A few years ago we discovered the TV show Longmire (now streaming on Netflix!). The show, based on a book series by Craig Johnson, is crime drama about a Wyoming county sheriff. When we learned that the fictional town of Durant that Longmire lives in is loosely based off the real-life town of Buffalo, Wyoming — located at the foot of the Bighorn Mountain Range — we knew we had to check it out.
We had only planned to stay one night in Buffalo but when we woke up that morning we decided we didn’t want to be rushed, so we extended our hotel stay another night. Then we were free to make our first stop: breakfast at the Busy Bee Cafe. Ryan has read all the Longmire books, and we were excited to visit the Busy Bee knowing it made regular appearances in the books.
The cafe was located on Main Street, with big windows overlooking Clear Creek, which runs through the center of town. The owners were clearly happy to be part of the Longmire experience: the menu featured items like the “Longmire Breakfast,” two eggs and a country fried steak (and items like Longmire bumper stickers and books were also available for sale). We arrived just a few minutes too late to order breakfast, but enjoyed our lunch immensely.
After lunch we walked the length of Main Street, checking out the shops and restaurants. Buffalo is a small town but it has a surprising amount to offer, from bookstores and art galleries to cute home decor shops and outdoor outfitters.
Our last stop was the Hitching Post Gallery, an art and cigar shop. We got to chatting with the owner, who had lived in Buffalo his whole life and was happy to tell us more about the town (including some stories about Longmire author Craig Johnson). He also recommended we take a drive through Crazy Woman Canyon, which ended up being one of the highlights of our trip.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Buffalo, Wyoming and would recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of the Longmire books — or who just wants to enjoy a relaxing day in a small Western town. If we’d had more time, I would have loved to check out the historic Occidental Hotel, which once hosted visitors like Calamity Jane and Theodore Roosevelt, and visit more of the downtown restaurants (and the local brewery and distillery). Maybe next time!