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Situated in Tomkins Cove, New York, Bear Mountain Inn is a rustic wedding venue. Built in 1915 and nestled at the base of Bear Mountain along the Appalachian Trail, this historic venue makes an idyllic wedding setting. Couples and their guests can enjoy everything the venue has to offer, including fun outdoor activities and a relaxing spa. The inn's experienced team will walk couples through each step, from choosing the ceremony and reception space to customizing the menu to flawless execution. The natural splendor of the Hudson Valley is a stunning backdrop for a beautiful wedding celebration.
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Bear Mountain Inn has three separate venues located in Bear Mountain State Park. The Bear Mountain Inn hosts from 125 to 250 guests, The Overlook Lodge and The Merry Go Round Pavilion accommodate up to 115 guests. At Bear Mountain Inn, couples can use the Hickory Terrace for a scenic outdoor ceremony. The Appalachian Ballroom is perfect for a cocktail hour and the Perkins Ballroom is ideal for a beautiful reception. The Overlook Lodge is an elegant and rustic space that features unforgettable views of the Hudson River, Hessian Lake, and the mountainside. Wedding ceremonies can be held outside on the patio or inside the ballroom during the winter months. For a charming alternative to traditional spaces, you could opt for the Merry Go Round Pavilion. This stone and timber rotunda features a classic indoor merry-go-round and dance floor as its centerpiece.
Bear Mountain Inn is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. It is the centerpiece of a unique park system that stretches from the edge of New York City through the Hudson Valley. Bear Mountain Inn was considered one of the finest examples of rustic Adirondack architecture in America upon its opening in 1915.
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Magic in the lodge
THE FOOD WAS EXCEPTIONAL!!!! We did a weekend event (Rehearsal dinner followed by late night munchies on Friday; wedding Saturday; Farewell brunch Sunday) and every single meal was eloquent and delicious! People are still talking about the food three months later. I still think about the food, I can't wait to go back for a date in the restaurant. Service was wonderful and organized.
Beautiful venue with extremely professional staff, weekend of my dreams!
Cake included with venue; the venue took care of everything excluding photographer/DJ/shuttle. Very easy planning.
Bridal suite included with the venue!!! You can choose to do hair and makeup at the spa for an additional cost which is conveniently located down the hall from your room. Would probably recommend you bring your own hair and makeup however.
CONS: There is limited logging, weddings at the inn do have the option to rent out each room in the inn (13 I believe in total) which are expensive. Plus, this is limited. We were able to book two cottages, the overlook had an event however. So know that you'll have to shuttle. There is a holiday inn at fort Montgomery.
Beware using the carousel during summer months, it IS NOT air-conditioned! Our Friday event was held in the carousel which was unique and awesome for kids, but, I lost like seven pounds in sweat. It was SO hot, would recommend against summer months there.
It is a state park, so weddings are at 6 pm after the park closes. People will weirdly watch your ceremony, take pictures of you, and refuse to move out of the way for a bride's professional photographer. People in the park were real inconsiderate and weird, like shockingly so, so don't expect people at the state park to be considerate that it's your wedding day. The venue and cocktail hour are inside the Inn which was private, we did not have issue with people once the ceremony was over (more an issue for pre wedding photos).
--10/10 would recommend!
The Fischers - July wedding
Bear Mountain - and Alysa - are AMAZING, book your wedding there!
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This is a wonderful venue with a friendly staff and beautiful surroundings. Weefan Photography is happy to endorse it!!!
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- Clean Up
- Set Up
- Cake Cutting
- Wedding Cake
- Open Bar
- Premium Liquor
- Banquet Hall
- Historic Building
- Uncovered Outdoor
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Bar Services
- Catering Services
- Clean Up
- Event Rentals
- Pet Friendly
- Dance Floor