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One of the best things about any visit to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is that there is almost something new to do or see and that’s certainly true about the Wayback, a tribute portfolio hotel located on the parkway in the middle of Pigeon Forge.
It’s different from any other getaway spot in this area with festive colors and a throwback to years ago — and it is located directly across the parkway from “The Island,” one of the city’s most popular spots.
While the Wayback caters to all ages, it is more geared for adults and the large swimming pool, huge hot tub, lobby area and restaurant are all perfect for social interactions.
The Swim Club could make it hard for you to leave the Wayback. You can purchase speciality drinks and the airstream food venue has tacos, salsa and more. And the Wayback will have a dynamic playlist of music to entertain you.
At night the Swim Club is for adults only and features a fire pit, telescope for stargazing (something I have not seen anywhere else), s’mores and plenty of hot chocolate options. And the hot tub is going to be a very popular hangout.
I liked that each guest receives a welcome cocktail of your choice from a bar with plenty of interesting choices.
Even though the Wayback is a Marriott property, the room mattresses are an upgrade from the normally very comfortable Marriott mattresses. You will also find bathrobes in your room — a touch I know I like. Upgraded rooms even have fireplaces.
And if you like to stay active, there is a gym with up to date equipment to help keep you fit.
What might make the Wayback even more unique/intriguing is the Paloma Cantina that serves breakfast and dinner. Everything is made from scratch, including the salsa. Orange juice, and even grapefruit juice, is hand squeezed daily.
The menu has so many items I am not sure you will find anywhere else in the area.
I can vouch for the Paloma’s Barbacoa Benedict; brisket, poached eggs, adobo hollandaise, grilled sourdough and sazon breakfast potatoes. The chef prepared it perfectly and every bite was delicious. Same for the Torrijas — Ciabatta French toast with fruit — my wife had. You could even get grilled peaches.
Dinner offerings include Mahi Mahi, Hanger Steak, Grilled Octopus, Ribs, Oysters, Shrimp and a lot more including a choice of chicken, duck, tuna or pork tacos. I had friends who tried the shrimp and duck tacos for dinner and left impressed by the food and service.
The restaurant obviously caters to guests but also hopes its unique menu will attract more than just Wayback guests.
The staff at the Wayback wants to make your visit enjoyable and makes that obvious as soon as you arrive at the property. There is a concierge available to help, plenty of on-site parking and high speed Wi-Fi.
The Wayback is a throwback to the roadside motels of years past and gives you a unique travel option if you are in the Pigeon Forge area.
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Wayback Pigeon Forge