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Archive for category Grand Teton Lodging
This holiday season feels different. There has been so much sadness in our country. Rather than focusing on the goodies under the tree bearing our name, I think it’s safe to say most of us will be thinking of the families in America who this year bear heavy hearts and unfathomable loss. I know I will be.
Spending time in the great outdoors is a most effective way to unleash our spiritual energy. The world seems to always make greater sense when we’re standing at the summit on any given peak in the Grand Tetons while taking in all the wonders of this glorious place. It reminds me that there is so much good in our universe. I especially love watching the families reunite during the holidays at Teton Springs Resort. They may be coming for the Christmas ski vacation packages but this special place holds other treasures, like simply being together as a family in an environment that is comforting, nurturing and stimulating.
Many Fun and Exciting Outdoor Activities
For many of us, a day exploring the great outdoors is more than just physical activity. It’s nourishment for the soul, and more importantly, a chance to leave our daily obsessions with technology and anything real world behind. It’s a time for self discovery and reflection, especially while on a hearty trek breathing in pure, clean mountain air. One can almost feel the stress drip from their shoulders like the fallen snow. Teton Springs Resort lies adjacent to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest so easy to quickly transform yourself into another world. A snowshoe or cross-country ski trip through this magical place promises a time of peace and reflection, and nothing will thrill a child more than spending time in the splendor of our precious planet. You may even spot a moose or two sharing your path. There are many outdoor activities while staying at Teton Springs, for everyone to enjoy.
Grand Targhee continues to live up to its impressive reputation for often having the best, and most, snow in North America this season.
The Best Skiing, the Best Snow, The Best Place to Stay – Teton Springs Lodge
Teton Springs specializes in ski packages with this Wyoming gem where powder runs are almost guaranteed and the scenery alone propels you into sensory overload. This small Wyoming area is a mere 30 minute drive from Teton Springs and now Targhee has arranged for someone else to do the driving. So, sit back, relax, and take in the sights from Teton Springs as you cross the state line into a corner of wild, wonderful Wyoming, where Targhee reigns supreme.
And, if you plan on ringing in the New Year at Teton Springs, hang a little later at Targhee that day & take in their annual Torchlight Parade and fireworks display. It’s a terrific way to say goodbye to 2012 and embrace the promises that only a brand new year can deliver. It all happens right after the lifts close so you’ll be back at Teton Springs in time for a New Year’s feast and celebration at the Headwaters Grille (need to check on availability; Headwaters will be hopping!)
Teton Springs specializes in snowboarding vacation packages, which also include options for snowcat skiing at Targhee, or, the once-in-a-lifetime powder experience only a heli ski excursion can deliver. There’s no fighting for powder lines on this trips, there’s plenty to go around!
Happy Holidays from your friends at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. We look forward to many happy turns with you this season!
I love this time of year. The trees are giving us a hearty hint each day that winter is not too far off as the entire Teton Valley pops with glorious shades of red, orange & gold. It’s a sight to behold. And, as much as I relish shorts & t-shirt weather, there is something so comforting in wrapping a well-worn fleece around my shoulders. Baseball caps are replaced with wool beanies, at least for the morning hours, and off we go for another Yellowstone-Teton adventure.
It’s another 6 weeks or so before we dust off the ski boots, wax the boards and watch the weather obsessively for news of that first worthwhile snow storm. We know the skies will open up soon; it’s something we can always bank on here in the Tetons. However, for some reason, the timeliness of the first significant winter dump always causes some angst. Our entire focus and reason for being turns to Grand Targhee & Jackson Hole turning on their lifts, and, for all of us it marks the celebration of another delightful winter season & sliding on snow in an infinite number of ways.
Pamper Yourself at Stillwaters Spa
There’s no better way to prepare ourselves mentally & physically for another snow-filled 6 months than spending the last days and weeks of fall’s cool, crisp days pursuing a different kind of fun, all on dry land. My best recommendation is a visit to the gorgeous and relaxing Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. Maybe it’s simply a night’s retrieve although a weekend getaway is really what the doctor should order. You’ll need a few days to experience the soothing effects of this resort community so plan on spending some time here and let the pampering begin!
So Many Outdoor Activities to Enjoy
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is practically right outside your door at this luxury resort. Strap on your hiking shoes and a few quick strides later you’ll be sharing the trail with resident elk and deer as you conquer the summit of the many trails at your disposal. And for those that think power walking is too pedestrian, think again.
A brisk walk around the Teton Springs Community is both an efficient way to work out, burn calories, all while taking in the breathtaking scenery. I’ve followed this path while on my own girlfriends’ weekend here recently and before we knew it, we had circled the entire 780 acre resort perimeter, and, we were actually ready for more. It’s funny how everything always seems easier with friends in tow. Check out all our outdoor activities at Teton Springs!
Looking to Stay at a Beautiful, Relaxing, Deluxe Cabin?
My friends and I stayed in one of the super deluxe luxury mountain log cabins at Teton Springs. I use the term "cabin" lightly and you’ll see why on your next visit here. Talk about living it up in the lap of luxury, and our per person rate was ridiculously affordable.
My girlfriends were a lot more excited about the kitchen in our cabin than the staggering views or huge big screen T.V.s. To each their own, but I have to admit, you could almost envision Rachael Ray or Wolfgang Puck standing at this granite topped island happily chopping away.
Beautiful, Top of the Line, Bedroom Suites
If it’s cozy & romantic you’re after and you plan a visit to Teton Springs with a spouse or significant other, the accommodation of choice is the one bedroom suite in the lodge. Expect well equipped & roomy, sporting almost 800 square feet, large balconies and beautifully tiled baths complete with whirlpools no less.
The beds are big and comfy, perfect for an afternoon nap. After a relaxing dinner at the Headwaters Grille, crank up the gas fireplace in your living room and maybe, just maybe, you’ll finish that book.
5000 Square Foot Spa – Get Ready to Relax
Teton Springs Resort separates itself from the pack in many ways but the crowning jewel of this property has to be the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. Located on the first floor of the Lodge, the 5,000 square foot spa not just offers a full array of services and treatments, but the staff literally makes you feel like royalty. It’s a crew that is familiar, highly skilled, professional and yet lighthearted. They specialize in a variety of massages including deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone, reflexology and pre-natal. However, I am biased in favor of the Hydraquench treatment. After this indulgence, you will never feel as silky smooth again, in your life. The Stillwaters Salon is also the most popular place in Teton Valley to get those locks cut so be sure to book in advance!
The Beautiful Teton Valley
Not sure why anyone would want to leave the confines of Teton Springs, but if you’re compelled, there are plenty of fun diversions in Teton Valley. The local museum is a great way to spend a few hours after cruising the Driggs Main Street shops & watering holes. The Victor Emporium is smart enough to offer their famous huckleberry shakes year-round and you’re sure to find something special to take home combing through their racks of treasures.
If that’s not enough to satisfy the spending bug, Jackson Hole, the Mecca of shopping districts, is only a 25 minute drive away. You can virtually complete your Christmas shopping list and that’s without ever leaving their Town Square. It’s Monty Hall and "Let’s Make A Deal" this time of year so bring the platinum card!
Back at Teton Springs while soaking in the hot tub and gazing at the starlit sky, you can dream of your winter visit of snow-filled days and the next set of adventures.
I hereby take the risk of repeating some of my prior musing on the intrinsic benefits of cruising around this area I call home. This past week I indeed looked at this glorious Teton basin area (and beyond) through a different viewfinder. Fresh eyes this time belonged to two out-of-state visitors. It’s my best friend Julie, who can only recall one other winter excursion over 20 years ago, and my sister Mare, who also pleads guilty to the too-few-visits charge. Guess I just need to stop indulging my family and friends with my frequent visits to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If they’re dying to see me it will just have to happen more often, on my turf, here in "paradise" (their word not mine).
Have you ever noticed how much you really don’t notice as you meander through your daily life? Living in the shadow of the Tetons you tend to take the staggering beauty for granted; the way sun glistens off the peaks early in the morning or the foreboding shadows on the foothills as you bid farewell to another day. Watching the Big Dipper come to life, seemingly directly over the neighboring Big Hole Mountains, was a nightly ritual and the eerie quiet of the night was consistently broken with lots of oohs and aahs tinted with charming Philly accents. It was indeed a wake-up call having guests visit our delightful corner of the world. I write often about the beauty and the intrinsic benefits of simply being here in the Yellowstone-Teton region and this chance to observe the magic, thru others, was truly a reminder to appreciate the splendor of our great planet.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Fun for Everyone
First of all, the sense of arrival can set the stage for all that follows. When you’re a destination visitor to this region you have the option of flying into Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole. Driving from either airport to Teton Valley provides plenty of eye candy. However, soaring past the Tetons as you circle the Jackson Airport, located in the Grand Teton National Park (the only airport in the USA situated in a national park), your senses are alert and you know instantly that this promises to be a special trip. This was a post Labor Day trip for Mare and Julie but you’d never know it by the steady stream of excited passengers coming off their plane. The word’s out – this is an optimum time of year to visit the Tetons and all the wonders of our national parks.
We head straight over Teton Pass to Victor, Idaho, with a brief stop at the top of Teton Pass to take in the lights of Jackson Hole sparkling in our rearview mirror. It will be an early night for my east coast guests. Travel plans to check out the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River means an early wake-up call.
With my husband, a former fishing guide as our leader, we head out on the first leg of our adventure. We eventually take some liberty with the official Yellowstone Grand Teton Loop Road, designated one of the Top Ten Scenic Roads in the Northern Rockies but for now we follow this scenic route thru Teton Valley, and north into Ashton. We’re treated to Teton views with every twist and turn of the road and more oohs and aahs that seem to pepper every conversation. We camp on the banks of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake, a river famous world-wide for its trophy load of rainbow and brown trout. The swift Snake churning thru the canyon lulls us to sleep and the wind quietly whistling thru the aspens wake us early. We watch the osprey eyeing their breakfast as we enjoy ours. We share the quiet, beauty and solitude of the River Side Campground (just south of Island Park) with only a few fly fishermen. Where is everyone on this stellar morning? Even the pesky bugs have called it a day for the season.
Mesa Falls, The Madison River, Teton Springs Lodge – It Doesn’t Get Any Better
We head out to Mesa Falls, a mandatory stop on anyone’s itinerary, unless you’re a people watcher. We only share this attraction with 7 or so fellow gawkers (ah, off season). You hear the ominous thunder of the falls before you ever see them. It’s not easy finding the right superlatives to describe the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls so I won’t even try. Seeing is believing. It’s easy access here for all visitors, boasting interpretive trails, viewing platforms, plentiful parking and clean restrooms. Way to go Idaho!
We take a slight detour off of the scenic tour road and head into Montana’s Madison River Valley where big browns lurk behind every river rock. With the spring run-off amazingly still in effect, the Madison is swollen and running wild. We float the more mellow Quake Lake and talk in hushed tones about the horrific earthquake that tragically took lives and demolished this valley back in the 1950′s. The mountainous backdrops are breathtaking and the girls now understand why this state is indeed called Big Sky Country!
Back to Teton Springs to Be Pampered
Back in Idaho, we treat ourselves to a stay at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. This would prove to be the highlight for my guests. They have heard me for years go on and on about how incredible this resort is, now they’re officially counted among the true believers. Our one-bedroom suite was elegant, yet so homey. We relaxed in the Stillwaters Spa Zen Room and played golf on the Headwaters Course as the sun was setting over the mountains. The bald eagle that takes up residence on the 7th fairway didn’t show this time but was a good excuse for a re-round. The Headwaters Grille provided delicious breaks from our hectic days which included a fishing/sight seeing expedition on our very own Teton River. As much as I love fishing the Teton, my concentration was delightfully broken by wildlife roaming the banks. We shared the river with a Great Grey Owl who was also looking to bag that illusive rainbow. And did I mention those Tetons, strutting their stuff for the entire float. Folks, trust me when I say, the Teton River is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful waterways in North America!
Wyoming – A Trip Down the Snake, the Tetons…
Next stop Wyoming! We capped off our whirlwind tour with a scenic trip down the mighty Snake River in Jackson Hole. The nice folks at Teton Springs will book this (and all your activities) for you. It’s only a 25 minute drive to pick up the raft and a three hour float thru the Snake River Canyon. Our guide was delightful and informative and what fun to watch our fellow boaters faces light up with each Bald Eagle spotting (seven was the official count!). Lunch was at Dornans in Teton National Park, certainly the exclamation point on this visit. And did I mention those Tetons?
I think it’s safe to presume that after our recent week together, more American Airlines Frequent Flyer miles will be added to Mare & Julie’s pot, sans any pleading from me. They’ll be back willingly, for a repeat performance to this land of wide open vistas, rising rainbows, soaring mountains, lush farmland and river adventures – all capped off daily with a healthy dose of star gazing. Teton Valley has grown since Julie’s winter visit many moons ago; we now play host to terrific restaurants, eclectic retail stores, Teton Springs Resort, music festivals, a fabulous wine shop and the list goes on and on. And some things didn’t change at all, the sheer splendor of the area that filled their senses and lifted their hearts.
On the way to the airport, with only minutes to spare, a moose (on Julie’s wish list to see) jumped out of the riverbed and strolled boldly across the road in front of our car. You got it, more oohs and aahs, and did I mention those Tetons?
Call 877.787.8757 to book your visit to Teton Springs Resort and a Teton filled adventure.
Looking at the long-term forecast, there is no “off” to this off-season!