Big Chili Cook-Off!

Honoring our Firefighters

Saturday September 7th  – Sunday September 8th, 10 am – 5 pm @ Buchanan Park
Evergreen’s Big Chili Cook-Off Music & Arts Festival is a celebration of fun, food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, vendors and more!  Over 5,000 people attend this event each year to sample and vote on the best chili recipes, all in support of our local firefighters. 
The Cause 

The Big Chili Cook-Off honors and recognizes those who have given so much to keep us safe in our mountain communities. Without doubt, the local firefighters are among the bravest and deserve our thanks and recognition. 

In honor, all event proceeds benefit the local mountain fire departments from Elk Creek, Evergreen, Indian Hills, Inter Canyon, North Fork & Platte Canyon.

The Chili

Chili Cook booths will prepare a one ounce cup per chili for event attendee and judge sampling.  Judging will be done by a panel of volunteer judges.  Chili Cooks will be asked to submit a numbered sample of chili for blind judging.  The judges will divide up the entries and then choose entries to move in to the final judging round.  Judges will then select the winners of the Red, Green and Firehouse categories.  The category of People’s Choice Chili will be selected by event attendees via ballot.

In addition to the chili tasting festivities, there is an array of unique vendor booths to explore, as well as live music & entertainment for the kids!  You won’t want to miss out on this fun experience. 

For more information on the Big Chili Cook Off, please visit their website with the button below

The Bistro at Marshdale

“Handmade cuisine in a hand hewn Mountain Tea Room”

The Bistro and Bears Inn Bed and Breakfast are located on the same grounds, and originally operated as the same establishment previously referred to as “The Marshdale Lodge” until 1949 when the Bistro became its own independent restaurant. They have since both continued to grow individually, while still maintaining a close relationship throughout the years. 


The Bistro at Marshdale provides an upscale American dining experience that has been a staple of the Marshdale community for nearly 100 years, specializing in craft cuisine paired with beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery. Every meal  served reflects the art and expertise of their kitchen. Allicia, the executive chef, is passionate about her craft, just as the craftsmen & women who built this authentic Rocky Mountain Tea Room back in 1923. 

In the month of September, The Bistro will be celebrating customer appreciation month with a  special $35 three course menu* In addition to this great offer, the Bears Inn will award a $50 gift certificate* to The Bistro when you book direct with us in September!

(*Valid Sundays – Thursdays only in September 2019, Fridays and Saturdays excluded, subject to availability)

For available rooms please book direct by calling (303) 670 – 1205 
For Dinner reservations, please call (303) 674 – 7670

Colorado Bentley Tour

We are thrilled to be hosting drivers of the 2019 Colorado Bentley tour at the Inn in just a few days! 

This group of 15 vintage cars includes W.O. Bentley’s, Rolls-Royce’s and Triumphs. The some 30 participants are coming from all over the US and England to Colorado to celebrate 100 years of Bentley. The drivers will start on the 10th of August in Conifer, then drive to Del Norte, stay three nights in Telluride, one night in Redstone and three nights in Aspen, before returning to Conifer. 


A little history about Bentley:

Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley and his brother in 1919. A 3-litre model won the 24 hours race at Le Mans in 1924, subsequent models won again in 1927, 1928, 1929 & 1930. In 1931 the company was taken over by Rolls Royce. A total of 3061 W.O. Bentley’s were produced in Cricklewood in England. More than 50% of the cars survived. The cars are still very popular today as they still go up to 100 mph, therefore can easily keep up with modern highway speeds. 

View the video below of the most recent Bentley Tour! 

10th Annual Dam Ducky Derby

This Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
11am - 3 pm!

The Dam Ducky Derby, now in its tenth year, annually draws 3,500 visitors to downtown Evergreen with food and festivities throughout downtown, trolley horse rides on Main Street and the Duck Drop at Evergreen Dam.


Anyone may participate by buying one or more uniquely numbered ducks. The winning ducks numbers are documented as they cross the finish line and cash prizes and sponsor gifts are awarded to the owners of the speediest ducks.

In addition to the duck race, there will be plenty of food, music, carnival games, bouncy house, face painter & more! Hope to see you all there!

How does it work? A fire truck drops numbered ducks from above the dam to the creek below. As the rubber ducks race down Bear Creek, spectators follow the flow of thousands of ducks as they approach the finish line at Highland Haven Creekside Inn. Children help collect the ducks in their baskets so they can compete again next year.

For more information about the Dam Ducky Derby, please visit the Downtown Evergreen website with the button below! 

What a “Suite” deal!

We take pride in kindling relationships with all guests that stay here at Bears Inn. Just like visiting family, we aim to create an experience for our guests that feels right at home. We feel that it is important to convey a sense of community and connectivity through conversation and hospitality that brings us closer to the guests that choose to stay with us, most of which who become just like family. 

With the relationships we build with our guests, we strive to let them know how much they mean to us. To honor the guests who stay with us often, we are happy to award a free nights stay in our king sized Suite when you stay in all 10 of our queen sized rooms at the Inn! 

This offer never expires, as we encourage you to create not only a single experience staying with us, but a journey over time. Each uniquely themed room boasts a different theme and feel, creating an original experience each time you stay. Which room is calling your name next? 

The Suite

Stay in all 10 of our queen sized rooms and receive one night’s stay in the Suite – on us! 


Summerfest is a family-friendly festival of art, crafts & music featuring over 120 artists and craftspeople from across the country, with plenty of handmade treasures for you and everyone on your gift list. Artists bring a variety of mediums, including ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, and more!


This weekend of fun is located at the Buchanan Park athletic fields, just five minutes from the Evergreen Parkway exit at I-70. Hours are 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults; children are free. All proceeds benefit Center for the Arts Evergreen.


For more information, view the Evergreen Center of the Arts website with the button below!

Evergreen Jazz Festival

The seeds of the Evergreen Jazz Festival were sown in 1999 at a birthday party for long-time Evergreen resident Sterling Nelson. Sterling had served as president of the Denver Jazz Club as far back as 1960, and his birthday party included unrehearsed performances by eight top Colorado jazz musicians. 

Happily, Evergreen was no stranger to jazz. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Evergreen hosted jazz greats like Count Basie and Duke Ellington at a club called The Red Ram. Now known as Little Bear, this infamous night club has served as one of our Festival venues. Another of our venues, the Elks Lodge, hosted the Evergreen Ragtime Bash throughout the ’90s, thanks to the efforts of local jazz pianist George Keeler.

Building on this jazz heritage, Sterling and a small group of volunteers staged the first Evergreen Jazz Festival in 2001. Nine world-class bands, including the Golden Gate Rhythm Machine and James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band performed for enthusiastic audiences.

Each year has seen the Evergreen Jazz Festival attract more jazz fans as word spreads about this weekend of great music, and the Festival continues to garner high praise not only from audiences, but from musicians and jazz critics as well. Join us for the 2019 Evergreen Jazz Festival taking place throughout five different venues on Friday, July 26th 12pm-11pm, Saturday July 27th 10am-10pm, and Sunday July 28th 11am-6pm.

For more detailed information about the event, please visit the Evergreen Jazz Festival website with the button below! 

The Muddy Buck Cafe

“Nothing brings friends and families together like warm drinks and freshly made food”

Nothing brings friends and families together like warm drinks and freshly made food – We feel fortunate to be a part of that kindred connection.

Proudly locally owned and operated, The Muddy Buck Cafe is Evergreen’s only fresh-roasting coffee house. Decadent brunch foods and pastries paired with exceptional coffee make The Muddy Buck what is is today.

The Muddy Buck is located in the historic Evergreen Hotel building, founded in 1896. The building has undergone many transformations and occupants over time, including the original  “Ice House” which provided refrigeration for the Evergreen community (they still use the original ice storage unit as a cooler today). Several structure fires over the years have altered the interior, and you can still see the charring on the original wood beams and rock walls which give the building it’s unique character. 

From the Big Buck Breakfast Burrito to the Buck Eyed Egg, their breakfast menu is sure to impress! For lunch, try one of their six phenominal sandwiches served with Colorado Crafted chips, or how about a chicken flatbread with grilled basil chicken, sun-dried tomato basil pesto, fresh arugula, balsamic drizzle and roasted garlic cloves? Yum! 

Coffee, Cocoa, and Cocktails sums up their exceptionally large drink menu ranging from numerous roasts of coffee and espresso, to house made chai tea, Italian sodas and more! Enjoy a mimosa or bloody mary with brunch on their patio right in the heart of downtown. 

Great location, exceptional coffee and delicious food ~ Whether you’re a local or just visiting, The Muddy Buck Cafe is a must-go!

30th Annual Evergreen Music Festival

A local tradition is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year – the annual Evergreen Music festival hosted at Buchanan Park right here in the heart of Evergreen! Join us this 4th of July for a day filled with family, music, food and fun! Lay your blanket on the grass, kick back and enjoy the combination of great music and beautiful scenery. Festivities begin at 10 am July 4th, and finish at 7:30 that evening. While there are not fireworks permitted in the foothills, this event ends just in time for you to travel to Denver to watch fireworks after a fun day at the festival. 

Other attractions to attend while you enjoy the live music are the Rotary Club Classic Car Show from 10am – 2pm, and the assortment of children’s activities including a bounce house, activity field, face painting, henna tattoos and caricatures from 10am – 3 pm. 

For tickets and a full schedule of the artists that will be performing this year, please visit the Evergreen Music Festival website with the button below.

Hope to see you there! 

Pam’s Jams and Preserves

“My Mom taught me how to make jams and her Mom taught her, so I am a 3rd generation jammer!”

Originating in Broomfield, CO, Pam’s Jams and Preserves stems from a jelly-filled dream that has been made into a reality for Pam. Her driving motto “from my heart to your home” is an accurate depiction of the flawless execution and passion that Pam puts into everything she makes. Getting creative in the kitchen is her key to building the variety of unique and original flavors that Pam’s Jams and Preserves offers.

Flavor combinations range from traditional fruit flavors to fruit blends, pepper jams, pie jams, savory jams for baking, and even dessert jams!

For fruit lovers, Pam’s Jams offers a selection of classic flavors as well as some great fruit combinations; cranberry pomegranate jelly, palisade peach jam, strawberry lemon marmalade and raspberry mango jam just to name a few. Even the classic Strawberry Rhubarb is so full of flavor! Spicy varieties  such as strawberry jalapeno, habanero gold jelly, and peach hot pepper jam are great on a slice of artisan bread or used for cooking! Some of the more creative flavors that can only be found at Pam’s Jams include Carrot Cake, Cherry Irish Stout Jam, Mimosa Jelly, White Balsamic Rosemary Jelly, and Sundae in a Jar Jam.

No matter which flavor you choose, Pam’s Jams and Preserves are sure to satisfy the tastebuds!

Are you a pancake or waffle lover? Pam’s Jams also has four delicious flavors of homemade syrups, including blackberry, peach, strawberry and blueberry.

Pam’s Jams are available at the Inn – but she also ships throughout the United
States! Visit her website below to see a full list of flavors and products. 

To see all available Pam’s Jams and Preserves, click below!