Bring Back the Glory of the Bear Mountain Inn
When the Bear Mountain Inn first opened its doors in 1915, it was hailed as one of the finest examples of rustic Adirondack architecture in America. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has lived up to those accolades as both a destination and cornerstone of the Hudson River Valley.
Each year, more than 300,000 people visit the Bear Mountain Inn, which for some time was in need of restoration. However, with the help of many private individuals, corporate sponsors, foundations, and the State of NY, the long-awaited renovation of the Bear Mountain Inn banquet spaces and guest rooms was completed in November of 2011. It was a long process to restore the interior of the building, but today, it is back and better than ever.
In keeping with the State of NY’s policy goals of greening facilities while also respecting historic resources, we have:
- Restored the banquet rooms and 15 guest suites,
- Created a park café that offers lite fare in a warm atmosphere,
- Built a Hudson River Valley gift shop with locally produced crafts and foods, and park related goods,
- Included structural improvements that maximize efficiency and reduce heating/cooling costs, and
- Partnered with local artists from the “Artists in the Park” program to offer art work created within the PIPC’s 28 parks and historic sites.
The Conservancy, the PIPC, and the NY Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation would like to thank everyone who helped make the reopening of the historic Bear Mountain Inn possible. We would also like to thank all of you who patiently waited for the grand reopening.
With the interior renovations complete, we have now turned our eyes toward the exterior of the Inn. In 2011, the Conservancy successfully applied to NYS Parks for a grant that will:
- Restore the exterior woodwork and lighting of the Inn,
- Rehabilitate the original entrance to the Inn,
- Recreate the vehicular entryway,
- Create parking for our disabled and elderly patrons,
- Green the site with new plantings, and
- Create new interpretive signs and walkways around the building.
Work on the exterior of the building will begin in the very near future with a timeline of approximately 3 years.
Thank you again to all the private individuals, corporate sponsors, foundations, and government agencies who continue to help bring back the glory of the Bear Mountain Inn!
The Palisades Parks Conservancy is a non-profit corporation exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal revue code. Membership is welcome. Donations are tax-deductible. Contributions should be sent to The Palisades Parks Conservancy, Administration Building, Bear Mountain, NY 10911 USA. 845-786-2701. Or you can use our secure Web site membership link.
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Since our founding over a century ago, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission has depended on donations as well as public funds for financial support to meet our mission to promote and expand the preservation of natural, historical and cultural resources. These donations enable us to conserve and protect open space and wildlife habitats, improve facilities and enhance programs and services for our visitors. Today, the need is greater than ever.