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Mark Himelick

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

"Brown Bear Lodge" with Magnificent Views of the Smokies

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Bryson City Area Cabin Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, loft, 3 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 8

The “Brown Bear Lodge” is a 3300 sq ft luxury log home tucked away on 5 ½ acres of wooded mountainside just outside Bryson City. This 3 bedroom 3.5 bath home on 3 levels overlooks the Smokey Mountain National Park and has stunning long range mountain views from every room. Main floor living includes great room, chef's gourmet kitchen and master suite. Loft level includes 2nd master bedroom plus media room. Game room with billiards ,living area, 3rd bedroom and bath located on lower level.

We have gone out of our way to make this home as comfortable and relaxing as possible with the laid back feel of a mountain retreat. You'll find this home warm and inviting. Some of the features include reclining sofas and chairs, plush pillow top beds, a handcrafted dining room table with seating for 10, as well as custom cabinetry and granite counter tops in the kitchen and baths. The focal point of the home is the massive floor to ceiling stone gas fireplace in the great room.

Fun things to do: Want more excitement? Try Harrah’s Casino located in nearby Cherokee. Need a relaxing drive? The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway starts in Cherokee. Want golf? Check out the Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier! Zip line through the Nantahala forest. Visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Relax a bit: However, if you want to truly relax, you don’t need to leave home. How about sitting in the hot tub and enjoying the mountain views during the day or stargazing at night with your favorite beverage. Or, how about cooking a steak on the grill while watching the sun set over the mountains. After dinner, nothing beats sitting around the fire pit telling stories and roasting marshmallows.

Our 'Brown Bear Lodge' has an instant charm and comfort that envelops you in luxury.

4 day minimum stay requirement over Holidays.

***View the VIDEO TOUR of Brown Bear Lodge in the Owner

Information area.***

NEWS FLASH!: As of November the final stretch of road to 'The Brown Bear Lodge' has been paved. You can now

enjoy our remote location with the comfort of paved roads throughout your entire journey. To our past guests,

we invite you to come back and see the major improvement!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mark Himelick (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

We won't have many more opportunities to get away with just

the four of us as Anna is in College and Jane is a freshman in

High School. We had a wonderful time watching the girls discover

all the differences between the Smokey's and lower Michigan.

The cabin is breath-taking, along with the view! To wake up with

a view like this.....Priceless!

Thank you
Jun 2012
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based on 10 traveler reviews

"Brown Bear Lodge" with Magnificent Views of the Smokies
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding planned for the fall in the mountains and wanted a romantic cabin for our honeymoon. We found that at Brown Bear Lodge and more. It was amazing! The cabin was spectacular! Very clean and very nice amenities and appliances. Everything you needed in the kitchen, laundry, bath, bedding, etc. Very comfortable, romantic and cozy! The view each day/evening that we were there was breathtaking. Enjoyed coffee on the porch while also enjoying the beautiful view. Very quiet, peaceful and tranquil. Just the way we wanted! The owner was very communicative and informative about the cabin and surrounding area. It was close to Bryson City, Sylva, Highlands, Cashiers...all lovely places to see! We are looking forward to staying there again one day! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful place with us for our honeymoon. It was unforgettable and a wonderful memory for us!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the lodge celebrating mom's 80th birthday and did not want to leave! It was the best trip in every way! The cabin has everything you need...very comfortable and cozy, yet spacious...inside and out. We ate breakfast and dinner on the porch everyday looking at the amazing view....the sunsets were truly spectacular! There is so much to do and see in the area, but the best part was just relaxing at Brown Bear Lodge!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ooltewah, Tennessee

Awesome Experience!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying I have rented thru VRBO quite a few times and this is the first review I've done...this house is that awesome! Views are gorgeous. Layout was perfect for my family...grandparents, three year old son, and my husband and I. We each had our own space plus some. Kitchen is extremely well equipped. Fire pit was perfect for a cold night and hot tub was too. Close to Bryson City, which is an awesome town. Owner was extremely prompt to return my call about rental . The whole experience was top notch. Already planning a trip back.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as Described

  • 5 of 5

Being an eternal skeptic and still easier to please than my wife or mother - we were very worried about what we would actually find upon arriving. This cabin is exactly as described in the ad - both visually and in the write up. The picture in the ad is exactly what you see - 3,000 feet up in the Smoky's with incredible views and hot tub was very well maintained. For that matter, the entire property was very well maintained. And still within 15 minutes of downtown Bryson city where you can go for necessities or a mcd's. We were also concerned about our 16 months old toddler, but the place was very toddler friendly. Not that the "little guy" cared, but he could run on the balconies/loft area as the rails are built to kid standards. Just an FYI - if you have your own wifi hotspot with ATT, it does work at this home.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best house ever!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this house. It had great energy. My husband and I never left the house. I could live here forever. The view was amazing during the day and the hot tub perfect at night. We loved the stocked kitchen and the TV area's. My family is begging to go again next year.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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hollywood fl

Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to take a peaceful vacation to get away from the hectic city life. So I went online and started researching a winter gateway location. I wanted mountains, rivers and a place where it was quiet and away from it all. Brown Bear Lodge meet and exceeded all our expectations.

We were literally in the mountains. You wakeup overlooking the spectacular mountain landscape outside your balcony and hear the sounds of songs birds. Absolute tranquility and quiet. The cabin is luxurious, yet feels cozy and warm. It’s fully stocked with everything and anything you will need for a family or a romantic getaway. I love the Jacuzzi overlooking the smoky mountains, truly a perfect setting.

The downstairs area has a great play room, complete with a pool table, tons of board games and tv area. The kids bedroom/bathroom is conveniently located downstairs by the playroom, perfect for a big family. We loved the loft area... after a long day of hiking we loved curling up on the comfortable couch and watch a movie.

Our last 2 days in NC we cut our daytime activities short so we could enjoy and relax in the cabin a little longer. If you like birds, this is a great place for bird watching... I saw over 12 types of songs birds, finches, and wood packers.

The owner was super helpful and nice, even emailed me things to do and places to eat. All in all the place was wonderful we really enjoyed our time there. I plan on coming back during the summer.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The 'Brown Bear Lodge' is also conveniently located to unlimited outdoor activities. A short 15-20 minute drive will take you to Fontana Lake, which boasts the highest dam east of the Rockies, as well as offering boat rentals and great fishing; or Nantahala Outdoor Center with whitewater rafting, horseback riding, biking and hiking trails, tubing, kayak and canoe rentals. A new zip line which goes through the Nantahala Forest is only about 15 minutes away. We have excellent restaurants nearby and downtown Bryson City, only 10 minutes away, has a number of shops and eateries, not to mention the Great Smoky Mountain Railway with daily excursions through the mountains.

Other Activities: Boating, kayaking, zip lining, horseback riding, mountain biking


Rates & Availability

Bryson City Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 15 2016 - Aug 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
Aug 2 2016 - Sep 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer Holiday
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
2 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2016 - Sep 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2016 - Oct 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall Late
Oct 30 2016 - Nov 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall Holiday
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - Jan 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 15 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Damage Waiver $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Mandatory damage waiver fee is $10.00 per night with a maximum of $50.00 per stay. Damage up to $1000.00
is covered with this fee.

50% of rental amount due upon booking with balance due 1 Week prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Bryson City Area Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The two full bathrooms have mountain views. The master has a view from the corner tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , Incudes Bunkbeds
  • All the bedrooms except lower level bedroom have mountain views from the bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
No smoking please.

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