Property at a Glance: Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge
Even though it’s just 45 miles north of the largest city in the United States, Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge feels very much removed from the hustle and bustle of New York. Bear Mountain State Park encircles the rustic property on all sides, and the lodge stands along the Hudson River. Rugged mountains surround the area, too; they’re inhabited by black bears and foxes.
- Get pampered at Bear Mountain Spa, which offers a heated lava-stone massage, an aromatherapy facial, and a mineral mud wrap, among other soothing treatments.
- Onsite fine dining: The Bear Mountain culinary team crafts upscale American fare such as beef short ribs and organic salmon at Restaurant 1915. The dining room features a rock fireplace, mounted deer heads, and exposed wooden beams.
- In-room amenities: All guest rooms have 32-inch TVs and free WiFi. Lodge rooms have microwaves, mini fridges, and coffeemakers.
Bear Mountain, New York: Picturesque State Parks North of New York City
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in the Hudson River Valley, just 45 miles north of New York City. In good weather, it’s a popular spot to swim, picnic, hike, bike; in the wintertime, it’s open for cross-country skiing. Be sure to take a ride on the park’s unique merry-go-round that’s open on weekends only, featuring hand-painted landscapes and seats that are hand carved into resident animals, including a black bear, turkey, deer, fox, swan, and bobcat.
The park is also home to the Trailside Museums and Zoo, the latter of which is a center for injured or orphaned animals such as black bears, coyotes, and beavers. Bear Mountain State Park’s four museums are dedicated to various disciplines: check out exhibits of turtles, snakes, frogs, and salamanders in the herpetology section, or explore ones on geology and history.
During the fall, Harriman State Park turns into a tapestry of colorful foliage. Located just south, the park—the second-largest state park in New York state—has 200 miles of hiking trails, some of which become cross-country-skiing trails in the winter.