A 2-bedroom, 2-floor log cabin nestled among towering trees, Running Bear is full of rustic charm. But it offers loads of contemporary amenities too, including a hot tub, a pool table, and free WiFi. And despite its seemingly secluded setting, itâ€™s only 5 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg.
Comfort and relaxation were top of mind when Running Bear was designed. Case in point: the main levelâ€™s porch, which extends from the front to the side of the cabin. The roof overhang will keep you cool in summer and dry even in a rain shower. Kick back on the Adirondack-style log chairs with your morning coffee and listen to the wrens and thrushes, or unwind at night with a glass of wine while whip-poor-wills serenade you. You might even see eagles or falcons swooping overhead.
For the ultimate in outdoor R&R, enjoy a long soak in the porchâ€™s hot tub. The mountain breeze rustling through the trees will only enhance the entire restorative experience.
The easygoing attitude continues indoors. The main floorâ€™s open living/dining/kitchen area is a study in gleaming wood made all the more lustrous from the sunlight streaming in through the expansive windows. The living roomâ€™s couches are so plush, roomy, and comfyâ€”perfect for snuggling together to watch a movie or read stories to the kids. In winter the room is even more cozy, thanks to the gas fireplace. One of the sofas even opens into a bed for 2.
So does the sofa downstairs in the game room, which is another fun place for everyone to gather. The centerpiece is a gorgeous full-size log billiard table. If youâ€™ve always wanted to learn how to play pool but were too bashful to do so in a crowded bar or pool hall, hereâ€™s your chance, in the privacy of Running Bear! The cabinâ€™s washer and dryer are located right off the game room, so you can run a load of laundry while having fun. The ceiling fan will keep you cool no matter how heated the competition is.
Running Bearâ€™s convenient location means youâ€™re spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants. But if you prefer to eat at home, weâ€™ve got you covered. The log table, which seats 6, is the last word in rustic refinement. And the kitchen is equipped with all the appliances, cookware, and tableware you could wantâ€”including a dishwasher, because nobody wants to scrub plates while on vacation.
Each floor of Running Bear has its own full-size bath and primary bedroom, which makes the cabin a great choice for 2 couples vacationing togetherâ€”or even 2 families, thanks to the sofa beds. The bedroomâ€™s king-size beds practically guarantee a great nightâ€™s sleepâ€¦ and thatâ€™s important because youâ€™ll want to be well rested to take advantage of all the sights and attractions that are nearby.
For instance, youâ€™ll be just minutes away from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with its hiking trails, historic cabins, waterfalls, and wildlife ranging from black bears to elk. Also nearby is Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area and the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Loop, an 8-mile trail of more than 100 galleries, studios, and craft shops offering everything from stained glass to chainsaw art, custom knives to pottery. Plus thereâ€™s an aquarium in downtown Gatlinburg and Dollywood one town over, in Pigeon Forge.
Whether youâ€™re seeking plenty of action or days of relaxation, youâ€™ll find it when you stay at Running Bear. So make your reservation today, and start planning what might be your best vacation yet!