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Kickin’ Off the Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite days of the year, and this year was exceptional as several out-of-town friends made it back to Yellowstone Country for the long weekend.

I am not, however, ready to start celebrating Christmas. You see, we always had a rule in my house when I was growing up that we could not start decorating until all of the leftover turkey was gone. Like the dad in the movie A Christmas Story, my father is a true turkey lover who cannot get enough turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey casserole, turkey a la king…you get the idea.

Old Trail Town provides ol’ time Christmas cheer during their Christmas Open House.

And since he insists on cooking a bird weighing at least 25 pounds, it takes a while before we can even think about displaying the nutcrackers and animated toys. Like every other kid I knew, I was ready to put up a tree as soon as Halloween was over. My dad always insisted on one holiday at a time and had his philosophy that Christmas was better if you did not try to celebrate it for too long.

Only after I got older did I appreciate his perspective.

That Read More


Living the Local Life in Yellowstone Country

October 13th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

Here in Yellowstone Country, Monday is the best day of the week to shop. That’s when the Big Horn Basin Farmer’s Market is open, and those of us who like our food as fresh as the smell of a crisp autumn Wyoming day can find everything we need to prepare a week of healthy meals.

The market is located in Powell, a small town that is big on charm and rich in agricultural heritage. Powell has become a hub of agricultural tourism in the Yellowstone Country region because it has some of the most fertile ground for farming in the U.S. Named for John Wesley Powell, a well-known explorer and a proponent of Western land reclamation, the town’s agricultural success is due to the foresight of the U.S. Senate and the support of conservationists in the late 1800s. The area was authorized to be part of the Buffalo Bill Dam reclamation project, with irrigation waters transforming what was mostly sagebrush flats into rich irrigated farmland that soon became famous for the production of malting barley, beans, alfalfa, sunflowers and sugar beets. And it was also rich pasture land, allowing for a thriving cattle industry.

Powell remains an agricultural mecca today, and the Read More


Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

September 28th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Fall has finally arrived here in Cody after an absolutely breathtaking and busy summer. In some ways it seems like yesterday that I was putting my flag up to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, but it also seems like a long time ago when I start thinking of everything I did and the people I met in a little over three months.

The biggest obstacle I face in summer is overextending myself. When someone suggests to me on a quiet Monday morning that we grab our cameras and head up the Wapiti Valley on Tuesday afternoon because several moose and grizzlies have been spotted near Sleeping Giant ski area, I immediately say yes.

Historic yellow buses are a great way to tour Yellowstone in the summer.

An early morning run to my favorite trout stream before the sun is too high? I’m there.

Taking an out-of-town visitor on a whirlwind tour of Yellowstone National Park is one of my favorite things in the world.

Next thing I know I’m booked solid and in danger of missing my favorite cowboy musician for the week. And I get grumpy if I go too long without hearing “It Takes a Whole Lotta Liquor to Like Her.”

So what do Read More


Feeding my truffle habit and living...

September 22nd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The other day, I had a hankering for chocolate. And I’m not talking about a Hershey’s kind of hankering. I wanted the real deal; chocolate that is just as authentic as Yellowstone Country.

So I got into my car and headed 32 miles south to the town of Meeteetse, a small town on the Greybull River that is so classic I always half expect John Wayne to swagger down its wooden boardwalks. With a name like Meeteetse, there’d better be a good story behind the name, right? In fact, there are two (but in my opinion, only one of them is good). One version is that it is an American Indian phrase for “meeting place.” That sounds right. Another explanation is that the word translated into English means “measured distance near and far,” but to this day no one has been able to shed light on how that relates to the town. As I used to say in my eye-rolling 14-year-old teenager days…”boooring.”

A welcome site when arriving in Meeteetse, Wyoming.

But back to chocolate. The town of Meeteetse is known for many things – its nearby ghost towns, home-base for notorious outlaws like Butch Cassidy and an array of colorful characters Read More


There’s a New Gang in Town…

September 14th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

And many of them have four legs. Every fall right after Labor Day, the population of Yellowstone Country sees a rather dramatic change.

Many of our revered attractions, like the cowboys who compete in the Cody Nite Rodeo and our local actors who perform in the nightly Cody Gunfighters show, have carefully packed away their saddles, trophies and costumes. I will continue to see the Cody Trolley for a couple of weeks as it takes visitors through our town on an entertaining hour-long trip. And Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue will continue to perform until Sept. 26. But most vacationers have returned to their homes, unpacked their bags and stored away their photos and mementos from their authentic Cody vacation.

Big Horn Sheep can be seen in the hills of East Yellowstone Valley.

But the population that doesn’t have to think about things like soccer practice and teacher conferences is still around, and this time of year, they like to show off.

When fall comes to Yellowstone Country, the wildlife come out to play. Don’t get me wrong. They’ve been there throughout the summer. Autumn, though, is the season when they are often most viewable from the road, and it’s the time of Read More


Zippety Doo Dah! Zip Lines Coming to...

September 4th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Zippety Doo Dah! Zip Lines Coming to Yellowstone Country

On occasion, I feel the need for speed.

When I want an adrenaline rush in the winter, I usually head over to Sleeping Giant Ski Area just west of downtown Cody and ski the intermediate runs. My favorite ski run is Red Star because it is parallel to the ski area boundary and I get some great views of the mountains and valley below.

In the summer, at least these days, it’s not quite as easy for me to get my speed fix. I used to achieve some serious speed when I was a barrel racer at the Cody Nite Rodeo, but those days are long over. When I watch those beautiful young cowgirls with their hair trailing in the wind steering their horses around the barrels with incredible finesse, I can still remember the sheer joy of the race. And I can remember how it felt to win.

So I was super excited to hear that Sleeping Giant Ski Area is building new dual zip lines which will have  fabulous views. And the best part, at least for this former competitor, is that you can race your friends on each zip because the Canadian Read More


West Meets Midwest

August 24th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

If you see me walking around Cody next week telling stories about the town to someone who is feverishly taking notes, please don’t be concerned.

Tap your feet along to the sounds of Americana, bluegrass and songs of the American West at Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue.

You see, we are hosting a conference for the Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA), and this group of journalists is coming for more than just Yellowstone Country’s Western brand of hospitality.Over the years there is a good chance you have read an article by one of these writers. Before the Internet turned our lives upside down, travel writers researched and wrote their stories for magazines, newspapers, newsletters and other publications. Many of those publications are now found online, and professionals supply the stories.

This conference is our opportunity to showcase our attractions. The plan is to start with a welcome reception at the Chamberlin Inn followed by a short walk over to enjoy Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue. I know that Dan will promptly win over the female journalists in the crowd, but we cannot just send them home after his performance. We will take the next several days making a trip to Yellowstone, taking Read More


Stylin’ During Rendezvous Royale Week

August 17th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I don’t want to brag, but around the town of Cody, I’m pretty well known as a cowgirl fashionista.

I have and wear it all, from fringed leather jackets to intricately designed pendants, almost always with my day-of-the-week cowboy boots. (Yes, I have seven pairs of cowboy boots. Doesn’t everyone?)

Even my home is known for its style, and almost every wall is adorned with something distinctive that reflects my love of the American West.

The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is a nationally renowned Western art show & sale.

But maintaining my reputation as an ever-stylin’ cowgirl-about-town means that I’m constantly updating my wardrobe, jewelry and art collections with the latest pieces by the best Western designers. That’s why every year I’m always among the first to register for the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale during Cody’s Rendezvous Royale week September 21-26, 2015.

Now in its 34th year, this annual event is one of the biggest art shows in the American West, and it draws art enthusiasts from around the country. The show kicks off with a reception and a silent auction beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26. At the reception in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, we’ll get our first Read More


Corrie’s Cool Tips for Visiting Cody...

August 10th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Some like it hot, but I’m not one of them. And lately it’s been a little on the hot side around here, with daytime temperatures in the high 80s. I’m not complaining, because Corrie doesn’t complain. Just saying, well, baby, it’s hot outside.

In Yellowstone Country, however, even on the hottest of days there are plenty of things to do – outside and inside – to be cool and stay cool. Here are five ideas:

Enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone Country on horseback

Go for a trail ride. Most of our dude and guest ranches offer trail rides – short ones, long ones, overnight ones, multi-day ones. And many of the rides meander through forests of lodgepole pines, Englemann Spruces and Subalpine Firs, which offer shade from the sun. And the stunning beauty of Yellowstone Country is guaranteed to take your mind off the heat.

Paddle away an afternoon. Between Clark’s Fork River and the North Fork of the Shoshone River, there are plenty of paddling options, including whitewater rafting, family-friendly floating, duckie kayaking and core-busting stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

Adventure out on one of five loop tours

Crank up the AC and go for a road trip. Yellowstone Country is home to numerous Read More


Cody Museums Rock the True West

August 3rd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It feels good to be a winner, and a lot of people involved with our very own Buffalo Bill Center of the West are feeling purty goshdern good today. (Read on to see why I’m suddenly reverting to my cowgirl vernacular.)

America’s frontier history comes to life in True West, the world’s oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West was just named the Top Western Museum for 2015 by True West magazine, which as many of you know is a top-notch magazine covering the authentic West. I got a sneak peek at the upcoming September issue of the magazine, which highlights the Buffalo Bill Museum’s “Man of the West, Man of the World: The Life and Legacy of William F. Buffalo Bill.’”

Yes, yes, I know. As my mama always said, “Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back,” but I’m so tickled that the Center of the West topped the list that I couldn’t keep it to myself. I hope the fine writers at True West magazine won’t be too ticked at me, and if all of you buy a copy of the magazine, maybe they won’t be. Look for Read More