Bear Mountain Inn
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Ideal Location for Bridgton Academy Parents' Weekend
The Bear Mountain Inn is a 5-star experience in the Lakes Region of Maine. Set amid a rolling lawn overlooking a spectacular lake, the Bear Mountain Inn has everything necessary for a relaxing weekend retreat. I felt like a guest at a country house with innkeepers Lorraine and Rickie always ready to pamper and please. The bedrooms, most with private baths, are spacious and comfortable as well as beautifully decorated. Breakfasts are sumptuous and satisfying. Lorraine makes everything herself using only the freshest and healthiest ingredients. There's always fresh fruit, homemade muffins and scones and the main entree such as her fabulous vegetable quiche. On a cold Maine morning, breakfast in front of the fire would certainly be the high point of the day. The inn also has location, location, location. In addition, to many nearby restaurants it is only a five minute drive to Bridgton Academy where I was participating in Parents' Weekend. The close proximity allowed me to get a much needed mid-day break. Saturday afternoon I had tea on the porch overlooking the lake. On Sunday, after enduring a cold, windy football game, I was glad to be welcomed by a cozy fire in the living room and some homemade oatmeal raisin cookies to go along with my tea. I had such a good experience at the Bear Mountain Inn that I booked it for my next two visits.
Fantastic Wedding Destination
We have just returned from an elopement weekend at the Bear Mountain Inn. The inn itself is an amazing B & B in one of the most beautiful places to see this time of year. This is one of the most romantic places I've ever visited and the innkeepers, Rickie and Lorraine, go out of their way to make you feel at home. They handled the details of our ceremony and we had exactly what we'd planned on...a small, intimate, romantic wedding. The surrounding area offers a lot of choices when it comes to dining and breakfast at the inn is wonderful! If you're looking to step outside of the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and just relax and enjoy nature and a slower pace, this is the place to do it. We chose this B & B on a lark since neither of us hd ever been to Maine, but we were so pleased that we will visit again! This was the perfect start to our new life together. I can't thank them enough!!!!!
The very best in peacefulness
This was my second year in a row that I was taken to Bear Moutain Inn for my birthday and I hope we do it again next year. The inn is set in a beautiful location by a lake that is so peaceful to wake up to and the stars at night are incredible to view. However the great part about this place is the service and pleasent atmosphere, that Lorranie and Ricky (the owners) have created for their guests. We stayed in the Grizzly Suite which is so comfortable, roomy and gave my partner and I the much needed rest and alone time we were looking for. The basket of fruit and cheese and the fresh flowers in our room when we arrived was a wonderful loving touch and made us feel right at home.
There are good hiking trails up in the surrounding hills which give a wonderful view of the surrounding valley and kayaking on the lake are great activities. There are also good resturants in the area and art galleries to visit. So your not stuck with so much around you to see and do.
I have traveled and stayed in many places around the world and other than the sandy beaches of Hawaii to rest on, this Inn gave me what I needed, a peaceful rest. Again I have to say just resting inside the Inn and down by the lake was all I needed. So I will be back next year again for my birthday. My thanks to Lorraine and Ricky and their staff for a great birthday.
Where the Heart Is!
Words really cannot describe how great Bear Mountain Inn is! Lorraine & Rickie were more then just Innkeepers, they were friends and just about made you their family. My Wife and I picked Bear Mountain Inn to stay for our Honeymoon and learned of it from the internet. Pictures from the internet do not do justice as it could not show every detail of the "Great Grizzly". Walking into this room was a mouth dropping experience. From wall to wall, this place was it! The room and even the whole Inn was decorated like it was home and you can tell so much time and energy was put into the Inn. Breakfast! Oh, I miss the breakfast already! I miss the smell walking down the steps every morning and the great home cookin of Lorraine & Rickie. They catered to all the guest to make sure the breakfast they cooked would appeal to everyone. They definitely made us feel welcome and helped us around Maine as they were our GPS and gave us many ideas of things to do throughout the week. It was sad to go, not just because we didn't want vacation to be over, but because we will miss Ricky, Lorraine, Cheyanne, Coty, Kitty Bear, Little Bear, Angel Face, & Bear Mountain Inn.
Loved The Grizzly Bear Suite
Just a quick note to let ANYONE who is looking to enjoy a getaway that will be ABOVE and BEYOND anything they could have hoped for....to go to THE BEAR MOUNTAIN INN in South Waterford ME.
Innkeepers, Lorraine and Ricky leave no detail overlooked. In every aspect we hoped for, we were more than pleased to say the least. The majestic beauty of the Inn's location on Bear Lake,the impeccably kept building and grounds, the warm reception and treatment of both Lorraine and Ricky, the beautifully appointed Grizzly Suite, AND the DELICIOUS and elegantly presented food all conspired to make a very memorable stay. Bear Mountain Inn is a CLASS A OPERATION run by the BEST!!!!!! YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY. This was our second stay and we are heading back as soon as we get free again!
Just the right touch
My wife and I picked the Bear Mountain Inn to celebrate our anniversary for a number of reasons: Lovely location; facilities (large grounds, canoes, etc.); dog-friendly policy. We were more than delighted in every aspect of the property--and the proprietors.
B&B owners can be, well, too accommodating (with the best of intentions, of course), but Rickie and Lorraine struck just the right note--friendly and helpful, but careful to respect our privacy.
And our Border Collie, Lady, had a grand time, too, romping with the Inn's dogs, Dakota and Cheyenne.
Anyone looking for a cozy cabin for two (even incl. a canine companion) would do well to consider the Inn's Sugar Bear Cottage: beautifully furnished and appointed, including a clawfoot tub, fireplace, kitchenette, and a DVD player (and flat screen TV) for those lazy 'let's stay in' afternoons.
Oh, yes! The breakfasts were tasty and pleasantly presented, in a room with a lovely view. A first for us was the cup-at-a-time coffee brewer, with a wide selection of coffees--a nice touch, making every cup just-brewed fresh.
Well done, Bear Mountain Inn!
Timothy Burris and Lisa K. Moore
Great Diamond Island, Maine
Read this prior to giving a deposit!!!!!
My fiance and I had scheduled to go to Bear Mtn Inn in July 2007. A few days after we gave a deposit of $325, we had to cancel our reservation. The "return" policy on the website states you get full refund (minus $25) if you cancel 30+ days of reservation (which we did). Needless to say, it took us approximately 3 weeks to obtain our refund. It was interesting in that they charged us the same day of the reservation but took their time giving us a refund.
What was even worse, my fiance and I tried calling them and sent email but had no response. My fiance finally spoke to "Ricki" when he blocked the phone number. He was told "the book keeper is busy but
not to worry, we would get our money back." She also told him they received all of our messages but I guess they never thought it would be appropiate to return our calls/emails.
I ended up filing a complaint with VISA and then I sent an email advising them if they didn't credit our card, I would file a complaint with The Better Business Bureau and Attorney General's Office in Maine. I gave them a deadline and FINALLY they did credit our account.
I thought they were unprofessional in their business practices. If I had this mess for cancelling a reservation, I would think twice before going there.
Time of our lives!!!
We spent our honeymoon and the Bear mountain Inn and we could not have had a better time. The staff was welcoming and friendly, beatiful views, the most relaxing room i have every stayed in. Right when we got there we felt right at home from the fresh cookies to the cheese and fruit plates. Even on a rainy day staying in the jacoozi or watching one of the many DVD's was great. We plan on going back every year on our anniversary.
I went to this Inn with friends over the three-day weekend in February. On our 9 pm arrival, after our four-hour drive, we were greeted with a gruff, "Who's payin'?" I've stayed at dozens of B&B's and never has payment been demanded at the door. It reminded me of some sort of pay-by-the-hour place and immediately made me uneasy.
We were then given a tour of the inn and told that "Breakfast is from 8:30-9:00. The earlier you arrive, the hotter the food." What? Am I paying for this? Oh yeah, I already paid. In any event, we steeled ourselves for an early morning during this getaway to lovely Maine.
The first morning, before heading down to breakfast, one of the owners came up to ask if we were eating breakfast. It was 840 am! Didn't we have until 9? We headed down at 845 am, and for a while things were going well. The lovely and kind assistant to the owners offered to throw a log on the fire to allow us to relax and linger while enjoying a leisurely breakfast. We accepted her offer. No more than five minutes later, one of the owners was at our table, "clearing" away our nearly full glasses of orange juice and removing our half-full plates of food. We got the message. Given our experience that morning, that night, we left a note that we would not be taking breakfast. Needless to say, at 850 or so the following morning, the owners' lovely and kind assistant knocked on our doors for "housekeeping." We were soundly asleep!!!!! On our last morning, mercifully, the lovely and kind assistant came to our table and apologized for waking us. We forgave her this sin, especially after she said one of the owners had sent her up to check on things since we were "probably out and about." Apparently, according to the assistant, one of owners will occassionally take a peek in the rooms to see if her guests are away. What a mess.
We left the inn with a bitter taste in our mouths. Not only were the meals so-so, but the overall experience left much to be desired. The inn was clean, but our room, Brown Bear, desperately needed new wallpaper. From the beginning, we did not feel like welcomed guests; we felt like children visiting their parents' house. I would strongly disagree with the prior reviewer. When I go away I expect the basics: hospitality, leisure, and respect. None was given at Bear Mountain. I won't be back.
Lastly, I forgot to mention that they owners didn't bother with freshly brewed coffee. Instead, they served coffee from an instant coffee machine. So much for good the 'ol fashioned country inn vibe.
Just Plain Awesome Bed & Breakfast
I have been there mutiple time and would defintly go back again and plan to. THe whole place is the BEST. The grounds are great, the staff is great and the house is great. Truly the best B&B I have ever been to. There is no question that this is the place you want to stay if you want to go to maine. Also the location is perfect, 30 min. to bethel and Sunday River, awesome hiking trails close by (Grafton State Park), snowmobile trails right there . Fun bars and resturants in Bethel.
And the breakfast in the morning is top notch.
Good luck and have fun...............
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