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Archive for category Grand Teton Lodging
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!
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!
For a good part of the summer Mother Nature has been flexing her muscles in a big way, in all areas of the country. Of late, it’s the unprecedented number of wild fires scorching the west that has captured our full attention, and our empathy. It is sheer torture watching the evening news and seeing the desperation and helplessness on so many faces affected by these disasters. The staff at Teton Springs was happy to welcome back some of our guests from the Sun Valley area who fled here to escape the smoke-filled skies of Blaine County.
We all seem to have friends in the Ketchum, Hailey area, and can only imagine their fear of what’s next on the horizon, especially given the personal and economic loss for so many. Now, Yosemite National Park, one of the world’s greatest treasures is the target. For those of us who live so close to two of the nation’s other iconic national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, we are counting our blessings.
Despite a few recent lighting strikes in western Wyoming that temporarily closed a few roads in Yellowstone, our nation’s first national park is 100% open, and that includes all roads, entrances, and visitor services.
This is particularly good news for our many lodge guests who typically arrive now, the seasoned travellers who know so well that it’s the optimum time of year to tour the parks. Personally, I think now is also the most stellar time of year for a scenic raft trip on the mighty Snake River, and there’s plenty of room to maneuver the staggering array of rivers, streams and creeks for some late summer fly fishing.
Wildlife and Bird Watching in Their Natural Habitat
One of the most fun tours you can take is the Wildlife Tour with Teton Springs Lodge partner BrushBuck Guide Service. We’re been working with this Jackson Hole based company for many moons, and simply put, they’re the best at spotting the bear, wolves, elk, moose, bison and other huge mammals that call Grand Teton National Park home. It’s a four hour tour and they’ve made it easy even if you’re not a morning person. You have a choice of signing up for either the Dawn or Dusk tour. So civilized.
Their tours focus on observing wildlife in their natural habitat and if you’re a bird watcher, Grand Teton National Park is nirvana. You’ll easily spot golden eagles, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, mountain bluebirds, meadowlarks and the list goes on. The BrushBuck pros will also give you a down & dirty history lesson on this park, which can legitimately claim the most spectacular scenery in America. Their commentary and perspective alone is worth the price of admission. And, don’t worry about packing the spotting scope; they pack all the cool gear, snacks, and – they’ll even pick you up at Teton Springs!
Cozy, Beautiful Cabins on the Headwaters Golf Course
For those of you not wanting to budge from your cozy accommodations at Teton Springs, you’ll also have your chance at spotting wildlife. Chances are especially promising if you’re staying in one of the resort’s amazing mountain log homes that dot the perimeter of the Headwaters Golf Course, that also happens to border the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
The “cabins” all sport a private patio, or two, or three, and wildlife viewing becomes a daily ritual for guests. And while playing a round on the Headwaters links, keep your eyes peeled for the eagle that’s been standing guard on the 9th hole. One guest shares her up close and personal encounter photos with us here.
Another terrific way to spot the animals that live in the Tetons is by taking a hike and literally any hike will do. Lace up your boots and take off right from the resort or drive virtually 10 or 20 minutes in any direction. You’re sure to find yourself off the beaten path with a variety of short and sweet jaunts or the more strenuous grunt up Table Rock.
Teton Valley indeed racks up their share of votes for having the most eye-popping vistas, world class wildlife viewing, stellar weather, and citizens of generous heart to share it all with. Enjoy the adventure!