Are you planning a professional workshop, team-building retreat, corporate dinner or luncheon, or an incentive trip for your highest performers? Dancing Bear Event Center & Lodge right outside of Knoxville, Tennessee is the perfect location. Nestled on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, this event venue provides the perfect backdrop for attendees to get to know each other, focus on goals in our private meeting spaces, and chase the caliber of adventures that can only be experienced in the scenic Smoky Mountains.
Constructed in 2015, the Dancing Bear Event Center is a gorgeous corporate event venue boasting cathedral ceilings with rustic open wood beams and a towering stone fireplace. This space accommodates up to 85 guests for seated and plated dining experiences. With the additional rental of our adjacent restaurant, we can accommodate up to 150 guests with either a plated or buffet-style meal, while our lovely cocktail space comfortably holds up to 125 guests.
The unique property at Dancing Bear offers a variety of meeting spaces to accommodate groups of various sizes, including break out cabins and rooms for small groups. Our grounds are ideal for organizations with 60 or fewer attendees within the traditional classroom-style setting.
The space opens up to a sprawling patio which overlooks the event lawn and pavilion with breathtaking views. Weather permitting, the outdoor lawn and deck area can provide an idyllic setting for even larger groups of up to 250 guests. Attendees can gather ‘round the blazing fire pit to roast s’mores, and bond beneath Smoky Mountain night skies.
We also provide A/V support for corporate events and Knoxville 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 motor coach 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!