Plans To Rebuild

Perhaps you read it in the newspapers or saw it on television: We have realized our big plans for Dancing Bear.

But first, let’s go back to November 14, 2013, the day the Lodge burned, destroying 12 guest rooms, a restaurant, its kitchen, and the offices. Dancing Bear began to rise again from the ashes of that day when we purchased the property last fall with the intent to make it even better than before the blaze.

We started right away with what we could do, restoring wireless Internet and other amenities to the cabins. We were excited by all of the positive feedback, but we were far from done.

We started 2015 with a Groundbreaking Ceremony to launch Phase 1 of a reconstruction project. In August 2015, we completed turning Hemlock Hall (our old event facility) into a new restaurant, the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro.

Next to the restaurant, we’ve built a new Lodge Event Center for hosting special gatherings, along with a Lawn outside for weddings and performances, a beautiful fountain and a fire pit where we know you’ll spend many evenings keeping toasty. This area is a lovely spot for outdoor weddings, concerts, reunions and events connected to our new restaurant and Lodge Event Center.

The final part of Phase 1 involved building a couple of new cabins to join what we already have to accommodate you. Chester Richardson Construction was busy on the project, designed by architect Andy Morton and interior designer Cris Angsten.

In February 2015, we purchased the Apple Valley Country Stores and Cafe so we can make updates to this iconic retail area on US 321. So many people stop in Apple Valley while staying in our cabins, and it just made sense to incorporate it into your Dancing Bear experience. The Apple Valley Cafe can take care of your daytime hour dining needs.

We have renovated the Gregory Bald and Chimney Top cabins to become 2 Bedroom/2 Bath accommodations.

Please stop by the Dancing Bear office at Apple Valley Country Stores to say hello. We are now booking events for this fall, so don’t wait to contact us if you have a particular date in mind.

If you have any questions or want to make a reservation, please call 800-369-0111 extension 1 and either Amie, Colleen or Christi can help you. Or, if you prefer, it might be easiest to e-mail us at [email protected].

We know that Dancing Bear has been very special to the community and to the guests who have stayed here for many years. We know you are going to love the new structures we’ve built, and we hope they come to be as meaningful to you and yours as the Lodge was before this new chapter began.

– Mark and Sharon Oldham