Whether you are planning a team-building retreat, a leadership workshop, a corporate dinner or luncheon, or an incentive trip for your top performers, Dancing Bear Event Center & Lodge in Townsend, Tennessee, a short drive from Chattanooga, offers your attendees a look at the Peaceful Side of the Smokies they will remember for years to come. Time spent getting to know the other attendees, focusing on the task at hand, in our secluded meeting space away from the hustle & bustle of daily life, and seeking adventures that only the Smoky Mountains offer all contribute to the unique experiences available at Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, Tennessee.
The Dancing Bear property boasts a variety of meeting spaces in order to accommodate varying group sizes and also has break out cabins and rooms available for smaller groups. We are best for organizations with 60 or fewer attendees in the classic classroom-style setting.
The Dancing Bear Event Center, built in 2015, is a beautiful corporate event venue that has cathedral ceilings with open wood beams and a towering stone fireplace, and accommodates up to 85 people for seated and plated dining. With the rental of our adjacent restaurant, we can accommodate up to 150 guests with a buffet or plated dinner, while our lovely cocktail space holds up to 125 guests.
Weather permitting, the space opens up to a sprawling patio, overlooking the event lawn and breathtaking Pavilion. With the assistance of tents and use of our outdoor lawn and deck, we can accommodate up to 250 guests for a larger corporate celebration. We also have a fire pit that’s perfect for roasting s’mores, while bonding under the stars.
Full A/V support is available for corporate events and Chattanooga company retreats.
The cuisine at Dancing Bear Lodge truly sets us apart from other event venues. Our culinary team, under the direction of Chef Shelley D. 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, conveniently located for company retreats.
Our 38-acre Smoky Mountain resort property has 21 rustic comfort 1 & 2 bedroom accommodations which offer a maximum capacity of 25 separate bedrooms and baths. We have 2 miles of trails on the property as well.
Amenities include digital flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, in-room Apple Valley locally roasted coffee, and a breakfast of house-made granola, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and juice. Many of the accommodations offer a fireplace, whirlpool tub, hot tub, deck and/or kitchen.
There are a variety of team-building activities at our back door thanks to Mother Nature and our Southeast Tennessee hotel’s close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These include guided hiking and fishing, bicycling, tubing, zip-lining, golfing, horseback riding, clay shooting, and narrated motorcoach tours of the National Park. There is also a ropes course nearby. We are happy to assist in coordinating a team activity for your event based on your preference.
Dancing Bear has partnered with Smoky Mountain Guides for on and off site activities, offering corporate team building classes and workshops. Some groups may not require led group activities but for those who do, you may reach out directly or our staff is happy to assist.
For ideas to further enhance your team-building experience, take a look at these great ideas from Adventure Associates or read about six fun activities for your next corporate retreat!