Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise Coming Soon?
A few years ago, plans to build a Margaritaville hotel and restaurant in Gatlinburg came to a halt when Pigeon Forge passed their “liquor by the drink” laws. Margaritaville Island Hotel and restaurant opened at The Island in Pigeon Forge, instead, and both have been a huge success ever since. With the amount of success they have seen, there are plans currently getting approvals to open a brand new Margaritaville hotel and new restaurant in downtown Gatlinburg! Below, we break down what we know so far.
Margaritaville Resort of the Smokies
The brand new hotel is proposed to be named Margaritaville Resort of the Smokies and plans are in place for it to replace Twin Islands Hotel, which is near Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The new Margaritaville hotel is proposed to be a 7-story hotel which will combine a hotel, restaurant, spa and other amenities. The location is ideal for visitors who want to stay in an upscale resort and be within walking distance to downtown shops, attractions, and restaurants.
Cheeseburger in Paradise
While nothing has been “officially” released as of this writing, our sources have informed us that Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant will go in the location where Hard Rock Cafe was once located before moving to Pigeon Forge. The location would make sense as it is directly in front of the proposed location for Margaritaville Resort of the Smokies.
While we trust our sources, we caution that these plans are going through the approval stages just as the original Margaritaville hotel and restaurant did a few years ago before backing out and moving to Pigeon Forge. Anything could happen between now and if they end up breaking ground. We have been told, though, that Twin Islands Hotel is scheduled for deconstruction beginning November 27th.
Are you excited?
We want to hear from you! Are you excited about Gatlinburg getting its own Margaritaville hotel and restaurant? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to share this news on Facebook, twitter, etc!
Teresa ShamblinNovember 17, 2016 at 6:16 am
OMG, that would be awesome, we loved staying at Margaritaville, but missed being in Gatlinburg. This makes my day?
Jeanine DepewNovember 17, 2016 at 7:10 am
Can’t wait, hope it will be a reasonable price motel.
Nancy BoughtonNovember 17, 2016 at 7:44 am
I’ll be excited IF they allow pets! We use to stay in Gatlinburg all the time
But don’T anymore as Four Seasons
Doesn’T allow pets anymore and we
Always have our small min-pin with us.
judyNovember 17, 2016 at 8:06 am
YES! Margaritaville Hotel is an Amazing idea for Gatlinburg! I would choose them because I have stayed in so many of the other hotels and cabins, something new is truly needed! The Spa is where you will find me after a long day of hiking! Margaritaville
Hotel- Luv It!
JohnNovember 17, 2016 at 9:01 am
Always visit Margaritaville when traveling or In my hometown of Chicago. Used to go to Cheeseburger in Paradise when they had it in Downers Grove and loved it!! Been to the Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge and the family and I had a blast. The wife and I will be there in the beginning of December w/out the kids this time and will most likely make it there a few times this time around. I hope they expand to Gatlinburg and beyond
Dana GardnerNovember 17, 2016 at 10:00 am
Cool we will be down Dec 4 have to check it all out.
jean loweNovember 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm
yes they are gun to be to high to stay there just like the dreamresort at Dollywood I love to stay at a hotel that I can get a rate that I can is good for me and my family and just some of the hotels and motels their have got to high…….because my husband is the one who works and I have to make plans with what he gets on his paycheck so please don’t make the rates to high please……thank you jean lowe
Scott HurtNovember 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm
Hate that Twin Islands is closing.i hate that all these high dollar hotels that lots of people can’t afford are taking over Gatlinburg. That’s why we stay in Pigeon Forge now. Rooms are more affordable.
jonathon westerveltNovember 20, 2016 at 8:28 am
DebbieNovember 20, 2016 at 7:20 am
Not happy at all about this. All the chain businesses are taking over Gatlinburg. The country Mountain feel is quickly disappearing. All the mom and pop businesses are closing down. Sad to see.
Michael ReynoldsNovember 20, 2016 at 8:04 am
I hope this Hotel will be cheaper than pigeonforge
jonathon westerveltNovember 20, 2016 at 8:28 am
Debbie JacksonNovember 20, 2016 at 9:39 am
Yes!! Very excited — Love Gatlinburg and stay in town every year — we don’t stay in Pigeon Forge!
Jeanne JenningsNovember 20, 2016 at 11:14 am
Happy to see it if it all works out and hope rates won’t be too high. We like visiting Gatlinburg.
BobieDecember 24, 2016 at 11:20 am
This is the beggining of development other side of Gatlinburg. New hot spot to be