Our family pulled into the Old Bear after a grueling mid-day drive across LA with our dog, three kids (including a 16-month old), and tons of xmas presents from the grandparents stuffed into our minivan.... wow, what a welcome relief to be welcomed as we pulled into the driveway by David, the super-friendly (I would actually use the word "jolly") man of the house. As the house dogs wiggled their welcome around our legs, the two older kids ran shrieking out of the van to touch the snow, which we almost never see in our neck of the Bay Area.
David and his wife Maxine are the most warm and welcoming hosts we can remember having at a B&B (and we've traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America). They were kind to our kids, and didn't worry a whit about the occasional spill or near-miss of something getting broken. Our dog was in seventh heaven, and we were grateful to be able to unwind on this peaceful property with a complimentary beer and a hot tub.
The bedrooms were warm and well-appointed, and breakfast was a full cooked affair with homemade baked blueberry French toast, sausages, fresh fruit, and good coffee. Another nice thing is that the tiny village main street is only 2 blocks away, with an antique/gift shop, homey pizza place, small general store, and more. We found great sledding just a few minutes away by car, and stables and picnic areas along the river which we'll explore in warmer weather.
We will definitely come back again -- this might become our regular pit stop on our route to the folks in San Diego. It's rare to find a B&B that not only accepts but welcomes kids and dogs, but is still a pleasing adult environment. This place is a great value for the money, and a great getaway for a couple or for the whole family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable, scenic, quite, and home-like. The perfect place to rest and relax. We provide a full breakfast for our guests along with other amenities such as hot tub, DVD movie library, games, and more. Come for a visit. ... more less