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Dancing Bear Lodge
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 October 2013

My husband and I had talked about a trip through Tennessee after he retired and so I was always tearing out articles about places to stay and eat throughout the state. Saw a little item about Dancing Bear in Southern Living and filed it away. I'm so glad I did. We splurged for the LeCompte cabin next to the lodge. It is great. Big bed, big fireplace, comfy couch, full kitchen and rocking chairs on the front porch. Our cabin is lovely. The staff is very friendly. The breakfast is fine. There is a different quiche of the day, muffins, bagels, cereal, and yogurt. We ate dinner twice and both times everything was great. We both said we'd come back again in a heartbeat.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

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!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Went for a company off-site meeting, but will return for pleasure. Impeccable service and wonderful food. Beds are a little too soft (for me). Can't remeber the gentleman's name who ran the F&B for us, but he was a complete professional who did an exemplery job. Constant attention to detail and anticipated every need.
We wanted to enjoy our after dinner cocktails by the fire pit and he brought out smores! Real thoughtful touch.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

This review is for our stay only and not for our experience in the restaurant, which was a good one.
After turning off the highway and through the welcoming sign, you climb up through the trees to a beautiful log lodge among the trees. We loved the little carved bears climbing up the lodge. We stayed in a lodge room for two nights. The room itself was quite large with an incredibly comfortable four-poster carved wood feather bed. I seriously did not want to leave just for the bed alone. The bathroom was just okay; for the price, I would expect a little nicer. We made use of our access to the large stone fireplace outside and the evening s'mores, as well as the hot tub. We walked around the grounds on a hiking/mountain bike path as well, and the Townsend greenway runs right through the property for a shorter bike ride or walk/jog. We utilized some of the bike routes from the property as well for cycling (routes available up to ~60 miles or so). The continental breakfast in the morning was served by staff and included a variety of quiches in addition to cereal/muffins/toast, etc. Don't miss that delicious sorghum butter!

The one downside/frustration was the front desk staff. We felt like we were constantly asking for things - ice, where the hot tub was, if there would be a fire/s'mores that evening, where we could store our bikes, etc. They were always happy to oblige, but some kind of orientation when we checked in would've been nice. For such a lovely place in a stunning location, the service could be so much better. Even when I booked the room over the phone, they were not very helpful, and I never received a confirmation e-mail.

One tip: be sure to bring your own corkscrew. Otherwise, you can buy one there for $10.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

I have stayed at the Dancing Bear lodge on two occasions, once for several days during a company retreat and this past May for my anniversary with my wife. The staff try to make everything as perfect as possible and are courteous and prompt on any request. If you don't want to stay onsite full time relaxing it is a great location to make an excursion to the Smokey Mountains. There is an outdoor fire during the evenings containers on a table with everything to make smores. My wife and I tried out the small gym next to the lodge. The food and service are very good. Recommend as a stay over any hotel or other cabin rental.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

This is a stellar place. But is a bit over priced. Wish it were larger. Can't always get a reservation. They have cozy rooms, great food too. They need a better breakfast though. The continental flat out sucks.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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2  Thank Cloggernut
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Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Blackberry Farm two years ago for a friend's 65th birthday. It was waaaay overpriced. Heard great things about a sister property called Dancing Bear Lodge and decided to give it a try as we were to be in the area. Staff was delightful and friendly. One bedroom cabin was plenty of room and perfect for our overnight stay. One thing they should offer is softer pillows. The only ones provided were 10 inch thick foam. Maybe I should have called and requested softer ones or just brought my own from home. Dinner at the restaurant was far better than Blackberry Farm and with cocktails and wine for two was $125. I would return just for the food. Husband has pork chop which had been recommended. Tender, juicy with perfect accompanying veggies and potatoes. I had chicken with polenta and veggies...delish! Wait staff was personable and knowledgable. Do NOT miss the best gin and tonic you will ever have! Made with Hendricks gin, Jack Rudy tonic and cucumbers. Yummy! Now make reservations and GO!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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5  Thank SkysMomLR
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Address: 7140 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
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Region: United States > Tennessee > Townsend
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Townsend
Price Range: £107 - £194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dancing Bear Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
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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