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Seasons Colliding in the Teton Valley

SEASONS COLLIDE IN TETON VALLEY THIS TIME OF YEAR!

This is a very conflicting time of year for many people. We mourn the end of summer but when the time comes, we can’t wait for the magnificent fall season we’re typically treated to in Teton Valley. It’s definitely been a tad strange this year. It almost felt like the foliage around Teton Valley was also resisting the transition into a new season. I was starting to think the trees would never change colors. We waited, and waited, and suddenly overnight there they were, the magnificent gold, orange and yellow leaves replacing summer’s green. A man and woman driving along Highway 31 into Victor stopped me today as I walked and asked, “Do you live here; this valley is the most beautiful place!” Sometimes it takes a stranger’s view of our world to remind us how lucky we are to live here.

Beautiful Scenery in Idaho and the Northern Rockies

ROAD TRIP – Speaking of strangers. If you’re a stranger to the scenic byway that takes you from Teton Valley to Island Park and into West Yellowstone, rectify that as soon as possible. This is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking drives in North America and a key reason why guests visit Teton Springs Lodge & Spa this time of year. To feel the full impact of this drive, it’s important that you start your engines in Victor. The views and points of interest officially start here. Most of us “locals” have taken this route, long before tourism gurus officially designated it as one the “Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies.”

The temporary closure of Yellowstone shouldn’t discourage. Between Teton Valley and West Yellowstone there’s plenty to see and do. It’s worth the trip just to sample the gem of eastern Idaho, the Mesa Falls Scenic ByWay. You’ll hear the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls long before you see them. The Falls are so spectacular, a real treasure. And, to experience the full assault of fall colors that border the Falls, I would get going. This loop also claims Harriman State park and the famous Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Wouldn’t hurt to pack the fly rod.

The Headwaters Club at Teton Springs – Pristine Beauty

There are also quite a few of us hanging onto the golf season with every morsel of our being. Watching the course maintenance crew at the Headwaters Club at Teton Springs preparing this baby for its winter hibernation is like saying good-bye to a good friend you won’t see for the next 5 months or so. It’s not a good feeling. It wouldn’t hurt nearly as much if Headwaters wasn’t in such pristine shape. Really, the only hint that things are indeed winding down are the brilliant hues that enclose the resort, colors that easily mirror the most blazing sunset. This time of year the camera is the most important accessory in your bag. The fairways are pristine and the putting surfaces smooth & true. Good bye old friend, for now.

Thanks goodness the Stillwaters Spa & Salon is always there to take care of us! Right now there are a lot of happy guests at Teton Springs enjoying a little pampering, both in their sweet lodge room and with a much needed massage or facial. This fall get-away package is definitely a reason to drop everything and take care of you!

From the hotel at Teton Springs you can see the snow-capped mountains so our thoughts and obsessions quickly turn to the next great thing – snowsports. With our October storms this year it’s not a stretch to get our hopes up and envision hitting the slopes, or perhaps strapping on our backcountry gear, a tad earlier this season. We’ve seen it too many times here in Yellowstone-Teton country.

Relax in Luxury at Teton Springs

Besides the obvious, which are the incredible facilities at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, visitors often choose this boutique hotel because of its brilliant location.

The founding fathers of Teton Springs sure knew what they were doing when they placed this first rate resort in the heart of Victor. It’s exquisitely positioned just about equal distance to the two best ski resorts in the Cowboy State, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Targhee, a true neighbor in Teton Valley, is easily accessible with literally three turns from Teton Springs. It’s such a pretty drive as you wind up the Targhee Road you almost wish it would last longer. The Jackson Hole Ski area is also just three turns away in the other direction, with a hop, skip and jump over Teton Pass. It’s never too early to book those ski vacation packages at Teton Springs. Idaho skiing looms on the horizon.

We have so much to look forward to.

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Skiing Knee Deep Powder with Blue Skies

Skiing Knee Deep Powder with Blue Skies in the Teton Mountains let’s hope this isn’t just a dream!

News of the recent epic snowstorm in New England, and the destructive aftermath, has really been monopolizing the airwaves lately. This latest weather episode to rock the northeast was significant, no doubt about it. However, it always makes me smile when the national news covers this stuff for days on end. Here in the Tetons, an overnight storm dropping 24" of what the locals call "white gold" barely causes a stir. Of course, Teton Valley doesn’t in any shape or form resemble Boston Massachusetts or, any other American city for that major.

One obvious distinction that separates this relatively tiny hamlet of Teton Valley, Idaho, from anywhere USA, is the fact that heli skiing packages are available at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, which sits nestled off Highway 33 in the south end of the valley. This boutique hotel is the centerpiece of the Teton Springs Resort and offers year-round visitors amazing activities. Winter guests delight in the hotels varied mix-and-match ski and stay packages, including the grand poobah of ski packages – that of heli skiing.

If a day of glorious turns in knee-deep powder, with deep blue skies overhead, mind-blowing Teton Mountain scenery and no lift lines appeals to your sensibilities, then heli skiing should indeed be on the agenda. High Mountain Hel Ski is the premier (and only) heli ski operator in the Tetons and Teton Springs couldn’t ask for a better partner in taking to the skies.

If a family ski vacation is on the docket, perhaps it’s a spring break trip. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa specializes in winter family vacations. The three, four and five bedroom mountain log cabins are luxurious in every way.

Guests are always pleasantly surprised just how affordable these places truly are, especially when they step foot into of these buffed-out cabins. Each home is unique, has literally everything you could possibly need, and more. They’re simply perfect for the family, and, roomy enough that friends can join the party too!

Teton Springs also lists Grand Targhee Resort as a partner in winter recreation, and, the last time I checked the measured snow depth at Targhee was the deepest of any area in the entire country. Not unusual for this Teton valley snow Mecca; they always post the big numbers!

There’s still plenty of time and winter left to book family ski packages to Teton Springs, with deals that include a complimentary night in the lodge, or in one of the sweet log cabins.

There’s Nordic skiing on the resort’s track, door-to-door guided snowmobile trips to Yellowstone National Park, snowshoe treks into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. That’s just for starters. There are many Winter family activities in the Teton Valley and close by.

The atmosphere is homey and relaxed the staff genuine and this entire property screams quality. Guess that explains why Teton Springs Lodge & Spa was recently named the "Best Hotel in Idaho" by U.S. News & World Report for the second straight year. The final decision after reviewing over 2,000 luxury hotels in the United States was made by travel industry leaders and hotel guests. There’s no doubt these guys got it right – you be the judge.

Call Teton Springs today for your winter dream vacation – toll free: 877.787.8757, visit www.TetonSpringsLodge.com

 

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