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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!
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!