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It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching mid-August already. Maybe it’s true what they say about getting older; the hours in the day wiz by and weeks turn into months in a blink of an eye. Some days I start to panic, how will I ever check off all the fun stuff left to do this summer in Teton Valley?
There’s so much energy around Teton Springs Resort this time of year. Families are frantically trying to squeeze in the last bit of quality time with the kids as the target date for heading back to school looms just around the corner. The college kids working at Teton Springs are clicking off the days until they return to life in the dorm, football practice and advanced math. Is it my imagination or are kids forced to abandon summer so much earlier than we use to? Labor Day use to signal an official end to the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. Not anymore. Nowadays kids face their first English quiz before the summer ending holiday kicks off. What’s the rush?
Golfing, Yellowstone, Hiking, the Crisp Air
There’s no better time to be in this Yellowstone-Teton area than now and it becomes even more glorious as we cross into September. There’s already a subtle coolness in the Teton air, optimum for that afternoon hike up Pole Canyon, perfect for that late Summer beautiful hike in the Teton Valley.
The days turn crisper and the threat of afternoon thunderstorms become a distant memory. The sunlight on the resort’s Headwaters Course this time of year only accentuates how truly beautiful this entire landscape is, especially in the evening hours. That probably explains why August & September are also the premier months to say “I DO” at Teton Springs. It’s a chance to host a wedding in one of America’s most spectacular destinations, a location guaranteed to wow even the most seasoned traveler.
The Perfect Wedding Overlook
Even if weddings aren’t your thing, it’s hard being at this venue and not getting misty eyed, beautiful bride notwithstanding. It’s almost overload for the senses – the panoramic view of the mountains, the aspen stands bordering the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the lone fly fisherman making the perfect cast in one of the resort’s lakes. The Teton Springs brochure can’t begin to do this scene justice. From the resort’s new wedding site, the Caddis Lake Overlook, you can also sip a cocktail watching golfers tee off on the resort’s signature 10th hole overlooking Caddis Lake. This usually provides more entertainment value than the Hokey Pokey or tossing of the garter ever could!
The great Byron Nelson and his design team certainly created a masterpiece with the Headwaters Golf Course. The five tee-boxes on each hole present options galore for the seasoned golfer boasting the low handicap and also for the beginner who is perhaps more easily intimidated.
In addition to attracting happy couples to the resort, late summer and fall are optimum times for the leisure traveler to cruise thru Yellowstone-Teton country. Right about now the RV’s start to disappear from the highways and you practically have the scenic overlooks and the many points of interest all to yourself.
The Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop
My favorite, and undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking drives in North America, has to be the Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop Tour. The most critical aspect of this particular road trip is starting your journey at precisely the right place. Most of us “locals” have taken this route, long before tourism officials officially designated it as one the “Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies” (www.drivethetop10.com). You begin your sight-seeing adventure in Victor, just steps from your lodge room at Teton Springs.
Beautiful Grand Teton Mountains and Surrounding Area
Head north thru Teton Valley with the majestic Grand Teton Mountains guiding your every turn as you head towards Yellowstone National Park’s West Yellowstone entrance. The first town you’ll hit after leaving Teton Valley is Ashton, Idaho. Their welcome sign says “Adventure Starts Here,” and that’s no exaggeration. You’ll need fuel for this sightseeing trip so don’t leave Ashton without a quick stop at the historic “Frostop.” The best chocolate malts and tater tots are delivered right to your car by Ashton’s fresh faced teens happy to serve. It’s a very pleasant journey down memory lane especially for the younger generation accustomed to the modern day same all, same all, drive thru joints.
The thundering Upper and Lower Mesa falls are next on this agenda, two of the last undisturbed waterfalls of consequence in the west.
This loop also claims Harriman State park and the famous Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Hope you packed the fly rod. Next stop Yellowstone and then back to your comfy digs at Teton Springs. Enjoy the ride!
Music on Main, Mulligan Mondays, the "Targhee Fest" and Salmon Flies on the South Fork – It’s all music to our ears!
It appears summer has arrived with vengeance in our corner of the Northern Rockies. It’s not often we see the mercy climb to 90 plus degrees in Teton Valley at anytime during the summer, but to have the temps skyrocket like they have this June and early July is just crazy. This unseasonably warm weather has also tricked the salmon flies into showing up to the local river parties early. These bugs now fly with abandonment on the South Fork and the lower Teton, a few weeks ahead of schedule I may add. This anomaly doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, especially yours truly. Check out the fishing packages; this is one fishing vacation that practically comes with a guarantee.
Weather continually holds the top spot on the daily newscasts. There are monumental storms or weather events somewhere almost every day it seems. I just returned from a family vacation on the New Jersey shore and the devastation I witnessed from Hurricane Sandy was no media hype. My sister has a house on a lagoon in Beach Haven West. Her house was salvaged, but barely, and the rebuild completed in time for our annual family reunion. Others on her block not so fortunate. Of the 20 houses on her street alone, life was evident in only two residents. We watched as her neighbor’s homes were leveled right before our eyes as we sipped morning coffee. It’s an eerie sight in this shore town and others along the coast. I realized I suddenly missed the sound of dogs barking because there wasn’t any. As I walked the neighborhood I was struck by how devastation still clings to the streets. Everywhere you looked people’s dreams kicked to the curb like discarded trash; a piano, children’s toys,
boats resting in living rooms, silverware, hot tubs perched on cars, crumbled docks now serving as grotesque lawn ornaments.
So Many Things to Do in the Teton Valley
Flying home via Jackson Hole I counted my blessings. Everything was still intact. You could hear the visitors ooh and aah as the Tetons came into full view. I smiled knowing that everyone that visits Yellowstone-Teton country this time of year will have life-altering experiences as they explore all that nature provides from dawn to dusk. The folks at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa guarantee it. They’re experts at personalizing an itinerary that suits every guest.
Targhee Fest – The Headwaters Club
THEN THERE’S THE MUSIC…After a day of filling your cutthroat and brown trout limits on the South Fork, it’s time to check out "Music on Main" at the Victor City Park. It’s so close you can practically walk to the park from Teton Springs. Every Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m. thru August 8th, the level of highly talented bands taking center stage in this intimate venue is staggering. Bring a blanket and the kids; it’s the perfect family scene and it’s free! Another terrific night of music can be found at Teton Springs as the Headwaters Club hosts "Mulligan Monday’s" every Monday evening thru September. Starting at 5:00 p.m. the resort has booked some of the best entertainment in the region and the view is staggering from the resort’s event site, Caddis Lake Overlook. Food and beverage specials round out this terrific night of tunes and drop-dead scenery. After the concert, head to the Headwaters Grille to
sample Chef Jordan’s cuisine featuring locally grown ingredients.
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa’s winter promotion partner Grand Targhee is next up on the music scene with the "Targhee Fest" quickly approaching. Slated for July 19-21 and followed up with the 26th Annual Bluegrass Festival August 9-11, the Targhee festivals are legendary and the vibe unmistakingly cool and unpretentious.
Pamper Yourself and Stay in a Luxury Mountain Log Home
There are more than a few of Teton Springs guests who wouldn’t think of missing these events. The resort’s luxury mountain log homes undoubtedly provide the perfect accommodations for a family or group of friends after a day of fun and sun at these music extravaganzas. It’s the perfect blend of sunny attitudes and soaring altitudes in Teton Valley’s music scene these days.
THESE LITTLE PIGGGIES WENT TO THE SPA…What a delightful experience having a manicure and/or pedicure at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon, especially given the recent makeover in the salon. The spa is also offering a luscious hydraquench at a special rate now through the end of July. Speaking from personal experience, this particular treatment should come with a warning; it is indeed habit forming.
Golf, swimming, fly fishing, music, exploring, hiking, biking, ballooning, eating, pampering – and the list goes on. Whew. You better get going; Call Teton Springs now and indulge all of your senses.
www.TetonSpringsLodge.com – 877.787.8757
YELLOWSTONE-TETON TERRITORY SHINES BRIGHT THIS TIME OF YEAR!
We tend to grumble this time of year if spring showers interrupt our plans for all things outdoors; a round of golf on the Headwaters Course, a casual hike up Pole Canyon, or a mountain bike trek into the adjacent Caribou-Targhee National Forest. However, any frustration at being forced indoors, even for a few hours, melts away when the sun returns in all its glory and the entire Teton Valley landscape is a sea of emerald green, wild daisies and lilacs. Then for overkill, throw in the snow capped Teton Mountains as the luscious backdrop for all this color. I know, I say this about every season but seriously, can it get much prettier than it is right now?!
Food an Incredible Time at Teton Springs
Guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa who have decided to beat the summer rush to the Tetons know what I’m talking about. You hear them gush about their adventures as they sit in the lobby sipping an afternoon cup of tea or relaxing in the cozy Sage Café tasting one of Idaho’s best home grown wines. So here’s the inside scoop from both a visitors perspective and my own. Let’s start with the fishing. Fly fishing in this region accounts for why so many make the journey to Teton Springs in late May and June. It’s called the salmon fly hatch and you hear resident fishermen from one end of the valley to the other talk of this “event” in hushed tones. If you’re lucky. Most often this local knowledge on where the fish are gulping the big bugs isn’t shared, sometimes not even with the closest family members.
The Salmon Fly Hatch on the Henry’s Fork
My husband and I recently caught the salmon fly extravaganza on the Henry’s Fork and patience pays huge dividends. As with everything in life, it’s all about the timing. Salmon flies were literally everywhere and we assumed luring the big trout to the surface with this particular bug would be like talking candy from a baby. Not so fast. On some stretches the rainbows had their fill, obviously having just gorged themselves just hours, or perhaps minutes, before our arrival. However, you make the turn around the next river’s bend and that familiar gulping sound was back, like music to our ears. Fishing with these giant bugs is the most fun you will ever have. If you missed the early salmon fly hatch this year, plan for it well in advance for 2014. You can rest assured that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa does; they create their own lodge & salmon fly fishing package with their partner WorldCast Outfitters just for the occasion.
Featured next on the menu, the golden stone hatch. One can count on seeing these babies fly with abandon on the Henry’s Fork for the next few weeks, and while not quite as meaty as the salmon fly, the golden stone is another reason to get on the river early. They can easily be spotted on the water and fish take it hard. Just another reason to visit this Yellowstone region sooner than later.
Yellowstone Park – Bring the Entire Family to Teton Springs
Speaking of Yellowstone, it also wouldn’t be prudent to visit Teton Springs anytime during the summer season without a side trip to both of our country’s most spectacular national parks. On the resort’s “Park Pass Package” admission to Grand Teton and Yellowstone is free, for an entire 7 days. Not to mention the other goodies included on this package. Families in particular should take a serious look at renting one of the 3, 4 or 5 bedroom mountain log homes bordering the Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs.
In these digs you’re treated to the lap of luxury at affordable rates. After a day of cruising the parks, a dip in the Teton Springs heated pool or soak in the hot tub is just what the doctor ordered. We have quite a few nice summer vacation and getaway packages available, we look forward to seeing you!
Great Music, Food and Fun at the Headwater’s Club
“Mulligan Mondays” is a terrific way to start a new week and are in full swing at the Headwaters Club. The quality of music is worth planning a stay around this weekly event. Some of the region’s best musicians/bands serenade guests from 5-7p.m. now thru the end of September every Monday. The view alone from the Headwaters patio is worth the price of admission, which by the way is free. After an inspiring performance by local favorites Miller Sisters or the Alta Boys, slip into the Headwaters Grille for one of Chef Jordan’s home cooked meals. Who ever thought Monday’s could be so perfect?!
Call 877.787.8757 to schedule your summer adventure and fly fishing packages at Teton Springs Lodge, one of the Rockies best fly fishing lodges. And did I mention the salmon flies are headed to the South Fork. But you didn’t hear it from me.