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Amber Bear Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Heron B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 January 2013

Amber Bear Inn is a perfect place for a quiet get away. Every room is unique and beautiful including fireplaces and picturesque views that you won't soon forget. There's almost always some sort of wildlife around be it deer, elk, moose or bears. Lot's of great opportunities for photographers. But mostly what I enjoy are the wonderful meals Nancy prepares for the restaurant. My husband and I have the good fortune of living in Heron so we visit Amber Bear fairly often. We think of them as "our diamond in the rough". Not many restaurants within 15 minutes of our home. None, of this quality. If we have company we want to take out for dinner, it's the Amber Bear Inn. If we have friends or family who need a place to stay, it's the Amber Bear. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions, at the Amber Bear. Nancy prepares every meal with skill and heart. I can honestly say, that every time I have eaten there, the food has been fresh and of good quality. I believe that is what sets them apart from other restaurants, in this struggling economy. You can not beat their prices, which usually include drink, salad and soup bar, Nancy's delicious cheddar biscuits, and desert. One of my favorites is the Honey Stung Chicken, and my husband says the quail "melts in your mouth". And sometimes, when it's been a very long day and I have no ideas for dinner, I can count on Nancy to have dinner ready to go. Mike will make you feel at home and there are real table cloths, nice dishes and glasses, it's the most inviting and warmest restaurant you'll find in these parts.

Room Tip: The room in the south west corner, has a huge bed that faces the window. It would be heavenly to wak...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Amber B, Owner at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2013

Thanks so much for your review, we appreciate it. This retired couple raises puppies as hunting companions. What a fun job. We always enjoy it when they come to visit and eat.

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Reviewed 29 December 2012

We have been to the Amber Bear Inn 3 times now and have had great service each time. Breakfast is wonderful, and the atmosphere is relaxing with an incredible view of the mountain off the front porch. There are great trails to hike, and Mike has snowshoes to borrow as well. It is a great place to relax. Mike and Nancy are very attentive to the customer's needs and are very accommodating as well. Would definitely go back again!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Amber B, Owner at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2012

Thanks so much for your kind words. We had just opened up a new room, and it wasn't perfect, but Julie is the kind of guest that makes working in the hospitality industry a wonderful experience. We always look forward to a visit from Julie and her family.

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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We had such a great time. Mike and Nancy are the best very friendly and we love to just be around them. We loved getting away from all the hub bub of "city life" and just going to a place where you can unplug and just get back to what God created and relax and get refreshed. We will come back over and over and we are telling our friends and family. We even loved hearing "ears" play with the tin on the back step :-)

Randy and Michelle Marty Post Falls, Idaho

Room Tip: They are all good rooms so peaceful
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Amber B, Owner at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2012

The "middle-of-nowhere" is hard to find but worth the journey. This delightful couple chose a vacation with the virtues of nowhere over the amenities of somewhere. They mention "Ears". He is a two year old bear cub recently abandoned by Mom Sow, as is natural. While they were here, they were awakened one night when "Ears" climbed up to a second story deck and played with a piece of tin. We named the cub "Ears" because he needs to grow a great deal so his huge ears fit his face. Bears are inquisitive, and this couple watched "Ears" in action from the safety of their bedroom window.

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Reviewed 31 July 2012

The Amber Bear provided us a large clean comfortable room close to the school we were visiting in the area. Definitely off the beaten path; a quiet and relaxing setting. Plenty of country roads to walk and run on, or just sit out on the porch with your morning coffee, relax and watch the wildlife. And as much as I appreciated quiet nights in the country it was comforting to know I could connect to the outside world using the provided WiFi.

Room Tip: You may hear footsteps from the room above in the downstairs rooms...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Amber B, Owner at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2012

Everyone should have Grandparents as wonderful as this couple. They've stayed with us a number of times as they visited a grandchild enrolled nearby in one of the nation's top College Preparatory Charter Schools that specialize in instructing teens extremely gifted in the Arts. We loved hosting the grandparents, and their granddaughter. They were escorted on their morning nature walks by a prominent member of our staff, Chase the dog. Their beautiful granddaughter is graduating soon and is off to a world-class University. Chase, and our family, wish her well, and we hope they come back to visit us when they find themselves in the Heron area again.

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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We first discovered The Amber Bear by accident but are glad we did! Innkeepers Mike and Nancy have opened their large beautiful home as finest inn Western Montana has to offer. Set in the idyllic area of Heron, Montana the views of the Cabinet and Bitteroot Mountains is breathtaking. The lodge is surrounded by wildlife, in our visits we have seen elk, deer, bear, and more. As if the views and wildlife weren't enough reason to stay, the Inn is fantastic! This dog friendly lodge is the created to enjoy Montana the way it's meant to be enjoyed. The lodge has a country design to it with soaring ceilings, an amazing river rock fireplace, beautiful hard wood floors and windows everywhere to take in the views! In classic bed and breakfast style, the Amber Bear is definitely the home of innkeepers Mike and Nancy, but it has the feel of a larger lodge. The menu is so much beyond what you would expect to find in a bed and breakfast and Nancys cooking is fantastic! If you are expecting the Four Seasons with bellmen, valet service and a concierge, this is not for you. However, if you want to enjoy Montana hospitality in a beautiful lodge in an idyllic setting - then this is for you! We had an amazing time and will stay again! Our dog loved it as well, it should be noted the the Amber Bear is very pet friendly! We loved it and can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Amber B, Manager at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2012

Those of us, in the hospitality industry, really love to experience a family like this one, and are always grateful that they loved our Inn as much as we do. Their dog was a delight. We hope, when they retire in 10 more years from the teaching profession they will think about our community. They would be a great asset. They took enormous advantange of the many hiking/jogging trails around here and the many scenic wonders worthy of their vacation pictures.

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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Amber Inn was recommended to us by a family member who had seen the advertisements for Amber Inn. We took the long scenic drive there only to be met by a very rude woman who wouldn't let us on the steps. When my Aunt asked about the Lodge, we were basically told to leave. My father tried to talk with this lady, trying to inquire about the restaurant and rooms only to be rudely told to leave. When we asked the best way to get back on the main road, this woman said "The way you got here". Every question we asked this woman was met with a rude answer.
If this woman is the owner or manager, she should not be meeting the public due to her rudeness and dirty appearance. If this woman is an employee, she is horrible for business. We will not stay at this place nor would we recommend anyone stay there.

Alaska & Florida & Idaho!

Room Tip: We never got up the steps so can not rate the inside of this building.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 14 July 2012

We believe our staff acted appropriately. Our small country inn is located on a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of the National Forest, up a long, very private driveway. We require reservations for both lodging and for our restaurant. The individual arrived with a carload of people requesting a facilities tour. The staff member informed her all of the rooms were occupied with guests and we were unable to show any of the rooms. She also was informed the restaurant was closed to the public that day as it also was booked for a banquet. Her male companion then demanded access to the Lodge to "just walk around" and began trying to force open the locked door. The staff member then asked them to leave. The man than verbally accosted a female guest who was with the staff member demanding she let him in, which the guest also refused to do. Was the staff member "dirty"? She and the female guest and her dogs (this is dog heaven) had been out hiking together and were cooling off on the Lodge's wrap-around deck when this carload of people arrived without making prior arrangements or reservations.

The security of our guests are very important to us. Reputable lodging establishments do not allow people to walk around a facilities testing doors to see which one is unlocked. The privacy of our guests, in their rooms, is also important to us. Reputable lodging establishments do not give "tours" of rooms which are occupied by guests and/or their belongings. Fortunately, very few people demand that we do so.

We believe a true reflection of our lodge is contained in the comments of those who have stayed with us rather than the comments of a woman who demanded a facilities tour we were unable, and under no obligation, to supply.

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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Amber Bear Inn was the perfect retreat for my husband and me this past week/weekend. The drive from Spokane was breathtaking and Nancy gave perfect directions to their bed and breakfast. The inn is on 400 private acres reserved as a wildlife sanctuary. Our room was extremely spacious with vaulted ceilings, a spa tub, fireplace, sitting area, wet bar, and large windows on two walls for panoramic views of a waterfall, creek, meadows, pond, and Cabinet Mountains. We were fortunate to have a king bed fit for royalty. We were visiting the Heron/Noxon area for business and we felt as though we were on a honeymoon retreat! Nancy and Mike were such incredible hosts providing a yummy breakfast every morning (at whatever time we wanted), a 5 course (and 5 star) dinner every night (at whatever time we wanted), extraordinary service, and stimulating conversation. As we left, the goose honked a goodbye! When we return for business this summer, we will definitely be staying here again!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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Amber B, Owner at Amber Bear Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2012

We thank this reviewer for the kind words. They were in the area on business, but able to stay nearby at our family-run Inn. As they looked out their bedroom and bathroom windows only the beauty of nature stared back at them. The Inn's spectacular views are not cluttered with development on any adjoining property. Their views of both the Cabinet Mountains and the Bitterroot Mountains have no lights on them at night as this land is national forest. The "serenity" of the views are matched by the "sounds of silence". Virtually all other lodging establishments choose to locate on busy highways, which have railroad tracks right next to them with a dozen or more trains each night. Our Inn is located five miles off the highway. We are nestled up against Beaver Peak and our wildlife sanctuary borders hundreds of thousands of acres of national and State forest land.

For those looking for "absolute serenity", the five mile drive off the State highway will reward you with the sound of raven's wings flapping over head. If your sleep is disturbed at night, it is from the howling of wolves, not the clang of locomotives, noisy bars, and busy highways. We thank the reviewer and hope to see them again soon.

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Address: 25 Amber Bear Lane, Heron, MT 59844
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Region: United States > Montana > Heron
Amenities:
Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Heron
Price Range: £76 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amber Bear Inn is a small, boutique, one-of-kind, rural Inn located on a 400 acre wildlife sanctuary in the Bitteroot Mountains. The Inn is located 4 miles off busy State Highway 200 and away from the noisy railroad tracks that run parallel to the highway. It is backed up to Kootenai National Forest, and there is direct access to the Forest for hiking, snowmobiling, and ATV access. Nature trails are groomed into the estate. A free boat launch on the Clark Fork River is 2 minutes away and is a gateway to fishing, kayaking, tubing, and sking.This is a quiet forest setting with rooms boasting magnificent views. There are 7 fireplaces in the Inn, free high-speed video-streaming wifi, satellite TV in every room, and a full-service restaurant. Breakfast is included and is ordered off the restaurant menu at the lodger's convenience. The restaurant is open to non-lodging guests by reservation only to maintain a tranquil setting. We offer an international selection of beer and wine.The owners live & work onsite and are one of Montana's oldest families, boasting 7 generations and over 100 years of State residency. We welcome you to our home & our State. ... more   less 

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