Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Community: Forrest Springs Community
There’s a reason the word “big” is in this cabin’s name. With 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, Big Bear Lodge has plenty of room for your large group retreat to the Smokies! Its 4,900 square feet of space boasts sleeping accommodations for up to 22 guests, and at Big Bear Lodge, you’ll not only have cozy places to sleep but also tons of options for play. Enjoy a private theater room and fully loaded game room inside this spacious cabin that comes with everything from a Hoops Double Shot Basketball Game to a 60-game multicade arcade.
You won’t have to drive to Fannie Farkle’s to have a great time when you stay at Big Bear Lodge, although this cabin makes venturing to downtown Gatlinburg quick and easy. In less than a 2-mile drive, you’ll arrive at popular restaurants and attractions, and you can make it to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in less than 5.
What’s even better is you can enjoy a tree-studded view of the Gatlinburg city lights from Big Bear Lodge’s back porch while you relax in a rocking chair or take a soak in your outdoor hot tub. If you’re planning a large group getaway with family, coworkers, or friends, don’t miss the comfort, convenience, and countless options for fun at Big Bear Lodge!
Do you need a large meeting space for your large group gathering? Perhaps for a gift exchange, company presentation, or just a place to play party games in the evening? Big Bear Lodge has the perfect solution with its spacious and cozy living room!
Relax on one of three couches in this large, carpeted room. On the far wall, you’ll find a gas fireplace and big screen TV—don’t fret about missing a single episode of your favorite weeknight show while you’re away. Surrounding the living room are large, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Smoky Mountains. So whether you’re watching a show or just relaxing in front of the Smoky Mountain sunset, you’ll enjoy a cozy evening in the Big Bear Lodge living room.
A large group retreat isn’t complete without a large-scale kitchen. Big Bear Lodge doesn’t disappoint with its open, updated kitchen featuring 2 full-size refrigerators, a large breakfast bar, and plenty of counter space for prepping and cooking.
Along with your refrigerators, enjoy an over-the-range microwave, electric stove, and oven as well as small appliances like a blender and coffeemaker. Simply stop by the Gatlinburg Farmers Market, which opens every spring in the Smokies, and grab fresh local produce, homemade treats, and delicious jams and jellies.
Combine your Farmers Market picks with grocery store staples like pancake mix, bread, deli meats, eggs, and milk, and you’ll have plenty of tasty options for eating in the cabin during your Gatlinburg stay.
If you do cook in the cabin, you’ll have the perfect place to dine as a group with Big Bear Lodge’s dining table. With 2 large benches, this table is roomy enough for quite a few guests. Big Bear Lodge also provides a breakfast bar, conveniently located next to the dining room, with 6 stools.
Any other guests who need a seat can comfortably eat in the living room thanks to this cabin’s open-concept design. And for even more options, try the patio table on the deck for a gorgeous Smoky Mountain view while enjoying your tasty homemade treats!
When you’re done eating and it’s time to play, head to the top of the stairs at Big Bear Lodge, where you’ll find a large game room that’s loaded with multiple ways to entertain. An air hockey table, foosball table, Big Buck Wild game, and pool table are just some of the fun options inside Big Bear Lodge.
Besides all these, you’ll find a Hoops Double Shot Basketball Game and a 60-game multicade with all your old favorites—from PacMan to Donkey Kong. The poker table in this space, found next to several large windows that overlook the Smoky Mountains trees, is a great spot for guys vacationing to the Smokies to spend a fun evening indoors. And this table is conveniently located next to a wet bar complete with a mini fridge, so grab a cold one and keep playing in your laid-back cabin.
Finally, Big Bear Lodge’s game room offers a flatscreen TV, where you can keep it on sports or set it to your kids’ favorite cartoons. No matter who uses this space during your stay, they’re sure to have a great time inside Big Bear Lodge!
Sometimes what we’re looking forward to the most, when it comes to our annual family vacation, is simply being able to kick back and watch a flick with the family. Big Bear Lodge takes your movie-watching experience to the next level with its gorgeous private theater room!
Full of comfy places to sit, including 2 leather couches and multiple theater-style folding chairs, this room recreates the movie theater experience right inside your Gatlinburg cabin. Movie posters on the wall, surround sound, and a giant flatscreen TV are all waiting for you—all you need to bring is the Blu-ray disc or DVD.
When you visit the Smokies, one of the best reasons to choose a Gatlinburg cabin over a downtown hotel is the roomy, cozy bedrooms waiting for you—like the 5 bedrooms found inside Big Bear Lodge! Instead of cramped sleeping quarters, you’ll find large bedrooms with log-style furniture, comfy bedding, and homey accents like ceiling fans, reading lamps, bureaus, and flatscreen TVs.
What’s even better is that each bedroom has its own flair—with differing bedspreads, views, and amenities. Choose from a bedroom with its own fireplace or its own garden tub! Total, you’ll be able to sleep 22 guests in Big Bear Lodge’s 5 bedrooms. That’s because most bedrooms offer more than one place to sleep. This spacious lodge offers 3 king-size beds, 4 queen-size beds, 2 sets of bunkbeds, and 2 futons for your guests to enjoy while you’re away!
If you’re traveling to Gatlinburg to really see Gatlinburg, Big Bear Lodge is a great cabin choice for your large group. Why? Because this cabin offers tree-studded views of the city lights right from your covered back porch!
Sip on a glass of locally made Smoky Mountain wine in the evenings at your outdoor dining table or relax in one of the rocking chairs while you gaze at the night sky. You even have access to an outdoor hot tub with its own TV at Big Bear Lodge!
Another outdoor amenity provided by this semi-private cabin is a picnic-style (charcoal) grill, where you can cook a delicious meal of burgers, steaks, kabobs, and chicken during your group’s summer getaway.
Located inside the Forest Springs Resort, Big Bear Lodge offers a semi-private atmosphere for your large group retreat. To add to your convenience, this cabin provides a flat, paved driveway, which is motorcycle-friendly and capable of fitting up to 6 vehicles. Additional parking is available on the street by the cabin.
Washer and dryer access and wireless internet capability are offered to Big Bear Lodge guests as well. But keep in mind that internet access at this cabin is not intended for streaming or downloading, though you should be able to stay on top of your emails and continue to read our Cabins For You blog while you’re away!
Big Bear Lodge is able to provide views of downtown Gatlinburg because it’s less than 2 miles from this exciting mountain city. That means easy access to popular attractions and restaurants that your group will love during your stay.
And if you’re already thinking about some large group outings, let us help with the planning process by telling you about 3 favorite attractions nearby:
Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Resort
One of our Cabins For You partners (which means big discounts for you when you stay at one of our cabins!), Ober Gatlinburg has more options for fun than you can experience in one day, including the Scenic Chairlift, an alpine slide, ice skating, and a wildlife encounter!
Guinness World Records Museum
Remember the Guinness World Records book we all read as kids? See the book come to life with friends and family at this downtown Gatlinburg attraction. You’ll see hundreds of world record exhibits about space, sports, food, animals, and more!
Fort Fun, Mini Golf, and More
For a full day of outdoor and indoor recreation, head to the attraction with “fun” in the name: Fort Fun in Gatlinburg! Purchase a “Do It All Pass” and you’ll have access to outdoor and indoor golf, laser tag, bumper cars, escape games, gem mining, and more!
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