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Company Retreats

Team Building & Company Retreats in the Great Smoky Mountains 

Company retreats present a rare opportunity for group members to come together in person for work and relaxation. Colleagues who normally see each other between 9 am and 5 pm get a chance to organically learn more about each other’s personalities in fun settings and begin to better understand one another in a different light. Additionally, the opportunity for fresh ideas, growth, and staff input can be better tapped when you pause the stress of completing daily tasks and think big-picture.

Team building activities form cohesive efforts and give colleagues a chance to bond. Learning new skills, strategic planning, and improved company morale make company retreats a great way to bring your team together for work and play. 

Dancing Bear Lodge has partnerships with Smoky Mountain Guides and Adventure Associates for unique training and team building activities both on-site and off-site that will help your team members build the leadership skills necessary to deal with a rapidly changing world. This is a great idea for companies seeking Knoxville Corporate Events, Maryville Company Retreats, or corporate retreats in the Smoky Mountains.


“The Bear Dance”

“The Bear Dance”, painted by William Holbrook Beard, is also known as “The Wall Street Jubilee”.  The artist was known for his satirical work, many featuring animals portraying human behavior.

The piece was painted in 1895, as a nod to the new Stock Exchange in New York City, and hung in a gentleman’s club in downtown Manhattan.  The painting's theme demonstrates the “Bears of Wall Street, celebrating a successful day of business” but the extraordinary popularity, however, is due almost entirely to an audience of children, who are delighted by the dancing bears who, like children, are free from the concerns of the world.

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Private Events

Our Event Hall, Pavilion, and Appalachian Bistro provide your group with beautiful, spacious facilities for fun and fellowship.  

The cuisine at Dancing Bear Lodge truly sets us apart from other event venues. Our culinary team, under the direction of Chef Shelley Cooper, offers an Appalachian menu steeped in traditional and regional flavors. Fresh ingredients from our garden and the local area often make their way into the fabulous fare.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, with breaks and full bar service, are available in a private setting amidst the Peaceful Side of the Smokies


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Leadership Workshops

The Dancing Bear property boasts a variety of meeting spaces in order to accommodate varying group sizes and also has breakout cabins and rooms available for smaller groups. 

The Dancing Bear Event Center is a beautiful corporate event venue with cathedral ceilings, showcasing open wood beams, and a towering stone fireplace. The Event Center also offers high-speed WiFi with streaming capabilities, audio and video capabilities, as well as food and beverage offerings throughout the day to fuel your group in between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

The space opens up to a sprawling patio that overlooks the event lawn and breathtaking Pavilion, allowing ample space to break out into small groups, work through projects, and try out team building exercises. 


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Holiday Parties

Our property offers a lot of great activities, no matter the group size, for your next holiday gathering. Company dinner parties for Christmas, New Year's, or end-of-year celebrations at Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro allow you to 'wow' your colleagues, staff, family, and friends.  Your guests will enjoy award-winning dishes from the Appalachian Bistro, divine cocktails from Bar at the Bear, and a nightcap amidst the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains while roasting s’mores around the fire pit outside. 

Ideally suited for indoor private functions, our Event Hall offers your dinner party a modern and spacious room for a private holiday event. Featuring tall, arched ceilings, barn wood, and a breathtaking stone fireplace, there is no better space to set the mood for festivities or celebrations.

Alternately, your preference may be to celebrate the holiday in the great outdoors; our covered pavilion, with provided outdoor heaters, may be the perfect choice for your party. 

For smaller holiday gatherings, group or private dining options are readily available at the Appalachian Bistro.


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