Cowboy Boots and Christmas Lights: Cheyenne, Wyoming

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The Holiday Tea at the Nagle Warren Mansion is quite an event. Photo by Janna Graber
The Holiday Tea at the Nagle Warren Mansion is quite an event. Photo by Janna Graber

We had timed our visit just right, for the Nagle Warren serves an “Afternoon Tea” on the weekends. During the Christmas holidays, the B&B is decked out in traditional Victorian fashion for a special Holiday Afternoon Tea. The tables are filled with sweet treats, scones, cookies and more, while pianist Jake Martin provides holiday music on the antique concert grand piano.

The Holiday Tea was fun; my sister and I entertained my mom with family stories while we enjoyed the good food and music, adding the experience to our bank of good holiday memories.

The cost for the Holiday Tea is $22.95 and the tea is open to non-guests as well. Reservations are required.

Ready for the Holiday Afternoon Tea at Nagle Warren Bed & Breakfast. Photo by Janna Graber
Ready for the Holiday Afternoon Tea at Nagle Warren Bed & Breakfast. Photo by Janna Graber
The Former Governor's Mansion in Cheyenne is now a museum and hosts special events. Photo by Janna Graber
The Historic Governor’s Mansion in Cheyenne. Photo by Janna Graber

From there we decided to do some exploring. Cheyenne is home to several unique Western clothing and home décor shops. Two of our favorites are The Wrangler and Wyoming Home, which are located just a few blocks from the Nagle Warren Mansion. We spent some time at both shops. I came home with several handmade western Christmas ornaments, which will be fun reminders of our girls’ getaway.

After we had our fill of shopping, we headed over to the stately Historic Wyoming Governor’s Mansion. No longer used as the Wyoming governor’s residence, the grand building is now used for events and special exhibits. Each year, the Historic Mansion features a holiday exhibit. This year, it was “Tinsel Through Time: A Family Holiday.”

Each room was decorated in a different time period, from Christmas trees with candles from the 1880s to the glitzy pinks of the 1960s. As an added bonus, our visit gave me the chance to learn more about the people who helped to make Wyoming into the state it is today.

In 1869, the Wyoming Territory was the first to give women the right to vote. In 1890, Congress threatened to withhold statehood from Wyoming because of woman suffrage. Wyoming struck back by threatening to remain a territory rather than give up women’s votes. Congress eventually backed down.

The Morris House Bistro in Cheyenne offers a six-course pre fixe meal. Photo by Janna Graber
The Morris House Bistro in Cheyenne offers a six-course pre fixe meal. Photo by Janna Graber

One of the leaders in the Wyoming suffrage movement was Esther Hobart Morris, who eventually became the country’s first female Justice of the Peace. Morris’ home in Cheyenne has been beautifully restored and is now the Morris House Bistro, one of the city’s finest restaurants.

The Morris House Bistro specializes in Low Country Cuisine traditionally associated with the South Carolina Low Country. The restaurant serves pre-fixe six-course meals. On the night we visited, our dinner included scrumptious dishes like Baked Stiles Point Oysters, Anjou Pear and Gorgonzola Soup, Grilled Atlantic Sea Scallops with Cranberry Risotto, Persimmon & Rosemary Sorbet, Deconstructed Beef Wellington with Kobe Wagyu Beef and Eggnog Custard Cream Puffs.

Deconstructed Beef Wellington with Kobe Wagyu Beef with broccoli rabe and roasted radishes at the Morris House Bistro in Cheyenne.
Deconstructed Beef Wellington with Kobe Wagyu Beef with broccoli rabe and roasted radishes at the Morris House Bistro in Cheyenne. Photo by Janna Graber

All dishes are created by Master Chef and proprietor Dameione Cameron, whose talent and passion for fine cuisine is obvious. You’ll often find him mingling with the guests, and he is one of the highlights of any visit.

Cheyenne has numerous events during the holiday season. One evening, we watched a night holiday parade, which seemed to include half the town. Everyone got into the holiday spirit.

For us, Christmas in Cheyenne was peaceful, charming and filled with delightful people and experiences. It made for a memorable girls’ getaway — which is exactly what we had been hoping for.

If You Go

Visit Cheyenne
www.cheyenne.org

Nagle Warren Mansion Bed & Breakfast
naglewarrenmansion.com
222 E. 17th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001
800-811-2610

Morris House Bistro
2114 Warren Ave Cheyenne, WY 82001
morrishousebistro.com
307-369-1378

Historic Governor’s Mansion
300 E 21st Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001
http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/Site/SiteInfo.aspx?siteID=23

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