As summer comes to a close and the heat starts to wind down, all we want to do is sit on a porch, drink some sweet iced-tea and fan ourselves as we look out over the prairie. We want to trade in the pool and beach for mountains. To channel our inner cowboy/girl and live life a little less polished and a bit more relaxed.
If you are looking for a way to wind down in the next few weeks and still want to keep the adventure going, we’ve rounded up a few AllTheRooms listings that will transport you back in time to when the West truly was wild.
Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch | Tombstone, Arizona
Tombstone, Arizona is known for its over-the-top western kitsch. This little town is where the fabled Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday shootout between Billy Clanton and the McLuary brothers happened. Known for silver mining production, Tombstone was one of the last boom towns in America. Today, its big tourism draw are the shows recreating the shootout at the O.K. Corral and the saloon style businesses and hotels. The Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch is one such hotel; that has everything from the tassels on the furniture, to lassos on the wall. Guests can even sign up for packages that include: horseback riding, hiking, shooting, archery, evening entertainment and three hearty meals a day. Looking for the local watering hole? Mosey on over to one of the oldest saloons in town, Big Nose Kate’s for some food and refreshments.
Historic Strater Hotel Durango | Durango, Colorado
The Strater Hotel is one classy joint, where Victorian-era elegance meets the heart of the rugged, Colorado Rockies. Built in 1887 it was run by the Baker Family for three generations and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. With nearby attractions like Four Corners Monument and Mese Verde National Park, there’s plenty to see and do that will let you live out your John Wayne fantasies. One of the most famous, original ragtime piano bars in the Old West, the Diamond Belle Saloon lives in the hotel as does the Henry Strater Theater. There’s no shortage of cowboy entertainment. If that’s not enough of a thrill for you, the hotel is rumored to be haunted. Guests can flip through the hotels “ghost diary” to find out what past visitors have encountered. You can also submit an entry if you happen to experience some paranormal activity.
Jackson Hole Lodge | Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Teton Valley has long been a beloved home for ranchers and cowboys. There are plenty of rodeo competitions in the area and no shortage of trails for horseback riding. Set against the backdrop of the Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole’s breathtaking nature makes you feel alive and well. It’s the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts, and the Jackson Hole Lodge wants to help you fulfill that in a big way. Stay at the lodge and you have access to fly fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and whitewater rafting. Guests are minutes from the downtown area and some of the best swing dancing in the states. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill to name a few. You can also take a stage coach through the downtown are if you are feeling fancy and free! Staying in one of the rooms at the Lodge means, you get to wake up to views of the mountains, fire pits at night and complimentary hot chocolate to cap off the evening during the colder months. It’s the perfect blend of cowboy charm and modern style.