Townsend, Tennessee, is a charming, quiet town in the Smoky Mountains—a place well off the touristy paths of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. In this restorative setting, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro feels right at home. Boasting s’mores by the firepit and produce grown feet from the kitchen, the restaurant focuses on slowing down, digging in, and enjoying the beauty of the land.
Sommelier Michelle LaBorde tends not only to an exceptional wine list but to a cocktail menu with a half dozen signature drinks. She has a special touch with bourbon; you’ll find Southern peach tea variations and fantastic old-fashioneds at Dancing Bear.
To welcome the crisp fall air, she’s leaning sweeter this September. This bourbon dessert drink is ideal for lingering around the table post-dinner or, of course, sipping by the fire.