We were driving cross country from Michigan to San Francisco, with no specific agenda - we just wanted to not stay on Interstate 80 all the way. We noticed that NW Nebraska had a national monument called "Agate Fossil" that seemed intriguing, so we headed off I80 onto route 2 across the "SandHills" of Nebraska to the closest city - Scotts Bluff. Unbelievably beautiful and remote drive (be sure to fill up before you embark - not many gas stations along the way). We found the "Barn Anew" on a website, and were lucky to get a room the same day as we neared ScottsBluff.
It is an old Homesteader's barn that has been renovated to be a lovely residential B&B. It actually sits on "Oregan Trail Road" and from the upper deck (a great place to have morning coffee), one can see Mitchell's Pass - where thousands of pioneers passed through the Bluff on their way to Oregan and SF.
The rooms are small but very comfortable, with modern baths, and Cher and Allen are terrific. Both are former school teachers from Wyoming who decided to not end their careers in the classrooms. Allen is still teaching - gave us a full tour with complete history of the site and the region, and then provided us with a one day loop car tour guide that they had written for the local tourism industry.
We spent two nights and loved every minute of our visit. Breakfasts are incredible, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in history, nature, and paleontology (definitely drive up to Agate Fossil Monument - worth the drive!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising out of the ruts of the Oregon Trail, the Barn offers an exquisite get-away in the shadow of Scotts Bluff Monument. Just a few minutes from town, but a world apart,the Barn offers you a chance to re-energize with a stay in the country. Enjoy Western hospitality with gourmet breakfasts and beautiful surroundings. Savor a hot cup of coffee on our outdoor balcony as you greet the day. Relax in the hammock in the courtyard under 100 year old pines. Feeling adventurous? Reserve a night in one of our sheep wagons! Join us for a Friday night blue grass jam session. Hear stories of adventures on the Oregon Trail and other historic expeditions. Enjoy Western and Native American Art. Ask about one of our packages: fly fishing, Oregon Trail guided tour, circle tours, horseback riding, horse drawn carriage rides. ... more less