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Property Details

Updated: May 21, 2015
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5+ Baths (Sleeps 4-8)

Big Bear Lodge and Resort is minutes from the Parkway but built on a quiet peaceful bluff overlooking Pigeon Forge. Our 1,500 square foot duplex cabin is a great Smoky Mountain getaway not far from a variety of attractions including: the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Dollywood Theme Park, and the new Titanic exhibit. Also choose activities from white water rafting to a Zipline adventure. Step out nearby to a large selection of restaurants, outlet shopping malls including “5 Oaks”; a huge mall with 100’s of stores only minutes from the cabin. We are also just a half mile from the new Wear Farm City Park. At the park with be baseball/softball fields, playground and walkway. Many softball tournaments are schedule for the park. You can walk from the cabin to the park if you desire.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find three levels that are more like home than anyplace you’ve ever stayed: the main level, the second floor and the lower level walkout apartment or Studio Suite. On each level, we’ve added decorating touches throughout that you rarely find in any other vacation property. As an example, we’ve included classic fine art prints and local artist renditions of this beautiful location. We’ve also added lots of pillows, stuffed bears, and cozy throws. This cabin also features hardwood floors and leather furniture. Parking is available on both the main and lower levels of the cabin.

On the main level, relax near the huge stone fireplace with its nearby large flat screen TV housed in an armoire. For larger groups, the leather couch makes into a queen size bed. In the full kitchen, you’ll find everything you need to prepare a delicious home cooked meal, or you may opt to grill something on the large lower-level Studio Suite deck. Either way, you’ll be able to recharge your energies and enjoy being in a unique beautiful area of East Tennessee.

Just off the kitchen, you can enjoy a four person hot tub set in a large screened in porch. Enjoy the night air wafting through the screens while relaxing in the hot soothing water. A large half bath, along with a washer and dryer, is also located on this level.

On the second level, at the top of the stairs you will find a loft sitting area just outside the private master bedroom suite. This vaulted space overlooks the main floor. It includes a love seat, which may be converted into a twin bed. You’ll also find a large computer desk, books, reference materials, excellent lighting and a CD player.

Pass through the loft and you’ll be amazed at the size of the master bedroom suite with full bathroom and balcony. Each day you can view the beautiful Smoky Mountains from this suite. This balcony is perfect location for your morning coffee. The king size bed has multiple pillows, a coverlet and many throws should you need them. Relax with your own media choices by taking advantage of your own TV/DVD in this suite. Large chests of drawers are available for all your belongings.

The lower level Studio Suite is a separate apartment that is ideal when a larger group of travelers chooses Bears Retreat. This living space is perfect for another couple or children and comes equipped with a kitchenette that includes a microwave, coffee maker, sink and mini refrigerator. A recently added foosball table means fun for all! This level is accessed by a convenient stairway to the main living area and, if desired, a private outdoor entrance. This Studio Suite also opens to a large deck with gas grill and hi-top seating for four. You and your family or friends will love the extra space and tasteful décor of this Studio Suite that includes pictures and paintings of Smoky Mountain areas such as Cades Cove.

In this second living area, you’ll find another large stone gas fireplace. You can relax with a flat screen TV above the mantel. The burgundy leather couch opens into a queen size bed. Amenities include a full-size bathroom with shower and WHIRLPOOL TUB! The private bedroom in this suite includes a TV and CD player.

Our cabin, Bear’s Retreat, is part of Big Bear Lodge and Resort. The Following amenities are available at Big Bear Lodge and Resort:

* Onsite community outdoor swimming pool and hot tub

* Onsite community indoor swimming pool and hot tub

* On-site community game room

* On-site community fitness room

* On-site community meeting facility

Welcome! We feel blessed to have you as our guests. Whatever your vacation plans while visiting the Smoky Mountain area, you’ll develop great memories at Big Bear lodge and Resort and our unique Bear’s Retreat.

You’ll never want to leave; our guests often return year after year!

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We (Jan and Bob Thelen) are from Lansing Michigan have been visiting the Smoky Mountains the past 30+ years.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Bob & Jan;

Thank you so much for letting us stays in your home. We love Tennessee so much. This is the first time we stayed in your cabin and we really enjoyed it so much.

God Bless you and your family.

June 28, 2011
Jun 2011
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51 Reviews

based on 51 traveler reviews

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Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 -517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Beautiful cabin!

  • 5 of 5
We were very impressed with the cabin. It was so clean, beautiful and so very roomy. I loved the hottub on the back screened in deck. My daughter had her very own space in the studio apartment on the lower deck. We also enjoyed using the indoor pool. This is a place that we will definitely be wanting to stay at again! I appreciate how kind Bob was in getting our reservation squared away so quickly. This was the best cabin we have ever rented!
  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. I was pleased we were able to arrange your reservation quickly so you and your family could plan a last minute weekend getaway.

I knew your daughter would love the lower level studio apartment!

Bob Thelen
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 -517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at the's beautiful! We were last minute looking and the owners were so very nice! Worked perfect for us as we had our son and his family.....the downstairs apt worked perfect for them but then we were all able to be together in the middle part of the cabin...for meals, tv, visiting.
We would definitely rent this cabin again!
Very clean and close to Pigeon Forge as well!
  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. We try to have a very attractive, well decorated and clean cabin for our guest when they arrive!

Guest love the location and that the resort has both an indoor and outdoor pool. The resort and the pools are always clean and in great condition for our guest.

Bob & Jan Thelen
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 -517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Beautiful cabin! Great location!

  • 5 of 5
I think that Bear's Retreat is one of the nicest cabins that we have rented in Pigeon Forge! It was decorated so pretty for Christmas! We loved all the personal touches which made it seem like a home away from home. It was very clean and well maintained, and the kitchen was supplied with everything one might need. We enjoyed our weekend in the Smokies, and we hope to return to Bear's Retreat next year.
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We always stay in our cabin during November and decorate for Christmas. Pigeon Forge is beautiful during the Christmas season!

Bob & Jan Thelen
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 -517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Beautiful cabin!!

  • 5 of 5
The cabin was just wonderful, beautifully decorated, well equipped with everything you need! The owners were very friendly & answered any questions that we had! Could not asked a better stay....thank you!
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. Just pleased you had an enjoyable time in Pigeon Forge. We want our guest to have a pleasant cabin to return to after visiting the many attractions in the area or hiking in the mountains.

Hope to see you again at "Bears Retreat"

Bob & Jan Thelen
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 -517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Evans, GA

Wonderful Weekend

  • 5 of 5
We had a lovely time this weekend in your wonderful cabin! We couldn't have asked for a better experience, and we felt right at home. The cabin was perfectly clean, comfy, and cozy...exactly what we were looking for during our visit to the area. It's location couldn't be better, as it took us just minutes to get to everywhere we needed to be. Thank you for sharing your home with us!
  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your time in Pigeon Forge. You mentioned the things that guest most appreciate; Great location, clean and the nice "homey" feeling of the cabin. Always enjoy sharing our cabin with folks who enjoy visiting the Pigeon Forge area!

Bob & Jan Thelen
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 -517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Lansing, MI

Amazing Cabin / Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5
What a fantastic experience! My wife and I were on our honeymoon and were pleasantly surprised by the the cabin and it's many amenities. The cabin had plenty of room and came with a full kitchen, a hot tub, washer and dryer and wi-fi to name a few. The cabin was exceptionally clean and well kept. One of the things we enjoyed the most (besides the hot tub) was the view of the mountains from our balcony on the second floor. If you've never been to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you are missing out! Both are very fun places to visit; whether it's with family, a romantic getaway or simply a week/weekend for friends, I highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a fun or relaxing getaway!
  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The Pigeon Forge area is a great place for a wedding and honeymoon. Pleased everything went well and you enjoyed the cabin and all the amenities in the area. You did a good job of described why guests like the cabin--full kitchen, clean, hot tub and views of the mountains from the balcony Hope you will return to the area for many of your anniversaries!!

Bob & Jan Thelen


From the Owner

After visiting the area on many occasions we had an opportunity to purchase our duplex cabin. After looking at many cabins we felt Big Bear Lodge had the amenities we desired—close to all activities but still quite and peaceful. We purchased in 2002 when the resort was being developed. For eight years we worked with various rental management companies and were never satisfied with the services they provided. In February, 2012 we decided to rent through VRBO and HomeAway so we could have more control over the rental process and provide a better experience for our guest.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Please read our guest book and you will become aware of why guest love “Bear's Retreat” at Big Bear Lodge Resort. Within one mile there are great restaurants and shopping. Within three-five miles children ( adults) will find Dollywood with its wonderful rides, castles, musical reviews and the newest attraction, Dollywood Water Park. Nearby you will also find skiing, golf, river rafting, and not to be gotten, the historic and well known Smoky Mountains. Also, enjoy one of the newest attractions in Pigeon Forge; the Titanic Museum. There are more then enough activities to keep you busy a week!


From $115 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 13 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day/ Early summer
May 22 2015 - Jun 25 2015
2 night minimum stay
Jun 26 2015 - Aug 20 2015
2 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 21 2015 - Sep 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
Sep 19 2015 - Nov 6 2015
2 night minimum stay
late Fall
Nov 7 2015 - Nov 20 2015
2 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2015 - Dec 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2016 - Mar 11 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $50.00
  • cleaning fee $65.00 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 12.25%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Total estimated amount
Updated: May 21, 2015


Property Type

  • cabin


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • jetted tub


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • fitness center

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 1500 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Half 1 - toilet
  • Full 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen


  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals

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