Things are heating up at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, a Natural Retreats property, and I don’t mean the temperatures. The summer fun meter has skyrocketed at the resort as well as in this entire Yellowstone-Teton area. With all the glorious traditions and revelry of the 4th of July celebrations behind us, our guests arriving now in beautiful Teton Valley can focus on the more important tasks at hand like fishing, golfing, hiking, river rafting, swimming, and on and on and on.
The summer weather here in eastern Idaho beckons us all outdoors. I know that everyone likes to talk about the weather. It’s more of a national pastime than baseball for goodness sakes. I guess truth be known, I can understand the fascination with what Mother Nature has next on her crazy agenda given the almost weekly reports of one weather-related disaster after another. Thus, I hesitate to brag about our weather scene for fear of altering the cosmic forces that are responsible for the picture perfect days and nights we experience here on a daily basis. Not many places can claim daytime temps in the low 80′s, under purple blue sunny skies with virtually no humidity, followed by cool evenings and sleeping temps that often require slipping under the down blanket. It’s a place where cranking the air simply means opening the windows wider, especially in one of the luxury cabins at Teton Springs.
TEE IT UP
It’s perfect golfing weather for a round on the Headwaters Golf Course, particularly in the early evening when the air is still and the lakes glisten in the afternoon light. You’re also likely to share this setting with the occasional fly fisherman as many of the spring fed lakes and ponds on the course are teeming with native trout. The Headwaters Course at Teton Springs simply couldn’t be in any better shape. The fairways are lush, the greens true and the scenery mesmerizing. And the best part, it’s truly affordable to tee it up on a world-class course like Headwaters when you book a Stay & Play Package at the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. While this club is indeed private, hotel and cabin guests have playing privileges on the 18 hole links and the par 3 short course, both designed by golf’s greatest talent, Byron Nelson. Left your sticks at home? Not a problem, the folks at the Pro Shop have the latest and greatest rental gear.
The Headwaters Course is a main attraction in this valley and it’s well worth carving out a few hours to sample eastern Idaho’s signature course, recipients of the industry’s most glowing reviews (Las Vegas Golf & Leisure Magazine recently named Headwaters one of the “6 Must Visit Resorts for the Vegas Resident!”).
THE SOUTH FORK EXPLODES
It’s almost a given that fly fishing is on most visitors itinerary when Teton Springs is the destination, and for the next 12 weeks or so, bringing in the big browns and rainbows on the South Fork of the Snake is almost like taking candy from a baby! Lodge guests returning from a day on the South Fork, one of the best dry fisheries in North America, are grinning ear to ear and that includes the kids too. The guides from Teton Springs partner, South Fork Lodge, will lead this charge. Anglers can expect nothing short of success given the multiple dry fly hatches now going off simultaneously. A sampling includes salmon flies, yellow sallies, pale morning duns, & golden stones. Excited yet? The
South Fork Outfitter Shop also has the largest selection of flies and fishing gear in Conant Valley. It’s simple – if fishing is your passion, why go anywhere else?
HIKE, BIKE AND OOH & AAH
If it’s time to push yourself physically, head to neighboring Grand Targhee Resort. Known primarily as a Mecca for powder skiing and other winter activities, Targhee offers summer recreation in equal proportion once the 500 inches of snow drains from their slopes. Hop on the scenic chairlift at the resort’s 8,000 base, and as you disembark at the 10,000 summit, be prepared to enter a zone that remains unspoiled, unhurried and spectacular.
You won’t find any vantage point in Teton Valley that affords this view of the magnificent Grand Tetons. You’ll also be hard pressed to find better biking and hiking trails, and it’s not all death defying as one may expect given this mountain’s impressive vertical drop. Targhee has done a yeomen’s job of carving out trails that optimally suit the beginner and intermediate rider but options do indeed include trails that will push the limits for the more
experienced pedaler. The same welcoming principle applies to their hiking trails. Walking down from the summit offers a virtual explosion of color as wildflowers dot the entire landscape.
IT’S TIME FOR PAMPERING
Whew, a vacation at Teton Springs can be exhausting, albeit pleasantly exhausting, and there’s nothing better than mixing strenuous activity with a tad of self indulgence. The Stillwaters Spa & Salon at Teton Springs is the perfect retreat given its full menu of treatments and services. Spoil yourself for a few hours, and before you know it, it’s time for more adventures!