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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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Summer is Flying by at Break Neck Speed – Let’s Play!

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!

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Music on Main – Targhee Fest – Summer Fun

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.

A Luscious Hydraquench Anyone?

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

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