Property at a Glance: Bear Mountain Inn
Even though it’s just 45 miles north of the largest city in the United States, Bear Mountain Inn feels very much removed from the hustle and bustle of New York. Bear Mountain State Park encircles the rustic property, and the lodge stands along the Hudson River. Rugged mountains surround the area, too; they’re inhabited by black bears and foxes.
- Get pampered at Bear Mountain Spa, which offers a heated-lava-stone massage and aromatherapy, among other soothing treatments.
- Dining: The culinary team crafts upscale American style fine dining at Restaurant 1915 or the casual grab-and-go of sandwiches and post-dinner ice cream treats the Hiker’s Cafe. What’s more, with select options of this Getaway you’ll receive a $20 dining credit per stay valid towards these establishments.
- In-room amenities: All guest rooms have 32-inch TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, and free WiFi. Lodge rooms have microwaves and mini fridges, while the cottage feature six separate guest rooms for guests to choose from, all sharing a common area, a cozy fireplace, and a porch.
Bear Mountain, New York: Picturesque State Parks North of New York City
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in the Hudson River Valley, just 45 miles north of New York City. In good weather, it’s a popular spot to ice skate, picnic, hike, bike; in the wintertime, it’s open for cross-country skiing. Be sure to take a ride on the park’s unique merry-go-round that’s open on weekends only, featuring hand-painted landscapes and seats that are hand carved into resident animals, including a black bear, turkey, deer, fox, swan, and bobcat.
The park is also home to the Trailside Museums and Zoo, the latter of which is a center for injured or orphaned animals such as black bears, coyotes, and beavers. Bear Mountain State Park’s four museums are dedicated to various disciplines: check out exhibits of turtles, snakes, frogs, and salamanders in the herpetology section, or explore ones on geology and history.
Located just south, Harriman State Park—the second-largest state park in New York state—has 200 miles of hiking trails, some of which become cross-country-skiing trails in the winter.