The setting of The Lodge at Bear River is a perfect combination of mountains and water all within ten minutes of the spa town of Hot Springs. The Lodge is a beautiful Appalachian style that will make you forget that you are only forty five minutes away from the delights of the “Paris of the South,” Asheville NC.
The Lodge’s Story
The Lodge offers a breath taking entry under a soaring Porte Cochere. This intimate setting, nestled between the mountains and fast flowing stream, provides a variety of options for both inside and outside space. The Lodge truly offers “Mountain Elegance with a Dash of Appalachian Style.” If you are looking for a wedding/reception setting, a place to hold a family gathering to celebrate a special mile stone or are in search for a workshop/retreat setting we hope that you will take a firsthand look at all that The Lodge at Bear River has to offer.
The inside space of the lodge features an impressive two sided stone fireplace, antique wood floors from an old mill, spiral log staircase, and other touches that speak of its inviting mountain style. Step outside to the two stone patios overlook the sights and sounds of the Big Laurel below offering an ideal setting for an intimate wedding ceremony. The lodge can comfortable handle up to ninety people.
The Lodge at Bear River surrounds you and your guests with the natural beauty that only the great outdoors can offer.
We are located in Madison County, 10 minutes away from Hot Springs NC with its hot natural spring water. Hot Springs is the first "trail town" on the Appalachian trail and offers many outdoor activities including whitewater rafting.
While you are exploring the beauty of Madison County you might want to take in zip liningor a float trip, zip line, hike the Appalachian Trail or enjoy some traditional music at Zuma’s in Marshall.
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Monica · Married on 11/10/2018
The Lodge is absolutely beautiful! We got married this past weekend, surrounded by fall leaves with about 50 of our closest family and friends. We were supposed to get married outside but it ended up being too cold, we had to move it all inside. Honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We got married in front of the big fire place and it looked stunning. My new husband and I got compliments on how beautiful the venue was from all of our guests. One guest shared that when they drove up on the lodge, the sun was shining through the fall leaves and it “took her breath away” it was so beautiful. This venue was budget friendly, everyone was easy to work with and so kind. Callie was warm and welcoming and her assistants were eager to help and genuinely excited for us. Also, the mountain has several rental properties, so most of our guests were able to stay on the mountain and close to the venue! We had the most wonderful and beautiful time. I highly recommend this venue.Sent on 11/12/2018
Chelsie · Married on 11/10/2018
Beautiful Mountain Venue by the Riverside
Two things in particular made my wedding day amazing. 1) My handsome groom. 2) The decision to have the wedding at The Lodge at Bear River.Sent on 03/31/2019
The beauty of the area can’t be described in words. With the lodge nestled up against a background of NC mountains, it became the perfect outdoor retreat for a wedding. The pictures we got were gorgeous, and there were many places to get a good shot.
My husband and I met each other at a whitewater kayaking event in North Carolina. So it was important to me to find a river in the backdrop, but I had no idea how lucky I got with the Lodge! Family and guests took time to explore the nature nearby, and it gave me a sense of peace with all of the chaos that goes along with your wedding week. The space was perfect for our 90(ish) person wedding, even with the drizzle we got at the end of the night.
Lodging for guests was easy with the assortment of B&Bs, vacation rentals, and camp sites close by. Many guests and the wedding party staying in nearby cabins. This was a great choice for us!
The Lodge itself should be reason enough to choose it for a wedding venue, but if that didn't make your choice easy, than Callie certainly did. Callie helps organize the Lodge as a venue, and she is fantastic. One of the sweetest people I have met and she was a great help during wedding planning. She even has an adorable B&B close to the venue!
All-in-all, I am so happy with the way our wedding turned out. It couldn't have been possible without the Lodge at Bear River to make the day special.
Leilani · Married on 05/19/2018
I can not express how amazing our wedding was this past weekend at The Lodge at Bear River. The entire experience with Callie was just a pleasure and made wedding planning a breeze! The Lodge is beyond gorgeous and really resembled something out of a fairytale! Our guests raved about how gorgeous the setting was and how we could not have found a more beautiful location! The entire experience exceeded our expectations! Setting up and breaking down the Lodge - Misty and Michael went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect! They were so attentive to making sure we had everything we needed and things were where we wanted them placed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Callie, Misty, and Michael! You truly made our wedding the most unbelievable day of our life and we can not thank you enough for everything!!!!Sent on 05/22/2018