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. 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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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.


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!”).


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?


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.


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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