I contacted Wendi at the Black Bear Inn to arrange an anniversary surprise for my husband. She helped me with every tiny detail and went above and beyond for us! When I asked her for a recommendation of a local masseuse, she gave me three names, and listed her top recommendation. The plans were made in complete secret, and my husband was so surprised and delighted when we arrived. We were greeted with smiles, shown to our amazing room and left to settle in before wine and cheese. Once we were settled, we were presented with a cheese plate and my favorite wine varietal in the gorgeous great room. The atmosphere was cozy and romantic. We felt like we had expanses of time to snuggle, chat, and enjoy our cheese. Wendi also accommodated my husband with custom non-alcoholic beverages based on his likes throughout our stay. After cheese, we went back to our room (Tuscany) to relax and get ready for the dinner Chef Bruce spent hours preparing for us. I took full advantage of the jacuzzi tub while my husband luxuriated on the pillow-like bed with a book. It felt like time slowed down just for us while we were at the Black Bear. By the time we sat down for our customized dinner by Chef Bruce, we were completely relaxed and ready. Greeted by champange and warm olives, our dinner was timed perfectly and included a long list of our favorite flavors prepared with Bruce's special flair, finished perfectly with creme brule style pumpkin bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. AMAZING! Each bite was so satisfying! Just before the entree was served, Wendi played our processional song (At Last by Etta James) and we had to take a break from enjoying dinner to have a tiny dance! The details just were beyond perfect, and although I planned the evening with Wendi, she managed to get plenty of little surprises and personal touches in for me as well, like some photos from our wedding on our printed menu, special champagne flutes, the song, etc. I was moved to tears multiple times over the course of the evening. My husband and I both felt as though we were the center of the universe for the night! After dinner, we enjoyed the cloud-like bed, the ambiance of the in-room woodstove, and the overall charm of our surroundings and woke up to a view of the gorgeous forrest in the morning. Breakfast was delicious and we felt no hurry to rush to check out. We enjoyed the morning at the Inn, and when our stay came to an end, we agreed, it was the best anniversary celebration we have ever spent! Thank you Bruce and Wendi for a fantastic stay! We felt like royalty!
- Also Known As:
- Arnold Black Bear Hotel
- Arnold Black Bear Hotel Arnold
- 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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