Road Trip to Chadron—the Olde Main Street Inn

When was the last time you stayed at an inn and found a spinning wheel in the bar—and it wasn’t just window dressing? At the Olde Main Street Inn in Chadron, innkeeper Jeanne Goetzinger keeps her wheel right out in front at the ready for a quiet moment when she might sit and spin—although it was unclear when those down times might be. Jeanne is one busy lady, serving breakfast early in the morning, catering lunches mid-day, dealing with all her guests in the rooms upstairs, and pulling beers late at night—remaining cheerful and helpful and welcoming throughout it all. But there must be time, because Jeanne managed this year to spin a lofty alpaca 2-ply yarn that she skillfully crocheted into the beautiful shawl you see her wearing in the photo above. If Jeanne has time to spin, we all certainly must be able to find a few quiet moments each day. I bet keeping her wheel right where she can see it is key to her productivity.

The Olde Main Street Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a charming old building with character. The reason we stay at the Inn is for the welcoming hospitality of its innkeeper and the company of the conference luminaries who stay there (that would NOT be our group—though we did attain mild notoriety for our miraculous arrival last year through a raging blizzard). Staying at the Olde Main Street Inn is like going to camp where we make new friends and one year and look forward to reuniting with them the next.

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.