Bear Mountain Lodge

2251 Cottage San Rd., ; 4 mi north of Silver City via Alabama St., which becomes Cottage San Rd., Silver City, New Mexico, 88062, United States

Once owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy, this serene 1928 haven was restored in 2010, and reopened to great acclaim in the hands of new owners, Linda Brewer and John Rohovec, who continue to offer luxury accommodations for bird-watchers and nature lovers. You have direct access to 178 acres of Gila National Forest land, where you can spot bird species such as the Gila woodpecker, vermilion flycatcher, and red-faced warbler. Four second-story rooms in the main lodge have views of mountains and forestland. Two downstairs lodge rooms have outdoor access to a covered porch. Four guest rooms are available in Myra's Retreat, a separate building named for the former owner, and a great space for a larger family or group. A two-bedroom guesthouse known as the Wren's Nest has an exposed wood ceiling. Throughout the lodge, hardwood floors and locally handcrafted furniture—all made from reclaimed wood—add to the rustic elegance. The rooms and grounds now have a contemporary touch as well, with the bright addition of sculptures and wall art from the owners' Blue Dome Gallery, which is also onsite. Naturalist- and horseback-guided trips are available for a fee. Box lunches and dinner are available for additional charge and by arrangement. The Café, featuring local foods and an irresistible menu (roasted vegetable strata, chile-laden pot roast hash, fresh apple cider, Mexican chocolate-chip cookies, and homemade ice cream), is open to the public for Sat. and Sun. brunch.

PROS

  • quiet, distinctive hideaway

CONS

  • a 10- to 15-minute drive to Silver City dining and shopping

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 575-538–2538 | 877-620–2327

HOTEL DETAILS

12 rooms, 3 houses
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted Breakfast

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