Right on the main thoroughfare through downtown, Taste the Past B&B (281 2nd St. W, 403/823-5889, $95 s, $115 d) occupies the 100-year-old home of a coal baron. Guests choose between three simple rooms, but no one chooses to miss the full-cooked breakfast served in the sunny dining room. Period furnishings decorate public areas, including the living room, which is laid out around a fireplace. Outside, the well-tended garden is dotted with fossils.
Within walking distance of downtown is The Inn & Spa at Heartwood (320 Railway Ave. East, 403/823-6495 or 888/823-6495, www.innsatheartwood.com, $149–309 s or d), a classic country inn that looks a little out of place surrounded by older homes. You can splurge on the Main Turret room with a carriage bed, a fireplace, a jetted tub, and separate sitting area. Or choose one of eight other rooms, all with a cozy Victorian feel thanks to antiques and plush duvets. All rooms have en suites, but only some have televisions and phones. Rates include breakfast.
Ramada Inn & Suites (680 2nd St., 403/823-2028 or 800/272-6232, $149–249 s or d) is at Drumheller’s busiest intersection. The 74 rooms are each equipped with a small fridge and a microwave. Rates include a light breakfast and use of the indoor pool, waterslide, fitness room, and hot tub.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition