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Eat, drink and be healthy it’s time to engage all senses at Teton Springs Resort!
I was able to wear shorts on my walk yesterday. Go figure. But who’s complaining? The Idaho ski packages being touted as some of the best out there by the state’s tourism office will click in soon enough at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa! Winter weather will arrive this week and a new season begins.
Now is the time to savor the waning days of October and prepare for winter’s onset. It time to gather wood and batten down the hatches; it’s predicted to be a great snow year. We’ve had a good run, no, a great run. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa lodging guests were just treated to an extra week of golfing on the Headwaters Course which is now put to bed. Soon cross country skiers will be gliding on the fairways.
It’s also time to think about what kind of physical shape we’re in so when the snow does fly, we’re ready for the serious snow sliding Teton Valley skiers and snowboarders have easy access to. For some that may mean a ski conditioning class or extra time on the yoga mat. Dry land ski training is also another great way to get in shape for everything winter will throw at us. I’ve watched people cruise around the Teton Springs Resort community with their skis on wheels and I have to wonder how an activity that can whip you into such great shape can look like so much fun. Personally, I would rather get in shape with a series of regular massages at the Stillwaters Spa.
The benefits of massage are obvious. While many consider massage therapy just a glorified way of indulging ourselves in one of life’s greatest pleasures, the benefits of massage on our physical and mental well being are real and well documented. I don’t normally allow myself the luxury of a massage but after nursing a very sore back for weeks, I decided it was time for the exerts to work their magic. I scheduled a therapeutic/deep tissue massage at the Stillwaters Spa.
Now thru the end of November the nice folks at the spa will also extend your massage, like they did mine, from 60 to 90 minutes at no extra cost. I’ve always heard rave reviews about all of the therapists at Stillwaters, but now speaking from personal experience, Angela should be named to the Spa USA All Star Team! This woman’s solid background and years as a massage therapist was evident from the get go. Angela is strong, intuitive and truly listens to her clients; with each passing minute (thank goodness there were 90 of them!), I could feel whatever chronic muscle tension I had build up start to evaporate. Angela also added into the massage a few of the essential therapeutic doTERRA oils Stillwaters now has in their arsenal of personal wellness products. The different smells were truly a “gift of the earth,” which is what the name doTERRA means in Latin. The health benefits of doTERRA have been touted for years. Glad I finally listened.
Now with a fresh spring in my step, it was time to indulge that other very important sense, that of taste. For me that usually means enjoying good food with friends at the Headwaters Grille.
Overlooking the first fairway of the Headwaters golf course, the Grille could very well be the perfect watering hole. It’s got a warm and cozy vibe and Chef Jordan is always serving up something tasty. And, back by popular demand, starting October 31, they’re dishing up a special that will suite everyone’s taste, two for the price of one entree.
The Headwaters Grille has switched to their fall/winter schedule so make sure you plan on a Thursday thru Saturday visit. Sundays they feature the NFL SUNDAY TICKET to satisfy the need for football, all day and all teams. From 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. you can watch your favorite squad toss the pigskin in style while enjoying time-honored game day snacks. If it’s Sunday, it’s Headwaters!
So, let’s have November be, if even unofficially, embrace your senses month. Take in the visual beauty of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest from the deck of a luxury mountain log home at Teton Springs, and if you really listen, you’re likely to hear the distinct sound of an elk bugling deep in the woods.
Feel an overwhelming sense of well-being envelop your entire body with a signature massage at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon and absorb the delicious lavender scent with an organic facial treatment. Last but certainly not least, treat your palate with a night out at the Headwaters Grille.
So, start this winter season off right by taking care of you! Call Teton Springs Lodge & Spa at 877.787.8757 for a visit guaranteed to awaken all senses.
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.
For a good part of the summer Mother Nature has been flexing her muscles in a big way, in all areas of the country. Of late, it’s the unprecedented number of wild fires scorching the west that has captured our full attention, and our empathy. It is sheer torture watching the evening news and seeing the desperation and helplessness on so many faces affected by these disasters. The staff at Teton Springs was happy to welcome back some of our guests from the Sun Valley area who fled here to escape the smoke-filled skies of Blaine County.
We all seem to have friends in the Ketchum, Hailey area, and can only imagine their fear of what’s next on the horizon, especially given the personal and economic loss for so many. Now, Yosemite National Park, one of the world’s greatest treasures is the target. For those of us who live so close to two of the nation’s other iconic national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, we are counting our blessings.
Despite a few recent lighting strikes in western Wyoming that temporarily closed a few roads in Yellowstone, our nation’s first national park is 100% open, and that includes all roads, entrances, and visitor services.
This is particularly good news for our many lodge guests who typically arrive now, the seasoned travellers who know so well that it’s the optimum time of year to tour the parks. Personally, I think now is also the most stellar time of year for a scenic raft trip on the mighty Snake River, and there’s plenty of room to maneuver the staggering array of rivers, streams and creeks for some late summer fly fishing.
Wildlife and Bird Watching in Their Natural Habitat
One of the most fun tours you can take is the Wildlife Tour with Teton Springs Lodge partner BrushBuck Guide Service. We’re been working with this Jackson Hole based company for many moons, and simply put, they’re the best at spotting the bear, wolves, elk, moose, bison and other huge mammals that call Grand Teton National Park home. It’s a four hour tour and they’ve made it easy even if you’re not a morning person. You have a choice of signing up for either the Dawn or Dusk tour. So civilized.
Their tours focus on observing wildlife in their natural habitat and if you’re a bird watcher, Grand Teton National Park is nirvana. You’ll easily spot golden eagles, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, mountain bluebirds, meadowlarks and the list goes on. The BrushBuck pros will also give you a down & dirty history lesson on this park, which can legitimately claim the most spectacular scenery in America. Their commentary and perspective alone is worth the price of admission. And, don’t worry about packing the spotting scope; they pack all the cool gear, snacks, and – they’ll even pick you up at Teton Springs!
Cozy, Beautiful Cabins on the Headwaters Golf Course
For those of you not wanting to budge from your cozy accommodations at Teton Springs, you’ll also have your chance at spotting wildlife. Chances are especially promising if you’re staying in one of the resort’s amazing mountain log homes that dot the perimeter of the Headwaters Golf Course, that also happens to border the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
The “cabins” all sport a private patio, or two, or three, and wildlife viewing becomes a daily ritual for guests. And while playing a round on the Headwaters links, keep your eyes peeled for the eagle that’s been standing guard on the 9th hole. One guest shares her up close and personal encounter photos with us here.
Another terrific way to spot the animals that live in the Tetons is by taking a hike and literally any hike will do. Lace up your boots and take off right from the resort or drive virtually 10 or 20 minutes in any direction. You’re sure to find yourself off the beaten path with a variety of short and sweet jaunts or the more strenuous grunt up Table Rock.
Teton Valley indeed racks up their share of votes for having the most eye-popping vistas, world class wildlife viewing, stellar weather, and citizens of generous heart to share it all with. Enjoy the adventure!