We have exciting news to share. In October we completed the purchase of Bear Mountain Riding stable. When we first looked at the Bear Mountain operation, it was composed of Cabins and the Trail riding stable. We initially purchased the cabins, just focusing on lodging operations and didn’t think we’d pursue the Stables.
After spending some time looking the stables over and realizing there were two nice apartments in them and the potential to add to our lodging operations and turn it into a first class wedding venue we decided to take the plunge and made an offer and fortunately were able to close on the stables and another 20 acres.
We have a multi step plan for the Stable:
First step is two things; which is to get the apartments rent ready and get landscaping up to an acceptable level of curb appeal. One apartment was called the dude ranch, it’s a beautiful very large 2 master bedroom apartment (both with jacuzzie master baths), approximately 1500 sq ft,, full kitchen, great deck with incredible mountain top view. We are going to call this apartment the Presidential, it will be decorated with U.S. President history/pictures/books/art, etc. The other apartment we will call The Bridal, it opens into the current event space which seats 75 and is a natural fit for weddings. We’ll theme it around Brides and a preparation area for them and still make it appealing to guests who are visiting Eureka for pleasure.
Step 2 will be to convert the main stable area to make it a main wedding/event area it should hold approximately 120-150. This may include removing the loft to make high catheral like ceilings. Inside the stables in mostly all oak, so we aim to continue a rustic yet upscale feel when finish it.
Step 3 is to put a large concrete patio off the front of Stables for outdoor weddings, capacity of 150 is the goal. A Pavilion may be added to it later on.
Step 4 is to add a covered patio area on the back of the stables for bands, receptions, etc
Step 5 we haven’t decided for sure but we would like to bring back trail riding, if so we’d most likely locate horses in the field over behind the cozy. There is a lot of demand for the trail rides but it would take some time for us to source the right horses and set this operation back up, we’re hoping to be able to do in 2022.
There is a lot of work in front of us but we’re very excited to do it and make Bear Mountain a first class operations.