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/ 

Winter Starts and the Adventures Begin

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As the winter solstice approaches this week, we are reminded that midwinter has finally come and longer days are near. To many this means a chance to travel and refresh with the New Year. To those who visit, this means finding a love for the Wyoming Wintertime.

Here are just a few reasons why Wyoming Winters are our favorite:

Spectacular, quiet sunrises with the Rockies

Each of the Mountain View’s 6 guest suites provides a warm welcome to the day and a chance to wake up with the sun almost year-round. With over 200 sunny days a year, nothing beats our beautiful early morning sunrises that lead into warm blue-bird afternoons.

 

 

Over 25 Feet of Annual Snowfall Each Year

In addition to a lot of sun, our Snowy Range Mountains get a substantial amount of snowfall every winter ranging from 25 feet on top of the range to 100” around Centennial! Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding are just a few activities that the naturally snow packed area has to offer and are only a few minutes away when you need to get some energy out or just want to go on a rejuvenating day adventure.

Did you know there is a ski area near Centennial for downhill skiing and snowboarding? All of these are activities/topics to keep an eye out for in upcoming blogs!

 

Time To Try New Things

With a new season comes new things! We are excited to announce our newest lunch item, The Extreme Grilled Cheese!

Come on in and try it! Lunch is served 5 days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 1pm.

 


December Blog Deal:

Receive One FREE Breakfast for each person in your booking at the Mountain View Café when you book your next stay with us!**  Code: December Breakfast Blog

**For future bookings only. Not valid with any other promotions. Must mention blog code to receive deal. Offer valid only during your stay. For more information and to book your room, please call us at (307) 742-3588.

 

Enter For A Chance to Win A Mountain View Hotel & Café T-Shirt! Vote in the poll below to be automatically entered the MVH T-Shirt Giveaway. One (1) winner will be announced on January 6, 2019. One (1) entry per person. U.S. shipping addresses only.

Disclaimer: To vote in this survey, you must provide an active email address – all active email addresses that are submitted will be automatically entered into the MVH T-Shirt Giveaway. This submission will also automatically enter you into occasional email notifications and announcements from the Mountain View Hotel & Cafe. You may opt out of these emails at any time by contacting us at mountainviewhotel@msn.com.

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 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/

 

City Living in Solitude

On a recent trip through a city, I realized something about me and people that live in the city center’s. “City people want to live alone but are afraid of the solitude.” Let me explain, in the city we move about our day and when returning home rush to get inside. Is this to avoid more human contact with the neighbor’s? I think so! All of the movement and action in a city allows one to be alone in a crowd, in a crowd one is not noticed like in a rural setting. In rural settings every move is noticed because so few exist. So we are more exposed. In the city we can move about barely noticed and live alone in large groups.

I moved away from the city 7 years ago and I realized this fact only last week. Now that I have experienced what true solitude is, I can not say I would ever live in that loneliness of the city again. It is dark and without feeling. The solitude of the middle of nowhere is like music, it is loud with life and peace at the same time. Your soul speaks and the people you have contact with are or seem more genuine.

If you live in the city…travel to a remote place and spend more than one day in this setting, and if you live in rural area go to the city and also stay for more than a day and observe what you see and feel. Then you may agree with my new mantra “City people want to live alone but are afraid of the solitude.”Storms

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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Christmas Tree Hunting

I am 54 and for the first time in my life, I went to the forest to hunt our tree. Mostly for the Christmas in Centennial Celebration, but also for my In-Laws coming for the Holiday’s. I am not a big Christmas celebrator, however it always reminds me of my Mother.

So out to the Medicine Bow National Forest with our tree permit in tow. We drive up about 6 miles from our Hotel and find a spot along the road to park, then gather the tools needed a saw, an axe and a camera. We begin the trek in (you must be at least 500′ from the road). Only 5 minutes in a we find the gem. As I start to chop the tree a feeling of peace comes over me. The sound of the silent forest, the crisp air and thoughts of days gone by(Mom). It was really surreal and serene, with a hint of nostalgic folklore. I was raised in the inner city and we always just went to the lot up the street to get a tree, this was like a whole new world. Out in the forest with the forest spirits and my wonderful wife(with Mom over watching). The tree falls to the forest floor or blanketed  snow covering. Handing the tools off, I grab the trunk and start to drag up the hill and then down back to the road. This task also brings feelings of accomplishment and nostalgia. On the road we load the tree in the truck and head back to trim and put up the tree. With a nice cup of Hot Chocolate. themountainviewhotel.com

 

I highly recommend Christmas Tree Hunting in the forest.