Finding Romance in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country
CODY, Wyo., May 7, 2015 – Maybe it happens while watching dressed-to-the-hilt dancers perfectly performing the Cowboy Cha-Cha on Cassie’s Supper Club dance floor. Or while snuggling in the comfy chairs of the Cody Theater while listening to enchanting ballads sung by Dan Miller and his Empty Saddles Band. Or perhaps while taking a rugged hike through the Yellowstone wilderness and then stopping to watch a herd of bison determinedly lumbering through a pristine valley. But at some point, vacationing couples often discover the romantic side of Yellowstone Country.
Although it is best-known as a family vacation destination where kids and kids at heart kick up their heels and enjoy the distinctive attractions like the Cody Nite Rodeo, Western Gunfighters and Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Yellowstone Country also has plenty to offer to couples.
The destination was recently named one of “17 Perfect Summer Hideaways for Couples” by the website DatingAdvice.com, which called Cody the place “where the cowboy and cowgirl culture still thrives.” The site mentioned the Cody Nite rodeo and nearby Yellowstone National Park among the reasons the destination is a couples’ getaway.
“Couples who vacation here become inspired, particularly when they see the stunning landscapes throughout our corner of Wyoming, meet our friendly residents who welcome them to attractions like the rodeo and museums, and experience the hospitality of our intimate boutique inns, guest ranches, hotels and bed and breakfasts,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council. “And there are plenty of places in and around Cody as well as in Yellowstone National Park where couples can find quiet moments alone to enjoy each other’s company while surrounded by natural beauty.”
Here are Wade’s top recommendations for couples visiting Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country:
· Visit the Whitney Western Art Museum. One of five museums that comprise the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, this much-lauded museum celebrates the spirit of the American West through artistic masterworks including paintings, prints and sculpture. The museum presents its artwork in a tranquil, contemplative space, a perfect place for couples to enjoy each other’s company while viewing some of the best Western art in the world.
· Shop the galleries. Sheridan Avenue, Cody’s main street, is home to numerous galleries and shops offering Western keepsakes like jewelry, Western wear, boots, hats and artwork.
· Enjoy a drink in the courtyard of the Chamberlin Inn. This historic boutique inn situated near the heart of town features an elegant courtyard with abundant flowers and lush plantings. The owners created an oasis in the middle of town, and date night for residents and vacationers alike often begins or ends there.
· Take a road trip. Yellowstone Country includes five spectacular highways – including two Scenic Byways – and every one of them features numerous one-of-a-kind sights and attractions.
· Experience Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue. Hailing from Nashville, singer Dan Miller and his Empty Saddles Band mix songs harkening back to the days of cowboys on the trail, poetry and laugh-out-loud jokes.
· Wake up to Wildlife. This early-morning Yellowstone National Park excursion is one of many tours and activities offered by park concessioner Yellowstone National Park Lodges. The park entrance is located 50 miles west of Cody.
· Take a horseback trail ride. The horse is as important to Yellowstone Country today as it was back when Colonel Buffalo Bill Cody founded the town, and it is a perfect way for couples to see backcountry sites. There are numerous options for trail rides.
· Be adventurous. Outdoorsy, adventurous couples will have a ball in Yellowstone Country, which offers adventures including rafting, powered hang gliding, rock climbing, sport shooting and off-road excursions.
Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.
The Park County Travel Council website (www.codyyellowstone.org) lists information about vacation packages, special events, guide services, weather and more. Travelers wishing to arrange vacation can also call the Park County Travel Council at 1-800-393-2639.