There is no denying that winter is a beautiful season with the sun glistening off the pristine snow, crystalline ice hanging delicately off the tree branches and the white color that is draped across every inch of where we live. It is unfortunate that those days are more of a memory than a reality, however, that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the activities associated with winter. With Pennsylvania’s ever-changing winter, seasonal favorites can be hard to maintain. Luckily, Bear Creek Mountain Resort is the perfect place to accommodate a variety of interests.
If you are anything like me, an outdoor adventure enthusiast, the decreasing snow in this region can be a bummer. That means no more cross country skiing and fewer winter hikes through the woods. Fortunately, the slopes at Bear Creek provide a close and convenient outlet where I can still enjoy the alpine activities even when the conditions in my backyard aren’t favorable. For those of us who aren’t promoters of snow, this resort provides other year-round options to fight the winter blues. So, if you are going to stay indoors this season, try spending sometime at our dining facilities. Our café offers a variety of live music every Saturday starting at 4pm as well as trivia on Thursdays, while The Grille provides entertainment on Tuesdays from 6-9pm. If you live nearby, it is a great way to spend some quality time with great friends accompanied by great food, drinks and views any night of the week! If you don’t frequent the restaurants, Bear Creek also offers a place to rejuvenate and revitalize. The winter can be harsh on skin and hair, and after a long day of skiing, I could use all the help I can get. The Spa at Bear Creek is a wonderful place for any hair, skin or nail treatment you need with the friendliest staff available. After taking time to find my inner mountain-girl, it’s a perfect place to pamper myself with a massage. Winter is all about experiencing the seasonal fundamentals and there is no better ending to my adventurous day than to sit by the fire with a warm cup of hot chocolate, enjoying the local festivities. So, no matter what your style is, there is something for everyone at Bear Creek Mountain Resort!
Hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner. Every year it feels like they show up sooner and sooner. As a parent of a 5 year old daughter named Ella, the holidays have brought additional challenges this year. As a child, I remember the craze over Cabbage Patch dolls. I remember waiting in long lines at the Lehigh Valley Mall waiting for the next available doll, which you could not choose. I also remember bouncing from store to store at places like Hess’s and Leh’s. Looking for that elusive toy. This year the toy of choice is Hatchimals. Now, instead of asking for a special toy, I am searching websites and stores at all hours of the night in hopes of delivering the home run of gifts this holiday season. As exhausting as the holidays can be, it is a time of year that offers so many great things.
At Bear Creek, the holidays provide a lot of special things to our guests. This year, we are offering holiday lunches in The Grille. These lunches are held in our beautiful restaurant, which will be decorated for the season, and are perfect for your office, or for you and some friends. If you can’t break away for lunch, try Holiday Happy Hour on Fridays from 5-7 featuring live holiday jazz. For the winter enthusiast, we have the 5 for 150 ticket pack, which is a great gift idea. The tickets are transferable, meaning that you can give them as individual gifts to 5 different people or to a single recipient. If you are like me and have trouble deciding on gifts, a Bear Creek gift card is a great option. Give this gift to a friend or loved-one that is looking for a great meal, relaxation at The Spa, a night away, or a fun day on the ski slopes.
Bear Creek would like to wish all of its guests and their families a happy and healthy holiday season. We are so grateful for all of your support throughout the year and are looking forward to sharing time together throughout 2017. On a side note, if you find a Hatchimal before the holidays, I will pay cash!
Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Bear Creek Mountain Resort.
November is upon us! When I began working at Bear Creek in 2005, November was a month that was stuck in between the upcoming ski season and remnants of our summer operations. At that time, Bear Creek only had 53 rooms and really only operated a single ballroom space for most of the year. There was no Spa, no Trails End Café, and The Grille was only a fraction of the size that you see today. November was a wait and see month. It was a month to hope for the best for the upcoming winter and hopefully drive some excitement through the anticipation of ski season. As an avid skier of many years, this was the time of year that I would take my annual pre-season trip to the ski resort to get my pass picture taken. It was also the time I would call in to an 800 number to listen for snowmaking updates on any cold night. I realize this ages my story, but it shows the anticipation building for the winter season. Upon arriving at the resort, it looked quiet and calm. There was no action and felt like it was a pure waiting game, it felt like visiting a baseball field or amusement park in March, nothing but waiting, anticipation, and quiet.
Things have changed at Bear Creek since 2005 and certainly since the 1990’s, when I would drive to get my pass picture. The month of November still has the excitement of years past, but it also has a lot going on. The wedding season is running strong through November as brides and grooms will share their perfect day at Bear Creek. The Grille has great specials throughout the month, including Half-Priced Sushi on Wednesdays, Prime Rib Fridays, and the very popular Thanksgiving Buffet. The Spa is hosting the second Sangria at Sunset, featuring Apple Cider Sangria on November 16th. The Hotel is offering great fall getaway packages, perfect for a couples escape. In addition, for the winter enthusiast, we are offer an exciting new product, the 5 for 150 ticket pack. This is limited time only and will get you 5 lift tickets for 150 dollars. They can be exchanged, gifted, or as I would have done, used for myself. This is a great option for holiday gifts and busy skiers or riders with the need for flexibility.
November is not what it once was, and thank goodness for that! It has become an exciting time at the resort, having little resemblance to 2005. It now incorporates all the excitement of years past with the action of an active, vibrate resort. Enjoy all that the month of November offers, including the beginning of the holiday season, and we hope to be in your plans during this great month.
Marketing & Public Relations Manager- Bear Creek Mountain Resort.
Well…October is officially here at Bear Creek. The summer is over and the leaves are just beginning to show us signs that winter is on the way. October has always been a transitional month. It is a time where we can still enjoy some of the benefits of summer, like warm days, but also enjoy the cooler evening air. It is definitely the month that offers some of the most beautiful sights at the resort. October has become a highly sought after month for weddings and corporate events, and leisure guests. The mountain scenery begins so show a great deal of character, and guests want to be a part of the beauty. In addition, the ambiance of our resort lends itself perfectly towards the fall season. Many guests enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in front of one of our fireplaces. Others, stop by The Grille for a pumpkin flavored beer along with an excellent dinner. There are a number of ways to enjoy the fall season at Bear Creek, all of which will offer a unique experience.
If you have not had the chance to see Bear Creek during the fall season, try visiting us for Harvest Wine Festival on October 23rd. This event has been a highlight of our events calendar and features over 20 wineries. In addition, the event will feature craft vendors, food vendors, and live jazz music. All of this will create the perfect fall Sunday at the resort. Also, we have half-priced sushi continuing through the month of October in The Grille. If you haven’t tried it, you must! Skiers and boarders, don’t forget to buy your season pass early. Early-bird pricing expires on October 31st.
Make sure you take some time to enjoy all of the great sights that the month of October offers. Enjoy the cool evenings, warm days, fall foliage, serious baseball, trick or treating, and everything else that makes it a great month. We hope you share some of it with us.
Marketing & Public Relations Manager- Bear Creek Mountain Resort.
With the welcoming of September, we welcome back some familiar things. This is the very beginning of the fall season. The days begin to shorten, and the weather begins to provide a little more comfort from the late-summer heat. Also, during my youth, this would be the time I had my first thoughts of the winter season. Usually it took a night or two below 50 degrees to move my mind from baseball, beaches, and amusement parks to the thoughts of hitting the slopes. This is also the month where we welcome in a new school year, start a new football season, and enjoy a slew of outdoor festivals.
At Bear Creek, September is a very busy month. Brides and grooms will fill our outstanding property for perfect fall weddings. Skiers and snowboarders will get the first glimpse of the winter of 2016/2017 with season passes going on sale and the Winter Brochure release. Festival goers will begin the Oktoberfest season on September 18th, with free admission this year. And best of all, is that the month of September still offers some of the best aspects of summer. Music Under the Stars is back for 3 more weeks, concluding on September 15th. Furthermore, we will continue to have live jazz music on Sunday nights with great dinner specials. All of this creates a very exciting start to the fall season and a fitting farewell to what was a great summer at Bear Creek.
We hope to enjoy this new beginning with everyone, take some time and enjoy all the month has to offer. We wish you all a happy September!
Jeff Zellner- Public Relations Manager at Bear Creek Mountain Resort.
Blue collar or white collar, everyone is subject to the summer slow down. Sometimes when your trying to beat the heat, the heat wins. Many times the office can seem like a ghost town and productivity dips to its annual low point. So what is the magic bullet to pick up your game? How do you stay in tune or even rise above the dog days of summer? It is easy to get into a routine of leaving early to mow the grass, or to get the grill fired up for dinner, and who doesn't want to kick back with a cold drink on a hot afternoon? An old adage goes, "if you can't beat em' join em". As with all things in life, a little moderation goes a long way. If your company allows you some summer flexibility, don't be afraid to use it. Take your vacation time! You don't have to look far to find a number of studies that indicate that productivity levels go up when you take advantage of some downtime. Your family will appreciate your presence and you will finally get to clear your mind. The beautiful Pennsylvania scenery awaits your free time. Take some time to go for a hike. Enjoy someone else cooking for you this time, and go find some great outdoor dining. Take a Monday off work and do an overnight stay so you can relax by the pool or book yourself a service in the spa. You work hard, but don't forget who you are under that efficient machine you call an employee. Indulge yourself, but don't become a lazy glutton either, remember moderation. Vacations are great, but spread it out. Saving all your relaxation, recreation, dining out and partying one week a year is a quick way to burn out. We are in a great part of the country where we have the benefit of four distinct seasons. Pick a getaway in each of the seasons. It does't have to be a long vacation, but if you can, make the best of it. Spring is a great time to take on a new sport like mountain biking or disc golf. Summer is clearly the best weather for a dip in the pool, kayaking, paddle boarding or a walk in a stream. Autumn is great for a hike in the changing leaves and the winter is your time for a ski and stay getaway. These things might not be your preference, but the point is that there are plenty of options and reasons to get out and enjoy yourself. Don't be a victim of work place burnout and the summer slow down, Get out and live a little!
We are officially into the summer season at Bear Creek. July has always been my favorite month of the year. It is the month I most associate with family trips and vacations. Over the years, my family has taken a number of vacations. We often took trips to the beach, for our family it was Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey. The thing we liked the most about Point Pleasant was that our family could enjoy a full day of activities at the boardwalk then enjoy some great local restaurants and relax at night. The food never tasted so good and the air conditioning never felt so good than after a full day at the beach and the boardwalk.
Bear Creek is very fortunate to be located nearby so many great activities. First and foremost is Dorney Park. Dorney Park is within twenty minutes of the resort. I was a long time season pass holder, and thanks to my girlfriend, a current season pass holder as well. After a 21 year hiatus from the park, I can attest that the park has really grown. It is an ideal spot for families of all ages. Dorney Park is just one of the great offerings that the Lehigh Valley provides for families and couples alike. If the park isn’t your style, try the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, or The Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, or one of the area’s many wineries. The area has so much to offer and keeps growing all the time.
If you are looking for a great summer trip, consider visiting one of the areas attractions such as Dorney Park and coming back to Bear Creek to relax at The Spa or having an excellent dinner at The Grille. If this sounds like something you are interested in, check out our Stay and Scream Dorney Park package. If you live locally, you can still feel like you are on a vacation with Margarita Mondays, Music Under the Stars on Thursdays, or a visit to our Spa.
No matter what activity you do during the day, I promise the food will taste great and the air conditioning will feel better than ever.
Public Relations Manager at Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Last week I went up to the Grille for our Thursday night Music Under the Stars. We do this every Thursday night during the summer months. The weather was a little off, with ominous clouds the whole time, but it stayed dry and turned out to be a fun night. It happened to also be a Chamber Mixer with both the Upper Perkiomen and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. I had a couple of fantastic conversations and met some new contacts from both chambers. It is great to see the hard working members of our local business communities come out of the office and up to the resort to network with likeminded people. A good amount of the people attending the mixer stuck around for dinner and music on the deck, and a good time was had by all. This week is our annual Lobster Week and the Grille has been the best scene in the area for dinner. After tonight only two days are left of Lobster Week, but know need to worry, reservations are still available and even if you miss it, the Trail’s End is having Margarita Monday with Tex-Mex food by the pool. If dinner is your reason, then Bear Creek is in season! http://www.bcmountainresort.com/dining See you soon!
Everybody has something that they enjoy so much that they will sacrifice a good portion of their disposable income to experience it. For me, it’s going out to eat. I will travel long distances, cross state lines, and do endless research to find unique dining locations throughout our area. As this time of year approaches, I turn my attention to outdoor dining venues.
As my girlfriend Shannon will attest, my criteria for going out to eat is very strict. I refuse to fall into the chain restaurant trap. I also refuse to take her to an outdoor dining experience that is no more than putting tables on a sidewalk or parking lot and providing subpar food that can be found anywhere. I can say emphatically that the outdoor dining at Bear Creek is unlike anything else in the region. Full dinner service on the deck is accompanied by great live, local music. The setting is relaxing and the food delivers as well. Instead of sitting 10 feet from exhaust fumes and pedestrian traffic, you are in the middle of 330 acres of a beautiful resort that is tastefully lit. I can also say without hesitation, and much research, that you will not find another outdoor dining option that combines food quality and ambiance quite like this.
Beginning May 26th, Music Under the Stars returns to Bear Creek every Thursday through August 25th. This return brings back the area’s best outdoor dining and a great summer experience that I personally look forward to every year. Summer will fly by quickly, don’t miss your chance to experience the outdoor dining season!
Public Relations Manager
Moms and Spring
The season seems right for the upcoming Mother’s Day. Moms always represent what we like most about the Spring. The sun is warm and inviting like mom, the birds are singing like mom, the leaves are emerging and the grass is growing, making nature spring to life, like mom has a way of doing whenever we tell her about what we are doing, or where we are going. Although we rarely recognize our Mothers, she is most often the biggest influence in our lives. Bear Creek has so many great ways to treat your mom well, like she deserves. Our Mother’s Day Brunch is one of the area’s best, most likely whey it has sold out so fast, but that is not the only thing we offer for your deserving mom. Why not look into the Mother’s Day weekend getaway? This is the person, who raised you, supported you, criticized you, motivated you, taught you, scolded you and molded you. Check it out all of the Mother's Day Getaway details here. If your mom needs some relaxation, send her for a day at the Spa. You can purchase a gift card for whatever service mom would enjoy the most, actually, for those who can’t go with to Bear Creek, the gift card would have you covered for all the great options that Bear Creek can offer. Our gift cards can be used in The Grille for a sushi dinner, The Trails End Café for Margarita Monday’s, The Hotel on one of our great overnight packages, or even in our Mountain Shoppe for some BC apparel. However you decide to celebrate your Mom this Mother’s Day, take some time to really think about who you are, take the bad stuff away and make sure you let Mom know that most of that good stuff you have, came from her.
Happy Spring, and Happy Mother’s Day!