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Dancing Bear Lodge
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

My husband and I enjoyed our second winter getaway to the Dancing Bear Lodge. The cabins are just perfect for a day of relaxing in front of the fire. The standalone cabins are spacious and have all of the appointments we needed - we stayed in a luxury cabin. We didn't try the jacuzzi on the porch but it was on and ready to be used. The breakfast is adequate -- I just wish it went later than 10:30 (maybe 11:00?). The Lodge is very near the Cades Cove loop in Smoky Mountain National Park -- we made that drive last year and it was just lovely on a snowy winter's day.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Marybeth58
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

If you go do not stay in the main lodge. Restaurant noise made from locals makes guests feel like they sre staying in a dorm.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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7  Thank Ad H
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at Dancing Bear Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2011

We are sorry the restaurant noise disturbed your experience. The restaurant is a festive place nightly with great food and drink where both our guests and locals come to enjoy the evening. Although we have 12 rooms in the lodge and many of our guests love the atmosphere of the lodge, we also have 17 secluded cabins throughout our 36 acres. We hope you will return and be able to enjoy both the privacy of your own cabin and the dining experience.

Best,
Matt Alexander
Managing Partner

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Reviewed 17 September 2011

Everything was wonderful from the time we checked in to the time we checked out. We stayed in the lodge and it is so beautiful. We received top of the line service from the employees and they were also very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Our room was comfortable and tastefully decorated. The breakfast each morning was great and we were so surprised that it even included homemade quiche -- and the fresh fruits and jellies and jams were so delicious. Dancing Bear Lodge is THE PLACE to stay when visiting the Smokey Mountains!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank datasmith1
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at Dancing Bear Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2011

Dear Datasmith1,

Thank you for you view and "vote" as The Place to stay. We appreciate your feedback.

See you again soon,

Matt Alexander
Managing Partner

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Reviewed 26 August 2011

We stayed overnight at this friendly, relaxing lodge prior to beginning our vacation at nearby Blackberry Farm. Our luxury category cabin was excellent -- outfitted with a very comfortable bed, leather chairs, wood-buring fireplace (though the August weather was too hot and humid to enjoy it or the jacuzzi on the private porch), modern bathroom and kitchenette. Surrounding the cabins is a trail through the woods, nice for walking our dog. Dancing Bear warmly welcomed our vizsla Henry with prior notice and a reasonable fee (bring your own crate, bed and bowls). The centerpiece of the property is a beautiful Montana-style lodge with a deck for outdoor dining. The food was really good -- creative (a fresh tomato and greens salad topped with fried okra) and well prepared (duck with grits, tea-brined pork tenderloin with succotash). The wine list is well-selected and fairly priced. The cocktails are good, but pricey for this neighborhood (margarita same price as in Manhattan). Finally, for what the dinner service lacked in polish, was made up for in warmth and friendliness. The lodge is convenient to the Cades Cove section of the Smoky Mountain NP offering great hiking and biking trails. Dancing Bear is a good choice or on its own or a perfect combination with a Blackberry Farm getaway. We will return, likely in the autumn when we can enjoy the colors of the season and cooler weather. Thanks Melanie and team.

Room Tip: Rabbit for porch privacy
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank KPTraveler
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

We came to the Dancing Bear on a Sunday, and have to agree with earlier reviews in regards to the short staffing and amenites. The Lodge is beautiful, but I was rather shocked that the property was so short staffed. Upon arrival, we had several suitcases and bags, and there was no person on hand to help us manuever our goods up two flights of open wooden steps to our second floor room in the lodge. There was no elevator, either. The front desk staff did everything from checking in, to maintainging the breakfast buffet(which could have been a lot better for the money in this category),to doing bartender duty-a seperate bar would have been a lot nicer. Dinner the one night we were able to have it(the restaurant was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) was wonderful. Why couldn't the breakfast be improved to this quality. We are avid newspaper readets, and the guest book says there is only one paper to be had, and it was not to leave the lobby-that's pretty sad. We noticed the road noise, but it didn't affect our sleeping. The TVs need to be updated for a hotel in this class. We liked the quietness of the location compared to the visual blight in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville

  • Stayed: August 2011
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4  Thank steelpanwoman
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at Dancing Bear Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2011

Dear Steelpanwoman,

Thank you for your review of Dancing Bear Lodge. We appreciate your feedback. I apologize no one offered to help you with your bags and I have addressed this with our hotel manager. The TV's in the lodge rooms are being upgraded as soon as new cable is run and the digital conversion is complete.

We look forward to seeing you again at Dancing Bear Lodge. Please feel free to contact me directly at matt@dancingbearlodge.com

Best,

Matt Alexander
Managing Partner

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