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Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro

7140 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN, TN
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(800) 369-0111
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 17 Reviews


    Kim Huntley Knott

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  • After moving my daughters wedding 3 times due to Covid and having to change venues from NC to TN due to NC governor we were so fortunate to find Dancing Bear Lodge and Bistro. They really did everything to work with us knowing what we had gone through and having lost part of our budget to NC deposits. Lara was our coordinator who was so efficient and worked so hard the day of the wedding helping me decorate and waited hand and foot on the bride and groom and made sure everything pulled off without a hitch. The food was out of this world and a far cry above most wedding menu’s. We booked the whole place: gazebo, pavilion, event center and restaurant and we can’t say enough on how the excellent staff there provided my daughter the wedding of her dreams. Highly recommend this wedding venue!

    Heather Knott

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    5 out of 5
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  • We were so fortunate to book Dancing Bear, after replanning our wedding three times and moving it from NC to TN due to Covid restrictions. We booked with DB 40 days out for our wedding. I genuinely cannot imagine our day turning out any more perfect and wouldn’t have changed one thing. I truly thank God for this blessing. Dancing Bear was so accommodating to the plans we already had in place and needed to fit in, and were so helpful in picking up the reins and making a plan come to life quickly. We were so burned out on wedding planning at this point. Lara and Dancing Bear were such a Godsend. We cannot say enough great things about Lara. She was experienced, professional, great communicator, and ultimately wanted me (the bride) to be happy. She bent over backwards to make our day special! So many of our guests say this was the best wedding they had ever been to! and several commented on how things just seemed to flow perfectly. The various spaces made it possible to socially distan... Read more

    Kelcey

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dancing Bear went above and beyond for us each step of the way! They were always willing to meet and answer any questions we had. The venue was perfect for our wedding with 30 guests. The food, including wedding cake, was beyond amazing! We, as well as many of our guests, stayed at the cabins on the property and had wonderful experiences! The main reason I like Dancing Bear was how easy they made planning. They had great recommendations for other vendors, such as photographer and flowers, and offered great ideas for how things for look for both the ceremony and reception. I highly recommend this Dancing Bear for anyone wanting to get married on the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies!"

    Kimberly

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    5 out of 5
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  • I got married at Dancing Bear on October 20, 2018 and it was everything I could of ever dreamed of. The staff is beyond awesome. The cabins are absolutely beautiful, rustic but cozy and luxurious! My wedding coordinators Amie and Anna were outstanding. They made sure everything was absolutely perfect and eased any worry I had. (Including Anna coming to the rescue with sparklers for our sparkler exit that I forgot and her remembering my husbands boutineer that he forgot, life saver!) Amie recommend all of our vendors and Dancing Bear Bistro made all of our food and desserts, including for the rehearsal dinner. Every vendor our florist (Lisa Foster Design) was awesome they knew exactly what I needed and knew exactly where to put everything (no stress needed), Kimz Entertainment was our DJ and he made my reception, he was organized and so much fun! Our officiant was so sweet and I was desperate for someone to marry us and Amie called in a favor for me and I’m so glad she did because San... Read more

    Kahlin

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    5 out of 5
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  • I can’t even being to describe how mangical The Dancing Bear Lodge is and how truly special they made me feel on my wedding day! I worked with Amie from the very beginning. I got engaged in January 1st, contacted the Dancing Bear on the 3rd and booked on the 8th. Amie answered all my emails and text messages. She arranged for a food tasting that we traveled from Central Florida for. Anna joined our team over summer when I was having a floral heart attack and she made the whole situation better. The week we arrived both ladies had everything under control . Every guest raved about the property and Chef’s food! It was the best expierence of our lives! We couldn’t have picked a better location or team! We love everything about Dnacing Bear. We can’t wait to return for our 1 year anniversary.

    C

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our August, 2018 can be summed up in one simple phrase......a most memorable and wonderful event! Our guests are still raving about the food served throughout the weekend! Chef was amazing! The staff at the lodge was superb, and both Amie and Anna were so reliable and innovative. Each detail was meticulously handled!

    Kelsey

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  • Wedding of my daughter’s dreams. Staff was amazing. Food delicious. Christi Silliman is now a part of our family!! Venue, food and accommodations were exactly what we were looking for.

    Alexandra

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    5 out of 5
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  • We worked with Christi and her team for nearly a year on planning our wedding. Everyone was patient and responsive as we changed our wedding itinerary and budget countless times. The venue was beautiful, the food was great, and Christi made sure everything happened on time. What really sold us on the Dancing Bear was their customer service, their genuine desire to give us exactly the wedding we dreamed of. They promised and they delivered! We could not be happier.

    Alexis

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jayden has been SO helpful! My fiancé and I have been so relaxed with the planning because of how helpful she's been!

    Julie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Visit the website. Speak with the event coordinator. GO AND VISIT THE PHYSICAL LOCATION! The setting is beautiful, the food is fabulous, and the staff is wonderful to work with. They all went above and beyond to work with the outside vendors my daughter chose and to meet all our unique needs. Guest accommodations on site are comfortable and provide easy access to the event site. We highly recommend Dancing Bear Lodge. The amount we spent included use of the venue all day into the late evening, sit down meal including s'mores at the fire pit in the evening, two cabins for three nights and four cabins for two nights.

    kirsten

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    5 out of 5
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  • This is absolutely one of our favorite places to go in the Eastern Tennessee area! Great food, great atmosphere and a beautiful location to get married at!

    Katelea

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  • I had a small engagement party at Dancing Bear in September 2015. The food is excellent and the service was great. The staff went above and beyond to make the evening special. In fact, I decided to have my wedding ceremony and reception at Dancing Bear because of how great the engagement dinner was. We will be getting married at this venue in October. The location has all the charm of the Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee with such elegance and sophistication. Planning with the team there has been great, and I can rest easy knowing our wedding with be great.

    Sue Russell

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We love the Townsend area and make several trips to Cades Cove each year. We passed by Dancing Bear several times and thought that one day we would like to get married there. We finally got the courage to stop and from the day we first asked some of staff about having a wedding at Dancing Bear until the day after the wedding when the owner introduced herself to us, everyone we talked to and worked with went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and to ensure that our special day was perfect. I’m not going to lie. As to be expected, there were a few hiccups along the way and at times we worried if all the pieces were going to fall into place. But then the big day came and it could not have gone better rain and all! The venue was absolutely beautiful and the wedding coordinators and the staff involved in every aspect ensured that the day went smoothly and that we were able to enjoy the moment with as few worries as possible. A special thank you to Anna and also to Christi and A... Read more

    Meredith

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Choosing Dancing Bear as my venue was the best choice I could've made for my wedding. Everyone on the team was fantastic to work with and really worked together to make our wedding dreams come true. The staff was very available to answer questions and offer suggestions and each individual was very knowledgeable about their field. At the wedding many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding they attended and that's all thanks to the staff at Dancing Bear. Not to mention the property is gorgeous and the guests that stayed on site were well taken care of and loved the fire places, hot tubs, and grounds.

    leah

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Amie and Dancing Bear Lodge were a fantastic venue for our wedding. Amie worked with us for a year, keeping in touch, checking in, and following up when necessary. I felt very confident in both the wedding planning and the restaurant to produce a fabulous dinner. We went with family style dinner and gave Chef Shelly very little direction other than the proteins and she produced a delicious and seasonal meal that our guests loved! We have had a number of guests tell us that it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. It was important to me that our wedding be low-stress for everyone and Amie made it so. The week of, and more importantly day of, she took care of every detail, didn't bother us about any problems or details, and everything was beautifully set up when the guests began to arrive. The service during the dinner and cocktail hour was fabulous and everyone had a great time.

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