Can't believe we spent 6 hours here when we had never even heard of it that morning before our motel owner mentioned we might like it. Wow!.....and we were just passing through from Vancouver to Utah. Luckily, we're retired and so happy we could take our time. If you are a history or art enthusiast, or you want good food and a stay in a relaxing environment, or you want a romantic getaway with hot springs and a spa, it's all here! You've GOT to see it!
What started out as indian territory turned into a small hot springs community on the Oregon Trail. As time progressed, the community eventually deteriorated and finally the Manuel Family bought the property and took 8 years to turn it into the fantastic resort that it is. David Manuel is an amazing renowned bronze artist and his gallery and bronze casting facility at the resort make for a unique tour. In addition, David has been collecting indian artifacts since he was a young boy and these as well as exhibits from the Civil War to the Vietnam war are on display in his awesome two level history center. David, himself, explains the exhibits on short videos on each level. Be sure to listen to these first before browsing. Also, the 3rd floor sanitarium is open but still being restored and includes most of the original x-ray equipment as well as other antiques. We also recommend that if you want to see actual workers in the Casting Center, call to see what their schedule is, as there were no workers on the Saturday we toured. Also, there are normally no tours on Sundays at all.
We not only enjoyed our tour of the entire facility from Lee Manuel as well as a great lunch, but also got to actually see David working on his newest sculpture, Shoshone Moon. (Hint: make sure you ASK TO SEE DAVID if you are really interested.) David even took the time to explain in great detail some of his methods, answer any questions we had, and to let us take as many photos as we wished. After seeing the love, dedication, and precise artistry David puts into his work as well as the desire to share the history of this unique area, we could not resist purchasing one of his newest bronze castings. We feel so privileged to have met both David and Lee and they both make us feel like almost part of a family. We truly look forward to enjoying his beautiful artwork soon in our own home. Thanks David and Lee. We look forward to seeing you again as we, hopefully, return to see our sculpture as the bronze casting begins.
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