(Closed) Bear Mountain Inn in Bear Mountain State Park -New York

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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We originally wanted our wedding to be at the Bear Mountain Inn. When we went for a tour we were told that they were renovating but SHOULD be done by Sept 2010 (which was our 1st choice for a wedding month) and that when we booked the Inn we would also be holding a spot at the Overlook Lodge just in case they didn’t get enough funding to finish the renovations. We crossed bear mountain inn off our list after seeing the lodge. The place looked like a nursing home and the food didn’t look like anything special. I have heard better things about the food from the Bear mountain inn.

 

Bear Mountain does have an amazing ceremony site. You can have the ceremony in front of the old carousel. We saw pictures and it looked amazing.

 

 

Post # 4
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  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m having my wedding at Bear Mountain Inn October 2, 2010.  I’m very nervous that it won’t be ready in time.  The date keeps getting pushed back, they are telling me now 2010.  If it’s done right it will be gorgeous, but I’m taking a huge chance!  Marisa, where did you decide to have your wedding.

Post # 6
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  • Wedding: October 2010

Marisa,

Great to hear.  My parents went up there this weekend and we are all at ease after speaking with John.  I think it’s going to be awesome!  Let me know who you are going to go with for flowers, I’m in need of a vendor for that.  Are they negotiating the bbq since you are having it on premise? 

Good luck planning!!!

Post # 8
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  • Wedding: October 2010

I haven’t met John but my parents really liked him.  Said that he seemed very detail oriented and professional.  I was thinking of having a girl come to the lodge to do hair and makeup.  Catering is the same, they are on the hunt for an executive chef to oversee all food operations but have a chef for the lodge currently.  In the inn they are building a kitchen so I’m hoping all cooking will be done on premises.  You had a tasting?  How was it?  What was good?  I booked my wedding when another woman was catering director, she was horrible and didn’t know anything!  John defininitely seems like a better fit.  Where are you going to have your after party?  In one of the lodges?  It is $100 I think to keep the bar open (cash bar) after the open bar…we were considering doing that. 

Post # 9
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We are also thinking about having our wedding in Bear Mountain (and like the other posters, we’re very impressed with John). We’ll likely have a lot of guests coming in from Manhattan and our reception could go past midnight. How are you all planning to handle transportation? It’s seems to make sense for us to rent a midnight van to take folks to the Peekskill or Croton Harmon train stations.Think the last train from Peekskill is 11:39 p.m. but there’s a 1 a.m. train from Croton Harmon.

 

 

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: October 2010

Same.  I’m not offering transportation either.  The rooms are really affordable and most of our guests will likely stay over.

Post # 12
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  • Wedding: December 1969

Hey girls, 

I have also looked at the Bear Mountain Inn.  I met with John in September with my father and Bridesmaid. He did a fantastic grand tour of all the property and got me hooked.  

I then returned with money for a deposit on the INN and a tasting.  He called to reschedule the time (having booked more than one appointment) after waiting for an hour and asking 3 people to help us find him, he then decided to tell us that we wouldn’t be able to book it at this time. can’t book yet.  John claimed I had too many guests for the main room in the Inn (which we had already discussed I would be interested in the second floor) and that he would contact me in January when we was allowed to book the second floor, at a price increase for the new year.  He also tried to push the Lodge, after i told him I was not interested in it.  

I felt as if he didn’t listen to what i wanted, was not organized (he totally forgot or didn’t keep record of our first meeting) and was very pushy about the Lodge.  The Lodge is OK but the INN in has the more grand look, and is the entire reason I was interested in the first place.

I am very worried to pursue this any further.

Post # 13
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  • Wedding: October 2010

NJACCOI –

What is the second floor of the inn?  I have the first floor booked which is the main reception room?  John never mentioned that the 2nd floor would be another venue site.

Post # 14
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  • Wedding: December 1969

The second floor has the grand fire place and just a larger room.  It is what you enter when you go up the large stair cases in the front. 

Nicole

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Hi everyone!  I am going to look at the Bear Mountain Inn next Friday, 12/11 to see it for a possible location.  I’ve been looking for a casual place where people can spend the weekend and play around (there is a zoo for kids, as well as the merry-go-round).  Does anyone have any updates on the status of the renovation?  Has it been pushed back any more? 

Good luck to all of you!

Post # 16
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  • Wedding: June 2010

Hey ladies — I am actually booked to have my wedding at the Bear Mountain Inn this summer. I actually booked it last April before they began any renovations – a big risk but so far has seemed totally worth it. I had some terrible experiences with the catering and reservation managers they went through but John seems great so far. I have not been there since last April (Hawaii is pretty far!) but will be going next week for a tasting and to see how the renovations are going. If you want to see the updated pictures of everything they have done, they have a great facebook page. 

Has anyone signed any vendors for their weddings? We are still looking for a officiant and hair/makeup to come to Bear Mountain that morning. 

 

Thanks! 

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