Since Cheyenne is only about a two hour drive from our home in Colorado, Jeff and I decided to take a road trip up there. I had never been to Cheyenne, and all I knew about it was that they hold the Cheyenne Frontier Days music festival there every summer. Also, I had never been to Wyoming, so I got to check another state off my list!
When we got there, at first I was surprised because it seemed very quiet... not very busy at all for a state capital city! But the more we explored, the more I really liked the quaint, quiet little downtown strip of Cheyenne. We ended up staying the night in the Historic Plains Hotel so that we could keep exploring the restaurants and bars downtown. Apparently, there is a busier part of town that has all the new strip malls, chain restaurants, and the Wal-mart, but we stuck to the old downtown area.
Our first stop was a local restaurant that Jeff's dad had told us about, Sanford's Grub & Pub. To say it had a "colorful" interior would be putting it mildly! It was so much fun sitting at the table and just looking around at all the antique signs and paraphernalia on the walls.
I think my favorite part was this creepy hot dog squirting ketchup on himself... it made me giggle every time I walked by it to go to the restroom!
Next stop was a fairly new brewery where you serve your own beers called Accomplice. It was located inside the main train terminal called the Cheyenne Depot. So the way it works is you give them your credit card and in turn you get this card that you can swipe. Then you walk over to the bar area and each beer tap had a card swiper. You swipe your Accomplice card and you only pay for the ounces that you pour, so if you only want a taste of each, you don't have to pour a full glass of beer. It was pretty fun to choose different beers to taste without feeling the guilt of making your bartender give you ten different samples (as a former bartender, I can appreciate that part!). And since Jeff and I enjoy trying new beers, it was nice to try some different local beers.
After a few beers at Accomplice, watching some kids play cornhole and the trains rumble by, we still had a few more places we wanted to check out, so we decided to see if there were any rooms available at the Historic Plains Hotel right across the street from the Cheyenne Depot Plaza. We were in luck and got a room within thirty minutes! The Hotel was really interesting to stay at because it had been there since 1911 and had a lot of historic features. One of those features was the teeny tiny elevator that looked like it could hold maybe four people... it was a little claustrophobic! Otherwise, we really enjoyed our stay and the rooms were really cozy and clean - "historic" doesn't always mean old and falling down!
After we knew that we had a room to crash at, we went on to explore some more of downtown Cheyenne. We had a drink and talked some football with the bartender at The Crown Bar, which seemed to be a local favorite. Then we stopped at Freedom's Edge Brewery for a drink and tried to play the board game "Sorry".... the only hitch was that they only had the instructions in Spanish! And since Jeff had never played the game before, I got to be the rule-master - all you've got to do is say something with confidence and authority and BAM! it's a rule! "Yeah, of course we always played it that way honey, that's too bad it puts you all the way back at the beginning..." Hmm, maybe I shouldn't let Jeff read this or he won't play cards with me any more...
And that's about it for Cheyenne! We woke up the next morning and had our complimentary breakfast, then hit the road home. Here's to another adventure in the books and many more to come!