R5 Weekend Getaways at Repurposed Hotels: Bear Mountain Inn

55 Hessian Dr, Bear Mountain, NY
visitbearmountain.com; (845) 786-2731
Distance by car: 45 minutes

Originally constructed as an open-air pavilion in 1915, the stone-and-wood Bear Mountain Inn began operating in the 1940s as a rustic hotel on 10,000 Hudson River-side acres for city slickers in search of wilderness experiences. When lodge rooms became a bit too rustic, the beloved inn closed for renovations and has now been resurrected as a forest-luxe establishment. Guests who stayed here as kids, however, will recognize timber benches and seating handcrafted by park workers in the 1920s and preserved in the inn’s lobby.
ROOM: Plaid blankets, log-pole furniture, leather-and-carved-wood seating, and granite-and-marble bathrooms in woodland hues speak to a change in camping getaway styles and expectations. Ask for one of 12 rooms with a park view.
BOARD: Slated for an end-of-2012 opening is the Vintage Restaurant. For now, enjoy organic and local food in the casual 1915 Cafe. Better yet, grab a bottle of local wine, artisanal bread, and a cheese platter at downstairs Market 15 and eat en plein air within Bear Mountain State Park. Inn staff will be happy to prepare a basket for you.
ONLY HERE: Ride on a bobcat, fox, raccoon, or other creatures on the carousel in the park. Take a paddleboat on Hessian Lake or hike one of many trails within the park.
WHILE HERE: Beginning in the fall, Bear Mountain Inn plans to bring back some old-fashioned weekend festivals: gingerbread-house-making contests, chili cook-offs, ice-carvings, Winterfest. Check the website for coming events.
JUST THE FACTS: Rooms and suites cost $189 to $469 a night.

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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