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OpenTable: Top 100 Brunch Restaurants in America 2024

OpenTable: Top 100 Brunch Restaurants in America 2024

When it comes to Mother’s Day, many people can’t wait to celebrate—cue the brunch bookings. To help make your celebration extra special, OpenTable has scanned diner metrics and over 14 million diner reviews to narrow down the restaurants where people rave about...

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Michelle LaBorde Featured Bar Director on Bartender.com

Michelle LaBorde Featured Bar Director on Bartender.com

Michelle LaBorde is Sommelier and Bar Director at Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, TN. Recently, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro was named among the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the US by Tripadvisor, in part due to Michelle's incredible...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Executive Chef Jeff Carter Featured in Smoky Mountain Living

Executive Chef Jeff Carter Featured in Smoky Mountain Living

ȷeff Carter, executive chef at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, Tennessee, combines old world techniques with locally sourced ingredients to deliver modern Appalachian cuisine that is refined...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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From Alabama to Appalachia With This Well-Seasoned Star

From Alabama to Appalachia With This Well-Seasoned Star

With over 60 of our most delicious recipes and tips, this brand-new issue of Southern Cast Iron is full of comforting, seasonal flavors we all crave come late summer and early fall. This September/October issue of Southern Cast Iron is your go-to guide to getting the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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