Dolly Parton Gets A New 9 to 5 — In The Hotel Biz
(Photo: Associated Press)
The reigning queen of country may have 25 No. 1 Billboard Country songs under her belt—plus two Academy Award nominations and business ventures like Dollywood, a wildly successful Smoky Mountain theme park—but her travel philosophy is as down-home as it gets. No surprise then she’s building a Tennessee home for all her fans, the DreamMore Resort, opening in summer 2015.
In honor of her new album, Blue Smoke (out this week), Yahoo Travel caught up with Parton to get the scoop on the property, and darn if she wasn’t kinder and sassier and full of more trademark giggle than you can imagine. She even gave us a peek inside her suitcase.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort (top) and its lavish lobby. (Courtesy: Dollywood Publicity)
The Inspiration: The 306-room DreamMore Resort was inspired by the warm bustle of Parton’s childhood, but with much more comfort (she grew up the fourth of 12 siblings in a one-room cabin in Locust Ridge, Tennessee). “We’ve used a lot in the decorating from my childhood, with rustic colors and then high glamour with fabrics and pictures,” says Parton. “The rooms are gonna be tailor made, from queen size with bunks to king-sized beds.”
It’s a Family Affair: Expect family-focused perks throughout: connecting rooms, swings, hammocks, and indoor and outdoor pools open year-round. “I’m really proud of the family suites, which will be great for reunions, with miles of rooms for kids and family,” Parton beams. Family time doesn’t have to exclude “me time.” You won’t want to miss DreamMore’s full-service spa and salon—the place to add Dolly-worthy glitz to your vacation look.