The Bear Mountain Lodge is located on 180 acres bordering the Gila National Forest. It is possibly the most unique and modern lodge of its kind in the region. It’s a place to enjoy peace and quiet, and the natural beauty of the area.
The main Lodge is 10,000-square foot Mission style building. The Lodge also has two other building to house guests on the property for a total of 11 rooms, all with private bathrooms. The rooms are spacious and each are named after a native bird or person who was important to New Mexican history. The Lodge was originally opened in 1928 as a boy’s school. The Lodge went on to serve as a country club, private home, and a birding bed and breakfast.
The Lodge is only a few miles from the heart of Silver City, but is isolated by a charming dirt road, greenery, and mountains. The Lodge prides itself on not having television, but it does have wifi to keep you connected to the real world. Owners of the lodge are happy with these contradictions.
“We all want it to be an unique destination and have personality,” said Linda Brewer, co-owner and manager and one of seven partners who helped reopen the lodge after a brief closure in 2009. The lodge has a dining area, great room, horse stable, trails, café, and a contemporary art gallery, which provides original artwork throughout the property.
After purchasing the business, Brewer and Rohovec relocated their Blue Dome Gallery to the lodge, providing original artwork in each guest room. Each year a major piece of art is added to the collection to include a labyrinth, a large hummingbird mural in the dining room, and a recycled material puma bench on the Lodge’s highest peak. On the grounds of the property is a sculpture garden with various exterior pieces including a large metal praying mantis, a dragonfly, and butterflies. There are also mosaic tile columns and giant biomorphic clay sculptures.
The mission style building, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, doesn’t scream hotel at first sight. It is when visitors enter the building that they realize they are in for a unique experience. “We are more than a lodge, we’re an art destination,” described Brewer.
The art is just one element that Brewer and her team have added to create a special guest experience.
“We are also a place that takes the guests back to a time when hotels were a bit more personal,” said Brewer. The Lodge’s eatery, Café Oso Azul, is also open to non-guests, and its weekend brunches have proven popular. The café serves up handcrafted food, everything from homemade crackers to amazing carrot cake. The Lodge is a place where guests know the owners by name and the owners know the guests.
Brewer’s vision is to make the Lodge a place where memories are made. The Lodge is regularly booked for weddings, birthday parties, book premiers, workshops, community meetings, and other social gatherings.
“We are happy making other people happy,” added Rohovec.
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