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Yellowstone – Teton Territory Shines Bright

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.

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Get a Jump Start on Your Summer Adventures

LET THE FUN BEGIN AT TETON SPRINGS RESORT GET A JUMP START ON YOUR SUMMER ADVENTURES!

It’s a simple fact. You have to get an early start on summer adventures in this Yellowstone-Teton area if you want to sample even a slice of what’s out there. Some days it even borders on being a dilemma -what to do and then what to do next. It’s nice to have such problems. Memorial Day Weekend weather can be a mixed bag in the Tetons but this year for the most part we were treated to sunshine and nice spring temps.

A golf round at the Headwaters Club at Teton Springs once again was a glorious experience. The crew on this award-winning course should take a bow. It wasn’t too long ago that winter’s last remnants of snow filled the bunkers. These guys are good; the fairways are already bordering on lush and the greens smooth and true. And, it will only get better. The June issue of Golf Digest says it best, “Teton Springs Resort – near Jackson Hole – is a 27 hole stay-and-play nirvana highlighted by the Headwaters Golf Course in the Teton Valley, an immaculate voyage through the jaw-dropping beauty of the Teton Valley.”

The nice folks at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa must be giddy with spring fever because they just extended their incredible Stay & Play Package that’s always geared towards early, early season. It’s downright silly not to take advantage of their generosity because this deal is easily the best value in the region. The lodge website listing says it is indeed a thing of the past, but if you call Guest Services, they’ll let you slip in until about the 13th of June. They’ll also give you all the details; there’s other goodies on this vacation package menu besides the night in a luxurious lodge room and a round of golf on the world-class Headwaters Course. And, it’s only $105 per person. What’s to even think about?!

Stillwaters Spa Gets It’s Own Makeover!

The Stillwaters Spa & Salon hosted lots of happy clients last Friday. They unveiled their salon makeover to rave reviews. The salon now sports a 3 person pedicure station, 3 stylist chairs and two upgraded hair stations.

This is truly a beautifully appointed spa & salon and provides genuine personalized service, much needed pampering we all deserve, and top-of-the-line beauty & wellness products.

The Headwaters Grille is also pulling out all the stops to insure a fabulous summer season on the resort’s dining and entertainment front. Chef Jordan is flying in fresh seafood weekly and not sure how he’s going to top the seared wild Alaskan Halibut served last week – yum! The daily specials during their 5-7 p.m. Happy Hour provide the perfect atmosphere to meet with friends and swap stories about that “almost” subpar round.

And, these guys at the Headwaters Grille are literally giving you a third weekend night so to speak with their “Mulligan Mondays” every week. Now thru the end of September on the Grille patio there’s free music, food and beverage specials, great tunes, and the best seats in the house for taking in the surrounding scenery, great tunes and those glorious western sky sunsets. The Headwaters is now open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

With the warm temps of late, the spring run-off is in full throttle. The Henry’s Fork is bursting with salmon flies and fishing reports from this Yellowstone-Teton area can literally make any fly fisherman salivate. The Fly fishing guides are ready to take you down the Snake River and catch a few lunkers! Soon there will be choices galore as we can look forward to conditions getting red hot on all of our local rivers any day now.

 

 

And golf isn’t the only sport at Teton Springs getting rave national reviews! Teton Springs was just mentioned in an article about Fly-Fishing in Teton Valley in the May issue of Bon Appétit Magazine. Outside Magazine also chimed in recently with a piece on our very own and glorious Idaho side of the Tetons.

Call now to book your Stay & Play Package, take a dip in the heated 25 meter pool, cast a line on the private ponds, eat like a king and be treated like royalty in the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. Sounds like a dream getaway to me!

CALL TOLL FREE: 877.787.8757

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Getting an Early Jump on Summer Fun in the Tetons

WE BASICALLY SKIPPED SPRING THIS YEAR IN TETON VALLEY LOVE GETTING AN EARLY JUMP ON SUMMER FUN!

I’m not delusional enough to think there won’t be some spring like days in Teton Valley over the next few weeks. However, there is no disputing that for the past two weeks plus, the typical cool, unsettled spring weather has alluded us and we’ve traded the unpredictable for the sublime with temps consistently reaching the high 70′s in this gorgeous Yellowstone-Teton region.

But who’s complaining?! I feel like we’ve totally cheated the weather gods with this pre Memorial Day head start on bike riding, golfing, hiking and fishing. Ah, especially the golf.

The Headwaters Course at Teton Springs opened weeks ahead of schedule and you would swear it was June given the quality of the fairways and greens. So, put away any trepidations you may have had about booking an early season “Stay & Play” Package at the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. And, the weather isn’t the only thing perfect about this 2013 spring season. The year’s lowest rates for a night in the lodge and a day of golf on the award-winning Headwaters course make for a perfect getaway with money to spare.

The weather also proves perfect for dinner on the Headwaters Grille patio (Thurs-Sat 5-9 & soon to be expanded to 7 nights a week) and Chef Jordan is flying more seafood in every day! The Grille opens for lunch 7 days a week starting Saturday the 18th and the menu options look terrific for that apre golf Teton Waters Ranch Hot Dog and/or Happy Hour specials from 5-7.

There’s also time to shake off the winter cobwebs with a most affordable “Spring Into The Spa” spring get-away packages at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. How terrific would a massage and a night in a luxurious lodge room feel after days of working in the yard and other post winter clean up duties.

Makeovers are a specialty at this delightful facility and these folks are about to unveil a makeover of their own. They’re showing off Salon renovations with a Open House on Friday May 25. It’s worth repeating, this is the perfect time to book those resort golf and spa packages!

In addition to all the fun stuff to do at Teton Springs, it’s also the optimum time to check out the neighborhood, starting with the City of Victor. While this charming downtown area may be limited to a few blocks, there’s plenty of reasons to stop and explore. If you’re hungry, I’d head straight to the The Brakeman American Grill for what could easily be the best (and biggest) burger of your life – no exaggeration, no kidding. There’s other things on the menu but why bother?! Joe cooks everything to order so don’t expect fast food. The french fries are hand cut from Idaho spuds and my only complaint here -there’s just too many of them – and you will eat every last one, served with their own secret fry sauce. Yum!

Hope you save room after your burger for a stop at the Victor Emporium for a world famous huckleberry milkshake. This friendly & eclectic store comes equipped with its own old fashioned soda fountain and the Emporium’s reputation attracts visitors from everywhere imaginable. While, even a President or two has graced its doors!

After all this great food, it may be time for a bike ride! Teton Springs Lodge & Spa has a great partner in Victor that can set you up with any ride under the Teton sun, and on the right bike just for you. The staff at Fitzgeralds are the local experts in anything to do with both the hard core mountain biking scene or for those looking to simply cruise the bike path with kids in tow.   And, don’t miss their big spring sale going on now.

As you cruise through Victor, you can’t help but notice the drift boats loaded and headed to the area’s rivers. There’s good reason the local fly fishing guides are wearing smiles as wide as the valley floor these day. So, when you call to ask about the current spa and golf specials, make sure to also inquire about fishing packages. After all, even though it’s only mid May, it’s already that time of year!

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