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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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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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