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Archive for category Grand Tetons Lodging
Why does it take approaching the holiday season for us to ponder all that we’re grateful for? Living in Teton Valley in itself is a constant reminder of how fortunate we are. I was particularly reminded of this on a recent trip to California. When people I met along the way asked where I was from, almost everyone I encountered knew or has heard of the Yellowstone-Teton area. Some even seemed to be in awe that I actually lived here. It only served to remind me, once again, how lucky we are to wake each morning to the true splendor that surrounds us. As the holiday season approaches, we all need to give thanks for our family, friends, health and peace on this planet we all share. We also can’t help but to give a nod to the snow gods that year after year blanket this landscape with nature’s finest, in this wondrous place we call home.
Grand Targhee Resort – The Summit of Fred’s Mountain
You know you’re in the right place when your neighborhood ski area is Grand Targhee Resort! Perhaps not as well known as the Tetons themselves, Targhee has survived the test of time in grand style. This Wyoming gem celebrates its 45th birthday this ski season. That’s almost a half century of providing what many consider to be the best turns in the Northern Rockies, and most assuredly, the most spectacular scenery.
When you reach the summit of Fred’s Mountain with the Tetons in full view, you’ll be compelled to ask yourself, why go anywhere else. While quaint and unassuming, with a rather small base area by current mega resort standards (that’s a good thing!), the snow is undoubtedly and consistently the best in the west. And, on most days you’ll have lots of acreage to call your own. Graced with wide-open slopes and plenty of powder stashes long after the last storm has passed, Grand Targhee is a secret we reluctantly share.
Thanksgiving and Fall/Winter Get-Away Packages
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, a place many call the heart of Teton Valley, show their appreciation for guests every November with their Thanksgiving Escape Package. You only have to pay for two nights and the third night is on them. Just another way this special place demonstrates the spirit of giving back to their guests. This generous offering is available in the hotel’s lodge rooms and suites and 3, 4 and 5 bedroom luxury mountain log homes that grace the perimeter of this 780 acre resort. Grand Targhee is slated to open their door to the adoring public on November 22.
Relax After a Day of Fun and Excitement at Stillwaters Spa & Salon
The Stillwaters Spa & Salon therapists are standing at alert to help manage those early ski season muscle aches and pains, and, you’ll only pay for a 60 minute massage and they stop at 90. November 30 spells the end of this special, so again, some urgency is called for. There’s also a Yoga/massage combo special going on now thru December 25 that’s worth checking out, bring your friends!
Eat Like a King, Fantasy Football, Clams, Lasagna, Yummy!
If cooking up a traditional turkey dinner is a priority, I wouldn’t delay in booking a Teton Springs Lodge suite or cabin. And they make it easy; these accommodations have all the kitchen tools you will need. Just bring the bird! The Headwaters Grille at Teton Springs offers a scrumptious Thanksgiving turkey for those who would prefer slope time to KP duty. Guests can also indulge in their Fantasy Football obsession at the Grille every Sunday, together with food & beverage specials.
They’re constantly mixing it up at the Headwaters Grille, (operating during the winter season on Thursday thru Saturdays) and Chef Jordan has just announced a roll out of new Italian dinners including Clam Fettuccini, Stacked Lasagna, Spaghetti and Grand Meatballs. Of course, special Italian wines have been added to the menu to complete this culinary experience.
Winter Activities in the Teton Valley
Another noteworthy event to put on calendars is the Holiday art Show at Teton Springs slated for Saturday, December 7th. It’s a fun-filled day where local artisans showcase their latest art & Jewry, kids create their own Christmas tree ornaments and Old Saint Nick makes an appearance to hear the latest wishes from kids of all ages. The Stillwaters Spa gets into the game with free paraffin hand wax treatments and a chance to win a luxurious Spa Gift Basket. Both naughty and nice can enter to win. It’s all part of the City of Victor’s annual Festival and Light Parade and should be on everyone’s calendar. Happy Holidays from your friends at Teton Springs!
Whew, the holidays are finally over. The hangovers from too much shopping, too much food and too much libation are well behind us. Now we can settle down to the real business at hand, getting back to playtime in the mountains. The folks in Teton Valley, Idaho truly know how to embrace winter. Yessiree, the hearty locals in this Yellowstone-Teton community never wince when the weather forecast calls for yet another foot of new snow overnight.
They simply zip up their parkas, lace up their boots, fire up their snow blowers, and get busy. When the driveway is cleared they inevitably put a call into their employers, invoke their powder clause (always negotiated at time of hiring), and head out to the slopes.
It’s easy passage to two of the local and premium ski and snowboard resorts in North America, Grand Targhee or Jackson Hole ski area where once again the snow numbers are huge, just like the mountains. Ho-hum, it seems that almost every day is just another powder filled day in the glorious Tetons. But, something else is about to happen in this neck of the woods. A big celebration is on the horizon and Teton Valley is humming with anticipation.
The local Chamber of Commerce and other valley nonprofit organizations in the picturesque towns of Victor, Driggs, Tetonia and Alta are busier than the Christmas elves were just a few short weeks ago. Valley wide, volunteers are putting all systems in place to welcome residents and visitors alike to join in the valley’s biggest winter extravaganza. “The Second Annual Great SnowFest” is coming to town January 18-21. The diverse laundry list of activities scheduled all pay homage in their own way to the snow gods that bless this place year after year. So, it’s definitely smart to plan that family ski vacation during this valley wide event.
A sample of what festival goers will be treated to: snow sculpting, luge demonstrations, winter wildlife ski tours, snowshoe & snow bike races and my personal favorite, skijoring. Visitors will be stepping into the Cowboy State as well for the festivities and outsiders often ask; how can one event logically be held in two different states? It’s the same question staff at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa often get asked about resort partner Grand Targhee, “where exactly is this powder Mecca, Idaho or Wyoming?”
O.K. so a small geographic technicality does indeed put Grand Targhee snugly tucked inside Wyoming’s western border. However, Targhee was officially adopted as one of their own by the State of Idaho years ago (Targhee’s sole access is through Teton Valley, Idaho). It was the smartest thing the Gem State has ever done, other than doing the potato growing thing of course. Targhee has unquestionably become one of the Idaho resorts worth having in the stable and undoubtedly one of its brightest stars.
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is offering special rates during the Snow Fest which also magically happens to coincide with Martin Luther King weekend. Holiday or no holiday, there are no restrictions on the Lodge’s Ski and Stay Packages during this time so the entire weekend prospects just got better!
Book your winter family vacation at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa where the accommodations are deluxe, cozy, and affordable. Every visit you’ll discover something new to do and you’ll be delighted with the resort’s western charm and hospitality.
Teton Valley, home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and snow, and now, the Great Snow Fest. Why would you go anywhere else?
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.