Over the past few days, we’ve had the opportunity to recover and reflect on this past weekend’s first, two-day Wine & Food Festival. If you were already familiar with our Wine Festivals, we changed it up a bit this year. Our events team worked hard to extend the tasting from what was traditionally a one-day, five-hour festival to a weekend filled with activities. We are happy to report that in the end, both guests and vendors seemed pleased with the weekends’ events. In addition to the one day Fall Wine Festival, planned for October 21, we have already reserved the dates for another two-day spring Wine & Food Festival next April. Stay tuned for official dates coming soon. If you missed this event check out our feature on WFMZ’s Berks Edition.
Anyway, my post today is to share a little bit of the behind the scenes work. At Bear Creek, we have an All Hands On Deck philosophy. This means that every department from our housekeeping team to our management team get together to help make the event successful. As a guest, you might never know that the attendant that retrieved your wine from wine check was actually our resort general manager. Or, how about that helpful team member who got a new wine glass for you when yours fell on the floor in the tasting room? She was actually our hotel manager.
In my opinion, one of the best things about working here is the supportive environment and team. It’s refreshing to see how everyone works together for the greater good, the guest. The special events department begins planning each event several months in advance. From the start, we hold planning and operational meetings to make sure all areas of the resort have an opportunity to be involved. Each event is carefully planned and executed ensuring that a superior guest experience is top priority.
In addition to this, we love hosting events! As a marketing person, I don’t often have a chance to speak with our guests one-on-one. I enjoy speaking with different people, asking them what they liked or disliked about the event and more importantly why they chose Bear Creek?
Overall, we had fun and for those of you who attended, we hope you had fun too! If you missed out, check out our upcoming events.
Have a good weekend!
This just in: today is the last day to purchase tickets for Friday's Four-Course Wine Dinner. Don't miss your opportunity to compare the wines of Italy and France, get your tickets today.
It is less than one week until the Bear Creek Spring Wine and Food Festival. In the past, our wine events have been such a success that we have decided to expand from a one day event to a full weekend of fun. As a past guest, this year I have had so much fun planning the event. Pennsylvania winery owners are a fantastic group who have extreme passion for their work. Listening to them, you can’t help but want to share in their joy for winemaking. This year in the spirit of these wineries we have created the Crystal Cup Award for Best Winery.
Guests of the event will select their favorite winery as they make their tasting rounds on Saturday. If you are planning to attend, I ask that you listen to the winery staff and take note of the enthusiasm and joy in sharing their products, you will be astonished at how much you learn. Don’t forget to ask questions and sip to taste the subtle notes of fruit. Be sure to note what you like, unfortunately you can only vote for one winery, but your votes will count!
New this year we have added a four-course wine dinner on Friday night in the Mountain Ballroom. Friday evening’s wine theme is a bit different: Italy vs. France. While we were researching various wine websites and courses, I noticed that a lot of the Old Word ancient wine regions had to step up their games because of the fierce competition with the New World wines. Since all of our tastings on Saturday and Sunday are from wonderful Pennsylvania, we thought, why not feature some of the famous wine regions in a head to head taste test? That is how we came up with our wine dinner theme; Italy vs. France in a region-by-region taste test. We sat down with our wine expert and decided to pick these regions: Loiren Valley vs. Marche, Burgundy vs. Piedmote, Rhone Valley vs. Mocato and of course Sparkling French vs. Prosecco. What a fun way to taste eight interesting wines and decide which country has the best wines! No matter which one comes out on top, the clear winner is … you!
Also new this year, we will have wine and food related seminars all day. Meet Professor Ronald Kapon, who wrote the New York Times Knowledge Network wine course, his seminar; Confessions of a Non-Wine Snob, this is sure to be a hoot! Or spend time learning about the Health Benefits of Wine with Joe Greff, owner of Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars and winemaker with a degree in Microbiology. Plus you won’t want to miss food demonstrations by Clover Creek Cheese Cellar and the Chefs of Bear Creek as well as seminars on the art of Wine Glasses by Peter Yenawine and how to set an elegant table by MyTableware.com. So many options, be sure to get the VIP pass that includes admission to all the seminars!
The Events Department has worked so hard on this event and we are looking forward to providing everyone from the vendors, to the guests with a memorable experience. We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend of spring weather and wine tasting. Won’t you join us and spend the day at our beautiful resort with your friends? Don't forget to get your tickets in advance!
Hope to see you there!
The Hotel at Bear Creek has this incredible deal going on. The Sping Spa Sensation Package for just $200 in a standard room. This package will let you experience some of the whole resort, including overnight accomodations at the Hotel, breakfast for two at the Trail's End Cafe, a 50-minute swedish massage at The Spa and use of resort amenities and activities. This is best lodging and spa package of the season and won't last long. Hurry, this deal is only valid the evenings of April 1 through 5.
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Greetings and Happy Spring! We were sad to say goodbye to winter but are happy to welcome spring. The Spa is welcoming spring by featuring a two-day sale valid 3/21 after 2pm and anytime on 3/22. Choose either a 50-minute Swedish Massage or a Rejuvenating Facial for just $65 each. These services are regularly sold for $80 each! If you’re feeling really good, why not book both!
Please note that your services must be booked and held after 2pm today (3/21) and anytime tomorrow (3/22). Bookings are based on availability and cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Hurry, this special won’t last long. To book, call The Spa at 610-641-7174.
Happy Spa Days!
This week I had the opportunity to go to a Ste Michelle wine tasting at Sbraga in Philly. Kevin Sbraga, the season 7 winner of Top Chef, opened this wonderful little restaurant about 4 months ago, and they played host to the event. As an event planner here at Bear Creek we are also working on our own wine dinner that will be held on April 13th the night before our Spring Wine & Food Festival. So I wanted to experience what an established wine company did for their event.
I had not been to Sbraga before so I was excited to try his cooking. Our Executive Chef, Michael Greenstein, accompanied me on this outing and when we arrived we staked out some prime seats at the counter over looking the display kitchen. The restaurant is small, it seats just 65, but it is on a prime corner of Broad Street and is full of light and has a beautiful interior. The first course was a seafood dish and the broth was just divine, course two was rabbit served on bread pudding with lentils, dates and Brussels sprouts. I have to admit I would never order this and I have never had rabbit, but in Chef Sbraga’s hands it was a wonderful juxtaposition of flavors with the juicy meat, the dense bread pudding and the savory lentils peppered with sweet dates, this is one dish I will go back for! The rest of the courses were just as lovely and we had a chance to really taste the west coast wines both by themselves and paired with foods. What a wonderful way to spend a day getting to try new and wonderful dished and wines!
This is the same feeling I want for our guests at our wine dinner and I hope that everyone who gets a chance will join us at the resort on April 13th. The theme? France vs. Italy: A side by side comparison of 4 regions. For a full menu listing of the Bear Creek Wine Dinner, click here.
Our snowmakers have been hard at work the past two nights. to celebrate our fresh snow conditions- we will be offering $15 LIFT TICKETS Tuesday 3/6 through Friday 3/9.
Do you want even more of a reason to enjoy to the slopes? How about a free Bear Creek Jacket? Bear Creek will be offering another check-in special. You're eyes aren't lying, it's true, all you have to do is to check-in to either the Bear Creek Mountain Resort fan page or the Bear Creek Foursquare page and you will receive a Bear Creek Karbon jacket.
Sorry, this offer isn’t valid with any other coupon or discount. One jacket per guest. Sizes and jackets are limited.
This past Sunday Bear Creek hosted a slope style competition. This was the Final competition in The Showdown Series. It was the perfect day for a competition. The snowmakers were hard at work all night blanketing the resort in fresh snow, the groomers built a great set-up for the competition and the sun was out. It was the perfect blue bird day.
There were over 80 competitors, trying their hardest to make it to the finals. There were some incredible tricks thrown through out day, I am sure it was hard for the Judges to choose who would move onto the finals. In the end of the day they finally had the top 5 for each division and the Over All Series winners.
Top finishers were awarded prizes by Flow Snowboards, Sessions, Armada, Rockstar, The Ski Bum, Hestra, Contour, BC ironworks, Arbor and Atomic. There was $3000 in cash and prizes awarded to the series champions for each division. Everyone was excited during the awards to see what they may receive.
The Showdown Series was excellent. You could see the progression of the riders from the first event to the last. Everybody was trying so hard, but most importantly they were out there having fun and competing against others with similar interests. I would encourage anyone to watch these events or if you’re up to it, even compete.
Last week Bear Creek hosted the Showdown: Rail Jam, a hike park style competition where skiers and boarders hike the park and try to hit as many tricks as they can in the allotted time. For a resort just 50 minutes from Philly we had an impressive turn out! On Monday as I sat in the office asking how the event went I was thrilled to hear that the mini groms put on quite a show out there. Inspired by the “Mini Groms” I decided that I need to try this too. I mean how hard can it be to go up a little incline and place my skis on a metal rail about 12 inches wide, glide over it and drop off. RIGHT…that does sound easy…I know. So little did I know you don’t really glide that well and my skis stuck and I kept moving forward. I personally thought my face plant was pretty impressive! Nailed that landing!!!!
So needless to say when I watch these kids do the rails with less than X-Game jaw dropping tricks in the past I was unimpressed. With my new found respect for the rails, I have a whole new level of appreciation for the skills, training and time on the mountain it takes to really learn how to make something this difficult look easy. As a coach I tell my girls that it is not the big fancy tricks that win a game but consistently working on the basics and doing it well is the only way to master any sport. My hat goes off to all the “Park Rats” that spend their time working the rails, hiking the mountain and making the basic moves look effortless. I applaud your dedication to your sport and wish you all the best!
I also want to put out a big thanks to Tom Lyons and the rest of BC ironworks that work so hard to make our park a fun and safe environment. Great job guys!