Bear Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast

3249 Main Street PO Box 119, Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574
Innkeeper(s): Michael & Carol Kerivan
 
  • Introduction

    Come, relax and enjoy a visit to New Hampshire's White Mountains. The Bear Mountain Lodge is a handcrafted log bed & breakfast set on 26 acres with a great view of Mount Washington. It's conveniently located on Route 302 in Bethlehem, and within an hour of all of the attractions in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

    The Bear Mountain Lodge is located within a short drive to Mount Washington's Cog Railway, Franconia Notch State Park, Crawford Notch State Park, and the ski resorts at Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain. Littleton, NH, is only 10 minutes away and North Conway, NH, is approximately an hour's drive through picturesque Crawford Notch.

    The Bear Mountain Lodge, built of huge Eastern White Pine harvested from Northern New Hampshire and Vermont, invites you to relax in rustic comfort and enjoy the serenity of mountain living any season of the year. All nine guest rooms feature a custom king or queen size bed with a premium mattress and luxury beddings, CD player/alarm clock, TV with cable, blow dryer, and a private bath with beautiful slate floor. Some rooms feature steam showers and in-room two-person Jacuzzi tubs. We want you to wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy all that New Hampshire's White Mountains have to offer.

    Filled with comfortable furniture, our inviting great room offers spectacular mountain views and affords our guests the opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxing setting. The loft area above the great room has a quiet sitting area stocked with various reading materials and a guest computer with Internet access.

    The dining room features both individual and group dining tables where a homemade country breakfast such as stuffed French toast, fruit pancakes, or your own custom omelette is served each morning from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. A guest beverage and snack area is stocked with cold drinks, coffee, tea, and cookies throughout the day. Coffee is always ready by 6:30, and guests can feel free to have their coffee and/or breakfast on the expansive deck, watching the sunrise over Mt. Washington and keeping a lookout for our resident wildlife. Moose, deer, wild turkey and the occasional bear frequently cross through our 26 private acres.

    Surrounded by The White Mountain National Forest, Bear Mountain Lodge guests can enjoy four seasons of outdoor fun. 

    In efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible, we've instituted the following "green initiatives". We've also just placed recycling baskets in each guest room to make it even easier for our guests to recycle.

     

    • The Lodge was built using the highest quality energy saving products available
    • The Lodge is heated by an efficient, energy saving radiant heat system
    • We recycle all paper, card board, glass, plastic and cans
    • We've initiated a kitchen composting program
    • We use natural cleaning products where possible
    • We've installed energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting
    • In order to conserve natural resources and keep as much detergent out of our environment, we have a towel reuse program and change sheets only every fourth day unless requested.

    We've partnered with Clean the World, a non-profit that works to not only reduce waste created by the hospitality industry but to prevent the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every year. Clean the World has put over 6 million soap bars and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner back into human use, simultaneously eliminating nearly 340 tons of waste. We're very proud to show our support and donate to this worthy cause.

  • Breakfast

    All guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast served in our lovely dining room which has individual tables with beautiful views to Mt. Washington. Breakfast is served each morning from 8:30 to 9:30 with a fruit or baked good course followed by a hot entree. Some of our guests' favorites include:

    • Raspberry Struessel Muffins
    • Cranberry Poached Pears
    • Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits
    • Orange Challah French Toast
    • Stuffed crepes w/ Blueberry Sauce
    • Poached Eggs on Potato Pancakes w/ Asiago Cheese Sauce
    • Baked Potato Skin stuffed with scrambled eggs & Cheddar Cheese Sauce

    We are happy to accommodate gluten and dairy intolerances, please advise us prior to your arrival so we can plan accordingly.

    A Keurig coffee maker and Stash Teas are available 24 hours a day. At 7:30 each morning, pots of New England Coffee Eye Opener Blend are on the buffet for guests to help themselves.

    We're striving to use as many local ingredients as possible in our breakfast dishes, including:

    • Maple syrup from Fuller's Sugarhouse
    • Harman's Aged Cheddar Cheese
    • New England Coffee Eye Opener Blend

    We're raising our own Rhode Island Red & Amberlink Chickens so our guests always enjoy fresh eggs in all of our dishes.

    Great local restaurants we recommend and our guests always enjoy:

    Cold Mtn Café (603) 869.2500

    Rosa Flamingos; (603) 869.3111

    TimBir Alley. (603) 444.6142

    Bailiwick's (603) 444.7717

    Chang Thai (603) 444.8810

  • Elopements

    Whether it's just the two of you eloping or an intimate Mini Wedding with up to 18 of your closest family and friends, we can accommodate all of your wedding needs. Our goal is to make your wedding day as stress-free as possible, so we'll take care of almost all the details.

    License Requirements: Both of you will need to be present to complete and sign the application. You may apply for a license at any town or city clerk's office in New Hampshire and the cost is $45, payable in cash. You will need to have a document that proves your identity and age such as a driver's license, nondriver's I.D. or passport. The license will be valid for 90 days from the date of application and there is no waiting period. NH does not require a blood test. If either party has previously been married, you will need to provide a divorce decree, annulment paper, dissolution or death certificate.


    If you want to get your license the day you're arriving at the Lodge, here are the times for the local Town Halls:

    Bethlehem - Mon: 8:00-7:00; Tues-Thurs: 8:00-4:00; Friday: CLOSED
    Littleton - Mon-Thurs: 8:30-12:30, 1:00-4:00; Fri: 8:30-12:30
    Lincoln - Mon-Friday: 8:00-4:00, closed for lunch

     

    Elopement Package

    Sneak away just the two of you and leave the stress behind - elope at the Bear Mountain Lodge. Your elopement package includes:

    • 2 nights accommodations in our most private jacuzzi room - Wild Turkey*
    • Private ceremony performed by a local officiant
    • Photos of ceremony & throughout the Lodge after, provided on a CD by one of your innkeepers (typically 75-100 photos)
    • His/Hers Wedding Cupcakes & Champagne toast
    • Two Bear Mountain Lodge Mugs
    • Dinner at TimBir Alley Restaurant ($100 value)
    • Wonderful breakfast each morning.

    Package Price: $1100.00 ($1200.00 during Fall Foliage Season). The only thing you'll need to take care of is getting your license.

    *If Wild Turkey is already booked for the nights you want to elope, then we can book you in Eagle's Nest or Bear Den instead so that you can still have the dates you desire.

    Mini Wedding Package

    If a big wedding isn't in your plans, but eloping isn't for you, our MINI WEDDING package is just the thing.

    • 2 nights accommodations for you and your guests in all 9 rooms (Max guests: 18)
    • Private ceremony performed by a local officiant
    • Photos of ceremony & throughout the Lodge after, provided on a CD by one of your innkeepers (typically 100+ photos)
    • Wedding Cake & Champagne toast for the entire party
    • Two Bear Mountain Lodge Mugs for the bride & groom
    • Assistance making dinner reservations for the entire party at Timbir Alley or Bailiwick's
    • Wonderful breakfast each morning

    Package Price: $4,975.00 - Please call the Lodge to discuss your plans and we'll provide you with a complete proposal. We cannot accommodate wedding parties from September 25th to October 18th.

     


    ALL tours of the Lodge for elopements and mini-weddings must be scheduled in advance so that we have time to discuss your needs and ensure that we can show you around the Lodge. Please call us at 603.869.2189 to schedule your appointment.

     

  • Cooking School

    The center of our cooking school - Fired Up - is a beautiful wood-fired oven built by Innkeepers Michael & Carol. While best known for awesome pizza, wood-fired ovens are great for searing meats, roasting vegetables and crafting fabulous breads. The cooking school also has a full commercial kitchen which will allow us to make entire meals each class, from salads and appetizers, to entrees and desserts.

    Each weekend will focus on a different region or seasonal NH food and will be designed to be informative yet fun, while allowing you to enjoy some great food. The cost for the Wood Fired Pizza Classes are $99 per couple added to the room of your choice. While some of our classes will be taught by Carol, we're also getting some great chefs to come in.

    Weekends will begin with a Friday night get-together to discuss the menu and meet your fellow participants. After breakfast on Saturday morning, you'll don your Bear Mountain Lodge apron (yours to take home) and enjoy your cooking class from 11-2pm, after which you'll sit down with your chef instructor to indulge in the fabulous food you've prepared.

    Along with your Bear Mountain Lodge apron, all guests will receive the recipes from the cooking class and a 10% discount coupon toward a future stay or cooking weekend.

    At each of these classes, each participant will make two different pizza doughs and create and cook their own pizzas. We will also celebrate March Maple Madness by making toppings and a wonderful salad dressing using Fuller's Maple Syrup.

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  • Area Activities

    Hiking 

    The White Mountains offers some of the best hiking opportunities in New England and there are trails for all levels. Whether you want to summit Mt. Washington, Adams or Jefferson or cross the Franconia Ridge Loop to the top of Lincoln or LaFayette, you'll be sure to find views that will astound. For more information, www.hikethewhites.com

    Franconia Notch

    Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same "Great Stone Face" immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. You can spend a day or more exploring Franconia Notch State Park, including a stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, riding the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visiting the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim or rent a canoe or kayak at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail.
    Website: www.nhstateparks.com

    Moose Watching 

    These wonderful creatures are a somewhat common sighting here in The White Mountains. For those who want to look for them on their own time, we've created a map for our guests indicating some of the most common places to spot them. If you'd rather go on a group bus tour and have fun while learning about these wonderful creatures, here are some options:
     

    Alpine Adventures (Lincoln)

    Website: www.alpinezipline.com

    • TreeTop Canopy Tour - A true treetop canopy tour and the first in New England. You will zip from tree to tree through the forest on 6 separate ziplines ranging from 80' - 900' long and including a 60' high x 75' long suspension bridge spanning "Barron Gorge." It also includes the famous Zip #7, a 35 mph optional free-fall.
    • Skyrider Zipline Tour - Treewalk Village offers spectacular views of the western Whites where you begin your descent. Ride dual ziplines, racing your friends, to Area 51, a plateau and scenic overlook. A gentle ground take-off sends you soaring over the sky line, on our longest zip, 1500' long and 200' above the ground, arriving at Hemlock Walk. After crossing 2 Burma bridges, get ready for the 1200 foot zipline at Montego Bay Express, named for our co-workers at our Jamaica location. The grand finale, "White Knuckle Pine," has an 80' drop and zip speeds of up to 50 mph.
    • Safari Tour - Buckle Up and Hold On because you're in for an off-road thrill like no other in New England. Scale to the top of Barron Mountain for awesome views in this low-speed roller coaster ride. With every season you encounter a different tour: Summer is great weather and an open air convertible top. Fall is spectacular foliage seen from above with occasional moose, deer & turkeys along the trail. Winter displays the extreme off-road capabilities of these 6-wheel drive Swiss army transport vehicles called Pinzgauers. Spring is mud season!!!

    Bretton Woods Canopy Tours

    Website: www.brettonwoods.com

    • Canopy Tour - The Bretton Woods Canopy Tour is a unique zip line canopy tour experience in the heart of NH's White Mountains. This thrilling adventure will give you a bird's eye view of scenic Rosebrook Canyon. The 3 1/2 hour tour consists of 10 cable zip lines and two adventure sky bridges suspended 50 feet above the forest floor. Each zip line varies in length, with a maximum span of 830 feet and 150 feet above the ground. The final thrill consists of Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual zip line cable so you can race your friends or family members to the finish line! Our guests save $8.00 off per ticket with our discount vouchers.

    • Williwaw Racing Zip - The Williwaw Racing Zip is a great way to sample the last zip line of the Canopy Tour and is a thrilling ride on its own. One ride takes about 20 minutes, including getting harnessed up, transported to the top and getting unharnessed. Plus - you may take multiple rides at a reduced rate, provided you stay in your harness and do your rides in immediate succession!

    Muddy Paws Rolling Dogsled Adventure

    You don't need snow to enjoy a dogsled ride. These one hour summer adventures include interaction with the dogs and driving the cart with your musher, including giving the dogs commands.
    Website: www.dogslednh.com

    Whitewater Rafting Excursions

    RaftNH is a white water rafting outfitter specializing in family adventure from float trips to Class III whitewater! Check out the website for more information on the two types of trips available.
    Website: www.raftnh.com


    Golf in the White Mountains

    • Bethlehem Country Club - This historic course was designed by Donald Ross in 1909. At a little under 6000 yards BCC is a relatively short layout when compared to some of today's 7200-yard monsters. However, the small "Rossian" greens with their challenging topography provided plenty of challenges for the novice and expert alike.

      BCC has hosted tournaments for the NHPGA, NHGHA and NHWGA. Proud of their ability to offer a championship venue for the top levels of competition in our region, BCC remains the type of playable golf course that the novice and purely recreational golfer can feel comfortable on. Outstanding playing conditions on a traditional, timeless design make for a memorable golf experience at Bethlehem Country Club.

      Website:www.bethlehemccnhgolf.com
    • Maplewood Country Club - Established in 1914, The Maplewood is located in the shadow of Mt. Washington in the beautiful White Mountain countryside. Rich with old New England charm, the Donald Ross designed course features century old stonewalls and majestic trees lining the naturally contoured fairways. Complete with a pro shop, golfers lounge and outdoor deck, chipping and putting green and a driving range, the professional staff will make you feel at home in the relaxed surroundings. In addition the course features a rare par six which is over 650 yards long, demanding par threes and beautiful water holes that are challenging for any golfer.

      Website: www.maplewoodgolfresort.com

    Waterfalls

    Over 100 of these natural wonders are found throughout the White Mountains. In Spring they display nature's power as the snow runs off the mountains, they're a welcome retreat on hot summer days and are the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch. While many involve a hike to enjoy their splendor, several are located along major routes or just a short walk along groomed paths. Here are some of our favorites:


    To view a more complete listing of Waterfalls in the area, visit: www.visitwhitemountains.com

    • Arethusa Falls (Crawford Notch) - 200' high, 1.3 mile hike in of moderate difficulty
    • Bridal Veil Falls (Franconia) - 80' high, 2.5 mile hike in
    • Flume Gorge (Franconia Notch) - Admission Charged: Follow boardwalks over 800' through covered bridges, past waterfalls and beautiful views
    • The Basin & Cascades (Franconia Notch) - .1 and .2 miles from the Basin parking lot
    • Silver & Flume Cascades (Crawford Notch) - located right along Route 302
    • Ripley Falls (Crawford Notch) - 100' high, 1/2 mile hike in with swimming holes at top

    Covered Bridges

    Over 25 of these "courting bridges" are located in The Whites. Many say they were originally designed because horses were more comfortable crossing an enclosed span, while others believe the roofs were put on to protect the timbers from the weather. Whatever view you take, you'll be taken back in time as you explore and cross these beautiful structures. To learn about the various bridges, visit: www.visitwhitemountains.com

    Skiing

    • Bretton Woods - Located just 15 minutes from the Lodge, Bretton Woods is one of NH's best ski areas with 434 acres of skiing and snowboarding, including 101 trails and glades, as well as four terrain parks - all accessbile by 10 lifts, including four high-speed quads. Bretton Woods also has some of the best Nordic trails in the area. All guests save on Alpine & Nordic tickets with our discount vouchers.

    • Website: www.brettonwoods.com
    • Cannon Mountain - Located in Franconia Notch just 15 minutes from the Lodge, Cannon Mountain offers NH's highest vertical drop with 72 trails plus the Mittersill Backcountry Area all accessible by 9 lifts. Discount vouchers are avaiable to all guests.

    • Website: www.cannonmt.com

    Snowshoeing

    We offer complimentary use of snowshoes here at Bear Mountain Lodge. Our guests can enjoy them here on our on-site trails or borrow them and head out for the day to The Rocks Estate or other recommended trails. One of our guests favorite activities is to join Michael on an evening hike wearing a headlamp and of course warm gear. Once you experience it, you'll be hooked. Proper winter clothing including boots is required for the guided hikes.

    Snowmobiling

    Website: www.jeffnotchmotel-cabins.com

    • Lilman Snowmobiles - Located 30 minutes away in Bartlett, Lilman Snowmobile has it's own great trail system and is a great alternative to a guided tour. Their trails include old logging roads, play areas and spectacular vistas. Trails are groomed daily.

    • Website: www.lilmansnowmobilerentals.com
    • Jefferson Notch Motel - Also about 30 minutes away in Randolph, there is direct access to the NH trail system - an open trail so you can head out for the day and go whereever you want on the miles of trails available.

    Dogsledding

    Website: www.dogslednh.com

    • Muddy Paws Dogsleds - A guest favorite! Experience a truly authentic north country sled dog adventure at The Rocks Estate. Your ride goes through narrow, "twisty-turny", trails set deep in the woods where you'll pass a sugar bush, active working forests, historic landmarks, and thousands & thousands of wicked cool Christmas trees! You'll get to meet the dogs and help setup your sled then sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Sleigh Rides

    Snuggle up under a warm blanket with your special someone and enjoy a beautiful sleigh ride at The Franconia Inn. To make a reservation for your private sleigh ride, just call (800-473-5299).

    Mt. Washington Observatory

    Located at the top of Mt. Washington, the Observatory is both a scientific and educational institution whose mission is to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. The Observatory can be reached by The Auto Road or riding The Cog. Known for it's crazy weather, The Observatory recorded the highest wind guest of 231 mph which remains a record for a surface station.
    Website: mountwashington.org

    Mt. Washington Auto Road

    A ride on the Mount Washington Auto Road is a ride unlike any other. With the ever-changing weather conditions on New England’s highest peak, no two trips are the same. Both drive yourself and guided coach tours are available.
    Website: mountwashingtonatoroad.com

    Mt. Washington Cog Railway

    The Cog Railway is one of the world's great railway adventures. The track runs up a three mile-long trestle with a maximum gradient of over 37%, making it the second-steepest mountain climbing train in the world and the only one entirely built on a trestle. Your train will carry you above the clouds to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast - Mt. Washington - where all of New England spreads out before you.
    Website: www.thecog.com

    Wren

    From food to fine art, the Local Works Marketplace at WREN in Bethlehem showcases the products of over 200 artisan members. Unique, locally produced gifts include jewelry, pottery, specialty foods, bath & body products, candles, textiles, baskets, photography, homedecor and fine art.
    Website: www.wrencommunity.org

    Harman's Cheese

    Located in picturesque Sugar Hill, Harman's Country's Store is definitely worth a visit. They sell more than 11 tons of the "World's Greatest Cheddar" each year as well as lots of other wonderful New Hampshire made products such as jams, jellies and mustards as well as gifts and souvenirs.
    Website: www.harmanscheese.com

    League of NH Craftsmen

    Located on Main Street in Littleton, this fabulous gallery opened in 2004 to showcase some of New Hampshire’s finest craftsmen, working in jewelry, clay, glass, fibers, wood, metal, photography, baskets, printmaking and mixed media.
    Website: www.nhcrafts.org

    Littleton Gristmill

    This Littleton landmark was the start of Littleton's commerce dating back to 1797. It has been restored to a true working gristmill using 24 inch stones to grind grain into fabulous waffle and pancake mixes as well as incredible flours for all of your baking needs. Along with the store, the building also houses a museum which showcases the progression of grist mill technology over the centuries.
    Website: www.littletongristmill.com

    Chutters

    Discover the sweet life! Home of the World's Longest Candy Counter, a visit to Chutters is a trip to Candyland, where the air is delicious with the mouth-watering scents of candy and fresh-made fudge. Chutters has something for candy lovers young and old in a lively, fun-filled atmosphere. The longest counter of its kind anywhere, Chutters candy counter runs the entire length of the store. An impressive 112 feet of gleaming glass jars filled with brightly colored candy, ranging from yesterday's favorites and hard-to-find flavors, to the best of today's most sought-after treats.
    Website: www.chutters.com

    Colonial Theatre

    The Colonial Theatre opened for business July 1, 1915 featuring Cecil B. DeMille's Girls of The Golden West. Since that time, this historic 300 seat Theatre has grown and improved and now presents wonderful films and nationally acclaimed artists in an intimate theatre setting.
    Website: www.bethlehemcolonial.org

    Weathervane Theatre

    This great little Theatre produces seven Mainstage shows each year over a period of 8 weeks from July through August. This year's Playbill includes: Bye Bye Birdie, Table Manners, Twist & Shout, South Pacific, Hair, Three Musketeers & Ragtime.
    Website: www.weathervanetheatre.org

    Robert Frost Place

    The Frost Place is a “house museum,” a sanctuary for lovers of poetry and books on a quiet north country lane in Franconia with a spectacular view of the White Mountains. In addition to a collection of signed first editions of Frost’s works and other memorabilia from his stay, The Frost Place has a half-mile nature trail with plaques displaying poems written during the poet’s Franconia years.
    Website: www.frostplace.org

     

  • Directions

    Bear Mountain Lodge is located at 3249 Main Street (Route 302) in Bethlehem, NH - exactly 5 miles East off Interstate 93 (Exit 40). We are located within a short drive to Mount Washington's Cog Railway, Franconia Notch State Park, Crawford Notch State Park, and the ski resorts at Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain. Littleton, NH is only 10 minutes away and North Conway, NH is approximately an hour drive through picturesque Crawford Notch.

    From Boston and points South

    Take 93N to Exit 40, turning right onto Route 302 East. Travel 5 miles going through the center of Bethlehem and our driveway is on the left hand side.

    From points North

    Take 93S to Exit 40. Travel East on Route 302 for 5 miles going through the center of Bethlehem and our driveway is on the left hand side.

    Approximate Travel Times/Mileage

    • Manchester, NH (1.5 hours)/95 miles
    • Portland, ME (2 hours)/100 miles
    • Boston, MA (2.5 - 3 hours)/150 miles
    • Montreal, Canada (2.5 - 3 hours)/150 miles
    • Providence, RI (4 hours)/200 miles
    • Hartford, CT (4 hours)/210 miles
    • New York, NY (5 hours)/320 miles
 
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