by Maxwell Barna
The Black Bear Inn seamlessly bridges the gap between the charm of a small country-styled inn with the convenience and comfort of modern technology. Each room is individually decorated and incorporates classic antique furniture and hand-made quilts with more modern amenities, such as cable TV and wireless Internet. The Black Bear Inn is for the family seeking the allure of the traditional Vermont ski lodge, in all its grace and homeliness, without having to go without.
While many of Vermont’s top ski destinations are inundated with private mountain house rentals, condos and commercial resorts, the Black Bear Inn is slopeside to Bolton Valley, one of Vermont’s best and most affordable resorts. The resort offers everything from Nordic to backcountry and night skiing. Ski-in ski-out access, as well as discounted lift tickets are available to every Black Bear Inn guest.
Other amenities include pet friendly options, private outdoor hot tubs, private bathrooms and a full country breakfast, complete with omelets, Vermont cheeses, fresh fruit, and locally-tapped Vermont maple syrup.
If you’re looking for a traditional glance at the classic relaxing warmth of the quiet Vermont mountains, the Black Bear Inn should be at the top of any family’s list.
Our Editor Loves
- Ski-in ski-out access
- Private outdoor hot tubs
- Classic, hand-made decor with modern amenities
The two of us were at the Lotus Mountain Retreat for 3 blissful nights. We had sunny weather and perfect hiking conditions. Each day, we enjoyed hikes around the property. Filled with streams, lovely pathways and the glorious fall leaves, we soaked in the peace and beauty in every moment.
Our room was terrific. Cozy bed, warm heating, clean, perfect.
The two original kombucha flavors were delicious. It was my first time tasting kombucha. I've been advised that the Lotus kombucha is far better than most.
We watched the sunset from our room each night.
Great outdoor hot tub!!!!
And now the best for last - the place itself! Its top 3 features:
A roaring fire,
Superb breakfast and dinner,
/helpful and warm staff.
PS If you have the chance, attend the "sound bathing" with global instruments from Australia, Tibet, Mali & more with the talented and welcoming Robin.
by Mark L
I Initially resisted staying here after reading TA reviews. A fair number of negative comments made me hesitate. I've been traveling this summer and have stayed in over 35 different hotels/ motels and learned to drive by and take a look at the rooms before booking (I know this is impractical for a lot of people). I've been burned too many times to trust reviews as they swing wildly, both too good to be true or too bad to be true!
The following things were important to me for my stay as these were my last 2 nights of a 6 week cross country trip; #1 Clean room/ bed/ bathroom. Should not smell, look or feel dirty. #2 Feel/ Vibe/ Energy Calm and easy without any chaos. #3 Staff interactions Genuine) experience with people. #4 Setting Quiet (not near busy town) plus if place had views.
Before this trip I had not understood what was important to me, the Lotus has everything that I wanted and more. The moment I walked in my sense was that the place is funky, very relaxed and was just the right fit. Very good interactions and conversations with the staff (Especially Daveed) and came away with the impression that everyone cared about the place.
There's a certain charm with the way it's run. It's not a super efficient hi end resort where everything is perfect (Definitely not the 4 Seasons (thank god!). Quite a number of rooms have views of the valley/ Mountains with awesome sunsets and is in a great location with Stowe 30 minutes away. Reminds me of a comfortable well lived in home.