Teton Springs Lodge – Ready for Prime Time

Posted by admin in General on April 21st, 2014 2:57 pm

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa Ready for Prime Time with Natural Retreats!

We didn’t necessarily need U.S. News & World Report to tell the world that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa was the “Best Hotel in Idaho,” but that’s what they recently did, for the third straight year I may add. Visitors to this charming Teton Valley property have been making that claim practically from day one, when this boutique hotel made its grand debut back in December, 2007. And, it’s not just the brick and mortar and classy facilities that Teton Springs has been recognized for – TripAdvisor, the world’s giant travel site had also recognized this lodge with its coveted “Certificate of Excellence” award for its customer service, on multiple occasions, based on guest reviews. I believe this speaks volumes on how one can be expected to be treated from the moment they step into this hotel’s lobby.

With this repeat recognition for a job well done, the tendency could be, if you’re not careful, is to sit back, take it all in, bask in the glow of the accolades, and maybe even relax a tad. I haven’t seen one iota of this occurring. In fact, the awards seem to have provoked a common cause among the troops at Teton Springs, a esprit de corps if you will, to keep this momentum going. I also get the sense that it’s really not about the awards for the individuals who steer this ship. The culture at Teton Springs is inherently obvious to an outsider from the onset; these guys want each and every guest to have the time of their lives in this spectacular Yellowstone-Teton region. They take it personally. There’s the carrot.

Teton Springs Lodge and Natural Retreats

So, just when you think Teton Springs will roll along and do what they do best, something big comes along to brighten the horizon even more! NATURAL RETREATS, a luxury travel company with property holdings both domestically and internationally, has recently signed an operating and real estate agreement with Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. Natural Retreats vacation rentals will not be found in the hub of urban jungles, but rather sit nestled in the most stunning locations on the planet. Now they’ve added the jewel that is Teton Springs Lodge & Spa to their arsenal of magical retreats – places of great beauty, solitude, relaxation, discovery and adventure.

Their commitment to guest service is evident by their personal concierge service and inherent company philosophy. “A cornerstone to this Teton Springs opportunity is our shared absolute commitment to unparalleled guest service,” said Matthew Spence, CEO of Natural Retreats.

Beautiful Cabins Along Side the Golf Course and Mountains

View our Virtual TourIt appears everything is about the service for this group; experts in their real estate division have assisted charmed vacationers find their own slice of paradise with the perfect second-home in one of their enviable locations around the world. In the Teton Springs Resort Community, the elegant custom designed three, four & five bedroom luxury mountain log homes fit the profile perfectly for their Handpicked vacation home rental & purchase program.

Teton Springs fits hand in glove with the branding platform of Natural Retreats which focuses on operating properties with break taking coastal vistas, charming and intimate countryside sanctuaries and wilderness locations, all magnets for vacationing families, fly fishermen, destination wedding parties and corporate gathering.

Fly-Fishing on the South Fork of the Snake

Avid fly fishermen who fish Idaho’s acclaimed South Fork of the Snake River will perhaps be familiar with Natural Retreats, as they own the South Fork Lodge in Swan Valley, just 30 minutes down the road from Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. The South Fork is renowned worldwide for its dry fly fishing. All of us who fish the coveted South Fork have often floated by the South Fork Lodge and have admired it for its rustic, but elegant, architecture and of course, location, location, location.

Guests enjoying dinner in their Riverside Bar & Grille (I’ve had the pleasure, its delicious!) or sipping a cocktail on the patio swapping fish tales, will agree this is one special place. Our new relationship with the South Fork Lodge also means Teton Springs guests will take to the South Fork’s big water with the region’s most experienced guides behind the oars. This river is teeming with rainbows, browns and cutbows and South Fork Lodge guides boast private access to 65 miles of the South Fork, a river often talked about in hushed tones.

Need to learn the art of fly fishing, or simply perfect that rusty casting technique – we can handle that at Teton Springs on one of the many private stocked ponds & lakes that dot the property.

Joining the Natural Retreats family will undoubtedly have huge ramifications for the Lodge & Spa, as well as for the sleepy town of Victor, Idaho, as the world stage beckons. Known globally for producing the tastiest spuds in the world, Idaho is so much more that an oversized baked potato or plate of yummy tator tots. This Yellowstone-Teton region is one of the most breathtaking places on earth, with recreation opportunities to match.

Yes, while it’s certainly humbling and enormously gratifying to be called the “best,” it’s even more gratifying to strive to be greater. Think we just inched closer to that with Natural Retreats in our corner. We’re ready for our debut.

A warm welcome to Natural Retreats…

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Spring is Here and There’s Plenty to Celebrate

Posted by admin in Golf Packages, Spring in Teton Valley on April 1st, 2014 10:13 am

Spring is Here and There’s Plenty to Celebrate at Teton Springs Resort & Club

Yes, it’s that time of year when our thoughts stray from sliding on snow to swinging a club and casting a line. For some, this may seem a tad premature given that terrific skiing and snowboarding remains a viable option in the Teton Mountains well into April. However, even for those of us who embrace Teton Valley winters with every ounce of our being, there’s something magical that comes with the arrival of spring and the promise of warm weather pursuits. So now Grand Targhee’s current base depth of 145 inches takes on new significance, and that’s plenty of run-off this spring. We can expect big water flowing into our local rivers and we all know what that means – long hours at the fly-tying bench. It also means lush fairways and perfectly manicured greens on the Headwaters course at Teton Springs.

This is all great news for our guests, who will begin their journey to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and Yellowstone-Teton country, starting May 1st, when the “Suite Knots” Summer get-away package makes its 2014 debut.

You don’t have to be a diehard fisherman to know that the early bird does indeed catch the worm, especially if that worm is a trophy size brown trout on the Henry’s Fork River. The lodge offers up one of the deluxe one-bedroom suites as bait in this early-season package, but the three, four and five bedroom luxury mountain log cabins should always be considered. These homes are elegant, yet homey, and surprisingly affordable. Guys with nothing but golf on their mind, families, corporate groups, ladies on their annual hiking getaway, you name it – these units are grabbed early.

Teton Springs once again joins forces with our region’s expert fly fishing guides; there’s practically a guarantee that you’ll fill your quota of trout with these pros behind the oars. And, it never hurts to arrive a day or two early. Take some time to get acclimated, savor a massage at the Stillwaters Spa, visit the local fishing shops to see what’s working, and spend some time on the resort’s private ponds.

There’s no better place to shake winter kinks from that fly casting technique so you’re battle ready to conquer the Northern Rockies most acclaimed rivers.

Another sign that winter is definitely in our rear-view mirror comes with the opening of the Headwaters Golf Club.  Depending on snow melt, we’ve teed it up on this extraordinary course as early as mid to late April. We can only hope. This summer they’ll be excitement buzzing; as Headwaters celebrates its 10th birthday! As with any milestone, it’s always impossible to believe so much time has passed. However, when one plays this world-class course, with its mature trees and thick lush grass, you get the sense Headwaters has been here forever.

It was the late 90′s when Byron Nelson, golf’s most legendary player, and definitely golf’s most revered ambassador, graced a local resident’s property, a large swath of farmland that was destined to become both the Headwaters 18-hole course, and the par-3 course. There was a groundbreaking event, quite the celebration, the golf course just the beginning of the full-service resort that Teton Springs would become, and thus a new era for the charming, sleepy town of Victor Idaho. I was lucky enough to attend this party and actually spent a few minutes talking to my all-time personal hero Byron Nelson. He was everything I imagined and more; sweet, genuine, humble, generous of heart and thrilled to be bringing his course design & such a dynamic project to eastern Idaho. Turns out,
Headwaters was sadly Bryon’s last course design. PGA touring professional Steve Jones and one of the top golf architects, Gary Stephenson, were also there. I’ll never forget it.

Sandwiched between the Teton and Big Hole Mountains, and with spectacular vistas in every direction, players are easily distracted by the views. There’s also the occasional moose or deer cruising through and it’s better to hold up play when the resident Bald Eagle decides to takes a break in the middle of the fairway. Headwaters is a championship level course for sure, and through the years has hosted its share of prestigious professional and amateur events. But the mark of a truly great course is how welcoming it is, user friendly for all ability levels. Headwaters personifies that. The set of five tee boxes on each hole insures that the high handicapper and scratch player will easily coexist here.

Both the 18-hole and part-3 Headwaters courses are private, but, guests staying in the Lodge or in one of the luxury mountain log homes that dot the resort are entitled to all of the club privileges typically afforded to the members only. Families often gravitate to the par-3, which is a total blast to play and forgiving for the beginner and the low handicapper looking to perfect their iron play. It’s relaxed and the perfect venue for setting up that corporate tournament. There are Spring vacation packages to suit everyone early season, particularly the ultra affordable spring Stay & Play Packages.

In between rounds, lodging guests can take a well-deserved dip in the 25 meter pool, or, soak up the rays on the sunning decks, where lunch service is also served by the new culinary team at Teton Springs. If you live in the area or, simply planning on spending part of your summer in the Tetons, membership to the Headwaters & Sports Club makes the most sense. Contact Headwaters general manager Sean to talk about living the dream at Teton Springs (208.787.8008). Check out all of our wonderful Spring and Summer activities in the Teton Valley.

Happy Anniversary Headwaters and hats off to you Mr. Byron Nelson. We’ll be sure to enjoy many more glorious years enjoying your brilliant creation at Teton Springs…

www.TetonSpringsLodge.com – email: guestservices@tetonspringslodge.com


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Love is in the Air at Teton Springs

Posted by admin in Teton Weddings, wedding venues on March 14th, 2014 11:50 am

While snow sliders are thrilled with the amount of white stuff still filling in every nook and cranny on the area slopes in and around Teton valley, there’s definitely excitement brewing for another reason. The women, who will soon give up sliding on white, only to wear it in a few short months, can see nothing but visions of Eagles soaring overhead, crystal clear lakes and ponds, and lush, green grass at the Caddis Lake Overlook, and other prime locations sites at Teton Springs. Yes, wedding season is undoubtedly heating up once again at Teton Springs Resort, one of the region’s most popular wedding destinations.

It’s not difficult to understand why this Yellowstone-Teton property plays host to more than its fair share of couples saying “I Do.” It’s almost as if this 780 plus acre resort community was built with weddings in mind. To start with, one could easily argue that Teton Springs may very well be one of the most romantic places for a couple to walk down the aisle, with soft green grass beneath their feet and nothing but purple-blue skies and mountain peaks on the horizon. Here you’re surrounded by the majestic Teton and Big Hole Mountains; the backdrop is awe inspiring, almost to the point of distraction.

A family reunion is often the sweet byproduct of a wedding celebration and the lodging at Teton Springs is optimum for accommodating a destination affair. Husband and wife to be, with family & friends in tow, can all be together under one roof if they choose the boutique Teton Springs Lodge. Wedding guests often take over the entire 51 room hotel, especially the suites, equipped with a full kitchen and spacious living area. There are one and two bedroom suites and a family of six is easily and comfortably accommodated in the two bedroom model.

As nice as the lodge accommodations are, the Mountain Log Homes at Teton Springs are often the first choice for wedding goers, and these “cabins” are nothing short of grand. Though they are often referred to as cabins, in the case of these particular homes, it’s best to remove all pre-conceived notions of the typical log cabin in the woods. Each and every one of these homes are stunning, with many bordering the Headwaters Golf Course and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Families, or buddies coming in for the event have a lot of options here; there’s three, four and five bedroom beautiful log cabins, and each has been custom designed and filled with large, overstuffed, western themed furniture and other goodies (many equipped with pool tables, elaborate sound systems, huge T.V.’s etc.). Naturally during the summer months, the large decks overlooking the golf course easily morph into the perfect gathering spots for family and friends.

Of all the amenities one will find at Teton Springs, when it comes to weddings, the home run has to be the Stillwaters Spa & Salon.

Located in the lodge, this full service facility has a leg up on any of the region’s competitors. The staff at this full service oasis has made it a point to specialize in all things wedding related. It begins with the entire staff; Jill, Julie, Karen, and Nicole, and when it comes to catering to the bride and her entourage, Nicole is a shining star. Armed with over 25 years of experience in cutting and styling techniques, Nicole has made it her avocation to be the stylist for countless brides and her attendants, and last but certainly not least, the mother of the bride and groom.

Nicole has apprenticed under the best in the business, in particular Aveda Corporation, and later with stylist-to-the-stars Ted Gibson himself, who moved on from Aveda and started his own chain of salons. Gibson not only treats the major celebrities of our era, but can legitimately claim that status himself as a magazine, runway and celebrity hair stylist. Gibson’s famous client list includes the who’s-who of celebs, including Angeline Jolie, Ann Hathaway, Demi Moore, Diane Sawyer and other famous individuals worthy of our attention. Nicole recently attended the Ted Gibson Advanced Academy seminar in Florida to work with Gibson’s top protégé and stylist, Devin Toth.

Through her extensive study and success with these industry giants, Nicole became a trainer herself, and now shares her expertise with the Stillwaters staff. With this team, all clients are offered a high level of treatment in the art of cutting-edge hair cutting & color techniques, make up, skin care, and aromatherapy. The manicure & pedicure station at the salon was also recently remodeled to accommodate high demand. It’s no wonder that the Stillwaters Spa &n Salon is quickly gaining recognition as the hot spot of beauty in this region, where clients appreciate the down-to-earth peaceful vibe, a place where inspiration and creativity flourish.

Food is also a focal point for any wedding celebration and Teton Springs more than has this covered. Resident Chef Rick Sordahl is somewhat of a celebrity himself, and his culinary accomplishments particularly shine when it comes to catering a special event, both smaller, more intimate affairs, all the way to big-top tent wedding receptions. Rick recently opened the Range at Teton Springs and the reviews couldn’t be more stellar.

The party doesn’t end there – after the ceremony, bride and groom and their wedding guests scatter for a real vacation in the Yellowstone-Teton country, or you never really have to leave the confines of resort gates, with swimming, tennis, fly fishing, golf, hiking and biking all there for the taking. Call the nice folks at the lodge; they’ll help you with all wedding plans and/or your next one-of-a-kind unforgettable world-class vacation.

Ah, love is indeed in the air at Teton Springs, and so much more!

Visit www.TetonSpringsLodge.com – 877.787. 8757

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