Proud To Be a WLRA Member: Nagel Warren Mansion
Tucked away amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Cheyenne on the edge of the historic “Cattle Baron’s Row” is the Nagle Warren Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Constructed in 1888 by Erasmus Nagle and later sold to Senator (and former Wyoming Governor) Frances E. Warren, the Nagle Warren Mansion is one of the few homes in Cheyenne dating from the 1800’s that is still standing today and boasts a rich “American Old West” décor, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.
Today, owner and manager Jim Osterfoss is very proud of his unique property and the experience his team provides to his guests. “The Nagle Warren is a high-quality B&B or very small hotel, something we’ve been doing for 16 years now” Osterfoss explains. “We truly enjoy pampering our guests. I get a great kick out of making (someone’s) trip really special.”
The Nagle Warren has a total of 12 guest rooms decorated in Victorian West style, six in the main house and six in the now-attached carriage house located at the North end of the property. The Nagel Warren also features three conference rooms.
“Guests appreciate great service and facilities,” says Osterfoss. “If you run the business well and take care of your guests, you don’t have to worry about occupancy.”
And Osterfoss knows what it takes to run a successful operation; he’s been a hospitality manager for 46 years. “I was also just a ‘worker bee’ for ten years,” Osterfoss quips. “For a person that’s only 26, that’s a lot of experience.”
And while he is very passionate about his business, one item Osterfoss is particularly vocal about is his involvement with the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association.
“Making friends in the area and contributing to the tourism industry are both important - I feel like participating in our (hospitality) community is an important part of being in the hospitality business,” he says. “We get a lot out of being a member of the WLRA.”
Osterfoss mentions the WLRA’s efforts on sales tax issues during the last legislative session, stating “the sales tax work alone saved us more (money) than our membership dues, and it also saved our guests some money.” He also is highly supportive of the Education Foundation, saying “it gives us a new crop every spring of high school grads that have some very good training in the hospitality industry.”
With tourism as the state’s second largest industry, the economic impact it has on restaurants and lodging properties across the state is significant. “They are not one of the highest funded, but are one of the most productive” says Osterfoss of the Wyoming State Office of Tourism. “The efforts of the WLRA and its members in lobbying on behalf of tourism plays a key role in the department’s continued strength and funding.”
To make a short case, Osterfoss says, “The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association is a super value for our dues.”