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10,000 Sq. Ft., 9BR-6BA, Indoor Racqtball/Basketball, 14Acres-TroutStream

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Huge Rustic Mtn Home, 9 Bedrooms +++ more beds, 6.5 Baths, Sleeps 10-40

Laughing Bear Lodge in North Georgia boasts 10,000 square feet of indoor space and sits on 14 secluded Acres with waterfront Trout Stream elevated Golf-Driving Green and 4 cleared acres in the backyard is the perfect spot for your group; be it 10 or 40 guests! Inside has Full-size Racquetball Court with Basketball Goal, Arcade Games (all free play), Pool Table, Ping-Pong, TV Room with DVD, Xbox360Kinect, 9Bedrms/6.5 Baths, Huge Kitchen, Huge Great Room with Cathedral Ceiling, Skylights, Wood-burning Fireplace, Large Dining Rm with 16 ft long custom-made Farm Table which seats 16+. Master Bedroom has Private Balcony which overlooks Acreage & Trout Stream. So if the North Georgia weather is not conducive to be will still find plenty to do indoors and plenty of room as to not be on top of each other. River Tubes and life jackets (20) included in warm season / firewood included in cold season. This Lodge can easily sleep 30 in beds and 40-50 using sofa beds and futons. This property, with 3-4 Acres of North Georgia mountain open yard/pasture is great for large groups. Maid Service, Chef Service and/or Full Concierge Service is Available (fees applied). WOW! Laughing Bear Lodge is 10 min from Blue Ridge, GA, 15 min from the Ocoee Olympic Center, 1 hour from the Nantahala Outdoor Center, and 2 hours from Atlanta. Laughing Bear has 1,000 feet of Frontage on a Major, Stocked Trout Stream. Perfect for large groups, family reunions/vacations, corporate groups, or church groups. Fully equipped kitchen, all linens provided, all you need to bring is your clothes and food. There's something for every age at Laughing Bear Lodge from tubing and playing in the waterfront back yard to relaxing in one of the countless outside areas. The layout allows for an easy flow with many guests, to cozy quaint spots for just a few to sit and enjoy! So whether you are looking for a North Georgia Corporate Retreat, North Georgia Reunion site, North Georgia Church Retreat or just a place to get away from it all in the North Georgia area or Blue Ridge, GA other place can compare to Laughing Bear Lodge. Our reviews say it all so you can see what those say about it who have actually stayed with us!

Keywords: North Georgia, North Georgia Lodging, North Georgia Cabins, North Georgia Corporate Retreats, North Georgia Lodges, North Georgia Reunions, Georgia Mountains, Mountain Lodges, Riverfront Lodge, Blue Ridge Georgia, Ellijay Georgia, Church Retreats,

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Leslee Reuning
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Leslee Reuning

Laughing Bear Lodge was our home for 6 years and when we moved out in June of 2011, we left everything there except our clothes and family pictures. So you are visiting our home where we raised our children thru their teenage years, laughed, loved, cried and made many special family memories. We renovated most of Laughing Bear Lodge while living there full time and that was an adventure for the ages!!! Did you ever see the movie 'Money Pit'? :) It is now our blessing to share our former home with other families and our prayer is that you find it more than just a really is a home with a heart! We moved from the hustle and bustle of city life in Atlanta, to this serene home with our 2 children who were 12 and 14 at the time of the move. To leave the 'burbs' of Atlanta and plop down in the middle of the country with no family or friends, was beyond a culture shock to everyone! But the small town country folk were friendly and kind, and we feel that both of our children benefited greatly to live where everything did not revolve around the conveniences that a large metropolitan city offers. We all grew closer to The Lord, one another and well, we all just grew up; including me! The life lessons learned at Laughing Bear Lodge will influence the generations to come in our family and as the years pass by..........the stories will unfold with the tale of how Laughing Bear Lodge is where a piece of all our hearts will always be. We hope that you will find your visit with us memorable in the best of ways and that you will share what you find at Laughing Bear Lodge with others.....and maybe what you find..... is that special new place in YOUR heart. Laughing Bear Lodge.......a little piece of all our hearts!

Leslee Reuning purchased this lodge in 2005

Why Leslee Reuning chose Epworth

14 private acres with more than 1,000 ft on highly sought after Trout Stream! 250 Yard driving green in the backyard and a 40 ft patio area lining the peaceful water with acres of cleared yard for lots of outdoor activities; volleyball area coming spring 2018. Level paved roads leading to LaughingBearLodge and lots of room for parking. Lake Blue Ridge 15 minutes away with jet ski and pontoon rentals, and beach area, Toccoa River, Trout Fishing, tubing, white water rafting, Gorgeous Mountain Views, Wildlife, 2 hours from Atlanta, 1 1/2 hours from NC ski resorts, 1 hour from Chattanooga, golf, antique shops, base of Appalachian Trail and Cohutta Mtns. And of course if the weather is not cooperating for outdoor activities......there;s the Rec Level at LaughingBearLodge for a game of racquetball, basketball or make up your own games in the gym makes for an unusual amenity. Play ping pong, pool, arcade games, watch movies, play cards or games at the game table or even little ones can enjoy LBL...........they can bring their riding toys and play until they're "all tuckered out" in the gym......its a great place for small riding toys. The large deck area off the sun room is perfect for anytime of day or night...........from a warm cup of morning coffee to a night cap just before bed...........being outdoors with all this privacy and beautiful views be it day or night, is quite unheard of in today's world but there for every guest who visite us at LBL.

What makes this lodge unique

We owned a vacation cabin rental company and I repeatedly had to keep turning away large groups/families/churches/corporate groups, due to the space required for groups that have more than 10-12 guests that wanted to stay under one roof. We knew from the moment we toured this house that it could be a 'place like no other' because where else can you house that many guests over night!?! However we knew the Lord would have to strongly intervene for A,B,C,D,E,F,G, and H to line up where we could afford a place like this. Well the old saying 'Be careful what you pray for because you just might get it' came to be our mantra! When we bought the house, it was all carpet and linoleum, there were no indoor beams and most of the walls had wood running on the diagonal! There was a small stoop that measured 8 x 10 off the front of the house; that now boasts a large rocking chair porch, surround deck and upper balcony with panoramic view. There was only 1 small narrow staircase inside that linked the upper level to the main level of the house and all the rooms were either over sized or under sized. So to say that we had our work cut out for us is an understatement. But we saw room to run, Room to Play, great place for Gatherings of Family & Friends, Fishing, Tubing, in-door racquetball court, game room, and what could potentially be a gorgeous piece of property once the fences and trees were removed to where you could not only see the beautiful mountain water, but actually be able to access the water! So we hope our guests enjoy the eclectic decor, the usable outdoor space, and since you know a bit of the background, will somewhat appreciate the blood, sweat and tears poured into what we now affectionately call Laughing Bear Lodge. The unique benefit of LaughingBearLodge is not just all the amenities......but the HEART of visiting a family home.......not just a vacation rental.


Epworth Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 40
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No kegs allowed on property. No Greek affiliated groups. All events and outside vendors must be preapproved by owner; Separate fees applied for events
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upper Level Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Tile/glass shower/double sinks/jetted tub; see video
    Upper Level South Wing #1 Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double Sinks, private room for toilet.
    Upper Level Jack n Jill between South Wing #2 and twin room - toilet , shower , Double Sinks, make up counter, toilet and shower.
    Upper Level North Wing Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large bathroom attached to North Wing #1
    Rec Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Private room for toilet. EXTRA Shower area in hallway.
    Main Level Powder Room - toilet , Only has sink and toilet. Just off kitchen area.
    Main Level Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Has 2 private rooms; 1 for bath and 1 for toilet. See Video
  • 6.5
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40
  • Queen on main - 2 queen , Main Level; full bath and powder room in adjacent hallway
    King on Main - 1 king , Main Level; full bath and powder room in adjacent hallway
    Upper Level Twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Upper Level Twin bedroom shares JnJ bath South Wing #2
    Rec Level Bunk Room - 3 bunk bed , Bunk Room has full bath in hallway.
    Upper Level Master - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Large Master with custom bath and private balcony
    Upper Level South Wing #1 - 2 queen , South Wing #1 offers 2 queen beds and full attached bath
    Upper Level South Wing #2 - 2 queen , Upper Level South Wing #2 offers 2 queen beds w/JnJ bath
    Upper Level North Wing Bedroom #1 - 3 queen , North Wing Bedroom #1 offers 3 queen beds/full bath attached
    Upper Level North Wing Bedroom #2 - 1 queen , North Wing #2 is INSIDE North Wing Bedroom #1. See video.
  • Totals: 2 Kings, 10 Queens, 1 set of twins beds, 3 sets of bunk beds. 3 queen sleeper sofas, 1 full sleeper sofa, 1 twin futon. 6 bedrooms on upper level, 2 bedrooms on main level, 1 bunk room on rec level/basement. Multiple beds in most bedrooms. Rec Level Work Out Room has queen sleeper sofa and twin futon; Rec Level TV room has King sleeper sofa.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There really is no other place like LaughingBearLodge! Room for kids to be kids, adults to sit and chat inside or out, or watch their favorite game or show on tv; there are 11 televisions throughout LaughingBearLodge. 1,000 ft of water front for the kids, fishing, or adults just sitting and relaxing on 40 ft patio lining water. Picnic in the woods or shaded areas, relax on one of the balconies or porches, walk in the woods, or just find 'your spot' somewhere on the 14 private acres---there is not another place like LaughingBearLodge. If the weather does not permit outside activities, the rec level has plenty to keep everyone entertained; racquetball/basketball court, small work out room, x-box 360 kinect (bring your own games), ping pong, pool table, 100 arcade games on 3 free standing machines (all free play). And all of this away from the 2 other levels of the house. There is enough space for everyone to play, relax, eat and sleep and NOT be on top of one another.!!!!


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average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

The property was breathtaking , Laughing Bear Lodge Lodge will leave an impression on your heart!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I are still talking about Laughing Bear Lodge. The property was Magnifigent ! It’s one of those places that you never what to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quite Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Laughing Bear Lodge is a very special place. This home was big enough to comfortably host three families with 14 kids (mostly teenagers). There was so much to do inside that our kids didn’t know if it was day or night. Then the outside was an adventure as well. The little kids tubed down the creek and fed the fish with the prepackaged daily food. As large as this place is it was also amazingly homey. The adults had quiet spots to enjoy morning coffee and read during the day. There was so much detail taken to decorate for Christmas that we couldn’t stop talking about all of the new things we noticed all week long. Leslee is a gem and her love for hosting is so obvious in herself and what she has put into this home. After only a five minute introduction my wife feels like they are besties. I will return so you may want to book early.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Laughing Bear Lodge Terrific!

  • 5 of 5

We were adult siblings and cousins reuniting for a long weekend. The surrounding area is lovely and offers hiking, rafting, golfing, shopping and sight-seeing. But we wouldn't have needed to go anywhere else. The Lodge and property are amazing! We cooked for a crowd in the ample kitchen, ate on the deck or around he kitchen counter and dining table, played with the "toys" inside and out, waded, fished, visited on the deck and inside porch, shared family pictures and videos on the big screen TVs. Will return asap!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well kept, beautiful home and grounds

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as advertised. The rooms were well furnished and beds were very comfortable. The kitchen is amazing with two sets of dishwasher, refrigerators and its own laundry room. The whole house is so spacious and accommodated my large family with ease. There is attention to comfort from the towels to the temperature. There is so much offered in the house especially with the downstairs game room so that there is really something to do from playing basketball, racquetball and other outside games. The grounds are beautiful, river is running and able to tube. This is an all around fantastically well kept, beautiful, well stocked and managed property. There is a caretaker that can be called if needed. I have never stayed in a home that had so much to offer everyone. The area itself is very easy to navigate when finding restaurants, shops, grocery stores. There is a notebook of all the area resources with directions on how to access them as well. We were able to eat together on a table that seated 16. We were able to use the outdoors for a home made obstacle course, kickball, volleyball. There are tubes for free to use to float down the river. Food for the fish and a very relaxing outdoor area right in front of the peaceful river (large creek). There is nothing that was lacking, nothing broke down, the home was so clean and the owner met us there to show us around which is really nice as well. There is wildlife from deer to groundhogs and trout in the stream. Area activities are easily accessed. This was the most perfect vacation for our family. Anyone who would want to experience peace, calm, fun and feel pampered with a lot to do or not do, have some coffee or meals on the patio overlooking the gorgeous grounds and hearing the stream run could not do any better. At night you can see the stars so clearly. There is also a way to pipe in music in the house, open up the sunroom while grilling so that you can sit inside or outside. ALL the bedrooms had either queen or king beds and were so well decorated. Can't say enough what a wonderful experience we all had and will have again in the future. Laughing Bear Lodge is the perfect vacation home.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful!! Perfect for a large family or group! Lovely owner as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

LBL was perfect for our family reunion of 19. We went white water rafting, played volleyball, went tubing, fished, played racqetball, made s'mores in the fire pit, and played lots of games. The basement was great for the kids. Thanks for providing the tubes!

Bedrooms were all comfortable, but would have liked shades in the master. Kitchen was great, with lots of room for all our food.

We loved our stay and would rebook if we decide on another mountain vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Chattanooga, TN
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Downtown Blue Ridge
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Old Toccoa Farms Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Cider House
Car: necessary

Appalachian Trail ends about 15 miles south of LaughingBearLodge. 1996 Olympic Kayaking Park sits approx 20 miles from LaughingBearLodge on the Ocoee River. Try your water skills on the course or spend the afternoon just watching. Chattanooga TN is an hour and half WEST of LaughingBearLodge, Asheville, NC is 2 and half hours NORTH, and Atlanta is 2 hours South of LaughingBearLodge. Centrally located for city excursions in TN, NC and GA! Hiking trails, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, and streams envelope this entire area. Fannin County is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia. Endless outdoor activities are available within minutes of LaughingBearLodge. Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a great 3 and a half hour excursion with open air cars for a blast from the past ride on a steam locomotive! Quaint, one of a kind shops and restaurants line the streets of Blue Ridge, GA for a day of shopping and dining. Most of downtown Blue Ridge is locally owned and the friendly town-folk only make your day THAT much more special! Mercier Orchard is about 10 miles south of LaughingBear and you can pick your own apples, peaches, cherries, etc., depending on the time of year. Visit area wineries for tours and tastings and depending on the time of year you visit the North GA mountains---enjoy festivals, carnivals, rodeos, fairs, music, auto shows, always great shopping and always friendly mountain hospitality.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $500 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

May 26-September 3, 2018 requires a base minimum rate of 4,650 OR your price based on your number of nights x's your number of guests; whichever is greater.
November 18-November 25 2018 requires base minimum rate of $6,300 OR your number of nights x's your number of guests, whichever is greater.
December 23-January 2, 2019, $4,800 base minimum must be met or your number of nights x's your number of guests; whichever is greater.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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