Pack the Car – It’s Time to Get Serious About Summer Fun!

Posted by admin in Hotels Jackson Hole, Idaho Cabin Rentals, Idaho Summer Vacations on July 8th, 2014 2:56 pm

Things are heating up at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, a Natural Retreats property, and I don’t mean the temperatures. The summer fun meter has skyrocketed at the resort as well as in this entire Yellowstone-Teton area. With all the glorious traditions and revelry of the 4th of July celebrations behind us, our guests arriving now in beautiful Teton Valley can focus on the more important tasks at hand like fishing, golfing, hiking, river rafting, swimming, and on and on and on.

The summer weather here in eastern Idaho beckons us all outdoors. I know that everyone likes to talk about the weather. It’s more of a national pastime than baseball for goodness sakes. I guess truth be known, I can understand the fascination with what Mother Nature has next on her crazy agenda given the almost weekly reports of one weather-related disaster after another. Thus, I hesitate to brag about our weather scene for fear of altering the cosmic forces that are responsible for the picture perfect days and nights we experience here on a daily basis. Not many places can claim daytime temps in the low 80′s, under purple blue sunny skies with virtually no humidity, followed by cool evenings and sleeping temps that often require slipping under the down blanket. It’s a place where cranking the air simply means opening the windows wider, especially in one of the luxury cabins at Teton Springs.

TEE IT UP

It’s perfect golfing weather for a round on the Headwaters Golf Course, particularly in the early evening when the air is still and the lakes glisten in the afternoon light. You’re also likely to share this setting with the occasional fly fisherman as many of the spring fed lakes and ponds on the course are teeming with native trout. The Headwaters Course at Teton Springs simply couldn’t be in any better shape. The fairways are lush, the greens true and the scenery mesmerizing. And the best part, it’s truly affordable to tee it up on a world-class course like Headwaters when you book a Stay & Play Package at the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. While this club is indeed private, hotel and cabin guests have playing privileges on the 18 hole links and the par 3 short course, both designed by golf’s greatest talent, Byron Nelson. Left your sticks at home? Not a problem, the folks at the Pro Shop have the latest and greatest rental gear.
The Headwaters Course is a main attraction in this valley and it’s well worth carving out a few hours to sample eastern Idaho’s signature course, recipients of the industry’s most glowing reviews (Las Vegas Golf & Leisure Magazine recently named Headwaters one of the “6 Must Visit Resorts for the Vegas Resident!”).

THE SOUTH FORK EXPLODES

It’s almost a given that fly fishing is on most visitors itinerary when Teton Springs is the destination, and for the next 12 weeks or so, bringing in the big browns and rainbows on the South Fork of the Snake is almost like taking candy from a baby! Lodge guests returning from a day on the South Fork, one of the best dry fisheries in North America, are grinning ear to ear and that includes the kids too. The guides from Teton Springs partner, South Fork Lodge, will lead this charge. Anglers can expect nothing short of success given the multiple dry fly hatches now going off simultaneously. A sampling includes salmon flies, yellow sallies, pale morning duns, & golden stones. Excited yet? The
South Fork Outfitter Shop also has the largest selection of flies and fishing gear in Conant Valley. It’s simple – if fishing is your passion, why go anywhere else?

HIKE, BIKE AND OOH & AAH

If it’s time to push yourself physically, head to neighboring Grand Targhee Resort. Known primarily as a Mecca for powder skiing and other winter activities, Targhee offers summer recreation in equal proportion once the 500 inches of snow drains from their slopes. Hop on the scenic chairlift at the resort’s 8,000 base, and as you disembark at the 10,000 summit, be prepared to enter a zone that remains unspoiled, unhurried and spectacular.

You won’t find any vantage point in Teton Valley that affords this view of the magnificent Grand Tetons. You’ll also be hard pressed to find better biking and hiking trails, and it’s not all death defying as one may expect given this mountain’s impressive vertical drop. Targhee has done a yeomen’s job of carving out trails that optimally suit the beginner and intermediate rider but options do indeed include trails that will push the limits for the more
experienced pedaler. The same welcoming principle applies to their hiking trails. Walking down from the summit offers a virtual explosion of color as wildflowers dot the entire landscape.

IT’S TIME FOR PAMPERING

Whew, a vacation at Teton Springs can be exhausting, albeit pleasantly exhausting, and there’s nothing better than mixing strenuous activity with a tad of self indulgence. The Stillwaters Spa & Salon at Teton Springs is the perfect retreat given its full menu of treatments and services. Spoil yourself for a few hours, and before you know it, it’s time for more adventures!

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Ready, Get Set, Go – It’s Officially Summer in the Tetons

Posted by admin in Fly Fishing The Tetons, Golf Packages on June 20th, 2014 8:11 am

Summer season in the Yellowstone-Teton region presents a unique set of problems for both the locals and visitors alike. It’s not easy trying to decide what fun thing to do on any given day when presented with the choices we have. And, if you’re spending your vacation at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa with a finite of vacation days at your disposal, well, then your life definitely just got more complicated. It’s a good problem to have. This very nice woman from Virginia was staying at the lodge attending a wedding and had four days to explore the region and squeeze in as many activities as possible. She asked what absolutely had to be on her itinerary to truly experience the magic of this place. My advice to her – you better get going!

One of our local summer travel guides is called “GET OUT,” and that frankly says it all. If you’re visiting Teton Springs, chances are you’re geared up and anxious to embrace the great outdoors. The sun is so brilliant, and the sky so blue, that it’s tough to justify relaxing in your suite, as pleasant as it is.

With the anticipation of another terrific day filled with adventure and discovery, it’s easy to rise early and embrace the day. First you’ll need to fuel the tank, and the place to do that is with a breakfast at the resort’s Range Restaurant. This is a buffet brimming with seasonal fresh fruit, house made granola, eggs scrambled to perfection or a hefty serving of pancakes or cheese blintzes.

Now you’re ready to scatter, and any direction you choose holds promise. Many will head east for Jackson Hole and the most extraordinary scenic float trip on the wild and scenic Snake River. On this excursion you’re floating thru Grand Teton National Park, considered by many to be the most spectacular setting in North America. Your guide on this float should really issue a warning prior to boarding; the view of the Teton Mountains, in bold view throughout this trip, can seriously take one’s breath away. For a more exciting ride, many opt for the whitewater raft trip thru the Snake River Canyon. This ride is a blast, especially in early summer when you’ll hear nothing but squeals of delight from everyone as you conquer the rapids, especially Jackson’s most famous, Big Kahuna. Expect to be soaked; it’s half the fun! On both the mellow scenic and the whitewater, wildlife viewing will be at a premium.

As long as you’re this close to Yellowstone, take a peek into the country’s first national park, on us! When you stay two nights on the resort’s “Park Pass Package,” Teton Springs gives you a 7 day Free Park Pass. Check out all our Summer vacation and get-away packages!

Teton Valley and the surrounding area is a Mecca for hiking. Guest at Teton Springs can lace up the sneaks for a short jaunt to check out the neighborhood, which just happens to be the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. And, if more rugged and challenging hikes are in order, there are plenty of trails to conquer. Beautiful wildflowers are just beginning to blanket the landscape and the delicious smell of sage fills the air. A more strenuous hike, but well worth the effort, is up Fred’s Mountain at Grand Targhee (or you can always take the scenic chairlift) where the view of the Tetons is breathtaking. A shorter excursion is a quick hike up to the Darby Wind Caves, just minutes from Teton Springs. This trail, complete with waterfalls, meanders through meadows and thick forest and is in the heart of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area. I’ve never hiked this area without seeing moose, deer, elk and other critters that inhabit this glorious land. View the
many outdoor activities and adventures in the Teton Valley,

Now it’s time to fish! Two words that will incite passion in any fly fisherman – salmon flies! They’ve been spotted on local rivers and any day now we can expect to see the rainbows and brown gulping these on the South Fork. Our guides at South Fork Outfitters are standing at attention and ready for you to experience the best tailwater and dry fly fishing in the country. If your casting is a tad rusty, practice throwing the line on one of the many private lakes and ponds that envelop the Teton Springs Resort Community.

There’s another reason to head to Teton Springs this month and that’s the “Celebrate America Festival” at Huntsman Springs in downtown Driggs, Idaho. This year it’s slated for June 28, and this event offers gobs of fun and entertainment for the entire family, especially the kids. The day is topped off with live music and the valley’s largest and most magnificent fireworks display.

Another date that should make the calendar is July 19, when the Community Foundation of Teton Valley hosts the annual Tin Cup. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa will be more involved in the event this year, as our parent company, Natural Retreats, is a proud sponsor of the Tin Cup.

It’s a great day in Teton Valley supporting the valley’s nonprofits, and kids and adults can participate in a variety of fun walks, runs, and even the more competitive race for the diehard. Tackle the course individually or as a family team, followed by a festive day in the park with entertainment, games and local food. Check out the Tin Cup Challenge.

Get up and go – it’s Summer in Teton Valley! – 877.787.8757

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Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and South Fork Lodge

Posted by admin in Fly Fishing The Tetons, Golf Packages on June 11th, 2014 9:02 am

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and South Fork Lodge Both Share a Unique Place in Yellowstone-Teton Country!

We’ve all watched, clutching our tissues, news stories about siblings separated at birth finally being reunited, sometimes decades later. Well, at the risk of sounding too hokey, Teton Springs Lodge & Spa in the heart of Victor’s Teton Springs Resort community has also found its true sister, South Fork Lodge.  And, here she was all along, practically in the neighborhood, and what a beauty she is. But that’s only the beginning of this story.

In recent months, Teton Springs Lodge joined an international luxury travel company called Natural Retreats. South Fork Lodge has enjoyed Natural Retreats status for a number of years, and when Teton Springs joined this family, it too became part of a collection of stunning destinations of coastal, countryside and wilderness locations around the globe. Natural Retreat’s primary mission is to provide guests with adventures in the world’s most pristine and spectacular settings, and paramount to their vision is to provide unparalleled guest service driven by a unique and personal concierge service. These folks leave nothing to chance when individuals, families or groups are planning a vacation to one of their properties located in the most beautiful places on this continent, or to some exotic destination in the United Kingdom, Ireland or Canary Islands.

Yes, Natural Retreats certainly has a knack for picking the winners! The splendor and variety of outdoor recreation unique to the Yellowstone-Teton region has drawn visitors to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa since 2007, when it became the only full-service, year-round resort in eastern Idaho. With the Byron Nelson designed Headwaters Golf Club as its anchor, the Lodge quickly gained a reputation for its quality accommodations, on-site activities, access to the area’s best recreation, proximity to two of the nation’s most revered national parks, full service Spa & Salon and an uncompromised commitment to their guests. Therefore, it didn’t take long for Teton Springs Lodge to become the jewel of Idaho and why U.S. News & World Report has named Teton Springs Lodge the “Best Hotel in Idaho” for the past three years.

Like all “sisters,” The South Fork Lodge and Teton Springs Lodge & Spa definitely share the same DNA on many fronts. One is location, location, location. South Fork Lodge, a scenic 25 minute drive away in Swan Valley, Idaho, sits perched on the bank of one of America’s most esteemed rivers, the South Fork of the Snake. Just the location itself, “Swan Valley,” instantly conjures up an idyllic image, and the setting for the South Fork Lodge is truly right out of a movie set. It’s a place where guests can literally dangle their feet in the river while savoring their morning coffee (which is Starbucks by the way.) Or, take in panoramic views of the South Fork while feasting on Chef Tony’s home cooked breakfast and dinner in the lovely Riverside Bar & Grill, where every seat has a million dollar view.

Undoubtedly each of these destinations shares a value for unspoiled settings. At Teton Springs one of the main attractions is the Headwaters Course, considered by many in the golf industry to be one of the best classically designed golf courses in the most stellar of Northern Rockies settings. The Teton and Big Hole Mountains and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest envelop the resort and the distractions can be an issue; there’s so much beauty to take in around every bend. At Teton Springs, it’s not simply a round of golf; it’s a virtual date with Mother Nature. However, for many visitors it’s also the opportunity for discovery and adventure, a chance to be actively engaged with the outdoors in the purest sense. Fly fishing is one way to be so engaged.

A day of fly fishing on the area’s rivers has always been a priority for many visiting Teton Springs, and now they’ll have the industry’s most experienced South Fork guides to lead the charge. South Fork Outfitters enjoy private access to a 65 mile stretch of the South Fork, armed with 34 guides on staff, each with impeccable training and many with time honored experience guiding on this massive waterway. In fact, a few of these guides have been rowing and spotting fish for so long that between the top tier guides, there is a staggering 80 years of pulling the oars on the South Fork between them. I know from fishing myself for many years that experience is paramount to success on the South Fork; I almost feel a little sorry for people fishing without these guys.

In addition to your fishing gear, be sure to pack the binoculars. Distractions on this guided trip also include some of the best bird watching in the Lower 48 as the South Fork is home to over 120 species of birds, including raptors. This corridor is also where mountain goats, black bears and even mountain lions roam, although I’ve never had the pleasure, but moose, deer and elk are often spotted dining on the banks.

If you’re splitting your stay between Teton Springs and the South Fork Lodge, choosing the right lodging for you could present a dilemma; there are simply too many choices. Both resorts can legitimately lay claim to offering the most comfortable yet luxurious accommodations in the entire region. Options include a suite in the Lodge or a 3, 4 or 5 bedroom custom luxury mountain log home on the Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs. Choices at South Fork include a rustic Fishermen’s Cabin, a deluxe suite overflowing with amenities, lovely Lodge rooms and even a 4 bedroom home. All sport unobstructed views of the South Fork, this wild and scenic river ranked as one of the best dry fisheries in the entire country.

Or, and this hands down would be my choice. After a day of landing the big browns and rainbows, opt for literally sleeping on the bank of the South Fork in a roomy tent on a comfy cot, where the only sound you’ll hear after a day of landing the big browns and rainbows is the river flowing by. Relax & swap lies while the staff prepares a delicious meal. Fish, eat, sleep – wake and do it all over again, with the Overnight Camp program.

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa & South Fork Lodge – truly a family affair!

For the ultimate rod-bending days on the river and other world-class activities, call Teton Springs Lodge @877.787.8757 and South Fork Lodge Natural Retreats Reservations and Concierge @ 434.202.4590 concierge@naturalretreats.com.

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