New at Wyoming Inn
Since The Wyoming Inn changed hands in the spring of 2018 the new owner, Wyoming Holdings, has made some upgrades.
It obtained a liquor license, opened a fine dining restaurant, added a spa and introduced a few amenities.
“Our goal is to show guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Hal Krause, of Colorado, who purchased the West Broadway hotel last year with sons Kelly and Kevin.
“We want to become the go-to hotel in the Jackson area.”
The restaurant, called the Whistling Grizzly Bar & Grill, features a menu of “Latin cowboy” creations developed by executive chef Andrew Klein and chef Andrea Pyne. The menu features local products like Lockhart Cattle beef and Haderlie Farms pork.
“It’s been very popular,” Krause said.
Klein, a graduate of the Cook School of Fine Cooking in Denver, worked at Flat Creek Ranch for a number of years. He and his wife, Nastassia, had their own restaurant in Puerto Rico, called One Ten Thai, and later worked at the Bentwood Inn in Wilson, where he created breakfasts and bistro dinners.
The Wyoming Inn’s new spa, decorated in wood and stone, features a hot tub that seats at least 12 people. There’s a large deck with a fireplace and cushioned chairs for relaxing outside the tub.
The Broadway bike path is right outside the hotel’s door, so for warm-weather guests there’s a START bike pad to make it easy for them to get out for a ride.
“We give the guests passes to use,” Kelly Krause said.
Winter guests who ski will receive complementary START buses to the slopes.
Another new addition to the hotel is one of the first things guests see when they walk into the lobby.
It’s a 49-inch version of Peter Fillerup’s sculpture Steamboat, a cowboy on a bucking bronc that was commissioned to commemorate Wyoming’s 100th year of statehood.
The monument-size Steamboat is on display at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
The tabletop sculpture at The Wyoming Inn is one of 10 smaller versions.
Dinner service at the Whistling Grizzly will resume around Dec. 13 after an off-season hiatus.
Meanwhile, travelers seem to have taken note of the changes at the hotel.
Winter bookings “are well ahead of last year,” Hal Krause said.
— Jennifer Dorsey