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The Sweetest Valentine for This Hotel – Come Stay With Us

When you’re in the hospitality business, there’s nothing more gratifying than when your property and staff are recognized, especially when the kudos are primarily coming from your guests.

Teton Springs Voted Number One in Idaho… Again!

As we sit here assisting our hotel guests in the morning hustle and bustle as they head out the door anxious to hit the slopes, and watching the snow fall, which is a frequent ritual in Teton Valley, I’m allowing myself a brief moment to gloat. It was just announced that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa was named the “Best Hotel in Idaho” for the fourth straight year. Any recognition as the “best” is quite the honor, but to be named the “Best Hotel in Idaho” by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report, well, that’s something that warrants bragging rights.

This is a publication that is easily considered a stalwart of American journalism, a true media news giant since the early 1930′s. It has always distinguished itself as being top notch with its editorial content, always resisting the urge to cave to the public’s morbid curiosity for any morsel of celebrity shenanigans, pop culture, sports and the scandal du jour. Instead, U.S. News & World Report built its reputation on giving sound advice to its readers by publishing rankings & analysis, from the “best of” in hospitals, colleges, automotives, health plans, finance, and the like. Information people really need, imagine that.

What determines the “best” of anything can be so subjective, a personal appraisal often reflecting a consumer’s limited snapshot in time. U.S. News & World Report takes a more scientific, multi-faceted approach to determine their ratings. Travel industry leaders consider a hotel’s star ratings, recommendations, consumer appraisals and travelers’ reviews to comprise their list of who should be considered the crème de la crème in each state. Think it’s accurate to say the accommodations and overall quality of the property have to be top-notch and possess those amenities that separate your hotel from the hum-drum, homogenized properties that dot the country.

Congratulations Teton Springs Lodge & Spa – your pride of place continues to shine brightly!

Valentines Day in the Teton Valley

Teton Springs also holds the recipe for romance this Valentine’s Day! Why settle for same old, same old, which usually means chocolates and roses. Other than to fill the coffers of Hallmark, Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to think outside the box and truly recognize how much we care about someone. Yes, Cupid reigns supreme in this month of February, and our guests will be looking to us for advice on how to honor all special relationships.

It’s easy to come up with heartfelt ideas while you’re a guest at Teton Springs. There’s adventure, discovery and even pampering galore. Here’s but a few ideas on how to spend this special day with someone you love!

Snowcat Skiing at Grand Targhee

Snuggled up in the back of a snowcat with your sweetie at Grand Targhee as it chugs up Peaked Mountain for a day of powder skiing sounds pretty special to me (23″inches of fluff fell on the slopes at powder Mecca Grand Targhee this past week.)

Speaking of powder – a heli ski trip into the Tetons says “love” loud and clear!

Wildlife Extravaganza

Start the adventure with a scrumptious breakfast in the Lodge’s new Storehouse Café, then off to Jackson Hole for a delightful horse-drawn sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge. Toasty under cowboy blankets, you’ll find yourself eye-to-eye with as many as 14,000 majestic elk that winter here, in the shadows of the Tetons.

Stillwaters Spa & Salon

The  Stillwaters Spa & Salon commemorates Valentine’s Day the entire month of February with sweet specials! They also recognize the importance of de-stressing, and what offers the perfect balance of relaxation and pampering better than a 90 minute massage (and worth noting – at the 60 minute price throughout February!). This way you both get the ultimate and heartfelt gift!

Fly fishing on the South Fork River!

Trust me; it’s never too early to book a spring or summer fly fishing excursion on eastern Idaho’s most renowned river. Book a day trip, or a multi-day all inclusive stay, at Teton Springs’s sister resort, South Fork Lodge, undoubtedly one of Natural Retreat’s most pristine and ruggedly elegant properties. And, it’s worth repeating that this could very well be the best dry fly fishing in the entire country.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and remember, nothing says LOVE louder than adventure and discovery in Yellowstone-Teton country!

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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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