I was so honored to take part in Yellowstone National Park’s first annual Cabineering Cook-off at the Explorer Cabins. During our stay, we had a great time with my fellow contestants Hilah Johnson, Diana DeLaFuente, and their husbands, Christopher Sharpe and Frankie DeLaFuente (check out our S’mores Roast!). After the contest (Hilah won, congrats!!), we got to enjoy a day in the park, and a highlight was lunch at the famous Old Faithful Inn, a Yellowstone hotel designed by architect Robert Reamer in 1903. The menu at the Old Faithful Inn dining room was really good! I had the smoked gouda cheese soup and bison bratwurst, and Veronica ordered the smoked trout cakes. After lunch, we walked around and checked out some of the rustic Old Faithful Inn rooms, and visit the upper deck, where you can get an awesome view of the Old Faithful geyser!
We found that the best time to eat at the Old Faithful restaurant was just before noon. The crowds seemed to appear in droves around 1 p.m. If you like, you can grab a hot chocolate, coffee, or cocktails on the second floor, which is also home to the famous Crow’s Nest. The hotel is magnificent, but pretty spooky — in fact it’s the most haunted hotel in Yellowstone National Park! The Headless Bride is the most famous Old Faithful Inn ghost. She was supposedly beheaded by her husband during their honeymoon here, and is now said to haunt the crow’s nest in her ripped gown.