Miami to Chico Hot Springs
Trip Start Jan 02, 2010
8Trip End Jan 10, 2010
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We are heading to Chico Hot Springs Resort (www.chicohotsprings.com) for one night before proceeding on to Yellowstone National Park. Our concept is to experience a "sense of place" that could not be delivered in a Hampton Inn in Bozeman and after being in a plane for so long, we’re ready to get out and see the countryside
We check into Chico Hot Springs Resort and are very happy. We have booked North Cabin #707 which is up a hill away from the main resort on a ledge shared by three other cabins. We expected to have isolation and views, which you can see in the photos. Great! Then we notice a steady stream of people to the next cabin. It turns out it is a wedding party assembling and to our delight they have some fireworks just after sundown.
We get a lesson in radiant heating. Who knows about these things in Miami Beach? Our cabin temperature was in the low 60’s when we arrived, and Harvey had boosted the thermostat up to the 80’s
For dinner, we decide to eat at the Chico Dining Room. Fortunately, they were able to accommodate us. It’s really best to make your dinner reservation when making your room reservation. The food is that good and the ambiance is charming with lots of dark woods and interesting photographs on the walls. We feel the warmth and friendliness of the staff. This must be what it’s like when you live in a place that doesn’t have a lot of people. We feel comfortable. We like it here. We enjoy our glasses of Malbec and our main courses of lamb chops with polenta and wild Alaska salmon with fresh veggies, both flavorful and beautifully presented.
It’s now very dark as we drive up the mountain on a dirt road to our cabin. With the help of white Christmas tree lights framing our cabin, we find it. It’s warm and cozy when we enter. We crawl into our bed and watch the movie Avatar that Harvey has brought along. It is so full of symbolism and is perfect for our upcoming Yellowstone experience.