For the ultimate Dolly Parton experience, you can now book a stay on the music legend’s tour bus
When she’s not dazzling audiences at sold-out concert halls or hosting the Country Music Awards, Dolly Parton spends much of her time traveling aboard her well-designed tour bus. like. But starting today, fans can book a stay at the music legend’s home on the road to experience first-hand how she traversed North America on her way to performances, benefits and Dollywood.
“Now we use the bus as a suite, we rent it out to people to see how we live on the road,” Parton said. Conde Nast Traveler.
Dubbed Suite 1986 in a nod to the year Dollywood opened, the tour bus is parked at the theme park’s DreamMore Resort and Spa in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Parton prefers highways to flying and has spent the past 15 years living and writing music on board, including dozens of songs like “Backwoods Barbie” as well as the hit Broadway show 9 to 5: The Musical.
The beige and silver Prevost coach is outfitted with a jewel color scheme and Parton’s custom requests, including creature comforts like a bathtub, full-size fridge, and a designated wig closet where she’s kept accessories. iconic shoes she wore to concerts and shows. . The interior walls of the bus are also personalized – hand painted with murals of dancing passengers, musicians, crystal balls and covered wagons. The musician once called the bus her favorite home.
The three bunk beds tucked into a wall between the front of the bus and the back bedroom are where Parton’s nieces and nephews slept when they traveled with her. While the bus model usually comes standard with six berths, three have been removed to make more room for the musician’s wardrobe. Past the bunk beds, a black button opens an electric door to Parton’s living quarters, with its queen-size bed, gilt cabinets, and television. From the sequin-adorned ceiling to the pom-pom-trimmed pillows and window treatments, the entire bus is adorned with glitzy touches befitting the larger-than-life icon.
Led by longtime driver Tim Dunlap, the bus has traveled approximately 360,000 miles, stopping in more than 60 cities across the United States and Canada on Parton’s 2016 Pure & Simple Tour. But one of her most common routes was from her home in Nashville to Pigeon Forge, just a few miles from where she grew up.
Starting at $10,000, the Suite 1986 Sightseeing Bus Experience includes a two-night stay and an additional DreamMore Resort bedroom to accommodate four additional guests. (A portion of proceeds from each stay will go to the Dollywood Foundation.) Also included: a dedicated concierge service and an exclusive 1986 Suite memento, such as embroidered towels, bathrobes and slippers, to remember the insight into Dolly Parton’s life on the road.