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Bear Mountain Lodge
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Reviewed May 28, 2009

Bear Mountain Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. Everything they do is done well. The lodge is attractive, inviting and well-equipped. The dining area is inviting and comfortable with adjoining library/gift shop area. Our room upstairs in the lodge was large, with king bed, couch, desk area and easy chair not to mention the balcony outside our room. Bathroom was fine. Everyone on staff is helpful, pleasant and knowledgable.
The breakfast was good as was the coffee; there were plenty of juice, drinks, etc. All day there were snacks on the counter by the kitchen: fresh fruit, avacados, homemade cookies, biscotti, chocolates, etc. We had planned to try the dinner one night and go to Silver City other nights, but the dinner was so good we ate there 3 out of 4 nights. The menu is posted each evening for the next day; you sign up if you like the offering (one choice of entree). I was amazed at the high quality of the cooking - chicken piccata, grilled asparagus, lovely pasta, etc. Every meal ended with a delicious (usually some chocolate) dessert.
I came here to bird which was fabulous. My husband, a non-birder, was as happy as I was with Bear Mountain Lodge because the surroundings were beautiful and peaceful, the food was good and the wifi worked!! We will definitely return to this wonderful place!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2009

My wife and I book ed a room at the Bear Mountain Lodge for a five-night stay in southwestern New Mexico. What a great place!

The inn complex has been through many incarnations, but most recently was donated to The Nature Conservancy when the last innkeeper retired a decade ago. TNC has renovated and updated the lodge into a beautiful, restful, and comfortable escape--there are no televisions, and the only radio comes from the kitchen where the cooks listen to NPR while they make breakfast.

TNC uses the lodge as an educational tool to gently spread the group's conservation message. There's a free naturalist-guided tour every morning to one of TNC's preserves located relatively nearby or on one of the three trails that threads through the property (four miles, total).

The lodge offers a full cooked breakfast entree and lots of cereals, fruits and baked goods; there's no reason to go away hungry. While we stayed they, they also offered excellent dinners ($18.95/pp), but we understand that budget constraints will forced the inn to stop offering dinners beginning in June 2009. That's a shame, because the food and the ambiance were truly excellent. Nevertheless, there are two "fine dining" restaurants and lots of chain restaurants in Silver City (four miles away).

We stayed in the Bluebird Room in Myra's Retreat, a building separate from the main lodge with four suites. Our room was tastefully decorated in a restrained Western motif, with wooden floors, a wooden ceiling, and plastered walls adorned with artwork (for sale) from a local gallery. Our king-size bed was very comfortable, but the top cover/quilt was very heavy and didn't provide much warmth. In addition, we could have used a second comfortable reading chair in the room. These quibbles, however, were minor. The room was spotlessly clean.

Go to the Bear Mountain Lodge for an escape, a retreat, and a getaway. Enjoy its ambiance. We're really glad we stayed here. Note that the lodge only has 10 guest rooms and it may be hard to get a room; try to book as far in advance as possible.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

My partner and I spent a lovely week at this beautiful and peaceful lodge run by the Nature Conservancy. Lots of hikers and birders stay here, and there are many excellent spots nearby for both. A big breakfast is included in the room rate, along with fresh fruit and homemade cookies on demand. Several different kinds appeared throughout the week, including chocolate chip-oatmeal, molasses ginger and orange-cranberry biscotti. Boxed lunches were available for $8.50, with a big sandwich (two vegetarian choices), fruit, chips, carrots and yes, more cookies :). We stayed in the "Wren's Nest," which had its own kitchen. Our bed was big, firm and comfortable. All the staff were kind and generous with their time and resources. We chose to have dinner in the lodge (at $18 each) 5 of the 7 nights and the buffet-style meals were big and delicious. Our favorite was the grilled, wild-caught salmon. (Alcohol is not allowed in the dining room, but may be consumed in the private rooms). All this eating supports the many opportunities available for exercise, both on the property and in the area. On trails on the property, we encountered quail, jackrabbits, and mule deer. On our first night, 6 javelinas came right up to our cabin. Naturalists led hikes and birding trips daily, and we enjoyed their expertise. In addition, the lodge provides lots of information on day trips and local attractions. We can't say enough good things about this place. Note: if you go after 6/1/09, check on what services are available; budget cuts may force the lodge to eliminate the dinner meals and the regular staff naturalist.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2008

This is not a place for everyone. If you like a quiet out of the way place with excellent, not fancy, food, clean rooms with wonderful artwork, naturalists to take you out, trails to walk, and a wonderful friendly staff, this is for you. If you want to have a drink with dinner, choices on the menu, and a busy, social experience, this place is not for you. The Nature Conservancy has done an outstanding job of refurbishing this old hacienda into a very unique and special nature experience. It is not cheap, so this is not your camping experience. Just right for the 50+ crowd with no children please.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2008

My husband and I stayed in the Warbler room at Myra's Retreat for 5 days. You pass by some modest homes and mobile home parks in Silver City on the way there, but don't despair as you will soon be arriving in a very special place.

When we first checked in, we wondered if we would find enough things to do in the area, but we shouldn't have worried. Lots of peace and quiet, which is what we were seeking. The beds are very comfortable and clean and the rooms are too. No TV's or radios, which is nice, and they have quiet time from 10 pm to 7 am so the birders, who stay here often, can get up early. No alcoholic drinks outside of your rooms, but this is not that big of a deal, cause you are here to have a healthy vacation! We are light sleepers and we slept unusually well here.

The food is delicious, lots of variety, so you can dine in Silver city, but I bet you will choose to come back here for your dinners. We took advantage of the lunches, too, and they were convenient and tasty. Breakfasts were great, lots of coffee and filtered water, which you will need, since the area is so arid.

There are lots of other amenites, not to mention the main attraction...wildlife and birds right outside your room. We spent a good amount of time laying on the bed reading and looking out the window. Bring your binoculars.

Attractions - Mimbres pottery at the Western U. museum, Silver City Museum, The Catwalk, Gila National Forest drive to the Dwellings and the Dwellings. Plan on spending one day at the lodge taking advantage of the tours and just enjoying the facilities.

The staff here is very helpful and friendly but they do not want to intrude into your relaxing time here, so they are very much behind the scenes.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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