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A Rustic Rereat in the Valley of Utah

Words by Jennifer Stein
A Rustic Retreat in the Valley of Utah
By: Kate Darnell
Images by Brody Dezember Photography
Known to some as, “the easiest place to get to, but the hardest place to leave,” Wolf Creek may be a master-planned mountain resort community, but it’s a far cry from ordinary. Located minutes away from multiple ski and recreational mountains and in the Ogden Valley in Eden, Utah, Wolf Creek offers a little something for everyone.
What seems to set this year-round destination apart are the myriad of accommodations that range from intimate condominiums to private homes and even a 27-room lodge where the entire wedding party can stay as a group. According to Tim Lewis, General Manager of Wolf Creek – the possibilities for a wedding away are endless. “Couples can choose from several options when they select Wolf Creek Utah for their destination wedding. We have a lovely wedding garden surrounded by mountain views, or for the more adventurous we have Wolf Creek Utah Ski Resort. We can also arrange a wedding slope-side or at the base of the mountain,” says Lewis.
When Mary Beth and James Pummel were deciding on a location for their destination wedding, Eden proved to serve the perfect backdrop for their winter event. “We toured every place you can imagine, including the major ski resorts and decided on Wolf Creek because it had many qualities we were looking for,” says Mary Beth. “First of all, we wanted the décor to be modern yet earthy and to showcase the natural beauty that surrounded us. We found just that at their Pineview Lodge. We were also looking for a place that had a variety of lodging options since we knew some of our guests would want to stay one or two nights and others would want to stay the whole week,” Mary Beth recalls. Turns out, Wolf Creek had exactly what they needed for their group of 90 guests traveling from several different places.
While attempting to entertain a group that large before or after the wedding, skiing is an obvious choice for many, but for the less downhill inclined, there are also sleigh rides, snow-shoeing and hot-air balloon rides (available in both summer and winter). For the summer travelers, white water rafting is a popular choice along with nature hikes, fly-fishing and horse-back riding. For Mary Beth and James, their families enjoyed downhill skiing and some even went on a horse drawn carriage ride through the snow. Mary Beth recalls the reaction her guests had to their decision for a winter wedding in the mountains: “they were excited to come to Utah and experience the best snow on earth! And of course, to celebrate with us.”
With a few visits to the resort to finalize menus and tour the facilities, not to mention the help of a very detailed on-site wedding coordinator, Mary Beth and James orchestrated the wedding of their dreams. “Our wedding planner offered a lot of guidance and made sure we didn’t forget anything. She was also great about listening to my ideas and making sure things that were important to us happened,” says Mary Beth.
If you are looking for action, adventure, snow or sun with a laid back environment and several convenient yet rustic chic accommodations, than do as the Pummels did – visit Eden, Utah and don’t leave without taking a peek at Wolf Creek.
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