The Tower Room in Hugging Bear Inn and Shoppe, a bed 'n breakfast Inn. Cozy and romantic with queen-sized bed, full private bathroom with shower and air-conditioning for hot weather days. A round room (actually hexagonal) in the tower of this Victorian home overlooks the village green. Full Vermont breakfast made to order every morning.
This listing is an option for renting an individual room in the Inn. The entire Inn can be rented as well. Please check our other listing for renting the entire Hugging Bear Inn. Thank you!!!
Bed & Breakfast Inn and Teddy Bear and Toy Shop.
The Inn - an historic Victorian residence circa 1850, is an enchanting B & B in the Vermont tradition.It is located in the center of Chester, VT, on the green, a very beautiful quintessential Vermont town setting. Stay in one of six guest rooms blending 19th century charm and modern touches, each with a private bath and air conditioning. Rooms accommodate couples, singles, families and children. And you will find a Teddy Bear in every bed! Relax on a spacious wrap-around porch, in the living room, or the cozy den. There is wireless internet access at the Inn and cable television in the common area of the living room. Included in your room rate is a hearty Vermont country breakfast and there is plenty of Vermont maple syrup for your pancakes. Seconds? Certainly! Tea, coffee and fresh fruit is always available in the dining room.
Located on the property, the Hugging Bear Shoppe features a wonderful shop with the finest selection of Teddy Bears in the Northeast. You're likely to find anything from aardvarks to zebras and a lot in between.
We have the largest selection of Steiff collectibles, artist bears and Muffy Vanderbear in the Northeast. You will find puppets (Folkmanis and others), Webkinz, Gund, Boyd's, Bearington, Princess, Douglas, jewelry, cards, cups, shirts, hats, books and endless other bearaphernalia.
We welcome children of all ages to this lovely Victorian Inn filled with laughter and Teddy Bears. This place is enchanting and magical. You'll make friends for life here!
In 1850, a unique Italian Colonnade home was built and situated across form the village green in Chester, Vermont. It saw many years, many seasons and went through many changes. It had different owners, was a schoolhouse for a period and went through the Victorian era, which changed this home into a beautiful Queen Anne style Victorian home by adding a tower, bow windows and a big wrap around porch. Circa 1905, a Carriage House was constructed on the property. One of the finest examples of carriage barns in New England, it shares the Colonial Revival style - notably the gambrel form of roof - with several contemporary Chester village buildings. The projecting loft gable and the pyramidal-capped cupola distinguish the finely executed barn.
In 1982, this Victorian home went through another transformation when it was renovated to accommodate guests with a private bathroom in every bedroom. The Hugging Bear Inn was born and continued to welcome families, children, and everyone from all over the world that love Vermont, enjoy a Bed and Breakfast Inn and, most of all, have a passion for Teddy Bears. Teddy Bears, you ask? Yes, the theme of the Hugging Bear Inn revolves around teddy bears, family, fun, collecting and enjoying the lovely countryside of Vermont.
Not long after the Inn was established, the Hugging Bear Shoppe began. It's a gift shop that quickly grew from one to four extensive rooms of the finest selection of teddy bears in the Northeast, with over 10,000 teddy bears and similar products available for purchase.
In 2005, The Hugging Bear Inn and Shoppe ventured into the online world with the launch of its online store. Now, everyone from all over the world can enjoy the Teddy Bears and their friends by purchasing directly over the Internet.
Despite the changing times and seasons, you always get friends for life at The Hugging Bear Inn & Shoppe.
We are located on the Main street in the center of Chester, Vermont, on the green. Chester is a very beautiful quintessential Vermont town setting with shops, bookstore, galleries, restaurants across the street on the green and within walking distance. Close by: skiing, golfing, swimming, hiking, biking, wildlife, museums, theater, music and more.
About Chester - The Misty Valley
Chester is a small Vermont village nestled in the Eastern slopes of the Green Mountains in the Williams River Valley, along the South Central tier of the state. Our citizenry is not as diverse as some places but we do have a fine mix of natives and those from away - some from far, far away who have happily decided to make Chester their home too.
Our population is small compared to our landmass -- around 3,000 residents within 56 square miles, which can make for a solitude not found in a city. And our land offers some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes imaginable. You'll never grow tired of experiencing our hills and mountains, valleys and streams, rocky ledges and pastures. In all seasons, Chester is a wonder to behold.
The three branches of the Williams River come together in downtown Chester as they head through Rockingham to the Connecticut River. The North Branch begins in Andover, runs through Ludlow then turns south along Route 103 through the Stone Village. The South Branch runs from Tater Hill Golf Course along Popple Dungeon Road before turning north at the Grafton Road. And the Middle Branch runs from Andover to Chester along Route 11.
There are numerous spots for fishing or dipping along each branch.
Because of the way that Chester sits along these branches and the various mountains that divide it, our weather patterns between areas can be almost as diverse as our landscape. Popple Dungeon may be getting hit with a snowstorm while Main Street is sunny -- or vise versa. What definitely happens in this area is morning mists rolling off the mountains.
Two Historic Districts
The town is comprised of two districts in the National Register of Historic Places: The Stone Village Historic District (also known as the Stone Houses at Chester Depot) are on both sides of Route 103 North. It consists of 10 Greek Revival buildings that also includes a former school (now a home) and a Unitarian Universalist Church. This district was recognized in 1974.
The Chester Village Historic District, also known as South Village, was recognized in 1985. It is roughly bounded by Lovers Lane Brook, Maple Street, the Middle Branch of the Williams River and Lovers Lane. Its historic significance is its mix of Late Victorian, Colonial Revival and Federal style architecture. These homes, houses of worship and businesses were built between 1750 and 1924.
Currently, there are 40 Historic Districts in Vermont.
Here are a few numbers you should know:
Chester has 1. Zero stoplights 2. One ZIP code -- 05143 3.Two gas stations 4. One phone exchange -- 875 (Vermont only has one Area Code -- 802).