The 153-room Lake Yellowstone Hotel, one of the oldest national park hotels in the country, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year in tandem with the National Park Service recognizing its centennial. Featuring Colonial Revival architecture, the hotel completed a $28 million renovation in 2014 and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, construction commenced in 1889 when Yellowstone was the country’s only national park and opened two years later after construction concluded at a cost of $46,000. The hotel, operated by Yellowstone National Lodges, features lakeside and standard rooms as well as lakeside suites and the presidential suite once used by President Calvin Coolidge.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.