Camp Margaritaville Resort and Lodge in Pigeon Forge is Fun for all
If you know me, you would know that I am a lover of summer. Summer does not end when school starts here. I will hang on and make the most of every warm, summer day that I can. School started two weeks ago, but that didn't stop us when Camp Margaritaville Resort & Lodge reached out to have us review their newly opened and beautiful Lodge and Rv park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
When we arrived we had nothing planned to do outside of the resort. Good thing, because there was no need to leave and honestly we didn't except for lunch in Gatlinburg once. The Lodge had everything and more that we needed for a great weekend.
Here is a list of the things we loved about our stay at Camp Margaritaville Resort and Lodge in Pigeon Forge, TN.
1. The Rooms
The rooms are very spacious! As soon as we walked in there was an additional room with two twin beds, a television, and instead of doors the room had a thick fabric that mimic a tent. The boys loved their tented room. And we loved that they had their own space so that we could have a nightcap and a chat after they were tucked into bed instead of the usual going to sleep at the same time because we all share a room. From there was a wet bar area that opened up to a large room with two queen size beds. The bathroom was beautiful and the decor encompassed the beachy margaritaville vibe. Another great thing about the rooms in the Lodge is that they are dog-friendly. Charlie, our pup, loved it!
2. Dog Friendly
As new dog parents we are learning that places that say they are dog friendly are usually not kid-friendly. But not here. Camp Margaritaville Resort is a place for everyone. The rooms at the Lodge welcome dogs and we saw many at the RV camps also. There is also a dog park called Barkaritaville Pet Park and a dog wash to clean up your dog after a long hike or play in the creek. Our Charlie boy was even welcomed to eat on the patio at the restaurant at the Lodge, Fins Bar. Just a reminder though, your pets are asked to be leashed, which everyone adhered too.
3. The Pool and Lazy River
The pool is great for everyone, there is a shallow kids zone with a palm tree fountain, a double-loop water slide for bigger kids, and a relaxing hot tub for us adults. The lazy river has great mountain views. Initially, I didn't think that the kids would be too excited about the lazy river, my kids can barely sit still, but to my surprise we had to get them out after an hour.
4. Activities for the kids
There is so much to do in the downstairs area with your children. Everything from arcades, duckpin bowling, foozeball, pool, and a children's craft studio that had daily crafts and activities led by staff. Children could do sandart, make suncatchers, color and do puzzles, so many things to keep kids engaged. I loved the outdoor space that was full of yard games, gaga ball, volleyball with a staff member that would play with your kids. You heard that right! Someone was out there entertaining the kids! There was also live music and fire-pits. It was a great communal spot!
5. The Food
Fins Bar has a beach bar vibe that opens to the pool and a green space with cornhole. We enjoyed burgers, salads and nachos. The boys had their first virgin pina colada and I enjoyed every sip of the perfect margarita that is on their menu. The breakfast buffet at Fins was also very good. The boys loved pancakes, bacon and muffins, and my husband and I enjoyed the biscuits and gravy and these candy pecans that were for the pancakes but i just kept eating them by the handfuls. So delicious!
6. The Staff
You will notice right away that everyone is so friendly. The young ladies that worked directly with the children in the crafting area were wonderful and engaged authentically with the kids. The front desk workers were always so helpful when we had questions. We also loved the ladies that helped at the breakfast buffet. We didn't know if we should tip, but we did. They were always helping refill drinks, clean up our plates, and just had the friendliest chats with us. We really enjoyed them.
7. Other Amenities
We stayed in the lodge, but we did notice nice amenities at the RV area. Our children loved the playground area. There was also a nice washroom area that had a laundry service that I will use next time. I hate returning from a trip with bags full of laundry. We met a family that was on their second RV trip there. They, like us, had so much fun the first time that they had to come back.
Camp Margaritaville Resort and Lodge in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a winner in our book. We are already telling friends to join us there this fall break! The only negative is that we didn't stay longer than 2 nights. We have learned our lesson and will definitely book longer next time and we hope to see you there!