Last week’s heavy rains and cooler temps didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. For ski and snowboards enthusiasts, it only means one thing. Snow in the Teton Mountains was almost a sure thing. And indeed it was. But not so fast. It’s still Indian Summer, the snow was restricted to the higher elevations and we have lots of outdoor activities to pursue before waxing the boards and pulling out our parkas. But early snow is still encouraging, and reassures what we already know – if any place on earth will soon boast the best snow in North America, it’s right here in Teton Valley.
But first things first. Water levels keep dropping on the South Fork. Avid fly fishermen look upon this as a late season gift and a chance to net the big rainbows and browns we’ve been gunning for all season. We’re enticing these beauties using a mixture of blue winged olives, hoppers and droppers and whatever we’re lucky enough to catch, we’re happy to release back into this amazing river. After all, we’ll be back next spring to try our luck at snagging them again. The weather is currently perfect for a day on the Snake, with clear, crisp days and the cottonwoods hugging the banks ablaze with magnificent autumn colors. You still pass the occasional drift boat but the solitude on the South Fork is palpable; everyone who loves to fish should experience
an outing on the river this time of year. Our partners at sister resort, South Fork Lodge, will set you up with a guide
who knows every nook and cranny of the South Fork, undoubtedly one of the best tail water and dry fly fishing spots in the Northern Rockies.
Golfing on the Headwaters course at Teton Springs Resort is equally as enchanting this time of year. The staff at Headwaters will begin their tedious process of putting the 18 hole and Par 3 short course to bed in mid to late October so there is some urgency to drop everything, pack up the clubs and head to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. This private award-winning course extends playing privileges to lodge guests and this time of year the Stay & Play Packages make this links excursion a no brainer. You’ll be shedding your light jacket by mid morning and expect a sensory extravaganza as you cruise from hole to hole. The aspen tress embracing this course are dressed in their best gold and yellow hues, under bright blue skies, with every tee box affording an unobstructed view of the Teton & Big Hole Mountains.
The food and beverage folks are also not missing a beat these days and continue to wow with their scrumptious selection of new food options for lodge guests and day trippers to the resort. Before heading out to the first tee or that morning hike, grab a steaming cup of java and a homemade pastry or “quiche of the day,” at the recently unveiled Sage Café, located on the first floor of the Lodge. You can visit the Sage 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday. The Range at Teton Springs is still the locals’ favorite place to gather in the evening, with its creative menu and cozy, intimate atmosphere. Open now Wednesday thru Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and while you’re there, be sure to sample one of Idaho’s best chardonnay’s.
A ride over to Jackson Hole is another favorite past time for our guests this time of year, whether it’s for a leisure stroll along the dike of the Snake River, a hike in Grand Teton National Park or a few hours well spent in the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Nothing beats the hiking in the Teton Valley and Jackson Hole area!
However, many I suspect make the quick drive over Teton Pass with shopping on the brain. Smart move. This time of year the retail stores circling the Town Square are looking to trim down their inventory and they’re ready & willing to wheel and deal. Definitely the time to scoop up that pair of one-of-a-kind cowboy boots, turquoise gem or western art.
It’s now off to the resort’s Stillwater Spa & Salon to put the finishing touch on any great day in this Yellowstone-Teton region. Special offers on various treatments and products are filling the incensed infused air in this peaceful and lovely facility.
We’re excited thinking about another snow-filled and dynamic winter. But first, join us as we celebrate and bid adieu to the waning days of another glorious summer & fall season at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa!