Monday, January 4, 2016
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are as much about Dolly Parton as they are about bears and the Smoky Mountains, so it was much anticipation we watched as Dolly's latest venture, Dream More Resort was being built. As with everything that Dolly does the resort is impressive with 300 rooms and hotel suites conveniently located next to Dollywood. When I heard about the breakfast buffet served inside the resort in Dolly's Song and Hearth Café I couldn't wait to try it out. Just pulling up to the entrance of Dream More Resort is exciting and we chose the valet parking as it was pouring down rain, however free self parking is available for restaurant patrons. It was Christmas Eve and as we exited our car we heard Dolly singing Jingle Bells on cue. I think wherever one goes in the public areas of the hotel Dolly is singing, which is okay by me. The Song and Hearth Café is located on the ground floor , easily accessed from the front entrance by stairs or the elevator. It was fun looking at all of Miss Parton's record album covers displayed on the wall leading to the Café. The Café was beautiful with vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace, stain glass and comfortable seating. The buffet was amazing. Sixty five items served on the buffet and the different serving stations including an omelet bar and a pancake bar. Pancake offerings include flavors like banana pudding, birthday cake, cinnamon roll and double chocolate. Fresh fruit with fresh made whipped cream and sugar spiced nuts, homemade jams, biscuits and gravy, kielbasa (something one never sees on breakfast buffets in the Smokies),ham,sausage, bacon, waffles, potatoes O'Brian and more and more and more. The best thing about the food was not the quantity, although the selection was huge, it was the quality, by far the best place to have breakfast in the Smokies. Friends and family be aware , when coming for a visit we will be having breakfast at least once at the Song and Hearth Café. Adults $14.95,Kids 4-11 $7.95,Kids under 3 free,beverage included, tax and tip extra. Breakfast buffet served 7 - 11 a.m. however times are based on seasonality and subject to change. Call to check @ 800-365-5996 www.dollywoodsdreammoreresort.dollywood.com
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
I love Townsend, TN. It is billed as the quiet side of the mountains and for anyone seeking peace and the beauty of the mountains without the crowds and commercialization of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, this is the place to go. At first glance there is a fair number of dining establishments along RT #321, through Townsend. All are locally owned and with the exception on Subway, none are part of a chain. Yeaaa!!!! But if visitors look a little closer , they will discover gems, hidden off the main drag in Townsend, like Miss Lily's Café. This little log cabin, off the beaten track is known for serving lunch and dinner. I think the Smoked Trout Cakes are some of the best I have ever eaten, and the Key Lime Pie is legendary. The restaurant doesn't serve breakfast, however, Miss Lily does serve a Sunday Brunch from 10 until 2 p.m. Diners can choose from the traditional biscuits and gravy, grits, bacon, sausage, fruit and pastries a vegetarian breakfast casserole, chicken, BBQ Ribs, and lasagna . At the omelet station patrons can choose from ham, bacon, mushrooms, onion, green pepper, spinach, artichoke, Sun dried tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese, feta or Parmesan Cheese and salsa. Sorry no pancakes but a wonderful French Toast!
Saturday, October 5, 2013
My granddaughter in the Ozarks posted on her FaceBook page the first day of Fall " I'm making Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast as part of our new family tradition". What a fun family tradition to welcome the fall season. Here in the Smokies the leaves are starting turning and Pumpkin Pancakes are popping up. October is the 2nd busiest time in the Smoky Mountains. People flock to the mountains to see the beautiful fall colors and get one more glimpse of the bears before they go into hibernation. Due to the government shut down, now in it's 4th day, many visitors are having to re adjust plans to visit the National Park. However there is much to see and do in our area and the colors and the beauty of the mountains are still available for people to enjoy, so don't let the shut Down deter a trip to the mountains and a meal featuring pumpkin pancakes. So far I know of two restaurants featuring Pumpkin Pancakes. IHop has been advertising their Pumpkin Pancakes heavily on TV and rolled them out on October 1st. Flapjack's, a favorite Pancake house located all over the Smokies, is offering Carmel Apple Pumpkin Pancakes and Stuffed Pumpkin French Toast. Yummy !!!!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013