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Bear Mountain Inn

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364 Waterford Rd, Waterford, ME 04088-3909
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Waterford
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Welcome to the Bear Mountain Inn, a spectacular four-season lakefront bed and breakfast resort. The historic homestead, surrounded by sprawling lawns and forest, overlooks a private sandy beach w canoes, kayaks, fishing poles), and a large deck with fieldstone fireplace providing splendid vistas of Bear Lake.The Inn has eleven beautifully decorated rooms including two-bedroom suites, and large luxurious suites with in-room Jacuzzi & fireplace. For those desiring greater privacy, the inn offers two options: a two-story executive post & beam home, which provides ample space and privacy for families or groups, or our dog-friendly, quaint Sugar Bear cottage, both with extraordinary views of Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains. Outdoor 5 person hot tub (great for stargazing and relaxing) and fieldstone fireplace for evening fires.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Game room
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
Wifi
Breakfast buffet
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Billiards
Fishing
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Bottled water
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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English
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Maria R wrote a review Aug 2021
7 contributions2 helpful votes
It was refreshing to be met with such warm hospitality after a 5 1/2 hour drive to Maine. This genuine hospitality continued throughout the weekend at the Bear Mountain Inn with Julie, Brian and Josh who made sure that our stay was perfect in every way and Terri, who prepared the most scrumptious breakfasts. The wedding ceremony that my husband and I attended was by a nearby lake, and with the sun peeking through the trees, which made for a beautiful backdrop. Afterwards, we enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour and reception in the rustic, yet stunning barn, adorned with two crystal chandeliers. The Inn has been elegantly renovated with modern amenities and exquisite taste, that only accentuates the character of this destination. My husband and I can't speak more highly of our stay here and we plan to return in the near future.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: The Red Oak room was perfect...
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Responded Sep 5, 2021
Hi Maria, thank you so much for sharing your experience. Our goal is to make the Bear Mountain Inn a home away from home with all of the creature comforts to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. It was a joy having you stay with us and we can’t wait to have you back again!
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Tamara K wrote a review Aug 2021
Indialantic, Florida117 contributions34 helpful votes
Loved the Mountain Ash room! Lovely sitting area overlooking the front of the house and toward the lake, gorgeous bathroom, great amenities, perfect B&B stay! We could only stay one night, but took advantage of the canoe early the next morning to go around the lake and then partook of a sumptuous and delicious breakfast. The owners and hosts were friendly and helpful with whatever we asked or needed. A gorgeous property and welcoming stay.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: All pictured online; hard to choose. Loved the Mountain Ash room on the top floor. Need to...
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Response from JulieAndBrian Sullivan, Owner at Bear Mountain Inn
Responded Sep 5, 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your kind words Tamara. We hope to have you back soon for a longer stay!
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Peter S wrote a review Aug 2021
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My wife, three children, and I stayed at the inn for the weekend to celebrate my niece’s wedding. I can not say enough good about the inn and their staff. Everyone was friendly and kind. The inn was clean and welcoming. The food and snacks were a delight! If you are looking to get away for a weekend for any reason, this is the place to go. I highly recommend!!!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from JulieAndBrian Sullivan, Owner at Bear Mountain Inn
Responded Sep 5, 2021
Hi Peter, it was an absolute pleasure to have you and your family stay with us! You did an amazing job officiating Alexis and Kohl ’s beautiful wedding ceremony. It was wonderful getting to know their friends and family, and we hope to have you back again soon!
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A.N. wrote a review Aug 2021
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I was here for a friend's wedding two weeks ago. A few guests (5 of us) were sitting on the benches chatting and catching up with each other the night of the wedding rehearsal. The owner of this place came up to us, and asked that we leave since we were not in the rehearsal at that moment. It was still early in the evening (bright summer evening), and we were not causing any disruption. We were invited there by the bride and the groom. We were not trespassers. We were shocked to be treated that way but left immediately as instructed by the owner. The next day... at the wedding reception, there were some seating issues, which the bride and the groom parties were sorting out. In the midst of this, the venue owner again came up to us (3 of us) and asked us to leave. We were escorted out by another staff member WHILE we were literally leaving the space. The rationale was that there wasn't enough space, and that we had to leave. We found out later that seating was eventually arranged for everyone but we had been kicked out of the wedding reception by the owner. Given the pattern of behavior, unfortunately, I am having a hard time coming up with a rational explanation for why we were treated in this manner repeatedly. The only explanation is: we are non-white; we are brown. I strongly believe that this would not have happened if were white. We were racially profiled, robbed of our dignity, and treated in an extremely humiliating way. We were told by the owner to vacate the premises during a dear friend's wedding we came to attend from as far as the west coast. This was a scarring, eye-opening experience, one that will be difficult to forget. I am writing this review as a heads up to those who might be considering this venue, especially individuals that are non-white. I hope you find a different venue that treats you with respect and values your humanity.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from JulieAndBrian Sullivan, Owner at Bear Mountain Inn
Responded Sep 5, 2021
We value your feedback and are truly saddened to read your review. We take great pride making all our guests feel welcome regardless of their race, orientation, background or culture. To clarify what happened on the night of the rehearsal, was that after the rehearsal was over, we asked guests who were not staying with us on property to depart. When couples choose to book their wedding and ceremony rehearsal with us they are notified in their contract of our Off Site Guest Policy. This policy clearly states that outside of venue rental time, and ceremony rehearsal time, any guest not staying on the property must depart soon after the event has ended. We strictly enforce this policy with all weddings that we host to all non-registered guests for insurance and liability purposes. On Megan and Paul’s wedding day, we had planned and agreed to a 150 guest wedding. At last count we had over 225 guests who continued to arrive well after the ceremony was over. The event barn where the wedding dinner was held has a maximum capacity of 150 guests. It took some quick planning and communicating between our staff, the caterer, and both sides of the family to accommodate the unanticipated guests. In coordinating with family members, we had to ask those who were not part of the wedding party to join the others outside so family members could be seated for dinner. We did not turn anyone away, and were able to feed all the guests who attended beyond the 150 we had planned for, and made sure that everyone enjoyed the day and were able to celebrate the marriage of Megan and Paul.  Here at Bear Mountain Inn + Barn we greatly welcome all families regardless of religion, race, creed, orientation, skin tone, creed or ethnicity.  We would encourage you to contact us directly so that we may speak with you about your expense on our property.  We would welcome you and your family back to the property to stay so that you might experience first hand the fun, relaxation and guest service that Bear Mountain Inn is known for.
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nawesm wrote a review Aug 2021
Groton, Connecticut, United States2 contributions2 helpful votes
The place is beautiful no doubt but the owners of this place are racist. I attented a wedding there and there were issues with space at the reception. The owners/manager misbehaved with 3 of us who were brown and waiting at the reception door and rudely told us to leave the wedding reception several times because there was no space.They could have taken a more professional approach and be more accommodating to us. We were close friends to both the bride and groom all dressed up for the wedding ( we did not look like we were trespassing the property). I think this is systemic racism and would have never happened if we were white. The owner was monitoring the Inn 24×7 and told us to leave the wedding venue during the wedding reception. So yeah be careful of booking this place if you are not white.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Brian Sullivan, Owner at Bear Mountain Inn
Responded Aug 8, 2021
Nawshaba, thank you for taking the time to share this information. We do believe that through the feedback of our guests, and the guests of those guests, that we are able to learn and grow the most. As you remember last weekend was a joyous and celebratory event for Megan and Paul. The Bear Mountain Inn staff were all very excited to meet both sides of the family, learn about everyone's cultures and backgrounds, and it was quite exciting for everyone to see that culture unfold on our property. As you well know, the guest count was considerably over what was agreed to, or expected.  We were told to plan for 150 guests, and well over 50 additional guests arrived. Yes, it took some quick planning and communicating between our staff, the caterer, photographer, and both sides of the family before we were all able to wrap our heads around how to move forward with the day. In the end, we in fact, did not turn anyone away. We know that a few people did choose to leave on their own. But with the help of close family members interpreting other languages, the caterer getting more food, and everyone involved, we were able to feed all the guests and make sure that everyone enjoyed the day and were able to celebrate the marriage of Megan and Paul.  Please be assured that at no time did race, creed, religion or anything play a factor in any of the quick decisions that were made.   Nawshaba, we would hope that you might look back on your experience knowing a little more about the days events. We welcome you back with open arms, in order to better convey our quality of guest experience to anyone that steps foot on the property here at Bear Mountain Inn + Barn. At all times, all are welcome here regardless of race, orientation, background or culture. Please allow us the opportunity to make it up to you. We would be grateful for the opportunity to speak with you about this matter, and use your experience to learn ways to improve our guest communication. 
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bear Mountain Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Bear Mountain Inn?
Nearby attractions include Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center (3.9 miles) and Northern Heights Farm (2.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bear Mountain Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Bear Mountain Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Bear Mountain Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Bear Mountain Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bear Mountain Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Olde Mill Tavern, Pietree Orchard, and The Village Tie Up Market & Deli.
Are pets allowed at Bear Mountain Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Bear Mountain Inn offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Does Bear Mountain Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.