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Bear Mountain Lodge
Ranked #1 of 8 Silver City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

Bear Mountain Lodge will surpass even the most critical travelers. The, Lodge is beautiful with an interesting history, the staff is very friendly , the grounds are wonderful with miles of well maintained hiking trails. We would come back in a heartbeat

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

I've put off writing this review for a week, realizing I can't really do justice to either Bear Mountain Lodge or the wonderful folk who run it and work there.

Based on reviews here, we initially booked a room for three nights. We arrived and fell in love with the lodge, it's people and the grounds. Lucky us (!), because it was off-season we were able to extend our visit by an additional night. And then we extended it again. Clearly, we didn't want to leave. Each morning we'd watch the sun rise, track it's rays as they lit up the grounds, while the mule deer explored just beneath our window and the jays sailed tree to tree. It was idyllic.

The sign at the entrance to the property (which is uncontrived & gorgeous) greets everyone with a "Welcome Home." That ethos is realized in every aspect, every detail, every interaction here. Our hosts for those five days -- first Linda, then Jeff -- were exceptional: relaxed in the best possible way, informative, kind, generous and funny. The staff that we met were always in great spirits, excellent in remaining on top of things and yet never intrusive. The breakfasts were impossible to resist; I'm not a breakfast fan in general, but here I was converted.

This lodge consistently garners raves on TripAdvisor and I heartily second all of them. It will be an utter joy to return to the lodge one of these days. Silver City and its environs, Gila National Forest . . . all hold numerous charms. But it's Bear Mountain Lodge that will bring us back.

Room Tip: Based on what we saw, they all are pretty delightful.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

After driving through the mountains on winding Route 152 and finding our way to the Lodge, we were delighted to discover such comfortable and serene accommodations. We stayed in the O'Keeffe room on the second floor of the main building. It was spacious and had wood floors and art-covered walls. On one end of the room were a bed, two nightstands, and an armoire and on the other end, a couch, armchair, and coffee table. We had a little balcony (actually really the rooftop) with a small table and chairs. This was a great place for observing birds by day and stars at night. We enjoyed hiking on one of the three trails on the property (formerly owned by the Nature Conservancy) and spotting deer roaming around on the grounds. The breakfasts were delicious, and the hosts (especially Jeff) most welcoming.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Nancy505
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Having had a dreadful stay in a Comfort Inn in Socorro the night before, we really need a good place for tonight: we need to relax and get ready for the long drive tomorrow. I look up hotels in Silver City on TripAdvisor and discover the Bear Mountain Lodge. Venues on TripAdvisor are almost always contested: restaurants, hotels, attractions, some people like them, some don't, there is no accounting for taste. But the reviews of this Lodge are all superlative. This is so rare that we don't hesitate and call the place right away. A very pleasant Judy assures me that they have more than one room available and that somebody would be there to meet us and greet us up until 8pm. Our plan is to arrive much earlier. We find the place easily and the long private drive to the Lodge gives us plenty of time to begin appreciating the serene beauty of the place. The property is located on 180 acres of beautiful habitat, complete with lawns, hills, trails, wildlife, horses and art. And art. And more art.
We enter through the thick wooden door to be greeted by two silvery statuesque which appear quite welcoming. It smells like something nice is being cooked in the kitchen, we get a glimpse of a dining area, a bright fire is burning in the fireplace, there are some distant noises of dishes being moved and birds singing. We wander around in search of Judy and soon find a young man who assures us that Judy is gone for the day, but Jeff will take care of us. Jeff himself appears instantaneously, and I ask to see the room. It's on the upper floor, with balcony looking East. The sky is turning in the pink-purple-dark blue colors of the Sunset and I love the room: it's spacious and eclectic, with whimsical touches everywhere: from the primitive colorful ceramics to the intricate tile design in the bathroom to the folder with laminated National Geographic photos of all the birds on the property to the Western furniture and Indian rugs on the floor. I love it!
We are offered to stay for diner (tonight it's chicken, complete dinner $30) but we have made our mind to go to the Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House (see separate review). Jeff gives us a key to the room (they have a total of ten rooms, all named) and advises us that the front door will close at 8 (we have a key for that one as well). The property has gone through some colorful transformations, including farm, hospital and, most recently, nature conservancy. We are told they represent 20 local artists and that explain the abundance of interesting art all around: from colorful primitive ceramics, to intricate black and white photography to jewelry with Indian motives to sculptures, metal and ceramics, to paintings and what not else.
When we come back from diner, we find a couple of guests in animated discussion around the fireplace, still clutching a glass of after diner wine in their hands. Next morning I take a long luxurious bath using the house branded salts with an aroma which reins in the entire domain: something sensual and pleasant and healthy and wholesome, a dream come true. Breakfast is served 8-9:30 (nothing of that vulgar buffet style, it's different every day and if you don't like what they offer, they'd go out of their way to accommodate you). Nothing's being left to chance, full attention to detail at every step: my egg whites are accompanied by a piece of water melon, atop which a curly slice of orange is attached with a toothpick ending with a miniature pink heart! Yes, a miniature pink heart, as cute as they come. House made cookies are in one, actually in two jars on the table in the dining area all day long. The different trails are described in detail in the Welcome Book in our room and the house go to such details as providing carrots ("in the ice box in the kitchen" ) for "you to give treats to the horses, they are very friendly." But wait! I have not told you the best: there is not one single TV set anywhere on the premises! There is WIFI but hey, you might consider giving yourself a break from technology and leaving it all behind for the length of your stay: just indulge in the serene beauty surrounding you.
Regretfully, we leave, after purchasing some ceramics and I promise myself (and Jeff!) that we will come back here, it's too beautiful not to see it again.

Room Tip: Ask for upper floor main lodge, with balcony looking East
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

The pictures on the website do not do this place justice. It is breathtaking. We stayed in the main lodge in the Gila room, directly off the great room. The room and bathroom were fantastic; beautifully and artfully decorated and we had an outside door to our own patio. The rooms and the lodge are filled with art for sale. We played cribbage in the great room in front of the fire. Extensive hiking trails, outside sculpture, and wildlife abound. Indeed, this is a wonderful place for a several day getaway. Our included breakfast? Fresh fruit, homemade granola with yogurt, a frittata, bacon, juice and plenty of coffee, all served in the bright and colorful dining room. You can't go wrong.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Have stayed here twice, in different rooms; each time the experience was wonderful. Quiet, beautifully appointed rooms, knowledgeable and friendly hosts, delicious and sumptuous breakfasts, wildlife, hiking trails, two labyrinths for walking, and surrounded by excellent art, also for sale in the Lodge gallery. Only three miles out of town but a peaceful world away. Perfect place to celebrate wedding, engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, or for reunions of families or friends. My stay inspired me to think of additional excuses to come here again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank SKABQNM
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Quiet, large, comfortable rooms: check. Very well decorated: check. Extremely friendly reception and service: check. Best breakfast going: check. Adjacent to huge Nature Conservancy lands for hiking: check. Amazing, fun artwork throughout: check. Great value for the money: Check!!!!
What could be better than a long weekend at Bear Mountain Lodge?

Room Tip: We especially liked the "Emory" room, but we looked at others, and they all looked great...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 60 Bear Mountain Rd, Silver City, NM 88061-8950
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Silver City
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Silver City
Price Range: $179 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bear Mountain Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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