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Brooks Lake Lodge in Dubois, Wyo., was built in 1922 as a way-station for travelers heading to Yellowstone National Park, and it remains an inviting respite. The sheer beauty of the setting-a broad valley surrounded by the Absaroka Mountains and Brooks Mountain-will stop you mid-stride, as will your first glimpse inside the great hall of the craftsman-style lodge. Here a prize collection of close to 100 wild game trophies-moose, elk, snow sheep, polar bear, ibex and walrus, to name a few-serves as an informal welcoming committee from the 20-log-high walls.
Beyond that, your experience will be relatively tame. Activities include horseback rides and hikes into the high country, canoe rides on the lake and wildflower spotting. Plus: The old-West town of Jackson is 60 miles down the road. A three-night minimum is required for summer stays.
Rates, which include meals, horseback riding and canoeing, are $195 for a lodge room, and $215 for a cabin suite. Children under 7 stay for half-price; those under age 4 stay free.
Contact: (307) 455-2121; brookslake.com.