My cozy room came with earplugs. Floors creaked beneath me. Footsteps pattered above. I didn’t mind. I had lots more rooms. Steps away was the massive living room/lobby lined with books, games and a blazing fireplace. Sunny porches adorned with fancifully painted totems were outside; hammock swayed on verandas. A smiling Buddha statue and fluttering prayer flags invited serenity along the walking path. Further on was a thriving garden and clucking chickens, a firepit stocked with wood and s’more fixings, and overlooks situated perfectly to watch the sunrise or sunset. I spent an afternoon reading in a scenic gazebo, nestled in an upholstered banquette, warmed by the push-button fireplace. Charmed guests wrote “My heart slows down and I have time to reflect…” and “the very essence of relaxing vacation, this is at least our 15th time here…”
There is plenty to do nearby but Snowbird also offers many optional activities at no extra charge. There are naturalist-guided hikes, yoga, music and art workshops, birding, fly fishing and paddle sports and a variety of culinary and holiday events. I joined about a dozen guests on hikes led by Kathy and Joel Zachry. The information about the flora, birds, history and wildlife enriched the trip tremendously. They also gave informal talks each night on their specialty: bears. I was surprised to learn that there are two bears per square mile in the
and that “They
have very little interest in eating us…of course there are always exceptions to
that,” Joel said. Smoky
At Snowbird there’s time to relax completely, eat sublimely, and reconsider trees through a poet’s eyes:
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.”
Snowbird Mountain Lodge is open February through November yearly.
Joyce Kilmer, poet
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest