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Old 01-15-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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Riverstone Resort in Pigeon Forge

Have you been? If so, what did you think? We are headed there this summer with my husband's family.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:55 PM   #2
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I have not actually stayed AT this resort.
But I am very familiar with the area.

I took a look at the web-site, and on Tripadvisor. (check TA if you have not!)

It looks very nice to me.
It seems to have a good location.
Seems to be relatively new and fresh with nice decor and amenities.

Compared to many other place in the area, I would def. consider staying there!

Seem to have a very nice lazy river, and beautiful indoor pool area. But, no real outdoor swimming pool? That was the only thing that that crossed my mind.

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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I have not actually stayed AT this resort.
But I am very familiar with the area.

I took a look at the web-site, and on Tripadvisor. (check TA if you have not!)

It looks very nice to me.
It seems to have a good location.
Seems to be relatively new and fresh with nice decor and amenities.

Compared to many other place in the area, I would def. consider staying there!

Seem to have a very nice lazy river, and beautiful indoor pool area. But, no real outdoor swimming pool? That was the only thing that that crossed my mind.

Thanks, I am looking at a unit on VRBO that is less than booking direct with the resort. Have you done Dollywood amusement park and water park, or Dixie Stampede? We have my kids and their cousins, ages 13 to 16, and older in-laws, so we are trying to find an area that has something for all.

Any restaurants to recommend?
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:54 AM   #4
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Yes, I have done all of the above!
Actually grew up in the area, and still live in the South.

There is TONS to do in this area. For all ages.
Shopping, Dining, and shows for older folks.
As people say on this board.. Dollywood isn't 'Disney', but it is a great park, and they do have worthwhile roller-coasters etc. for the teens. Shows for the adults. Some decent food. You all might really like it. The web-sites for these parks are comprehensive, and a great resource.

Anything 'DOLLY' will be the best the area has to offer.
Yes, do get a combo pass to do both Dollywood and Splash Country if the kids and not-so-old adults are into water parks, etc.
Dolly's Dixie Stampede is also actually a very good and worthwhile show. (I liked sitting on the BACK row, mid-arena. It is not too far back, as there are only so many rows... and this way, you are not packed in on bench seating... actually have your own chair and some breathing room. If you do decide to give Dixie Stampede a go, you might need to make your reservations as early as you can beforehand.

The Smokies and Cades Cove, of course, are a gorgeous area.
Get a nice picnic lunch one day, stop at the Chimney Tops picnic area halfway up the mountain... (nice picnic area on a big mountain stream). Then head on up to Newfound Gap for the views.

Get up one morning, have breakfast, and head on the road to see Cades Cove. (you can stop at Sugarlands visitor center where you turn towards Cades Cove) This is well worth it. (go early, and not on a weekend!)

As you get to the turn, near Townsend, you will see a nice swimming hole, which might be a good stop on the way back after seeing Cades Cove.

Plan well, and do not do too many 'misses' in the area, and you will have a really great trip!

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Have you checked out Gatlinburg? Personally I prefer being in a chalet in the mountains over anything near that busy Pigeon Forge strip.
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