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Travel Channel Features The Bistro on Food Paradise

Posted in All News, Bistro on Oct 26, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the official air date of the Travel Channel’s upcoming episode of Food Paradise, featuring Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro. The episode, “Hotel Hot Spots” will premiere on Sunday, November 5th at 8:00 pm EST on DIRECTV Channel 277, DISH Channel 196, and Comcast HD Channel 1488 & non-HD Channel 61.

Based on the restaurant’s rave reviews, the Travel Channel contacted Dancing Bear several months ago about featuring The Bistro in their hit series which focuses on, “must-see food spots across the country that offer unique dining experiences.” On June 2nd, they ar...


Smoky Mountain Camping Trip

Posted in All News, Stories of the Smokies on Oct 03, 2017

“My daughter recently graduated high school as valedictorian of her class. To celebrate, she wanted to go on a camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We had a great 4 day weekend of camping and hiking in the park. It was a wonderful trip that we will never forget.”
– David Coggins

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Congratulations to our winner, David Coggins, who was randomly chosen to win a weeknight stay for submitting his favorite Smoky Mountain memory! And thank you to all who submitted and shared your “Stories of the Smokies”!

Book your getaway today to create your own Smoky Mountain memories worth shari...


Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

Posted in Activities, All News on Sep 26, 2017

Autumn is finally here, and there is no place more beautiful to view the fall foliage than in the Smoky Mountains! But, how do you know the best time to travel and experience these fiery changes in hue? Thanks to SmokyMountains.com, you no longer have to guess when Mother Nature will reveal fall’s vibrant colors.

To stay ahead of the foliage frenzy, they’ve unveiled an interactive map for travelers to help predict the best places to visit in order to see the biggest burts, and when these colorful bursts will be at their peak. Obviously, there is no better place to experience the changing color...


My Wedding Day at Dancing Bear Lodge

Posted in All News, Stories of the Smokies on Sep 20, 2017

“A favorite memory of mine in the Smokies, and at Dancing Bear Lodge in particular, is my wedding day. My husband and I exchanged vows and celebrated our love at this beautiful venue on May 20th, 2017. It was truly the best day of our lives! Guests were raving of the amazing staff, food and all around experience they had at Dancing Bear. It’s my favorite destination in the Smokies! Now, it will forever hold a special place in our hearts.”
– Kaitlyn Parrish

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We would love to hear your “Stories of the Smokies” too! Submit your story, photo, video, or a combination of these and we will share som...


Locally Sourced Ingredients: The Appalachian Way

Posted in All News, Bistro, Recipes on Sep 01, 2017

At Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, we strive to create uniquely memorable Appalachian cuisine that not only tastes amazing but also, “feeds the soul.” When you dine with us, you’ll be taken on a culinary adventure that is complemented by the beauty and naturally relaxing ambiance of the Great Smoky Mountains, at every turn.

Staying true to her Appalachian roots, Executive Chef Shelley Cooper takes great care and when sourcing the ingredients she uses in her continually evolving, innovative dishes, in order to provide only the freshest and highest quality products available. Dancing Bear garden

Some of these ing...


So Many Great Smoky Memories

Posted in All News, Stories of the Smokies on Aug 29, 2017

“So many great memories have been made in the Smokies!

My husband of almost 9 years proposed in Cades Cove. We have two kids who love getting ice cream in the Cove and riding around looking for deer or having a family picnic. We were all able to meet Paula Deen while at the island one afternoon and had great conversation and enjoyed watching her feed our son some biscuits. Great tubing trips down the Little River. Our list of memories can go on and on. We were blessed to have dinner at Dancing Bear one night where we had a great meal with amazing desserts!

The Smokies are our happy place where...


Dancing Bear is My Happy Place

Posted in All News, Stories of the Smokies on Aug 17, 2017

“My VERY favorite memory, was the evening I stumbled upon Dancing Bear!  I had been in Cade’s Cove photographing wildlife. On my drive out, I remembered seeing the Dancing Bear Bistro sign on my way in, earlier that day. What a surprise! After a wonderful dinner, I did NOT return home to Chattanooga… instead, I spent the night at Dancing Bear!  It is now my “happy place” and I take my friends there as often as I can!  Of course, I love my favorite chef there!  #lovedancingbear

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This pic goes with my story. My friend Janie is from Gainesville Florida. I fell on Labor Day and severely broke my s...


10 Things to Do in Cades Cove TN

Posted in Activities, All News on Aug 14, 2017

It’s safe to say that Cades Cove is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on the planet. It’s only natural that people want to visit and take it all in, but what is there to do in Cades Cove, Tennessee?

Whether you’re visiting for vacation time with the family or to see a loved one get married, Dancing Bear has a list of 10 Things to Do in Cades Cove TN while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Take the Auto Tour of Cades Cove Loop Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The 11-mile, one-way road offers opportunities to view lush, rolling greens, stunning mountains, wildflower meadows, and wildlife including ...


Come Home to Appalachia with Chef Shelley

Posted in All News, Bistro, Recipes on Jul 11, 2017

Authenticity is a word that gets thrown around a lot lately, especially in the culinary scene. Ever since the local food movement took off and eating green became the thing to do, people are craving “real” food that is simple, unprocessed, and has a story. They want to taste a place. As much as we crave something authentic, though, diners also love the exciting and new. There’s never been a bigger moment for fusion cuisines, from bahn mi tacos to poke nachos, made by brilliant cooks with no ties to either cuisine’s place of origin. But at Dancing Bear Lodge, the secret is what happens when a c...


Appalachian Produce: A Summer Celebration

Posted in All News, Bistro, Recipes on Jun 23, 2017

Eating seasonally has always been a huge part of Appalachian heritage. It started thousands of years ago with the Native Americans who hunted and gathered in these hills, and it became a refined practice when they settled into villages where they grew the three sisters: squash, beans, and corn. Cherokee leaders lived in large townhouses atop mounds, from which they could oversee their communities, which cultivated vast communal gardens.

The Cherokee largely lived off fresh produce in the spring and summer, enjoying nuts, berries, mushrooms, and wild plants such as poke and ramps that are still...

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