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Sliding Into March with Style at Teton Springs

It seems as if Teton Springs Resort is constantly being recognized for something. Receiving the “Best Hotel in Idaho” designation by U.S. News & World Report, for the third consecutive year I may add, was the latest and greatest. Great food is another thing putting Teton Springs on the map these days, especially since Chef Rick Sordahl opened the Range at Teton Springs. Rick, a highly touted chef who enjoys national recognition, took over the reins of the resort’s food and beverage division in January. Local residents, hotel guests, Headwaters Club members, you name it, they’re coming in droves to sample Rick’s intriguing dishes. With Rick’s food, you recognize instantly, passion is always one of the main ingredients.

Relaxing and Fun Winter/Spring Get-Away Packages

So, it makes perfect sense that the Lodge just announced a new Dine & Lodge Package certain to delight the region’s foodies, and really, optimum for anyone simply looking for that quick getaway. Included: one night in a deluxe one bedroom suite, dinner for two at the Range and Day Spa Passes for two, valid now through the end of March. Call the Guest Services staff for details on this and other Winter/Spring Vacation and Get-away Packages.

The most hyped season in Yellowstone-Teton country is naturally summer. Scores of international and domestic travelers excitedly step off the plane in Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls to experience the Wild West up close and personal. For first time visitors, it presents the opportunity to see for themselves what the early1800s mountain men & explorers, Jedediah Smith and John Colter, found so darn intriguing. However, winter (and early spring) is the season of choice for many as they make their annual trek to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. We applaud their brilliance.

The Best Snow in the West

Flanked by the Teton and Big Hole Mountains, Teton Springs Resort guests can head in virtually any direction and be wowed. There are so many options, and, so much snow. It’s the place to be if one wishes to indulge in the best lift served skiing and riding in the Northern Rockies. In addition to their copious amounts of snow, Grand Targhee was recently named one of the most scenic ski resorts in North America by USA Today.

Or, you can cruise the high ridge lines on snowmobile, soak in area hot springs, and board a helicopter for all-day powder shots.

Or, and this a totally viable option, simply stay put in Teton Springs luxury accommodations and stray no further than the Stillwater Spa & Salon.

The Ski & Stay, Stay & Heli, Stay & Pamper Package options guarantee something for everyone and the folks at Teton Springs are not afraid to mix it all up to make you happy.

Relax at Stillwaters Spa

The Stillwaters Spa is located on the first floor of the lodge, making it easy for guests to don one of the hotel’s thick, comfy robes, and head to this oasis of infinite sensations. As much as we all appreciate a good back rub from a friend or loved one, sometimes only the trained hands of a pro will do the job.

Besides the fact that a massage is virtually a slice of heaven, a growing body of evidence, way beyond strictly anecdotal evidence, is strongly suggesting that a good massage has varied health benefits. How much better can the news be; now we all have more of an official reason to have more massages – it’s doctors orders!

Anyone who has had a great massage will indeed testify to both the positive physical and mental ramifications, and I’m personally willing to skimp on just about everything else to get my muscles regularly kneaded & untangled. The Stillwaters Spa has absolutely the best therapists on staff, each with their own unique area of expertise. In fact, I find it impossible to request a specific massage therapist from Stillwaters; they’re all simply grand. The spa is also creative when it comes to mix and match packages; you can always find a cost-saving combo special on treatments and products. And, for that occasion when we need to look particularly amazing, schedule a make-up session, facial, or hair cut with Nicole, Jill or Julie. Any winter blahs simply melt away………………

March in Teton Valley….in like a lion, out like a bigger lion. Enjoy the powder turns and other resort goodies.

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The Season of Giving and Playing is Upon Us

Happy Holidays from Teton Springs Lodge & Spa! The staff at this boutique property has wasted no time in celebrating the waning days of 2013, mostly by getting out and sampling what they sell. What’s not to like, when part of your employment orientation includes skiing at Grand Targhee, snow biking, back country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Yes, it’s true; everyone who works at the lodge & spa is encouraged to personally experience the extraordinary amenities found at Teton Springs, voted the “Best Hotel in Idaho,” (US News & World Report 2012 & 2013). So suffice to say, a critical line item in the job description encourages staff to sample the endless array of recreational activities that visitors can expect to experience, not only at Teton Springs, but throughout the entire Yellowstone-Teton territory. Tough job, but somebody has to do it.

It’s easy to understand why this gracious property in quaint Victor, Idaho, is inundated with applications when any position becomes available. Staff learns pretty quickly that the core brand message defining this business is the environment, how to see it, smell it and embrace it. For everyone the experiences are different, but the magic is the same. Time spent in this special place, with jaw dropping mountain vistas and the earth covered in white, can truly be life altering for guests and staff alike.

Sleigh Rides, Elk, Snow Biking, Tons of Winter Activities

Every day visitors wake to the promise of a new adventure. Maybe it’s an early morning ski into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest that surrounds Teton Springs, a sleigh ride thru an elk preserve in Victor, or a romantic dinner at neighboring Linn Canyon Ranch as the sun sets over the Big Hole Mountains.

Another excursion I strongly recommend is a back country ski tour. The folks at our favorite all-things-adventure retail shop, Yostmark Mountain Equipment, are the experts in showing off “for locals eyes only,” off-the-beaten-path terrain in and around the Teton Mountains. Not an expert skier, don’t have to be. Yostmark specializes in tours and equipment for all levels as well as both fashionable and technical winter clothing. No such thing as winter doldrums here. http://www.yostmark.com/

Safe to say, the savvy traveler is quickly discovering that Teton Valley is a place not simply to be savored during the summer season, or, that winter is just about the skiing, as good as it is. Truth be known, winter season easily rivals that of summer for things to do, and, as the snow settles over the valley, with it comes a total sense of serenity. It’s peaceful and spectacularly beautiful.

Relax and the Stillwater’s Spa and Salon

For everyone, a reprieve from the elements is in order, and the Stillwaters Spa and Salon at Teton Springs is the place in Teton Valley to pursue complete indulgence, or, get the best hair cut of your life. Simply stated, this staff is good! Resort guests are continually blown away by the quality of this facility and the spa is also a local’s favorite gathering spot for treatments and pampering.

There’s no better place to celebrate a special occasion, or simply a ladies night out, than the intimate, friendly and relaxed Stillwaters Spa. And, if you’re looking for a Christmas gift that your loved one will never have to return, consider a Gift Card from the Stillwaters Spa.

You Heard it… Golfing!

Speaking of holiday cheer, be a true hero by surprising your special girl or guy with the ultimate Christmas prize – the gift of membership to the award-winning, Byron Nelson designed, Headwaters Golf Club. WOW -this would truly be the gift that keeps on giving year after year!

January 1 is within sights, and a repeat theme in New Year’s resolutions for many of us is a renewed commitment to physical fitness. It’s easily within our reach in Teton Valley. See you in the mountains!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM TETON SPRINGS LODGE & SPA!

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Engage All Senses at Teton Springs Resort

Eat, drink and be healthy it’s time to engage all senses at Teton Springs Resort!

I was able to wear shorts on my walk yesterday. Go figure. But who’s complaining? The Idaho ski packages being touted as some of the best out there by the state’s tourism office will click in soon enough at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa! Winter weather will arrive this week and a new season begins.

Now is the time to savor the waning days of October and prepare for winter’s onset. It time to gather wood and batten down the hatches; it’s predicted to be a great snow year. We’ve had a good run, no, a great run. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa lodging guests were just treated to an extra week of golfing on the Headwaters Course which is now put to bed. Soon cross country skiers will be gliding on the fairways.

It’s also time to think about what kind of physical shape we’re in so when the snow does fly, we’re ready for the serious snow sliding Teton Valley skiers and snowboarders have easy access to. For some that may mean a ski conditioning class or extra time on the yoga mat. Dry land ski training is also another great way to get in shape for everything winter will throw at us. I’ve watched people cruise around the Teton Springs Resort community with their skis on wheels and I have to wonder how an activity that can whip you into such great shape can look like so much fun. Personally, I would rather get in shape with a series of regular massages at the Stillwaters Spa.

The benefits of massage are obvious. While many consider massage therapy just a glorified way of indulging ourselves in one of life’s greatest pleasures, the benefits of massage on our physical and mental well being are real and well documented. I don’t normally allow myself the luxury of a massage but after nursing a very sore back for weeks, I decided it was time for the exerts to work their magic. I scheduled a therapeutic/deep tissue massage at the Stillwaters Spa.

Now thru the end of November the nice folks at the spa will also extend your massage, like they did mine, from 60 to 90 minutes at no extra cost. I’ve always heard rave reviews about all of the therapists at Stillwaters, but now speaking from personal experience, Angela should be named to the Spa USA All Star Team! This woman’s solid background and years as a massage therapist was evident from the get go. Angela is strong, intuitive and truly listens to her clients; with each passing minute (thank goodness there were 90 of them!), I could feel whatever chronic muscle tension I had build up start to evaporate. Angela also added into the massage a few of the essential therapeutic doTERRA oils Stillwaters now has in their arsenal of personal wellness products. The different smells were truly a “gift of the earth,” which is what the name doTERRA means in Latin. The health benefits of doTERRA have been touted for years. Glad I finally listened.

Now with a fresh spring in my step, it was time to indulge that other very important sense, that of taste. For me that usually means enjoying good food with friends at the Headwaters Grille.

Overlooking the first fairway of the Headwaters golf course, the Grille could very well be the perfect watering hole. It’s got a warm and cozy vibe and Chef Jordan is always serving up something tasty. And, back by popular demand, starting October 31, they’re dishing up a special that will suite everyone’s taste, two for the price of one entree.

The Headwaters Grille has switched to their fall/winter schedule so make sure you plan on a Thursday thru Saturday visit. Sundays they feature the NFL SUNDAY TICKET to satisfy the need for football, all day and all teams. From 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. you can watch your favorite squad toss the pigskin in style while enjoying time-honored game day snacks. If it’s Sunday, it’s Headwaters!

So, let’s have November be, if even unofficially, embrace your senses month. Take in the visual beauty of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest from the deck of a luxury mountain log home at Teton Springs, and if you really listen, you’re likely to hear the distinct sound of an elk bugling deep in the woods.

Feel an overwhelming sense of well-being envelop your entire body with a signature massage at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon and absorb the delicious lavender scent with an organic facial treatment. Last but certainly not least, treat your palate with a night out at the Headwaters Grille.

So, start this winter season off right by taking care of you! Call Teton Springs Lodge & Spa at 877.787.8757 for a visit guaranteed to awaken all senses.

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