Cody Wyoming has a number of quality accommodations from which to choose, depending upon your taste.
If yours includes a little history and character, my recommendation is the Chamberlin Inn, a delightful boutique hotel rich in the history of Cody.
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History of the Chamberlin Inn in Cody WY
Agnes Chamberlin and her husband, Mark, came to Cody in 1900. Although not a licensed dentist, Mark put out a shingle and just started pulling teeth. “Ouch!”
Agnes went to work for a guy named Buffalo Bill for whom the town was named at the Cody Enterprise newspaper. A few years later, she and Mark bought the empty lot across the street from the paper. They first built a boarding house and later all sorts of businesses on that lot.
Agnes was a mover and shaker. She organized any number of social gatherings in the community, fundraisers and charities and more. But she also helped establish Cody’s first radio station and the Chamber of Commerce.
She donated land for the Cody airport. After Buffalo Bill died in 1917, the first organizational meeting for a Buffalo Bill Historical Center was held in the Chamberlin Hotel.
She was a go-getter who shaped the fabric of this wonderful western town.
But so are Ev and Susan Diehl. They are today’s owners of the Chamberlin, people who rolled up their sleeves and got dirty while building a lovely boutique hotel from what had become a neglected, notorious flop house.
Ernest Hemingway Slept Here
With 21 delightful guest rooms, every corner at the Chamberlin is an adventure. My favorite is the one where Ernest Hemingway stayed in 1932. His signature is authenticated on the historic guest register.
The Chamberlin has several comfy places to curl up and read a book, enjoy a glass of wine from the wine cellar, or just prop your feet up and reflect on your surroundings.
A book I might recommend – The Myths & Mysteries of Kansas. Chapter 2 is all about Buffalo Bill who founded this wonderful western community that Agnes Chamberlin helped build.