Red Lodge Renaissance
July 19, 2007
By Kim Thielman-Ibes
Pollard Hotel anchors historic downtown Red Lodge
Belly up to the bar in The Pollard Hotel's Pub. It's the perfect place to slake your thirst and unwind from a day of shopping in downtown Red Lodge or relax after an athletic day of skiing on nearby Red Lodge Mountain. As you slump onto an elegant leather couch in front of the fireplace, let the flames warm your weary muscles and thaw your partially frozen fingers. "It's a very relaxing, beautifully appointed full-service bar," says Loyd Upton, lodging manager at this laid-back winter hideaway.
Perhaps after a revitalizing libation, you'll consider dinner in the elegant Arthur's Restaurant, which has received the Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" annually since 1995. Western artwork and hypnotic rocking sculptures by artist Charles Ringer adorn the walls and windowsills. White tablecloths and first-class service prepare you for Red Lodge Creek Ostrich grilled medium-rare, sliced and served with a morel mushroom port demi-glace sauce and duchess potatoes. Other game, meat and seafood dishes are equally delectable though it might be the side dishes that help finalize your decision.
The building itself has the potential to whisk you away from the present to another era thanks to its original 1893 red brick exterior. Inside, its Victorian western past is evident in the spacious oak-lined entry, hand-oiled pine, and coffered ceilings, softened only by the creature comforts added during an attentive 1994 restoration.
Spending the night? Perhaps the inclusive full-service breakfast will convince you to nestle between the sheets in one of the 39 guest rooms. Some boast Jacuzzi tubs, interior balconies and mountain views. These cozy oak-furnished rooms are as every bit romantic as relaxing, so stay in bed and read the faxed edition of The New York Times delivered to you each morning.
Or better yet-don't.
Room rates range from $74 to $240. Self-described as an "old fashioned comfort with modern conveniences," The Pollard promises much more than that.
To learn more, call (800) POLLARD (765-4273), or log on to www.pollardhotel.com.