By Alicia Dziak
Canoeing! Ziplining! Hiking! Swimming! These activities and more await you at The Woods at Bear Creek, opening its doors to the public this Friday, June 13.
The Woods at Bear Creek, located off the beaten path between Routes 242 and 16, occupies the site of a former summer camp, and its buildings have been completely remodeled since owner John Hutchins purchased the property in 2011.
The Woods at Bear Creek offers camping at its finest, better known as “glamping,” which means “glamorous camping.” And what exactly does THAT mean? Well, for starters, it means all the fun of camping, without the “roughing it” part.
For example, the Woods’ tents sit on platforms and are furnished.
“There are currently two tents ready for guests, but several more will be done by the end of the month,” explained Michael Crimi, executive director at The Woods at Bear Creek.
In addition, several newly renovated cabins are available for rent. Cabins have large bathrooms (with two showers and two toilets), two bedrooms, and a large living room with a flat screen TV. All linens are included, too, so there’s no need to pack sleeping bags or sheets. Cabins are situated in loops, and at the center of each cabin loop is a fire pit, where staff will build a central campfire at night for guests. No more trekking through the woods trying to find adequate firewood — just sit back, relax and enjoy.
Better yet — forget cooking while you’re at The Woods at Bear Creek. Guests can enjoy their meals at Hutch’s on the Lake, a beautiful restaurant overlooking the lake. The restaurant is open to the public, offering seating for over 100 people indoors and a large deck to accommodate more outdoors. Hutch’s on the Lake (which, by the way, is no relation to the restaurant with a similar name in Buffalo) specializes in fresh fish and wild game.
“We serve things like bison, elk and other wild game, as well as fresh fish,” said Crimi.
Glampers like amenities — after all, that’s what sets these campgrounds apart. There is no shortage of amenities at The Woods at Bear Creek. Guests can take advantage of numerous activities, a basketball court, tennis courts, a large swimming pool, and swimming, fishing, canoeing or kayaking in the lake. A zipline also runs through the woods on one side of the lake and is open to the public as well. (Reservations must be made in advance.) In addition, the property boasts a cigar lounge for guests over 18, complete with a circa 1917 pool table, a humidor, and lots of comfy couches.
A general store — Glamper’s Gear and Gifts — offers a variety of items with local flair, such as jerky and maple syrup, as well as the necessities.
A large, centrally located rec center offers even more indoor activities, and its indoor stage area will host live music in the summer.
Special events are also planned that will bring even more unique excitement to guests, such as Flyboarding Weekend, June 20-22, where adventure seekers can try their skills at this new extreme sport.
The Woods at Bear Creek offers not only an abundance of summertime fun, but is a unique getaway year round.
“We hope that skiers will come and stay in the winter months,” said Crimi. “They can spend the day on the slopes, then come back here to unwind, eat at the restaurant and not worry about driving anywhere else.”
The property also offers 13 miles of trails meandering through the property’s 700-plus acres.
The Woods’ picturesque setting is also a perfect place for weddings and gatherings, and the banquet facility overlooking the lake offers unmatched views of the surrounding hills.
“We can accommodate parties of up to 280 people,” said Crimi.
Make your plans now for an unforgettable stay at The Woods at Bear Creek. Cabin rates vary depending on day of the week and number of people in your party, and include a golf cart for the duration of your stay (to make it so easy to get from one fun thing to the next) and breakfast.
To make reservations, or for more information, visit www.thewoodsatbearcreek.com.