Go check out Ames Monument!

monumentMany locals and visitors a like know about exploring and climbing at Vedauwoo or hiking in Curt Gowdy State Park during the warmer summer months. What some might not be aware of is Ames Monument. While Ames Monument might not have as much to look at or to do as the Vedauwoo and the state park, it is still something everyone should check out!

Ames Monument is an impressive structure standing in basically the middle of nowhere. The pyramid like formation stands 60-feet tall and was erected in honor of brothers Oliver and Oakes Ames. The monument was built by the Union Pacific Railroad Company in 1882 to pay tribute to the brothers who were absolutely instrumental in getting the Transcontinental Railroad built. The monument was built on the highest elevation (8,247 feet) of the original transcontinental route.ames collage

Ames Monument can be found off of the same exit as Vedauwoo, just in the opposite direction. As you are headed east in the direction of Cheyenne, Wyo., take exit 329. You will them take a right turn towards the monument (there is a sign), then just follow the road until you see the monument. It will be hard to miss due to the height and size.

We would highly recommend checking the monument out during the few warmer months we get each year. It has interesting history and is surprising to see, because you would have never guessed it was there by just looking off the Interstate. Enjoy the summer and exploring in and around Laramie, WY!

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Renewed and Refreshed: The Cavalryman Steakhouse

cav logoThe Cavalryman has a rich and lengthy history in the Laramie community, but recently they have started a rebranding process that looks promising for their future. On Friday, May 2, the restaurant held their grand reopening celebration. The celebration included a ribbon cutting, live music, food and presentations of their historical past.

The restaurant is improving their image and food by rebranding. The transformation includes new décor to highlight the long standing history of the location, and ownership that the steakhouse has operated under. During a recent meal at the Cavalryman, General Manager Ken King told the table that they plan to line each wall of the main dining room with image boards showing the establishments history, these boards were unveiled at the reopening.

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An example of the rebranding of the new décor in the main dining room.

 

As a new practice for the kitchen and the restaurant, they are now trying to use local and regional meats. According to their website, “We support Wyoming Ranching families by offering steaks, chops, and other fare raised in Wyoming by sustainable ranching practices.”

 

Wyoming soda bread

Wyoming soda bread

Entrees range anywhere from $12 for a Country Fried Steak Dinner to $55 for “The Major,” which is a combination of a 16oz Prime Rib and a half pound of Alaskan King Crab.  You can find the full menu here. Each entrée comes with: Wyoming soda bread, choice of soup or salad, sauteed vegetables, and a choice of potato or rice.

The steakhouse is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.prime rib

They are located at 4425 S. 3rd St., on Highway 287, 2 miles south of  I-80 and downtown Laramie. You can find out more on their website or follow them on Facebook. If you would like to make a reservation you can do so online, or call 1 (307) 745-5551.

Go the GREEN way to get to the airport

Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 12.14.19 PMThe University of Wyoming graduation is just two days away and summer is just around the corner. If you are headed out of town for the end of school year or  for any occasion this summer, consider taking Green Ride Colorado to and from the Denver International Airport. You won’t have to worry about parking and you can feel good about the service you are using because they try to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Green Ride Colorado services the Laramie and Cheyenne area and several parts of Colorado. According to their website, “Green Ride offers private charter service and can accommodate up to three groups of 30 people at a time with services between Wyoming and Colorado and between DIA and Fort Collins.” A full schedule of their times and pricing can be found here, but a single adult fare with pick up from either UW or the Hilton in Laramie costs $75 for a one way trip.

Not only is Green Ride an easy solution to traveling to the airport, but they are also a company that believes in bettering the environment. By providing group transportation they are taking a least one car off the road that could have otherwise put harmful admissions into air. Not only do they drive with GREEN in mind, but their entire business is built on green ideas.

Image from http://www.greenrideco.com/. This was the starting fleet for Green  Ride Colorado

Image from http://www.greenrideco.com/. This was the starting fleet for Green Ride Colorado

According to their website, “Our reservation agents work from home; no driving to and from work; no big office to heat and cool. Office furnishing are all used goods acquired from: Colorado Corrections, Savers, etc. Paint from Larimer County Landfill, building materials from ReSource. The managers and officers don’t have individual offices. They work from home, from coffee shops, from wherever they are using computers and smart phones. We attract people who care about the environment. Many employees ride bikes to work and to meetings. Wish we could use a pedicab for airport service!” Green Ride Colorado also partners with companies who are also striving to better the environment. These include: Climatewise, Clean Cities, Redirect Guide, Be Local, GenGreen. 

You can go online to find out more about this LCBA member who is trying to make a real difference in the community. You can also make a reservation online, or call for same day reservations: (970) 226-5533. Just remember that you must call for reservation requests after 5pm the day before travel.

Next time you need a ride to DIA consider Green Ride Colorado!  GO GREEN!

 

COWBOY CASH MOB

In 2012 The Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce decided we needed to find a new way to help our small retailers and restaurants but the only way this works is if you (the receiver of this invitation) also help us.

Please join me in the Cowboy Cash Mob TODAY, May 18, 2013

Where: Scraptree, LLC

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Time: All-day from 10 AM- 5 PM

Joe & Manni Hageman, owners of the Scraptree are excited to be the next Cowboy Cash Mob host. Join the LACC staff and their friends as we mob the Scraptree ALL DAY, Saturday, May 18th!

The Hageman’s remodeled the Scraptree building in May of 2010 and officially opened for business October 1st, 2010. They started in the scrapbooking and stamp business but have now branched out their inventory to a create-it-yourself Card Bar, Party Supplies, etc. They are constantly trying to find new additions to their already unique inventory.

The Scraptree will be offering a discount of 15% OFF all UW and Wyoming Merchandise throughout the store during the Cowboy Cash Mob! 

Don’t miss out on this great event and stock up on your favorite UW products. Please join the LACC and have a great Saturday shopping at the Scraptree.

Bring in this coupon to receive the Cowboy Cash Mob Discount.

Scraptree Coupon

May 10, 2013

We hope that you are enjoying the great end to a rainy, Spring week! For all of you partaking in the Graduation Festivities this weekend, congratulations to you and/or your graduate. The Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to have the University of Wyoming as a Cornerstone Members and more importantly, a member of the community. Tassels to the left and Congrats to all!

1. Mother’s Day Tea. Today from  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM all mother’s are invited to attend the Mother’s Day Tea a the Eppson Center for Seniors. See you there!

2. Did you make your reservations? It is graduation weekend here in Laramie and that means our restaurants will be packed and traffic slightly clogged. For our businesses this is great but if you are a local with no tie to UW Graduation, you might find yourself a bit frustrated. Don’t let it be that way, be happy about our overload of business for the next few days and avoid the crowds by scheduling around big rushes. This afternoon do your weekend grocery shopping and opt out of standing in crowds by having a BBQ this evening. You can get all your BBQ Favorites from The Butcher Block, Albertsons and Safeway. If you do it right, you can have multiple meals from your own grill and never feel overpowered by a large crowd.

 

May 4, 2013

Good Morning Saturday Readers! We hope that you are enjoying your weekend and that you have some wonderful plans for today and tomorrow. For those of you that aren’t sure what you should do today, you came to the right place. Take a look at the few different things we are suggesting on this beautiful Saturday in May. This is your Daily Dose brought to you by the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce.

1. Dare to Dream. Today at the Alice Hardy Stevens Center form 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM this is a free event for young ladies grades 5 through 8 aged 10-14 and their moms. Self-image building, lunch, and Maurice’s fashion show. There will be a Keynote speaker: Marce Nesslinger, CLIMB Wyoming; Also featuring: Jordan French- 2013 Violet Richardson Award Winner, Ana Villasenor- 2012 Violet Richardson Award Winner, and Brittany Anderson- 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Wyoming.

2. 1st Annual Bicycle Safety Day.  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Join us in Historic Downtown Laramie for the 1st Annual Bicycle Safety Day! Bicycle Safety Inspections provided by the Pedal House.

Location: Southwest of Coal Creek Coffee in the parking lot.
Youth Bicycle Helmets will be given away for FREE (While supplies last)
Bicycle Rodeo for ALL!!
Hone your riding skills and have some fun!
3. The Princess Bride. Micros and Movies tonight at 7 PM at the Gryphon Theatre- 710 E. Garfield. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., Show starts at 8:00 p.m. It is a $5 admission fee. 

 

April 28, 2013

The end of April is just around the corner and it seems crazy to think that we are 4 full months through 2013. Where has the time gone? Before you know it, it will be time for fireworks and Jubilee Days. Since today is scheduled to be another warm day, get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air. The best part of Laramie is the cool Spring days that keep you just warm enough to stay outside all day. Here is your Daily Dose brought to you by the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce.

1. Bike Ride. Take out your bike and hit the pavement for a great bike ride around town. Make sure you bring a backpack so you can stop and do a few errands while you are out and about. Stop at some of these places:

NU2U: Here you can get great gear for outdoors or even a few new summer pieces that are in great shape and ready to live in your closet.

Subway: stop in for a great lunch that won’t over fill you and keep you energized throughout your day. If you have leftovers just throw them in your pack, after all, that is why you brought it!

University of Wyoming: You can enjoy the quiet campus all afternoon with your favorite book in Prexy’s Pasture or even play a little Frisbee with friends or family.