Getaway to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The Truth Behind Our Stay at Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge

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Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

Each year my mom and I try to take a few days to get away somewhere. Sometimes we head to the beach, but this year we headed to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Growing up in North Carolina and living in Tennessee now, we visit the Pigeon Forge area a few times a year. The recent trip I took with my mom and my little one to Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge was truly one of the best visits I have ever had to the area.

I received a product(s) or service(s) in exchange for this post. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own. 

The Location

We stayed at Margaritaville Island Hotel in Pigeon Forge. I have heard amazing things about the Island at Pigeon Forge but haven’t been until this visit. We were certainly in for a treat! The Island is located right in the heart of Pigeon Forge, which was so convenient. It was easily accessible to great shopping, restaurants and downtown Gatlinburg.

The Island itself has so many amazing shops, restaurants and things to do. You really don’t ever have to leave there during your stay!

A few of our favorite places on The Island in Pigeon Forge were:

The Island General Store

The Paula Deen Store


The Great Smokey Mountain Wheel (althought we didn’t ride it, it looked amazing)

Tip: Check out the Island’s website for some great coupons before your visit. 

Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge
A view of the Island shops and restaurants from the rooftop pool deck at Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge

Margaritaville Hotel Pigeon Forge

When we first arrived at the hotel, we decided to utilize the hotel’s valet parking. It is $12 a day and completely worth it if you are traveling with a little one, or if you just want the luxury of valet parking during your stay. If you chose not to do the valet parking, there is a shuttle that shuttles you back and forth from the parking lot to the hotel free of charge.

Tip: I highly recommend doing valet parking during your stay, completely worth it and the valet staff were wonderful!

When you first walk into the hotel, you feel like you are on an island. You are greeted by friendly staff in the gorgeous hotel lobby. There are even live birds in the lobby (and throughout the Island)! Check in was seamless. We arrived early and decided to check to see if our room was ready. It was! This was so helpful, especially after a long car ride with my little one. The front desk staff were wonderful, friendly and check in only took maybe 5 minutes because the staff were prepared for our arrival.

Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge

Tip: If you arrive early, give the hotel a call to see if early check in is a possibility.

Walking into our room was amazing! Again, we felt like we were on an island somewhere. The headboards have “License To Chill” on them, which was such a cute touch. The room was equipped with a Margarita Maker (recipes included), Keurig Coffee Maker (stocked with coffee and tea for our stay), a fireplace, a safe (that was large enough to fit my laptop, my mom’s tablet and several other valuables), an alarm clock with an Iphone dock, and more.

Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge
Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge

Our Room at Margaritaville Pigeon Forge

Our room was a river view room. The view from the balcony was beautiful and so relaxing. The hotel also has ‘street view’ rooms that overlook the shops and fountains at the Island. I talked to several other hotel visitors who had street view rooms and they said their view was amazing as well.

Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge
Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge

The bathroom in the hotel room deserves its own post. I know, that’s weird, but seriously. The bathroom was gorgeous. Each bathroom has a rainfall shower, which was so relaxing. This momma takes all of the relaxation she can get!  The bathroom was also stocked with Bath and Body Works toiletries, a fun little perk.

Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge
Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge

Does Margaritaville Pigeon Forge have a pool?

The hotel has a gorgeous rooftop pool which has an amazing view of the Great Smokey Mountain Wheel. You can also watch the Island Show Fountain from the pool.

Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge
Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge

The next time we visit Pigeon Forge, I will definitely stay at the Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge. I highly recommend it if you are visiting the area. I was also excited to learn that there are several other Margaritaville hotels in different areas, we hope to visit one soon.

The Spa

The hotel was just a part of this wonderful stay. I was able to visit St. Somewhere Spa at the Margaritaville Island Hotel during our stay. I cannot say enough good things about the spa! Each and every staff member that I encountered during my visit to the spa was not only professional but so friendly and nice. I had a massage, manicure and pedicure at the spa. Let me tell you, I left feeling like a new woman! It has been years since I had a massage, and I remember now why I used to get them quite often. I honestly have not felt that relaxed in months. Even if you aren’t staying at the hotel, you can still visit the St. Somewhere SpaWe live about an hour and a half from Pigeon Forge and I am already making plans to return to the St. Somewhere Spa very soon. 

Margaritaville Island Hotel Pigeon Forge
I was so relaxed after visiting the spa, I quite literally blew out my flip flop.

The Area

We had a wonderful time during our stay in Pigeon Forge. We had some amazing food and did what most girls love to do…shop!

The best food we had during our visit was at Billy Goat Tavern in Pigeon Forge. The service was excellent and the food, amazing. All of their food is locally sourced and is ‘farm to table’. I highly recommend the pimento cheese appetizer and the Maui chicken.

other recommendations when visiting Pigeon Forge:

  • Visit the Christmas Place. It’s a fun year-round Christmas shop that is a Christmas-lover’s dream.
  • Check out the Tanger Outlets. We usually visit them a few times a year and there are some great deals there.
  • If you like pancakes, there are many great pancake houses in the area, make sure to try one during your stay.

Have you ever been to Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge? What was your favorite part?

Thank you to Margaritaville Island Hotel, St. Somewhere Spa and Billy Goat Tavern Pigeon Forge for participating in sponsoring parts of our visit. As always, all opinions are my own.

Getaway to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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  1. What a wonderful family getaway. I love that your little one is just chilling on the bed. Plus that ferris wheel is awesome.

  2. We go to Pigeon Forge often (only live about 1.5 hours away). I’ve been in the lobby of that hotel for the coffee shop — it’s a beautiful place!! Looks like your room was really nice.

  3. Terri Steffes says:

    My husband and I traveled to Pigeon Forge YEARS ago and haven’t been back. Looks like another trip is in order. This place looks like a lot of fun.

  4. This is only a few hours from us! I would love to go visit and take my son. He’d have a great time.

  5. Looks like yall had a fabulous time! What a gorgeous place to stay!

  6. Ive never been to Pigeon forge..this looks like an amazing get away and your pics are superb! What a cute lil guy you have! I am dying to see the smoky mtns!

    Fashion and travel

  7. Ive never been to Pigeon forge..this looks like an amazing get away and your pics are superb! What a cute lil guy you have! I am dying to see the smoky mtns!

    Fashion and travel

  8. What a fabulous getaway for the whole family. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Pigeon Forge. I would love to go one day.

  9. Glad you and your momma had a great time together. My husband really enjoys Pigeon Forge and always suggests this location.

  10. I have never been to Pigeon Forge but it looks so fun and family friendly! That is the best! SO glad you had a good time.

  11. I have never heard of this hotel but it looks like such a great place to visit. We are planning on being in the area next spring and I’m pinning this so I remember to put it on the list.

  12. I seriously just booked our cabin for Gatlinburg for January. We went last year and had so much fun. We had fun skiing and doing the Dixie Stampede. I’ll put some of these shops on our list to visit.

  13. This place looks amazing! I would love to go there. The room is really beautiful.

  14. If it wasn’t for that amazing view, I never would have left that hotel room! The room itself is enough to stay here with the family! There’s just plenty of things to do here!

  15. Lucky! Even the baby looked like it was having a blast! It looks amazing there!

  16. I love reading about people’s vacations. I love to travel but don’t get to very often with two very busy teenagers! This looks like a great place to visit.

  17. Nicole Escat says:

    I love the ambiance of the hotel, not just the ordinary hotel I’ve been into. What a wonderful vacation!

  18. I love going to the different Margaritaville restaurant, love their machines but they have resorts too? Wow I am impressed it looks so fun and cozy thanks for the review I would love to visit one day!

  19. I have a friend who lives nearby and is in desperate need of a treat. She works her ass off all day and never expects anything in return and I think her and her kids would love it there.

  20. Robin Rue says:

    This looks like it was such a fun time. I would love to be able to visit Pigeon Forge one day!

  21. Aww such a cute hotel. I have heard nothing but great things about that place. I live in SC but have tons of friends that go and visit for vacation. I am glad you loved it!

  22. You certainly had a wonderful vacation! I love doing quick getaways and I will certainly keep Pigeon Forge with Margaritaville Island Hotel in mind when I plan our next vacay! Thanks for sharing!

  23. This all looks so fun! Glad you had a great time, thanks for sharing!

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