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Amber Bear Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Heron B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 7, 2014

My husband and I stayed 2 nights at the Amber Bear Inn in December while we attended our daughter's graduation from Monarch. I use a wheelchair so Mike directed us to the side of the building that had a ramp which led right up to our room. We had a downstairs room which was wonderfully close to the living room/dining room. It was spacious and had a lovely fireplace. The bathroom was also roomy. The handles on the bathtub were inoperable at the time so we were not able to use the tub but we hadn't planned on using it anyway. The only challenge I had was the toilet area was a bit tight and without grab bars. The shower also had a ledge that I am unable to step over so my husband lifted me onto the built in shower seat. It would have been helpful if the ledge were removed and a roll in shower chair available. I have to say though that overall it was an amazing room with beautiful mountain style furniture, charming bedspreads, and very comfy beds. We had both a queen and a full size bed in the room. The height of the full size bed was perfect for me.

Mike and Nancy are very helpful. They're friendly, patient, and accommodating in every way. There were two girls from a local boarding school helping Nancy one day. Their names are Grace and Hanna and they are adorable! They wrapped, for me, over a dozen Christmas presents that I brought for my daughter. Hanna and Grace are not only physically beautiful but they have sweet, gentle spirits that made me want to hang out with them. I think of these 2 girls often and I hope they realize that their cheerful dispositions and helpful hands make burdens lighter and days brighter for people like me and for others with whom they interact.

All in all, I loved The Amber Bear Inn. The proximity to Monarch; Nancy's delicious and full breakfasts (and the scones are yummy!); Mike's willingness to chit chat about any subject that a guest introduces; and the hospitable atmosphere that permeates the home is all a tremendous pleasure!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Amber B, Owner at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2014

Thanks for your wonderful review and your suggestions on improving our facility for guests in wheelchairs. We are especially pleased about your marvelous comments concerning Hanna and Grace and we will pass your review along to the girls. They are two of the hardest working, gracious teenagers we've ever encountered. Our area is very blessed to have two of the nation's best teen boarding schools. Our Inn has enjoyed a close relationship with the schools and the families for over 10 years. Its fun to watch the kids transition from awkward teenagers to seriously successful adults. They frequently come back to visit us years after they've graduated.

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

This is a sweet, quaint restaurant and inn. It is located in the beautiful cabinet mountains on the Montana/Idaho border. The scenery is gorgeous.

The owners provide a menu filled with delicious meal options. I've not stayed in the Inn, however, the restaurant service, conversation, and food is exceptional. I've eaten there twice and look forward to eating there again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amber B, Owner at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2013

Thanks for your kind words. Thanks for choosing our Inn for your Thanksgiving dinner. We know its 140 mile round-trip between Plains and Amber Bear Inn.

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Reviewed October 25, 2013

October in Northern Idaho and Montana can be some of the most beautiful, quiet days we have. After a pleasant day kayaking on the Clark Fork River we made our way to Amber Bear Inn and was greeted by Nancy and Mike and welcomed into their beautiful B&B. We were really surprised and thrilled with our room. Any request was promptly accommodated and we felt completely at home. Nancy has done an outstanding job of making the room homey and comfortable. It was so nice to pad down to the dinning room and have the coffee already made and waiting for us in the morning. Breakfast was delicious....no skimping on quality or portions! Nancy and Mike are very knowledgeable people on many subject which made for great conversations. What a thrill it was to look out the window and see a black bear searching around for the last of the apples. Don't forget to check out the cute gift shop. Oh, yeah, we will definitely come back and soon.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amber B, Manager at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Thanks for your wonderful review. We have worked hard to make the Amber Bear Inn a quiet, peaceful place for our guests and the local wildlife. We never tire of looking out a window and spotting deer, elk, or bears wandering around, feeling safe on the grounds. We are now providing a Work/Study program for a local boarding School and the beautiful young women from the School assist us with our guests and facilities. Young people are truly one of America's most endangered species. We thank you for staying with us. Your patronage has a ripple effect far beyond the local economy.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Labor Day dinner was excellent. The wild life, a few feet from the window worth the trip. We had dinner and didn't stay this time. We viewed the rooms. Large and beautiful. The air is clean and the mountains spectacular. We love Heron, Mt.

Room Tip: I didn't stay this time but would love to.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amber B, Manager at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2013

Thanks so much for your kind words. Hopefully, when you travel through this area again you'll be able to spend more time. We have fantastic hiking, fishing, and a boat launch onto the Clark Fork River 2 minutes away. As you mentioned, you stumble over wildlife as we are a place with more animals than people. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We were there for only one night but sure wish we could have stayed longer. The place is wonderful. It is about 5 miles off of the main road and we were a bit skeptical as to what we would be finding once we got to it, but were pleasantly surprised. The building is very open and lots of light colored wood and big fireplaces. The view is wonderful and we could see deer from our room in the morning, by the pond. There were also peacocks, goats, and a llama, on the property. As we were eating dinner, Mike, the owner, invited us to come look out the back window to see a black bear that had been making an appearance every night. He came right up to the building and stood up on his hind legs so I could get a great picture of him. Fortunately the window was too high for him to reach us. I guess he came to eat apples from their trees. The breakfast is included and it was delicious. We also ate dinner there and that, too was very good. The owners are very friendly and easy to talk to.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amber B, Owner at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Thanks for your kind words, we appreciate it. We are a wild life sanctuary and are located at the base of Beaver Peak, adjoining the National Forest. Driving five miles off the State highway, in a very rural area, seems an odd place to locate a Lodge. However, it puts our guests at a great advantage of seeing wildlife from one of the many windows in the Lodge. It also provides a quiet rest, away from highway and railroad noise. Thanks again, for your kind words and five star rating.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

My daughter and I shared a room with a large fireplace and bathroom. We slept with the windows open and the rain pitter pattering on the roof tiles below. It was perfect. We only stayed one night and got there late, but it was well worth it. Breakfast was delicious!!

Susan and Mila

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Amber B, Manager at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Thanks for your kind words. Its hot and dry here now and your review mentions rain. Wish we had some! Instead, we have large sprinklers in our meadow to keep the native grasses growing for our wildlife and free-range critters. The water comes from an artesian spring on the grounds which guests hike up to and enjoy an ice-cold soak. Underneath large cedar trees, the artesian spring gushes down the mountain year-round and is a cool retreat 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the surrounding mountainside on a hot summer day.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were in town for a family reunion and stayed at the Amber Bear Inn June 14th and 15th. We had a wonderful time and wish we could have just relaxed there all weekend! Communication with them was easy, I had emailed them a few nights before we were going to be there and there was an email in my inbox and a phone call in the morning by the time I got off work. The building is very comfortable, our room was just what we needed and the area is beautiful. The food was great and we would have liked to eat there more but the reunion fed us as well. We went on a lovely hike up the hills behind the building and had even more beautiful mountain views. It was fun visiting with Mike and Nancy and they were very hospitable. They even offered for our relatives to park their RV's up there so they wouldn't have to hear the train all night and my in-laws even stayed the next night at the Inn to get away from that same train, and they slept very well. We will definitely be return guests and would recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable weekend in the mountains.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amber B, Manager at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2013

Thanks so much for your kind words. The Inn is located 4 miles off State Highway 200. We are one of the few who are not located along a busy, noisy highway. The State of Montana has an enormous number of freight trains, up to 9 a night, transporting coal to China, logs to builders, and other products moving along parallel to the noisy highway. If you want QUIET, you will find it at Amber Bear Inn. You will not find quiet at lodging perched along the railroad tracks and busy highways. If QUIET is important to you, we are well worth the extra 5 minute drive to get away from noise. We thank this reviewer for pointing it out, and we thank her, once again, for her kind words.

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Address: 25 Amber Bear Lane, Heron, MT 59844
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Location: United States > Montana > Heron
Amenities:
Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Heron
Price Range: $100 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amber Bear Inn is a small, boutique, one-of-kind, rural Inn located on a 400 acre wildlife sanctuary in the Bitteroot Mountains. The Inn is located 4 miles off busy State Highway 200 and away from the noisy railroad tracks that run parallel to the highway. It is backed up to Kootenai National Forest, and there is direct access to the Forest for hiking, snowmobiling, and ATV access. Nature trails are groomed into the estate. A free boat launch on the Clark Fork River is 2 minutes away and is a gateway to fishing, kayaking, tubing, and sking.This is a quiet forest setting with rooms boasting magnificent views. There are 7 fireplaces in the Inn, free high-speed video-streaming wifi, satellite TV in every room, and a full-service restaurant. Breakfast is included and is ordered off the restaurant menu at the lodger's convenience. The restaurant is open to non-lodging guests by reservation only to maintain a tranquil setting. We offer an international selection of beer and wine.The owners live & work onsite and are one of Montana's oldest families, boasting 7 generations and over 100 years of State residency. We welcome you to our home & our State. ... more   less 

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