Our Townsend Hotel Property has 36 acres of rustic comfort accommodations and more tucked in to a picturesque corner of Eastern Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. When you visit us in person, you’ll discover…


We have a total of 26 rustic comfort accommodations on the Townsend hotel property, including two brand new modern villas, available to rent for a night, a full week or a weekend. Most of these feature a hot tub, full kitchen and stone fireplace, as well as beds so comfortable that your cares will melt away. You can read a book from a rocking chair on the deck while enjoying the wooded areas all around you. Inside each cabin, you’ll be able to enjoy Wireless Internet Access so you can connect your gadgets if you need to touch base with the real world, plus Apple Valley Locally Roasted Coffee. Enjoy the luxuries of a hotel such as housekeeping. To see the distinctions between our various cabins, see the options on the right.

In addition to our beautiful accommodations, Changes in Altitude is part of the Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro Family. Located approximately 4 miles from Townsend/ Dancing Bear, this custom mountain home is perfect for Executive or Family Retreats.

The Restaurant

The new Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is inspired by the familiar foods and time tested recipes of the region, handed down, generation to generation, lovingly prepared with the freshest ingredients. Our creative chefs and bartenders pour their hearts into making food and craft cocktails that you’ll fall in love with as much as the elegant décor. We suggest making reservations to dine with us, 5-9 pm.  You can arrange for your party’s table by calling (865) 336-2138 or making a reservation online.

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Smoky Mountain Restaurant with full bar

The Wedding & Corporate Events Center

Adjoining the restaurant is a brand new structure to host weddings, reunions, corporate meetings, and more. It can accommodate groups as large as 100 people seated or 125 cocktail style. Just outside, it connects to a fire pit that’s perfect for roasting s’mores and enjoying good conversation. A 100-foot by 50-foot Event Lawn with a breathtaking Pavilion presents a picture-perfect venue for outdoor weddings and performances. For information on this space hosting your upcoming event, call Christi Silliman at 1.800.369.0111 ext 3.

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The Apple Valley Stores & Café

It just isn’t a real journey to the Smokies if you don’t stop to sample the homemade fudge at Apple Valley, right? You can enjoy a bite of breakfast, lunch or dinner in our Café and take home a souvenir of your time in Townsend like a beautiful quilt or a yummy jar of jelly. We are working to make this iconic shopping center even better than the place you know and love!

Apple Valley Cafe, a townsend tn restaurant & cafe
Dancing Bear mercantile, a premier store in Townsend TN
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Patio seating at our Townsend TN Cafe
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Hiking Trails

We have 2 miles of twisting paths that take you from one corner of the property to the other and all points in between. A peaceful stroll through the Dancing Bear property, or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, can be just what you need to reconnect with nature and those around you.

GSMNP trails and waterfalls near our Townsend property
GSMNP trails and adventures near our Townsend property
An abundance of beautiful trails near our Townsend property
Waterfalls and hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Pretty awesome, right? We have everything you need to enjoy a fantastic stay in the Smokies. The hardest part of the journey may be going back home.

  • Without a doubt the nicest...

    “Without a doubt the nicest place to stay and eat dinner. Accommodations were perfect from the hot tub on the back deck to the fireplace. We stayed in the Doe Knob cabin….king size bed comfortable as well as the two overstuffed leather chairs in front of the fireplace. Just wonderful. We will return.”

    – Trip Advisor Review

  • Just a short 2-hour drive...

    “We recently visited our son & his family & stayed at ‘The Dancing Bear Lodge’ on his recommendation. It was way beyond our expectation. We stayed in a one bedroom casita w/ fabulous bath. It had a kitchenette, living area w/ a fireplace in the woods. It couldn’t have been more charming. We’ll definitely be back!”

    – Yelp Review

  • Home Test Slider Short

    “The cabin at Dancing Bear, a deluxe, was beautifully rustically decorated, we had a huge comfy bed, and we absolutely loved making our own easy fire in the hearth with logs and fire starters available. There was fruit, homemade granola, and yogurt, as well as excellent coffee in our cabin for the morning.”

    – Trip Advisor Review

  • This is now my family’s favorite property...

    “This is now my family’s favorite property and hosts! We just returned from staying at Changes In Altitude, and we’re already discussing our next trip. The hosts are amazing, own the best restaurant in the area, and couldn’t have been more accommodating. I can’t recommend this property and pair of hosts highly enough.”

    – VRBO Review