Welcome back, summer visitors. We missed you here in Cody Yellowstone, and we can’t wait to show what we have in store for you.
This week, many of you will be arriving in your Subarus, Suburbans, RVs and tour buses. You’ll be bringing the kids, the dogs, the parents, the cousins, the friends. You’ll have your coolers, binoculars, rain jackets and cowboy hats. Some of you will be celebrating the end of the school year. Others will be actively avoiding office emails, with the admirable intention of using those vacation days to their fullest.
Those of us who live and work here year-round have been eagerly awaiting your arrival. We’ve spent the winter restocking, rehearsing and revising. It has seemed like an especially long winter, not just here, but also in Chicago, Denver, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake, Cleveland and Boise. For awhile there, I thought those winter winds would blow all the way to Memorial Day. All it takes, though is one day of sunshine and warmth – a day exactly like it is today – and a caravan of travelers making their way down Sheridan Avenue to nudge me out of my winter doldrums.
As you will soon see, we have lots of new experiences in store for you as well as our classic adventures.
Be sure to visit the new By Western Hands Museum & Design Center. Years in the planning, this new attraction is dedicated to preserving Western functional art and traditions by showcasing the work of the many talented furniture craftsmen who live and work in the Rocky Mountain region.
Don’t forget to check out Dan Miller’s digs at the new Buffalo Bill Music Hall behind the Irma Hotel. Dan is our town’s musical master, and you can catch his entertaining show six nights a week. Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue is a great way to cap an in-town day. Start with a one-hour Cody Trolley Tour to learn about the history of Cody and get your bearings. Next, watch the Wild Bunch perform their nutty skits in period costumes from the expansive porch of the Irma Hotel. Then treat yourself to prime rib dinner at the Irma Hotel – named the best prime rib in the state of Wyoming. The Buffalo Bill Music Hall is situated near the Irma Hotel, so you can stroll to the show after dinner.
Since you’ve come to the most authentic town in the West, you should plan to spend an immersive day enjoying Western traditions and experiences. There are plenty of places in the Wapiti Valley where you can take a trail ride though our lush forests and valleys. Be sure to stop at Old Trail Town/Museum of the West and see frontier buildings salvaged from throughout the region. And every day is better when you end it at the Cody Nite Rodeo, the longest running nightly summer-season rodeo in the world.
When you’re ready to get out of the sun, spend some time exploring the five museums of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. We have plenty to show you there too, from the newly renovated Cody Firearms Museum to the ever-compelling Plains Indian Museum. If you are planning to visit Yellowstone National Park too, be sure to explore the Draper Museum of Natural History, which offers a great introduction to the park’s ecosystem.
No matter how you spend your days in Cody Yellowstone, remember that we are glad you are here and we hope that you have the time of your life.
Until next time, I’m loving life and shaking hands here in Cody Yellowstone.