You Can Stay Overnight in Dolly Parton’s Ultra-Luxe Tour Bus — Complete with a Private Chef!

published Dec 7, 2022
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If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what life is like on a rockstar’s tour bus, now is your chance for an exclusive look inside — and it’s all thanks to iconic country star Dolly Parton. Fans of the “Jolene” songstress can now book a one-night stay in her one-of-a-kind motor coach, uniquely named Suite 1986, at Dollywood’s Dream More Resort and Spa. 

For over 15 years, Dolly has toured the country, writing hit after hit from the comfort of her own personally designed tour bus. With the help of her sisters over the years, the bus has been decked out with everything from custom high heels to elaborate jewelry, as well as pink furs and brocade fabrics that cover every single inch of the motor coach. Once you step inside, it would be hard not to feel at least an ounce of what it must feel like to be a traveling mega-star.

Even the food available is unique to Dolly and her tastes. Guests who book a stay on the luxe tour bus will be able to enjoy dishes fit for The Iron Butterfly herself, all prepared by private chef Tiffany Hicks. But what does that actually include? Well, it’s kind of up to you.

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While the standard menu does include all of Dolly’s favorites — like bacon-wrapped shrimp, biscuits, mesquite-smoked brisket, banana pudding with vanilla ice cream, and crunchy peanut butter cookies — your preferences and the flavors you enjoy will be front and center, thanks to a concierge asking you a few questions days before your arrival. And let’s not forget about the full-sized refrigerator that’s inside, fully stocked with beverages — the entire front window of the bus had to be removed to fit it in!

Ready to pack your bags and head to Dollywood for your stay? Well, there is one catch: The price tag is far from cheap. After filling out the online inquiry form, a two-night stay — which includes a welcome amenity, an overload of fun Dolly swag, and the highly customized private dinner — will hit your pockets pretty hard, running you about $10,000 total. But both the silver and gold lining is that the profits from each stay will be donated to the Dollywood Foundation in support of children’s education. And if you’re planning to bring along more than a plus one, a room at the DreamMore Resort comes included in the package and sleeps up to four additional people.

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All in all, the entire experience could be well worth it for the super-fans out there. After all, where else can you get such an exclusive look inside the life of one of your favorite artists? 

If you do plan to head out to Tennessee soon for your stay in Dolly’s mega-glam bus, these tips for a foolproof packing list are helpful for anyone experiencing a little bit of travel anxiety. And before you leave, be sure to knock out these seven things in your kitchen to ensure a worry-free and relaxing vacation.