Hello readers! There have been some family adventures happening this past month around RHB, and one in particular that I’d like to share with you (or at least one little snippet of one grand adventure.) My family recently returned from Yellowstone National Park. Yes, it was fabulous, and I could gush on and on about how much I love this park – the scenery, the animals, the geysers – it’s just one big package of bliss for any lover of the great outdoors. But, a lesser-known secret that many National Parks share is the little (or big!) gems known as the park lodges. They are some serious eye-candy for lovers of architecture and design!
Yellowstone boasts one of the most famous lodges, the Old Faithful Inn. Rustic in style, it was designed by architect Robert Reamer and built with local logs and stone. Opened in 1904 as America’s first great park lodge in the West, it is still the world’s largest log hotel.
Sadly, my family didn’t get to stay there (you need to be ready to book a year in advance for that privilege), but we spent a couple hours wandering around this venerable building and rocking on the oversized chairs, just trying to soak it all in. (I actually taught my 9 year old how to use my SLR camera that day, so he kept himself busy snapping photos while my husband and I did the rocking and the soaking!)
The more you wander, the more you see! Even grand architecture needs hand-picked furniture and detailed craftsmanship to finish it off. (Random design lover tip: whenever you find yourself in a beautiful public building, be sure to check out the bathrooms! I almost always find something stunning!)
Of course, most people visiting this part of the park are here to see what’s outside. If you arrive early enough to get a seat, you can watch Old Faithful erupt from the lodge’s balcony. (If not, just join the masses below on the boardwalk, enjoy the show, and come back inside afterward when there is no crowd.)
Have you visited any of the other national park lodges? If so, let us know your favorite in the comments below.