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Knoxville News Sentinel: Why this East Tennessee bistro is among OpenTable’s list of the 100 most romantic restaurants

Knoxville News Sentinel: Why this East Tennessee bistro is among OpenTable’s list of the 100 most romantic restaurants

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro Earns Coveted Spot on OpenTable’s Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the USA

If you’re still struggling to decide where to take your special Valentine (or forgot that Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14 and need a last-minute spot), you’re in luck. One of America’s most romantic restaurants is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Read the Article at KnoxNews.com • February 7, 2024
Article by Devarrick Turner

OpenTable: Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in America for 2024

OpenTable: Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in America for 2024

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro Earns Coveted Spot on OpenTable’s Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the USA

Food is its own love language, but when it’s served in a cozy room or a candlelit booth? Guaranteed fireworks. OpenTable analyzed over 12 million diner reviews and metrics to find the restaurants that had diners swooning—these are the Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in the US.

Read the Article at OpenTable.com • January 31, 2024
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Garden & Gun: The Rules of Firepit Season

Garden & Gun: The Rules of Firepit Season

Etiquette, tips, and tricks—plus recipes for mulled wine, bourbon-spiked cider, roasted oysters, and the best s’mores ever.

In addition to Dancing Bear’s fire pit photograph being used as the article’s featured image, Houston Oldham of Dancing Bear shares his “pro tip: Never wear puffy jackets or nylon near the flame. It’ll melt your favorite jacket or shirt!

Read the Article at GardenAndGun.com • January 8, 2024
Article by CJ Lotz Diego

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Southern Living: How To Close A Wine Bottle Without A Cork, According To Experts

Southern Living: How To Close A Wine Bottle Without A Cork, According To Experts

Save your opened bottles of wine even if you don’t have a cork thanks to these tips from wine experts and sommeliers.

Michelle LaBorde, sommelier at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, Tennessee, uses bourbon corks to replace wine bottle corks that have been lost or broken. “The bourbon tops are almost always universally fit to both bourbon and wine bottles,” she explains.

Read the Tips at SouthernLiving.com • December 15, 2023
Photo by Caitlin Bensel
Article By Jill Schildhouse

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Jack Daniels Cranberry Relish Recipe Featured in Garden & Gun Magazine

Jack Daniels Cranberry Relish Recipe Featured in Garden & Gun Magazine

A Tennessee bistro adds a smoky kick of whiskey to this holiday essential

For over a decade, a Jack Daniels–infused cranberry relish has been a staple on the holiday menu at Dancing Bear Lodge, a rustic resort in the Tennessee Smokies whose bistro highlights Appalachian-inspired dishes. Executive chef Jeff Carter says it just made sense to incorporate a Tennessee whiskey into the recipe—to add a “subtle charred, smoky flavor” and to pay homage to their home state. “And because I enjoy sipping on good whiskey on occasion.”

Find the recipe at GardenAndGun.com • November 2023
Article by Emily Daily

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7 Coziest Cabins In The Smoky Mountains

7 Coziest Cabins In The Smoky Mountains

In my ongoing quest to visit all of the continental national parks, I’ve been researching cabin rentals near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles North Carolina and Tennessee.

Cozy cabins in the Smoky Mountains abound, from basic options to luxurious offerings. The national park gateway towns, such as Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, have plenty of cabin accommodations, while lodging in more remote locations allows for a truly serene and romantic getaway.

Check out these appealing cabins in the Smoky Mountains — one of which might be ideal for your next trip.

2. Dancing Bear Lodge

Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, Tennessee, is a 38-acre mountain retreat. Cabins have different layouts, amenities, and a number of bedrooms for all budgets. Each maintains a cozy aesthetic and offers modern amenities including hot tubs, Wi-Fi, and fireplaces.

While some cabins have kitchens, guests can also enjoy the onsite dining facilities, which include romantic Appalachian Bistro and casual Apple Valley Cafe. Most recently, the Hallmark Channel used Dancing Bear Lodge as a filming location for Love in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Read the full article at TravelAwaits.com • October 24, 2023
Article by Kara Williams

Travel Awaits

20 Delicious Dishes To Enjoy While Celebrating National Pasta Day

20 Delicious Dishes To Enjoy While Celebrating National Pasta Day

There’s so many ways to enjoy pasta. Some may enjoy a classic spaghetti and meatballs while others may prefer a cacio e pepe or vodka sauce, or going a little spicy with a fra diavolo.

However you like pasta, October 17 is a day to be noted. On National Pasta Day, this versatile dish is celebrated and restaurants nationwide have some pretty exciting dishes to honor the mighty noodle.

At Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, Tennessee, Executive Chef Jeff Carter serves Crispy Sweetbreads over Italian Apron Pasta that is prepared with Benton’s Bacon, preserved lemon, fried capers and Mossy Creek mushrooms.

Read the full article at Forbes.com • October 16, 2023

Forbes

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro awarded Best of the Best from TripAdvisor

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro awarded Best of the Best from TripAdvisor

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in Townsend was named in TripAdvisor’s 2023 list of top 25 fine dining restaurants in the United States and named traveler’s choice Best of the Best.

A release from owners Oldham Hospitality states traveler’s choice is based on reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor users over a 12-month period. Less than 1% of the 8 million listings on TripAdvisor are named Best of the Best.

Read the full article at TheDailyTimes.com • October 2023

The Daily Times

Our Pecan Pie Martini is the “Ultimate Fall Dessert Drink”

Our Pecan Pie Martini is the “Ultimate Fall Dessert Drink”

Townsend, Tennessee, is a charming, quiet town in the Smoky Mountains—a place well off the touristy paths of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. In this restorative setting, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro feels right at home. Boasting s’mores by the firepit and produce grown feet from the kitchen, the restaurant focuses on slowing down, digging in, and enjoying the beauty of the land.

Sommelier Michelle LaBorde tends not only to an exceptional wine list but to a cocktail menu with a half dozen signature drinks. She has a special touch with bourbon; you’ll find Southern peach tea variations and fantastic old-fashioneds at Dancing Bear.

To welcome the crisp fall air, she’s leaning sweeter this September. This bourbon dessert drink is ideal for lingering around the table post-dinner or, of course, sipping by the fire.

Find the recipe at GardenAndGun.com • September 2023
Article by Jenny Adams

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Travel Advisory: Head to Townsend for the Inaugural Appalachian Homecoming Event

Travel Advisory: Head to Townsend for the Inaugural Appalachian Homecoming Event

Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro to host regional culinary experts for a weekend of learning and fun

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about Townsend, Tenn., nestled at the foot of the Smokies and home to Cades Cove. It’s also the home of Company Distilling, where former Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett has been doing some very interesting stuff with new whiskeys. So I’ve been looking for an excuse to make the three-hour drive over to check it out. I think I’ve found it!…

Read the full article at NashvilleScene.com • June 2023
Article by Chris Chamberlain

Nashville Scene

Appalachian Homecoming: A Three-Day Celebration of Regional Cuisine

Appalachian Homecoming: A Three-Day Celebration of Regional Cuisine

The first weekend in August is set to be a feast for the senses as guest chefs and other leaders in the culinary industry gather in Townsend to celebrate what makes Appalachian cuisine so special. Centered around the 8th Annual Bacon at the Bear fundraiser, with proceeds going to New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, patrons can expect engaging conversations, live music, and curated cocktails, with plenty of bacon-centric dishes to enjoy…

Read the full article at CityLifestyle.com • June 2023
Article by Jennie Treadway-Miller. Photography by New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center

City Lifestyle

How to Convert Your Favorite Recipes for a Convection Oven

How to Convert Your Favorite Recipes for a Convection Oven

Convection vs. a conventional oven: What’s the difference? Experts weigh in on the heating technology that separates the two, how to convert your favorite recipes for a convection oven, and the foods that are—and aren’t—suited for convection cooking. Executive Chef Jeff Carter is one of the “experts” quoted in this article on MarthaStewart.com.

Read the article at MarthaStewart.com • July 2023
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Martha Stewart

How to Find Wedding Dance Floor Rentals Near You

How to Find Wedding Dance Floor Rentals Near You

There are so many nuts and bolts to planning a wedding—and until you start the process, it’s impossible to prepare yourself for the fine details. You’ll need to add ‘rent a dance floor’ to your list of to-do’s, which should be checked off when you book your venue. Typically, this means six months to a year before your wedding date. This proactive step is crucial, especially if you plan to have dancing as part of your celebration, according to Kristy Watlington, the wedding coordinator for Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro in Tennessee

Read the full article at TheKnot.com • June 2023
Article by Lindsay Tigar

The Knot

Forbes: 25 Perfect Cocktails To Enjoy For The Fourth Of July

Forbes: 25 Perfect Cocktails To Enjoy For The Fourth Of July

Southern Peach Tea

At Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, Tennessee, bar manager Michelle LaBorde created the ultimate peach cocktail to celebrate local products. The Southern Peach Tea is made with local Kings Distillery Peach Whiskey, sweet tea, Limoncello, lemon juice and mint. It’s a boozy and balanced update on everyone’s favorite summertime sipper.

Read the full article at Forbes.com • June 2023
Article by Aly Walansky

Forbes

Wine Spectator Honors Knoxville Restaurants

Wine Spectator Honors Knoxville Restaurants

Wine lovers in Knoxville have lots of options to get dinner with a good glass of vino. Wine Spectator, the premier magazine focused on wine and wine culture, recognized eight restaurants in the region in its 2023 Restaurant Awards.

The awards, which will be featured in the magazine’s July 11 issue, honored 3,505 establishments across all 50 U.S. states and 70 countries for the depth of their wine selections, as well as how their selections pair with their cuisine and atmosphere to offer a holistic dining experience…

Read the full article at KnoxNews.com • June 2023
Article by Daniel Dassow

Knox News

Chef Carter’s Sea Scallop Recipe Shared in Okra Magazine

Chef Carter’s Sea Scallop Recipe Shared in Okra Magazine

Refined, vet approachable cuisine is the specialty at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in Townsend TN Chef Jeff Carter’s innovative approach to the menu is a product of his deep understanding of the history and evolution of the region’s unique culinary culture as well as his emphasis on relationships with local farmers and his ongoing collaboration with the bistro’s resident farmer of the on-site gardens and hydroponic farm. Carter’s concentration on ingredients starting as seeds until they are harvested and ready to serve allows him to execute exciting dishes that showcase the best ingredients available during each growing season. Chef Carter’s excitement over the garden is contagious.

Read the full article at Okra Magazine • Summer 2023
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Okra Magazine

Sam Bush Band at the Dancing Bear Lodge

Sam Bush Band at the Dancing Bear Lodge

The first weekend in August is set to be a feast for the senses as guest chefs and other leaders in the culinary industry gather in Townsend to celebrate what makes Appalachian cuisine so special. Centered around the 8th Annual Bacon at the Bear fundraiser, with proceeds going to New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, patrons can expect engaging conversations, live music, and curated cocktails, with plenty of bacon-centric dishes to enjoy…

Read the full article at BluegrassToday.com • May 2, 2023
Article by Lee Zimmerman. Photography by Bryan Bolea

Bluegrass Today

Finger-Licking Good: 7 Best Restaurants in Townsend, Tennessee

Finger-Licking Good: 7 Best Restaurants in Townsend, Tennessee

Calling all foodies! If you appreciate trying local cuisine while vacationing, you’ll love what the quaint town of Townsend, Tennessee, offers. With a population of fewer than 1,000 people, the culinary scene is out of this world. Nestled next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, here are the seven best restaurants in Townsend, the peaceful side of the Smokies…

Read the full article at The Happiness Function • April 2023
Article by Ashlee Fechino • Image Credit: The Happiness Function

The Happiness Function

Chef Jeff Carter Quoted in Southern Living: “How to Separate Egg Whites”

Chef Jeff Carter Quoted in Southern Living: “How to Separate Egg Whites”

Separating egg white from the yolk is a skill required for some of the South’s favorite foods: Airy angel food cakes, delicate meringues, and celebratory eggs Benedict and hollandaise require home cooks to know how to separate egg yolks from egg whites—which is why so many steer away from them when it comes time to plan a menu…

Read the full article at SouthernLiving.com • April 2023
Article by Taylor Tobin • Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Paula Deen Magazine: A Tour of Townsend, Tennessee

Paula Deen Magazine: A Tour of Townsend, Tennessee

True peace and tranquility—and even a great deal of adventure—can be found when you’re in the mountains. That’s exactly what the cozy and welcoming mountaintop community of Townsend, Tennessee, offers travelers year-round. Settled about an hour’s drive south of Knoxville, Tennessee, and just a stone’s throw from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s an idyllic getaway for those craving a change of pace and relief from the hustle and bustle of day-to- day life. But don’t be mistaken—there’s plenty more to this place than its abundance of beautiful vistas and good ole Southern charm…

Read the article at PaulaDeenMagazine.com • April 2023

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Sweeping, Stunning Smokies

Sweeping, Stunning Smokies

This famous mountain range has dense forest, cozy cabins and vivid action.

Home to some of the mightiest mountains in the nation, oldest rivers on Earth and most staggeringly scenic drives on the road, the Great Smoky Mountains that straddle the Tennessee-North Carolina state line are a bucket list destination of pure Americana, natural beauty and family-friendly fun. Not only does this Appalachian wonderland boast the most visited national park in the United States, flush with hiking trails and sweeping vistas, it’s got charming cities such as Asheville and Pigeon Forge along with cozy boutique lodges, campgrounds, farm-fresh restaurants and more breweries per capita than almost anywhere else in the country. Oh, and there’s also a little place called Dollywood. When you hear the call of the wild (and the theme parks), here’s where to go in and around the Great Smokies…

Read the full article at 405 Magazine • March 31, 2023
Article by Matt Kirouac. Photography by Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

405 Magazine

Smoked Trout Cakes

Smoked Trout Cakes

Many Southerners can trace ancestries from the mountains to the shore all under the Mason-Dixon line, and we have a special knack for embracing both newly sprouted and deeply rooted culinary lineages. In this dish, executive chef Jeff Carter of Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, Tennessee, brings the sunny Gulf Coast, where he was born and raised, and the highlands of Appalachia, where he practices his craft, to the table…

Read the article at GardenAndGun.com • March 30, 2023

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Green Goddess: A Springy Dressing for Your Herb Bounty

Green Goddess: A Springy Dressing for Your Herb Bounty

Spring has sprung, and so have the herbs spilling over box gardens, stretching towards the sun on windowsills, or laid out in droves at your local farmers’ market. Give them the spotlight they deserve in this lively version of the popular dressing, created by executive chef Jeff Carter of Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, Tennessee…

Read the article at GardenAndGun.com • March 29, 2023

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Dancing Bear’s Appalachian cuisine touted in Conde Naste Traveler

Dancing Bear’s Appalachian cuisine touted in Conde Naste Traveler

A Guide to the Gateway Towns of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From quirky Pigeon Forge to peaceful Townsend, these towns provide easy access to the park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches over 500,000 acres across Tennessee and North Carolina, and is known for its wildlife and historic homesteads. It’s the most visited national park in the country (yes, beating Yellowstone), with 12 million visitors in the last year alone.

With six park entrances to choose from, it’s important to base yourself near the sites you most want to see. Each gateway town has its own personality, but most don’t get as much press as well-known Gatlinburg. Here, we break down what each of the six towns has to offer to help you decide where to stay for your Smokies getaway…

Read the article at CNTraveler.com • December 2021
PHOTO: MATTHEW LOVETTE

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The Best Dog-Friendly National Parks for Leaf Season

The Best Dog-Friendly National Parks for Leaf Season

Fall is in the air at our national parks, and as the temperature begins to dip, the leaves begin to pop with hues of orange, red, yellow and purple. Of course, autumn likely means more time outside for Fido, too. At these dog-friendly national parks, there’s no better time of year to visit with your pooch. Keep in mind that with fall foliage comes large crowds, so be sure to allow adequate time, check permit requirements, or try visiting on a weekday.

Read the article at BringFido.com • September 2021
PHOTO: LAUREN BARKER

Bring Fido

The Best Places to Get a Drink in the Smokies

The Best Places to Get a Drink in the Smokies

You might be asking yourself, “What are the best places to get a drink near me?” Don’t fret, because we’ve put together a list of the best places in the Smokies to enjoy a glass of wine, a pint of beer, a specialty cocktail and more. Check out our list so you get the most out of your Pigeon Forge vacation.

Not only does the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro have amazing farm-to-table food, they also serve an assortment of beverages. Enjoy a cocktail or beer on the patio amidst the calming wooded vistas. After ordering a drink, you can warm up by the fire pit while making s’mores and take in the breathtaking nature all around.

Read the article at PigeonForge.com • September 2021

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Places to Eat in 2021 in Tennessee

Places to Eat in 2021 in Tennessee

The culinary scene in Tennessee receives a lot of attention from the national food media, and deservedly so. That’s due, in part, to the many tantalizing ingredients and cultural traditions that come together to create Tennessee’s shared food history. Read on to see how some of the best chefs in the state rely on influences of place and time for the dishes they serve at their unique restaurants.

Read the article at TNVacation.com • February 2021

The Soundtrack of America Made in Tennessee

One Of Tennessee’s Most Beautiful Hotels Is Hiding Inside A National Park

One Of Tennessee’s Most Beautiful Hotels Is Hiding Inside A National Park

Tennessee is known for its gorgeous natural vistas and beautiful hiking trails, crystal clear lakes, and rushing rivers. No matter how perfect the Volunteer State may be as a natural wonderland, we need a bit of comfort when the night draws near and bedtime gets close. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is perfect for daytime adventuring, and we found the perfect hotel near the Smoky Mountains for you to lay your head at night. Care to take a look?

Read the article at OnlyInYourState.com • January 2021
Article by Meghan Kraft

Only In Your State

Dancing Bear Lodge to host fifth annual Bicycle Bash

Dancing Bear Lodge to host fifth annual Bicycle Bash

Dancing Bear Lodge and the Blount Partnership will host the fifth annual fall Bicycle Bash on Sept. 19 starting at 9 a.m. Riders can choose between a 27-mile, 37-mile or 59-mile course starting at 7140 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend. Proceeds from the event will go to Bike Elf, a nonprofit that donates bikes to disadvantaged children.

Read the article at TheDailyTimes.com • September 15, 2020

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2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

Dancing Bear Lodge Recognized as part of the top 10% of hotels worldwide. Based on Outstanding 2019 Traveler Reviews. Dancing Bear Lodge today announced it has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner! Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveler feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.

Read the Press Release • August 4, 2020

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8 Romantic Getaways in the United States

8 Romantic Getaways in the United States

Romance can be expressed anywhere, sure, but what’s more romantic than getting away for a while with just you and your loved one? Spanning resorts, boutique hotels, and historic inns throughout the US, the destinations listed here are perfect for the passionate retreats of new lovers, honeymooners, and married couples alike.

See the list at EZVid.com • July 1, 2020

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25 Most Stunning Mountain Towns in America

Reader’s Digest – November 2019


The Phil Show: July 25th, 2019

WOKI Newstalk 98.7


CHEF SHELLEY COOPER ON APPALACHIAN FOODS, FRED SAUCEMAN REMEMBERING ST. JOHN’S MILL OF WATAUGA, TN, & MILE HIGH BALOGNA PIE WITH MARY “DEE DEE’ CONSTANTINE

Tennessee Farm Table: Season 6. Episode 18


Ambrosia Salad

Gun & Garden – May 2019


The Phil Show: NewsTalk 98.7 WOKI

WOKI Newstalk 98.7


Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro – Cline Cellars Dinner

Knox Foodie – April 2019


Townsend, TN: A Smoky Mountain Getaway

Wander-Filled Life – March 2019


East Tennessee eatery lands on TripAdvisor’s Most Romantic Restaurants in America list

Knox News – February 2019


Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro one of “25 Most Romantic Restaurants of 2019”

The Daily Times – February 2019


Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro Named one of America’s ’25 Most Romantic Restaurants’ by TripAdvisor

Blount Partnership – February 2019


25 Of The Most Romantic Restaurants In America, According To TripAdvisor

BuzzFeed – February 2019


Appalachian Bistro: Chef Shelley Interview

February 2019


These Are the 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, According to TripAdvisor

Food and Wine – January 2019


America’s 25 Most Romantic Restaurants, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Food News Feed – January 2019


These Are the 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, According to TripAdvisor

Yahoo – January 2019


TripAdvisor Unveils the Most Romantic Restaurants in America for Valentine’s Day 2019

TripAdvisor – January 2019


Townsend ‘dodged a bullet’

The Daily Times – January 2019


Government shutdown affects operations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Daily Times – January 2019


Knox-Area Weekend Guide

GreatLifeRE.com – January 2019


Garden to Table In The Foothills

CityView – December 2018


21 Best Tennessee Resorts

VacationIdea.com | Dream Vacation Magazine


Christmas Spirits: Seasonal Drink

CityView magazine – November 2018


Manning helps celebrate Best of Blount

The Daily Times – November 2018


Eat, Sleep, Play: Townsend, Tennessee

Blue Ridge Outdoors – October 2018


America’s Most Satisfying Salad

The Wall Street Journal – September 2018


Smoky Mountain Majesty: Season 2, Episode 3

Cooking Channel – August 2018


One Of Tennessee’s Most Beautiful Hotels Is Hiding Inside A National Park

Only In Your State – June 2018


The History Behind the Tennessee Whiskey in Your Glass

TNVacation.com – April 2018


Dancing Bear = A Hidden Restaurant Gem

Patrick Cooper – April 2018


Travel Channel’s ‘Food Paradise’ to feature Townsend’s Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

Knox News – November 2017


Like Tesla visits Dancing Bear Lodge and Tesla Charging Station

Like Tesla – October 2017


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

Club & Resort Business – October 2017


Southern Fare meets the Appalachians

DeSoto Magazine – October 2017 (pages 36-38)


Bicycle Bash returns to Townsend

The Daily Times – July 2017


Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro nets TripAdvisor award

The Daily Times – July 2017


Enjoy Bacon at the Bear; This culinary good time supports New Hope

The Daily Times – June 2017


The Travel Channel goes dancing in Smoky bear paradise

The Daily Times – June 2017


Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro to be featured in The Travel Channel’s ‘Food Paradise’

The Daily Times – June 2017


Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes is 2017 James Beard Foundation Media Award Winner

Eater – April 2017


Dancing Bear Lodge, destroyed in 2013 fire, gets $3.5 million in renovations

Knoxville News Sentinel – April 2017


The South’s 38 Essential Restaurants

Eater – March 2017


Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro – 2017 Spectrum Award Winner

City Beat News – January 2017


Townsend celebrates winter with Smoky Mountain Snowdown

WATE 6 Knoxville – January 2017


Shake those winter blues: Snowdown, heritage festival return to Townsend

The Daily Times – January 2017


Smoky Mountain inns are similar, but have their own flavor

Times Free Press – October 2016


This New Southern Food & Wine Festival is on a GRAND Scale!

StyleBlueprint – September 2016


Festival Fix: The Dancing Bear Music & Food Festival

Knoxville Music Warehouse – July 2016


DARRELL AND THE DANCING BEAR: Singer-songwriter brings a few musical observations to weekend festival in Townsend

The Daily Times – July 2016


Dancing Bear Bistro: Garden-to-table cuisine in a rustic setting

Cityviewmag.com – July/August 2016


Festival Fix: Rain Couldn’t Stop Sweethearts Of The Smokies

KMW Music Blog – June 2016


Sweethearts of the Smokies Music Festival

WBIR – June 2016


‘Sweethearts’ festival kicks off new phase of Dancing Bear amenities

The Daily Times Maryville – June 2016


Virginia Dare Wine Dinner (Francis Coppola)

Knox Foodie – May 2016


Mountain Getaways: Dancing Bear Lodge & Event Center

WBIR – February 2016


Chef Shelley Interviewed on The Phil Show

WOKI Newstalk 98.7 – November 2015


Drinking in Appalachia Means More than Moonshine

Saveur Magazine – November 2015


Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash returns to Townsend

The Daily Times Maryville – September 2015


Appalachian Bistro tells a “story behind every dish”

The Daily Times Maryville – August 2015


Appalachian Bistro set to open this month

The Daily Times Maryville – August 2015