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Archive for category Jackson Hole Resorts
We grudgingly give up our summers here in the Tetons where the days are endless and inevitably turn into star filled crisp evenings. This is a place where air conditioning simply means cranking open your window a tad wider. Basically, the summer weather is glorious, just about all the time, and even the news worthy natural disasters are dreadful occurrences that only seem to happen somewhere else. It’s easy to understand why so many people call this Yellowstone-Teton area their favorite summer destination. After Labor Day, things tend to quiet down, families have wandered home and the optimum September weather and wide-open & uncluttered roads lure those fortunate enough to embrace the adventures that beckon. I spoke of one such journey in the past but it’s definitely worth another look.
Yellowstone Park – The Nation’s Finest
Yellowstone National Park is especially enchanting this time of year. The sun glistens on the mountain peaks and it’s prime wildlife viewing season. Wolves are busy teaching their young to hunt while the bears fill their bellies in anticipation of their upcoming hibernation. The elk are in rut and if you’ve never heard an elk bugle, well, it’s a sound truly found only in nature. It’s eerie and surreal and something you won’t soon forget. There are a few ways to reach our first national park from Teton Valley but I’m going to recommend you take your time getting there and enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. After all, isn’t that the reason for visiting this land of towering mountains, wild and scenic rivers, rolling sand dunes and fertile open space that seemingly stretches into forever. This is the "off-season," right, so stop, look and listen along the way. You may be amazed at what you’ll find.
The Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop Road is one of America’s most spectacular scenic driving experiences and it’s a worthy journey.
Staying at Teton Springs Resort – Fun for Everyone
You’ll begin your road trip in Victor, with a delightful stay at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa where the pool is heated, the golf magnificent, the food scrumptious and the fish hungry in one of this resort’s many private lakes and ponds.
And the Spa, well; you may just want to consider hanging around for a few days at this property before rushing off anywhere.
I personally recommend the hydraquench body wrap, a signature treatment at the resort’s Stillwaters Spa & Salon. You’ll leave Teton Springs feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and more than ready to begin your journey into wild and scenic Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
The Grand Teton Loop Tour takes you north through Teton Valley, an area famous for its potatoes, but also its rich history of explorers, trappers, fur traders, mountain men and Mormon pioneers. Modern day "explorers" take delight in the incredible recreation afforded them here, in just about any season. As you head into Ashton, Idaho, take a break at the Trails Inn for some of Idaho’s best open-faced chicken fried steak. Upper and Lower Mesa Falls, next on the agenda, are two of the last undisturbed waterfalls of consequence in the West and both are easily accessed from the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway.
Fishing, Sightseeing, Bears and Wolves
Hope you have your fly rods packed and ready to cast, the famous Henry’s Fork of the Snake River is just steps away and September fishing is on fire!
The town of West Yellowstone is a major gateway into Yellowstone and deserves a look. It’s home to a cool museum, unique and funky shops and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery center. Give yourself plenty of time in Yellowstone National Park with its 2 million acres to explore, 300 geysers and 10,000 geothermal features. Hope you packed your hiking boots!
It’s a seamless journey from Yellowstone into Teton National Park and the sage filled landscape of this national treasure is a startling contract to the jagged peaks of the Teton Mountain Range. Over fifty miles of Snake River winds through the park and hiking and walking trails are plentiful and all afford staggering views of the Teton Mountains. Dotted with numerous sparkling lakes and incredible wildlife viewing, this could easily be your favorite stop and for that extra "wow factor," stop at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor center.
Jackson Has Something for Everyone
The town of Jackson, Wyoming, is an optimum place to end your official driving tour. This gateway-to-the-parks iconic western town certainly sees its share of summer visitors but gives post Labor Day stragglers all the room they need. There’s a staggering array of shops (more than just cowboy hats & boots!), great dining and entertainment, world-class museums and art galleries and a dizzying array of outdoor activities. And, if you happen to be in town during the 27th Annual Fall Arts Festival September 8-18, that’s even more reason to extend your stay at Teton Springs. You’ll want more than one taste of this internationally acclaimed event and it’s only a 25 mile commute to Jackson from your accommodations at the Lodge at Teton Springs Resort.
You’ll be pleasantly exhausted after your Grand Teton Loop Tour. The nice folks at Teton Springs will tuck you in.
Call 208-787-7888 for fall Lodge specials and upgrades to one and two bedroom suites. Or, sample one of the resort’s deluxe log mountain homes and check out all our amazing fall get-away packages!
Travelers looking at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Resorts as a vacation option should also seriously consider Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, Jackson’s neighbor 20 minutes to the west. Visitors to Teton Springs Resort can sometimes appear almost smug that they discovered this precious gem in nearby eastern Idaho. Teton Springs Resort is located in the most awe-inspiring hamlet in all of Idaho. Surrounded by the majestic Teton and Big Hole Mountains, this year-round resort in Victor, Idaho, has raised the bar for accommodation options in the Teton Mountains and among Jackson Hole cabin rentals. This luxury community truly offers the best of all worlds – an extraordinary combination of upscale amenities and recreational options unmatched in any resort community.
Jackson Hole Resorts are known for their individual amenities but guests looking at Teton Springs appreciate the option to simply step outside their lodge door and find themselves hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and golfing literally within minutes. Some of the areas’ best hiking trails are in the surrounding Caribou-Targhee National Forest, a popular draw for beginners but also has plenty of options for those looking for more rugged terrain to conquer. Wildlife abounds in this special patch of wilderness. Another “locals” favorite is the trek up Darby Canyon to the Wind Caves. This is a moderate hike but does get a tad step at the very top as one approaches the caves. It’s always fun to take a headlamp so you can maneuver inside these huge rock piles. This is also a favorite outing for the Jackson Hole resort guests. No spelunking necessary but dry socks may be!
Teton Springs Offers Something Different from most Jackson Hole Resorts
Teton Springs Resort’s location in Teton Valley also affords it some of the country’s most spectacular natural landscape in the Rockies. The Grand Tetons loom large from the Idaho side and provide an entirely different perspective of the majestic peaks than one would see from neighboring Jackson Hole resorts. Take the short drive through Teton Valley to Grand Targhee Resort, in Alta, Wyoming, and ride the summer scenic chairlift which climbs over 2,000 feet from their base area. From the Teton viewing area you’ll take in not just the majestic peaks but also their three neighboring states and all the way into Yellowstone National Park. Watch for their resident moose on the ride down!