One of the items high on the list of America’s baby boomer travelers is to spend a few nights at each of our nation’s grand National Park Lodges. And, our night at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon has helped us move forward on that very same goal.
Built in 1925, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon was designed in a style of architecture known as National Park Service Rustic, or as some call it – Parkitecture.
The style is characterized by intensive use of hand labor, locally sourced materials, and a rejection of the regularity and symmetry of the industrial world, reflecting connections with the very popular 1920s Arts and Crafts movement.
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood (1890-1960) who also designed lodges for Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. In addition, he was contracted to design Yosemite National Park’s Ahwahnee Hotel, probably his greatest triumph in the rustic style. (via Wikipedia)
In our humble opinion, when you visit Bryce Canyon National Park, it is nearly your American duty to spend a night or two in The Lodge at Bryce Canyon.
7 Reasons to Stay at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
I shot the photograph above a mere 5-minute walk from our room!
I shot the photograph above a mere 5-minute walk from our room! I know, I said that twice. But I want to get my point across, this amazing view is available literally outside the door of your room. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon sits literally on the edge of Bryce Canyon!
With such close proximity to Bryce Canyon, you are certain to enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is one of only three International Dark Skies parks in the United States. There is virtually no ambient light from traffic, signs, or housing. Therefore, cloudless nights produce a mind-boggling display of the Milky Way hanging in the midst of billions of stars in the night-time skies.
Bring your hiking shoes. Hiking in this canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You can walk to dinner. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon has three dining options: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant (breakfast, lunch, & dinner), Valhalla Pizzeria and Coffee Shop (breakfast & dinner), and the General Store (8 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily).
Major “chillin” available. Instead of sitting on another hotel’s patio and starring at the parking lot, you can grab a bench on the edge of the canyon and give serious thought to the meaning of life, smooch with your sweetie, and simply take a deep breath and BE.
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon offers three different lodging options:
Three guest suites and one studio in the main lodge.
Hotel-style Sunset Point and Sunrise Point rooms.
We spent our nights in one of the hotel-style rooms. However, next time we’d love to try out one of the very cute Western Cabins.
You should also keep in mind that there is generally a very, very long list of people who want to stay in our nation’s grand lodges. Therefore, plan early! Many times wait-lists can extend over a year for the most desirable times and rooms.
Well … another National Park grand lodge under our belt.
And what a remarkable experience this was. Let me just say that hiking Bryce Canyon and a stay at The Lodge of Bryce Canyon deserves a very high place on your bucket list.
Bio: The Roaming Boomers is a luxury travel blog spotlighting experience, adventure, learning and exploration. David and Carol Porter, Michigan natives who retired to Scottsdale, started the project in 2008 after the market collapse took away almost half of the savings they’d carefully put together to be able to retire at age 50.
The couple combined their years of entrepreneurship with a love of travel and set off to see if they could build success. The Roaming Boomers do occasionally accept free lodging, food and other gifts, but disclose that in their posts. They hope to build an audience of Baby Boomers who join them vicariously on their adventures. But they also hope to instill their love of travel so that the coming bubble of 79 million Boomers will join them.