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What off Season? Birdies on Headwaters Course & monster trout on the Henry’s Fork!
Some folks may refer to this time of year as the “off season.” Most of the regional ski resorts have closed or are getting pretty close to hitting the off switch. The ever present shuttle buses carting anxious skiers from Jackson Hole to Teton Valley are mothballed until the snow flies again next winter.
There’s still plenty of snow at Grand Targhee, but of late it’s the buffed out groomed runs and high altitude deck parties filled with music and the aroma of sizzling burgers that are the main attraction.
The days of the heavenly powder face shots are more or less behind us.
Golfing the 18 Hole Award Winning Course – Golfing Stay and Play Packages
Who cares what’s behind us; it’s what’s ahead that is always the most exciting and now we’re talking golf & fishing. Oh boy! That’s why there’s no such thing as “off season” at Teton Springs Resort. The Headwaters Golf Club maintenance crew is out in full force evaluating just how quickly they can set up the tee boxes on this 18 hole award-winning course. The opening of the Byron Nelson short course at Teton Springs will happen even sooner.
The privilege to play both of these private courses, at a discounted rate I may add, are yours for the taking when you book hotel and golf packages at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.
That’s always the case at this most gracious resort. But this spring they’ve gone crazy -they have a special that’s the absolute best offer of the season and includes a night in their deluxe lodge room, and a day of golf, plus…… plus……..
Check it out; it’s valid from May 1 – May 25. So dust off the sticks; that’s right around the corner, check out our wonderful Spring Packages for Golfing!
Relax at the Stillwaters Spa and Salon
April is also bonus month at the resort’s Stillwaters Spa & Salon and the “90 for 60″ is back. Book a 60 minute massage and they massage those winter weary bones an extra 30 minutes for free!
Fly Fishing – Waders – Good Times with Friends
Pteronarcys you say… That means one thing, salmon fly, and BIG TROUT LOVE SALMON FLIES!
The other reason you gotta love the not so off “off-season,” is the chance to plant your feet firmly in the waders once again. The folks at Teton Springs have been booking summer fishing packages for months; the serious anglers are always too anxious to wait.
Now there’s a new offering on the table, fly fishing trips to the world renowned Henry’s Fork for the coveted salmon fly hatch.
These guided fly fishing trips with Teton Springs Lodge partner WorldCast are happening May 1 thru May 31. Grab a bunch of buddies and head to Idaho but you’ll need to call Teton Springs Guest Services to book this one. This package is even too hot for the web!
Toll Free: 877.787.8757
SPRING IN THE TETONS THIS YEAR MEANS AN EXTRA DOSE OF SUMMER FUN!
O.K. It’s not quite summer in our Yellowstone-Teton territory but you sure could have fooled me! Everything is turning on ahead of schedule this year. The amazing Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs Resort unveiled the manicured fairways for the many anxious golfers in mid April, a whole month early. The aspens are just about in full bloom, mountain bike tires are inflated and boats are out of dry dock and heading over to Palisades Lake. Fly fishermen are particularly ecstatic given the early dry fly hatches on the nearby South Fork of the Snake and the coveted salmon fly has been spotted on the world-renowned Henry’s Fork River. This warm spring has even the bugs confused. The humming birds’ journey from their winter home is over, arriving a few weeks early to their familiar feeders in Teton Valley. It can’t possibly still be May right?! To have this much fun before Memorial Day, the official start of summer, is absolutely kooky but non-the-less something to be
savored. Fly fishing in the Jackson Hole and Teton area is looking GREAT!
There are so many reasons to celebrate a terrific spring and early summer like we’re enjoying this year. Jackson Hole is a mere 25 minutes away from Teton Springs and you’ll have this authentic western town center virtually all to yourself. Shop and eat at your leisure, and check out the numerous world-class art galleries that dot the iconic town square. Most importantly, don’t forget a stop at the National Museum of Wildlife Art situated directly across from the National Elk Refuge right outside of Jackson. This true Wyoming gem is sure to inspire and features more than 550 artists, giving visitors a detailed study in the history of wildlife through a staggering array of American paintings and sculpture. Not to mention, this museum just celebrated its 25th birthday. Now you’re ready to head to our national parks!
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
This time of year Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are particularly enticing and it’s a safe bet to say you may actually see more animals than cars heading into these national treasures. Baby bison, elk, mule deer and the hottest ticket in town, mother grizzlies with their young, are also taking in these delightful spring days with utter abandon. Wildlife is in full view everywhere in both Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Parks and the spectacular critters aren’t nearly as cautions this time of year so close viewing is possible. More good news – a seven-day Park Pass is on us! With an extra day for exploring thrown in this Memorial Day Weekend, I would book now! Check out all our Summer Packages at Teton Springs Lodge!
Back at Teton Springs lodge & Spa, you’ll be delightfully exhausted but a relaxing Happy Hour and dinner in the redesigned Headwaters Grille will definitely take the edge off (their recent Happy Hour elk brats were killer!)
Beautiful Outdoor Pool, Hot Tubs, Fountains & Scenery
The pool at the Headwaters Club is another opening early saga so lodging guests will relish a dip in the heated pool and a relaxing afternoon getting rid of that pasty winter white complexion at the pools sunning decks. There’s also nothing that puts you in the vacation mode faster than a poolside lunch. It feels delightfully decadent and the Splash Café at Teton Springs is there to accommodate.
I love this time of year at Teton Springs! The offers are plentiful for a Stay and Play golf special with re-round deals galore. You could just end up playing golf all day long and well into the night. http://www.tetonspringslodge.com/Packages/Summer-Packages.aspx
But, if you need a break from the links, there’s plenty of other things to do while waiting for the full slate of summer activities in this region to kick in. My favorite is the "90 for 60" at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. These therapists are good – so good, you’ll almost feel guilty getting a 90 minute Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage and only paying the 60 minute price (now through May 31 @ $115).
With body parts now perfectly aligned, you’re ready to play a leisure game of tennis, tone those muscles at the fitness center, and maybe get the rust out of your fly casting technique with practice on one of the resort’s stocked ponds.
NEW! THE CADDIS LAKE event site – While strolling the grounds at Teton Springs you also can’t help but notice a flurry of activity going on adjacent to the Lodge. Right now it looks simply like a beautiful deck overlooking the 10th hole of the Headwaters Course. That’s true, but this site will soon be transformed into a summer events center of sorts. If you have ever been to the resort during the summer months, you would have noticed our large tent set up on the grassy landscaped area in front of the lodge & spa. It was a pleasant enough location but did block the view of the mountains while you were getting your locks shortened or having a manicure in the salon. Now with the move to its new home, hopefully by Memorial Day, guests can take in the glorious western sunsets, catch the resident eagle perched nearby, or watch the anxious angler try to lure that illusive trout from Caddis Lake – all from this special place. So, if you know
of anyone getting married, you won’t find a more romantic setting to say "I Do" and what a inspiring place to hold just about any event, company retreat, or the like. The views are staggering, the cost is not. (DECK VIEW PICTURE HERE)
Spring is suddenly the "high season" in terms of fun things to do in the Tetons but it’s also the most affordable time to come. Seems crazy – seems like a must!
I hereby take the risk of repeating some of my prior musing on the intrinsic benefits of cruising around this area I call home. This past week I indeed looked at this glorious Teton basin area (and beyond) through a different viewfinder. Fresh eyes this time belonged to two out-of-state visitors. It’s my best friend Julie, who can only recall one other winter excursion over 20 years ago, and my sister Mare, who also pleads guilty to the too-few-visits charge. Guess I just need to stop indulging my family and friends with my frequent visits to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If they’re dying to see me it will just have to happen more often, on my turf, here in "paradise" (their word not mine).
Have you ever noticed how much you really don’t notice as you meander through your daily life? Living in the shadow of the Tetons you tend to take the staggering beauty for granted; the way sun glistens off the peaks early in the morning or the foreboding shadows on the foothills as you bid farewell to another day. Watching the Big Dipper come to life, seemingly directly over the neighboring Big Hole Mountains, was a nightly ritual and the eerie quiet of the night was consistently broken with lots of oohs and aahs tinted with charming Philly accents. It was indeed a wake-up call having guests visit our delightful corner of the world. I write often about the beauty and the intrinsic benefits of simply being here in the Yellowstone-Teton region and this chance to observe the magic, thru others, was truly a reminder to appreciate the splendor of our great planet.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Fun for Everyone
First of all, the sense of arrival can set the stage for all that follows. When you’re a destination visitor to this region you have the option of flying into Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole. Driving from either airport to Teton Valley provides plenty of eye candy. However, soaring past the Tetons as you circle the Jackson Airport, located in the Grand Teton National Park (the only airport in the USA situated in a national park), your senses are alert and you know instantly that this promises to be a special trip. This was a post Labor Day trip for Mare and Julie but you’d never know it by the steady stream of excited passengers coming off their plane. The word’s out – this is an optimum time of year to visit the Tetons and all the wonders of our national parks.
We head straight over Teton Pass to Victor, Idaho, with a brief stop at the top of Teton Pass to take in the lights of Jackson Hole sparkling in our rearview mirror. It will be an early night for my east coast guests. Travel plans to check out the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River means an early wake-up call.
With my husband, a former fishing guide as our leader, we head out on the first leg of our adventure. We eventually take some liberty with the official Yellowstone Grand Teton Loop Road, designated one of the Top Ten Scenic Roads in the Northern Rockies but for now we follow this scenic route thru Teton Valley, and north into Ashton. We’re treated to Teton views with every twist and turn of the road and more oohs and aahs that seem to pepper every conversation. We camp on the banks of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake, a river famous world-wide for its trophy load of rainbow and brown trout. The swift Snake churning thru the canyon lulls us to sleep and the wind quietly whistling thru the aspens wake us early. We watch the osprey eyeing their breakfast as we enjoy ours. We share the quiet, beauty and solitude of the River Side Campground (just south of Island Park) with only a few fly fishermen. Where is everyone on this stellar morning? Even the pesky bugs have called it a day for the season.
Mesa Falls, The Madison River, Teton Springs Lodge – It Doesn’t Get Any Better
We head out to Mesa Falls, a mandatory stop on anyone’s itinerary, unless you’re a people watcher. We only share this attraction with 7 or so fellow gawkers (ah, off season). You hear the ominous thunder of the falls before you ever see them. It’s not easy finding the right superlatives to describe the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls so I won’t even try. Seeing is believing. It’s easy access here for all visitors, boasting interpretive trails, viewing platforms, plentiful parking and clean restrooms. Way to go Idaho!
We take a slight detour off of the scenic tour road and head into Montana’s Madison River Valley where big browns lurk behind every river rock. With the spring run-off amazingly still in effect, the Madison is swollen and running wild. We float the more mellow Quake Lake and talk in hushed tones about the horrific earthquake that tragically took lives and demolished this valley back in the 1950′s. The mountainous backdrops are breathtaking and the girls now understand why this state is indeed called Big Sky Country!
Back to Teton Springs to Be Pampered
Back in Idaho, we treat ourselves to a stay at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. This would prove to be the highlight for my guests. They have heard me for years go on and on about how incredible this resort is, now they’re officially counted among the true believers. Our one-bedroom suite was elegant, yet so homey. We relaxed in the Stillwaters Spa Zen Room and played golf on the Headwaters Course as the sun was setting over the mountains. The bald eagle that takes up residence on the 7th fairway didn’t show this time but was a good excuse for a re-round. The Headwaters Grille provided delicious breaks from our hectic days which included a fishing/sight seeing expedition on our very own Teton River. As much as I love fishing the Teton, my concentration was delightfully broken by wildlife roaming the banks. We shared the river with a Great Grey Owl who was also looking to bag that illusive rainbow. And did I mention those Tetons, strutting their stuff for the entire float. Folks, trust me when I say, the Teton River is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful waterways in North America!
Wyoming – A Trip Down the Snake, the Tetons…
Next stop Wyoming! We capped off our whirlwind tour with a scenic trip down the mighty Snake River in Jackson Hole. The nice folks at Teton Springs will book this (and all your activities) for you. It’s only a 25 minute drive to pick up the raft and a three hour float thru the Snake River Canyon. Our guide was delightful and informative and what fun to watch our fellow boaters faces light up with each Bald Eagle spotting (seven was the official count!). Lunch was at Dornans in Teton National Park, certainly the exclamation point on this visit. And did I mention those Tetons?
I think it’s safe to presume that after our recent week together, more American Airlines Frequent Flyer miles will be added to Mare & Julie’s pot, sans any pleading from me. They’ll be back willingly, for a repeat performance to this land of wide open vistas, rising rainbows, soaring mountains, lush farmland and river adventures – all capped off daily with a healthy dose of star gazing. Teton Valley has grown since Julie’s winter visit many moons ago; we now play host to terrific restaurants, eclectic retail stores, Teton Springs Resort, music festivals, a fabulous wine shop and the list goes on and on. And some things didn’t change at all, the sheer splendor of the area that filled their senses and lifted their hearts.
On the way to the airport, with only minutes to spare, a moose (on Julie’s wish list to see) jumped out of the riverbed and strolled boldly across the road in front of our car. You got it, more oohs and aahs, and did I mention those Tetons?
Call 877.787.8757 to book your visit to Teton Springs Resort and a Teton filled adventure.
Looking at the long-term forecast, there is no “off” to this off-season!