Rated number 1 in Hot Springs, NC by tripadvisor !!
Winner of tripadvisor 2013 and 2014 "Certificate of Excellence" !!

Guest comments say it all!!
"Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer"
Do we have to go home?

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. During the day please take advantage of our assortment of beverages located in the small refrigerator on the kitchen counter. We also keep an assortment of locally made pot pies on hand for a minimal cost for the times that you would just like to eat in.

Gift Certificates

Are you ready to give a gift that will be rich in memories, and full of opportunities to relax while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors? A RiverDance experience leaves our guests feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to return again for some more time in the mountains. Certificates have no blackout dates and do not expire. It's truly is a gift that will delight and enrich! A wonderful gift for that special someone in your life.

The Lodge at Bear River

The Lodge at Bear River

RiverDance is part of Bear River Lodge. The Lodge at Bear River is available for rental for weddings and events and offers a unique atmosphere that other locations simply can't compete with. 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.

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 !!


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.

Trout Fishing Experience - 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.

Zip Lining in Madison County - 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.

Appalachian Oasis - We bring it to You!! Combine a wonderful couples massage with a memorable gourmet dining experience that is sure to be the highlight of your visit to Hot Springs.

No one can deny the many benefits of Massage Therapy, it is one of the oldest forms of health care available today. All massage techniques involve positive touch, which our minds link to comfort and love. Children and young animals require positive touch to thrive and grow, and touch has been linked to stress-relief and relaxation in adults as well. When a soothing touch is applied to the skin, messages are sent to the brain to relax the body and release endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Rubbing the muscles and tissues also help to work out any stiffness or tension that is stored in the body, improving flexibility and ease of movement. Massage is also useful for stimulating the lymphatic system, which boosts the immune system and helps rid the body of toxins.

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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