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