6 years ago we drove through the Smokys, a beautiful park. We saw bears in a perfect pioneer scenery and when the sun set, the night called, we found ourselves on a dark unpaved road in search of a place to stay. Finally out of the dark, the Dancing Bear lit up.
We parked in front of the hotel and got a wonderful room with one of the best beds ever.
Townsend is a small town with some motels and a few hotels. They call Townsend the quiet side of the Smokeys, away from all the loud noises and tourist traps you will found in some places on the other side, Gaitlinburg for example. Alltough we had some good experience there as well.
The Dancing Bear Lodge is what you expect from a mountaineer lodgs, big stones, a lot of wood and the smell of the big fireplace. The location is wonderful, the service and amity of the staff is tops!
The rooms are big enough and, again, the bed is a USP!
Breakfast is well done, freshly baked bread and homemade jams.
Unfortunately we were not able to test their dinner facilities beacuse it was a Sunday. We are convinced this is the best dinner place in Townsend and surroundings as well.
Another PENG recommendation!
- 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