thought) about going to Dollywood for Christmas for almost a year. Lance loves Dolly Parton purely and without a spec of irony, and in such a wholly and devoted way that I’m not sure even I hold a candle to their special bond. I’ll leave the “why” for Lance to explain, should he feel so inclined, but just know this: there was no doubt in his mind that the 11-plus hour drive to Dolly’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, was well worth it.
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, a town over from Dollywood. We’d stayed here on our one prior trip to Dollywood and loved it so much (it’s like a cabin with a fireplace and everything, but without the scary bugs and deranged woodsmen who come to kill you in your sleep!) we had to return.
Above: Lance warming up by the hotel’s outdoor bonfire. It was a little chilly during our visit!