Dancing Bear Lodge rebuilds after devastating fire | Tennessee Traveler

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Dancing Bear Lodge is on the peacefule side of the Smokies, nestled about a quarter mile off the Parkway. In November 2013, the main area of Dancing Bear Lodge burnt to the ground.

Mark and Sharon Oldham bought the 34 acre property.

"We want this to be a home away from home where you can have a great meal and a casual fine dining restaurant as well as all the amenities we offer," said Dustin Burnette, the general manager of Dancing Bear Bistro.

One of those amenities is a bistro. The concept is "farm to table" and the feel of the space is still rustic with room for a cozy fireplace.

There are 18 cabins on the property. Some break away from tradition, going for a style called "rustic contemporary."

"For folks coming from a big city, this is truly a getaway feel," said Christi Silliman, Director of Sales for Dancing Bear Lodge. "We provide the quintessential mountain getaway. These cabins come with kingsize feathertop beds, wood burning
fireplaces."

Although the lodge isn't rebuilt yet, there are still reminders of the fire.

"So many guests, it was a special part of their history and their past. Some of the locals were just telling us how big a part the lodge was, so we definitely want to continue those traditions," said Burnette.

In the coming years, it will be rebuilt as well and promised to be even bigger than it was before.