Pigeon Forge hostel doing well despite rising inflation

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – At a time when so many businesses are suffering from inflation and staff shortages, one company in Pigeon Forge is doing well. Many of its original employees, who started when it opened fifteen years ago, still work there.

One of the reasons may be the magic of Christmas. Not just in July but every day of the year.

As you approach the Inn at Christmas Place on a hot summer day, the doors open to welcome you inside to cool off and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

As Santa Claus sings “Tender Tennessee Christmas,” Victoria Jones, who oversees the events, said, “Santa Claus is there all the time, so he’s here Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. He does concerts in the evening followed by cookies and milk. We organize a treasure hunt in the hotel, so there is always something to do here.

Santa Claus is the centerpiece of so many activities; everything from decorating the gingerbread house at story time, even a marshmallow roast in the summer. Decking the hallways is serious business here.

“We have it everywhere on every floor, in every corner,” Jones said. “You won’t find a piece of dust. We’re good at keeping everything clean, so you’ll have to check it out!

Every room is vacation-ready year-round, a treat for first-time visitors and the many regulars who return each year, appreciating the attention to detail from a staff that has remained fairly consistent despite the pandemic and economic challenges.

“We have people who have been with us for 15 years that we have been open; 10, 11 years old. We’re lucky,” Jones said.

It’s more than the magic of Christmas. It’s a bargain and having the Jolly Old Elf every day certainly doesn’t hurt.

As Santa Claus told WATE, “There’s something here for everyone. We just want people to be happy and feel good about themselves.

For more information, visit innatchristmasplace.com.

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