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Book Direct and Save

Whether you’re planning a family vacation, business trip, reunion, or just a weekend getaway, the reservation precess at hotels and B & B’s  can seem overwhelming. Online travel agencies (OTA’s) claim that they can improve your reservation experience by comparing rates of hotels in your area and directing you to the best option fit to your search criteria. Although, what most people don’t realize is these third party booking companies are actually not on your side as much as you think. Here are the top 5 reasons why booking directly through the hotel or B & B website is simpler, faster, and more effective:

1. Better room assignments

Third party travel agencies such as Expedia or Travelocity offer a limited selection of rooms. Based on availability, rooms with better amenities are prioritized for guests who book direct. Also, direct bookers have the upper hand by speaking with knowledgable employees who are informative on accommodating needs such as first or second level, wheelchair accessibility, private entry, which room has the best view, etc. 

2. Guaranteed lowest booking price

Most hotels and B & B’s (including us at Bears Inn) have a “lowest price guarantee” in place where they will price match any valid offer that is found through a booking agency. Online travel agencies are partial to have additional charges and fees for utilizing their services, sneaking up on you at checkout. 

3. Know what you're getting into

The best property photos and room descriptions are available at the source, from the B & B website. Photos on OTA’s may be outdated and might not provide a completely accurate vision of your stay. Direct websites typically provide more information on amenities and upgrades in each room, such as an antique clawfoot tub or fireplace. 

Also, direct websites can provide local information about the area you are visiting that you otherwise might not come access. After all, locals know best! 

4. Your reservation is guaranteed

By eliminating the middle man and booking direct, the policies put in place by the facility you’ll be staying at are guaranteed and secure. When booking through OTA’s, you are subject to additional cancellation policies, reservation requirements, and fees that are not applicable when booking direct. Rest assured that when you arrive to your reservation, there will be no misunderstandings or mishaps. 

5. Customize your stay

Talking directly with someone at the B & B or hotel you are booking is beneficial in the way that they can provide you with recommendations and accomodations that are customized to fit your stay. In our case as a B & B, we accommodate breakfast for all dietary needs whether it be gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, you name it. Also, by talking to the B & B directly other accommodations can be made such as an early or late check in, extra pillows and blankets, etc. 

When searching for hotel or B  & B accommodations, always check the direct website first for the best possible reservation experience!

That Chocolate Company

That Chocolate Company uses only the freshest ingredients and colorful flavors in their made from scratch chocolates and other tasty creations. Specializing in handmade truffles, cake pops, crunch mix and chocolate covered strawberries, anything that That Chocolate Company creates is truly delectable!

Complimenting flavor combinations will have your mouth watering. Familiar  flavors might include Sea Salt Caramel, English Toffee, Oreo, Peanut Butter and Vanilla. More daring flavors such as Lemon Basil showcase the chocolatier’s true talent for flavor pairing.  

The artist behind these chocolate masterpieces is Jamey, a true gentleman who is very involved our local community and coaches the Clear Creak Lacrosse Team. He is adored for his team approach, his strong leadership and kind heart.

Jamey’s inspiration for his chocolate creations stems from his two daughters, Makenna and  Kaleigh, his trusty service dog Finn, and through readings such as “The Flavor Bible” by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg.

 

Not to mention – Jamey is also the master Chef here at Bears Inn, the driving force behind our three course breakfast served at 9 am every morning. We encourage you to spend some time during your stay to  enjoy a conversation with Jamey, his optimistic outlook on life is sure to make the morning blossom into a beautiful day.

Share Jamey’s spirt with your family and friends, his truffles and and chocolate strawberries are available togo at the Inn.

See more chocolatey creations by That Chocolate Company with the button below!

Evergreen Lake House Summer Concerts

Part of what makes Evergreen such a unique destination is the tight knit sense of community paired with a closeness to both nature and the people that reside here. Local community events are put together with the intention to bring everyone closer, and they sure do. Residents and visitors alike enjoy ice skating on Evergreen Lake in the winter, and in summer months kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and  concerts at the lake house bring everyone together.

Since it is now spring, the anticipation of the Evergreen Lake house Summer Concert Series has been satisfied. As of May 29,  this free outdoor concert series has kicked off to a great start!

Concerts are held every other Wednesday from 5-9 through the end of July. Local and national artists come to play on stage, surrounded by the beautiful mountain scenery.

The selection of local food trucks is the icing on the cake when it comes to this outdoor gathering. Enjoy fresh, delicious cuisine while taking in the mountain views and music. Emerge yourself in the local atmosphere, creating the perfect one-of-a-kind Evergreen experience that will be a memory for years to come. 

Evergreen Rodeo Parade

In a community rich in culture,  deeply rooted western traditions have been part of the Evergreen history for years.  Locals celebrate their western roots by attending The Evergreen Rodeo and Parade that takes place annually in mid June.  The Evergreen Rodeo is a standing local tradition; Joe Williford was a resident of Evergreen for 50 years, and the first regularly scheduled rodeo he remembers took place in 1935. In 1947 the rodeo made the transition from a local competition to professional. In response to the following demand, the Bear Creek Rodeo Association was formed and the tradition continued on. 

Originally intended to entertain the guests at the Troutdale Resort in the 30’s, The Evergreen Rodeo quickly gained the attention of visitors both near and far; some of which including Tom Mix, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Ethel Merman.

Local hands and residents held those rodeos and the rodeo parade for the entertainment of themselves and visitors.  They still do. Today’s parade and rodeo are non-profit affairs, organized by local volunteers with proceeds going to charity. Equipment, materials and labor were donated by local businesses, making it a total community effort.

Past years have seen famous cowboys such as Freckles Brown, All- around World Champions Phil Lyne and Larry Mahan, and world-famous rope artist Monty Montana. More currently, appearances have been made by world class contestants such as Bruce Ford, J.D. Yates, his sister Kelly, Abe Morris and Shane Call.

Following the first night of the Rodeo, the traditional Evergreen Rodeo Parade that trails through downtown truly connects the community. Visitors and locals line the streets of downtown, taking in the beautiful mountain scenery and enjoying the presence of the local atmosphere. 

As proud Evergreeners, we are honored to take place in the 2019 Evergreen Rodeo Parade! The Bears Inn will  be participating this year with a Western themed float and we would love to see you there! 

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Mama and the Fig

Small batch, from scratch, and made to order are just a few ways to describe Mama and the Fig’s delicious bread! Rustic and hearty sourdoughs are a staple at Mama and the Fig, and the passion behind the bread sure shows! Enjoy flavors such as Caramelized Onion Poppy, Olive Orange Rosemary, Chocolate Cranberry or the original Fig and Pine nut - No matter which flavor you try you’re bound to be impressed! Pair with a satin honey butter such as lemon or cinnamon to create a dynamic flavor duo. See for yourself and sample Mama and the Fig bread with Debeeze satin honey butter at the Inn on weekend stays!

The “Mama” behind the bread, Jax, has a clear passion for what she does. Explore all of the breads her micro-bakery specializes in by checking out her website!

Colorado Custom

What better way to remember your stay than to have a piece of Bears Inn to take with you? Bears Inn screen printed T-Shirts will now be available at the Inn and are coming soon online! Not to mention, embroidered Bears Inn hats, custom Bears Inn mugs, and how cute are these Bears Inn plush bears?! We just love the new items we will be adding to our gift shop, and we know you will too!

Just when we thought it couldn’t get better – Colorado Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery provide a green approach to their work! In a market flooded with toxic dyes, inks and solvents, an environmentally friendly approach is important, and we are truly ecstatic to support and carry their products. So not only are these Bears Inn plush bears cute, they are also eco friendly!

Voted  top 10 out of 95 Colorado Springs screen printing companies via expertise.com – The quality truly shows! We could not be more thrilled with the green products that they have supplied us and we can’t wait to share them with you! 

Colorado Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery supply 1.2 million green products that are available to browse and customize here!

Embroidery at it’s Best

Nicole's Custom Embroidery & Screening

We believe that the core of our community is held together by the tight knit support of the small local businesses that we have the pleasure of working with here in Evergreen. We love adding to this sense of community by keeping our products local, and we are thrilled to showcase the amazing work done by Nicole's Custom Embroidery and Screening out of Pine, CO! Whether it is a big or small project, Nicole and her crew clearly take pride in their craftsmanship and it definitely shows. We came to Nicole with an idea, and she made it into a reality. We will now be adding these quality embroidered shirts and jackets to our Bears Inn gift shop - which will be available in house and online soon!

For more great work view her Facebook here! 

Bears and Honey, the Perfect Combination!

We’re excited to announce… We are now featuring Debeeze raw & unfiltered local honey here at the Inn! After all, what do bears love more than honey?Debeeze Honey out of Bailey, Colorado is the best in the business when it comes to local honey! Their motto “From our hive to yours” really stands true since this family owned and operated company’s absolute passion is bringing the best quality honey to the table. Whether it’s one of the many flavored satin honeys you're after, or the classic wildflower honey, you really can’t go wrong! Wildflower honey is a classic style honey with no additions to the natural honey flavor. The satin honey is a creamy honey spread that comes in many flavors such as cocoa, cinnamon, lemon, autumn spice and jalapeño. On your next stay, we invite you to enjoy sampling Debeeze honey in these 6 different flavors paired with a locally crafted bread, compliments of us! We’re sure you’ll love all the unique flavors (We sure did) so we have added Debeeze honey for purchase to our gift shop! Come enjoy a conversation and make friends over honey and tea, because after all “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey inside.” - A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

Spring has Sprung!

The sun is out, the snow is melting - spring is in the air in Evergreen!

Here are just a few of the best spring activities in Evergreen:

Evergreen Ice Melt

In the next few weeks as the temperature rises we will see Evergreen Lake continue to defrost, saying goodbye to the winter season and welcoming warmer weather! Every year in January, the Evergreen Parks and Recreation Department puts out the infamous Ice Melt Barrel on the frozen lake for the annual competition known as The Evergreen Ice Melt. Participants purchase tickets with the date that they think the barrel will fall through the ice, in hopes of winning the $1000 grand prize. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit EPRD Special Needs, Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Mountain Foothills Rotary Foundation. Be a part of this Evergreen tradition and place your guess on when the barrel melts through!

Three Sister’s Park

Alderfer Park, more commonly known as Three Sisters Park is provides 1,120 acres and 15.3 trail miles of beautiful scenery, and is located just 4.5 miles from the Inn. Three Sister’s is home to many attractions include hiking, mountain biking, and even rock climbing. In addition, stunning views of the parks vistas, rock formations and ponderosa pines make it a destination for every vacation to Evergreen. There’s truly something for everyone here!

Nature is calling; Some other parks to explore in our area are:
Dedisse Park
Elk Meadow Park
Evergreen Lake
Lair O’ The Bear Park
Maxwell Falls Upper & Lower Trail
Mount Falcon Park
O’Fallon Park
Pence Park

Evergreen Golf Course

Get outside and soak up the crisp mountain air! Evergreen Golf Course is an executive 18 hole course, located 4.2 miles North of the Inn. This course is known for it’s rolling hills, elk sightings and pine trees, making it the perfect escape from city life. Since this course is set so close to Evergreen Lake, it makes for the perfect day of golf and a picnic. Or enjoy lunch at Keys on the Green, the historical lodge themed restaurant on the course. The possibilities are endless!

History in the Making

For nearly 100 years the historic Bears Inn has been a prominent feature of the Marshdale Park area in Evergreen, Co. Since 1928 Bears Inn B & B has hosted guests of all kinds – sharing experiences and creating memories!

Bears Inn is formerly part of the Marshdale Lodge Resort, and holds the distinction as Evergreen’s oldest resort with continuous guest operations. The dream of Bears Inn became apparent when Dr. Wilbur Marsh, a successful Denver dentist, purchased the 165 acres from a patient.  The B&B quickly gained attention by advertising attractions such as horseback riding, fishing, badminton, hiking, picnicking and golf, in addition to hosting events such as themed murder mystery nights which we were later recognized for in The Denver Post.

Dating back to the first years of operation, the atmosphere of the Inn was intended to be as unique as the guests that stay here; each room has it’s own theme and experience! While renovations have been made over the years, the character of the Inn still holds so much charm and charisma, combining original features with updated amenities. To get a first hand insight on the history of the Inn, read through some of the remaining hand written guest logs with entries dating back 30+ years!  Sound interesting?  Become a piece of our history during your stay and write about your experience for future Bears Inn residents to explore!

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