this place stays in character: servers in costume, live performances and ragtime piano in the summer.
Rocky Mountain States, USA (Vocus) April 26, 2010
Attracted by the legends, beauty and grandeur of the west, America’s national parks are a top destination for visitors from around the country and the globe, yet the question of where to stay while exploring these national treasures is an inevitable and sometimes tricky one. Often the parks’ accommodations fill up fast and can be lackluster and generic. The Historic Hotels of the Rockies, a group of 18 vintage properties dating from the late 1800s and dedicated to the preservation of the West’s most inimitable accommodations, offers a solution for those planning to visit national parks this summer. Stay at memory-making properties and play at America’s most laudable national parks.
“As a unique group of properties in a world of run-of-the-mill chain motels, we offer visitors an authentic lodging experience as well as a glimpse back in time. The fact that many of our members are in close proximity to our national parks and national monuments speaks to historical significance of these accommodations,” said Jim Osterfoss, owner of the Nagle Warren Mansion in Cheyenne, Wyoming and president of the Historic Hotels of the Rockies.
The Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana, is located just outside the entrance to Glacier National Park. Originally built as employee housing for railroad workers in 1939, the Izaak Walton offers visitors the one-of-a-kind accommodations Historic Hotels of the Rockies is known for. Guests can choose accommodations in the main inn, individual log cabins or even in refurbished railroad cars that are equipped with working fireplaces! The Inn recommends at least a three day’s stay to explore the area and is offering two summer national parks packages available from June 15 through September 15. See http://www.izaakwaltoninn.com for more details.
In Colorado, the Strater Hotel in downtown Durango is a Victorian jewel famous for its melodrama and vaudeville shows. According to National Geographic Traveler which listed the hotel on its 2009 Places to Stay, “this place stays in character: servers in costume, live performances and ragtime piano in the summer.” Only one hour from the popular Mesa Verde National Park home to the cliff dwelling palaces built by the Ancestral Puebloan people. A two-night lodging package that includes a deluxe continental breakfast allows visitors to combine the best of Durango’s attractions with the nation’s richest archeological preserve.
Several historic hotels are within easy driving distance to fabled Yellowstone National Park. In Wyoming the Hotel Greybull, the Irma Hotel and the Chamberlin Inn are approximately two hours from the eastern entrance to the park and offer travelers a memorable place to overnight before heading out for further exploration. The Pollard in Red Lodge, Montana is also within two hours by car to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The charming Peck House in Empire, Colorado, is located on the road to Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the state’s premier visitor destinations. Castle Marne in Denver is just 1-1/2 hours from the same park.
In addition to national parks, many of America’s western national monuments are near classic hotels. For example, anyone planning to visit Mount Rushmore in South Dakota will want to consider a stay at the historic Alex Johnson Hotel, just under 30 minutes away from the manmade wonder. The Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton, Montana, is near the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, and the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, is close to the Fort Union National Monument, the Nagle Warren Mansion and the Plains Hotel, both located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, are within easy driving distance to the Fort Laramie National Historic Site.
This summer, while visiting the West’s greatest national parks, a stay at one of the Historic Hotels of the Rockies may very well be the jewel that adds the special sparkle to a vacation that will become a treasured memory. For more information about Historic Hotels of the Rockies, please visit http://www.historic-hotels.com.
About Historic Hotels of the Rockies
An eclectic collection of 18 vintage properties, the Historic Hotels of the Rockies resurrect the glory days of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. For detailed information on each hotel, go to http://www.historic-hotels.com.
Jim Osterfoss, President
Historic Hotels of the Rockies
jim (at) nwmbb (dot) com
Vicky Nash, PR Representative
Resort Trends, Inc. - Tourism & Resort Communications
Vicky (at) ResortTrends (dot) com
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