Comparing the experience to “an extended snow day,” the Travel Channel recently named Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, hidden away in the wilds of Wyoming, as a best experience for couples seeking a meaningful, romantic – and off-the-grid – winter escape.
“From wintertime adventures outdoors and soaks in the hot tub to quiet dinners and luxurious spa treatments, Brooks Lake Lodge has all the components of a truly romantic getaway,” is how the leading travel media brand recently described the exclusive, all-inclusive guest ranch, which rests deep in the Shoshone National Forest, accessible in winter only by snowcoach, snowmobile or on skis. According to the Travel Channel, “You wake up and have both endless choices and only one: Your job, here, is to relax. How you choose to do that is up to you.”
Arriving at Brooks Lake Lodge, cell phones can take a back seat – or go back in the suitcase, since there is no cell service. While WiFi is available for those who need to connect with the outer world, for couples seeking a high-speed connection to each other and nature, the lodge provides a gorgeous, truly remote setting to get on the same page.
Because the Brooks Lake Lodge experience is all-inclusive, couples can really relax and soak in the experience. There’s no need to count costs when deciding what to order for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and every gourmet meal is served fireside in the lodge’s historic dining hall. The gourmet offerings from Executive Chef Whitney Hall are carefully curated to create a true culinary experience for guests. “From salmon dinners to racks of venison and pan-seared duck, everything is cooked perfectly,” says the Travel Channel. Meals at Brooks Lake Lodge are prepared fresh daily based on the finest locally sourced ingredients – and Chef Whitney’s thoughtful cuisine recently received attention from both the Los Angeles Times and Food & Beverage magazine.
Another way couples can relax is knowing they’ll be taken care of by Brooks Lake Lodge’s friendly staff. The exclusive lodge accommodates a maximum of 36 guests at a time, creating an intimate environment and a 2:1 staff to guest ratio. Simply put, if you need something, you’re covered. “You arrive with your partner and suddenly, your life becomes one where everything is taken care of for you. It’s like an all-inclusive island resort, but in an enchanted forest where the fish live under two feet of ice,” according to the Travel Channel.
Adventurous couples have no shortage of ways to spend the day as the lodge offers a variety of snowy outdoor activities such as snowmobiling the nearly 2 million acres of scenic terrain, cross-county skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, all of which can be guided or unguided based on experience and preference. After a day in the snow, book a massage and then take a soak in the giant outdoor hot tub at the on-site Rocky Mountain Spa overlooking the dramatic Pinnacle Buttes. And every busy day ends in luxurious comfort under a plush goose down comforter in a suite or private cabin.