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Stories of the Smokies


Smoky Mountain Camping Trip

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”!

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My Wedding Day at Dancing Bear Lodge

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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So Many Great Smoky Memories

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!

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Dancing Bear Lodge is My Happy Place

Dancing Bear Lodge 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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