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Sunshine, Hula Hoopes & High Altitude Tunes

Sunshine, Hula Hoopes & High Altitude Tunes Bluegrass is Coming to Town! It’s not a stretch when I say that guests flocking to Natural Retreat’s Teton Springs Lodge & Spa the second weekend of August are headed to the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival. It’s always a diverse audience filling lobby in this quiet boutique hotel in Victor, Idaho; parents with kids in tow, girlfriends looking to unveil to the world their latest butterfly tattoo and seniors looking for a quiet refuge when the day’s music is done. Teton Springs Lodge and Spa is the place to stay.

Even the guys filling the resort’s cabins for the weekend planning a golf-filled weekend at the Headwaters Club often find themselves trading in their collared shirt for tie dye or a crisp cowboy shirt, capping their day on the links with a performance or two at one of the country’s best Bluegrass gatherings. Teton Springs Lodge golf Members of this audience come in all shapes and sizes and everyone is simply happy to just be together in the cool mountain air. Sunsets are brilliant at 8,000 feet and the temps drop blissfully at night so pack accordingly.

It’s hard to believe the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival is celebrating its 27th year. However, what’s not surprising is the staying power and continual growth of this magnificent gathering in the Teton Mountains. Slated for August 8-10, this festival, like so many great cultural phenomenons, enjoyed humble beginnings. Back in the stone age of the late 80′s, entertainers played under an unassuming picnic tent and festival goers sat on hay bales swaying to the bluesy sounds that filled the mountain air. I remember the first few festivals when there were fewer than a few hundred ticket holders, and the Targhee staff worked feverishly to get it right. They did indeed get it right, every year adding some new dimension to the festival to keep it vibrant. It was a learning curve that propelled this festival’s growth thru the roof.

What really changed the entire scope of this once intimate affair happened when Targhee moved to their permanent festival site. Located just a few steps from the resort’s base village center, the venue is now perched proudly on what serves as Targhee’s beginner ski slope and tubing park. It’s hard to imagine while sitting back and listening to the country’s most prolific Blue Grass stars that this site, now blanketed with wild flowers, is buried with Mother Nature’s finest. It’s almost as if this snow sliding slope was designed with festivals on the
brain; the stage is grand and the setting a natural amphitheater with every seat affording front row status. In fact, the further up on the hill one plunks their belongings, the better the music sounds.

There’s great food & drink courtesy of local vendors and tons of stuff for the kids to do. But there’s no getting bored for the adults with the likes of legendary Sam Bush, Nickel Creek, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, all playing to the appreciative crowd… and that’s just the tip of the talent iceberg once can expect at the Targhee Bluegrass Festival.

When you’re ready for some quiet time and a reprieve from the sun, hop into the Stillwaters Spa & Salon at Teton Springs for a massage, facial or perhaps a mini Mani or Pedi (after all, you will be unleashing those toes for the world to see Bluegrass weekend!). . And, as good as the festival vendor grub is, nothing beats resting your back in a plush chair, slicing into a fat juicy New York steak & sipping a glass of Idaho’s best chardonnay. The Range at Teton Springs is at your disposal for just that. Or, savor a picnic lunch lakeside with all the fixins.

Indulge all your senses with a visit to Teton Springs this summer!

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Make This Mother’s Day Something Extra Special for the Woman in Your Life

May has always been my favorite month in Teton Valley. Green replaces white as our most prominent color, on the valley floor at least. It’s a welcomed transition from the glorious winter season, when daily activities are often dictated by the early morning powder alert. The month of May signals a fresh beginning, a time to dust off the mountain bike and begin to obsessively monitor yet another report, but this one is all about the fishing. However, hardcore skiers and boarders can still indulge their passion for sliding downhill by earning their turns with a simple hike up Teton Pass, or anywhere for that matter in the Tetons this season. Regardless of how addicted one is to the legendary powder plentiful in these parts November thru April, there’s nothing more satisfying than carving a big arc turn thru corn snow, with a texture as smooth and delicious as Idaho’s most famous mashed potatoes.

May is also extremely noteworthy for another reason. It’s a time to celebrate the women in our lives. While Mother’s Day is officially recognized but one day a year, hopefully this tribute to our moms, grand moms, wives, sisters, girlfriends, aunts, nieces, virtually anyone you share a maternal bond with, will linger long past one simple day designated on the calendar. Some cynics blame the greeting card giant Hallmark for creating this day of appreciation for those special women in our lives. It would have been a brilliant marketing move if they had, but they really can’t take the credit. This day in May has been around in some shape or form since the early 20th century, and while it has become decidedly more commercial, the relevance still shines through. Or it should.

Visit the Spa & Salon, Fly-fishing, the Range Dining and More

The folks at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, now a member of the Natural Retreats Family, have the perfect solution on how to step out of the box and make this Mother’s Day extra special, and why not a Mother’s Weekend?!

While flowers are sweet, and breakfast in bed a luxury, imagine your special someone’s surprise and utter delight in waking up in a deluxe lodge room at Teton Springs. Start the celebration on Friday with a scrumptious dinner in the Range, Teton Valley’s latest and greatest restaurant nestled in the village at Teton Springs Resort with nationally celebrated Chef Rick Sordahl leading a highly touted culinary team.

Saturday choices could include a day of fly fishing on the legendary South Fork of the Snake with Teton Springs partner South fork Lodge Outfitters. These expert guides almost guarantee you’ll catch fish and they relish the chance to teach beginners. Talk about the gift for mom that keeps on giving and giving and giving…

Or, a visit to the Stillwaters Spa & Salon; they’ll celebrate moms the entire month of May with special promotions. As good as a back rub from our sweetie feels, nothing can compete with the hands of a professional and this staff is top notch.

Scrumptious Mothers Day Brunch and Get-away Packages

Mother’s Day begins with a short walk back to the Range for a scrumptious Mother’s Day brunch from 10:30 to 2:30 followed by a round of golf on the award-winning Headwaters Course. These masterfully designed links, created by the master himself, Byron Nelson, makes its 2014 debut on May 9. And, it’s worth noting, the Headwaters Golf Club celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer, and this facility has definitely gotten better with age, with its large smooth greens & mature trees guarding the fairways. One thing that hasn’t changed, the spectacular Teton & Big Hole Mountain views afforded the players in all directions. There’s a “Swing Into Spring” package that’s makes this Mother’s Day plan sweeter than any box of bob-bons, and given the occasion, definitely go for the one bedroom suite upgrade. The luxury of this upgrade is a real value and will set you
back less than a dozen roses would and the memories will linger long after the pedals fall from the vine.  (In fact, I’m confident the nice folks at Teton Springs Lodge will give Mom a complimentary one bedroom suite upgrade if you mention that you read it in this blog post).

The Most Beautiful Nature Drives and Hikes

If golf isn’t your thing, but a short road trip brimming with spectacular scenery and viewing wildlife is, take to the parks. Grand Teton, with its jaw-dropping saw-toothed peaks, and Yellowstone, our nation’s oldest and most revered national park, are but a short drive from Teton Springs. With few cars on the road this early in the parks season, it’s the optimum time to visit our national treasures. There are few cars on the road, and, it’s only fitting on this Mother’s Day weekend that you’ll be treated to rare glimpses of baby buffalo, moose, deer and elk, unveiling themselves to the viewing public.

Hats off to Moms everywhere! The folks at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa look forward to making this Mother’s Day and entire summer memorable for all the special women in our lives.

 

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Teton Springs Lodge – Ready for Prime Time

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa Ready for Prime Time with Natural Retreats!

We didn’t necessarily need U.S. News & World Report to tell the world that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa was the “Best Hotel in Idaho,” but that’s what they recently did, for the third straight year I may add. Visitors to this charming Teton Valley property have been making that claim practically from day one, when this boutique hotel made its grand debut back in December, 2007. And, it’s not just the brick and mortar and classy facilities that Teton Springs has been recognized for – TripAdvisor, the world’s giant travel site had also recognized this lodge with its coveted “Certificate of Excellence” award for its customer service, on multiple occasions, based on guest reviews. I believe this speaks volumes on how one can be expected to be treated from the moment they step into this hotel’s lobby.

With this repeat recognition for a job well done, the tendency could be, if you’re not careful, is to sit back, take it all in, bask in the glow of the accolades, and maybe even relax a tad. I haven’t seen one iota of this occurring. In fact, the awards seem to have provoked a common cause among the troops at Teton Springs, a esprit de corps if you will, to keep this momentum going. I also get the sense that it’s really not about the awards for the individuals who steer this ship. The culture at Teton Springs is inherently obvious to an outsider from the onset; these guys want each and every guest to have the time of their lives in this spectacular Yellowstone-Teton region. They take it personally. There’s the carrot.

Teton Springs Lodge and Natural Retreats

So, just when you think Teton Springs will roll along and do what they do best, something big comes along to brighten the horizon even more! NATURAL RETREATS, a luxury travel company with property holdings both domestically and internationally, has recently signed an operating and real estate agreement with Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. Natural Retreats vacation rentals will not be found in the hub of urban jungles, but rather sit nestled in the most stunning locations on the planet. Now they’ve added the jewel that is Teton Springs Lodge & Spa to their arsenal of magical retreats – places of great beauty, solitude, relaxation, discovery and adventure.

Their commitment to guest service is evident by their personal concierge service and inherent company philosophy. “A cornerstone to this Teton Springs opportunity is our shared absolute commitment to unparalleled guest service,” said Matthew Spence, CEO of Natural Retreats.

Beautiful Cabins Along Side the Golf Course and Mountains

View our Virtual TourIt appears everything is about the service for this group; experts in their real estate division have assisted charmed vacationers find their own slice of paradise with the perfect second-home in one of their enviable locations around the world. In the Teton Springs Resort Community, the elegant custom designed three, four & five bedroom luxury mountain log homes fit the profile perfectly for their Handpicked vacation home rental & purchase program.

Teton Springs fits hand in glove with the branding platform of Natural Retreats which focuses on operating properties with break taking coastal vistas, charming and intimate countryside sanctuaries and wilderness locations, all magnets for vacationing families, fly fishermen, destination wedding parties and corporate gathering.

Fly-Fishing on the South Fork of the Snake

Avid fly fishermen who fish Idaho’s acclaimed South Fork of the Snake River will perhaps be familiar with Natural Retreats, as they own the South Fork Lodge in Swan Valley, just 30 minutes down the road from Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. The South Fork is renowned worldwide for its dry fly fishing. All of us who fish the coveted South Fork have often floated by the South Fork Lodge and have admired it for its rustic, but elegant, architecture and of course, location, location, location.

Guests enjoying dinner in their Riverside Bar & Grille (I’ve had the pleasure, its delicious!) or sipping a cocktail on the patio swapping fish tales, will agree this is one special place. Our new relationship with the South Fork Lodge also means Teton Springs guests will take to the South Fork’s big water with the region’s most experienced guides behind the oars. This river is teeming with rainbows, browns and cutbows and South Fork Lodge guides boast private access to 65 miles of the South Fork, a river often talked about in hushed tones.

Need to learn the art of fly fishing, or simply perfect that rusty casting technique – we can handle that at Teton Springs on one of the many private stocked ponds & lakes that dot the property.

Joining the Natural Retreats family will undoubtedly have huge ramifications for the Lodge & Spa, as well as for the sleepy town of Victor, Idaho, as the world stage beckons. Known globally for producing the tastiest spuds in the world, Idaho is so much more that an oversized baked potato or plate of yummy tator tots. This Yellowstone-Teton region is one of the most breathtaking places on earth, with recreation opportunities to match.

Yes, while it’s certainly humbling and enormously gratifying to be called the “best,” it’s even more gratifying to strive to be greater. Think we just inched closer to that with Natural Retreats in our corner. We’re ready for our debut.

A warm welcome to Natural Retreats…

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