Hotels & Resorts — 24 January 2014
We enjoyed a fantastic meal at the restaurant a month before the place burned to the ground; fortunately, it’s being rebuilt.

By Hope S. Philbrick

Dancing Bear Lodge & Restaurant in Townsend, Tennessee, was a highlight of my recent trip to the quiet side of the Smokies.

Dancing Bear Lodge dining roomThe good news: The evening was delightful and is now a cherished memory. The physical space itself was gorgeous, showcasing rustic finishes with upscale décor and unique creations (one fireplace mantel was a woodland scene of incredible detail carved into a log). The dinner was superb, from the top-notch service—delivered by everyone from the server to the sommelier to the adorable, talented Chef David Rule—to every forkful of food and sip of wine. The meal was one of my most memorable dining experiences. Though I wasn’t staying overnight, I did get to peek inside a guest room and grew jealous of the lucky ones who’d sleep there that night. The place was fantastic.

Sadly, it burned to the ground shortly after that visit.

The bad news: It’s gone. The main lodge and restaurant were destroyed in the fire.

The better news: No one was hurt.

The even better news: The owners—who also happen to own the renowned Blackberry Farm—are rebuilding.

If you can’t wait, some cabins that were not damaged in the fire remain available for rent.

So, do whatever it is you do—like Dancing Bear Lodge on Facebook, follow it on Twitter, check back here for an update—and get it on your calendar for a future visit.

Because it is going to be worth the wait.

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Dancing Bear Lodge & Restaurant
137 Apple Valley Way
Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-6000
Dancing Bear Restaurant on Urbanspoon

-Photos © HSP Media LLC

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. She’s reviewed restaurants for several Atlanta-based newspapers and magazines for more than 10 years. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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