ABOUT THE INNKEEPER
The Sleepy Senator® is owned and operated by Robert Noel Clarkson.
Clarkson lives, along with his Standard Poodle, in his family's old historic Victorian House,
located a few doors down the block from the Sleepy Senator®.
He enjoys going downtown and having coffee with
friends in the General Mercantile, sitting home watching classic movies on DVD, skiing up at the
Great Divide, hiking with his dog, taking photographs, playing guitar, cooking,
shopping in antique stores for the Sleepy Senator®, reading, and browsing in book shops.
A life-long Helena resident and former city "Last Chancer" Historic Tour Guide.
He first opened the townhouse as a Bed and Breakfast - Vacation Rental Guest House in the
summer of 2003. after completely remodeling and upgrading the townhouse portion of the historic
neighborhood grocery building he had owned since 1974. Before opening the Sleepy
Senator®, Clarkson completed a two year study in the hospitality and inn management
program offered by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.
In addition to being an inn-keeper Clarkson had been a magic illusion show entertainer
widely recognized among his peers world-wide and he is a member in the AMA Hollywood;
He is an internationally published professional magazine writer and accomplished
studio portrait photographer; and he had served 15 years as an officer in the U.S. Army
and Air Force Military Reserve Forces. Clarkson is an Ordained Minister,
affiliated with the Universal Life Church of Modesto CA, and has legal status to
officiate for 'civil' nuptial ceremonies held at the Sleepy Senator®.