Arnold Black Bear Inn

Escape to the Arnold Black Bear Inn

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“lovely place”

Me and my daughter stayed here for two nights in August in between attending the Jackie Evancho concert at Ironstone Vineyards. Very interesting place, what with the bear footprints on the path and the racoon family on the front lawn! The breakfast was actually a work of art and it was almost a shame to tuck into it - except that the flavours surpassed even the exquisite presentation.

Wendi and Bruce were charming hosts and we would definitely recommend this place to anyone. Also it is just 3 miles from some of the biggest trees on the planet.

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"excellent"

After landing a last minute ticket to a Tony Bennet concert at Ironstone Winery in Murphys, we were hard pressed to find rooms on short notice especially as it was Labor Day weekend. Luckily, one room in the area was available at this lovely inn. As noted by others, excellent wine in the evening and a fine breakfast in the am. Wendi is a true gem and very, very helpful. We look forward to exploring this area that had been new to us and using this inn as a base.

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“Ultimate in relaxation”

Beautiful inn B&B. Very comfy room. Great yard with hot tub. Delicious breakfast, elegant and tasty without being overly filling. Wine and cheese with gourmet picks by owners. Near Murphys CA which has terrific restaurants and wine tasting. Hosts made excellent restaurant recommendations and reservations for us. Nearby giant sequoias and other great hiking on Arnold Rim Trail. Easy three hour drive from SF.

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“Gourmet Oasis”

Black Bear Inn exceeded our expectations on every front. From the the open timber lodge to the manicured gardens; the common spaces were immaculate. The hospitality and food were stellar. Bruce and Wendi made us feel right at home. Our room was comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed returning from a hike in Calaveras big trees to wine and cheese at the Inn and then a soak in the jacuzzi.

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“Bearrrrr-ific”

This was our third visit to the Black Bear Inn, and we had a wonderful time as always. Bruce and Wendi are friendly and accomodating. The Inn is beautiful and clean, the grounds meticulously maintained, and the inn is so relaxing. The rooms are lovely, and the beds are very comfortable. The breakfast is scruptious and elegantly presented. It’s just a perfect little getaway. We have stayed at many B & Bs, but none compare to the Black Bear Inn. We would heartily recommend the Black Bear Inn to anybody. Thanks, Wendi and Bruce. See you next year. Cheryl & Ray, Sunnyvale, CA

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“What a Treat!”

It’s hard to describe the hospitality, beauty, and peacefulness of this place in words. The grounds were simple beautiful, the rooms were comfortable, clean, and beautiful, and the owners…you just have to meet them. Their friendliness and warmth were amazing. The food was fantastic (Bruce is a professional chef). We will be back-many times! Thank you, Wendi and Bruce!

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“An outstanding and marvelous Inn”

We recently returned from a 9-day stay at the Arnold Black Bear Inn; this was our second visit. Our first trip was so wonderful that we decided to return to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Since we had done sightseeing last time, we chose to spend most of our time sitting on the porch outside our clean, comfy and restful room reading or…… The surrounding environment is filled with Oak, Incense Cedar and Pine trees, the grass and gardens are impeccably kept by Bruce and it is calming and peaceful. Besides taking care of the “yard”, Bruce’s talent as a chef is demonstrated by his gourmet, scrumptious, and, for us, vegetarian breakfasts. We, also, had the pleasure of enjoying two very creative and wonderfully delicious vegetarian dinners. Every meal looks like a painting on the plate.
Wendi’s smile is infectious and her earnest generosity to make us feel comfortable is unforgettable. Requests are accommodated by Wendi with her winning smile and “it’s not a problem.” Sometimes there is the unmistakeable smell of something good baking in the kitchen, which is usually one of Wendi’s fun and delectable desserts that cannot be resisted.
Wendi and Bruce have found the perfect “recipe” for running an inn that each day makes you feel glad to be there. It is an extremely long drive for us but we feel that we are going to visit close friends and when we experience the warmth of their welcome, the drive is immediately forgotten and we settle into the pleasure and contentment that is offered at this very special Inn. Thank you Wendi and Bruce, we’ll see you again.

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“Absolutely Awesome”

From the first time we made contact with Bruce and Wendi, they were wonderful. The inn is absolutely beautiful inside and out. Our room was very beautiful and clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. We enjoyed gourmet breakfasts in the morning and wine and cheese in the late afternoon. They made excellent recommendations for dinner and even called in to reserve a table for us. There is a hammock on the back porch that is big enough for two and excellent for stargazing on a clear night (especially if there is a meteor shower like there was when we were there). All around it is a great place to stay and Bruce and Wendi went over the top to make us feel welcome. We are already planning a return trip in February to enjoy a nice winter weekend.

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“Home away from home”

We really enjoyed our stay at the Inn :) Bruce & Wendi made us feel very welcome & right at home from the moment we arrived until we departed. Their Inn certainly has a “personal” touch and it is obvious that they both put their all (TLC) into the Inn :) Our room was very beautifully decorated and very comfortable as was the entire Inn + the grounds are just beautiful & relaxing to enjoy :) My husband played in a fun golf tournament on Sat with friends and I had the pleasure of relaxing, reading & enjoying the Inn :) Bruce is an excellent chef and the breakfasts were sooo yummy !!!! We will be back and if anyone has the oppportunity to stay here, please enjoy as we did :) :) 

Thanks again for everything, Bruce & Wendi :)

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“Stop looking elsewhere.”

It’s times like this where I wish TA would allow me to sprinkle in a few extra green circles for good measure, as I’m not sure 5 of them will allow me to adequately express my appreciation for the weekend we spent at the Black Bear Inn.

Beginning with the immaculately manicured grounds and charming cabin-like exterior, we were hooked. Moments later, we received a warm, personal greeting from Wendi and Bruce, the proprietors. Our room (Calaveras) was spacious and included a very comfortable bed. The bathroom had an incredible rain shower and all the amenities of home. 

The main lodge area has a massive rock fireplace where you enjoy a personalized cheese and wine selection each evening. Mornings start with a home cooked breakfast (completely tailored to your diet) served outside on the relaxing patio. It’s truly home +1.

Wendi and Bruce should be the standard bearers of proprietors nationwide. They are at the top of their game and elevate the bed and breakfast experience for all. We were so pleased with our stay, we’ve already booked our next trip.

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