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When you’re in the hospitality business, there’s nothing more gratifying than when your property and staff are recognized, especially when the kudos are primarily coming from your guests.
Teton Springs Voted Number One in Idaho… Again!
As we sit here assisting our hotel guests in the morning hustle and bustle as they head out the door anxious to hit the slopes, and watching the snow fall, which is a frequent ritual in Teton Valley, I’m allowing myself a brief moment to gloat. It was just announced that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa was named the “Best Hotel in Idaho” for the fourth straight year. Any recognition as the “best” is quite the honor, but to be named the “Best Hotel in Idaho” by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report, well, that’s something that warrants bragging rights.
This is a publication that is easily considered a stalwart of American journalism, a true media news giant since the early 1930′s. It has always distinguished itself as being top notch with its editorial content, always resisting the urge to cave to the public’s morbid curiosity for any morsel of celebrity shenanigans, pop culture, sports and the scandal du jour. Instead, U.S. News & World Report built its reputation on giving sound advice to its readers by publishing rankings & analysis, from the “best of” in hospitals, colleges, automotives, health plans, finance, and the like. Information people really need, imagine that.
What determines the “best” of anything can be so subjective, a personal appraisal often reflecting a consumer’s limited snapshot in time. U.S. News & World Report takes a more scientific, multi-faceted approach to determine their ratings. Travel industry leaders consider a hotel’s star ratings, recommendations, consumer appraisals and travelers’ reviews to comprise their list of who should be considered the crème de la crème in each state. Think it’s accurate to say the accommodations and overall quality of the property have to be top-notch and possess those amenities that separate your hotel from the hum-drum, homogenized properties that dot the country.
Congratulations Teton Springs Lodge & Spa – your pride of place continues to shine brightly!
Valentines Day in the Teton Valley
Teton Springs also holds the recipe for romance this Valentine’s Day! Why settle for same old, same old, which usually means chocolates and roses. Other than to fill the coffers of Hallmark, Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to think outside the box and truly recognize how much we care about someone. Yes, Cupid reigns supreme in this month of February, and our guests will be looking to us for advice on how to honor all special relationships.
It’s easy to come up with heartfelt ideas while you’re a guest at Teton Springs. There’s adventure, discovery and even pampering galore. Here’s but a few ideas on how to spend this special day with someone you love!
Snowcat Skiing at Grand Targhee
Snuggled up in the back of a snowcat with your sweetie at Grand Targhee as it chugs up Peaked Mountain for a day of powder skiing sounds pretty special to me (23″inches of fluff fell on the slopes at powder Mecca Grand Targhee this past week.)
Speaking of powder – a heli ski trip into the Tetons says “love” loud and clear!
Start the adventure with a scrumptious breakfast in the Lodge’s new Storehouse Café, then off to Jackson Hole for a delightful horse-drawn sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge. Toasty under cowboy blankets, you’ll find yourself eye-to-eye with as many as 14,000 majestic elk that winter here, in the shadows of the Tetons.
Stillwaters Spa & Salon
The Stillwaters Spa & Salon commemorates Valentine’s Day the entire month of February with sweet specials! They also recognize the importance of de-stressing, and what offers the perfect balance of relaxation and pampering better than a 90 minute massage (and worth noting – at the 60 minute price throughout February!). This way you both get the ultimate and heartfelt gift!
Fly fishing on the South Fork River!
Trust me; it’s never too early to book a spring or summer fly fishing excursion on eastern Idaho’s most renowned river. Book a day trip, or a multi-day all inclusive stay, at Teton Springs’s sister resort, South Fork Lodge, undoubtedly one of Natural Retreat’s most pristine and ruggedly elegant properties. And, it’s worth repeating that this could very well be the best dry fly fishing in the entire country.
Happy Valentine’s Day, and remember, nothing says LOVE louder than adventure and discovery in Yellowstone-Teton country!
O.K. it’s here folks, just as we promised. Not exactly sure how much of our famous white fluff fell in the Tetons Sunday evening, but you can conservatively double the 4-6″ that fell on the golf course at Teton Springs. It’s a promising start. And, given the more than optimistic forecast for the remainder of this week, snow sliders have something tangible to get excited about. Cold temps mingled with snow showers rule the region for the remainder of the week, giving the green light to the local ski resorts to crank up their snow making guns. Enthusiasm runs high for another epic snow sliding season.
However, it’s not like we sit around simply waiting for the lifts to turn. Certain diehards, who shall remain anonymous, are still stalking the trout that also call this Yellowstone-Teton region home. A recent trip to the South Fork proved that there’s always something meaningful to occupy our time while waiting to strap on the powder boards. For most fly fishermen, even those that profess an affinity for this sport that can easily border on obsession, bundling up and wading in the chilly waters of southeastern Idaho’s most famous river isn’t on their radar. It should be. The diehards that arrive at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa this time of year, with fly rod in hand, are amply rewarded for their passion. But don’t simply take my word for it; book a trip with our partners at South Fork Lodge. These folks live, breathe and guide on the South Fork year-round.
But back to the reason we can hardly contain ourselves, and that’s the upcoming promise of alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, or perhaps a snowshoe tour into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Given this recent weather change, reservations continue to pour in from savvy travelers looking to score a free night’s lodging over the Thanksgiving holidays.
And not just any ho-hum room. The spaciously designed rooms in this boutique hotel give new meaning to the term “classy,” and the guest service is top notch. It explains why U.S. News & World Report has named Teton Springs Lodge & Spa the “Best Hotel in Idaho,” 2012 thru 2104.
When we hear the word “free,” often there’s a catch, a disclaimer lurking about in small print. Not in this case; it’s literally a complimentary night when a two consecutive night stay is booked in a lodge room, deluxe one or two bedroom suite, or in one of the luxury Handpicked mountain log homes. Prepare a traditional turkey dinner in a lodge suite or home, both complete with full kitchens, and as you prepare your feast, you’ll have something pretty pleasant to gaze at thru your window – the Tetons and Big Hole Mountains.
Even I don’t mind slaving away in the kitchen with this view! And to make the holiday even more stress free, with enough advance notice, the nice folks at the Lodge will even do your grocery shopping prior to your arrival. All you’ll have to worry about is whether you can leave your comfy digs at Teton Springs to make first chair at Grand Targhee. And if making the perfect gravy isn’t your thing, there’s Teton Valley restaurants standing at attention ready to satisfy all of your culinary wishes. Check out all our Fall get-away packages at Teton Springs Lodge!
This “giving thanks” lodging special is something you can always count on at Teton Springs, our way of insuring that you’ll ring in the holiday season in style – with warm, cozy, beautiful lodging accommodations. And for a much needed break from turkey dinner leftovers, relish some quiet time in the Stillwaters Spa. Put your feet up, have a pedicure, and let yourself dream of deep powder turns. There’s no better time to begin a new tradition with family & friends.
While your thoughts drift to deep powder turns, book one of the greatest thrills in North America – a heli ski excursion with High Mountain Heli. The chopper typically takes to the Teton skies sometime in December, depending on backcountry conditions. I close my eyes and can almost hear it lifting off from the Teton Spring helipad. Good things come to those who wait.
Let the Winter magic begin at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.
Whew, not sure about you, but I am relieved the holiday season is just about over. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Christmas and the aftermath, but I am so ready to give up the sugar cookies and the endless supply of homemade bon bons. Thank God there was never a fruit cake in sight! Most of us over indulge this time of year, and that’s o.k. Goes with the territory. But now it’s time to step back from the buffet table, embrace a new year and maybe even get serious about what makes winter in Teton Valley so darn appealing.
Across the globe in every language imaginable, people have made the quintessential New Year’s resolutions, to perhaps eat healthier, manage stress better, lose weight, squeeze in more “me time,” and probably the grand daddy of resolutions, exercise more. Sounds like a visit to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is in order! At some level or another, all of these pledges we make to ourselves could be clicked off, in the most pleasant non resolution way I would add, at this very intimate and extremely beautiful hotel in Victor, Idaho.
Plenty of winter recreationists’ jump started their 2014 resolution to exercise more with a pre New Year visit to Teton Springs. Hotel and cabin guests took full advantage of the resort’s Idaho ski packages in November and December, when Grand Targhee held true to their pre Thanksgiving opening. In fact, conditions at both our home resorts, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole, reported the best snow conditions in the west early on and still lay claim to total snowfall to date in the northern Rockies. So what else is new?!
Some of the Best Snow Trails for Snow-Shoeing and Cross-country Skiing
The best winter vacations no doubt include skiing in virtually every discipline, and, it doesn’t hurt that Teton Valley has to be one of the country’s most stress free environments. At Teton Springs, well, there’s absolutely nothing frantic about the pace at this cozy low-key resort. With the stunning morning light illuminating the Big Hole Mountains, a brisk ski on the resort’s groomed Nordic track is the perfect way to start one’s day. Sure, you may run into the occasional moose out for a morning stroll, but you’ll virtually enjoy the solitude we are often denied in our everyday lives. And, if variety truly is the spice of life, check out the myriad of groomed Nordic trails that envelop Teton Valley, courtesy of our friends at
Teton Valley Trails & Pathways.
Heli Skiing, Snowmobiling, and Many More Snow – Fun Activities Across the Teton Valley
To take it a step further, a day of skiing the best powder in the west with the stunning Teton Mountains as your backdrop is a day of heli skiing; this could very well be the most precious “me time” imaginable. Wake up in one of the deluxe suites at Teton Springs, then mosey on out to the heli pad, just steps from your room. You’ll be hard pressed to ever find a heli ski package more affordable and totally hassle free. Now, that’s a New Year’s resolution worth making.
Stay in a Beautiful Log Cabin with your Family or Friends
Booking one of the luxury mountain log homes at Teton Springs seems to be the most popular way to go when looking for the optimum Idaho snowboard packages. Your options include a three, four or five bedroom cabin, tucked in the shadow of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The only problem is; you may never want to venture out of this pad. The great rooms are just that, great, with custom designed furnishings reflecting the area’s chic western flavor. Kitchens are commercial grade, for those so inspired. The deck wrapping the cabins beacons after an unforgettable day in the mountains. Kick off your boots, uncork Idaho’s best chardonnay and savor this moment. This is what every vacation should feel like.
There’s another compelling reason to visit eastern Idaho in January; Teton Valley kicks off the New Year with their annual Great Snow Fest. Slated for January 16-20, the businesses celebrate Martin Luther King with a dynamic line-up of fun activities for the entire family. The snow sculpting contest has been nationally recognized but the most exciting event is the NASJA sanctioned skijoring contest. You’ll never look at cross country skiing the same way again. For visitors to the valley, the perfect way to see this glorious place, get the heart rate up, and enjoy a close to the weekend’s events is the wildlife ski tour with the Teton Regional Land Trust. Book a deluxe lodge room at a special Snow Fest rate of $129.00 per night. You’ll need to call the nice folks at Teton Springs Lodge for this special offer.
Celebrate New Year’s at Teton Springs and click off those resolutions in style! CALL 877.787.8757 AND VISIT www.TetonSpringsLodge.com