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Plan a Fall Vacation in Yellowstone Country

September 5th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: Summer begins Memorial Day weekend and ends Labor Day weekend. Even though officially we still have a couple more weeks of summer, in my mind fall has begun.

I love this time of year. The dry air in the West is something that has always agreed with me. When I spent my time in the Big City in my early 20s, the humidity was something for which I was unprepared. It took me a long time to get acclimated, and I was always wearing the wrong clothes. How could 80 degrees feel so hot and 60 so cold?

Cody fall landscapes often include sunflowers, blue skies and rugged hills.

 

With our dry air, I don’t feel that much difference between 60 (or lower) and 80 (or higher). Sure, my jeans and cowboy boots are a little more comfortable in the cooler temperatures, but the days when the weather dictates my lifestyle simply don’t happen often.

The first day I dig my favorite sweater out of the dresser however, signals several things.

— The bounty I have been enjoying from my garden is winding down. The squashes and tomatoes have been plentiful, but if I want large Read More


Rendezvous Royale: Where Western Style...

August 20th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Mix the Western charm of Cody with the prestigious elegance of fine art, fashion, and dancing, and you’ll get one of the most anticipated events of the year: Rendezvous Royale.

Drawing people in from all over the country, the Rendezvous Royale is a week-long festival (September 15-21) that celebrates the West with a renowned art show, auction, fashion show, studio tours, a gala and more.

Western style is showcased on the runway at the 2013 Cody High Style event.

Mountain Living magazine said it best when they quoted this event as being “to western arts what the Oscars are to film; the most prestigious event at which to make a splash”.

It’s also the perfect time to plan that autumn vacation you’ve been craving.

Rendezvous Royale gives out-of-towner’s a rare glimpse of Cody, and art enthusiasts a complete immersion into the tradition and history of Wyoming through an array of aesthetic treasures.

Visitors pack the downtown streets of Cody at the 2013 Boot Scoot N’ Boogie.

With cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, visitors will have the pleasure of experiencing the town of Cody in a unique season while digging down deep into its cultural roots with a series of shows and exhibits.

The week consists of 5 main events: the Cody Read More


Thanksgiving Wrapup

December 4th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Well, Thanksgiving certainly didn’t turn out the way I planned.

My house is always the one where the crowd varies from year to year, and there are times when I invite people and then forget that I invited them until they show up. One year I was driving past an open restaurant and saw a friend heading in for dinner on Thanksgiving. I stopped, made him get in the car and brought him home to join the rest of us.

When I actually know who is coming, I assign everyone to bring various dishes. This year Jackie brought a root vegetable casserole, Emma made an apple pie and William brought three growlers of his home brew.

Michael created a candied yam dish complete with marshmallows on top that he decided at the last minute needed roasting. Do you know those little torches people use to caramelize the sugar on top of a crème brulee? I don’t own one, so we went to the garage and found a torch that a plumber uses to solder pipes. We learn out here in the West to be innovative and that some tools have many uses.

The big glitch, however, Read More


Thanksgiving Week

November 26th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Thanksgiving is this week, so I thought I would list the things for which I am thankful.

What, you thought I was going to discuss cowboy music?

I am thankful for my hometown. I have been to the big city and enjoyed the energy, the diversity, food from a truck, street musicians and unlimited restaurant choices. But none of that compares to old friends, new friends, restaurants where the staff already knows how I like my coffee (just enough cream to take the edge off) and being 100 percent positive that I will see familiar faces every time I walk down Sheridan Avenue.

I am thankful I live in a place where a retired United States senator invites you to call him by his first name.

I am thankful that I can walk past the Dairy Queen and see a former U.S. cabinet secretary and a U.S. senator (not the same one who still lives in town and goes by his first name) enjoying ice cream cones after the dedication of the Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center.

I am thankful the West is still alive and that people can visit and see a real rodeo and Read More


November Quiet Time

November 5th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Things are quiet right now in our little slice of heaven. Most of the roads in the park are closed as the National Park Service allows the snow to build up so that the over-the-snow vehicles will have a good base come December. It’s a bit chilly to go rafting down the Shoshone River, and the Nite Rodeo buttoned up its operations until next Memorial Day.

I still see fishermen coming through town, and the hunters like to stay in town and enjoy our restaurants and nightly entertainment. The museums are always great with many visitors taking extra time to learn about the area and its early inhabitants, natural features, art and more.

There is still some time before the ice climbing gets going. It’s also easy to imagine hitting the slopes at Sleeping Giant Ski Area.

For the most part, however, we are in that shoulder season where many of us cut back on our hours and reconnect with friends who worked many days – sometimes weeks – in a row because that is simply what we do in an area that ebbs and flows with so closely related to the patterns of tourists.

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Halloween Costume

October 29th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

With Halloween quickly approaching I am frantically trying to figure out what costume I will wear as I pass out candy. I don’t want it to be too frightening, but I will want something that will work for the grownup party Friday night.

 When I was a little girl, my mother always wanted me to dress up like a cowgirl. One year she said I could be a barrel racer, and the next I could be the rodeo queen.

 “Mother,” I always responded, “This will be the most boring costume because everybody dresses that way around here every other day of the year.”

 “Well, what about being a zombie cowgirl?” she asked.

 It was only years later that I realized my mother just didn’t have the Halloween costume gene.

 Also, she was cheap.

 One thing I don’t like to do is just head down to Wal Mart and buy a prepackaged costume. I am okay buying individual components like a Lady Godiva wig or stuffed parrot to go on my shoulder as part of my parrot costume.

 Last year, I purchased a beard about two feet long, and I never used it. Because I just couldn’t Read More


Fall Activities in Buffalo Bill’s...

October 9th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

While the government shutdown has closed Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country and the area east of the park still offer plenty of great fall activities.

Here are some reasons to visit the region:

 ·   Wildlife viewing is near its peak in the Wapiti Valley between Cody and the east gate of Yellowstone. Bears are preparing for winter, and bull elk are emitting a distinctive bugling sound to get the attention of potential mates. There are also good opportunities to see pronghorn, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and eagles.

 ·   The region offers some of the world’s finest trout streams, and Cody has more than its share of expert fishing guides. Multiple fly fishing shops offer maps and advice.

 ·   Restaurants are open, extending a wide range of ethnic foods as well as traditional fare. Two breweries have opened offering local beers, pub foods and full menus.

 ·   The town’s retail shops and art galleries Read More


Fall In Yellowstone Country

August 27th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

There are several ways to tell that summer is winding down here in Cody. The main thing is the rhythm. The vehicles pulling into, out of and through town are less dense with not as many rental RVs going past.

There are fewer families as kids are heading back to school. Up the Wapiti Valley those of us lucky enough to spot bears – from a safe distance, of course – see that they are getting a little chunky as they eat as much as possible in preparation for winter hibernation.

The bull elk start bugling and sparring as they try to impress the females for rutting season. That would not do much for me as I prefer cowboy love ballads over violent displays.

The air starts to turn a little cooler.  As I pull jeans and sweaters out of the closet, I start thinking about my favorite fall things to do.

Here are just a few:

One of our most prestigious events of the year, Rendezvous Royale is staged the third week of September. The event includes the nationally known Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale with Western-themed art, a quick-draw event, auction, Western Read More


Top 11 Things To See In Yellowstone...

October 9th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.  It’s no wonder. This vast wonderland is home to a plethora of wildlife and geothermal features.  Where else in the world can you see a grizzly bear foraging for insects in the morning, a geyser erupting in the afternoon and a wolf howling at sunset? Not to mention the amazing scenery of this corner of the Rocky Mountains. It can be a little overwhelming when planning your trip. So to help with your planning here is Corrie’s Top 11 Things to see when visiting Yellowstone National Park.

Old Faithful  – The most popular sight-seeing spot in Yellowstone should be on your must-see list. It is the most reliable thermal feature in the world. Old Faithful erupts approximately every 91 minutes for a duration of about 2.5 minutes. It is a spectacular site to see! I suggest viewing the eruption from the boardwalk then take the short hike up to the Old Faithful Overlook and watch it from that vantage point.  After experiencing Old Faithful, I usually plan to spend about 3 hours walking the geyser basin. There are some really interesting thermal features to see. This brings Read More

Fall in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone...

September 4th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I am so excited!  My favorite season is right around the corner – Fall!  The first of September signals a change in décor at my house!  Lots of oranges, yellows, reds and pumpkins emerge. There is something very serene about the colors of fall. The hue of the sky even seems golden.  Mix that with the new chill in the air and you can just smell the cider! I am so excited that Cody/Yellowstone is my home because fall is one of the most spectacular times to visit the area!

 

The pace slows down in the Cody/Yellowstone area in the fall. The school calendar has taken many travelers out of the mix. You won’t miss the crowds of summer. You will also find lots of deals.  I find it to be the most relaxing time to visit. Most of the lodging properties drop their rates after Labor Day so look for some great rates. Many of the stores are liquidating their summer merchandise and have some great deals. I love to do some of my Christmas shopping while traveling in the fall.

 

You will be the envy of all your friends when they see your fall photos from Yellowstone. Fall in the Read More