Comfort and relaxation were top of mind when Running Bear was designed. Case in point: the main level'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 rest and relaxation, enjoy a long soak in the porch's hot tub. The mountain breeze rustling through the trees will only enhance the entire restorative experience.
The easygoing attitude continues indoors. The main floor's open living areas is a study in gleaming wood made all the more lustrous from the sunlight streaming in through the expansive windows. The living room's couches are so plush, roomy and comfy-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 two.
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 you've always wanted to learn how to play pool but were too bashful to do so in a crowded bar or pool hall, here's your chance, in the privacy of Running Bear! The cabin'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 Bear's convenient location means you're spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants. But if you prefer to eat at home, we've got you covered. The log table, which seats six, is the last word in rustic refinement. And the kitchen is equipped with all the appliances, cookware and tableware you could want-including a dishwasher, because nobody wants to scrub plates while on vacation.
Each floor of Running Bear has its own full-size bathroom and primary bedroom, which makes the cabin a great choice for two couples vacationing together-or even two families, thanks to the sofa beds. The bedrooms' king-size beds practically guarantee a great night's sleep... and that's important because you'll want to be well rested to take advantage of all the sights and attractions that are nearby.
For instance, you'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 eight-mile trail of more than 100 galleries, studios and craft shops offering everything from stained glass to chainsaw art, custom knives to pottery. Plus, there's an aquarium in downtown Gatlinburg and Dollywood one town over, in Pigeon Forge.
Whether you're seeking plenty of action or days of relaxation, you'll find it when you stay at Running Bear. So, make your reservation today, and start planning what might be your best vacation yet!