Gardiner Guest House is a special place because of the hospitality of the innkeepers, Richard and Nancy Parks. Great conversation, a delicious breakfast and comfortable beds at a fair price just north of the Roosevelt Arch entrance to Yellowstone National Park -- what more could a traveler ask for!
Pleasant memories of our visit are still with us, even though five months have passed since our family of four stayed there. When we contacted Gardiner Guest House about two months before our vacation, only one vacancy remained for the entire summer. Lucky for us, the date was when we planned to be in the area, and the room was the big family-friendly bedroom that boasted a queen bed with a most comfortable mattress, a twin bed that was fine for our teenage daughter, and "the cave" that was perfect for our 10-year-old son. The cave is a former walk-in closet off the main bedroom which has been converted to a small bedroom for a small person.
Our son rated his night in the cave five stars -- up there with fly fishing at Trout Lake and a small river south of Mammoth Hot Springs (thanks to Richard for fishing tips and selling the proper flies), geyser watching (thanks to Nancy for telling us about her favorite geysers which became ours, too), wildlife watching in Lamar Valley, hiking to Storm Point on Yellowstone Lake with a ranger, viewing the Yellowstone's Grand Canyon, riding the wagon to the Old West cookout, floating down the Snake River, hiking Cascade Canyon Trail where we made snowballs high above Jenny Lake in the Tetons, and taking the breakfast cruise to Elk Island on Jackson Lake. Who would have thought sleeping at a bed and breakfast would compete with the grandeur of the parks?
When it was time to go, we didn't want to leave. And we couldn't go because we discovered a flat tire on our car. It was a Saturday morning, so garages were closed. Nancy called the owner of the tire store across the street . Soon a mechanic opened the shop to repair the tire, putting us back on the road by noon. The delay turned out to be a blessing in disguise - an opportunity to chat with Nancy on the porch and visit with Richard and the gang at the fly shop. They treated us like family even though we had never met before. And so we highly recommend Gardiner Guest House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1903 Folk Victorian located in uptown Gardiner has three well appointed rooms and one cabin. Breakfast offered:cold buffet as well as a daily hot entree. Amenities include TV/Movies in parlor,books and games,hot beverage sideboard, and WIFI. Moments away from Yellowstone National Park. Restaurants and shops with in walking distance. ... more less