AAA Living North Dakota - July/August 2010 - (Page 50)
AAA TRAVEL AGENCY — NORTH DAKOTA ROAD TRIPS
An Easy Stay for a Rough Rider
A historic hotel epitomizes rustic luxury.
MEDORA—My footsteps echo as I walk along the wooden boardwalks outside the Rough Riders Hotel. Sporting a swagger and a coat of grit—both courtesy of a day’s ride on the Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s scenic but dusty trails— I feel a bit like a Rough Rider, myself. Inside the recently renovated hotel, a mix of new amenities—including a conference center and 68 new rooms— share space with vestiges of the hotel’s Victorian roots. Antique stained glass windows hang above the lobby desk. Rustic chandeliers adorn the high, gold-embossed ceiling. An oak staircase leads to eight original rooms over the restaurant.
STEP INSIDE THE REFURBISHED ROUGH RIDERS HOTEL
The period theme carries through in the suites with red velveteen armchairs, mirrored armoires and intricate wallpaper. The hotel’s TR’s Tavern and Theodore’s Dining Room complete the homage to the original Rough Rider with a hardy, but refined, menu that complements the cozy ambiance. In the evening, the setting sun illuminates the soaring buttes as a cool breeze carries the sound of the Burning Hills Singers from the nearby Medora Musical—one of the rewards of being a Rough Rider for a day. ■ Dawn Faught
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