We stayed at the Maple Leaf Lodge for the first time just before the Memorial Day weekend and will definitely stay again when we visit the Smokies. The lodge is beautiful - very reminiscent of one of the National Park lodges out west. There are only 12 rooms. The first two nights we stayed we were the only guests in the lodge, although there were people staying at the cabins.
All the furniture in our room looked like it was made from logs - even the vanity in the bathroom! It was nice to have a vanity - with drawers like at home. There was a hair dryer, and bathrobe provided. There was even a separate dressing table area for putting on make-up. One thing we loved was the wireless internet! The rooms are huge - king-sized beds (comfortable w/featherbeds), nightstands, armoire, desk, small table w/two chairs, and still lots of room! Our room had a large oval braided rug, too.
The foyer was magnificent, and there were two lofts to read, relax, or play games in. There were two deck out back, one with an outdoor fireplace and hot tub (which we used, too). The grounds are very nice - we spent much time on the front porch in the rockers. You cannot see the main road (U.S. 321) from the lodge, but you can hear the trucks going by, so the lodge is not as free of the noise of civilization as we would have liked.
The "deluxe continental breakfast" included with the rooms was okay. There were fruit, cereal, bagels, yogurt, toast and pastries/muffins, juice and coffee available every day. For Adkins diet adherents, though, there were no other options. I got a chance to talk to the general manager of the Lodge, and I asked him if he would consider adding boiled eggs to the menu for a source of easy, cheap protein.
We rented the very nice multispeed bicycles (with helmets) that were available - $5.00/hr. There is a bike trail that goes from the Lodge all the way to the National Park boundary(3 or 5 miles? not sure). There is horseback riding available within walking distance from the Lodge, although we did not avail ourselves of this option. Cades Cove is only a 20 min. drive away. Supposedly masseurs are available by appointment, and Orvis-certified fly fishing guides, too.
Townsend bills itself as "the quiet side of the Smokies" and it certainly is VASTLY different from the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. One one side of US 321 are the newer hotels/motels - very nicely spaced out and uncrowded - and on the other side are some stores, tubing rental places, and campgrounds. There are a few restaurants (we ate at "The Timbers" and it was good) and on weeknights some closed at 9 p.m. You have easy and quick access to the Park. Pigeon Forge is a 25 min drive up US321, and you can access Gatlinburg in about 40 min through the Park, depending on the skill and temerity of the drivers in front of you. There is a very good fly fishing shop in Townsend.
The cost is reasonable, the staff was friendly, and we'll go again.
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- 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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