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Dancing Bear Lodge was created as a place for healing and renewal. Whether you are traveling through Central Pennsylvania, or plan to stay her for a while, you will feel embraced by the beauty of this place. From the hand planed cherry flooring to the original art that adorns the walls, you will feel the resonance of natural materials crafted with love.
Dancing Bear Lodge is on the edge of the Pennsylvania Wilds just a few miles from Interstate 80 making it easy to find. The Pennsylvania Wilds offer a large expanse of forested ridges and valleys, where you can flush a flock of wild turkeys or be startled by a deer snorting at you. Trails abound nearby inviting you to soak in the sounds of mountain streams and whispering wind.
Dancing Bear Lodge is located in a high mountain valley with a significant population of old-order Amish who sell crafts, furnishings and produce and are willing to host you for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is about six miles from two State Parks, R.B.Winter and Ravensburg, which offer nature programs, swimming in season, hiking and fishing.
Both of the sleeping lofts at Dancing Bear Lodge have queen sized beds. One of the lofts has a half-bath on suite. There is an additional half bath and a handicap accessible bathroom with a shower on the first floor. To enhance privacy, each loft is furnished with a set of soshi screens. A queen sofa bed and a double futon are available on the first floor. There are two additional single futon mattresses and folding cot that can be used for children or additional guests.
While the owner would rather you be gazing at the stars from the back deck, she has provided WiFi for guests who feel compelled to stay in touch with the rest of the world. There is also a DVD player (and a TV you can use with it) if you like to watch movies.
Dancing Bear Lodge can be a great base camp for your outdoor adventures in Central PA. If you are reasonably fit, the neighboring Bald Eagle State Forest is a great place to hike or mountain bike. The West Branch of the Susquehanna River is nearby if you prefer to paddle. Stocked and unstocked trout streams abound in the area if casting a line in a pristine brook catches your fancy.
Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. ...moreless
Dogs are welcome if they are well behaved and crated if you leave the premises for an extended period of time. ...moreless
Smoking is allowed only on the bench by the parking lot. Anyone observed smoking illicit substances will be required to leave. ...moreless
The first floor of Dancing Bear Lodge is handicapped accessible, but the lofts are not. The deck and the front porch have ramps and there is a ramp to the backyard. Some of the kitchen work areas need to be approached from the side. ...moreless
Dancing Bear Lodge has two semi-open lofts with screens for privacy if desired. Both lofts have a queen sized beds. The first floor of Dancing Bear Lodge has a queen sized sofa bed and a double bed sized futon.There are also two single bed sized futon mattresses and a cot. There is a double futon on the back porch as well....moreless
The shower is handicapped accessible with a fold down bench....moreless
Second floor bathroom: toilet
This half-bath is adjacent to the north loft. It has a sink....moreless
The first floor of Dancing Bear Lodge has a handicapped accessible bathroom with a shower and a half bath. The second floor loft has a half bath....moreless
The deep front porch is furnished with rocking chairs and Adirondack chairs. The grounds include multiple flower gardens, a grove of trees and an ample yard. Hundreds of acres of State Forest land border the village for use by hikers, hunters, snowmobilers, mountain bikers, birders or geo-cache enthusiasts. ...moreless
An assortment of reading materials for all ages are available. Topics include natural history, spirituality and fiction....moreless
An assortment of board games are available for guests. There are also decks of cards and a variety of puzzles....moreless
The CDs at Dancing Bear include celtic, world beat, classic rock, native american, and new age artists. ...moreless
A 5 disc CD player and a radio receiver are available for use and wired to four speakers in the great room for a surround sound effect....moreless
There is a TV...but the TV does not have cable. It is available to use with DVDs...moreless
Toys for young children include animal puppets, children's puzzles, a doll house and board games....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
My lodge is located in a high mountain valley with the soft blue mountains surrounding it. Nearby are mountain vistas of forested mountains and valleys....moreless
Eastville is large enough to have a church...and a couple Amish shops. A local woman bakes fresh donuts every Saturday. ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Hunting Big Game
Hunting Small Game
Dancing Bear Lodge's great room is usually set up to seat 12 guests, however additional drop-leaf tables and chairs are available for larger gatherings or celebrations....moreless
Seating for 20 people
Window air conditioner units cool the Lodge on muggy summer days. A whole house fan, six ceiling fans and lots of windows manage the heat on all but the steamiest days. ...moreless
Full sized dryer available on request next door. There is also a clothes line in the back yard. ...moreless
Fitness Room / Equipment:
Dancing Bear Lodge has a couple Crockett sets, a bad mitten set and assorted balls for backyard games....moreless
There is a two car garage on the property. If you are interested in using a bay of the garage, please ask Lucy about it. ...moreless
The main source of heat is a propane furnace. Guests are free to adjust the programmable thermostats for their comfort....moreless
Iron & Board
Sheets, light blankets and comforters are available for all of the sleeping accommodations listed. ...moreless
The great room currently has two wing-back chairs, a couch, and a double futon. There is also a sofa and two other wing-back chairs by the wood stove....moreless
Because Dancing Bear Lodge is near the Interstate 80 corridor, most cell plans have service. ...moreless
Parking Off Street:
There is parking off street for up to eleven cars. Three cars can park to the east of the lodge and up to 8 on the west side of the lodge....moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
If the larger lot to the west is not occupied by cars, it would provide space for an RV, boat or trailer....moreless
Dancing Bear Lodge has a land line that can be used for local calls or 911 calls....moreless
Towels, hand towels and wash clothes are provided for up to 12 overnight guests....moreless
Front loading washer available upon request next door....moreless
There are two available secure networks. Ask for the passwords when you arrive....moreless
There is a large fire circle in the back yard of Dancing Bear Lodge and a chimanea for use near seating areas. ...moreless
A glass fronted wood stove is located in seating area on the first floor....moreless
A local caterer can make you anything from jambalaya to middle eastern cusine, accommodating special dietary needs. An Amish neighbor in the village welcomes guests for dinner in her home. Another sells home-made donuts every Saturday morning. ...moreless
There is a 12 cup Mr Coffee coffeemaker and a number of coffee carafes. ...moreless
The kitchen includes skillets of different sizes, pots and pans in different sizes, and most any utensil you might need to make or serve up a feast....moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
Place settings for up to thirty guests are available. There is also ample flatware and glassware for a crowd....moreless
A classic dishwasher with a sanitizing option....moreless
The kitchen is outfitted for foodies and chefs. It has ample counter-space including a stainless food prep area. There is a mixer, a blender, a picnic basket, crock-pots, mixing bowls, a colander and a set of knives....moreless
The microwave is large enough to cook a turkey if you wanted to cook it that way....moreless
The stove has a full sized oven. A toaster oven is also available. ...moreless
The kitchen is stocked with basic spices, sugar and sweeteners, cooking oil and spray and vinegar....moreless
The refrigerator is a side by side unit with a water, ice and crushed ice dispenser. ...moreless
The Lodge is equipped with a Jen-Air electric stove....moreless
There is a two slice toaster with a bagel option. There is also a toaster oven....moreless
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
Property Damage Protection$59
Holiday eves and Holiday nights are priced the same as a weekend night, $200. Additional rates are added for pets or more than 6 people. Pet fee is $50. Each additional person (over 6) is and extra $20 a night.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Check out Amish artisans, float down the Susquehanna, watch birds, fly-fish a trout stream, hike in the forest, bike through a beautiful valley or mountain bike the ridges,cross-country ski or ice fish in the winter. There are four state parks within 30 minutes of here and a state forest within walking distance.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: I am a rural mountain woman with sophisticated taste. I love critters and flowers and doing my part to make the world a better place. In addition to hosting you at Dancing Bear Lodge, I work as a healer and consultant, guiding people and organizations to bring their best into the world.
Why the Owner Chose Eastville: Because my roots are deep in Sugar Valley and I love to share good things with others.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge: Dancing Bear Lodge is more than a vacation rental. While you can come here to relax and rejuvinate, others come here to learn, create or heal. When Dancing Bear Lodge is 'unavailable' for rental, it is most likely the venue for classes,workshops, or organizational retreats. Or it might be being used as a space for heart-centered coaching, energy work or psychotherapy.