Traveling can be daunting, and sometimes we seek predictability to save us from yet another “surprise.” There’s a certain safety in knowing beforehand what you’re getting. This can be particularly true when booking a hotel room. This would certainly explain the popularity of chain hotels.
But when we value predictability over novelty – you know, daring to patronize that Mom and Pop establishment along the way – we chance losing what travel is really about. Meeting wonderful, interesting people. Sinking down into an easy chair that didn’t come off the assembly line. Feeling really, truly “at home” in a place you’ve never been to before.
Laramie, Wyoming has another state gem to claim besides jade: the Gas Lite Motel. (960 N. 3rd Street – I-80 exit 313) It is NOT a chain motel. And it IS a real find. From the minute you walk into the lobby, alive with western memorabilia and lighthearted kitsch, you know you’ve found a “Mom and Pop” place that values you. Maria at the front desk (to me, a modern-day patron saint of travelers!) immediately makes you feel at home. This is a woman who is not only great at her job – but has a heart of gold to-boot. She’s the kind of person you just want to hug. The Gas Lite Motel is pet-friendly, and their pet free is actually (and I need to put this in caps because it is so rare these days) REASONABLE. This wonderful little motel does NOT rip you off because you happen to bring your canine kid along. I can’t tell you how impressed I was by this. [Note: people who travel with pets are discovering that “pet fees” have become the latest cash cow in the hotel industry. Alas...]
This motel has everything you need – AND a real cozy, homey feel not found in cookie-cutter chain motels. Not to mention you can help support a privately-owned business; they’re struggling to stay afloat theses days when forced to compete with the “big box” hotel down the street.
Family-owned businesses often go the extra distance to make us happy. And when you add to that the possibility of really getting a good deal -- as you do at the Gas Lite -- what's not to love? And pet-lovers, we need to patronize businesses like this that don't rip us off! The Gas Lite Motel is a home-with-a-heart.
Just talk to Maria. She listens!
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