Westgate Resorts acquires Pigeon Forge Hotel in Tennessee

Westgate Resorts has added another property to its growing portfolio of resorts throughout the United States with the recent acquisition of the Rodeway Inn Pigeon Forge, which will undergo significant renovations and reopen as a boutique-style hotel under the new name Wild Bear Inn. Ideally located along the Parkway (U.S. 441) in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Wild Bear Inn will provide easy access to popular area attractions such as Dollywood theme park, Dollywood Splash Country water park and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. In addition, Wild Bear Inn is the closest hotel in Pigeon Forge to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the United States.

The perfect locale for a vacation getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains, Wild Bear Inn will boast cozy accommodations, outstanding amenities and affordable rates, along with genuine Southern hospitality to lure family travelers back year after year. Guests of Wild Bear Inn will enjoy a variety of on-site amenities such as a seasonal outdoor pool, restaurant, business center and wireless Internet access. Each of the comfortable guestrooms at Wild Bear Inn will feature a refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV, in-room safe and hairdryer.

Wild Bear Inn will join sister properties Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa and River Terrace Resort & Convention Center, both located in nearby Gatlinburg, Tennessee – just a 15-minute drive from Pigeon Forge. Adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa offers a wide range of accommodations, from cozy Studio Villas to oversized five-bedroom villas with 3,600 square feet of space and room for up to 20 guests. Onsite amenities include the state-of-the-art Wild Bear Falls water park, world-class Serenity Spa by Westgate and award-winningWestgate Smokehouse Grill. Overlooking the scenic Little Pigeon River, River Terrace features a prime location in downtown Gatlinburg, family-friendly dining at the onsite Drafts Sports Bar & Grill and two heated outdoor pools (seasonal).

With the addition of Wild Bear Inn, Westgate now boasts 29 themed destination resorts with approximately 13,000 villas in premier locations throughout the United States and more in development. Over the past two years, Westgate has acquired the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (now known as Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino), as well as the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League and the historic Cocoa Beach Pier in Florida.

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