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

 

Fishing is for Everyone in the Snowy Range

In the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, anyone can be a fisherman–or fisher-woman! With over 75 good fishing lakes in the Snowy Range, there is a fishing spot for everyone. From experienced anglers to novices, seasoned aficionados to young children, the fishing experience here is truly unique and accessible to all.

The Mountain View Historic Hotel

Where to Stay

The small, mountain community of Centennial, Wyoming makes an ideal home-base from which to explore all that the Snowy Range has to offer. Primely situated at the edge of Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Centennial is only a 35-minute drive from the larger town of Laramie, and is an excellent choice for outdoors and fishing enthusiasts. Needless-to-say, The Mountain View Historic Hotel is the perfect place for a fisherman to relax after a day on the water. Enjoy the historical atmosphere, rustic charm, and all the comforts of home! The hotel also has a wonderful cafe with delicious breakfast and lunch options, as well as fantastic coffee roasted on-site!

Snowy Range Waterways

Surrounded by the epic beauty of the Snowy Range wilderness, numerous streams, lakes, and reservoirs offer a variety of fishing experiences. Some, like Lake Owen and Rob Roy Reservoir, allow motorized watercraft and are equipped with boat ramps. Others permit only kayaks and canoes, enabling their patrons to absorb the quiet tranquility of a fishing experience “closer to nature.” For more on boating (and fishing) regulations visit the Wyoming Game and Fish website.

Fisherman Rod and ReelNo boat? No problem! Fishing from shore is a great option as well. There is great access along Mirror Lake, Lake Marie, or Lewis Lake—the dam area on Little Brooklyn Lake is a great place for kids to catch fish.

If you’re looking for a more secluded fishing experience, the Shelf Lakes might be just the ticket. A marked hiking trail (intermediate skill level) skirts the edges of these beautiful lakes.

The North Platte River, located just over the mountain, is the recommended river for Fly Fishing. Local experts also highly recommend French Creek and Douglas Creek. However, with the literally dozens of well-stocked lakes in the area, there is certainly no shortage of prime fly-fishing locales.

 So Many Fish, So Little Time

A wonderful array of fish swim in the waterways of the Snowies. Brook, golden, cutthroat, and rainbow trout, along with splake and grayling provide ample opportunities for fly or bait fisherman to try their luck. A variety of fish are stocked regularly by Wyoming Game and Fish.First Fish

The variety of waterways and fish afford no shortage of exceptional experiences, whatever your level of expertise may be. Seasoned fly fishers will find ample challenge to satisfy, and even children can enjoy enough success to instill a life-long love of fishing and the outdoors. After all, there is nothing quite like the thrill of reeling in a fish for the first time—or even the 101st time.

Gear and Supplies

Of course, there are supplies you will need. Fishing licenses can be purchased online from Wyoming Game and Fish or at many hardware stores and gas stations in the area. The West Laramie Fly Store, and their exceedingly helpful staff, are a great source for not only fishing licenses, but also bait, tackle, flies, and just about any other fishing paraphernalia or information you could want. Check out their regularly updated “Fishing Report.”

Fly fisherman can employ an array of gear and tackle to suit their fishing preferences. Nymphing is particularly popular in the alpine waterways—Prince Nymphs, Hare’s Ears, and Copper Johns (size 14-18) are highly recommended—but dry flies are more than adequate as well.

For those who want a truly extraordinary trip, consider hiring Two Dogs Guide Service. These experienced guides offer a terrific selection of guide packages for all abilities and preferences. They also offer full gear and equipment rentals.

The Experience

Elk Snowy RangeThe best times of day for fishing are in the early morning hours and the evening hours. There is a pristine magic in these bewitching hours. Far from the clamor and chaos of civilization, the lilting twitter of an American pipit or brown-capped rosy finch mingles with the rustle of lodge-pole pines and aspen to serenade the mountain explorer. On the glassy mountain lakes–disturbed only by leaping trout–the reflections of rocky peaks and emerald spires, backlit by the rising or setting sun, will literally take your breath away. You may even be fortunate enough to glimpse a moose or an elk emerging from the forest for a cool drink. You can download a map of the Snowy Range Area here.

Other Activities

Cooking TroutOnce the peak fishing hours have passed, there is still plenty of adventure to fill your day. Hike one of the many wonderful trails and have a picnic lunch. Fresh brook trout are renowned for their delectable texture and flavor! Or, head back into Centennial for a delicious lunch at the Mountain View Cafe!

You could also spend some time driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, bird-watching, photographing, reading, or exploring the Nici Self Historical Museum in Centennial—the possibilities are endless. For more information check out the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest: Snowy Range Area website!

Undoubtedly, fishing in the Snowy Range is an adventure everyone will enjoy! There are memories to be made, mountains to be climbed, and fish to be caught.  Come to the Snowies, the trout are biting!

Book your stay at The Mountain View Historic Hotel by May 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/