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What the heck is that? Second edition, plus lodging.

August 11, 2010

People around here will probably laugh at me for not knowing what these were:

For those other folks who may not know, it’s a sheep wagon (cheesy music warning: mute your computer if you click the link). You can see them here and there on people’s rural properties throughout the area.

The first time I read about one was when Barn Anew B&B added the option of staying in a sheepwagon. Then I learned that there’s a rustic mini fleet of them in northwest Nebraska where people can stay.

This kind of accommodation is not for everyone. There’s no room for indoor plumbing. Don’t know about the Barn Anew one, but the ones at Sheepwagon Hideout are sans electricity (and are a good walk from the parking area, too). Sounds like it would be like staying in a good, solid, cozy elevated tent. (I’d enjoy it, in the right circumstances.)

UPDATE: Yep, the Barn Anew wagons have electricity. If you need to use the loo, you can use a private one inside the main building.

Speaking of accommodations, I feel the need to mention another B&B, which is pretty unique but is not getting as much attention as it should because it’s not “new”: Hanlon House. It’s probably the most cosmopolitan place to stay in the Panhandle. Hostess Suella Hanlon is well traveled and will cook up a different, interesting, internationally-inspired breakfast each morning. She’s also running an art gallery and fine arts salon, so you can check out some interesting art during your stay. It’s also within walking distance of the resources in downtown Scottsbluff.

The one downfall of staying at Hanlon House is the fact that there are no private bathrooms. The bungalow architecture simply doesn’t allow room for that luxury. But, that’s part of the charm of staying in a B&B, right?

There’s another B&B in Gering that I learned of recently. I can’t recommend the place, though. I’ve never stayed there, and, based on a policy posted on their website, I don’t think I want to:

We do not have accommodations for unmarried or unrelated couples.

Well, at least kissin’ cousins would be allowed. They’re a related couple.

Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Shane Coop permalink
    August 11, 2010 8:45 am

    I enjoy your blog and traveling around the area vicariously through it. I appreciate your “outsider” perspective. However, today I was disappointed by your moral perspective, or rather, coming down on the owners of the Gering B&B for their moral perspective. That’s not very open-minded in this grand age of tolerance. (in my mind, the last phrase was spoken very theatrically)

    I write these things to let you know others are fine with those opinions and would not be turned off to stay at their bed and breakfast because of said opinions.

    Thanks for your writings. I will keep reading. :)

    • Katie Bradshaw permalink*
      August 11, 2010 1:05 pm

      I wondered if I’d get comments on this. :-)

      I just think it’s really creepy to say “you are all welcome, dear public, oh, except you people over there – you’re not welcome.” It’s fine to have these sorts of restrictions for your own home. Completely fine. But when you open up a business to the public, the game changes.

      What are they going to do, anyway, ask to see marriage certificates for couples who have different last names?

      (BTW, I pictured an extended right arm, fingers splayed, for the “grand age of tolerance” line.) :-)

  2. Shane Coop permalink
    August 11, 2010 1:41 pm

    It would be interesting to know how they police that. I would guess as simply as noticing last names and checking the ring finger. Maybe they have a statement you have to check on their registration form.

    And how exactly does opening up a business to the public change the game of what said owner of the business can enforce or require of patrons? We see signs at all sorts of establishments claiming that they have the right to refuse service to anyone, so, as long as they are less vague about who they will refuse service to, it is OK? We know that various establishments can enforce a dress code for people to be served. Is that different? They have opened up to the public, so should they, the public, be able to decide how they want to act and dress in order to be served by the business? (sarcasm….drip….drip…drip)

    Businesses have various levels of what acceptable behavior is to them and if they deem that someone is disturbing that level of acceptable behavior they have the right to refuse them service. This couple has stated up front what their level of acceptable behavior is.

    • Katie Bradshaw permalink*
      August 11, 2010 9:17 pm

      I have wondered about all the signs I’ve seen around town about “we have the right to refuse service to anyone.” I’ve never seen so many signs like that before, and it made me wonder if there had been some problems around town that necessitated the signage. Did I miss something?

      I wonder if standards are different for hotels vs. B&Bs. I’m not a lawyer, but surely there’s a line there somewhere of what’s acceptable when refusing service to a person. Is the refusal based on reasonable standards? Or is it based on a personal prejudice? Would it be OK to state that no interracial couples or no Muslims could stay in the establishment because it offends the owner’s moral beliefs, for example?

      • Shane Coop permalink
        August 12, 2010 10:54 am

        “Did I miss something?” Not that I know of. If so, then i missed it too! :)

        “Would it be OK to state that no interracial couples or no Muslims could stay in the establishment because it offends the owner’s moral beliefs, for example?”

        I don’t know how things stand legally. I would hope that business owners have the freedom to make rules as they want. I would think that freedom to practice religion and what that religion teaches should allow them the right anyway. Especially, in a country with so many choices, even if the little B&B in Gering does have a stipulation about couples needing to be married, there are plenty of other places in Scottsbluff/Gering for people to stay, so it’s not like the people are put out on the street for the night. I would hope that if it were the case and the couple would be put out on the street for the night because every other room in Scottsbluff/Gering was taken, the B&B owners, because of their moral beliefs, would have compassion and take them in. :)

        As I read this reply through, there are parts of my answer that make me cringe, but I don’t know how to say it otherwise. I don’t agree with religious/racial/any profiling, but I support business owners being able to be free to make those decisions and live out the convictions they have. There is a balance that needs to be found in this country between people’s right to practice their religious freedoms and practicing political correctness. I’m not sure what that balance is, or if the two can ever truly reside together.

  3. August 12, 2010 2:26 pm

    Those who wish a private bath may have exclusivity (total and complete privacy) to the bathroom—no one else is booked in the rest of the rooms.

  4. August 12, 2010 2:28 pm

    Willow Pond is located in the Bellevue district of Terrytown. Owned and operated by Marty and Roann McAndrew–308.631.7216

  5. February 24, 2011 4:09 pm

    Guests that choose to stay in our sheepwagons have a private bathroom, though it is located in the Inn. The sheepwagons do have electricity, cozy blankets, and furninshings, and we provide a flashlight for late night travel to and from the Inn. The two sheepwagsons are located under the Cottonwood trees, close enough to feel safe, far enough away to feel adventurous!

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