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From Fishing Lines to Powder Lines

THOUGHTS DRIFT FROM FISHING LINES TO POWDER LINES THERE’S SNOW IN THE TETON MOUNTAINS!

O.K. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Yes it’s true that we’re having the second official snowfall of the season. Just last week the mountains, at least the peaks, were blanketed in the white stuff we so covet. Same thing is happening this week, but now we see the snow line drop closer and closer to the valley floor. It’s enough to really get the ski and snowboard juices flowing!

But hey, not so fast! Given the moisture we’ve enjoyed this month, the golf courses are green and lush, probably in the best shape of the season frankly. I played the Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs Resort this week.

 

Stay and Play Golf Packages

It was later in the day when there wasn’t a whisper of wind and the late September light was breathtaking on the course and the surrounding mountains. Gosh, it’s tough to beat the fall season for the cool, crisp days and the way the air and sun caress your face. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa offers a “Stay & Play” Golf Package and it’s circling back for a repeat performance beginning October 1. This gives everyone who loves the game a chance to play this remarkable course while lapping up the luxury a room in the lodge so graciously provides.

That’s the beauty of Teton Valley. We know warm days will be back so let the snow pile high on the mountains while we sneak in the last month or so of doing all the pre winter things we love. There’s fewer and fewer drift boats flying by on the highway for sure, but guaranteed there’s still plenty of browns and rainbows to net on the local rivers. The solitude that comes with dropping a line in the Teton River or South Fork is reason enough to fly fish this time of year. You practically have the best open water and riffles all to yourself.

Biking Around the Most Beautiful Scenery

Biking is another terrific way to breeze thru autumn in Teton Valley. Guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa head over to Fitzgerald’s in downtown Victor for a fabulous cup of java (some say the best coffee in town!), rent the cool road or mountain bike and head out to any number of Teton Valley destinations. The staff at Fitzgerald’s are the local experts and work hard to make every cycling experience your best. A hotel group just did the “Rails to Trails” tour from Tetonia to Ashton, with the help of Fitzgerald’s crew and came back with amazing tales. This is a gorgeous trek over old railroad bridges and restored rail trestles thru Teton and Freemont County’s most spectacular countryside. Kudos to Idaho Parks & Rec for this one. Can you imagine this same ride now that the leaves are changing colors?!

Grant Teton Brewing – The 208

One thing this bike group packed plenty of for their two day trek to Ashton (why rush?!) was the latest and greatest signature brew produced right here in Teton Valley at Grand Teton Brewing. It’s aptly called “208,” which of course is Idaho’s area code. Wish I could take credit for that marketing genius; it’s easy to remember the name of this “born and raised in Idaho” session ale (as their promotion goes), but this brew is also memorable for its crisp taste which is extremely pleasing to the palate. This beer is definitely 100% pure, just like the state that gave it birth.

The Stillwaters Spa & Salon at Teton Springs continues to tempt us with special “shoulder season” offers. They’ll extend your massage from 60 to 90 minutes while also decreasing the price. They’re also highlighting lots of great new products so time for a bit of indulgence.

And while you’re scooping up the off-season specials, be sure to buy that ski pass at the pre-season deals. Dreams at a discount. That’s what you get this time of year. Gosh, I love Fall!

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Music on Main – Targhee Fest – Summer Fun

Music on Main, Mulligan Mondays, the "Targhee Fest" and Salmon Flies on the South Fork – It’s all music to our ears!

It appears summer has arrived with vengeance in our corner of the Northern Rockies. It’s not often we see the mercy climb to 90 plus degrees in Teton Valley at anytime during the summer, but to have the temps skyrocket like they have this June and early July is just crazy. This unseasonably warm weather has also tricked the salmon flies into showing up to the local river parties early. These bugs now fly with abandonment on the South Fork and the lower Teton, a few weeks ahead of schedule I may add. This anomaly doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, especially yours truly. Check out the fishing packages; this is one fishing vacation that practically comes with a guarantee. 

Weather continually holds the top spot on the daily newscasts. There are monumental storms or weather events somewhere almost every day it seems. I just returned from a family vacation on the New Jersey shore and the devastation I witnessed from Hurricane Sandy was no media hype. My sister has a house on a lagoon in Beach Haven West. Her house was salvaged, but barely, and the rebuild completed in time for our annual family reunion. Others on her block not so fortunate. Of the 20 houses on her street alone, life was evident in only two residents. We watched as her neighbor’s homes were leveled right before our eyes as we sipped morning coffee. It’s an eerie sight in this shore town and others along the coast. I realized I suddenly missed the sound of dogs barking because there wasn’t any. As I walked the neighborhood I was struck by how devastation still clings to the streets. Everywhere you looked people’s dreams kicked to the curb like discarded trash; a piano, children’s toys,
boats resting in living rooms, silverware, hot tubs perched on cars, crumbled docks now serving as grotesque lawn ornaments.

So Many Things to Do in the Teton Valley

Flying home via Jackson Hole I counted my blessings. Everything was still intact. You could hear the visitors ooh and aah as the Tetons came into full view. I smiled knowing that everyone that visits Yellowstone-Teton country this time of year will have life-altering experiences as they explore all that nature provides from dawn to dusk. The folks at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa guarantee it. They’re experts at personalizing an itinerary that suits every guest.

Targhee Fest – The Headwaters Club

THEN THERE’S THE MUSIC…After a day of filling your cutthroat and brown trout limits on the South Fork, it’s time to check out "Music on Main" at the Victor City Park. It’s so close you can practically walk to the park from Teton Springs. Every Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m. thru August 8th, the level of highly talented bands taking center stage in this intimate venue is staggering. Bring a blanket and the kids; it’s the perfect family scene and it’s free! Another terrific night of music can be found at Teton Springs as the Headwaters Club hosts "Mulligan Monday’s" every Monday evening thru September. Starting at 5:00 p.m. the resort has booked some of the best entertainment in the region and the view is staggering from the resort’s event site, Caddis Lake Overlook. Food and beverage specials round out this terrific night of tunes and drop-dead scenery. After the concert, head to the Headwaters Grille to
sample Chef Jordan’s cuisine featuring locally grown ingredients.

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa’s winter promotion partner Grand Targhee is next up on the music scene with the "Targhee Fest" quickly approaching. Slated for July 19-21 and followed up with the 26th Annual Bluegrass Festival August 9-11, the Targhee festivals are legendary and the vibe unmistakingly cool and unpretentious.

Pamper Yourself and Stay in a Luxury Mountain Log Home

There are more than a few of Teton Springs guests who wouldn’t think of missing these events. The resort’s luxury mountain log homes undoubtedly provide the perfect accommodations for a family or group of friends after a day of fun and sun at these music extravaganzas. It’s the perfect blend of sunny attitudes and soaring altitudes in Teton Valley’s music scene these days.

A Luscious Hydraquench Anyone?

THESE LITTLE PIGGGIES WENT TO THE SPA…What a delightful experience having a manicure and/or pedicure at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon, especially given the recent makeover in the salon. The spa is also offering a luscious hydraquench at a special rate now through the end of July. Speaking from personal experience, this particular treatment should come with a warning; it is indeed habit forming.

Golf, swimming, fly fishing, music, exploring, hiking, biking, ballooning, eating, pampering – and the list goes on. Whew. You better get going; Call Teton Springs now and indulge all of your senses.

www.TetonSpringsLodge.com – 877.787.8757

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Getting an Early Jump on Summer Fun in the Tetons

WE BASICALLY SKIPPED SPRING THIS YEAR IN TETON VALLEY LOVE GETTING AN EARLY JUMP ON SUMMER FUN!

I’m not delusional enough to think there won’t be some spring like days in Teton Valley over the next few weeks. However, there is no disputing that for the past two weeks plus, the typical cool, unsettled spring weather has alluded us and we’ve traded the unpredictable for the sublime with temps consistently reaching the high 70′s in this gorgeous Yellowstone-Teton region.

But who’s complaining?! I feel like we’ve totally cheated the weather gods with this pre Memorial Day head start on bike riding, golfing, hiking and fishing. Ah, especially the golf.

The Headwaters Course at Teton Springs opened weeks ahead of schedule and you would swear it was June given the quality of the fairways and greens. So, put away any trepidations you may have had about booking an early season “Stay & Play” Package at the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. And, the weather isn’t the only thing perfect about this 2013 spring season. The year’s lowest rates for a night in the lodge and a day of golf on the award-winning Headwaters course make for a perfect getaway with money to spare.

The weather also proves perfect for dinner on the Headwaters Grille patio (Thurs-Sat 5-9 & soon to be expanded to 7 nights a week) and Chef Jordan is flying more seafood in every day! The Grille opens for lunch 7 days a week starting Saturday the 18th and the menu options look terrific for that apre golf Teton Waters Ranch Hot Dog and/or Happy Hour specials from 5-7.

There’s also time to shake off the winter cobwebs with a most affordable “Spring Into The Spa” spring get-away packages at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. How terrific would a massage and a night in a luxurious lodge room feel after days of working in the yard and other post winter clean up duties.

Makeovers are a specialty at this delightful facility and these folks are about to unveil a makeover of their own. They’re showing off Salon renovations with a Open House on Friday May 25. It’s worth repeating, this is the perfect time to book those resort golf and spa packages!

In addition to all the fun stuff to do at Teton Springs, it’s also the optimum time to check out the neighborhood, starting with the City of Victor. While this charming downtown area may be limited to a few blocks, there’s plenty of reasons to stop and explore. If you’re hungry, I’d head straight to the The Brakeman American Grill for what could easily be the best (and biggest) burger of your life – no exaggeration, no kidding. There’s other things on the menu but why bother?! Joe cooks everything to order so don’t expect fast food. The french fries are hand cut from Idaho spuds and my only complaint here -there’s just too many of them – and you will eat every last one, served with their own secret fry sauce. Yum!

Hope you save room after your burger for a stop at the Victor Emporium for a world famous huckleberry milkshake. This friendly & eclectic store comes equipped with its own old fashioned soda fountain and the Emporium’s reputation attracts visitors from everywhere imaginable. While, even a President or two has graced its doors!

After all this great food, it may be time for a bike ride! Teton Springs Lodge & Spa has a great partner in Victor that can set you up with any ride under the Teton sun, and on the right bike just for you. The staff at Fitzgeralds are the local experts in anything to do with both the hard core mountain biking scene or for those looking to simply cruise the bike path with kids in tow.   And, don’t miss their big spring sale going on now.

As you cruise through Victor, you can’t help but notice the drift boats loaded and headed to the area’s rivers. There’s good reason the local fly fishing guides are wearing smiles as wide as the valley floor these day. So, when you call to ask about the current spa and golf specials, make sure to also inquire about fishing packages. After all, even though it’s only mid May, it’s already that time of year!

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