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Our plaque now hanging in the Outlaw Restaurant in Ouray.

      We purchased the Black Bear Manor from Phil and Lucie  in May of 2017,  relocating from Arizona. Tom has a background in dental hygiene, IT, and is a musician who actively plays locally in his spare time. Tom would love to jam with you so bring your instrument (or use one his ... he has too many!). Cyndi has a background in pharmaceuticals and health insurance and is a certified Yoga instructor trained in Hatha Yoga, specializing in Yoga Nidra and Yoga for PTSD.

      Family and grandchildren led us to choose Ouray as home and we have fallen in love with the town, the people, and the mountains. As a result, we are invested and actively involved in our community we call home.

~Tom & Cyndi Elliston

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PERFECT SPOT

Located right in the
heart of it.

Sit back and leave the cares of the outside world behind as you enjoy our rural Colorado countryside and take in the majestic beauty of the San Juan Mountains.

Stroll along the Uncompahgre River Walk Loop, hike the 4.3-mile Ouray Perimeter Trail to two spectacular waterfalls, the Box Canyon Waterfall and Park and the Cascade Waterfall, and the natural hot springs pool. You can walk easily to anywhere in town from our convenient Sixth Avenue location where you can browse through the quaint artisan shops and galleries, and enjoy culinary delights on Historic Main Street Ouray.

Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) to The Black Bear Manor

  • Turn left out of Montrose airport
  • Follow Highway 550 south into Ouray.
  • Turn right on 6th avenue.
  • Proceed until you see the Black Bear Manor on your right.
OUR REVIEWS

Very thankful!

It was a great place to stay. The breakfast is amazing. Tom and Cyndi are very helpful!

“Thank you so much for staying with us!! We hope to see you again in the future. Safe travels!”

~ Tom & Cyndi

Natalia
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Wonderful place to stay!

We spent three lovely nights at the Black Bear Manor B & B. What a treat! The B & B is perfectly located near the river and within a short walk to Main St. The accommodations were beyond what one would expect, charming well decorated room and communal areas. The dining room was just bursting with sunshine and filled with everything you could possibly desire for coffee and snacks. On top of all that goodness was breakfast! Wonderful meal cooked and served with love! We felt so welcome and not only enjoyed the company of the hosts but the other guests during Happy Hour. We made an early departure on our last morning before breakfast was served. Much to our surprise we were warmly greeted by our hosts and sent off with warm muffins for the road!

We are already planning our next trip back to the B & B in the fall!

Thank you Tom and Cyndi for the wonderful accommodations. We can’t imagine staying anywhere else when we visit Ouray!

“It was such a please to have you stay with us. Thank you so much for your kind words. We look forward to your next visit and we’ll be sure to have more warm muffins waiting!!”

~ Tom & Cyndi

Joyce & Al Gallo
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Awesome!

We recently stayed at Black Bear Manor, We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! I looked at several hotels and B and B locations, websites! This place caught my eye. The lovely rooms, dining, family and patio areas all look like photos. The owners very nice polite informative. The breakfast spread was fabulous! Blueberry cake awesome! Will for sure return and recommend to all!

“Thank you so much for staying with us! It was great having you and we look forward to your next visit!”

~ Tom & Cyndi

Carla Irwin
Monday, June 10, 2019

A Gem of a B&B worth a visit in any season!

We had the privilege of staying at the manor this past weekend. This beautiful home offers an inviting, warm, and cozy ambiance set against the majestic mountains of Ouray and is a perfect charming and romantic retreat! Our room was clean and inviting and we enjoyed soaking in the site’s private hot tub. This was our first stay and we look forward to a future of making more memories at this lovely spot! The service and kindness we received from the hosts, Cindy and Tom, was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed the delicious breakfast prepared fresh and with love! From first impression through our stay we feel like we have made new friends in them!

We are recommending this place to all our friends who plan on staying in Ouray.

“Thank you so much for your kind words and it was our pleasure to have you stay with us!! We look forward to your next visit!”

~ Tom & Cyndi

Natira Gulbransen
Friday, February 22, 2019

Amazing experience

February of this year was the first time I had ever been up in Ouray and everything about our stay with Cyndi and Tom was very elegant and relaxing. There is no other place I would rather stay when I make my next trip to Ouray. The food is to die for, Cyndi is an incredible cook. The company and service couldn’t have been better. Amazing decor and the beautiful scenery had me speechless, can’t wait to go back. Love you Cyndi a.k.a momma bear!!!!

“Thank you so much for staying with us! Mamabear appreciates your kind words!!!”
~Tom & Cyndi

 

 

Doug shaffer
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Excellent!

I will Definitely refer to all my Friends.

“Thank you so much! We appreciate your referrals.”
~Tom & Cyndi

Frank Haynie
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wonderful place!

This was our first stay in a B&B and we love it!!. Located two blocks from the main street and with wonderful mountain views. A fabulous homemade breakfast was prepared every day by Cyndi. A daily happy hour with wine and beer, and Tom playing the guitar on the porch, very entertaining and a nice opportunity to chat with the other guest. Tom and Cyndi know how to take care of their guest. Thank you so much for an amazing weekend, we love it, and we will come back if we stop in Ouray again. Thanks, Cecilia and Fernando.

“Thank you so much for staying with us! Your kind words are much appreciated.”
~Tom & Cyndi

Cecilia and Fernando
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wonderful!

My daughter and I were guests on July 5th, 2018, and it was such a wonderful experience. My 26-yr-old daughter called this place a “fairy land.” It’s beautiful, clean, comfortable, and the breakfast was the best ever! Tom and Cyndi were so kind and fun. We’ll definitely be back!

“It was our pleasure having you stay with us and thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon! Safe travels”
~ Tom & Cyndi

Kris
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wonderful Stay at Black Bear Manor

We came to Ouray to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary and decided to stay at Black Bear Manor. We were very happy with our stay at Black Bear Manor and we really enjoyed chatting with our host and hostess, Tom and Cyndi. We even got to listen to Tom playing his guitar and singing next door, which was a real treat. Each day we enjoyed a full hot and delicious breakfast while we visited with the other guests before we would leave to enjoy our day in and around Ouray. We would happily stay here again and recommend anyone who wants a very comfortable stay at a B&B to consider making Black Bear Manor their choice.

“Happy Anniversary and thank you for spending your special day with us!! It was a treat having you and we look for to many more anniversaries!!! Happy trails!”

~ Tom & Cyndi

Donny and Janice Morris Cypress, Texas
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Absolutely Charming!

What a sweet, charming place to stay in Ouray! Tom and Cyndi were VERY kind and hospitable. Our room was cozy and relaxing. We were not able to enjoy breakfast at the Black Bear Manor the first morning because of an early morning hike, but breakfast the second and third mornings made us really regret it! It was absolutely delicious! We also really enjoyed happy hour in the evenings. We had an absolutely lovely time. Highly recommend staying here! We’d definitely come again!!

“It was such a pleasure having you both stay with us and we are glad you enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again soon!!! Safe travels!”

~ Tom & Cyndi

Steve and Bethany Martinez
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Relaxing stay:)

We have been enjoying Ouray our entire lives, as we just live down the road:)
Black Bear was the perfect place to spend our 20th anniversary 🙂 beautiful, quiet, and very relaxing! Thanks again, we’ll be back 🙂

“It was a pleasure having you and look forward to next visit! Congratulations on 20 years … WOW!!”
~ Tom & Cyndi

Audra
Friday, June 22, 2018

Our absolute Favorite

We have been coming to Ouray for twenty years and have stayed at many places. This was THE BEST experience we have ever had. The room and setting were amazing but what truly makes the Black Bear Manor special are Tom and Cindy and the thoughtfulness they impart in everything they do. The rooms have all these little conveniences such as exterior doors in every room, and so many little touches. Breakfast was great all 3 days. Just an Awesome Place. Thanks.

“Allen and Kate, thank you so much for staying with us, it was such a pleasure having you!  We really enjoyed your company and Tom is putting together a set list for the next time you come to visit!  😉 We’re looking forward to your next visit!”

~ Tom & Cyndi

Alllen and Kate Grey
Friday, June 1, 2018

Absolute perfection 👍👍👍👍👍😍😍😎😎

On our arrival, we were welcomed as “family”! Thanks Tom and Cyndi👍😍😎. Nancy and I were totally exhausted from driving all day but you guys lifted our spirits and we felt valued and appreciated. Our room was perfect and the made to order breakfast was perfect. We wish you the best and have already given you a 10 of 10 rating.


Thank you so much for choosing the Black Bear Manor! We thoroughly enjoyed having you two as our guests and look forward to your next visit! Safe travels!

~ Tom & Cyndi

Terry And Nancy Roberts
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Recent Stay

The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. The food was great! We thought the place had a welcoming, warm atmosphere and we enjoyed visiting with Tom, Cyndi and the other guests. It was also fun to see the other rooms. What a beautiful place. We would definitely come back!

Jacque Gilbert
Friday, May 4, 2018

Best Weekend Ever…

Getting the marriage license in Telluride, CO! 🙂

We have stayed at Black Bear Manor on numerous occasions. This happens to be an extremely special visit as we stayed in the honeymoon suite and got engaged on the balcony drinking wine while snowing. We shared the news with Tom and Cyndi and they helped us figure out to get married the very next day, Tom even printed the marriage license application for us. They always go over and above to make every experience unique based on the reason for the visit and the season. The food is always amazing and Cyndi is generous with sharing her receipts. We can not thank them enough for making our special weekend one we will never forget! p.s. we loved all the upgrades to the decor since our last visit… Dave & Trish VanSickle

~ Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us and it was our honor to be part of it!

– Tom & Cyndi

Dave & Trish VanSickle
Friday, February 23, 2018

Great stay

We stayed 2 nights in mid February. We loved it. Tom and Cyndi were great. They first contacted us checking on our late arrival and suggest we take an alternate route due to a winter storm approaching. We ended up gettting in really late but they had already emailed us late arrival instructions. To our surprise they were still up and even had champagne for us as it was Valentine’s Day. Breakfast both mornings were great and Tom and Cyndi were great to visit with and very knowledgeable of the area and offered some great suggestions on restaurants and things to do. We love Ouray and will definitely be back!

Lee and Leisa Selby
Sunday, February 18, 2018