The Sweetest Valentine for This Hotel – Come Stay With Us

Posted by admin in Fly Fishing The Tetons, Heli Skiing, Idaho Cabin Rentals, Idaho Skiing on February 9th, 2015 2:29 pm

When you’re in the hospitality business, there’s nothing more gratifying than when your property and staff are recognized, especially when the kudos are primarily coming from your guests.

Teton Springs Voted Number One in Idaho… Again!

As we sit here assisting our hotel guests in the morning hustle and bustle as they head out the door anxious to hit the slopes, and watching the snow fall, which is a frequent ritual in Teton Valley, I’m allowing myself a brief moment to gloat. It was just announced that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa was named the “Best Hotel in Idaho” for the fourth straight year. Any recognition as the “best” is quite the honor, but to be named the “Best Hotel in Idaho” by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report, well, that’s something that warrants bragging rights.

This is a publication that is easily considered a stalwart of American journalism, a true media news giant since the early 1930′s. It has always distinguished itself as being top notch with its editorial content, always resisting the urge to cave to the public’s morbid curiosity for any morsel of celebrity shenanigans, pop culture, sports and the scandal du jour. Instead, U.S. News & World Report built its reputation on giving sound advice to its readers by publishing rankings & analysis, from the “best of” in hospitals, colleges, automotives, health plans, finance, and the like. Information people really need, imagine that.

What determines the “best” of anything can be so subjective, a personal appraisal often reflecting a consumer’s limited snapshot in time. U.S. News & World Report takes a more scientific, multi-faceted approach to determine their ratings. Travel industry leaders consider a hotel’s star ratings, recommendations, consumer appraisals and travelers’ reviews to comprise their list of who should be considered the crème de la crème in each state. Think it’s accurate to say the accommodations and overall quality of the property have to be top-notch and possess those amenities that separate your hotel from the hum-drum, homogenized properties that dot the country.

Congratulations Teton Springs Lodge & Spa – your pride of place continues to shine brightly!

Valentines Day in the Teton Valley

Teton Springs also holds the recipe for romance this Valentine’s Day! Why settle for same old, same old, which usually means chocolates and roses. Other than to fill the coffers of Hallmark, Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to think outside the box and truly recognize how much we care about someone. Yes, Cupid reigns supreme in this month of February, and our guests will be looking to us for advice on how to honor all special relationships.

It’s easy to come up with heartfelt ideas while you’re a guest at Teton Springs. There’s adventure, discovery and even pampering galore. Here’s but a few ideas on how to spend this special day with someone you love!

Snowcat Skiing at Grand Targhee

Snuggled up in the back of a snowcat with your sweetie at Grand Targhee as it chugs up Peaked Mountain for a day of powder skiing sounds pretty special to me (23″inches of fluff fell on the slopes at powder Mecca Grand Targhee this past week.)

Speaking of powder – a heli ski trip into the Tetons says “love” loud and clear!

Wildlife Extravaganza

Start the adventure with a scrumptious breakfast in the Lodge’s new Storehouse Café, then off to Jackson Hole for a delightful horse-drawn sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge. Toasty under cowboy blankets, you’ll find yourself eye-to-eye with as many as 14,000 majestic elk that winter here, in the shadows of the Tetons.

Stillwaters Spa & Salon

The  Stillwaters Spa & Salon commemorates Valentine’s Day the entire month of February with sweet specials! They also recognize the importance of de-stressing, and what offers the perfect balance of relaxation and pampering better than a 90 minute massage (and worth noting – at the 60 minute price throughout February!). This way you both get the ultimate and heartfelt gift!

Fly fishing on the South Fork River!

Trust me; it’s never too early to book a spring or summer fly fishing excursion on eastern Idaho’s most renowned river. Book a day trip, or a multi-day all inclusive stay, at Teton Springs’s sister resort, South Fork Lodge, undoubtedly one of Natural Retreat’s most pristine and ruggedly elegant properties. And, it’s worth repeating that this could very well be the best dry fly fishing in the entire country.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and remember, nothing says LOVE louder than adventure and discovery in Yellowstone-Teton country!

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The Magic of Yellowstone in the Winter

Posted by admin in General on January 28th, 2015 1:03 pm

I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Yellowstone National Park. Working in the park after college really happened by accident. It was intended to be but a slight detour, a brief summer fling with Mother Nature, for this east coast urban dweller. However, living in the heart of Yellowstone changes one’s life in so many ways, making it nearly impossible to return to life as we once knew it. That stint in Yellowstone led to Victor, Idaho, and the Tetons, undoubtedly the most spectacular & unspoiled mountains in North America. I was smitten, still am. My story is not unique; it’s played over and over again by countless others in search of adventures in the Wild West.

Most of the staff at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa shares the same resume. Their stories vary, but basically, they’re here because they love this rich, rugged, and stunning environment. Their expertise and enthusiasm about this Yellowstone-Teton region proves time and time again to be an extra bonus for our guests as they’re excited to share a roadmap for adventure designed for our guests’ personal preferences. And now that Teton Springs is a Natural Retreats property, you can simply dial one number and instantly be talking to a concierge who will take one’s mountain vacation into high gear.

Another common thread in my resume is my love for beautiful hotels. In Yellowstone I had the pleasure of working at the Lake Hotel. This Grande Dame first opened in 1891 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, guaranteeing that future generations will also enjoy this treasure. Now, my heart belongs to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, and while it’s only been serving guests since 2007, and thus not quite ready for the history books, it’s equally as captivating.

Travelers anxious to sample the countless things to do in our vast region arrive primarily during the summer months. I get that. For many of our guests, the attraction is Teton Springs Resort’s world-class Headwaters Golf Course, with its 360 degree mountain views and lakes teeming with native trout.

For others who land in eastern Idaho, it’s the extraordinary fly fishing that’s the main attraction. The South Fork Lodge, a sister to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, is headquartered on the banks of the South Fork River, believed my many to hold the key to the best dry fly fishing in North America. No argument there.

And for others, the lure is a combination of the above, coupled with some of the incomparable outdoor recreation in the lower 48; hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, hot-air ballooning, horseback riding, music festivals, and the list goes on and on and on…

So, it’s easy to understand why there’s such an influx of visitors to this glorious playground when the sun-kissed days seem almost endless. I’d also venture to guess that just about everyone poking around in the Tetons throughout the summer has at least a one day trip planned for Yellowstone. Viewing the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat is worth the price of admission and then some. And, to take the guess work out of finding the best nooks and crannies to insure an encounter with a majestic moose, towering elk, or an elusive grizzly, it’s smart to book a Wildlife Safari with our partners Brushbuck Tours.

However, to truly lose oneself in the splendor of Yellowstone, I would suggest a winter trip. A guided snowmobile trip into our nation’s first national park on the back of a sled is like a magical mystery tour; you never know what’s around the next bend. It’s also a very intimate way to experience Old Faithful and an abundance of other less famous, but equally as striking steaming geysers. And be ready for the ultimate Kodak moments as you’ll often find yourself literally face to face with the bison that share the snowpack roadways.

I am always struck by the stark beauty and almost eerie stillness of the park when it’s blanketed with snow and the roadways are closed to all vehicles (except for snow coaches and snowmobiles of course). The National Park service limits the number of sleds entering the park each day, allowing for an abundance of solitude and a sereneness that’s challenging to experience on summer excursions when cars, motor homes & campers fill the roads. Yellowstone’s character is altered dramatically with the changing of the seasons, but one thing is constant, it always fills one with awe.

Our Natural Retreats experts are standing on alert and will take care of all trip essentials; reserving your top-of-the-line lodge suite or maybe a custom Hand Picked Log Home, and they’ll set you up on your Yellowstone discovery mission with our partners at Teton Valley Adventures. This local Teton Valley company is all about the service, and familiar with every twist and turn of Yellowstone. They’ll pick you up at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, and you’ll travel north on eastern Idaho’s most scenic highway, from Victor to the west entrance of Yellowstone Park. You can also book a private tour, just you, your family and friends, and the bison of course.

There’s simply no place on earth like our Yellowstone-Teton territory in winter!

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Bragging Rights Well Deserved at Teton Springs Lodge

Posted by admin in Driggs Restaurants, Family Winter Vacation Ideas on January 13th, 2015 4:18 pm

Well, it’s official. Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole just surpassed 200 inches of snow for this winter ski and snowboard season, and we’re just getting started. It’s especially striking when you consider many Rocky Mountain resorts are still looking to push their total to 100: year-to-date total of the white gold. It appears that once again both of these Wyoming areas, with the Grand Teton Mountains as their spectacular backdrop, will leave most of their North American competitors in the dust, the white fluffy dust that consistently defines this Yellowstone-Teton region.

These fabulous conditions make it especially challenging for our guests at Teton Springs to decide what activity to sample on any given day. Not such a bad problem to have. With the snow filled Big Hole Mountains flanking the west side of Teton Valley, and the frosty Tetons rising from the valley floor on the east, all winter activities are in full bloom. That also includes the ultimate in winter sports indulgences – heli skiing. Any day now the folks from High Mountain Heli Skiing will be onsite at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, standing at attention and ready to personally escort our guests to the waiting chopper. But first, a word to the wise. With great snow comes equally as great demand. Don’t be left standing on the flats with powder boards in hand, reserve your heli seat sooner than later.

Unlike most heli ski operations in the lower 48, at Teton Springs there’s no schlepping for miles by car to reach your personal chariot with wings. Here in the heart of Victor, Idaho, you’re literally steps from the launching pad, whether you’re relaxing in a sumptuous Lodge Suite, or in one of the luxurious Handpicked Homes, the 3, 4 & 5 bedroom dwellings that totally redefine one’s vision of the “log cabin.” In fact, you can watch the whirlybird land while you’re savoring the last sips of a Starbucks vanilla latte in the Lodge’s Storehouse, the resort’s new gathering spot.

Located on the ground floor of the lodge, and just steps from your accommodations, the Storehouse is a warm & cozy café featuring the hearty breakfast items you’ll need to fuel your next outing and dinner is served following an exhilarating day exploring this magnificent region.

And while we’re on the subject of what’s new and exciting at Teton Springs. The Outfitters also just enjoyed a grand opening in the Lodge and features just the gear and accessories you’ll need to tackle any outdoor adventure in style and comfort. A sampling of the brand names you’ll find in this retail store includes Mountain Hardware, Smith Sport Optics, Chums and Hydroflask. You can also rent your snowshoes at the Outfitters for that trek into the adjoining Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

It’s tough to take a break from the thrill of sliding downhill or simply playing in the snow, but there are other experiences to pursue, more of the sensory type. This doesn’t mean we have to forgo a day in the most beautiful mountains that surround Teton Springs, it simply means having a different kind of thrill, or even better yet, a chill day in the Stillwaters Spa & Salonn. During the month of January, feel yourself sink into a deep relaxation with a complimentary Hot Stone Foot Massage! Yes, it’s absolutely FREE when you book a luxurious 90 Minute Massage. How do you think this combo will feel after a day tackling the slopes?!

There’s also no time like the present to finally figure out the mysteries and magic of Yoga, with a private Yoga class no less, and coupled with a glorious 60 minute massage. This stretch, breathe & relax special would be a particularly fun outing with friends or family but the spa staff is happy to accommodate individual bookings as well. It’s no secret that a daily dose of Yoga is just as important as eating our fruits and vegetables, and that the best athletes in the world have Yoga at the top of their daily “to do” list. The Stillwaters Sap staff will get you started in style. Classes for the more advanced Yoga practitioner available as well.

If you still have a spring in your step after ripping the pow in the Tetons, be sure to check out the top notch accommodations in the two other world-class winter destinations operated by Natural Retreats, Taos, New Mexico and Winter Park Colorado. Winter never felt so good.

We look forward to welcoming you to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, a Natural Retreats property.

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