Brooks Lake Lodge (BLL) is a Winter Wonderland outside Jackson Hole/Yellowstone WY. After lots of research this was our pick for our winter honeymoon destination (5 nights 4 days - March 2020) and it was the BEST decision. We had the time of our lives. Absolutely LOVED our time here. 5+****
First and foremost the staff here is AMAZING! It was like visiting family. Everyone is down to earth and super super friendly. From housekeeping, Natasha our server (Ice Fishing Queen), our guide Max, the departing GM Adam, the new GM Matthew and everyone else, we can’t say enough about how well they all took care of us. They went above and beyond to give us the best experience possible.
Snow taxi to Lodge:
First our driver greeted us at parking lot just off the main road, loaded our bags and we were off to the historic BLL. It’s about a 5-mile ride from the main road and you literally feel the stress and worries leaving you mile by mile as you enjoy the serene beauty that is all around you.
Once we arrived at the lodge tucked away between the snowy capped mountains of Pinnacle Buttes, Brooks Mountain and Richard’s Peak, we were welcomed by Matthew the new GM. Received a tour of the lodge while they delivered our bags to our cabin. The views from the lodge (and cabins) are stunning! I can’t put into words the granger of it all. The fireplaces in the lodge are just magnificent. We loved sitting by them enjoying morning coffee, afternoon tea with fresh baked cookies and before & after dinner. The lodge is the main gathering spot, best place to receive WiFi (if you even want to connect to the outside world) and a place where guests visit with one another and exchange stories about their days adventures.
We stayed in the Prospector. Historic rustic, warm, cozy but very roomy one bedroom, one bath cabin with oh so comfy king bed, living room with couch, 2 chairs and a log burning stove. There was wood delivered daily so we never ran out and we used A LOT! Loved our early mornings watching the sunrise with a fire going, drinking coffee looking out at the Pinnacle Buttes was the best way to start our day. Housekeeping was very attentive to our requests and the cabin was always clean.
There is so much to do. You would be amazed at how much FUN you can have when its cold and snowy outside. We spent our days relaxing in the cabin and lodge, snowmobiling (2 days), mornings of ice fishing, snow tubing down a hill (a BLAST), enjoyed the outside hot tub looking out at the spectacular winter wonderland and had an awesome massage at the onsite spa.
This was the absolute highlight of our trip. Everything was amazing but snowmobiling in the backcountry is just plain EPIC. Such an amazing experience, one we will never forget. My husband has some snowmobiling experience and I had none. But I can tell you with the help of our guide Max, explaining everything and helping me ease into it I was able to keep up with them. Max was so good to us. He took us way out in the back trails, the views were incredible, husband got to do some off trail riding through tons of powder (a snowmobilers dream) saw herds of Elk and some moose. On our second day of snowmobiling Chef Whitney packed our lunch so we could be out all day and we ate in the backcountry looking out at the Grand Tetons. Not a soul around just peace and quiet with a picturesque back drop. Side Note: The snowmobile gear they provide is top notch and super warm.
One day we hope to be the level of Skinner Bell one of BLL guides (LOL I’m Dreaming) If you don’t know who he is, he is a BEAST on a snowmobile. If you are an extremist, or just love to ride in powder Skinner is your man. He will give you the experience of your life. Snowmobilers come from near and far to snowmobile with Skinner. While we were there they had a group in from Iceland - YES Iceland. They come annually to experience EXTREME snowmobiling in the backcountry. The stories we overhead at dinner were jaw dropping. To say the least, they had a BLAST!
The food was 5-star all the way. Breakfast was different every morning with variety of options, ie. fresh fruit, muffins, yogurt, granola (yummy good) breads, pastries, eggs to order, waffles, bacon, potatoes, etc. Lunches were BIG and HEARTY. Choices from appetizers (note: the appetizers are a meal in itself) soups & salads, entrees and desserts to die for. Dinner we dined on Elk tenderloin, Duck, Chilean Sea Bass, Idaho Trout, Buffalo Sirloin, Salmon and more. We were never hungry.
BLL is at 9,200’ elevation. We live in San Diego which is only at 62’ elevation. If you have never been at high elevation, prepare for altitude sickness. Not everyone has issues but if you do it WILL ruin your trip. We prepared ourselves by hydrating (drinking lots of extra water, some with Nuun tablets) one week prior to our arrival. We also stayed at The Wort Hotel in Jackson which is at 6,237’ elevation the night before to give our bodies a little time to acclimate. As an extra precaution we both received a prescription for medication that was only needed to take for 4 days. (2 days prior and 2 days while there). We had no issue with the elevation.
We had an awesome Honeymoon! It was worth every penny. We didn’t want to leave but we left feeling like we now have a bunch of new friends. Thank you Brooks Lake Lodge! ALL of you created a wonderful memory for my husband and I. We will be back, hopefully for a longer stay next time!
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