Growing up, my family & I have visited Pigeon Forge, TN nearly every year. It’s a special place near & dear to my heart and holds many memories that I’ll cherish forever. With recently getting married, I wanted to carry on that tradition with my husband. I have to say; staying at THE MARGARITAVILLE ISLAND HOTEL has started us off right!
You’ve probably eaten at Margaritaville but there are also Margaritaville Hotel locations all over! This one is only about 3.5 hours from Nashville; perfect for a weekend trip! This hotel in Pigeon Forge is in the heart of THE ISLAND where you can eat, play & shop. To be honest, we barely left the island! It was our first time staying here and honestly, it was a w e s o m e.
Each room is Island Themed, spacious & has your own Margarita Machine. Also, how could I forget the spacious rain head shower with a bench?! The balcony & fireplace in our room were our favorite parts, we could have sat on the balcony all day! Our balcony faced The Wheel directly & I would say it’s one of the best views the hotel has! The Hotel also faces a river on the backside if you’re looking for a more private, quiet scene. Those views are also beautiful & listening to the river is so relaxing.
The Valet was a surprise and the staff service was top notch. We were very impressed & felt very pampered!
The Hotel is surrounded by nice restaurant options such as Jimmy Buffett’s Maragaritaville, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Mellow Mushroom and Timberwood Grill. The Hotel itself also has options such as the Lobby Bar, Rooftop Pool & Bar and Coffee Shop that has snacks. The Hotel had live music in the lobby and the Island has a water shower the coordinates with fun music- fun for all ages! We also hit up retail & knick-knack shops, the arcade & the candy shop called Sweets at The Island. The Wheel would be perfect to see the mountains & would be a great view of the water & light show! There are also rides & a rope course. The Island is a fun family adventure in itself!
After a night in cuddled up with the fireplace on, the next day we headed to ST. SOMEWHERE SPA located in the Hotel. We had never had a couple’s massage before and being the weekend before Valentine’s Day, we had to! It definitely did not disappoint. Signing in at the spa, we headed in to change into robes provided and headed to a waiting area with snacks & water. We headed into our massage & it felt like an oasis. Dimly lit with sounds of ocean waves & relaxing music, we were so excited! Our massage began with a foot soak and our massage included hot stones & oils. It was the fastest 60 minutes ever but so worth it. Afterwards, we were both greeted with drinks (you can get coffee or a mimosa) and got to hang in the lounging area for as long as you’d like. Once we left, we were ready for a nap! I highly recommend the Spa.
We then headed to one of my new favorite restaurants THE APPLE BARN and OMG! The best. We will definitely be going there when we go back for sure. Before ordering, we were served “apple fritters” with apple butter and they taste like heaven. We were also served with “apple juleps” and it was one of our new fav drinks! We actually made it when we came back to Nash- sooo good. With your meal, you can choose a soup. I chose the vegetable soup and I’m not sure why because I don’t like that normally, but it was seriously delicious. I’ve been craving it ever since we left! Lol
One of my favorite things about the trip was that the Christmas decorations were still up! Seeing all of the lights and then heading to our room with the fireplace lit made my heart so happy & full. I couldn’t have been more pleased during our stay at the Margaritaville Island Hotel and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Pigeon Forge. It’s perfect for couples & families for a weekend getaway or a summer vacay. We felt pampered the whole stay and already can’t wait to go back!
Special thank you to Chrissy & the Margaritaville Island Hotel Family!