Tis the Season for Accolades in Yellowstone – Teton Territory!

Posted by admin in General on August 18th, 2014 9:51 am

There’s no doubt that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, A Natural Retreats property, reaps tremendous business success for a variety of reasons. First, the commitment by everyone on staff to provide stellar guest service to each and every guest that cross their door is is my view, unparalleled. These folks truly care and it’s not just because it’s their job to insure our customers have a memorable stay. It’s simply the culture at this boutique hotel, and speaks volumes about the caliber of the people who steer this ship. It explains why Teton Springs Lodge & Spa won the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2014.

Our livelihood is here but we also live in this glorious valley. I have to think it’s a matter of pride. Everyone I know is always anxious to show off and share this marvelous place with family & friends. It’s simply too incredible to keep it all to ourselves, and God knows, there’s plenty of incredible to go around.

When you hear people say something works because of location, location, location, there’s typically a lot of truth in it. The shops, restaurants, outfitters etc in Teton Valley all reap a certain reward because they literally operate at the base of what many consider to be the most spectacular mountain range in North America. Then there’s the Teton River, definitely one of the top fisheries in the Northern Rockies, flanking the east side of Teton Valley. Add in recreation opportunities galore, and sprinkle in some genuine western hospitality, and there you have Teton Valley’s unequivocal recipe for success.

The Beautiful Teton Valley

It’s easy to see why Teton Valley is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for vacationers the minute you walk into the new Teton Geotourism Center in Driggs. At the Grand Opening celebration on August 1st, there was an impressive show by state, regional and local political types and tourism leaders from both sides of Teton Pass. Yet what really impressed me was the showing by the local residents; young, old and everyone in between. All in attendance were wearing ear- to-ear grins, and with good reason. It’s a beautiful facility with engaging interactive exhibits and fabulous photography celebrating the past, present and future of Teton Valley. It captures the character of this region from Swan Valley to Ashton, and will undoubtedly serve this entire community well as both a museum and visitor center. It also provides tremendous economic opportunities for our local businesses. It’s staffed by smiling volunteers who make you feel like you’re entering their living room. Again, that pride thing.

Teton Valley Biking

The week after the Geotourism Center ribbon cutting, Teton Valley had even more to celebrate. The International Mountain Bicycling Association gave a huge nod to the world-class mountain bike trails in Teton Valley. With this honor of having Teton Valley designated “Silver Ride Center” status, our community instantly joined the ranks of being one of the top mountain bike destinations in the entire nation.

Again, it’s the commitment by the local community to do everything at full throttle, and our local non-profit, Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, with a gaggle of volunteers in tow, deserves a lot of the credit. Neighboring Grand Targhee earned their own special kudos from IMBA for the outstanding mountain bike trails built at the resort over the past several years. Easy to see Targhee is well on tract to become one of the premier mountain bike destinations. After all, not many places one can ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain and be staring down the three most beautiful peaks in the world. Again, location, location, location plus a lot of hard work.

Many Outdoor Activities for Just About Everyone!

Besides the fly fishing, award-winning golf on the Headwaters Course, treatments at the Stillwaters Spa, hiking, swimming and other activities at this sprawling 780 resort, Teton Springs guests flock to the neighboring national parks.  It’s no surprise to me that USA Today readers recently voted Yellowstone National Park #3, and Grand Teton #6 of their Top 10 favorite national parks in the nation. Breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife are but a few of the reasons these treasured parks rank so high with visitors.

Personally I would rank Yellowstone #1 and Grand Teton #2 and recently on a day excursion thru Yellowstone I was treated to multiple grizzly bear sightings (and Mr. Moose!). Teton Springs offers a multitude of summer packages in the gorgeous Lodge and Luxury Mountain Log Homes but the #1 package is their terrific Parks Package where admission to the national parks is free!

Hope to see you soon in the Tetons. There’s plenty of summer left to explore this special place we call home.

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Sunshine, Hula Hoopes & High Altitude Tunes

Posted by admin in General on August 4th, 2014 2:19 pm

Sunshine, Hula Hoopes & High Altitude Tunes Bluegrass is Coming to Town! It’s not a stretch when I say that guests flocking to Natural Retreat’s Teton Springs Lodge & Spa the second weekend of August are headed to the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival. It’s always a diverse audience filling lobby in this quiet boutique hotel in Victor, Idaho; parents with kids in tow, girlfriends looking to unveil to the world their latest butterfly tattoo and seniors looking for a quiet refuge when the day’s music is done. Teton Springs Lodge and Spa is the place to stay.

Even the guys filling the resort’s cabins for the weekend planning a golf-filled weekend at the Headwaters Club often find themselves trading in their collared shirt for tie dye or a crisp cowboy shirt, capping their day on the links with a performance or two at one of the country’s best Bluegrass gatherings. Teton Springs Lodge golf Members of this audience come in all shapes and sizes and everyone is simply happy to just be together in the cool mountain air. Sunsets are brilliant at 8,000 feet and the temps drop blissfully at night so pack accordingly.

It’s hard to believe the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival is celebrating its 27th year. However, what’s not surprising is the staying power and continual growth of this magnificent gathering in the Teton Mountains. Slated for August 8-10, this festival, like so many great cultural phenomenons, enjoyed humble beginnings. Back in the stone age of the late 80′s, entertainers played under an unassuming picnic tent and festival goers sat on hay bales swaying to the bluesy sounds that filled the mountain air. I remember the first few festivals when there were fewer than a few hundred ticket holders, and the Targhee staff worked feverishly to get it right. They did indeed get it right, every year adding some new dimension to the festival to keep it vibrant. It was a learning curve that propelled this festival’s growth thru the roof.

What really changed the entire scope of this once intimate affair happened when Targhee moved to their permanent festival site. Located just a few steps from the resort’s base village center, the venue is now perched proudly on what serves as Targhee’s beginner ski slope and tubing park. It’s hard to imagine while sitting back and listening to the country’s most prolific Blue Grass stars that this site, now blanketed with wild flowers, is buried with Mother Nature’s finest. It’s almost as if this snow sliding slope was designed with festivals on the
brain; the stage is grand and the setting a natural amphitheater with every seat affording front row status. In fact, the further up on the hill one plunks their belongings, the better the music sounds.

There’s great food & drink courtesy of local vendors and tons of stuff for the kids to do. But there’s no getting bored for the adults with the likes of legendary Sam Bush, Nickel Creek, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, all playing to the appreciative crowd… and that’s just the tip of the talent iceberg once can expect at the Targhee Bluegrass Festival.

When you’re ready for some quiet time and a reprieve from the sun, hop into the Stillwaters Spa & Salon at Teton Springs for a massage, facial or perhaps a mini Mani or Pedi (after all, you will be unleashing those toes for the world to see Bluegrass weekend!). . And, as good as the festival vendor grub is, nothing beats resting your back in a plush chair, slicing into a fat juicy New York steak & sipping a glass of Idaho’s best chardonnay. The Range at Teton Springs is at your disposal for just that. Or, savor a picnic lunch lakeside with all the fixins.

Indulge all your senses with a visit to Teton Springs this summer!

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Music Fills the Tetons

Posted by admin in Targhee Music Fest on July 17th, 2014 4:25 pm

Hard to believe it’s mid July already! How on earth are we going to squeeze everything in? With the local rivers beckoning with a plethora of dry fly hatches in a total frenzy, it’s hard to think about anything other than casting our line, especially on eastern Idaho’s South Fork.

However, for Teton Valley locals, as well as for our Teton Springs Lodge & Spa guests, there are always other major distractions worthy of our attention. http://www.tetonspringslodge.com/activities One is happening this weekend, and that’s the 10th Annual Targhee Fest July 18-20. And Grand Targhee, in its typical style, will most assuredly live up to its stellar reputation by guaranteeing every ticket holder will enjoy a jam packed 3 days of musicians literally rocking the Tetons to their foundation.

The line-up is nothing shy of fabulous with one of my personal favorites leading this musical charge – Buddy Guy. This guy practically invented Blues (just ask Eric Clapton!) and his performance alone is worth the price of admission. Weather should be absolutely perfect at Targhee’s 8,000 feet base, even luxuriously cool at night so you’ll need both the heavy duty SPF and a jacket for evening performances. It’s important to secure just the right spot for listening so immediately toss a blanket down on Targhee’s beginner ski slope, which is now transformed into the optimum outdoor music amphitheater. Now all that’s left to do is groove to the relaxing vibe that has always defined the Targhee Fest. The scene at this festival, complete with local food vendors and your favorite libation, can easily rival any outdoor music venue in North America.

During band breaks there’s plenty to do, although people watching can typically offer some of the best entertainment. The scenic chairlift ride to the top of Fred’s Mountain with panoramic views from the summit is guaranteed to inspire you for the next act, or saddle up for a horseback ride through Targhee’s flower strewn meadows. For the more adventuresome, it may be time to finally conquer the rock climbing wall. Bottom line -you’ll have plenty to keep you and the entire clan busy at this all-season resort.

Thursday nights it’s Music on Main with Paper Bird the headliner this week in the quaint Victor City Park. It’s always a special gathering of old friends and the chance to meet and socialize with folks from both sides of the Tetons. Music on Main, July 24, features James McMurtry. American as apple pie, McMurtry is a rock and folk-art/Americana singer who mesmerizes audiences across this great nation. The tunes are always FREE at Music on Main, and the experience – well – it’s priceless!

Now perhaps it’s time for a little quiet time and there’s no better sanctuary than Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. A few steps from your stunning Lodge accommodations you’ll reach the pool with its sprawling sun decks and hot tubs. Order your favorite cocktail and contemplate what culinary delight is in your future at the resort’s Range Restaurant. Operated by award-winning Chef Rick Sordahl, it’s obvious Rick is truly passionate about food. His inspired offerings incorporate beef and pork from native ranches and farms with fresh fish flown in occasionally for good measure. It’s a warm and relaxed atmosphere complete with the most attentive staff. Bon Appétit!

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