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The Smokehouse: An Appalachian Tradition

Posted in All News, Bistro on Jun 12, 2018

We’ve added an old-fashioned Smokehouse to add a delicious smoky flavor to dishes on the menu like Chef Shelley’s pork osso bucco, whole duck, salmon, and pork shoulder. You’ve gotta have dinner at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro just to taste it for yourself!

dancing bear appalachian smokehouseIt took Jean-Paul Borrouso about 10 days to build the Smokehouse for us out of a combination of cinder blocks and black walnut recycled from when we added the new villas last year, along with cedar shingles from Anderson Lumber of Maryville, steel cooking grates made locally by Keith Shepherd, and concrete, rebar, hardware, and trimming ...

5 Summer Things To Do In The Smokies

Posted in Activities, All News on Jun 05, 2018

The first day of summer is right around the corner, so we thought we’d highlight some of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains this summer.


Experience Cades Cove by bike! The 11-mile loop road is closed to motor vehicles until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning through September to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove. Bring your own bike, or you can rent a bike at the Cades Cove Campground Store. Visit the campground store’s website at http://cadescovetrading.com/bikes/ for additional information. Biking is an awesome way to experience Cade...

Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

Posted in Activities, All News on Apr 12, 2018

There are miles of hiking trails to explore around Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, TN. Here are the top 3 hikes the owners recommend for their guests at Dancing Bear:

  1. Dancing Bear Lodge hiking Spruce FlatsSpruce Flat Falls – 2 miles round-trip, beginning at Tremont Institute. Moderate terrain – can be combined with a 16-mile round-trip bike ride to Tremont for a “biathlon”… and then a dip in the Little River for a tri-fun-a-thon! This is one of the most fun trails as it ends in a climbable waterfall. It takes about 20 minutes to get here by car and the total round-trip time for the hike and falls is about 2 hours. To complete th...

Spring Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Posted in Activities, All News on Feb 21, 2018

Spring is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time to plan a Spring Break getaway! Whether you’re planning an adventure with the family, a group of friends, or an intimate getaway for two, there is no lack of exciting outdoor spring activities in and around the Great Smoky Mountains! Dancing Bear Lodge is your Smoky Mountain basecamp, which means you will have access to our property’s trails that stretch for 2 miles, perfect for a quiet stroll, a picnic, or a hike.

When you venture out to explore the surrounding area, make sure to schedule time to soak up the most iconic part of spring in...

Outdoor Winter Activities in the Smokies

Posted in Activities, All News on Dec 29, 2017

Whether you are planning a day trip or a weekend getaway this season, there are always great outdoor winter activities in the Smokies! Since Dancing Bear Lodge is your Smoky Mountain basecamp, you will have access to our property’s hiking/walking trails, which stretch for 2 miles across the entire property.

If you want to explore the surrounding area, here are some great options to check out during your stay:

  1. Cades Cove. Known to be the Smoky Mountain’s most popular destination, Cades Cove is beautiful any season you visit. During winter, it is especially peaceful and a great place to take a...

Crab-Stuffed Mountain Trout with Preserved Lemon, Corn and Lobster Succotash

Posted in All News, Bistro, Recipes on Nov 06, 2017

Bring water to a boil in a medium-size pot. Add the whole lemons and cook for 5 minutes. Discard water. Cut lemon into paper-thin slices. Bring vinegar, salt, sugar and pickling spice to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Transfer lemons and all liquids to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate. In a large sauté pan, melt bacon grease. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add corn, black-eyed peas, lobster and peppers, and cook over high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add Pernod, salt and pepper.

Travel Channel Features The Bistro on Food Paradise

Posted in All News, Bistro on Oct 26, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the official air date of the Travel Channel’s upcoming episode of Food Paradise, featuring Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro. The episode, “Hotel Hot Spots” will premiere on Sunday, November 5th at 8:00 pm EST on DIRECTV Channel 277, DISH Channel 196, and Comcast HD Channel 1488 & non-HD Channel 61.

Based on the restaurant’s rave reviews, the Travel Channel contacted Dancing Bear several months ago about featuring The Bistro in their hit series which focuses on, “must-see food spots across the country that offer unique dining experiences.” On June 2nd, they ar...

Smoky Mountain Camping Trip

Posted in All News, Stories of the Smokies on Oct 03, 2017

“My daughter recently graduated high school as valedictorian of her class. To celebrate, she wanted to go on a camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We had a great 4 day weekend of camping and hiking in the park. It was a wonderful trip that we will never forget.”
– David Coggins

Smoky Mountain camping

Congratulations to our winner, David Coggins, who was randomly chosen to win a weeknight stay for submitting his favorite Smoky Mountain memory! And thank you to all who submitted and shared your “Stories of the Smokies”!

Book your getaway today to create your own Smoky Mountain memories worth shari...

Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

Posted in Activities, All News on Sep 26, 2017

Autumn is finally here, and there is no place more beautiful to view the fall foliage than in the Smoky Mountains! But, how do you know the best time to travel and experience these fiery changes in hue? Thanks to SmokyMountains.com, you no longer have to guess when Mother Nature will reveal fall’s vibrant colors.

To stay ahead of the foliage frenzy, they’ve unveiled an interactive map for travelers to help predict the best places to visit in order to see the biggest burts, and when these colorful bursts will be at their peak. Obviously, there is no better place to experience the changing color...

My Wedding Day at Dancing Bear Lodge

Posted in All News, Stories of the Smokies on Sep 20, 2017

“A favorite memory of mine in the Smokies, and at Dancing Bear Lodge in particular, is my wedding day. My husband and I exchanged vows and celebrated our love at this beautiful venue on May 20th, 2017. It was truly the best day of our lives! Guests were raving of the amazing staff, food and all around experience they had at Dancing Bear. It’s my favorite destination in the Smokies! Now, it will forever hold a special place in our hearts.”
– Kaitlyn Parrish

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