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10,000SqFt, 9BR-6BA, Racqtball/Basketball, 14Acres-TroutStream,Billiards,Arcade

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: 10,000 Sq Ft Lodge 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 18-20. 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 in 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,

More Details

Leslee Reuning
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

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 Northwest High Country

14 private acres with more than 1,000 ft on highly sought after Trout Stream! 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.

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.


Blue Ridge Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 40
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • 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.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • 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 ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Rec Level - plus has one extra shower on this level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper Level North Wing; off bedrooms #5 and #6
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upper Level; J n J between twin and south wing queen bdrm.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main Level; adjacent hallway from BDRM 7 & 8
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Upper Level Beatufiul master suite bath!
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , Main Level; Powder room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper Level; Off BDRM #2. Has seperate hall entrance as well
  • 6.5
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 king , Main Level; full bath and powder room in adjacent hallway
    Bedroom 8 - 2 queen , Main Level; full bath and powder room in adjacent hallway
    Bedroom 9 - 3 bunk bed , Rec Level; full bath down hallway; extra shower as well.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Upper Level North Wing; this bedroom inside 3 queen bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 3 queen , Upper LevelNorth Wing; full bath attached
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Upper Level South Wing; full bath attached
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Upper level Mater Suite/Master bath + 2 Q sleeper sofas
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Upper Level; shares JnJ bath with South wing bedrm #3
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Upper Level South wing; Shares J n J bath with twin bedroom
  • 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 each bedroom.
  • 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
  • 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 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. 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 21 reviews

"Peaceful Atomsphere"

  • 5 of 5

The property was awesome, peaceful & spacious and clean. We did a "Women Retreat" from our church group & we had a wonderful time.

Thanks Mrs. Leslee Reuning for sharing you wonderful place with us.

Salena Williams

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Property, Excellent Location, and Excellent Owners!

  • 5 of 5

Not even Bill & Ted had a more excellent adventure. The property was excellent for our LARGE group of family and/or friends. Ours was a group of 12 adults and 10 children (ages 7 to 11). The property could not have been more perfect. Our main rule with the kids was no electronics (cell phones, xbox, DS, IPads) during our stay. Not one kid complained that they were bored. The basement (i.e. Rec. Room) was great. The kids would be down there for hours playing pool, ping pong, basketball, and dodge ball. Oh yes, we made an exception on the electronics and let them play the old school video games (Pac Man, Frogger, Galaga, etc) on the three arcade games in the basement.

The basement also has plenty of other games/toys to play with such as corn hole, golf clubs, hula hoops, footballs, so you do not have to bring much.

As you can see from the pictures, the backyard is HUGE!!! Plenty of room to play kickball, soccer, football, and any other outdoor sport the kids are into. Great outdoor seating areas for the adults to watch the kids. Lovely river/creek running behind the property. Includes countless floats so that you can take the stairs down to the river on one end of the property and float around the bend and get out on the other end of the property.

The main parts of the house are excellent too. HUGE kitchen with all kinds of appliances and cooking utensils. Great fireplace and seating areas. At least three outdoor balconies overlooking the back yard. The house is wired with speakers in numerous zones that you can control volume of the music that is connected to a receiver you bluetooth connect to your phone or other device and jam away.

I can go on and on, but i won't. The description used by the owner is spot on. I would HIGHLY recommend this place for large groups.

PS The location is great too. You are minutes away from Tennessee (Ocoee River) or North Carolina (Natanhala River) for some great outdoor adventure. You are also 20 minutes away from a Super Walmart and other stores for supplies!!!!

You can't go wrong. BOOK THIS PLACE!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pinnacle Retreat and Respite

  • 5 of 5

I brought up a group of high level women executives from our organization: Arete-Executive Women of Influence from Florida and Georgia for our annual retreat. As soon as they came onto the property they began to breathe and release then refreshment of soul and spirit began to take place. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Large Gathering

  • 5 of 5

A very nice and large home to accommodate our group. This was a perfect setting to host a group retreat. While there were some small problems (ice maker not working, hornet nest in river, wasp nest on porch), the scenery and availability to meet our needs were outstanding. The house keeper met us on site and helped us find everything. Plenty of room for 18 of us and the owner was outstanding to work with. The river was a little low to float but we still enjoyed the water and huge lawn. I would recommend this location to groups wanting to get away and do team building.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home for a large group

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Laughing Bear Lodge for an amazing week! We visited with four generations of family in attendance and found everything about our experience to be wonderful. Not only are the amenities spectacular and the grounds breathtakingly beautiful, it was easy to feel right at home. Our family made some lifelong memories and we hope to someday have the opportunity to return to Laughing Bear and make some more.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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They though of everything!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 27 from ages 4 months to 81 and we all had a great time. Unfortunately, it was raining on and off for four of the seven days, but that didn't matter! There was so much for the kids to do in the basement, they were never bored. The adults relaxed and talked or played games on the main level since there were so many seating areas and space to spread out and do different activities. So comfortable and relaxing. When it wasn't raining, most of us were on the creek trying to fish or just enjoying the patio and walking on the grounds. The bedrooms worked our perfectly for our different family needs. Everyone kept commenting, "they thought of everything!" Even though it is a large house, it very much felt like home!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • 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

Blue Ridge Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 16 2017 - Sep 4 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Season
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
May 26 2018 - Sep 3 2018
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

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

For ALL SUMMER stays: $4,200 Minimum base rate or what your price is based on your number of nights and guests, whichever is greater.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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