For any baby boomer whose parents took them out west in a wood-paneled stationwagon, Trail's End Motel is the iconic log cabin motel that you remember. It has been remodeled just enough to add nice conveniences such as in-room refrigerators and microwaves, but not so much as to loose it's charm. The impeccably manicured grass and detailed flower garden, although small, will be your first indication that the service in this motel is without flaw. I recommend the more expensive rooms that look over the Wind River, and have easy access to the cute flower-adorned deck. Although there are several good restaurants in Dubois, a quaint old-fashioned cowboy town, we found that the grill that the motel provides on the deck ovelooking the river, was a great place to grill steaks purchased from the grocery store across the street. A 10-minute enjoyable walk to downtown was where we found a small, but nice wine shop to provide wine for our dinners. The hotel owners, seeing that we were about to drink our wine out of a paper cup, not only provided us with wine glasses, but also a wine opener. We quickly realized that what we saved from grilling our own steaks made the cost of the room practically negligible. (While we tend to be people who do not cook at home, we found the grilling of steak on the deck over the Wind River to be an fun experience, and incredible saving of money. When we did eat in restaurants in Dubois, we spent about $80 for 2 people for an evening meal, vs $40 with much higher quality wine when grilling on the deck.)
We further recommend Trail's End because of the transportation service that they provide for all the other hotels and ranches in town and thus made getting to the Jackson Hole Airport or to Yellowstone a breeze. Their vehicles are neat and clean and extremeley high off the ground, thus providing great sight-seeing with a view above the guard rails. (For those who will be headed to the remote back country, we noticed that the motel rents satellite phones.)
Lastly, we found the owner and his wife constantly cleaning and taking care of their business, but always having time to provide suggestions, advice, information on local history and folklore.
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- Trails End Dubois
- Trails End Hotel Dubois