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Lovely Day Events is a boutique wedding planning company serving Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Napa + Sonoma, California. Founded by Lindsey Nickel, the company provides services for all wedding styles from elopements to galas. Lovely Day Events specializes in working with stylish, hands-on couples. Their friendly, professional and attentive planning approach enables couples to relax, have fun and enjoy the wedding day. Lovely Day Events is a winner in The Knot Best of Weddings since 2014 and has been published extensively, including Style Me Pretty, Brides, The Knot and CNN.com

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The Best Way to Spend an Afternoon

Lindsey Nickel

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It has been really hot the past few weeks, the kind of hot dry days that almost makes you forget that it can be -20F in the winter. The kind of heat that demands that you get out on the water. I love these days. A few weekends ago I started off with the plan of one of my go-to summer activities and discovered a whole new go-to activity. I am not sure how I first discovered that anyone can rent sea kayaks from the dock at Signal Mountain Lodge. However, every summer for the past few years I have gone with Boyfriend, local friends and visiting friends to enjoy a day on the lake paddling around. This is a go-to summer activity for me for two reasons.

1) Easy. The boats are waiting for you on the shore, no getting the kayak on the roof of the car, no rushing back to return it on time and no awkward carrying the boat to the shore.

2) Relaxing. Nothing says summer like the sun beating down on you while paddling along, with the Tetons in the background.

Of course I am quite hungry after paddling around so I head over to Leek's Pizzeria for the best calzone in Jackson Hole. P.S. The pizza is also the best. I discovered Leek's when I was working as a river rafting guide in Jackson Hole during college, but that is a whole other blog post. Anyway, It's just the best way to spend an afternoon...

Or so I thought it was the best way to spend an afternoon, until two friends from college came along with Boyfriend and me and together we rented a motorboat! We arrived with our snacks, cold drinks and sunscreen (local's tip: always bring sunscreen on your outings). We opted for the upgrade to a boat with a steering wheel and off we went. Who knew that so much exploring was possible outside the small kayaking bay? First we went to Moran Bay where we turned off the boat and enjoyed the sun at the base of Moran mountain. Since we still had not eaten lunch we opened our snacks of cherries, grapes and guacamole and salsa from Pica's. We lost track of time basking in the sun, chatting and snacking. I can't remember the last time I was so relaxed. Once we were full and feeling toasty from the sun we turned on the motor and explored the lake, scouted potential hikes and took turns driving. This was the first time I drove a motorboat and it was as fun as it looks. Time passed quickly and before we knew it it was time to head back to the marina and return the boat. A funny thing about lakes, it is surprisingly easy to get disoriented and we found ourselves in a little bay surrounded by greenery. With our views of the mountains and other boaters blocked it was quiet possibly the most peaceful place on the lake. Unfortunately, we had to return the boat before closing and could not stay to linger. We quickly returned the boat and of course ended our day with pizza at Leek's.

Giddy Up!

Lindsey Nickel

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About two years ago Kim from Mill Iron Ranch invited me down for a site visit. I never made it down there back then, you know how summer passes so quickly. So I was super excited when she gave me a call after reading about my blog launch and not only invited back for a site visit, but also invited me to join a group for a horseback ride. Giddy up, I love horseback riding! I was literally counting down the days until I got to spend time working by horseback riding, since most days I spend siting at my desk. To make the situation even better it was on a Monday morning. What better way to start the week than on a horseback ride through the Bridger Teton National Forest? Mill Iron Ranch is located in Hoback Junction, which is about 20 minutes from the town of Jackson Hole, so it was a quick and easy drive. For years I had seen their sign on the highway up to Jackson Hole, so I am confident that any tourist can find the ranch. I followed the signs to the ranch, got checked in and met my horse.

Sadee was our guide. She is a legit cowgirl rock star. When I asked how long she has lived in Jackson Hole she said "I was born and raised on this ranch." Wow, it is not everyday, or even every year that you meet someone born and raised in Jackson Hole. She is on the professional rodeo circuit, in her spare time she participates in the Jackson Hole Rodeo and also works on the family ranch leading trail rides. Plus the Mill Iron Ranch has been in her family for four generations. It was clear immediately that this trail ride was not her first rodeo. She talked to everyone, was full of information about the area and genuinely enjoyed being out with horses and people. I could go on and on about how gorgeous the scenery was, that we didn't see any other people buildings or sign of civilization or how the horses comically kept farting, but instead you can look at these photos.

About two hours later we were back at the barn. I tipped Sadee (local's tip: pretty much all Jackson-ites work on tips) and headed up to the lodge to meet Kim and learn about the event options. The lodge is a large room decorated with authentic western items, a stage and a bar in its own corral. Kim showed me where they cook their tasty steaks (my boyfriend claims they are the best in town) in an open kitchen, the stage and lawn for wedding ceremonies. Since they are not located in the town, there is not a 10:00pm curfew, like other locations. The prices are certainly competitive so this is an option for many types of wedding budgets. I can imagine a group using this facility for a trail ride and then rehearsal dinner or a wedding with a western touch and dancing all night long.

As I drove home from the Mill Iron Ranch with dust in my hair, I thought about how hungry I was from the morning ride and how unique it is to find a ranch that has been in the same family for generations. For a two hours got to feel like a cowgirl.