(Closed) Bear Mountain Inn – October Wedding

posted 6 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
Post # 3
16 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

We went to go check the venue out in the middle of Octoberfest- and the traffic was pretty bad!  the main road to the inn was particularly clogged, but maybe you could research alternate routes?  

Post # 4
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I did not get married at Bear Mtn Lodge, but had my reception at Highlands Country Club (about a mile away from Bear Mtn) and ceremony at a church near by in Garrison, NY. Our ceremony was on Sunday 10/21 at 2:30pm.. a lot of people were late to the church because of the traffic from Oktoberfest.  Some people didn’t make it to the ceremony and just made it to cocktail hour.

My husband and I drove up to the area on Saturday (10/20) for our rehearsal and we got stuck in the Oktoberfest traffic, the thing is it’s only a 1-lane road getting up there (at least from north NJ where we are coming from) and traffic get’s horribly backed up from everyone trying to get into Oktoberfest.  If your guests arn’t staying at the lodge, I would highly recommend spreading the news by word of mouth about the traffic and let guests know to plan for an extra 30 mins- hour to get up there.

Also, our wedding did not fall on a football weekend, but you may want to check to see if there is a West Point home game on the weekend you get married too.  It may not effect you since your wedding is on a Saturday, but there is bad traffic in that area on Sundays when they have a home-game.

Good luck with everything!  October is a beautiful time of year in the area, you’re going to have amazing pictures! 🙂

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