Rated number 1 in Hot Springs, NC by tripadvisor !!
Winner of tripadvisor "Certificate of Excellence" for 2013-2015!!

RiverDance is a captivating blend of the best in a traditional Vacation Rental and an upscale Bed and Breakfast. As our guests, nestled on a quiet mountainside, high above the river, you will find your home away from home. Experience the outdoors at its best, day or night, from our Carolina Porch with its barn board fireplace Relax in front of the massive Arts and Crafts fireplace in the inviting great room, and rest comfortably in your own private quarters.

For your convenience a full service kitchen, laundry and high speed WiFi are available. Whether it's a family gathering, a special event, a get away weekend, wanting to experiencing the great outdoors or just relaxing, RiverDance has it all. RiverDance is both pet friendly (dogs) and we love having children around.

Start your day with a full continental breakfast including homemade pastries, local granola, yogurts, assorted fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea and more. Want that easy dinner meal? We have locally made pot pies on hand.

Our 15 Minutes of Fame

The call came from our friends at Bed and Breakfast.com that we had been selected to be a prize during "Bed Breakfast Week" on the "Wheel of Fortune" TV show. And the response was unexpected. That day the number of visits to our tripadvisor page went up over 1,000 times. We had put together an amazing outdoor adventure package that included our partners at French Broad Adventures (rafting and ziplining), High Ridge Adventures (trout fishing, ATVing and more). When the winners are ready to wind down, The Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, will come in provide an intimate gourmet dinner to cap off an amazing experience. Let us help you put together a one of kind adventure to remember.

Gift Certificates

Racking your brain to think of what to give to that someone special? A RiverDance weekend getaway would do just the trick be it to celebrate a special occasion or just to provide some rest and relation in the mountains of Western North Carolina! It is hard to beat the views that are sure to capture your attention in addition to the soothing sound of the Big Laurel three hundred feet below. Complete the day with a dip in the hot tub under the stars. A great way to make some lasting memories!!

Citizen Times Feature

Wow !! The November 7th, 2015 edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times had a special feature in their Home section on RiverDance. Along with a host of beautiful pictures they did a great job at capturing the special feeling that is RiverDance.

"RiverDance is a cliffside Arts and Crafts-style bed and breakfast near Hot Springs, in Madison County. With a down-home, woodsy feel, it is adorned with wood floors and antiques from Western North Carolina artists. Its most remarkable feature is its wooden back porch outside a light-filled great room that overlooks the mountains and a U-shaped riverbend hundreds of feet below, as well as an outdoor hot tub overlooking the gorge. The three-story B and B has two guest suites". To see more of the article download the RiverDance article

The Lodge at Bear River

Looking for that unique mountain/lodge setting for your wedding, reunion, or special event? The Lodge at Bear River fits the bill. Gather by the fire pit to enjoy the crackling fire, sit on the back patio and listen to the Big Laurel River passing by. The inside of the Lodge offers massive fireplace surrounded by true Appalachian elegance. For more detail please go to The Lodge at Bear River or call Callie at (847) 809-3098 for more detail.

Packages - Packages - Packages

So, what would you like to do while visiting our beautiful Mountains? We have tried to put together a number of "Unusual" packages that should be great fun.

The Trout Fishing Experience - Got a yen to fly fish? Bear River Lodge features over three miles of private trout stream for your enjoyment. In addition to having a "National Heritage" Trout Stream right outside our gates. The French Broad River, just a few miles away, is a ideal place to go after small mouth bass !! Madison County, North Carolina is home to some of THE most beautiful and plentiful trout waters in America. The unprecedented beauty of the landscape, the breathtaking streams and rivers cascading through pristine national forests and dependable stocks of rainbow, brown and the brook trout set the stage for THE fly fishing experience of a lifetime. Hot Springs is in the northwestern corner of Madison County and is an epicenter for fly fishing. Within ten miles there are at least half a dozen world class fishing streams, creeks and rivers: Spring Creek, the French Broad River, Meadow Fork Creek, Hickey Fork Creek, Big Laurel Creek, and Shelton Laurel Creek.

The Outdoor Adventure Experience - Experience a fun-filled whitewater rafting adventure, or choose to do a milder calm water float trip! Both trips begin and end very close to Asheville, NC and will take you into the heart of the beautiful and scenic French Broad River valley. It's the perfect way to get out i n nature and enjoy the Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina. Soar through the trees at the Asheville area"s newest zipline canopy tour.

Experience the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains while you zip from tree to tree in a scenic mountain setting. After thirty years of outdoor experience the professionals at French Broad Rafting are expanding your adventure from the river to the trees. With an exciting combination of zips, rappels, short hikes and even a UTV ride, it"s the unique adventure you"ve been looking for. Our zipline adventure course is tree-based with nine lines ranging in length from 75-1000 feet long. Our professional staff will make sure your trip is safe, fun and exciting. The views are stunning, the adventure is astounding and your memories will be unforgettable. Located 10 minutes South of RiverDance. When you stay at RiverDance, you can take advantage of a 10% discount on both the ultimate zip line adventure or the variety of rafting trips.

A Sketch and a Prayer - One of the great joys of running a Bed and Breakfast is the incredible variety of people we get to share our lives with for a time. We have had people from all over the world, most recently from Jerusalem, Isreal come visit us. We had the opportunity last year to meet Mike and Rhi Wurman from Asheville. Both are accomplished artists, and great guest inn keepers. Mike was starting out on a new project where each year he is hiking one of four sections of the Appalachian Trail and documenting each hike with a book filled with his amazing sketches and, up close and personal descriptions of life on the trail. You may have seen advertising for the new movie "A Walk In The Woods" based on a book by Bill Bryson. I've seen it, read the book and can tell you truthfully that if you want to get intimate view of what real life on the AT is all about you have to read Mike's book.

Our Story

Our journey to the breathtaking mountains of the Carolina's began over a decade ago, and it is a dream come true. It was time to get away from the cold and fast pace of the Mid-West and create our year round Timber Frame home. We live in RiverDance full-time and are looking forward to having you as our guest. The idea from the start was to share RiverDance with others who want to venture out and explore all that Western North Carolina has to offer.


Callie, Dave and Marley Wellendorf
(847) 809-3098 or email wellendorfcallie@yahoo.com

We are currently setup to take payment with both checks and credit cards.

Fall pictures and video courtesy of Bruce Kennedy, innerworks productions
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