Autumn in the Snowy Range Mountains

The crispness of fall is starting to creep into the morning and evening air. The mountains are beginning to discard their summer green in favor of warmer autumnal tones. And the elk, deer, pronghorn, and moose are preparing for their courtship season. Autumn in the Snowy Mountains is nearly upon us. Do you need to recharge after a busy summer? Do you crave one more escape to nature before winter sets in? Come to the Snowies this fall.

Fall is that cozy time of year for warm sweaters, hot beverages, beautiful colors, and crackling fires. And autumn in the Snowy Mountains near Centennial, Wyoming will not disappoint. If the end of summer has you wishing for one more getaway before winter, consider planning a retreat to the Snowy Range Area of the Rocky Mountains. 

Autumn in Snowy Range
Libby Creek Photo Credit K. McShane

Stay at the Cozy Mountain View Historic Hotel 

The fall nights may be getting a bit chilly for camping, but The Mountain View Historic Hotel and Cafe in Centennial, Wyoming is the perfect warm hideaway for this season (or any season). Spend the weekend (or week) in one of the hotel’s six rooms and suites. A stay at this beautiful and homey hotel is a great way to enjoy the best of the fall weather, without sacrificing comfort. You can hike, fish, and sightsee by day and enjoy a snug bed with all the modern amenities you could want in the evening. (Read more about this amazing hotel here.)

Autumn in the Snowy Range Mountains
The Mountain View Historic Hotel Photo Credit K. McShane

Feed Your Stomach While You Feed Your Soul

Before venturing into the autumn wilderness for a day of hiking, fishing, or nature-watching, fill your stomach with a delicious and hearty breakfast at the Mountain View Cafe. Hot and fresh omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and waffles are the best fuel for a day spent exploring and reveling in the sights of fall. Not to mention the Mountain View Cafe’s signature house-roasted coffee, which is AMAZING! While you are enjoying your cup of joe and morning meal, you can gaze out the cafe windows at the gorgeous autumn mountains.

The Mountain View Cafe is only open for breakfast this fall (open until 11 Tuesday – Saturday, and noon on Sunday), but the mountain town of Centennial offers several other restaurants to top off your day in the mountains. Dinners at the Old Corral Steakhouse or the Bear Bottom Bar and Grill are always fantastic and filling.

Revel in the Autumn Colors

Autumn in the Snowy Range
Little Laramie Trail Photo credit K. McShane

As the temperatures decrease, the mountains adorn themselves with their autumn raiment. This is, of course, the primary incentive to visit the Snowy Range in fall. Whether you are driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, hiking the endless forest trails, or fishing the glassy lakes, you will be awestruck by the stunning vistas. 

In the autumn the aspen turn to gold and the oak trees become ruddy shades of orange and yellow. While the number of deciduous trees may be less than in other areas of the country, the contrast with the deep emerald of pine, spruce, and fir trees makes their colors explode in a way that is truly exceptional. The sweeping slopes of green, gold, and orange juxtaposed against rocky peaks and a brilliant blue sky make for unrivaled photo opportunities.

Hike the Tranquil Trails

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Little Laramie River Photo Credit K. McShane

As if the views weren’t enough, hiking in the fall also provides exclusive appeal. The heat of summer has melted away, and the coolness of autumn is a welcome respite. Hiking in the brisk air seems to lend more energy and vitality to a hike. Some higher trails may have early snow, so it is important to wear appropriate layers and adequate footwear. However, the cooler temperatures mean no mosquitoes. (Check out an interactive map of hiking trails in the Snowy Range area here).

What’s more, hiking in the fall is very peaceful compared to the hustle and bustle of the peak summer months. Much like hiking in spring, the trails are less-traveled and crowded and the serenity is palpable. A mountain trail in autumn is the epitome of serenity. 

Watch Wildlife

Autumn Wildlife
Moose Photo Credit K. McShane

Yet another reason to visit the Snowy Range in autumn is the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities. This is especially true before the hunting season is in full swing. Pronghorn, elk, deer, and moose are in their fall rut (mating season) and are often less shy as they pursue females. They are also trying to add as much additional weight before the scarcity of winter and will spend long hours grazing in the open. Plus, the fact that the mountains see fewer tourists in the fall means that there is less human encroachment to make them scarce.

Relax, Renew, and Rejuvenate

Autumn in the Snowy Range
View of Lewis Lake and Sugar Loaf Photo Credit K. McShane

Whatever it is that draws you to the Snowy Range in autumn—whether it be a cozy stay in a historic hotel, breathtaking views, or a quiet and peaceful hike—the mountains promise serenity and rest. Leave behind the busyness of the everyday hubbub and renew yourself in the mountains.

Book any room or suite for 2 guests now through Oct for $88, Call the hotel directly to access this special. Based on Availability. Subject to Blackout Dates.

Leah Veinbergs at Two Little Time

The Historic Mountain View Hotel and Cafe

A Stay at The Historic Mountain View Hotel

The Historic Mountain View Hotel and Cafe
North Fork of Little Laramie River Photo Credit Leah Veinbergs

There was just the slightest nip in the air as my husband and I embarked on an impromptu evening hike northwest of Centennial, WY. We had just checked into our room at the Mountain View Historic Hotel in Centennial and had some time to explore before dinner. Our stay at the Mountain View Hotel came as a much-needed evening away from the kids, and we didn’t want to waste one minute. 

We left Centennial and drove a short distance along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway before turning down Sand Lake Road. We bumped along the dirt road until we found a spot to park. Walking along the North Fork of the Little Laramie River, there was still snow on the ground and plenty of moose sign. The air was crisp, the sky was clear, and the river complemented the evening song of the birds—perfect.

For a detailed map of the area see the U.S. Forest Service Interactive Visitor Map.

The Mountain View Historic Hotel

The Mountain View Hotel is not short on historic charm. From the original fixtures and woodwork to the molded tin ceilings in the cafe, it is full of beautiful and unique elements. Although it was built in 1907, the hotel as been carefully restored while offering modern amenities to accommodate guests. It is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Historic Mountain View Hotel and Cafe
Photo Credit Kathleen McShane

The owners, Mike and Kathleen, are absolutely fantastic hosts. From the moment you walk in you are welcomed, and encouraged to make yourself at home. Mike is full of conversation and dry wit. Kathleen has a quiet and soothing presence that makes you feel instantly at ease. 

Suites and Rooms at the Mountain View Hotel

The hotel offers six rooms and suites with private bathrooms, wi-fi, direct TV, a refrigerator and a microwave. Each room or suite is a little different and offers unique historical details and views of the majestic mountains, sweeping prairie, or quaint downtown of Centennial.

Our suite—Hahn’s Peak— was spacious, to say the least. Although we were fortunate to find a babysitter for the night, the room could easily have accommodated our toddler and preschooler as well. The entry to the suite was a cozy space with a couch and chair, a large  TV, and a mini-fridge with coffee pot and microwave. There were also two queen size beds in a separate room with a view of the town of Centennial and the Snowy Range mountains. And, of course, a sizeable and clean bathroom.

The Historic Mountain View Hotel and Cafe
Hahn’s Peak Suite Sitting Room Photo Credit Kathleen McShane

Everywhere in the room were little touches and details to make it special. There were the tasty ginger cookies with the handwritten welcome note, the framed photographs of local flora and fauna, and the selection of books and board games to make the room as cozy as possible.

The Historic Mountain View Hotel and Cafe
Hahn’s Peak Suite Bedroom Photo Credit Kathleen McShane

For more information on individual rooms and to make a reservation visit The Mountain View Historic Hotel and Cafe homepage.

The Centennial Night Life

Of course, breakfast and lunch at the Mountain View Cafe are NOT to be missed. While the hotel does not serve dinner, there are several tasty options within walking distance. The Bear Bottom (formerly the Bear Tree) offers unique takes on traditional pub food, a full bar, and live music on summer weekends. The Old Corral Steakhouse has a cozy and unique interior, and a menu of steaks, burgers, sandwiches, and pasta, as well as a full bar.

Centennial is the quintessential mountain town. Officially established in 1876, it has a population of just under three hundred and an elevation of over 8,000 feet. The town itself is certainly worth visiting. Besides the restaurants mentioned, there is the Nici Self-Museum, several gift shops, and the best ice cream at the Old Country Junction.

The Breakfast at the Mountain View Hotel

After a quiet and uninterrupted sleep on an extremely comfortable bed, we awoke to smell of freshly brewed coffee. The Mountain View Hotel roasts its own coffee. The coffee on its own is reason enough for a visit to the hotel and cafe. If you don’t believe me, come and try one of their lattes.

The Historic Mountain View Hotel and Cafe
Veggie Omelet Photo Credit Kathleen McShane

At breakfast, in the charming and cozy cafe, we perused a menu of novel twists on traditional breakfast fare. I could hardly choose between the several options for omelets, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and waffles. I finally settled on a veggie omelet. It was a delicious concoction of fresh veggies, eggs, ricotta, and black magic. All of the food is homemade and the ingredients are beyond fresh.

The Perfect Escape

After my stay and meal at the hotel, I know I will definitely back! Sitting at the small table, gazing out the window at the mist-covered morning mountains, sipping my coffee, and listening to the murmur of conversation in the cafe, I found a little slice of heaven. The slow pace of the country, the tranquility of the mountains, and the cozy, restful atmosphere of the Mountain View Hotel and Cafe make this a true treasure. I only wish I could have stayed a little longer.

For more ideas of what to do in Centennial and the Snowy Range see these blog posts!

Spring in the Snowy Range: A Season Like No Other

Fishing is for Everyone in the Snowy Range

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Wyoming’s Snowy Range This Winter

Elevation Celebration 3rd Annual

Book your stay at The Mountain View Historic Hotel by July 31st  (subject to availability) and get 10% off your room when you mention this blog post!!

Leah Veinbergs at Two Little Time

 

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Wyoming’s Snowy Range This Winter

 

2019 is here and many are excited for what the New Year has to offer. For those who seek fun, mountain adventures, you may not have all your upcoming adventure destinations mapped out yet. Don’t worry, you have one less destination to worry about because the beautiful Snowy Range Mountains are calling your name this winter!

If you enjoy a day where there is snow under your feet and sun on your face, then our nearby national forest land will satisfy you for all your winter adventure needs. Area trails provide everyone who visits a chance at everything from snowshoeing to sledding, and everything in between. So whether you are seasoned in the wintertime madness or wanting to try something new, we put together 3 reasons why SE Wyoming should be a part of your 2019 travel plans:

#1: It’s Like Going To Grandma’s House

When you go on vacation, you want to feel comfortable and cozy. The Mountain View Hotel & Café is one of the first buildings to welcome you to town and it’s 100-year-old charm is warm and welcoming. Past guests have been quoted saying it felt like going to Grandma’s house and we feel it’s because of our homemade signature dishes, comfy beds, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

 

#2: Fun For All Types!

Whether you decide to hit the winter trailheads or head up to the local ski area, getting snow under your feet is no issue here in southeast Wyoming!

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing Trails: Grab a pair of snowshoes or skis & check out the 200+ miles of Medicine Bow National Forest Service winter trails to explore! No matter if you are looking for a nice relaxing morning of fresh mountain air or wanting a challenging day adventure, the Snowy Range Mountains are your place to be

Notable snowshoe & cross-country ski trails can be accessed at any of the 3 area trailheads; Corner Mountain, Little Laramie & Green Rock Picnic Area. All within 10 miles of Centennial, these USFS day-use areas are perfect for your organized daytime mountain adventures. Immediate trailhead parking may not always be available, but walking in from a safe roadside parking spot is ALWAYS worth it!

Are you and your family coming in from out of town? We’ve got you covered. Stop into our friends at Laramie’s Basecamp in downtown Laramie for snow shoe and cross-country ski rentals during your final pit stops to Centennial!

 

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding at Snowy Range Ski Area: Do you enjoy no traffic when you head out for a day on the slopes? How about short lift lines, nice people and great snowfall each year? We do too and are spoiled with these luxuries every single winter.

 

Snowy Range Ski Area is a great, family fun establishment that was founded in 1959. Today, you find 4 established lift lines leading to runs that serve all skiing abilities, with most moderate to difficult ski runs being separated from the easier parts of the mountain. What does this mean for families? It’s much easier to stick together but big enough to fulfill every snowrider’s dream.

Other notable features and amenities of Snowy Range Ski Area include additional cross-country ski and snowshoe trails located on the property, their own Gear Rental Shop, Ski & Snowboard School, and an out-of-state Ski Bus that brings in guests from the Fort Collins & Loveland, CO area. For more information, check out their website by clicking here.

Book your stay at the Mountain View Hotel & Café and ask about our Ski & Stay Booking Special! (307) 742-3588

 

#3: We’re a Bit Off the Beaten Path

Located in Southeastern Wyoming, just 30 miles west of Laramie, you will find the small, quiet mountain town of Centennial and our beautiful historic hotel and café. Another 5-minute drive west on Highway 130 plants you at the start of our beloved Snowy Range Mountains.

While it may be a long journey for some to get here, it is well worth the features of any hidden mountain gem; not a lot of people, beauty for miles and everyone is friendly everywhere you go.

 

Support Wyoming Small Businesses:

Book with the Mountain View Hotel and receive a 10% discount code (at the time of booking) for shopping at Laramie’s Basecamp, a local outdoor gear and rental shop located in downtown Laramie! We have paired up with this family-owned small business to help provide you affordable gear and rentals whenever you visit our beloved Snowy Range Mountains.

Recently went shopping at Laramie’s Basecamp and you are feeling hungry or thirsty? Bring in your receipt within 48 hours of purchase and get 10% off any meal or drink at the Mountain View Café! This offer is not valid with any other promotions.

Written by Brianna “Bri” Arnbrecht | http://mountainadventurer307.com/ 

Perfect December Getaway

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Source: Mountain View Management

In 1907, the Mountain View Hotel in beautiful Centennial, WY was known to be the “Pride of Centennial” as well as the “finest and best equipped” hotel in the west. Over 100 years later, guests here still find the hotel to be just as cheerful, comfortable, and homelike as before. Through the past few months, we have closed our doors for remodeling and are excited to announce we will be opening them again on December 8th! We’d like to invite you and your family to join us in Centennial as we celebrate the holidays.

Here’s what’s happening this month at the Mountain View Hotel, Café and Coffee Roaster:

16th Annual Christmas in Centennial Celebration and Breakfast with Santa | Saturday, Dec. 8th, 2018

Plan to head out and join us for this special day-long event of gift and craft shopping, horse drawn wagon rides (weather permitting), Christmas caroling, and more! The day will be beginning with two seatings of Breakfast with Santa (reservation only) at our very own Café starting at 8:30 a.m.  For more information and to secure your family’s reservation, please call us at (307) 742-3588 today!

Mountain View Café Re-Opening! | Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2018| 7:00 am to Noon

We invite you and your family to join us for our re-opening of the Café on Dec. 9th, as well as throughout the winter and upcoming spring, to happily serve you homemade, signature dishes almost each day of the week. You can get your hands on our customer favorite Salmon Omelet or our freshly served-in-a-skillet Cinnamon Rolls again, along with a brand-new lunch menu!

Café Hours of Operation beginning December 14th, 2018:

Open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 7 a.m.-Noon on Sundays. Closed Mondays and on Christmas Day. We welcome you to give us a call before heading out to let us know you’re on the way!

New Blog, Exclusive Deals, and More!

We are excited to announce that we have started the Mountain View Hotel Blog back up and want to interact with you, you’ve not only been our guest in the past, but you are also part of the Mountain View Family!   Join us through the coming months to read our blog where we will be talking about great Snowy Range adventure ideas, updates about the hotel and café, and exclusive hotel booking deal offerings!

We are very excited to get this started and hope you will enjoy our content!

 

December Blog Deal Offering:

Receive 10% off 2 nights in our newly remodeled Wild Flower Suite!**

Code: December Blog

** Must book by 12/20/2018. Blackout dates do exist. For more information and to book your room, please call us at (307) 742-3588 and mention this blog’s code

 

Written by Brianna “Bri” Arnbrecht | http://mountainadventurer307.com/

Spring Snow Travel

It is here! Spring Snow and wet roads make for slow travel. However early risers get the fresh powder. And for those of us which use snow shoveling for therapy out early with the snow removal equipment “a shovel”12036669_1049792005066299_5454788957978697424_n.Spring Snow TravelStay with us! Visit SouthEastern Wyoming

Winter Wyoming Traveling

At times it can be very slow moving or stopped due to road closures. Wind in the Winter is even higher, it can gust up to 75mph, in the east this is called a hurricane. We that live in Wyoming learn to plan trips to town around the weather.

If you are a winter sports activist then driving in extreme Winter conditions is a task required to enjoy your activity. Although tough at times the roads, once you arrive to your destination in the mountains, the pain of Wyoming Winter Travel goes away quickly.

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Burger Quest

I have always been a great burger seeker. However in today’s market the majority of restaurants serve less than great burgers. Purchased from the cheapest source, and they get away with this due to the fact most of you burger eaters will eat whatever is set in front of you. 95% of the beef is raised with hormones to produce beef faster than a natural growth period for the cattle. Which ruins the beef in my eyes, the taste is bad. Then the water and coloring put in so that you the consumers will buy more if it is bright in color at the market and full of fat, which you consider juicier. I am here to ask you to stop settling for mediocre beef burgers and ask the establishment to serve a better burger. Places are selling less than good burgers for $9 and then when a place offers a great hormone free burger you question $12, but will eat crap on a bun and pay $9 for beef they pay less than 2.50 for a pound. Great beef cost more because it takes more feed to grow a beef naturally. So now I put forth that all of us Great Burger Consumers stand up demand a better burger! Make it known in your community if you find one of these burgers and post it for the world to see, then your community will be Great Burger Seekers and Eaters like me.

I also think someone out here should start a facebook page or group for the Great Burger Quest of the World

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no need for topping on this hormone free beef burger!

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