A gem in the foothills of Bear Mountain
In the spring of 2017, just back from a 15-month adventure traveling across the United States in their RV, Julie and Brian found a gem in the foothills of Bear Mountain. It was an Inn, situated on 25 acres, adjacent to a private pond. Seeing the For Sale sign, the natural beauty of the Inn and its grounds urged them to become the new owners.
So they did.
Having worked in hospitality management at New England camping resorts, the couple had learned a lot about travelers’ habits and preferences. Julie also co-owned a successful agri-tourism apple orchard for 23 years, working directly with visitors on a daily basis. This knowledge and what they saw in this 198 year- old 11-bedroom bed and breakfast and large barn got their imaginations turning. Soon after the purchase, they began renovating the rooms, the exterior, the outdoor space, and most drastically, the Barn.
With an enormous amount of creativity, major construction and TLC, what was once an unsafe, highly weathered structure became a rustic chic, elegant venue for weddings, family reunions, and events. Inside the Inn they converted the already-charming accommodations into dramatically different but keeping with tradition, beautifully decorated rooms and suites full of character and sophisticated style. They renovated the separate cottage along with the post and beam space to house a larger group, with its own barn chic feel with exposed post and beam construction.
Bear Mountain Inn and the Barn not only became Julie and Brian’s project, it became part of them that they were excited to share with guests within months after their purchase. After initial renovations, they continued with more major improvements to make it the perfect setting for gatherings, weddings offering unique personal touches, events or getaways.
Now Julie and Brian are delighted to see visitors, wedding parties, families and businesses all enjoy year-round fun with on-site walking trails, snow-mobile and cross-country trails, the sandy beach, and non-motorized water sports and ice-fishing on the lake.