The historic all-inclusive resort in Dubois, Wyoming harkens back to the grand tradition of the grand western lodge.
The year 1922 saw the creation of an essential stopover for travelers heading to Yellowstone National Park. It would be a cozy hideaway for outdoor adventurers looking for a mountain destination that offers an off-the-grid experience that combines rustic charm with lavish care. In July, a century later, this stopover, Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa in Dubois, Wyoming, celebrates its centennial.
Located in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest near Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, the century-old lodge remains steeped in the great tradition of the grand western lodge. Originally called the Two-Gwo-Tee Inn (the Shoshone word for spear), it offered travelers an ideal location in the wilderness of the Wyoming Rockies.
Magnificent views from the property’s perch at 9,200 feet just one mile from the North American Continental Divide include Pinnacle Buttes, Austin Peak, and Brooks Mountain. The breathtaking setting, adjacent to 300-acre alpine Brooks Lake and surrounded by evergreen forests, compelled Bryant B. Brooks, Wyoming’s seventh governor, to write in 1889 upon discovering the valley: “Among the fir trees and the pines, there shone a lake… what a view! That day, I stood closer to the heart of nature than ever before.
Over the years, the remote inn transformed into a ranch, then the acclaimed luxury ranch and resort that it is today. Some of its accolades include “Top All-Inclusive Family Resort in the US” by Reader’s Digestand one of the “20 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the United States” by US news and world report in 2021, a better place to “lean into winter” by Travel + Leisure in 2020, and a 2018 “Best Lake Resort” by National Geographic Traveler.
“From the beginning, Brooks Lake Lodge’s mission has been to provide guests with an unconventional escape where they can engage with the outdoors in ways that allow them to relax and rejuvenate,” said the General Manager of Brooks Lodge, Matthew Tousignant. . The need to immerse oneself in the natural world has only grown stronger and more important.
A short drive from Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole, the crowd-free 25-acre property seamlessly blends its pioneer-era foundation with modern amenities. The main lodge, built in a Western Craftsman architectural style in keeping with the “parkitecture” of Yellowstone, has been carefully preserved.
Decor evokes the grandeur of the era – stone fireplaces, antler and carriage-wheel chandeliers, plush leather furnishings, stained glass windows – while simultaneously offering today’s comforts such as feather beds, state-of-the-art amenities spa treatments, freshly prepared, locally sourced gourmet meals, and free Wi-Fi.
Guests can peruse the collection of Western artwork and sculpture before retiring to one of the lodge’s few bedrooms – individually decorated with handcrafted lodgepole pine furniture and goose down duvets – or private cabins equipped with wood-burning stoves and inviting seating areas.
Western traditions of the past are alive and well at Brooks Lake Lodge, where guests can immerse themselves in activities reminiscent of the original Travelers like horseback riding, fishing, and archery.
Summer and winter activities on the property and in the neighboring more than 2 million acres of pristine national forest and mountain-surrounded farmland focus on connecting guests of all ages with the area’s natural abundance and include authentic and immersive experiences such as:
- Ride a horse along the trails and in the arena with experienced wranglers, as well as glamping-style overnight trips with backcountry golf, hiking and fishing.
- Hiking for all levelsshort nature trails to the top of an 11,000 foot peak.
- Fishing all year round for trout at Brooks Lake, with the option for guests to bring their catch back to the lodge to prepare for dinner.
- Canoe Kayak around beautiful Brooks Lake.
- Archery lessons and target shooting with expert instructors.
- Animal excursions guided by experts.
- Star gazing tours from the pristine dark skies of Wyoming.
- In winter, skiing and snowshoeing in winter on miles of groomed trails or in the backcountry and snow mobile in nearby forests, including 2 million acres of scenic terrain.
The historic and warm dining room of the Great Hall, with its large fireplace and high beamed ceilings, welcomes guests for meals prepared by the chef (all included with one night’s stay): hearty Western breakfasts every morning, lunches hearty at noon and gourmet dinners every evening. There is a Governor’s Tea with hors d’oeuvres in the cozy tea room with fireplace and an extensive selection of spirits as well as fun, family-friendly nightly entertainment in the lodge’s Cowboy Bar.
Guests can enjoy free hot tub (with mountain views), sauna, fitness center and tranquility room access, as well as restorative treatments (separate prices ) in the Rocky Mountain Spa.
Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa will be celebrating its centennial with a grand party open to the public at the lodge on Saturday, July 2, 2022 (see Brooks Lake Lodge website for details).