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Our Very Own Victor Idaho Sports a New Big City Stoplight!

Pinch me, I must be dreaming! We’re getting into the waning days of October and up until a few days ago, we were still hiking in t-shirts, spending lazy afternoons on the South Fork enticing the rainbows into the boat with the perfect hopper, and committing to memory just how gorgeous the fall foliage was this year. In fact, one of my favorite hikes this time of year takes you to the rim overlooking the South Fork, watching the drift boats from our sister resort, South Fork Lodge, float lazily by, knowing they too are on borrowed time.

Teton Springs Lodge guests recently enjoyed their final 18 holes of the season on the resort’s Headwaters Course, with the bright gold aspens lining the fairways. Well, the aspens are shedding their leaves and the staff is putting this baby to bed for the year, and what a terrific season it was with Headwaters posting record rounds on this Byron Nelson masterpiece. I’m already looking forward to teeing it off next spring and so are the groups who have already booked their golf Stay & Play Packages for 2015!

The incredible weather also gave relief to the workers installing Victor’s first stop light. Rather than simply drifting thru the stop sign on Highway 33, one has to pay attention now when they come to this crossroad with a right turn over Teton Pass to Jackson Hole, or swinging a left heading thru Teton Valley and beyond. I never thought I’d see the day when Victor would actually need a stop light, but summer traffic heading north on Idaho’s scenic byway to check out Mesa Falls and other east Idaho treasurers, and southeast to the most prominent destinations in the country, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, truly dictated we join the ranks of the real world. Progress I guess, but I sincerely doubt that this entry into the 21st century, in any way, threatens the small-town charm and idyllic lifestyle that defines Victor.

The buzz on the street is that winter is creeping around the corner, and that’s o.k. It’s time. And, to make the transition easier, we’re getting primed by the annual ski extravaganzas that fill the local movie screens this time of year. This season we have another premier to attend other than the highly anticipated Teton Gravity Research flick. This is a show that is guaranteed to get the ski juices going in both sexes. “Pretty Faces,” an all-female flick starring Pro freeskier Lynsey Dyer, one of the best freeskiers in the nation, was recently screened in Jackson to rave reviews. It’s about time, and only fitting that the Equality State had first dibs on unveiling “Pretty Faces” to the waiting public. What terrific inspiration to young female shredders everywhere. Finally it’s totally cool to ski like a girl!

However, it doesn’t take a thrills and spills ski movie to get everyone at Teton Springs excited about the upcoming heli ski season. Powder snow aficionados undoubtedly dream about cruising thru the Tetons finest fluff long before the first flake appears. This backcountry experience should be on everyone’s bucket list.

With Thanksgiving in our sites, it’s time to book that holiday weekend at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. The very popular “book two nights and the third is FREE” winter vacation package remains intact, much to skiers and snowboarders delight. Grand Targhee has every intention of accommodating snow sliders with a projected opening the week before turkey day.

If any resort in North America can pull it off, it’s Grand Targhee. Their projected 500 inches of snowfall this season isn’t simply a delusional wish, it’s a stat born of history. This free night package special at Teton Springs during Thanksgiving isn’t just valid in the elegant lodge rooms and suites, but also works if you’re looking to upgrade to one of their luxury mountain log homes.

Officially referred to as “Handpicked Homes,” by Lodge operator Natural Retreats, calling these elegant homes “Handpicked” is a great way to separate these incredible custom built homes from the ho-hum lodging fare one usually finds in most tourist destinations.

Sometimes referred to as “cabins” by resort staff, these are not cabins in any stretch of the imagination. While the three, four and five luxury cabins at Teton Springs may be of log construction, the comparison to log cabins as most of us envision them literally ends there.

These gorgeous, well-appointed homes indeed provide the optimum home-away-from-home setting for winter ski enthusiasts, and, the perfect holiday gift for a family or group of skip buddies looking to start the festive season in the lap of affordable luxury.

So, let the training regime begin to strengthen your core, and most likely, dormant muscles. You’ll need to be ready for what promises to be the ride of your life. A winter of pure bliss is ahead of us in Teton Valley, beneath the grandeur of the Grand Tetons. Priceless…

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The Adventures Continue Well Past Labor Day Here in the Northern Rockies

Labor Day always feels bittersweet to me. And, if you listen to some naysayers/ dream slayers, you get the feeling this three-day holiday signals the ultimate end to our precious summer season. Of course it’s not over; Labor Day is literally a date on the calendar, nothing more, especially when it comes to recreating in the Tetons. For families, perhaps time does become more limited as the reality of reading, writing and arithmetic looms on the horizon for kids beckoned back to the classroom. But, there’s always weekends. For those in the know making the trek to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, it’s definitely not the end of summer fun, not even close. In fact, for a huge segment of the traveling public, September officially marks the beginning of the “real” traveling season.

This time of year the motor homes start to disappear from the highways, there’s fewer hikers on the trails, and the chance for afternoon thunder storms decreases significantly. Not to mention what happens to the vast open landscape in September, when the trees decide to unveil their true brilliant colors. Honestly, September and October can be the best time to visit the Tetons when warm, sunny days seem to be the norm, and guests start to ask more frequently for that extra blanket at night. It’s darn near perfect across the board!

Now is the Time to Golf!

We’ve had our share of summer rain the past few weeks, giving the Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs a bright green hue, a look and feel normally reserved for the early days of summer. Fairways are lush and the greens soft and true.

It’s easy for guests to book tee times of their choice with Lodge Stay & Play Packages and the 10th anniversary celebration of this award-winning course will last well into October.

It’s also the favorite time of the year for our guests to visit Jackson for the day. The crowds flocking to this iconic western town thin dramatically but the Jackson Hole Chamber folks continue to put on a show. One major attraction is the annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, held September 3-14, and recognized as one of the top events in the United States. With the Tetons providing a most inspiring backdrop, this festival is definitely family-friendly with many free and interactive exhibits guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages. It’s a virtual potpourri of western, contemporary, landscape, wildlife and Native America arts. After looking at the mind boggling wildlife art to be featured this year, it’s time to see some up close and personal!

A raft trip on the scenic Snake River is the perfect way to catch a glimpse of all the magnificent critters that call Jackson and Teton National Park home; eagles, moose, deer, buffalo, and elk. To enhance your chance to see these creatures in their natural environment, seriously consider a Wildlife Tour with our partners at BrushBuck Tours. Many of our recent guests traveling off the beaten path with the BrushBuck guides have also been treated to sightings of the elusive grizzly and their majestic co-inhabitant, the gray wolf.

If you decide to be your own tour guide, the nice folks at Teton Springs Lodge will treat you to a 7-day pass for trips into Grand Teton and Yellowstone when you book the National Parks Getaway Package. Bring the binoculars; you just never know what spectacular sights await!

Fly-fishing on the Snake River – When it comes to the waning days of summer, the South Fork truly comes alive. Every day weary anglers lumber through our lobby with extraordinary tales of browns, cutthroats and rainbows filling their nets. I’ve seen the pictures.

The Dept of Reclamation gratefully lowers the water this time of year on the South Fork as the farmers downstream have pretty much put their crops to bed. That’s great news for fly fishermen; new riffles are exposed every day and the bugs come alive. The guides at our sister property, South Fork Lodge, practically guarantee success on this waterway, considered one of the best dry fly fisheries in the entire country. No argument there.

Sounds like it’s time to make plans to visit Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, a Natural Retreats property. After all, Fall won’t last forever!

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

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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