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Rustic Elegance to Feed Your Soul in the Heart of Pennsylvania

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Dancing Bear Lodge in springtime.


Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:1.75
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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,
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be at least 18. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs are welcome if they are reasonably well behaved. Please crate your dog if you leave the premises for an extended period of time. Dogs can be free on the deck if you use a baby gate (provided) to enclose them. There are two overhead tie outs in the woods behind the lodge which you are welcome to use with dogs who have harnesses. Due to pet allergies, cats are not allowed inside the lodge. Crated cats could stay on the back porch. ...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Smoking is allowed only outside of the building. Anyone observed smoking illicit substances will be required to leave. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    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

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Other (See Description)


  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • First floor half-bath: toilet

    This bathroom has a sink with a vaniety....moreless

  • First floor bathroom: toilet, shower

    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. The suite next door has a bathtub with a shower, a sink and toilet....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    An assortment of reading materials for all ages are available. Topics include natural history, spirituality and fiction....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    An assortment of board games are available for guests. There are also decks of cards and a variety of puzzles....moreless

  • Music Library:

    The CDs at Dancing Bear include celtic, world beat, classic rock, native american, and new age artists. ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    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

  • Television:

    There is a TV...but the TV does not have cable. It is available to use with DVDs...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toys for young children include animal puppets, children's puzzles, a doll house and board games....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Playground
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    R B Winter State Park which is about 6 miles from the lodge has a small man made lake with a sandy beach, swimming area and fishing opportunities. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    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

  • Rural:

    Dancing Bear Lodge is in a beautiful agricultural valley accented by colorful fields. You can watch old order Amish drive by and if you ask, you can dine with a local Amish family....moreless

  • Village:

    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
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 16 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    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

  • Clothes Dryer:

    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. There are four bikes available for older children or adults....moreless

  • Garage:

    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

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The main source of heat is a propane furnace. Guests are free to adjust the programmable thermostats for their comfort....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, light blankets and comforters are available for all of the sleeping accommodations listed. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    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

  • Mobile Phone:

    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

  • Telephone:

    Dancing Bear Lodge has a land line that can be used for local calls or 911 calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels, hand towels and wash clothes are provided for up to 12 overnight guests....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Front loading washer available upon request next door....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    There are two available secure networks. Ask for the passwords when you arrive....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    There is a large fire circle in the back yard of Dancing Bear Lodge. A chimanea is available in a more private location....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    A glass fronted wood stove is located in seating area on the first floor just inside the front door....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    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

  • Coffee Maker:

    There is a 12 cup Mr Coffee coffeemaker and a number of coffee carafes. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    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

  • Dishwasher:

    A classic dishwasher with a sanitizing option....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    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

  • Microwave:

    The microwave is large enough to cook a turkey if you wanted to cook it that way....moreless

  • Oven:

    The stove has a full sized oven. A toaster oven is also available. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    The kitchen is stocked with basic spices, sugar and sweeteners, cooking oil and spray and vinegar. I also provide coffee and teas....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    The refrigerator is a side by side unit with a water, ice and crushed ice dispenser. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    The Lodge is equipped with a Jen-Air electric stove....moreless

  • Toaster:

    There is a two slice toaster with a bagel option. There is also a toaster oven....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Two mountain bikes and two cruiser bikes are available upon request....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The back deck has two full sized picnic tables and a couple Adirondack style chairs....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The back yard has ample space for dogs to frolic safely. There is a sprawling chestnut tree for shade, and a grove of mature evergreens that house many songbirds....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A grill is available for use with charcoal. A small propane gas grill is also available....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    The owner is happy to share her favorite cross-country ski trails with her guests. ...moreless



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from 22 traveler reviews
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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$150 $200
Fri, Sat, Sun

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
  • 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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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Williamsport Regional Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Rauchtown Inn
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 80
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
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.


Owner info

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, PA, USA:
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.

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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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  • Dancing Bear Lodge in springtime.

    Dancing Bear Lodge in springtime.

  • Futon in north loft sleeping area

    Futon in north loft sleeping area

  • Back deck late autumn

    Back deck late autumn

  • Living room side of great room with futon on right side.

    Living room side of great room with futon on right side.

  • Seating area in south loft.

    Seating area in south loft.

  • Great room looking toward back deck.

    Great room looking toward back deck.

  • Front porch with rocking chairs

    Front porch with rocking chairs

  • Backyard with fire ring and grove of pines

    Backyard with fire ring and grove of pines

  • Kitchen food prep area

    Kitchen food prep area

  • Queen bed in south loft.

    Queen bed in south loft.

  • Kitchen sink area looking onto back porch.

    Kitchen sink area looking onto back porch.

  • Seating area with wood stove.

    Seating area with wood stove.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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