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It’s Clear Sailing Into Yellowstone

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!

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Business Meetings at Teton Springs

Business meetings always productive and inspiring at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa!

Whoever said that for a business meeting or corporate retreat to be successful you had to stuff participants into a stuffy conference room located in some generic USA downtown city or an off-airport hotel? I remember all too well being in just those kinds of sessions with other dozing participants taking in the classic power point presentations, and most often the less than inspiring lectures on budgets, sales projections, market analysis or whatever it is that people are meeting about. Do we really need a bland meeting room with four walls but no windows to be productive, and even better yet, inspired?

I watch and talk to the guests who are at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa for a meeting. The size and dynamics of the group vary. It’s usually a small business or non-profit from the region, an executive retreat or a sizable group of physicians from around the country gathered here with the hefty goal of trying to make the world a healthier place. There consistently seems to be a common thread among the participants as they pack up and leave Teton Springs; they feel more optimistic about their company or organization, and their place in it, and feel ready and excited to help achieve their team’s particular vision for the future. This place is simply perfectly suited for that kind of an outcome.

Beautiful Lodge Rooms and Luxury Mountain Log Homes

It’s relatively easy to get the creative juices flowing at Teton Springs. It starts with the lodging. The lodge rooms are lovely; quiet and clean with a hardy western flair. However, often the groups will opt for the luxury mountain log homes that dot this community perimeter. These 3, 4 and 5 bedroom “cabins” offer spacious open areas for entertaining (or perhaps that small meeting), private decks and patios .

Once outside, one simply has to open their eyes. It’s incredibly beautiful in every direction you look. The Headwaters golf course surrounds the property and it’s green and lush. Beyond the links are the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the Big Hole and Teton Mountains. Not a bad backdrop. Frankly, it’s impossible not to be inspired by the views and the open space. But hey, don’t just take my word for it; there is
plenty of kudos to go around for this resort!

Sure, there are the more traditional meeting rooms at Teton Springs but they all sport windows looking out to this glorious Teton world. The Caddis Lake Overlook Tent is the latest meeting/event venue to be added by Teton Springs Resort and can accommodate large groups, wedding receptions and the like. It overlooks the 9th & 10th holes of the Headwaters golf course. Word of caution – the views can be very distracting.

Then there’s the Sage Café. The Sage is a warm, intimate room with a lovely patio affording great views of the surrounding mountains. Suffice to say, we have the right space for your next meeting or event and the staff at Teton Springs are notorious for taking care of everything – soup to nuts is this resort’s specialty.

I think it’s a given that meetings are probably not scheduled at Teton Springs because of the meeting facilities, as nice as they are. After all, everyone needs a break and when the day’s work is done, the group scatters with folks headed every which way to sample the incredible activities in this vast Yellowstone-Teton region.

Everyone needs a break and there are plenty of distractions; reeling in that monster cutthroat on the South Fork, a round of golf (or friendly group tournament) on the Headwaters course, day trips to the national parks or leisure hike into the national forest that surrounds this property. The list of things to do goes on and on.

Often, meeting goers head straight to the Stillwater Spa & Salon for a message or some other well-deserved treatment after straining that brain all day!

Call today to find out more about Teton Springs as the perfect location for your next meeting or event. TOLL FREE 877-787-8757

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The Tetons sounds like the place to be this Summer

Warm, sun-filled days & cool breezy nights in the Tetons sounds like the place to be this Summer!

Even with all the crazy weather issues our nation has experienced over the past few years, I continue to be shocked, dismayed and totally in awe when I see what is happening again this summer across the country. Seriously. How does it ever get to be 106 degrees in Rapid City in June, and, will poor Florida even have the time to get back on its feet from recent catastrophic floods before their next wave of natural disasters hit, namely hurricane season?! Not to mention the brutal devastation occurring in Colorado. So much of the entire country is way out of whack for sure. Except for the Teton Mountain region, and for that, we are truly blessed.

The first few decades of my life was spent by the ocean. My grandparents owned a gracious home a mere block from the beach in South Jersey (thank goodness before Snooki and company permanently tarnished Jersey’s rep). What a glorious way to spend one’s entire summer vacation with my siblings and occasional stray cousin – covered in warm sand, riding waves and discovering the mysteries of the vast ocean landscape on my uncle’s fishing boat. I just returned back from a trip to the shore, a special place where that first pungent smell of the bay seems to jostle every single memory of those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

Family Outdoor Activities for Everyone to Enjoy

Coming home to Teton Valley, I had the same flurry of anticipation and excitement as I landed in Jackson Hole and seeing those magnificent Tetons bathed in their evening light. Those jagged peaks rising into the cloudless sky always evoke an array of emotions in my heart as they seem to almost reach out and greet me like an old friend. As I touched down on Wyoming soil I also realized that I’ve celebrated an equal number of birthdays living both by the sea and in these glorious mountains – how did I ever get to be so darn lucky!

Yep, it’s good to be home, and fortunately for us "locals" and guests visiting the area, it’s easy to get here from virtually anywhere. Flying into Jackson Hole offers the traveler an incredible sense of arrival with the airport flanked by the iconic Tetons and the impressive Gros Ventre Mountains to the east. It’s also the only airport in the entire country located in a national park, the spectacular Grand Teton National Park no less. That explains why when you exit this airport you immediately spot an elk or two wandering through a herd of Bison and a moose leisurely enjoying an evening snack in the Snake River (just look for a gaggle of humans holding cameras.) http://www.jacksonholeairport.com/

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa guests also have the option of landing in Idaho Falls, a thoroughly modern & truly a lovely and stress-free facility.

While you may not spot the moose on your way to the resort driving the eastern Idaho route to Teton Springs, the short trip is equally as beautiful as you follow the Snake River surrounded by endless acres of wheat & barley bending in the breeze. Don’t forget to stop at the scenic overlook and when you reach Swan Valley, stop and sample one of their famous square ice cream cones. You’ll be finished it just as you drive into the resort.

Luxury Log Cabins, Beautiful Lodge Rooms

Hope you’re planning on a long excursion; there’s just so much to do, for all ages. Your lodging options will also cause your head to spin – but in a good way! My friends recently stayed in one of the luxury log mountain homes, and everything was deluxe but the price. It’s amazing how affordable these well-appointed and beautiful 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes are and what a terrific place to come home to in the evening after a full, action packed day. Put your feet up on the patio, take in the scenery and plan tomorrow’s adventures. Lodge rooms and suites are also a crowd pleaser and it’s now easier than ever to book online.

Teton Springs Resort straddles the Wyoming/Idaho border, an area known for its natural resources and unlimited adventure opportunities. As a guest of Teton Springs Lodge, the term "perfect day" takes on many different meanings – enjoying the resort’s 25 meter pool and hot tubs, basketball and tennis courts, fitness center, reeling in that monster cutthroat in one of the resorts’ stocked ponds (we offer instruction too – for all ages!), a family-fun golf outing on the Par 3 golf course (or championship 18-hole Headwaters Golf course), and taking in the neighborhood on a mountain bike, which just happens to be the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Yellowstone Wildlife and Scenic Tour

Both the kids and adults will remember this outing for a lifetime! A comfortable Suburban pulls up outside your lodge door and off you go to Yellowstone National Park. It’s the only way to go – no distractions that come with driving yourself through the park and your professional guide points out all the breathtaking scenery and points-of-interest along the way. Your tour of Yellowstone is a full-day filled with information on the park’s history, its eye-popping geological formations (Old Faithful is just the most famous but you’ll see others that will take your breath away) and you’ll learn about the Native Americans and settlers who roamed and lived in this area years ago.

There are frequent stops for pictures and time to truly experience our country’s first national park. Your viewfinder will likely focus in on deer, elk, bears, buffalo, moose and other animals and birds living in this splendid and natural environment. You will also stop at the most spectacular Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. We’ve got Summer vacation packages for the couple and entire family!

Contact the nice folks at the Lodge desk for details and pricing @ guestservices@tetonspringslodge.com

Book your trip to the Tetons now. As I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s the perfect time to be here! Call 877.787.8757 and visit Teton Springs Lodge. The real memories start here!

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