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Chattanooga Magazine - Grains & Grits Festival Plans to Elevate Culinary Experience

Posted in Activities, All News, Bistro, Events on Oct 26, 2018

“The chefs participating in this year’s festival are passionate about the whiskey, our region and the culture and their cuisine will be representative of this,” said Cooper. “Whiskey is great for drinking, but the chefs will show how whiskey has broader applications and can also be used for cooking.” Shelley Cooper, Executive Chef of the Appalachian Bistro, is featured in an article titled "Grains & Grits Festival Plans to Elevate Culinary Experience" for Chattanooga Magazine. Here is an excerpt from the Oct. 2018 article sharing the festival's new additions and culinary elevation: Executive Chef Shelley Cooper, a participant in the Grains & Grits Festival since its inception, is leading this year’s culinary component of the event. She finds that showcasing the ability of chefs in the region provides a new perspective.

Book Your Midweek Knoxville Romantic Getaway to the Smokies in September and Save

Posted in Activities, All News on Aug 29, 2018

With school starting back across the region, it’s no secret that the pace of things slows down here in Townsend and the Smokies during the weekdays. That includes activity here at Dancing Bear Lodge and other Tennessee resorts. It’s also one of the reasons why it may be exactly the perfect time for couples from Knoxville and afar to come and stay with us!

When you take advantage of the “Stay and Save Deal”* for a limited time, you can book a 3-night getaway to Dancing Bear and stay Sunday night for only $99*! This is the perfect opportunity to plan an adventure to The Smokies and create memori...

3 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Getaway for Nashville Couples

Posted in Activities, All News on Jul 17, 2018

Have you ever wanted to surprise your significant other with a spontaneous trip to a romantic destination? Maybe leave a note to greet them when they wake, starting their day with a message like, “Pack a bag and be ready to leave when I get home…”? Hinting that you’re going to take someone special on a mysterious journey definitely gets their mind racing anticipating possibilities. It’s even more exciting when you don’t wait until the weekend to surprise them. 

There are lots of last-minute getaway ideas for Nashville couples. Here are a few suggestions for what to do:

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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...

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...

10 Things to Do in Cades Cove TN

Posted in Activities, All News on Aug 14, 2017

It’s safe to say that Cades Cove is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on the planet. It’s only natural that people want to visit and take it all in, but what is there to do in Cades Cove, Tennessee?

Whether you’re visiting for vacation time with the family or to see a loved one get married, Dancing Bear has a list of 10 Things to Do in Cades Cove TN while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Take the Auto Tour of Cades Cove Loop Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The 11-mile, one-way road offers opportunities to view lush, rolling greens, stunning mountains, wildflower meadows, and wildlife including ...

Smoky Mountain Bicycling Suggestions

Posted in Activities, All News on Feb 23, 2017

There are excellent places for bicycling all around Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, TN. The primary form of bicycling is road biking. While there are some mountain biking options, they are all on private land, as the National Park does not allow mountain bikes on any of the trails inside the park. So for the purposes of this post, we will concentrate on road biking.Smoky Mountain biking

There is a great bike shop only 15 minutes from Dancing Bear, called Cycology. It has great gear, a full service maintenance department, and even a craft beer counter. If you forgot anything, need something fixed, or just want to b...

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