Maribeth (Brown) Romslo and Erik Romslo were married November 23 in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, before driving off on their wintertime honeymoon.
The newlyweds enjoyed a road trip from Des Moines to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they enjoyed a relaxing winter getaway. They traveled by car -- Maribeth's dad's car. On the first day, they logged seven hours in his Toyota, on the rear window of which her four younger brothers had gleefully painted "Just Married! Mari and Erik." Along the way to Wyoming (and on the return trip to Iowa), they stayed at small-town motels, which was, says Maribeth, "a fun and kitschy way to see different parts of America." Stops included Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, and -- their favorite stop of all -- a sandwich and smoothie place in Riverton, Wyoming, called Liquid Sunshine.
Why They Chose It
For Maribeth and Erik, a honeymoon meant time to rest, regroup, and play in the natural world. "We love the mountains," says Maribeth. "We chose Jackson Hole because friends and family have vacationed there and have always raved about the location," she says. "Plus, we wanted to take a honeymoon that was affordable and accessible."
Where They Stayed
On the second day of the trip, after 10 hours in the car, they made it to their final destination: Snake River Lodge & Spa, located in Teton Village at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, just one mile from the gateway to Grand Teton National Park. "The lodge was amazing," Maribeth says, "so cozy and rustic." A bottle of chilled champagne was waiting in their secluded honeymoon suite.
What They Did
The newlyweds' stay in Jackson Hole lasted five nights and included a couple's massage at the resort spa, an afternoon in town swilling margaritas at a Mexican cantina, a visit to the National Elk Refuge, and a hike in Grand Teton National Park -- past where the road was closed from the snow. "There's definitely something romantic about a cold-weather getaway," says Erik. "Being outside in the cold makes coming inside by the fireplace so nice. After the couple's massage, we went for a dip in the outdoor hot tubs and then had a fireside dinner at the lodge. Now that's a romantic date."
On Thanksgiving Day Maribeth and Erik went dogsledding. "There are over 150 dogs and expert mushers -- the people who drive the dogsleds that lead the tours," Maribeth explains. "Our musher took Erik and me and her team of eight dogs out into the beautiful Wyoming backcountry. It was a great way to see the wilderness and such a fun winter mountain adventure." That night they shared a Thanksgiving feast at the historic Wort Hotel. "It was certainly a memorable first Thanksgiving," she says.
The Best Part
"The road trip was certainly a highlight of the honeymoon," says Maribeth. "The entire first day of driving was spent recapping the wedding and reading the messages people had written in our guest book. "
The Biggest Regret
They were a little too early for ski season. "The slopes opened a week after we left, and I love to ski," says Maribeth. "But we found so many great outdoor things to do that it didn't matter. We had so much fun. We're excited to return to Jackson Hole soon."
-- Allison Micarelli
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