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“Great experience, highly recommend” 5 of 5 stars
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1343 Oak Circle, PO Box 109, Arnold, CA 95223   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Arnold B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Corte Madera, California
1 review
“Great experience, highly recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

My wife and two sons had a very nice stay at the Arnold Black Bear Inn. The soaring wood beamed ceilings (no nails used) were beautiful to view as we sipped tea in front of the large stone fireplace in the serenity of the great room. The food and wine was excellent, Chef Bruce prepared the most amazing butternut squash bisque, with roasted garlic and chives. The Calaveras room was spacious, nicely decorated, and super clean. Hosts Bruce and Wendi were very gracious and friendly. Bruce is also a very talented painter, and his works are displayed at the inn.

The Inn is conveniently located about 25 minutes from Bear Valley skiing. I also liked the fact that just down the road there is an auto supply store where you can get necessary items (such as windshield wiper fluid that doesn't freeze) and my snow scraper, which I forgot to bring.

The Black Bear Inn is convenient, just off the main road, but feels quiet and private. We will be back again, next time with friends.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Bruce and Wendi went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and more during our stay. Bruce is a talented chef and Wendi is a wonderful host. We were surprised to be such a short drive away from some great skiing at Bear Valley. We look forward to our next visit!

Room Tip: We loved the Tuscany room as it was the closest to the awesome jacuzzi:)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Brentwood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Black Bear Inn was recommended by a friend who has the best taste ever, but even she was not able to convey how really wonderful our experience would be. The facility is beautiful inside and out, the food absolutely delicious, and Bruce and Wendi so warm and inviting. Perfect for whatever the occasion.

Room Tip: They all looked very very lovely, just don't think you could go wrong with any one of the 5 you...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Brentwood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Owners Wendi and Bruce made our New Year's Eve with friends a memorable experience. They made us feel like family. The Inn is wonderful and the breakfasts and happy hour are just great. We highly recommend Black Bear Inn as a wonderful place to stay. Bruce and Wendi prepared New Year's Eve dinner for our group of friends and it was definitely a 5 star meal.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any of the rooms available. They are each warm and welcoming with beaut...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

So beautiful in the winter with the snow on the ground. But always carry chains just in case a storm rolls in while you're there. The food is amazing and the hosts are so friendly and accomodating! I had special dietary restrictions and they were able to work around it by just letting them know in advance.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Calavares Room. Nice and large! Firplace and flat screen TV with DVD player made...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Sunnyvale, Calif.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Bruce & Wendi are the innkeepers of this splendid inn with lofty open beam ceilings, cozy rooms individually themed according to wine region, and a lovely yard perfect for weddings or vow renewals. Bruce, a certified chef, makes a killer signature nut encrusted french toast and gets his bacon at a special butcher shop that is over an hour away from town. I am thankful to be the consumer of this sweet bacon during breakfast.

I wish we had the chance to enjoy Bruce's cooking at dinnertime, but there is always next time. You will love coming here. It is a wow place with a capital W!
-Kathy L.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a whirlpool tub except for the Calaveras room, but that is the largest one with a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

This is a very lovely and charming inn nestled in the woods. Owners Bruce and Wendi are so friendly and hospitable. The service is excellent and the food is superb! You will not be disappointed. This is a great place to relax and unwind. My husband and I highly recommend this inn!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Address: 1343 Oak Circle, PO Box 109, Arnold, CA 95223
Location: United States > California > Arnold
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Arnold
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Sequoias, amazing scenery and quiet surroundings. You can experience all this and more year round at the only Bed & Breakfast in Arnold, California. The Black Bear Inn is a 5,200 square foot timber frame constructed inn on 1.3 acres in a park-like setting. Our five guest rooms have private baths, king beds, fireplaces, radiant heating and cooling, satellite television. Included in the room rate is a full, gourmet breakfast in the morning, and custom cheese trays & local wines each evening. Custom dinners also available upon request - call for menu options and pricing. ... more   less 
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