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The news is filled these days with horror stories of the record heat index and soaring temps all across the nation. Many of you are probably wondering, what exactly is a "heat index" anyway. Well, join the club. It appears it’s a combination of the actual temperature outside but not before you factor in the relative humidity. Simply put, the heat index is how hot we humans actually perceive it to be based on how lousy our bodies feel. I can tell you, most people in this country of late are certainly are not feeling the love when it comes to the heat index! Newscasters have literally been warning people to stay indoors for weeks now. Foul air in some of the bigger cities, coupled with these soaring temps, has created the perfect storm for a dismal July and most likely August. In these conditions, guess it’s better to watch daytime TV with the air conditioner at full throttle.
It Doesn’t Get Any Better for a Get-a-way or Family Vacation at Teton Springs
Except in the Northern Rockies! Gosh, in so many ways, it truly does come down to location, location, location. Here in Teton Valley, Idaho, we’ve been enjoying mid-70′s to the low 80′s range of temps for the past month and more of the same predicted for the foreseeable future. I truly emphasize with the suffering of so many of our fellow Americans. One could almost feel guilty about living here in this Yellowstone-Teton region as we enjoy such pristine and picture-perfect days (all spent outside by the way). The setting of the western sun is delayed and we’re able to recreate well into the evening. When darkness finally does fall, we climb into our beds (or sleeping bags) and pull the down comforter up around our shoulders as we bid farewell to another perfect summer day.
However, you don’t have to live here to enjoy this land filled with monster rainbow trout, cowboys and sage brush, magnificent waterfalls, whitewater rafting, hot-air ballooning, extraordinary wildlife, world-class golf, mountains that soar to 14,000 feet and national parks. Oh, and did I mention, you only have to stay at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa for two nights (you’ll want more I promise!) before this resort foots the bill for a 7-day Yellowstone & Teton National Park Pass?! This is Teton Springs most popular summer vacation package and definitely the most affordable way to enjoy all the goodies of Teton Springs and visit both of these spectacular parks.
Yellowstone and Teton National Parks are a Hop Skip and Jump Away
The parks are close so day trips are easy. You couldn’t write a script for a better summer vacation than the one that awaits you at Teton Springs Resort. Check out all the details, and be sure to include the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on this tour. With the record snowfall this past winter in Montana, Idaho & Wyoming, the canyon waterfalls are more dramatic than ever. Wildlife viewing at Yellowstone has been at its best and chances are good that you’ll see your first grizzly bear and wolf. The fastest route to the parks is thru Jackson Hole and into the parks, but for my money, there’s another way, one that allows you to truly experience this entire region. Take some extra time and discover a region rich in American history by taking the "#1 Rated Top Scenic Drive in America." Need I say more?!
Fishing, Hiking, Biking, and Much More all at Teton Springs
While taking a break from sight-seeing in our nation’s first national park, there’s plenty to do at Teton Springs or in the neighborhood. Enjoy a swim, hike, bike, round of golf or a serious day of pampering at the Stillwaters Spa. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Teton Springs, we have some of the best outdoor adventurous activities in the area!
The private lakes and ponds on property have been seeing lots of action and the fish are rising! It’s terrific practice for the fly fisherman whose casting may be a tad rusty or for the kids itching to learn. When you’re ready to hit the area’s big rivers, talk to our friends in Guest Service at the Lodge. They’ll set you up with the experts at WorldCast Anglers where its’ practically guaranteed you’ll take home bragging rights and you’ll have a blast fishing in the Teton and Snake River!
Escape the heat this summer at Teton Springs. See you in paradise!
TETON VALLEY, IDAHO – DUST OFF THE STICKS AND LET’S PLAY SOME GOLF!
Waiting for spring to arrive in Teton Valley, well, it sometimes requires some patience. But believe me; springtime in the shadow of the Tetons is well worth the wait. There’s also a darn good reason why the birds chirp and flowers bloom later here than in other parts of the country -it snows a lot here! If you happen to enjoy the great outdoors and have been to Teton Valley, you understand, and you undoubtedly speak of this place in hushed tones. It is truly nirvana. Winter storms consistently drop over 500 inches of Mother Nature’s best on our two neighborhood resorts, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. This year was no exception as both of these areas reported close to 600” at their snow stakes come the first of May. The smiles haven’t even begun to fade for the ski and snowboard aficionados in these parts.
However, the landscape almost appears to change overnight. Green grass has officially poked through the moisture rich earth and the trees are ready to sprout. The creeks are bulging and the whitewater rafts are coming out of storage. I’m so happy! This means a new and dynamic spring has arrived and our glorious summer is not far behind for everyone to enjoy, both the residents who call this spectacular valley home, and for all the visitors who come to play and stay with us over the next 5 months. We’ll all soon be playing outside and constantly wondering – what to do – what to do – what to do next!
For the golfers out there, including yours truly, there’s another reason to celebrate spring. The Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs Resort officially kicks off its season Saturday May 14th. Boy, do people ever work hard to get a golf course open, especially in Teton Valley. Every day for the past month I’ve watched the Headwaters staff attack their mission like a band of brothers fighting a common enemy. With their tractors lined up and armed with rakes and other tools of the trade, the proud men and women of Headwaters are spiffing up the fairways and smoothing out the greens.
The late Byron Nelson, one of golf’s most legendary professionals, and also one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet (I’ve had the pleasure), designed the Headwaters Course (actually two at Teton Springs, there’s a fun par 3 course here too). You will often see the term “award-winning” in the same sentence with Headwaters and it’s easy to understand why. This course is simply gorgeous and set in Teton Valley’s most spectacular landscape. It also appeals to golfers of all ability levels with its five sets of dedicated tee markers. So, whether you’re a scratch golfer, or a duffer like me, the joy is the same when playing Headwaters. There’s also an amazing pro staff standing at attention and ready to help get the kinks out of your swing, or, get you started with the basics. Matt and his staff will even play the course with you as part of the instruction. It’s relaxed and ever so pleasant at this facility; you’ll learn fast.
All golfers know that the key element to success in this game is keeping your head down and watching that silly white ball. Easier said than done when all you want to do on this course is take in the sights and sounds that surround you in virtually every direction; the lakes, the mountains and especially the resident bald eagle who often hangs on the 7th hole. It’s definitely not easy keeping your head down on this course.
Another thing golfers often complain about is how crowded golf courses are, especially the good ones. Not so here. Headwaters is a private club but here’s the great news. When you stay at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa you’ll enjoy many of the privileges usually afforded members only. It’s really nice not having to wait for the tee-box to open. It’s also a treat to stay at this property for a million other reasons, including the Stillwaters Spa & Salon, ponds and lakes for fly fishing, Headwaters Grille, heated swimming pool and hot tubs, fitness center, kids programs, hiking, biking and on and on. Golf is only one of the great pleasures to be found at this all-season resort!
Now, for the even better news (drum roll please!). There’s a “Swing into Spring” package available when the course opens on the 14th and valid thru May 26th that lets you play “unlimited Golf” and stay in a deluxe lodge room for only $85 per day per person.
The crazy rates don’t end there. The Lodge & Headwaters Club just unveiled their new “Stay & Play Package” which gives the golfer unlimited access, and even better yet, “Unlimited Play” on the Headwaters Course starting May 27 and this is good all summer long . Check out the dynamic details.
If you’re a golfer, or want to become one, there’s no time like the present with offers like these. Both are killer packages for the luxury accommodations at Teton Springs Lodge and to play one of the best courses in the Rocky Mountains. Trust me!
Unless you’ve been hibernating all winter, or living with monks in some Tibetan village (one with no power), you’ve most likely heard the news of England’s Kate Middleton marrying the United Kingdom’s heir to the throne, Prince William. I have to admit, I will certainly be tuned in on April 29 along with an estimated 2 billion other obsessed royal watchers. I actually prefer to think of us as shameless romantics. After all, I was one of the 750 million people tuned in when William’s mother, Princess Diana, married Prince Charles back in July 1981. Wow – almost 30 years ago. No wonder we’re more than ready for another royal event!
While we may not necessarily host royal weddings at Teton Springs Resort, we certainly know how to throw a mean nuptial! First of all, Teton Springs is located in one of the most spectacular places on earth, Teton Valley, Idaho. This resort can certainly accommodate indoor events, but save the cozy Headwaters Grille or the gracious Snake River Room for the winter wedding. With the jaw-dropping scenery in virtually every direction you look, an outdoor summer ceremony at Caddis Lake, the historic Rammel Barn or the Gazebo at Headwaters Park is the only way to go. With the Teton and Big Hole Mountains as your backdrop, who on earth needs Westminster Abbey?!
I’ve attended the small, intimate wedding at Teton Springs and also the large ceremony where we’ve shared this natural landscape with 400 plus people. The end result is the same – perfection! The friendly and knowledgeable staff consistently put together a seamless event and pays attention to all details, large and small. Everything needed to create the perfect celebration is available at this four season destination resort including gourmet catering and first class on-site hotel lodging and luxury mountain log homes. Families quickly scoop up these deluxe three, four and five bedroom homes that dot the golf course. They are surprisingly affordable and so top shelf.
Most couples tying the knot at Teton Springs also use this momentous occasion to spend time in the grandeur of this Yellowstone-Teton region. Their families and guests are intuitive enough to follow suit. As a lodging guest at this resort, the term “perfect day’ takes on many meanings – enjoying the 25 meter outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, mountain biking and hiking, basketball and tennis courts, fitness center, or reeling in a monster cutthroat in one of the resort’s stocked ponds (fly fishing instruction offered too – for all ages!). The full service Stillwaters Spa & Salon is an integral part of this destination resort experience and specializes in massage therapies and body treatments and also offers an entire menu of unique services for the entire wedding party, including the grooms! Lodging guests also enjoy privileges on the resort’s private 18 hole & par 3 Byron Nelson designed courses at the Headwaters Golf Club.
And that’s just the beginning! Nearby activities include whitewater rafting on the famous Snake River, fly-fishing expeditions, horseback trips into the Tetons, hot air ballooning, wildlife safaris, guided Naturalist hikes, day trips into Yellowstone & Teton National Parks, and mountainside music festivals. It’s also easy to get here from anywhere in the USA. Guests flying commercially can arrive in either Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls; it’s only a one hour’s drive from both airports. So, a word to the wise when planning your wedding at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa – estimate high when gauging how many guests will check off “yes” on the RSVP. After all, it’s more than a wedding; it’s a trip to paradise.
Say “I Do” in the Tetons. Unlike William and Kate, you may not be a royal, but at Teton Springs you’ll certainly be treated like one!