The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel
Wyoming: Our Perspective
“Welcome to ‘The Big Empty’, think of us as just a small town with very long streets rather than a state.” they said when we arrived to take over The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel.
We place great emphasis on our food and produce mouth-watering dishes that leave you wanting more. Our bedrooms are individually furnished and very different - so unlike the cloned rooms of the chain hotels. We have traditional four posters which are great fun for a romantic weekend or a night away from home. Most bedrooms enjoy either the Wyoming sun rise or the Elk Mountain sunset (weather permitting, that is).
For us Wyoming epitomizes the allure of the genuine American west. The word Wyoming evokes the magic and spirit of the American West in imagination, myth and reality.
This Western Spirit really does thrive to this day in the ‘Cowboy’ state, also called the ‘Equality’ state. Wyoming is a state of mind where you can feed your soul from it’s spectacular vastness The name Wyoming has its origins in an Algonquin word meaning "large prairie place." We think it should mean,” Vast place where your spirit can soar forever.” Because that’s what it feels like.
Wyoming is breathtakingly beautiful; from its high plains to its towering mountains, from hidden lakes to pristine forests, Wyoming is like no place on Earth but don’t tell everybody. Let’s keep it a secret that we can share so we can all enjoy the wide open spaces, the stunning vistas, the skies that stretch forever, the impossible to forget mountain views, the sheer exultation of the fresh air, the sometimes over the top western ‘breezes’, the great food and most of all the friendly, independent and hospitable people who live here, especially those at The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel.
You’ll be heartily welcomed to Wyoming and the hotel any time of the year.
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The Tropics of Wyoming
We also feel that America should have its own equator. This is currently unimaginatively disguised as the Interstate 80 crossing Wyoming just 3 miles north of The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel. It’s derived from the old Lincoln Highway, which was the first road to join the East and West Coasts of the United States from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. The Lincoln Highway became known as "The Main Street Across America", a nickname that, even today, remains synonymous with the famous old road. So let’s redefine it once again as the American Equator. Then we can really say that The Historic Elk Mountain Hotel is in the warm and balmy Tropics of Wyoming!!
Did I mention that Wyomingites have a great sense of humor?
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