Imagine 2,100 acres of beautiful secluded forest land in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Picture the rustic elegance of lake and mountain scenery. Green meadows and rolling hills await you at Bear Lake Reserve. It is the jewel of Western North Carolina venues. The pavilion overlooking a tranquil pond offers a mystifying backdrop. Bear Lake Reserve offers a gratifying connection to nature, community, and fellowship.

Ceremony and Reception Spaces

Hosting your wedding at Bear Lake Reserve is the chance to combine your special day with a luxurious mountain vacation. Get your heart pumping at one of the tennis courts or hiking trails. Take it easy in the amphitheater. Find that perfect sweet spot on the Nicklaus Design Mountaintop golf course.  Their 14,000 square foot Lake Club boasts a Lakeview Wedding Lawn. It is a serene setting featuring a rustic wedding arch and a stunning view of Bear Lake. The Lake Club also presents a space for larger capacity ceremonies and receptions. This area is lovingly named The Point. We love DJing in The Point especially with a large group of guests. You can have access to the Chef’s Reserve dining room, fireplace, movable glass walls. You can host an intimate and unforgettable reception at the Lakeside 54 dining area within the club. The award-winning culinary team will offer recipes of your choosing. They also offer their own gourmet options. These recipes are honed from their executive chef’s decades of fine-dining experience.


A wedding at Bear Lake gives your guests the tranquil break from reality. They can stay in crafted cottages and mountainside lodges. They have the chance to take in the comfort and fun of resort-style amenities. You can hike across 17 miles of woodland trails or fish over 6 miles of shoreline. You can treat yourself to a massage with their resident massage therapist or set sail at the Marina. Dining options include everything from a poolside grill to a Taproom with local craft brews and fine wines. 

Castle Ladyhawke

If you’ve always dreamed of a royal wedding, Bear Lake Reserve offers the chance of a lifetime. Resting on 62 acres of land, Castle Ladyhawke is a 10,000 square foot venue heavily inspired by Scottish Border Castles and boasting a tower, stone walls, a pub, and three lucious suites. You can have your fairytale wedding on the Mountain View Lawn, enjoy a cocktail at the multi-tiered Outdoor Terrace, and feast on your reception dinner in either the Great Hall or the Carriage House. The acoustics in the Great Hall are incredible, so it’s our favorite for sound and DJing. Hosting an event at Castle Ladyhawke is customizable and mystically fulfilling, with rooms such as the Knights Chamber and Ladyhawke Suite for day-of prep. Both feature patio access and en suite bathrooms. The Tower and its accompanying Spiral Staircase complete the scene, where breathtaking views of the valley await you at the top.

Why Choose Bear Lake?

Bear Lake provides all the benefits of a luxury resort while still maintaining the tranquility and seclusion of a scenic mountain getaway. We’ve found no other venue that offers so many amazing places to host your wedding or event. The intimate Mill Pond Pavilion, the grand Lake Club, and the enchanted Castle Ladyhawke are all incredible options for ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. You and your guests will rediscover your connection to nature in this lush resort. Kelsie Rich, the event planner, is so accommodating and will give you personalized guidance towards the wedding of your dreams. We love coming to Bear Lake for the views alone, and it’s an added delight that their staff and vendors are such a pleasure to work with.