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.
The 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.
Because it is going to be worth the wait.
Dancing Bear Lodge & Restaurant
137 Apple Valley Way
Townsend, TN 37882
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