We booked this as a last-minute overnight. It is not a deluxe place, but that isn't what we were looking for. The inn is clean, cozy and has a country/ski-lodge feel. We happened to be there during unseasonably cold and rainy weather, and still had a great time. Our room had a gas fireplace, so that took the chill away.
The gardens looked beautiful and well-kept, and there is a nice pool and hot-tub (although closed while we were there).
Our room was clean and comfortable, with a king-sized bed and large dresser. Furnishings are country-style, with some antiques and interesting details. Not fancy, but comfortable. Bathroom was spotless.
We had the 3-course prix fixe dinner, and everything was very good and fresh. I had a delicious tomato curry soup. The Black Bear pie was scrumptious. Breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, cereal, homemade muffins and two hot entree sources (french toast and a Vermont Cheddar omelet for us), along with a choice of bacon, sausage or hash. All was excellent, and there was plenty of maple syrup.
The inn is quiet at night, and was not crowded when we were there. Definitely not a spot for people looking for wild nightlife (except maybe actual wildlife!). It is close to skiing for winter, and we would definitely consider going back with our kids to ski at Bolton Valley. The inn is kid-friendly and there were some families there. We would be completely comfortable bringing our kids with us.
We will return. The area is beautiful and this inn is a real find.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 2000 feet above the valley floor, the Black Bear Inn extends a warm welcome to all who visit our mountaintop hideaway! Our slopeside location makes us the ideal spot for a ski vacation with family; the Black Bear Inn also offers rooms with private hot tubs for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Guests will start each day with a hearty country breakfast featuring locally-tapped maple syrup, and later enjoy fine dining in our candlelit restaurant where we feature a three-course prix fix menu that changes nightly and an extensive wine list. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Black Bear Hotel Bolton Valley