We got off to a shaky start when my wife and I arrived (mistakenly) at the inn around noon on the day before the day I had made our reservation, but ever-gracious and unflappable innkeeper Lawrence assured us that he had a room available and that my error was not a serious gaffe; he was just relieved that he had not made the booking mistake. Lawrence showed us to our room, the Blossom, and advised us that if we wanted to explore the beautiful alpine lakes at Medicine Bow Peak 45 minutes away, we should make haste before mid-afternoon summer mountain thunderstorms developed. Such valuable advice was typical of Lawrence and his wife, Danny, who preside over this lovingly renovated and comfortable house.
Our room was a bit small and mostly filled by the bed, a chair and table, but our bathroom, separate from but immediately adjacent to the bedroom, was large, commodious, and luxurious, with a bathtub, a free-standing shower stall, a sink with plenty of counter space (sink counter space is often a premium at B&Bs), and a toilet.
While the bedroom was a bit small, the room is immediately adjacent to the house's very large, beautifully decorated parlor, which offers ample space to relax, read, or use the inn's free WiFi. The parlor also overlooks a garden with a small waterfall and koi pond. (Ask Lawrence to explain how the impressive ceiling decorations were created.)
When we returned from dinner, we met Danny, and my wife and she had a long, pleasant conversation about teaching. Lawrence and Danny went out of their way to make my wife and me comfortable and welcome in their house.
Breakfast the next morning was an unlimited buffet of yogurt, granola, sweet breads, fruit, jams, hard cooked eggs, coffee, and juices augmented with freshly baked whole wheat cinnamon rolls (Danny will share the recipe). Breakfast is served in a bright, sunny nook overlooking the kitchen and the garden next to the parlor. If you go away from this generous spread hungry, it's your own fault.
Mad Carpenter Inn is located immediately adjacent to the University of Wyoming campus and has free reserved on-street parking. Laramie was not crowded when we visited, but we've been assured that parking is scarce during the school year, making the inn's parking very valuable and convenient.
Why did I give the Mad Carpenter Inn a rating of 4 instead of 5? I reserve a 5 for the absolute tops in accommodations--the Four Seasons hotels, for example. Also, the bedroom was a bit small and the decor fussier than I like--but certainly in keeping with overall ambiance of the inn. If I could, I would award the Mad Carpenter Inn 4-1/2 stars; it's a fine all-around B&B experience thanks in no small part to the innkeepers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For vacation or business in Laramie, our Bed and Breakfast will provide superb lodging accommodations. That is our promise! ... more less