We stayed overnight at this friendly, relaxing lodge prior to beginning our vacation at nearby Blackberry Farm. Our luxury category cabin was excellent -- outfitted with a very comfortable bed, leather chairs, wood-buring fireplace (though the August weather was too hot and humid to enjoy it or the jacuzzi on the private porch), modern bathroom and kitchenette. Surrounding the cabins is a trail through the woods, nice for walking our dog. Dancing Bear warmly welcomed our vizsla Henry with prior notice and a reasonable fee (bring your own crate, bed and bowls). The centerpiece of the property is a beautiful Montana-style lodge with a deck for outdoor dining. The food was really good -- creative (a fresh tomato and greens salad topped with fried okra) and well prepared (duck with grits, tea-brined pork tenderloin with succotash). The wine list is well-selected and fairly priced. The cocktails are good, but pricey for this neighborhood (margarita same price as in Manhattan). Finally, for what the dinner service lacked in polish, was made up for in warmth and friendliness. The lodge is convenient to the Cades Cove section of the Smoky Mountain NP offering great hiking and biking trails. Dancing Bear is a good choice or on its own or a perfect combination with a Blackberry Farm getaway. We will return, likely in the autumn when we can enjoy the colors of the season and cooler weather. Thanks Melanie and team.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centered in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dancing Bear Lodge is known as East Tennessee's ultimate vacation basecamp offering charming Southern hospitality. It's picturesque location and luxurious amenities offer guests an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after trekking mountain trails and exploring surrounding areas. With 36 acres featuring intimate rustic cabins and countless sports and activities, Dancing Bear Lodge creates a comforting retreat tailor-made for the adventurer in all of us. We welcome our guests to experience the best the Smokies have to offer by reserving one of our charming cabins. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dancing Bear Hotel Townsend