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

Autumn in Snowy Range
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

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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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/