There are plenty of nice places to sleep in Gardiner, but nothing rounds out a road trip quite like staying somewhere a little offbeat.
Gardiner Guest House
The owners of Park’s Fly Shop also operate the Gardiner Guest House
, a classic Victorian bed-and-breakfast built in 1903. Nancy Parks (Nanc for short) whips up breakfasts to fuel outdoor excursions, which her husband Richard will gleefully help you plan. Choose from three antique-laden rooms or a rustic, two-story cabin out back, all open year-round.
Crevice Mountain Lodge
Sleep in one of five authentic old-west cabins at Crevice Mountain Lodge
, 10 miles out from Gardiner on the site of the Gold Rush boomtown of Crevasse. The lodge’s modern conveniences (like wi-fi and coffeemakers) feel almost blasphemous among quilts, lodgepole walls, woodburning stoves and wildlife that wanders past open-air fire pits.
Yellowstone Suites B&B
Built in 1904 from stones left over from the Roosevelt Arch, the three-story Yellowstone Suites B&B
holds four sunny rooms with crisp quilts and tidy décor, open year-round. Take in views of Electric Peak on the newly-built deck while day-dreaming of white chocolate scones for breakfast. The owner will also pack you a sack breakfast and lunch if you’re racing out the door.
If you’re looking for something unmistakably Western, the Cowboy’s Lodge
’s bearskin rugs, horse-tack décor and knotty pine accents deliver full-bore yee-haw. This eclectic lodging mashup includes suites, a studio, cabins, a loft, villas and an entire mountain lodge (that last one’s located 20 minutes away from Gardiner), all decked out in Western flair.
To lock in Gardiner lodging that’s as unique as your trip, make sure to book early—especially for summer.