A private indoor heated pool. A home theater with a huge screen and cinema-style seating. A game room with a pool table. An outdoor hot tub. These are just some of the luxuries you’ll enjoy during your stay at Grand Bear Lodge.
A six-bedroom custom-built log home that can accommodate up to twenty guests, Grand Bear Lodge is within the Maranatha Resort, on the outskirts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lodge is less than two miles from the Cosby ranger station, in an out-of-the-way section of the park that few visitors frequent. If you like hiking, wildflowers, and spectacular, unspoiled views, you’ll love having this area of the park just off your doorstep. The Gabes Mountain Trail will take you to the ninety-foot-high Hen Wallow Falls; a spur of the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail will lead you to the awe-inspiring Sutton Ridge Overlook. What’s more, Grand Bear Lodge is close to Cosby Creek, where you can fish for trout—which you can then cook on the cabin’s charcoal grill!
In addition to the outdoor grill, Grand Bear Lodge has a roomy kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, cookware and tableware galore, and plenty of counter space so that you can prepare gourmet feasts for a crowd—or simply whip up margaritas to enjoy on the deck. With two tables and a breakfast bar, the dining area can seat nineteen people at a time.
The dining area is part of the main floor great room. With its high cathedral ceiling, leather sofas, lustrous wood-planked walls and floor, and stone-surround fireplace, this is a warm, welcoming space for hanging out with family and friends. Kick back and watch TV, enjoy après-ski drinks by the fire, or take advantage of the open space for a game of charades.
For more fun and games, head upstairs to the game room. The pool table is the star attraction, but there are arcades up there too, along with plenty of carpeted floor space for the kids to sprawl out on with their toys and games. If a day of hiking or horseback riding has left you too tired even to shoot pool, relax in the downstairs home theater. Bring your favorite DVDs and Blu-ray movies, pop a big batch of popcorn, and settle back in one of the eleven cinema-style chairs or a bean bag to watch a private showing on the huge projection screen.
The deck’s hot tub provides relaxation of a different sort. The massaging jets of steamy water will feel so rejuvenating after a day on the go. Afterward you can lounge in a deck rocker and listen to the crickets and whip-poor-wills while admiring the star-studded night sky. Or take a dip in the large heated indoor pool, just off the great room. There’s something especially luxurious about floating in your private pool in the middle of winter, after returning from snowshoeing or snow tubing.
All six bedrooms have their own TV and the same rustic yet elegant furnishings as the rest of Grand Bear Lodge. The master suite is particularly sumptuous; in addition to a king-size bed and a private bathroom, it boasts a large Jacuzzi. Another bedroom has a king-size bed as well as a sofa bed that sleeps two; this makes it handy for any family in your group that has little ones who want to be in the same bedroom as their parents. Two more bedrooms include queen-size beds, and the remaining two feature queen bunk beds and one with a sofa bed.
Along with six bedrooms, Grand Bear Lodge includes five full bathrooms and a half-bath. Other amenities include free WiFi, cable TV, a washer and dryer, and a grassy backyard for the kids to run around in.
If you want to relish the great outdoors but also revel in pampering extras, Grand Bear Lodge is for you. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. Book your stay today!