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Rustic Elegance to Feed Your Soul in the Heart of Pennsylvania

Bedrooms Studio
Half Baths2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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About the property

Lodge, Studio + Other (See Description), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 0-10)

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 peaceful sounds of mountain streams or whispering wind.

Nearby communities including Lewisburg, Lock Haven, Millheim and Williamsport have entertainment to offer including live music, micro-breweries, wineries, theater and cinema. State College, home of the Nittany Lions is about 45 minutes from the lodge.

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. R.B. Winter has a small lake where you can swim or paddle. Both parks have well marked trails and fishing in season.

The first floor of the lodge includes a spacious great room which has tables and chairs for as many as 16 people if you want to throw a party or serve a Holiday feast. There are two main sitting areas: one with a couch, a double futon, a rocking chair and two wing back chairs, the second sitting area faces a glass fronted wood stove and includes a sofa and two chairs. A TV with a DVD player is placed in the area with the most seating.

The kitchen adjoins the great room and faces the back porch and deck. There is a bar with seating between the great room and the kitchen. The back porch, accessible from the kitchen through French doors, has a futon and two Adirondack chairs. It adjoins a large partly shaded deck with a full size picnic table. There is a handi-capped accessible ramp from the deck to the ground.

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 multiple soshi screens. A queen sofa bed and a double futon are available on the first floor. There are two additional single futon mattresses and a folding cot that can be used for children or additional guests.

If you are planning a larger family gathering, or are traveling with someone who snores, you can the owner about the available of an additional guest suite next door, which includes two rooms, a full bath and it's own entrance.

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, mountain bike or cross country ski in season. 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.

If you would like to learn more about nature the owner is available to take you on a guided bird or wildflower walk. She is also a avid gardener and would be happy to share whatever is growing in the vegetable, herb or flower gardens.

Keywords: Cabin, retreat,

More Details

Lucy Heggenstaller
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

About Lucy Heggenstaller

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.

Lucy Heggenstaller purchased this lodge in 2003

Why Lucy Heggenstaller chose Sugar Valley

I was working in a medical office building with no windows for too many years. When this property, which was built originally as a church, became available I dreamed of having a space with lots of natural light. When my lodge is not booked I use it in my business as a space for workshops, retreats and counseling.

What makes this lodge unique

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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Rustic Elegance to Feed Your Soul in the Heart of Pennsylvania
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Very relaxing, house was clean and larger than I thought.

  • 5 of 5

Sitting on front porch watching Amish buggys going by was great.

Lucy is very friendly and kind, even offered to pick up food for us! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great peaceful cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is so cute! The location is great! The state park up the road is a great location to hike, swim and have family time. The owners of the cabin were very kind and helpful!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Relaxing and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Space! I wish we could stay one more day before we return to the busy world. Everything is picturesque, the area, the backyard feels like another world. I especially love that I could bring my beloved Doxie, Harry. The cabin/retreat is spotless, everything you could possibly need is here. Three bathrooms! I plan on returning with quilting friends for a retreat and would also be a great weekend family escape.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a really great time at Dancing Bear Lodge. The space is truly beautiful - the pictures of the property really don't do it justice. We had everything we needed and then some. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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It was really nice

  • 4 of 5

Lucy was really nice and we enjoyed the nice quiet weekend.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Scarsdale, NY United States

Hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a amazing Thanksgiving at the Dancing Bear Lodge. It is a great property to spend time with family and friends. The lodge is very cute, and offers its guests an opportunity for time of seclusion, peace, and harmony. Overall, it is a great place to stay with family. The owner, Lucy is also very kind and helpful. I would recommend this property for anyone interested in spending time at a hidden gem in PA.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Williamsport Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Rauchtown Inn
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Interstate 80
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Twilight Diner
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Eastville Lodge Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Eastville Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
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  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 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 16 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • First floor half-bath - toilet , This bathroom has a sink with a vaniety.
    First floor bathroom - toilet , shower , The shower is handicapped accessible with a fold down bench.
    Second floor bathroom - toilet , This half-bath is adjacent to the north loft. It has a sink.
  • 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. The suite next door has a bathtub with a shower, a sink and toilet.
  • Studio, Sleeps 12
  • 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. If you are booking the space to share with others and need more privacy, a suite is available next door as well.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • playground
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
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.

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