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Inn at Bear Creak
Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at the Inn at Bear Creek in Macungie, PA.
Click here to see our 2006 visist to the Inn at Bear Creek.
We had been to the inn once before and had a good dinner. It was even better this time. They seem to have upgraded their cuisine (not that it was bad before). The main restaurant is The Grille at Bear Creek. There is plenty of stone and wood in the restaurant and it is somewhat stunning visually. There is a wall of windows that overlooks the slope. We had made a reservation and were rewarded with a table by the windows. Keith had the beer and asiago cheese dip which had asparagus in it and was served with house baked beer bread. It was tremendous and he at all of it (Lori helped with the bread). It was a complex, rich mix of flavors. We were served warm rolls – pop-overs that were delicious accompanied by olive oil. Keith had a salad with a fabulous home-made Greek feta vinaigrette – so good we were dipping our bread in the salad dressing. Keith had shiraz by the glass and Lori went with a chardonnay. For his entrée, Keith had the beef brochettes – wonderfully tender filet medallions marinated in garlic and herb demi glace served with garlic potatoes and mixed vegetables. Lori went with two appetizers for her dinner. There were two broiled crab cakes served with a spicy citrus remoulade – really the size of an entrée. They were tasty and even though they were broiled managed to have somewhat of a crispy finish on the outside. She also had the pan seared scallops – four large sea scallops served with a spicy pancetta cream sauce and creamy pepper jack cheese grits. If all this sounds extremely tasty, that’s because it was. And the price was good too – we could have spent a lot more for the food we got. Our server was attentive and friendly. We will definitely go back to this place.
There are two bars that we are aware of, but there could be more – this is a big place. There is a very large bar that runs along the back wall of the main restaurant; it is separated from the dining area by a large stone fireplace. There was also a bar on the main floor of the wing we were staying in, adjacent to the outdoor pool. We didn’t end up at either of the bars as we brought our own beverages.
The people all seem focused on customer service and making sure everyone has a positive experience. We did have the snafu with our room but did not feel that was the front desk’s fault but rather a fault in the overall booking practice (Lori did send an email about it). There is nothing quite like this place in the area where they are – especially in combination with a ski slope. While the unique quality of the place will bring people in, only a good experience (which means good customer service) will provide return customers. They seem to get that.
The resort is located in the Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania) near Allentown, PA (yes, the Allentown Billy Joel sang about). There are things to do nearby – some wineries, Hawk Mountain, Allentown attractions. But honestly, they continue to add to this place in the hopes of having everything people need for a great getaway on-site.
We ate dinner on-site – see above.
There are a couple bars here for night life – or go sit in one of the hot tubs – or hang out in your fabulous suite.
This is in the mid-Atlantic region. It’s a ski slope, so there is snow in the winter (or they make it). The ski slope generally opens sometime in December (depending on the weather) and stays open through the end of March. The day we visited – in mid-October – was unusually warm. In the fall one can generally expect highs in the 60s and low in the 50s or even 40s.
If you are set on a certain room type, you may not want to take the online reservation system for granted (as we did) and may want to call to confirm what you are getting. If you want some alcoholic beverages, you can save money by taking your own (although of course you cannot take it to the restaurants or bars). It’s a great place and it’s easy to think you are in upstate New York instead of Pennsylvania!