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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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Great Outdoors, Culture and Culinary Delight in the Teton Valley

TETON VALLEY – WHERE THE GREAT OUTDOORS, CULTURE, AND CULINARY DELIGHTS MEET!

September is a beautiful time to visit the Yellowstone-Teton area. Judging by the traffic on the main thoroughfares, you can tell many travelers are clinging to summer for as long as they can. Campers fill the grocery store parking lots, and every other car seems to be loaded to the gills in search of adventure, carting everything from kayaks, mountain bikes, 4-wheelers and everything in-between. Drift boats roar by headed to the South Fork of the Snake or one of the other reputable fisheries in this Rocky Mountain playground. Canoes drop from the banks into the Teton River for that leisure cruise offering unsurpassed views of the Teton Mountains around every bend. Bird watchers will also have plenty to see on the Teton as this river is home to a variety of winged creatures including owls, ducks, cranes, sandpipers and more. A moose and her offspring will also appear quite frequently, and, they always have the right of way.

Golfing in the Teton Valley, Art Festival, The Perfect Time of Year

Yes, one could safely say the Fall "shoulder season" is definitely a thing of the past. Savvy travelers have discovered that things don’t slow down after Labor Day in this neck of the woods. Golfing on the Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs is simply delightful right now. Tee times are easier to secure, daytime temps are textbook perfect, and specks of gold are splashing the aspens as they make their transition into what promises to be a brilliant display of fall foliage in the coming weeks.

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is also underway and most guests at Teton Springs this time of year have this prized event in their sights. The Fall Arts Festival, after all, is recognized nationally as one of the premier cultural events not just in the Rocky Mountains, but in the entire country.

Art lovers will also be pleasantly surprised at the number of reputable artists who call Teton Valley, Idaho, home and the arts are definitely becoming a significant economic driver in this community. Visitors and residents alike will have a blast discovering local treasures in a variety of non- traditional outlets. Collectibles are also more affordable in this market so expect that the original oil depicting the spectacular Teton Mountains could actually fit your budget.

Great Food and Entertainment in the Teton Valley – Victor & Driggs

A day of searching for that perfect one-of-a-kind painting, antique rifle or hand-carved duck decoy in the charming Teton Valley towns can be exhausting. It’s time to relax! Enjoy a nice meal at the Headwaters Grille or treat yourself to a massage at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. And if you’re out and about; well, the choices surprise even the seasoned traveler. It appears that foodies are also attracted to the valley of the Tetons and one can literally eat their way thru Victor, Driggs and Tetonia.

Teton Valley continues to build on its eclectic array of eateries. Of late, a genuine French restaurant joined the ranks. The Frainkin family arrived in Idaho with multi generations in tow and a very impressive resume. This venture, definitely a family affair, recently opened Le Paris Bruxelles on Main Street in Victor. The chef, who once created dishes for Belgium royalty, was drawn to the American West for its wide-open spaces and the freedom enjoyed by U.S. citizens. Dining is an art form perfected by the French so leave your fast food mentality at home if you visit this charming Main Street restaurant.

At Le Paris Bruxelles diners honor the French tradition of viewing food as an art form and take their time sampling the daily specials. I’m not very familiar with French food but I am making it a priority to at least learn to say, "I’d like a chocolate croissant please," in the native tongue of this very intriguing establishment.

The sound of music in the valley is definitely slowing down but it is by no means over. It was a terrific summer season of "Music on Main" in downtown Victor and Grand Targhee’s music festivals were a roaring success. However, "Mulligan Monday’s," a night of free music in the Headwaters Grille at Teton Springs, is still in full swing and features some of the best musicians in the region.

One beloved resident years ago coined the phrase "Driggs, Idaho, cultural hub of the Universe." He was of course poking fun at our low-key, agriculture based community, but boy, he should see us now! Come visit us now and stay in one of our beautiful luxury lodge rooms in Victor, ID. Or book a beautiful log cabin home to rent for the weekend, or week, or even better, weeks!

 

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