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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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