Knitting in Buffalo, Wyoming

Discover the West

Nestled at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, Buffalo has rich history, scenic beauty and most importantly for knitters the Mountain Meadow Wool Mill. This woman-owned mill is a powerful entrepreneurial success story and is unique in that the wool is sourced locally. With 100% traceback, the label of every skein tells which ranch it came from. Now that’s knowing your wool.

Experience the new West and explore the old West. Stay at the historic Occidental Hotel, where every Thursday is bluegrass jam night in the Saloon. Visit the TA Ranch and hear about the Johnson County Range Wars. Spend time at the mill. Experience the rich Basque culture of the area. Enhance your knitting as you learn from a skilled designer/teacher in residence for the week.

Overview:Buffalo Knitting Tour

Knitting in Buffalo, Wyoming

DATES & PROGRAMS:
Dates to be announced for 2025
If we are fully booked, we recommend that you sign up on our Wait List & Early Notification form as we may have cancellations. You can also choose to ensure that you get early notification about this event for the following year.

Wait List & Early Notification
A $500 per-person non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. After registering, book your room directly through the Occidental Hotel. Questions? Contact

LOCATION: Buffalo, Wyoming

The Experience

Visit Mountain Meadow Wool Mill to see every step of the operation, play with wool and choose yarn for your next project.

Tour the historic TA Ranch where you will learn about the Johnson County Range Wars and cowboy life after enjoying a fabulous lunch.

Experience the Basque culture through museum tour and entertainment by local Basque dancers.

Visit and shop in interesting downtown shops and galleries.

Take advantage of local walking trails in and around the town, including the Clear Creek Trail, which winds its way from the mountains, right by the Occidental Hotel.

Travel

Who makes travel arrangements? You make your own flight arrangements from a major airport near you. Driving may be an option depending on your location.

What airport should I fly into? Depending on where your travel originates, you are most likely going to route through Denver. From there, Fly Sheridan brings you to the closest airport to Buffalo: Sheridan, Wyoming, where we will pick you up. Alternatively, fly into Billings, Montana, Gillette or Casper, WY and rent a car.

What about sharing the cost of a rental car? We’ll connect knitters traveling to Buffalo so that they can consider this option. Once we know who is coming, we can work together to figure out the most cost effective manner of travel. Do I need a car? Not really. Most of our activity is very local and walking will do. If you are bringing a spouse or friend who wants to do some exploring, a car will be helpful. Arrive early or stay late and explore the area.

Trips for Knitters will have vehicles to transport to the Mill (2 miles) and TA Ranch (13 miles), and it is hoped that participants with vehicles can assist with transportation for these short distances.

How do I get from Sheridan to Buffalo and back? We’ll pick you up. There are two flights a day into and out of Sheridan, so we’ll have pickups and deliveries at both, if necessary. You can count the antelope on the 30-minute drive.

QUESTIONS? Contact

Program

Bozeman Trail Mitts

We’ll provide 1 skeins of Tweed Sport from Mountain Meadow Wool for the project. You’ll pick colors at the Mill on the first day.

Required Tools

  • Please bring size 2 US (3.00mm) needles for working a circular project (9″ or 12″ circular, magic loop, dpns, flexi). Adjust needle size as necessary for your typical gauge.
    • Also needed: stitch markers, stitch holder, cotton yarn scrap, tapestry needle and the usual: gauge, scissors, etc.
Itinerary

Subject to change, especially if we need to work around weather. Below are the primary activities of the day, in addition to enjoying downtown Buffalo, knitting time and workshops, short hikes.

Day 1: Arrive and settle in, hotel history and tour
Day 2: Mountain Meadow Wool Mill, tour and creative time,  Bluegrass Jam in evening at Occidental Saloon
Day 3: Jim Gatchell museum; Knitting in Saloon
Day 4: Fort Mckinney
Day 5: Brunch at Sagewood

Day 6: TA Ranch and Tour
Day 7: Mountain Meadow Wool Mill
Day 8: Departure

See the antelope play in meadows when we leave town.

Eat delicious meals in interesting venues throughout town.

Connect with other knitters and enjoy lively conversation, sharing and learning from others.

Most importantly, plan to relax and renew. We’ve selected the Occidental Hotel for its rich history and comfortable spaces. This is a chance to slow down and take advantage of fine Western hospitality.

Health & Fitness: Buffalo WY

The Occidental Hotel has stairs unless you are able to secure one of the ground floor rooms. Buffalo’s main downtown, which you will want to check out in depth, is two blocks long. The museum is one block away. We will stand during the mill tour, at least an hour. Longer walks are optional though even a short hike will enhance your appreciation of the natural beauty of the area. We recommend being able to walk at least a mile. If you doubt your ability to tolerate this amount of walking or time on your feet, please contact us prior to booking the trip to discuss what accommodations are available.

We make every effort to ensure Trips for Knitters are accessible to as many people as possible. Please read the TFK Health & Fitness Tip.

Lodging: The Occidental Hotel

LODGING: Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming. Select your room and book directly through the Occidental Hotel (307-684-0451)

Pricing

PRICING: $1,900 includes meals, knitting classes, tours, and project yarn. When you register you will pay your $500.00 nonrefundable deposit and we will send and invoice for your remaining balance by March 30.

TRAVEL: You make your own flight arrangements; see the Travel tab for more information.

Lodging: After registering, book your room directly through the Occidental Hotel. Mention you are with Trips for Knitter and receive a 20% discount on your room

Health and Fitness

We want every knitter to enjoy their trip — we make every effort to ensure Trips for Knitters are accessible to as many people as possible. Some of the trips are more physically demanding and may not be suitable for everyone. Contact us if you have questions or wish to discuss the amount of walking, stair climbing or other physical demands, especially if you have back, knee or hip issues.

Please let us know if you have any mobility or medical issues which may affect your ability to fully undertake the event as described. We accept no liability for mobility or medical issues that we are not told about prior to the trip. Advise us of any changes after registering and before the trip takes place.

To gauge your level of fitness, we suggest you honestly assess your ability to walk 1-5 miles at a reasonable pace. If you become short of breath, experience cramping or spasms, or find that this exacerbates a medical condition, you may not want to register for the trip. Contact us if you have questions about the physical demands of any trip.

While age is just a number, we need to screen participants over 75 to discuss the physical and mental demands of the trip. Send an email and a good time to call and discuss. We hope you’ll qualify without hesitation, but we want to be sure you are up to the trip before you register, pay and embark on travel.

Any questions or concerns, we’re here to discuss in confidentiality. We want the best outcome and enjoyment for every participant of Trips for Knitters events.