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/

 

Perfect December Getaway

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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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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.

Explore Wyoming

Mike asked me to attempt writing something that  might hold your interest, my first blog.

We take time off in the spring and fall, close the cafe and take in only a few hotel guests so we can make repairs and improvements to the building, relax (which means sleeping in for me) and some travel.  This fall we were invited to the Wyoming Tourism Convention in Riverton Wyoming.  We passed through the area of Lander and Riverton years ago and have always wanted to re-visit.

We drove over the Snowy Range on Highway 130 in a rain and snow mix. Then we jumped on I-80 to Rawlins and north on US-287 turn at Muddy Gap Junction, which has gas and a store. You can also sign your name or draw a picture anywhere inside the store if you bring your own marker or pen. We stopped to stretch our legs at Devil’s Gate, a geographic feature that the Overland Trail and Pony Express used to navigate the land.  The high plain covered in sage, is a grayish-tan, with mountains to the south of us.  As we continued west the land starts to show glimpses of red soil until the land and road in front of you drops and whole hillsides are red with white stripes.  Our next stop was Johnny Behind the Rock, a trail loop close to Lander.  We went our separate ways to explore among the red sandstone formations, large sagebrush and cedars.  Mike choose to climb the right side ridge. I stayed below and took pictures of the 5 foot tall sage bushes then climbed the left formation to explore.

Johnny Behind the Rock - Standing on the left side, Mike had climbed the flatter red side
Johnny Behind the Rock – Standing on the left side, Mike had climbed up the flatter red side

The next morning we left Lander for our first Wyoming State Park, Sinks Canyon S.P.  The sink itself is pretty impressive, the river in the canyon turns sharply and goes under a cliff then disappears…yes disappears into the ground and comes back up a few hundred yards down the canyon.

Sinks Canyon State Park
Sinks Canyon State Park
Sinks Canyon State Park,  where the river turns and goes under ground
Sinks Canyon State Park, where the river turns and goes under ground

It is a place where you want to climb down as far as you can go to see where the hole is.  If only we had super flashlights and wet suits.  Unfortunately the visitor center closed after Labor Day so we missed out, it looked like there were some interesting displays inside.  We were impressed with the signage at the trail head in the state park educating you to be conscious of transferring non-native invasive plant species seeds on your shoes, clothes and pets.  We continued to drive up the canyon then started to climb in a series of switchbacks that gave us views of flat land where Lander sits.  This took us into the Shoshone National Forest(the Wind River Range is here) where we drove 20+ miles on decently graded gravel roads. There was new signs throughout the Forest, which made us jealous because our forest district (Medicine Bow-Routt) needs a lot of TLC.  We saw squirrels, chipmunks a grouse and beaver dams.  We stopped at the largest lake and watched the huts for a while in hopes of seeing a beaver being busy, no sightings or sounds.

The conference that propelled us to the area was definitely worthwhile. We met many new people, and the speakers were informative.  We learned about the State of Wyoming tourism campaign for the coming year, #ThatsWY    And Mike got to meet and speak with our Governor Matt Mead for a few minutes and invited him and his family to visit the cafe soon.

Looking over Shoshone National Forest at the Wind River Range, after driving over and through
Looking over Shoshone National Forest and the Wind River Range, after driving over and through

Fall in the Mountains`

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Gold and some light orange these are the colors of fall in the mountains. If you go to high of course the colors disappear due tot he fact no trees grow above 9000′ Here in #centennial #Wyoming we have a nice array of color near the river and on some of the lower mountain roads. Bring a lunch or pick up a carry out order from your favorite eatery and go enjoy the solitude of Fall.

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