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What's New + Notable in Wyoming: 2018

Wyoming Office of Tourism News 
New Website Launched: The Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) recently relaunched its website,, with a focus on content that matches the needs of the traveling public. After conducting a three-month user study, WOT reprioritized the site navigation and content layout, with a new refresh of both the design and the copy.

Anniversaries in Wyoming  
Wyoming Marks Milestone Anniversaries in 2018: This year, Wyoming is commemmorating several anniversaries. Of note: the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act; the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; the 40th anniversary of the designation of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT); the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacific Railroad in Laramie, Hanna, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Green River and Evanston; 50 years of the Trappers Point Historical Site; the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie; 80 years of the Cody Nite Rodeo; the 70th anniversary of the Swedish Smorgasbord in Dubois; the 150th anniversary of mining in Wyoming at South Pass City; and the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail. 

Food + Drink News 
Rock Springs Welcomes Two Watering Holes: Located in southwest Wyoming, Rock Springs is set to welcome two new downtown businesses: Sidekicks Book Bar and Square State Brewing Company. Opening spring 2018, Sidekicks Book Bar is bringing a sophisticated vibe to Rock Springs and will combine comfortable reading spaces with local libations. Set to open in summer 2018, Square State Brewing Company will feature locally brewed beer, as well as guest brews from the surrounding area. 

Larmamie Welcomes Two New Restaurants: With locations throughout Montana, Utah and Wyoming, Rib & Chop House will open their 10th restaurant in Laramie (home to the University of Wyoming) this April. Located near UW at 2415 Grand Avenue, Wyoming's Rib & Chop House will feature a private party room, full bar, fireplace and indoor and outdoor seating in a welcoming, family-friendly environment. SpeedGoat Bar & Grill is serving up burritos and street tacos in downtown Laramie. 

Laramie County Welcomes First Distillery: Pine Bluffs Distilling opened in November 2017 in the quaint southeast Wyoming town of Pine Bluffs. Rooted in Wyoming agriculture, Pine Bluffs Distilling has a true farm-to-distillery process that utilizes fresh, local grains and they work with farms within 25 miles of their facility. 

Meet Wyoming's First Malt Manufacturer:  With a fast-growing distilling and malting industry (and as the fifth-largest barley producer in the U.S.), the Cowboy State recently welcomed its first malt manufacturer, Wyoming Malting Company, to Pine Bluffs. A 20,000-square-foot facility, guided tours are available Tuesdays through Saturdays. While much of the malt created at the facility will be sold to other breweries and distilleries, the company will also use it at their own on-site distillery, Pine Bluffs Distilling. 

Saratoga Welcomes New Restaurant: A community pub that specializes in comfort food and unique whiskey, Saratoga's newest restaurant, Firewater Public House sits along the North Platte River. 

Meet Casper's Vibrant Food Scene: Wyoming's second-largest city, Casper has a variety of new restaurants and watering holes that opened in the past several months, including Frontier Brewing Company, C85 Wonder Bar, The Gaslight Social, Pokes DeliCrescent Moon Coffee, Wyoming Ale Works, Firehouse Pizza and Archie's, a new speakeasy cocktail bar. 

New Dining in Sheridan: Three new dining offerings have opened in Sheridan, Wyoming: Bonafide (a food truck that specializes in chef-inspired, made-from-scratch offerings); Shabby Shack (a gourmet breakfast and lunch spot) and Birch (a restaurant that focuses on fresh, seasonal and local foods). 

Cheyenne Expands Culinary and Shopping Scene: Three new businesses, Provisions Wine & SpiritsCentral Cafe and Desperado Depot have opened in downtown Cheyenne. Provisions Wine & Spirits offers small-batch spirits, wine and curated craft beers; Central Cafe serves coffee, breakfast and lunch on Central Ave; and Desperado Depot offers a selection of Western-inspired clothing, shoes and jewerly. 

News, Activities + Offerings
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Adds Grand Conservancy: A 28,000-square-foot addition to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the Grand Conservancy opened on August 14, 2017. The new expansion includes a multi-story conservancy that's home to thousands of tropical plants. 

Yellowstone National Park Lodges Offers New Couples Package: New for 2018, Yellowstone National Park Lodges is offering a "Lake Hotel Couples Adventure Package" that includes the stunning Lake Yellowstone Hotel (the hotel was also awarded Green Seal Lodging Certification for sustainable operations and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2015), meals, in-park transportation and guided hikes. 

See Wild Mustangs: The third of its kind in the United States and the only one located on an Indian reservation, the new Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary offers visitors an opportunity to see more than 100 wild mustangs up-close on a private tour. The sanctuary’s visitor center has an interpretive display that showcases the importance of horses in the culture and tradition of Wyoming’s First Nations, as well as a history of wild horses in North America. 

Casper Welcomes New Venue: David Street Station, a new outdoor venue, opened in Casper in July 2017. A multi-stage project, the venue includes seating areas, a performance stage, observation deck and an outdoor movie screen. 

Hogadon Ski Area Opens New Lodge: Located at the top of Casper Mountain and with a panoramic view of the city of Casper and the Bighorn Mountains, Hogadon Ski Area opened its news lodge in fall of 2017. Now a modern, two-story facility, the lodge has indoor and outdoor seating and floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Lodging News
Newcastle Welcomes New Property: Nestled between the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Thunder Basin National Grassland in Wyoming, a brand-new property, the Newcastle Lodge and Convention Center, recently opened in Newcastle, Wyoming. The new hotel features 59 rooms, a pool and an on-site restaurant and is a wonderful place to overnight when exploring some of the best destinations in The Great American West.

Two Wyoming Properties Earn Five Stars: Forbes Travel Guide recently gave both Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole and Magee Homestead at Brush Creek Ranch five-star rating—the guide's highest designation. 

Springhill Suites by Marriott, Jackson: Opened in spring 2017, Springhill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite property that offers 1,500 square feet of meeting space, including three breakout rooms. In addition, the property is located next to Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. 

Lander Welcomes Boutique Hotel: Opened summer 2017, the Mill House is an 1888 flour mill that’s been renovated into a boutique property in downtown Lander, Wyoming with four unique units.