So it took me a full 24 hours into the trip to understand that the Bear Creek Resort was built around Doe Mountain where I used to go skiing with my parents as a small child. I lived in LA for many years following and was delighted to find out that there was a nice, newer resort close to home.
We stayed from Sunday to Monday in a King Jacuzzi Suite facing the mountain, which apparently turns into a skiing wonderland on or around Dec 15th. For our part during this particular anniversary weekend, it was amazing because of how quiet the property was. In fact we heard that a wedding or two had cleared out before our arrival and so I think we saw about 10 people the whole time. Here are some quick highlights:
Lobby is beautiful--fireplace, rocking chairs, outdoor balcony
Trails End Café--a favorite for breakfast, lunch and snacks...only wish it was open as another option for dinner or after dinner treats
The Grille Restaurant--cozy, food a little pricey and not all that amazing but still ok.
Room--very nice. Keurig machine with coffee/tea selection (yay!) gas fireplace, Philosophy amenities, comfy bed, two great big windows, heat lamp in the bathroom, microwave and fridge (bring some snacks to heat up at night!), two TVs and nice Jacuzzi tub.
Front Desk--they have several board games for you to borrow if you like at no cost
Overall comments, it was a great resort for an off-season getaway. We would have liked to do the spa but we didn't feel like spending the extra money. As a suggestion to the property during off-season, perhaps they could offer discount specials (Sun-Thurs) because the prices, although comparable to a vacation spa or city spa, are just high enough to pass on.
There was an outdoor pool that is heated (you can see the steam coming off of it from the Trails End Café view) but I just couldn't imagine how frigid it would be once you came out of the heated water! We brought our suits to partake in the indoor pool, but such as is the case with many hotel indoor pools, it was just a small, dimly lit, blah environment so we passed.
It is definitely worth checking Bear Creek Resort in my view. If you are going off-season for more than one day/night, find plenty activities off property to fill up your day. However if you go during snow season I am sure it is a very different, lively environment :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center is nestled on over 330 wooded acres in scenic Berks County, Pennsylvania. The resort offers skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing in the winter. During the spring, summer and fall the resort offers hiking, mountain biking, fishing, disc golf, boating, tennis and many other activities. Guests can plan an event in the spacious banquet and meeting facilities, dine at The Grille at Bear Creek or the Trail’s End Cafe, relax at The Spa or enjoy a dip in our indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bear Creek Mountain Hotel Macungie
- Hotel At Bear Creek