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"Brown Bear Lodge" with Magnificent Views of the Smokies

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 0 - 3 nights


About the property

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

- Please Contact Owner to confirm availability prior to making Booking Request

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 Video and Links page***

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

Mark Himelick
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018

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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Bryson City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
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
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. CHECK IN TIME: 5:00PM CHECK OUT: 11:00AM


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"Brown Bear Lodge" with Magnificent Views of the Smokies
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews
League City TX

A Place to relax and enjoy the views!

  • 5 of 5

My goodness, we rented this Lodge for 4 days to just get away and enjoy the time in the mountains. The Lodge was everything we had hoped for and MORE ...there were just 2 couples at the Lodge and we almost lost each other, so spacious. The views were spectacular, so very quiet..directions were perfect. The hot tub was ready for us, lights were on to welcome us, ice in the ice maker..great instructions on the how tos for everything in the house. Watched a movie or two during the evenings from the large selection of titles in the library. Loved sitting on the deck in the evenings watching the sun set, loved the chairs on the deck..we did wrap up in the blankets! When they say the fireplace heats the entire house - believe it!! The stars at night - holy smokes. All the creatures in the woods - birds, turkeys and we think a bat or quiet and you'll hear them. We would definitely stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking views, pictures do not do justice!!

  • 5 of 5

First off the directions to this remote location were spot on, thank you for the details instructions to get to the cabin. FYI, the first time driving up to the cabin, try and get there before the dusk. It gets really dark fast, but after a couple drives up then its no problem. The layout for this cabin is perfect for a large family, the dining room table was awesome!! It is an ideal set up all around. The kitchen was fully stocked with utensils & cookware. After dinner we could play cards at one end and do a puzzle at the other end. The game room is a great area for the older teenagers to go chill, nice separate area away from the adults. The property was totally up to my cleaning standards. The place was spotless!! The property management team were super friendly, before check-in & when I went to pickup the wi-fi. I had no problems with the cabin so therefore I never had to call the after hours number. I would & already have recommended this property to friends & relatives. We rode the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad, went zip lining at the Natahala Outdoor Center, shopping in downtown Bryson City. And of course went to the Smokey Mountain National Park, hiked to the top of Clingman's dome, drove thru Cades Cove, drove the Dragon's tail, went disc golfing at Fontana Village, & saw the Fontana Dam. Wished we could have stayed there longer, planning a trip to come back for next year to see everything we ran out of time & didn't get to see. This is by far the best property I have stayed at from VRBO. Thank you for being such a gracious host~

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 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: October 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: June 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: November 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: July 2014
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.