Tucked away in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is Bear Mountain Lodge: a picturesque mountain B&B with delicious breakfasts and complimentary champagne and chocolate truffles. Trust me when I say you’ll never want to leave.
Disclaimer: all opinions are my own. I was not invited or compensated by Bear Mountain Lodge B&B for this review.
Every year for Valentine’s Day, Bry and I switch off who does the planning, and because Bry did such a good job with brunch at T.W. Food last year, I knew I had to bring my A-game. While we just went on our honeymoon 6 months ago, I was starting to get the itch for a vacation. I knew it needed to be somewhere less than 3 hours away from Boston and had to be a place where there was stuff to do but where we also wouldn’t feel guilty being lazy. Bear Mountain Lodge was the winner as Bethlehem is about a 2.5 hour drive from Boston, and the lodge offers opportunity for both snowshoeing and relaxing.
Finding the lodge could not be easier, as the driveway is off the main road in Bethlehem and is marked with a large sign and an American flag. As we drove down the gravel road with woods on either side of us and snow lightly falling, relaxation immediately started to sink in. Pulling up, I was so excited to see how beautiful the lodge was with huge logs and soft, inviting lighting. We were promptly greeted by a friend of the lodge’s owners (as they were at their son’s basketball game) and given a tour of the lodge. On the main floor is the great room, with large picture windows, couches, wood stove, and tables with plenty of board games to choose from. There’s also the breakfast room with free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and nightly homemade chocolate chip cookies. Upstairs in the loft you’ll find another table and seating area, along with two of the guest rooms. The walk-out basement features a pool table and bar with a TV for watching the game. Finally, outside is a hot tub and fire pit.
We stayed in the Cowboy room, which had a very comfortable king-sized bed, private seating area, fireplace, TV, mini fridge, and a sauna in the bathroom. The room also came with a note from the owners explaining breakfast, the lodge, and restaurant recommendations, as well as complimentary champagne and chocolate truffles. After coming back from dinner, I was in pure bliss: turned on the fireplace, put on the very comfortable robes provided, drank champagne, and ate truffles. I could get used to that lifestyle 😉
In the morning, coffee service starts at 7:30 and I was happy to see that most guest show up to breakfast in PJs. A homemade breakfast is served from 7:30-8:30 and it alternates between a sweet option one morning and a savory the next. Saturday happened to be a sweet breakfast day, which started with a bowl of fresh fruit, drizzled with a honey-lime sauce.
For the main event, they served a delicious orange-infused brioche French toast with a side of sausage and served with fresh New Hampshire maple syrup. It was delicious and I appreciated the portion size – not too much, but it kept me full for snow shoeing.
After breakfast, Bry and I took advantage of the free snow shoes the lodge offers and went for a gorgeous hike. For snow shoeing, you can stay within the lodge’s property (trail maps are in the great room), but we wanted a nice long walk so we ended up following a snowmobile trail further into Bethlehem.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing in front of the large picture windows reading, playing games, and getting some work done on our laptops (I know. . .we weren’t able to fully unplug). What I loved was feeling as if we were staying with family: we could just lounge about in our sweat pants, grabbing a cup of coffee at any time.
At night after dinner, Bry and I bought a bottle of local New Hampshire wine which we drank while playing a board game. Other couples had the same idea as us, while others took advantage of the hot tub and game room.
Check out is at 11:00, but before leaving we were treated to a savory breakfast of a perfectly fluffy egg quiche with toast, strawberry jam, and bacon.
After our stay at Bear Mountain Lodge, Bry and I have nothing but positive reviews and are hoping to find time this summer to go back!