Category Archives: Budget Friendly Pigeon Forge

Vacation Layaway With Pigeon Forge’s Comfort Inn & Suites

Pigeon Forge Comfort Inn / Quality Inn

Planning a Pigeon Forge vacation on a budget? Check out Comfort Inn & Suites’ and Quality Inn & Suites’ Vacation Value Packages, allowing you to pay as you can for your stay in Pigeon Forge. With so many packages to choose from, your family can enjoy comfortable lodging paired with tickets to Pigeon Forge’s most popular attractions. Visit the Comedy Barn for a family-friendly show of laughs and music, or get a taste of history at the Titanic Museum. The opportunities for fun are endless.

Details of the Vacation Package Easy Payment Plan:

  • $150 down / deposit at the time of reservation
  • Package must be reserved at least 30 days prior to date / arrival
  • Pay any amount you would like on your schedule – you set the amount paid and when payments are made
  • Package must be paid in full two weeks prior to date and / or arrival
  • Packages may be canceled two weeks prior to arrival date with full refund
  • Packages canceled within two weeks of arrival date will receive a refund less the $150 deposit

Choose the room that suits your needs with a convenient and affordable Vacation Layaway Plan. Located conveniently near attractions like Dixie Stampede, Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country, WonderWorks, the Titanic Museum, and The Old Mill Square, you won’t have to go far for a fun time when you stay at the Comfort Inn or Quality Inn of Pigeon Forge.

Comfort Inn & Suites at Dollywood Lane, an award winner among Pigeon Forge hotels, provides all you want and more, like balconies, in-room coffee, hairdryers, irons/ironing boards, refrigerators, microwaves and if desired, family and Jacuzzi suites with gas fireplaces.

August 2016 Hot Deals

aug-hot-deals_pfheadCheck out these great deals and discounts on cabins, hotels, restaurants, and attractions in Pigeon Forge this August!

Cabins For You
This month get 15% off select 1-2 bedrooms, 20% off select 3-4 bedrooms, and 30% off select 5+ bedroom cabins.

Patriot Getaways
Use the code WKDY1 for 33% OFF August 14th – September 30th! Stay 3 or more nights during the week (Sunday – Thursday) and get an amazing 1/3 off your favorite cabin or chalet! Available for a limited time only. Specials are subject to change.

  • Includes Holidays: Labor Day
  • Requires a minimum 3 nights stay.
  • Valid only on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights.
  • Applies to Certain properties.

Impossibilities of Magic

Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mindreading & Mayhem!
Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Master Mentalist Erik Dobell present an evening of family fun where impossibilities are brought to life right in front of your eyes. Get $4 OFF regular priced adult or senior admission. Not valid with any other offer. Please use promo code PFCOM.

Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals
BEAT THE HEAT IN AUGUST AND COME BREATHE THE COOL, FRESH AIR OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS! Stay 4 nights and receive one of those nights FREE.  Discount will be applied to the least expensive night. Special valid from until August 13.  Valid on remaining properties and new reservations. Cannot be applied with any other offer.  Management reserves all rights.  Excludes Bedford Falls & It’s a Wonderful Life.

UNBELIEVABLE SAVINGS IN AUGUST and SEPTEMBER…FREE NIGHT!  Book 3 nights and only pay for 2 from 8/14/2016 through 9/29/2016! Special is available only for NEW reservations in remaining properties (cabins/chalets/condos). Least expensive night is free.  Subject to availability.  Management reserves all rights.  Book online using promo code SUMMER3 or call 1-800-436-6618 to reserve your cabin now!!!  Excludes all Holiday Periods. Excludes Bedford Falls & It’s a Wonderful Life.

Fireside Chalets
August Summer End Special: Pay for 3 nights and receive a 4th night FREE.

Luxury Cabin Rentals
Summer/Fall Special: Stay 4, 5, 6, or 7 nights and receive an extra night for FREE! Call us at (865) 868-1470 for some awesome last minute deals in August! Or visit our website at

Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals
4th night FREE beginning August 16th – September 26th (certain restrictions apply, excludes holidays and private pool cabins)  Pet friendly rentals get FREE arrival gift.

Highlands Condominiums
Pay for 3 nights get one FREE! Must mention when you make reservation.

RiverStone Resort
Back to School Special! Stay any weekday (Sunday through Thursday) and receive 15% OFF your stay AND a $25.00 gift card to the Spa. New reservations only.

La Quinta Inn & Suites
Starting August 15th through September (excluding Labor day and Car Show Weekends) receive 10% OFF weekends, and 15% OFF weekdays.

Terry Kay Cabin Rentals
Stay 5 nights and get the 6th night HALF PRICE or stay 6 nights and get the 7th night FREE!!! Holidays excluded. Can’t be combined with other specials. No cleaning fees and no reservations.

Music Road Resort
Summer Sizzler Package – $50 restaurant gift card for one of these great restaurants: Bullfish Grill, Blue Moose Burgers & Wings, Mellow Mushroom, Timberwood Grill, or Johnny Carino’s with any two night stay this Aug. 14 – 25. Call 855-998-9352 or click to book the 2 Night Summer Sizzler Package. *Must book directly with Resort. Terms & conditions apply.

July 2016 Hot Deals

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Check out these great deals and discounts on cabins, hotels, restaurants, and attractions in Pigeon Forge this July!

Hemlock Hills Resort Rentals
Hemlock Hills Cabin Rentals is offering a $25 discount on a 3 night visit for remaining nights only in July on any cabin.  Excluding holiday, cannot be combined with any other discount, new reservations only.

Cabin Fever Vacations
After July 4, stay 2 nights and receive a 10% discount with promo code CFV0702. Stay 3 nights and receive a 15% discount with promo code CFV0703. Stay 4 nights and receive 1 additional night free with promo code CFV0704.

Patriot Getaways
Huge summer savings – Get 30% OFF one bedroom cabins through July 28! Many with room for up to 8 guests! Stay now through July 28th and save big on your summer holiday! Includes Fourth of July. Requires a minimum 3 nights stay. Applies to certain properties.

Impossibilities of Magic

Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mindreading & Mayhem!
Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Master Mentalist Erik Dobell present an evening of family fun where impossibilities are brought to life right in front of your eyes. Get $4 OFF regular priced adult or senior admission. Not valid with any other offer. Please use promo code PFCOM.

Music Road Resort
SUMMER SAVINGS in July – Stay & Play! Choose tickets to exciting attractions or up to $200 in Restaurant Gift Cards with a 4, 5, 6, or 7 night stay!* Call 855-998-9352 for full details. Click to book a 5-night stay. *Must book directly with Resort. Terms & conditions apply.

Fireside Chalets
Summer Vacation Special: This July pay for 6 nights and receive a 7th night FREE! Ask about our back to school specials today!

Park Your Cares & Ride With The Bears: The Pigeon Forge Trolley

Pigeon Forge Trolley

Since 1986, Pigeon Forge’s Fun Time Trolley has provided a safe, affordable, and convenient form of transportation for all visitors and residents alike. With a fleet of more than 30 trolley buses, the trolley stops all throughout Pigeon Forge as well as a portion of Sevierville. Through the summer, the trolly operates from 8:00 AM – midnight, and in November and December from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.Patriot Park Sign

Visitors can leave their vehicle parked at the office at 186 Old Mill Avenue (just beside Patriot Park) and relax on the trolley as they enjoy all the sites and destinations like Tanger Outlets, Dixie Stampede, the Historic Old Mill, and even Dollywood!

All it takes is $2.50 for a wristband that allows you to ride all day and get off at any of the stops as many times as you like. If you just need a quick ride from one place to another, you can pay a small individual fare; it’s only 50 cents for North Parkway, South Parkway, Wears Valley, as well as both Dollywood and Dolly’s Splash Country, and it’s 75 cents for the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. When looking for a stop, just find a Fun Time Trolley shelter or a Trolley Bear sign at over a hundred locations.

You can find a trolley running frequently at all of the following routes:

  • Main Street: every 20-25 minutestrolley
  • Wears Valley: every 40-45 minutes
  • Dollywood: every 15-20 minutes
  • Dolly’s Splash Country: every 15-20 minutes
  • Gatlinburg Welcome Center: every 25-30 minutes

Trolley Route Map

For more information on the trolley routes, head over to for individual route maps. Looking for more ways to save money on your vacation? Check out all three parts of our Budget-Friendly Smokies blog.

7 Ways to Spend Father’s Day 2016 in Pigeon Forge

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If you’re looking to plan a day of appreciation and fun for that special father figure in your life, look no further. Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountain area have tons of options for a group getaway on Father’s Day weekend.

1. Treat him to a spa day.

Treat dad this year with some of the best quality pampering in Pigeon Forge. Take him to the spa for a day, or maybe even book a romantic weekend for two. RiverStone Resort is offering a special Summer Spa Package that includes a 30 minute sugar scrub for that much needed moisturizing and exfoliation, followed by a rejuvenating 50 minute therapeutic massage. Whatever package you decide on, you can’t go wrong with this kind of relaxation. Make your reservation today on their site.

Looking for a different kind of stay? Check out more Pigeon Forge hotels on the parkway.

Smoky Mountain Hiker2. Plan an outdoor adventure.

For the outdoors-man, consider a camping trip or just a day hike on one of the Smokies’ many beautiful trails. With 850 miles to choose from, you’re guaranteed to see some gorgeous scenery and really take in that fresh Smoky Mountain air. Or perhaps you’re feeling a bit more adventurous; if that’s the case, plan a white water rafting trip  on the Big Pigeon River. Get your adrenaline pumping on a group trip, or for the more experienced, enjoy a kayak excursion individually. The surrounding communities offer equipment rentals for whatever adventure you decide. Check out our Attractions page for more information on booking a rafting trip.

After your outdoor getaway, be sure to vote for your favorite campground, rafting, and overall attraction in the Best Of Pigeon Forge 2016 awards.

3. Take a ride on the Fontana Trestle Train.

Back by popular demand, the Fontana Trestle Train will be celebrating with BBQ & Brews Fontana Trestle Trainon the Saturday before Father’s Day. The ride will include slow-cooked BBQ in Sweet Baby Rays sauce, smoked chicken quarters, and beer or root beer tastings showcasing local breweries. Family friendly seating is available so the whole crew can enjoy the trip. The train departs from Bryson City at 7 pm for a 2 hour excursion to the beautiful Fontana Trestle, arriving just around sunset for a spectacular view reflected on Fontana Lake. Ticket prices include a souvenir tasting glass for samples of the hand crafted selections. You can find all the details here.

4. Take him out to the ballgame.

While the Smokies won’t be playing the weekend of Father’s Day, there’s no reason you can’t still treat a baseball lover to an evening at the ballpark. The Tennessee Smokies will face off against Chattanooga the Tuesday before Father’s Day and Pensacola the following weekend, all right around the corner in Smokies Park. Check out the full Smokies schedule and plan a trip for your whole group whenever it works best.

If you need some more convincing, check out the Top 3 Reasons Tennessee Smokies Baseball Games Are Great For Families.

5. Sip on some moonshine on a distillery tour.

Show some Father’s Day love with a tour and tasting moonshine-stillof one of East Tennessee’s famous moonshine distilleries. Doc Collier Moonshine in Gatlinburg offers sample tastings of all their products, including their famous Moonshine Brandy. If dad has more of a sweet tooth, you can also visit The Old Forge Distillery. The Tasting Bar is open daily with sample flavors like chocolate, french toast, and blackberry. There’s also Ole Smoky, which will be hosting live music on Father’s Day at their Gatlinburg location. Ole Smoky offers some tasty moonshine mixers like the Apple Ginger, Dirty Shirley, and the Moonshine Mule.

After your visit, you can vote for your favorite distillery in the Best Of Pigeon Forge 2016 awards. Do you know what the “XXX” on a moonshine jug means?

6. Start the day with a pancake breakfast.

Start Father’s Day off right with a delicious pancake breakfast at one of the Smoky Mountain area’s many pancake houses. Check out Log Cabin Pancake House at their Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg locations, where you’ll find exquisite pancakes topped with fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips and accompanied by mouth-watering country ham or biscuits and gravy. Nothing says satisfaction quite like a stomach full of tasty breakfast!

If you’re craving a different meal, check out the many restaurant options in the area.

7. Entertain the whole family with a show.

Comedy, drama, and even magic: Pigeon Forge offers a show for every entertainment craving. Tickle his funny bone with some homespun humor at The Comedy Barn or enjoy a more interactive performance that piques his curiosity and appetite at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show.  For your own amusement, get him hypnotized by Guy Michaels at this unique comedy show at the Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg, or hit up the Space Needle for Magic, Mindreading, & Mayhem.  If he’s a music man, stop by Country Tonite Theatre  or the Smoky Mountain Opry.  Check out our shows & dinner theaters page for more options and information.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, so it’s time to start planning your gift to dad. Keep Pigeon Forge at the top of your list and you’re sure to have a great time with the whole family. For more ways to organize your itinerary, take a look at our tips for planning an affordable family vacation.