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“Wonderful Inn; Great Location”

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Bear Valley Cottage
Ranked #2 of 2 Olema B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful Inn; Great Location”
Reviewed 26 August 2005

My wife and I spent a delightful two nights at the Bear Valley Inn. We used the Inn as a base of operations for exploring all that there is to see/do. First of all, Olema is perfectly situated. From there, you can bicycle, explore the Point reyes seashore on foot, visit wineries, eat fantastic food or just veg out. (we did all of the above)
Amanda and Ken who run the Bear know the area intimately and are wonderful hosts. the Inn itself is charming, without being cloying. Both Amanda and Ken are avid bicyclists and hikers and can suggest routes and trails.
Accomodations are excellent. . The rooms are clean, well-appointed, and the inn is a beautiful early 20th century structure. The restoration job is first-rate.
I suggest walking to dinner at the Olema Inn for some of the finest and best-prepared food you could want.

Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed 25 August 2005

The Bear Valley Inn, recently renovated and reopened under Amanda and Ken's tender loving care, is absolutely perfect. The rooms in the main house, as well as the cottage, are all thoughtfully and beautifully decorated. Excellent organic and local foods are used to prepare delicious meals. Amanda and Ken are fun-loving and outgoing, yet discreet when you just want a little peace and quiet--perfect hosts. The area is great for a wide range of outdoor activities, and the tiny town of Olema is definitely away from it all. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2005, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 August 2005

I highly recommend this B&B for your romantic getaway. The owners are new to the business, but they are very excited about their new jobs as innkeepers and the property itself has been an inn for over 20 years. They did a great renovation, so the place is not overly decorated and the colors they used are great. The grounds look like they are only getting better every month (good gardens, etc.), and the location is very central to the region.

We met the hostess, who is very friendly and will tell you whatever you need to know about how to enjoy the natural wonders of the region. She and her husband are both avid cyclists, as well as very involved citizens of the region.

They offer a free breakfast to guests, which was good. They also have all kinds of games and books available for down time, and no TV's in the rooms (which is good, in my opinion).

Enjoy!

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Additional Information about Bear Valley Cottage

Property: Bear Valley Cottage
Address: 88 Bear Valley Road, Olema, CA 94950 (Formerly Bear Valley Inn)
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Olema
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Olema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thirty-five miles from San Francisco and fifty miles from Napa and wine country, this is a perfect launching spot for exploring the Point Reyes area. The charming cottage is surrounded by hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails in Point Reyes National Seashore. ... more   less 

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