Cuddle Up in Cody Yellowstone This Winter; Nine Ideas for a Romantic Winter Getaway in Northwestern Wyoming
CODY, Wyo., December 12, 2023 – When the rodeo performers have returned to their day jobs and the bears of Cody Yellowstone are snuggled up in their dens, the destination of Cody Yellowstone is transformed from a place for family fun to a destination for couples to enjoy romance, solitude and magical winter landscapes.
“As if someone flipped a switch, as soon as the first snow falls we see fewer kids and far more couples strolling Sheridan Avenue, popping into the stores and lingering over meals in the
restaurants,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm for the region that includes the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, a large swath of the Shoshone National Forest and about half of Yellowstone National Park. “Whether they are seeking outdoor adventures in the forest or leisurely days exploring the town, our winter visitors will find endless options here in Cody Yellowstone.”
Here are some ideas for a romantic getaway for just the two of you:
- Spend the night in the backcountry, away from the rest of the world. Couples seeking to get away from it all will find a choice of backcountry cabins, and remote teepees and even tent camping sites. For example, the South Park Cabin is a ski- or hike- in cabin that can be accessed from the Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park. Only $50 per night, the cabin features four bunk beds and is equipped with basic pots and pans and utensils, a cooking stove, propane canisters, coffee pot, firewood, sleeping pads and an outdoor bathroom. Couples can also choose one-of-a-kind destinations like Big Quiet Camping, with wall tents, teepees and tent sites located on an organic farm just outside Powell. A fresh, hot breakfast is included.
- Experience some adventurous nighttime fun like skiing and skating. Sleeping Giant Ski Area features nighttime skiing on Saturdays, with trails lit by solar-powered LED
lights. Cody Yellowstone’s popular Homesteader Park in Powell is another place to play on a starry winter night. Hold hands glide around the ice and then warm up with some hot chocolate in the warming hut.
- Spend adventurous days in the forest. Ski the classic tracks and skate lanes along the Shoshone River at Pahaska Tepee near the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park or the groomed trails of the remote Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park. Or go snowmobiling. Couples can take a snowmobile tour in the park as well as snowmobile on public lands outside the park, where there are more than 1,000 miles of trails. One of the most popular snowmobile areas in the country is in the Beartooth Mountains, known for its stunning beauty all year, but powdery backcountry snow in the winter.
- Watch for wildlife at sunrise. Get up early, grab a coffee and drive along the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway towards Yellowstone with binoculars handy. The early-morning hours and dusk are two of the best times to see animals in the wild. There are numerous places to pull off the road to scope for bison, elk, deer, bighorn sheep and even moose.
- Act like a couple of kids in a candy store. Literally. The Cowtown Candy Company celebrates sweet nostalgia in the form of hand-dipped truffles, homemade fudge as well specialty sodas and unique gifts. Couples with a taste for authentic sweets will find a distinctive selection at the Meeteetse Chocolatier. Owned by a one-time cowboy, the store’s celebrated concoctions include raspberry, peanut butter and even jalapeno truffles.
- Make it a Date at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Winter is a great time for spending leisurely hours at a museum, and Cody Yellowstone has lots of choices. The acclaimed Buffalo Bill Center of the West features five museums under one roof. The museum also hosts periodic date nights and Cody Club evenings with talks about a variety of topics such as the history of Cody and Yellowstone National Park.
- Sharpen skills together. Cody Yellowstone stages periodic special events such as this four-day Winter Photography Workshop in late February. Led by two celebrated outdoor photographers, the workshop includes accommodations at the historic Irma Hotel, instruction and field trips into the frosty wilderness.
- Shop for art, Western attire and more. Cody Yellowstone is home to numerous art galleries, museum stores and shops with an array of Western-themed gift items. Pick up a pair of classic cowboy boots at the Irma Hotel gift shop or Wayne’s Boots. Or choose locally made artwork on display at the Cody Country Art League.
- Stroll along the Cody Yellowstone Sippin’ Trail. The new Sippin’ Trail is a great way for visitors to experience some of the town’s most popular restaurants and bars. The trail includes breweries, restaurants and unique venues such as a cigar lounge and a historic hotel built by town founder Buffalo Bill Cody. Visitors who download the free app and make a purchase at the participating businesses can earn points for rewards like Sippin Trail T-shirts, pint glasses and stickers.
From historic and boutique inns to luxury, full-service hotels, couples have a variety of lodging choices throughout the winter.
Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.
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