Black Bear Inn
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Left Boston Monday morning after picking up our Chrysler SUV, a nice car but too many bells and whistles so can make a difficult job of driving on the right hand side of the road a little more challenging. We started the journey on an interstate highway which makes the F3 look like a goat track but had no alternative until we got about halfway to Hartford. Left the interstate and followed the minor roads to Sturbridge ...
We had a good week with Mom, Dad the boys princess and Grandma and Grandpa.
When the motor home arrived and drove up on Camp Rd., all we could say is man is that thing HUGE. Grandpa stayed up the road and the little guys slept over they had fun playing legos in ...
Motorcycle: 175 miles, Stowe, VT to Monmouth Maine It's cloudy, but we are dry this morning. We take our coffee and walk downtown. A stop by a Jerky boutique and we learn more than we thought you could about beef jerky. The gourmet jerky is not like the leather you buy in most stores. Mark chats up the own Anthony and ends up with a sample of the good stuff. We walk away with a new appreciation for the product. The ride through the New England mountains is ...
... little ways. We arrived in Middlebury and went to a bar on the river for a while before I went to my warmshowers for the evening and the Quebecers went to... well I'm not sure where they slept, I did not feel it appropriate to impose them on my hosts so last minute. David an Patty are my hosts this evening, and they are wonderful. Their home is a beautiful construct of their own design, and their backyard is the Middlebury college campus; they ...
... we lost each other but I hope we can meet further down the road. I arrived in Burlington, the biggest (and only, as my host informed me) city in Vermont, a state of merely 600,000 people. The city is beautiful with a pedestrian only Main Street that boasts a massive Ben and Jerry's, outdoor exchange, the Vermont flannel company, and a brewpub that carries a beer voted a few years ago to be the best in the world, no ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Black Bear Inn Bolton Valley
We wanted to get away, but not that far away, with all the conveniences and amenities, where it's quite, but a short drive from shopping, dinning and fun. And we wanted to ski, snow shoe, and not have to leave the inn for anything. We found the Black Bear Inn at Bolton Valley Vt. Our room had a Fire-stove, Hot tub, private bath, handmade quilt, TV, beautiful view, and was quite. The food was wonderful, and there was a birdfeeder outside the window enjoyed by colorful birds- yes even in the winter. Ken the Innkeeper made us feel welcome and pointed us on a few great adventures. Burlington was about 25 minutes away which we enjoyed. The snow shoeing was great - we enjoyed Bryant trial. If you like trees and steeps for skiing, try Devils Playground. The three and a half hour drive from Boston was more than worth it and we will be making it again, soon. Make time to sit on the coaches next the fire in the common room and save an extra muffin for the way up. Joseph and Kate.
After reading some of the reviews about this hotel my boyfriend and I decided to see for ourselves. After all I work in the service industry and know how picky people can be. Although upon arrival the framed pictures of Bush and Cheney was the first indication that we should have listened to the reviews.
After many years of going to North Conway, NH after Thanksgiving, we decided to try something different. After seaching on the Internet we came to a listing of the Black Bear Inn and I fell in love with the Inn immediately. Al and I have been a couple for 20 years and have travelled to many places but this seemed to be just what we were looking for in comfort and relaxation. We booked our reservation and patiently awaited our visit. I kept going back to look at the site and after a few visits decided it was time that Al and I got married. Al contacted Ken Richardson, the Innkeeper, and made all the arrangements for our ceremony. Ken handled everything for us. Once we arrived we both knew that we had made a wonderful decision. The Inn was warm and cozy, the decor was inviting for a long and lazy week-end. Ken married Al and I on Saturday, at "High Noon", as Ken was quick to say. He performed a truly wonderful and meaningful ceremony which we will both remember forever and a day. Chris was there to take our pictures and the unique scenario was our best man Oscar and Rufus ---the two best Bassett Hounds "around town". We dined both evenings at the Inn to a most wonderful menu, starting with soup to the grand finale of a scrumptious dessert.
A totally enjoyable, long weekend...
My wife of 30 years and I spent a long weekend in the Burlington area. The weather wasn't the best, (I tried) and the fall colors were a recent memory. Regardless, we had a great time and we were quite pleased with our stay at the Black Bear Inn. It was our first visit to the area and Ken, the innkeeper, was most helpful with advise for local dining and attractions. He has a map on a hallway wall showing his "recommended" auto tours of Vermont. (some short, some day-trips) The tours are color highlighted and vary from historical, scenic to shopping for local crafts or antiques. Breakfast was your choice of classic dishes, including homemade breads. We stayed in the main Inn, which has rooms with hot tubs. We will stay with Ken the next time we visit the area.
Black Bear Inn - Bolton Valley
Ken Richardson and his team at the Black Bear make everyone so comfortable. The views are spectacular, the accommodations are so warm and homey, and the people so kind.
We have come to consider this getaway as home away from home.
Restful Black Bear Inn
We had a fall foliage package plan, which included breakfast (wonderful) and dinners (very good menu) the service was excellent and the staff was very social, Ken Richardson (inn keeper) was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the area, also very helpful with directions, our stay overall, was very pleasant and restful, had a good time. Say hello to Oscar upon arrival.
My boyfriend & I stayed here over Labor Day weekend for one night. At first glance, the place seemed nice, but a little crowded with LOTS of stuffed bears and framed pictures of George W & Cheney. We didn't take advantage of the dinner (which was a cookout), but the breakfast was delicious.
Great place to stay!
Just got back from a visit to the Burlington area and stayed at the Black Bear. Could not have chosen a better place to stay. Peaceful country location. Nice pool area. Ken Richardson (inn keeper) and his staff were friendly and most accomodating. Most helpful in giving info on places to vist, with maps and info sheets for each. We had the breakfast/dinner plan and the food was superb. Our room (#12) with hot-tub on deck was ok, but was not the best location (in corner next to the vent from kitchen). Would defintely stay here again, but in another room.
The info book in our room informed us that the Black Bear Inn is different from other inns; that here we'd be known by our name, not a number. It then apologetically and defensively declares that the ambience and personal touch make up for the lack of amenities boasted by other inns and resorts. Apparently, two of the amenities the Black Bear feels it can do without are hospitality and tact.