Dolly Parton Announces New $500 Million Resort
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Dolly Parton announced the construction of the HeartSong Lodge & Resort on Thursday, June 3, 2021. This new addition to Dollywood marks the first of a half-billion-dollar project by the Dollywood Parks & Resorts group planned over this next decade.
The HeartSong Lodge & Resort, scheduled to open in 2023 in Pigeon Forge, is a five-story, 302-room lodge featuring a sprawling indoor/ outdoor pool complex and 26,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor event space.
The lobby features high ceilings, exposed beams, and an enormous fireplace in the center. All of the decor throughout the hotel was nature-inspired and designed, including the themed suites and loft rooms with balconies overlooking the Smoky Mountain landscape.
“I’m always dreaming and coming up with new ideas and things I want our guests to experience,” Dolly Parton said. “We wanted to talk about this last year, but with everything going on, we knew we needed to pause because it just wasn’t the right time to do it.”
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“I always dreamed of accomplishing two things with Dollywood,” Parton continued. “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. We celebrated our 35th season last year, so I think it is fair to say we’ve been able to do that…I truly believe the natural beauty of the Smokies and the warmth of this special place will inspire every guest to nurture the ‘heartsong’ within them.”
Watch the press conference in the video below.