Plan Your Smoky Mountain Company Retreat At Dancing Bear near Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.
Company retreats present a rare opportunity for groups to come together in person for work and relaxation. Colleagues who normally see each other between 9 am and 5 pm get a chance to organically learn more about each other’s personalities in fun settings and begin to better understand one another in a different light. Additionally, the opportunity for fresh ideas, growth, and staff input can be better tapped when you pause the stress of completing daily tasks and think big-picture.
So why not plan your next company retreat with us at Dancing Bear Lodge? Our incredible facilities are located in Townsend, Tennessee near Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee, making us easily accessible.
In addition to gorgeous lodging, fine dining, and spaces perfect for meetings, conferences, and more, we also offer access to a slew of team building experiences. Team building activities give colleagues a chance to get to know each other and bond in a new way, while also helping to instill skills that help teams work more cohesively and efficiently in general. Learning new skills, strategic planning, and improved company morale make company retreats a great way to bring your team together. You can return to the office refreshed, with new perspectives that will help increase productivity and workflow.
Dancing Bear Lodge has working partnerships with Smoky Mountain Guides and Adventure Associates for unique training and team building activities both on- and off-site.
“The Bear Dance”
“The Bear Dance”, painted by William Holbrook Beard, is also known as “The Wall Street Jubilee”. The artist was known for his satirical work, many featuring animals portraying human behavior.
The piece was painted in 1895, as a nod to the new Stock Exchange in New York City, and hung in a gentleman’s club in downtown Manhattan. The painting's theme demonstrates the “Bears of Wall Street, celebrating a successful day of business” but the extraordinary popularity, however, is due almost entirely to an audience of children, who are delighted by the dancing bears who, like children, are free from the concerns of the world.
"We choose Dancing Bear Lodge year after year for our corporate retreats because they truly go above and beyond to give us a “home away from home” experience. The cozy accommodations, phenomenal food, and amazing mountain views is perfect for our needs. The entire staff is friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, and has gone above and beyond to meet our needs. We would highly recommend them for a corporate outing or a charming weekend away."
-Jan Beasley, PetSafe
Need to host a private event? Our Event Hall, Pavilion, and Appalachian Bistro provide your group with beautiful, spacious facilities for fun and fellowship near Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.
The cuisine at Dancing Bear Lodge truly sets us apart from other event venues. Our culinary team, under the direction of Chef Shelley Cooper, offers an Appalachian menu steeped in traditional and regional flavors. Fresh ingredients from our garden and the local area often make their way into the fabulous fare.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, with breaks and full bar service, are available in a private setting amidst the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.
The Dancing Bear property boasts a variety of meeting spaces in order to accommodate varying group sizes and also has breakout cabins and rooms available for smaller groups during your leadership workshop.
The Dancing Bear Event Center is a beautiful corporate event venue with cathedral ceilings, showcasing open wood beams, and a towering stone fireplace. The Event Center also offers high-speed WiFi with streaming capabilities, audio and video capabilities, as well as food and beverage offerings throughout the day to fuel your group in between breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The space opens up to a sprawling patio that overlooks the event lawn and breathtaking Pavilion, allowing ample space to break out into small groups, work through projects, and try out team building exercises.
"Beautiful location, great accommodations, delectable and innovative food, unmatched service. A great environment to focus and build your team."
-Joe Gipson, Cisco Inc.
Our property offers a wide variety of great activities, no matter the group size, for your next holiday gathering.
Company dinner parties for Christmas, New Year's, or end-of-year celebrations at Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro allow you to 'wow' your colleagues, staff, family, and friends. Your guests will enjoy award-winning dishes from the Appalachian Bistro, divine cocktails from Bar at the Bear, and a nightcap amidst the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains while roasting s’mores around the fire pit outside.
Ideally suited for indoor private functions, our Event Hall offers your dinner party a modern and spacious room for a private holiday event. Featuring tall, arched ceilings, barn wood, and a breathtaking stone fireplace, there is no better space to set the mood for festivities or celebrations.
Alternately, your preference may be to celebrate the holiday in the great outdoors; our covered pavilion, with provided outdoor heaters, may be the perfect choice for your party.
For smaller holiday gatherings, group or private dining options are readily available at the Appalachian Bistro.