Award-Winning Cuisine

Rustic Lodging

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2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

Featured on the Travel Channel's Food Paradise TV Series

One Of The South's 38 Essential Restaurants

One Of America's Most Romantic Restaurants

"Excellent" Rating — Garden To Table In The Foothills


An Award Winning Townsend TN Hotel and Restaurant

Come experience relaxation and beauty at Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro, located on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, just minutes from Cades Cove, one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our Townsend TN Hotel is on a 38 acre property and features 26 charming and rustic accommodations, an award-winning restaurant serving Appalachian Cuisine and the area’s most unique and picturesque event space for weddings and private events.

“Dancing Bear Lodge is home to the Appalachian Bistro, where comfort food classics paired with the breathtaking beauty all around will make you want to sit a spell and soak it all in,” as featured on the Travel Channel’s hit series Food Paradise: Hotel Hot Spots.

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Upcoming Events

5th Birthday Celebration Dinner & Concert

5th Birthday Celebration Dinner & Concert

September 3, 2020

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is celebrating its 5th Birthday and our newly expanded Bar Space!

To help us celebrate, we’re bringing in the Futurebirds, a group Rolling Stone Magazine has called “rapidly rising indie darlings in the rock and Americana scenes.”

Bacon at the Bear

Bacon at the Bear

August 1st, 2020

Join us Saturday for the legendary ‘Bacon at the Bear’, featuring twelve of the best regional chefs cooking their own personal dishes to benefit New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. Enjoy thirteen culinary stations, each incorporating
Benton’s Bacon
and a common theme steeped in the roots of Appalachia.

Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival

Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival

August 15th, 2020

4th Annual Great Smoky Mountain Balloon Festival

Elevated Experience Day Package: Guests of the GSM Hot Air Balloon Festival who opt for the Elevated Experience can expect to enjoy a Tethered Ride Ticket, VIP Parking Pass, Draft Beer tickets, VIP Catered lunch from Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, and a commemorative t-shirt.

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Refined Appalachian Cuisine: A Movement

Smoky Mountain Gifts

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The Peaceful Side of the Smokies

“I can't say enough about this resort! Not only are ALL the staff super friendly but the cabin we stayed in was spotless and smelled of fresh wood... I will be booking here again. With the friendly staff and so much to do in the area you can not miss this truly amazing experience. THANK YOU DANCING BEAR LODGE!!”
- Expedia Review

“Wow... what a gem, so out of character, finding this in the middle of the mountains. Beautiful venue and grounds. Excellent service and unquestionably unique cuisine.”
- Kevin via Facebook

“Just a short 2-hour drive from Chattanooga, this property has the rustic warmth of a simpler time AND all of the amenities of a modern getaway: sumptuous bedding, wood-burning fireplaces, comfortable lounging, porch swings and rocking chairs, hiking trails, the mercantile with mountain crafts, antique shops within minutes, and beauty all around!”
- TripAdvisor Review