The Black Bear Inn Bed & Breakfast

4010 Bolton Access Road, Bolton Valley, Vermont 05477
 
  • Introduction

    Congratulations to The Black Bear Inn for their
    2011 Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator Magazine!

    Welcome to Vermont’s Only Mountaintop Country Inn!


    Set high in the Green Mountains, the Black Bear Inn offers a warm and restful atmosphere, and some of the most panoramic views in Vermont! We are a four-season country inn, centrally located just minutes from Burlington, Waterbury, and Montpelier. Our rooms and suites are ideal for families, or couples looking for that romantic Vermont getaway!


    The Black Bear Inn is a twenty-five room bed and breakfast-style country inn located at a 2000 foot elevation, in Vermont’s Northern Green Mountains (just 30 minutes outside of Vermont’s largest city, Burlington). Built in 1968 as a ski lodge, The Black Bear is now a year-round destination that welcomes families, couples, large groups, and pets! It’s unique mountain location offers panoramic views and a relaxing, warm atmosphere.

    Superb dining has come to set the Black Bear Inn apart from other options in Northern Vermont. Over the years guests have not only remembered their stay, but the delicious, quality meals served by it’s gracious staff.



    The Black Bear Inn is surrounded by 6000 acres of land that offers more activities than a typical Vermont inn! Because the Black Bear is slopeside to the Bolton Valley Ski Resort’s trails, it offers ski-in/ski-off access to Bolton Valley’s entire 64-trail network of skiing. Liftlines are rare, and discount lift tickets are always available to Black Bear guests. Cross-country skiing enthusiasts can also strap on their skis right across from the Inn, and experience the extensive, well-maintained 100-km network of trails. Come see why Bedandbreakfast.com has named the Black Bear a “Top 10 Ski Bed & Breakfast”!



    In the warmer months, guests enjoy hiking and exploring the mountain by stepping out the front door, where wildlife sightings are not uncommon! The area is full of streams and swimming holes for cooling off. And guests can make their hike complete with a picnic basket to enjoy along their way. Of course the Inn has its own inground heated swimming pool (open approximately July thru Labor Day) and a six-person Hotsprings hot tub (open year-round).



    Because the inn is centrally located near so many popular Vermont towns (Burlington, Waterbury, and Stowe), “off mountain” activities abound. Antiquing, shopping, wine and beer-tasting, biking, kayaking, and museums are some of the most popular nearby attractions. And of course Lake Champlain’s proximity offers adventures from cruises to lazy days at the beach!



    No matter the season, guests can always be found curled up with a book or glass of wine in front of the inn’s enormous stone fireplace. Located in the front room just off the entrance, this has come to be the Inn’s most popular gathering place after a long day.

     

     A Black Bear Inn Stay Includes:

    • Rooms with full private bath
    • A Hearty Full Country Breakfast each morning
    • A gracious three-course candlelit dinner by our resident Chef Brian O’Neil may be added for an additional cost
    • Use of outdoor heated pool (July & August only), six-person Hot Tub, hiking and walking trails
    • Slopeside access to Bolton Valley ski trails and discount lift tickets
    • Cable TV in every room and wireless internet
    • Deluxe and above rooms have gas fireplace or traditional Vermont stoves
    • Scenic views
    • 6000 private acres to explore
    • Access to Bolton Valley athletic facility at a reduced rate of $5 per person (seasonally)
  • Dining


    With senses sharpened by the fresh mountain air, you will discover the finest country dining right here at the Inn.

    Start the day with a full country breakfast that includes our homemade muffins and locally-tapped maple syrup. Begin with our fruit and juice buffet, then follow with hot breakfast choices which vary each morning; popular choices are omeletes with fresh vegetables and Vermont cheeses and maple french toast, all of which is served by our waitstaff. Breakfast is always included with the price of your stay at the Black Bear Inn.

    Breakfast is served most mornings from 8:00 am to 9:30 am (hours subject to change depending on season and occupancy)

    Later, savor three-course, candlelit dinners which are created by our own Chef Brian O’Neil. Brian is a ten-year veteran of the Inn, and his dishes have been described by guests as “delightful”, “fabulous”, and “the best we’ve ever had!”. Meals are hearty yet refined, and the best-quality ingredients are always used. Click here to view Chef Brian’s three-course sample menu, which changes nightly. Attire is always casual.


    Dinner Service at the Inn is available most evenings, except Sundays, in our restaurant. However, the restaurant is open on Sunday evenings before a Monday holiday. It is also closed on Wednesday evenings during the winter season. If you have not made a reservation with us for dinner on the night of your arrival and you wish to do so you must contact the Innkeepers by 12:00 that day. Our Chef prepares only enough food for the guests that we know we are serving in order to keep waste to a minimum.


    In 2010 and 2011, the Black Bear Inn was granted Wine Spectator Magazine’s “Award of Excellence” thanks to it’s interesting and wide-ranging wine list. Each wine in the 130-bottle selection has been carefully chosen to complement Chef Brian’s cooking style, and all are priced reasonably rather than with the high-markups typical of most restaurants. Our staff is always eager to make suggestions on a bottle to complement that evening’s meal.

    Perhaps you would like to retire to a more intimate setting. We have a well-stocked bar that is the perfect place to gather with friends and reflect on the day’s events.

  • Weddings and Civil Marriages


    Set in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Black Bear Inn offers a warm and stress-free experience for weddings and elopements. We specialize in ceremonies of 30 people or less; this allows us to focus our attention on you and your very special day. “Vermont Vows” Magazine describes the Black Bear Inn as “..the perfect location for the intimate wedding of your dreams”.

    In warm months, ceremonies are held outdoors in our Garden Woods area, with the sounds of nature in the background. At the other times of the year, ceremonies are in front of the stone fireplace in our parlor, with a crackling fire as a backdrop.

    All of our packages include a Vermont Marriage License, the wedding ceremony and Justice of the Peace services, two nights lodging, and meals for the couple. Choose a package below that fits your needs and budget, or let us help you to create a customized package. Also ask us about receptions and rehearsal dinners for groups of 30 or less.

    Contact Jill, in order for her to assist you with your needs from scheduling to floral and travel arrangements. We will also assist you with Vermont’s seamless marriage license application process, which does not require birth certificates or that the couple apply in-person. We will simply send you a license application to fill out and return to our town office, and the license will be ready upon arrival. We will also schedule a local Justice of the Peace to officiate your ceremony.

    Call Jill at 1-800-395-6335 or email at innkeepers@blackbearinn.travel


    Honeymoon Suite Package

    • Two-night Lodging in our Coach House/Honeymoon Suite with full breakfasts and candle-lit dinner for two each night by Chef Brian O’Neil
    • Private ceremony in our Garden Woods setting, or in our Parlor in front of a roaring fire
    • Ceremony and State License Fee
    • Wedding Cake & Champagne
    • Passes to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour, and Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour
    • Vermont Teddy Honeymoon Bear
    • Vermont Welcome Basket
    • Sleigh ride or skiing included in winter, Lake Champlain Cruise or Shelburne Museum passes in summer/fall
    • Coach House/Honeymoon Suite with Private Hot Tub and gas fireplace

    Total Package Cost: $1043.00
    (before tax and service charge; add $40/nite during foliage season)


    Complete Ceremony Package for the Wedding Couple

    • All of the following are included in your Wedding/Civil Union Package For Two:
    • Two-night Lodging in a Super Deluxe room with full breakfasts and candle-lit dinner for two each night by Chef Brian O’Neil
    • Private ceremony in our Garden Woods setting, or in our Parlor in front of a roaring fire
    • Ceremony and State License Fee
    • Wedding Cake & Champagne
    • Passes to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour, and Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour
    • Sleigh ride or skiing included in winter, Lake Champlain Cruise or Shelburne Museum passes in summer/fall
    • Super Deluxe room with private Hot Tub and Vermont Firestove

    Total Package Cost: $803.00
    (before tax and service charge; add $40/nite during foliage season)



    Simple Package

    • Two-night lodging in a Standard room with full breakfasts each day
    • Candlelit dinner for two one night by Chef Brian O’Neil
    • Private ceremony in our Garden Woods setting, or in our Parlor in front of a roaring fire
    • Ceremony and State License Fee

    Total Package Cost: $501.00
    (before tax and service charge; add $40/nite during foliage season)
    (room upgrades are available by adding the nightly surcharge to this package price)

  • Guest Reviews

    This place is amazing! The gardens, food, rooms and general ambience are soothing to the soul and warm the heart. All your hard work, patience and creativity show. Thank you for everything!
    Erika, Anne and Lydia, MI

    After 20 years the Black Bear Inn is even better than I remember! Thank you for making this a home away from home. The food and your hospitality made our Vermont vacation memorable, and we’ll recommend you to anyone.
    Gene and Janice, MA

    It was an awesome experience to sit in our private hottub upon the mountain top during the snow storm while sipping on wine and then relaxing in our cozy room in front of the warm firestove. The next day, the owners were always on site and ready to help with any information. This inn is truly a Vermont getaway that should not be missed!
    Gigi, NY

    We got engaged here 2 years ago and came back to celebrate our anniversary. A wonderful weekend!
    Andrew and Naomi, CT

    After staying one night, we decided to make the Black Bear “home” for our entire stay. Thanks so much – hope to return again
    Nancy and Nick, MN

    Jill is amazing! She coordinated our wedding ceremony for us perfectly! My new wife and I had the best 4 days at Black Bear. The food is amazing and the service is terrific. Thanks to everyone at the Inn for making our wedding and honeymoon so memorable!
    Jenn, NY

    The food was best we had experienced in quite some time — better than any meal we’ve had in New York City in several years.
    Tom & John, New York City

    The food is excellent and even seems to get better every year. My two young daughters look forward to every vacation here, as well as the complimentary tasty hot chocolate after a full day of skiing!
    Steve & Elia, NY

    As always…our annual trip to B.B.I. was great! We appreciate everything you do.
    Natalie, Dan, Aly and Carly, ME

    Wonderful place, great employees. Good weather! Thanks
    Bob and Barb, FL

    We had only intended on a 1 night stay, but enjoyed ourselves so much that we had to stay another night. We were served the best lamb ever for dinner, and all other meals were comparatively enjoyable. We will definitely be back with some friends soon!
    Krista and Kevin, PA

    Fantastic stay here. The innkeeper was one of the most kind and helpful people that I have ever met — I could tell that she genuinely wanted us to enjoy our stay. The breakfast was EXCELLENT, and we got dinner there one time. Overall, we enjoyed our stay very much and will absolutely be going back.
    Tom, CT

  • Attractions

    Burlington Outdoor Farmer’s Market
    May 12 – End of October, downtown Burlington. More than 60 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares, prepared foods, and more. People gather to wander, chat with growers, and fill their baskets with some of the best food grown here in Vermont! A great stop for lunch also. And like many places in Burlington, dogs are always welcome.
    www.vtfarmersmarket.org

    Festival of Fools
    August 3 – 5, 2012. This festival of street theater is devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. The festival features the best international street performers from around the globe. Downtown Burlington becomes an epicenter for laughter and spirited entertainment! Main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater each day.
    www.vtfestivaloffools.org

    Lake Champlain Dragonboat Festival
    August 5, 2012 on the Burlington waterfront. 2,000 paddlers race dragon boats on Lake Champlain to raise money for cancer-related causes. Thrilling racing, plus great food and entertainment! Sponsored by Dragonheart Vermont, the Festival is free for spectators!
    www.ridethedragon.org

    Stowe 55th Annual Old Car Show
    August 10 & 11, 2012 in Nichol’s Field, Stowe. Over 800 antique & classic cars on display. Food concessions, giant automotive Flea Market, car corral, plus a fashion judging contest! Saturday evening will be a Street Dance in the Village where the streets will be closed to all vehicles except the antiques.
    www.stoweantiquecar.com

    Celebrate Vermont Festival
    August 23-26, 2012. This first annual festival will be celebrating life in Vermont: our food, farms, and forests; our deep sense of place; our local markets and creative economies. Come and enjoy the sheer pleasure of being outdoors on a Vermont summer day with good local food, wine, beer, spirits, music, dance! Located at Stowe Events Field and Trapp Family Forest.
    www.vermontfestival.com

    Paul Mazza’s Annual Corn Maze
    September 9 – End October, 2012. Get Lost Or Not in this legendary corn maze just north of Burlington, in Colchester. The Corn Maze is open seven days a week through October. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
    www.sammazzafarms.com

    Church Street Marketfest
    September 8 & 9, 2012. Live entertainment and merchant deals all weekend-long at this annual festival on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace.
    www.churchstreetmarketplace.com

    National Street Rod Association Show
    September 21 – 23, 2012. A Burlington-area institution, this annual show is full of beautiful cars from decades past! Watch them roll into town, where some of the hottest rides (including muscle cars) will be on display, plus one of the largest collection of parts and add-ons. At the Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction.
    www.cvexpo.org

    Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory & Tour
    Vermont’s finest Ice Cream offers daily tours of their factory with samples always included!
    http://www.benjerry.com

    Vermont Teddy Bear Company
    The home of the Great American Teddy Bear! Take an unforgettable, fun-filled tour, and watch Teddy Bears brought to life! Visit the Bear Shop… a magical place full of hundreds of bears.
    http://www.vtbear.com

    Shelburne Museum
    Hailed as New England’s Smithsonian, Shelburne Museum is one of the world’s great museums of American folk art, artifacts, and architecture.
    http://www.shelburnemuseum.com

    Shelburne Farms
    A 1400-acre working farm open to the public. Children’s farmyard, walking trails, and award-winning Cheddar! Set on the shore of Lake Champlain.
    http://www.shelburnefarms.org

    Church Street Marketplace
    One of New England’s largest and most diverse open-air markets! Set in Downtown Burlington, visitor’s enjoy live music, shopping, dining, and street performances year-round.
    http://www.churchstreet.com

    Lake Champlain Scenic Shoreline Cruises
    Come sail aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen II. Enjoy Scenic cruises, Sunset cruises, Sunday Brunch cruises, Captain’s Dinner cruises, and Murder Mystery Dinner cruises. Departures are from the Burlington Boathouse.
    http://www.soea.com

    Green Mountain Byway
    Traveling along the byway provides stunning views of open meadows and farmlands, all with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Year-round recreation abounds. Considered “the spine” of the northern Green Mountains.
    http://www.vermontbyways.com

    Vermont Cheese Council
    The VT Cheese Council is dedicated to promoting the many award-winning cheeses and cheese makers in the state. Link to the Vermont Cheese Trail Map, to locate farms that are open to the public–many offer tours and tastings.
    http://www.vtcheese.com

    Vermont Farm Tours
    Offers guided all-day excursions with visits to artisanal cheesemakers throughout Vermont with tastings, a workshop and lunch. Farm tours also available!
    www.vermontfarms.com

    Vermont Breweries and Wineries
    Vermont is home of some of the best breweries, wineries and cideries in the country. Come experience the unique qualities that make Vermont beverages so special by taking a tour. Several breweries and wineries provide daily tours, while others provide tours by appointment. Click on the link to view a complete list and a tour map.
    http://www.vermontbrewers.com

    Burlington Brew Tours
    Experience the process of micro brewing first hand with Burlington Brew Tours! Guest’s are given an interactive tour of each brewery, followed by a formal tasting given by a brew master and/or BBT’s staff member.
    http://www.burlingtonbrewtours.com

    ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
    Here you’ll discover 70 species of fish, amphibians, and reptiles, with over 100 interactive, hands-on experiences. Live animal feedings and more. Open year-round. In downtown Burlington on the lakefront.
    http://www.echovermont.org

    The Vermont WildFlower Farm
    6 Acres of wildflowers – from forest glade to bright flowery fields. This is the largest wildflower seed center in the East. Located on US route 7, twelve miles south of Burlington, 5 miles south of the Shelburne Museum.
    http://www.vermontwildflowerfarm.com

    Dakin Farm
    Famous nationwide for fine smoked ham, bacon, cheese, and maple products in the quality Vermont tradition.
    http://www.dakinfarm.com

    Essex Factory Shoppes
    National factory outlet stores, designer fashions, Vermont Specialty Shops, and food markets. Also a stadium movie theater. Just 20 minutes from the inn.
    http://www.essexshoppes.com

    Rock of Ages
    Located in Barre, Vermont, Rock of Ages is the Granite Capital of the World!
    http://www.rockofages.com

    Northern Lights Rock & Ice Adventures
    A world-class adventure and recreation facility featuring all-season rock and ice climbing, dual zip lines, and challenge courses. Located in Essex, at the Essex Resort.
    http://www.northernlightsvt.com

  • Directions

    From Burlington International Airport

    From the airport parking lot, make a left turn and go to the first stop light.

    Option 1: Make a left turn at the light (Route 2) and stay on the road until you come to your next traffic light. Bear right at this light (you will still be on Route 2). Drive 15 miles, going thru the town of Williston, then Richmond. Continue straight on Route 2 and you will come into the town of Bolton (look for the Sunoco gas station on the right). Cross under the I-89 bridge and make a sharp left turn onto the Bolton Valley Access Rd. – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.

    Option 2: At the first stop light leaving the airport, make a right turn onto Route 2 until you come to I-89. Take I-89 South towards Montpelier, and take Exit 11. At the end of the exit, take a right turn and drive for 8 miles into the town of Bolton (look for the Sunoco gas station on the right). Cross under the I-89 bridge and make a sharp left turn onto the Bolton Valley Access Rd. – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.


    From Burlington going South on I-89

    Go South on I-89 to Exit 11 (Richmond/Bolton Exit). At the bottom of the ramp, make a right turn. Pass through the town of Richmond (approx. 3 miles), and continue to the town of Bolton. Look for a Sunoco gas station on the right side. Quickly past the Sunoco you will turn left onto the Bolton Valley Access Road – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.


    From Montpelier going North on I-89


    Go North on I-89 to the Waterbury/Stowe Exit (Exit 10). At the bottom of the ramp, make a left turn, and cross over I-89. Continue to stop sign. Make a right turn, and continue for 6.5 miles. I-89 will be on your left, and a mobile-home park will be on your right. Continue 1 mile past the park and make an immediate right turn onto Bolton Access Road – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.


    From Ottawa


    Take 417 east, then 40 east towards Montreal. Take 10 east to 35 south, which leads to 133, or continue on 10 east to 133. Stay on 133 south to Vermont. Once in the U.S., 133 becomes I-89. Stay on I-89 to Exit 11. At the end of the exit ramp, make a right turn onto Route 2A East. Drive 8 miles to the town of Bolton. Cross under the I-89 bridge, and make an immediate left turn onto Bolton Access Road – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.


    From Quebec/Montreal


    Take highway 20 south to Montreal. Pass through Montreal and take Route 30 south (sign reads “New York and Vermont”). Head south on Route 133 to Canadian/US border. Once in the U.S., 133 becomes I-89. Stay on I-89 to Exit 11. At the end of the exit ramp, make a right turn onto Route 2A East. Drive 8 miles to the town of Bolton. Cross under the I-89 bridge, and make an immediate left turn onto Bolton Access Road – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.


    From Connecticut (Stanford -Bridgeport – Hartford – New Haven)

    Take 95 north to New Haven, then I-91 north towards Hartford. Stay on 91 north through Massachusetts and on through Vermont. Continue on 91 to White River Junction. Take 89 northwest towards Montpelier/Burlington. Go west on I-89 to the Waterbury/Stowe Exit (Exit 10). At the bottom of the ramp, make a left turn, and cross over I-89. Continue to stop sign. Make a right turn, and continue for 6.5 miles. I-89 will be on your left, and a mobile-home park will be on your right. Continue 1 mile past the park and make an immediate right turn onto Bolton Access Road – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.


    From Boston

    Take I-93 north to New Hampshire. Take I-89 to the Vermont border. Stay on I-89 North to the Waterbury/Stowe Exit (Exit 10). At the bottom of the ramp, make a left turn, and cross over I-89. Continue to stop sign. Make a right turn, and continue for 6.5 miles. I-89 will be on your left, and a mobile-home park will be on your right. Continue 1 mile past the park and make an immediate right turn onto Bolton Access Road – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.



    From New York City/Albany


    Take I-87 Tollroad north to Albany. Exit at tollway and take I-87 North to exit #20 at Fort Ann (Rt 149E). Take Route 4 North/East to Route 22A north into Vermont. Continue on 22A to Route 7 – look for a large green sign reading “189 East to I-89.” Take I-89 south towards Montpelier and take Exit 11. At the end of the exit, take a right turn and drive for 8 miles to Bolton. Cross under the I-89 bridge and make a left turn immediately – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.

    Note: Summer Time In the summer you can stay on I-87 north. Look for Essex N.Y. sign and Ferry signs. Take the ferry across Lake Champlain to Charlotte, Vt., then take Route 7 north towards Burlington. Look for sign for 189 Montpelier, and follow same directions as above.



    Option 2 from New York


    From New York City, take I-95 to New Haven, Ct. Take I-91 north to Vermont until you reach I-89. Take I-89 north to Burlington. Continue on to the Waterbury/Stowe Exit (Exit 10). At the bottom of the ramp, make a left turn, and cross over I-89. Continue to stop sign. Make a right turn, and continue for 6.5 miles. I-89 will be on your left, and a mobile-home park will be on your right. Continue 1 mile past the park and make an immediate right turn onto Bolton Access Road – you will see a green sign that says, “Bolton Valley Ski Area.” Continue on this road for 4 miles until you reach the Black Bear Inn, located on your right.


    Coordinates


    We cannot guarantee these coordinates since we got them using various websites, but are confident that they are correct.

    Latitude: 44 deg 25 min 5sec (44.4181)
    Longitude: -72 deg 51 min 13 sec (-72.8537)
    GPS: 44 deg 25.01666 -72 deg 51.2399