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A Wedding Site Fit for Royalty

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!

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Holiday Magic Rocks the Tetons


I don’t know of many people who go into the holiday season feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Do you? The craziness starts well before Thanksgiving and for the next five or six weeks we’re immersed in often frantic days of overeating, over shopping (inevitably followed by the dreaded over returning), just overdoing in general. Then we ring in the New Year exhausted and settle into winter. There’s all this talk out there now about “returning to the basics,” which hopefully means spending more time with friends and family. We should also enhance this commitment to create more hang time with our loved ones by heading outdoors with them, leaving the PC and the myriad of other electronic gadgets we covet on the shelf for a time.

It’s been an odd fall season here in Teton Valley. We enjoyed unusually warm weather in September and October which extended the golf season on the Teton Springs Resort Headwaters Golf Course. Granted, the links officially shut down in mid October, which may seem early to some diehards. However, you just never know when old man winter will strike in this part of the country and the staff needs time to put the grounds to bed for the winter. We also snuck in an extra month of terrific fishing on our local rivers. It was a memorable fall season for sure for all things outdoors.

Moose at Teton Springs Lodge

Closing the golf course didn’t stop us crazed duffers from playing a hole or two, with the management’s blessing of course. But now it’s mid November and the faucets have officially turned on. It’s been snowing for a few weeks. Looks like the La Nina prediction, calling for lots of snow in the Tetons, is spot on. Our weekends are now spent at ski swaps and conditioning classes and anxiously watching Grand Targhee’s Snow Report. Everyone’s hopes are up for a powder rich winter, and why not. We’re off to a very promising start.

As I watch the inches pile up on the deck outside Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, I can’t help but be excited about the holiday season this year in Victor’s Teton Springs Community. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll kick off this year’s holiday season feeling relaxed and rejuvenated with a three night Thanksgiving weekend stay at the deluxe Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. Only thing that isn’t deluxe is the price. Now here’s the deal; stay three nights in a luxurious Lodge room, and one night is FREE. It’s crazy but true, and worth repeating. Spend three nights at the Lodge but only pay for two.

 

Stillwaters Spa at Teton Springs LodgeMy vote for best case scenario – arrive Thanksgiving day for Chef John’s scrumptious Thanksgiving spread at the Headwaters Grille; Follow up dinner with a relaxing soak in the hot tub and then off to bed. Grand Targhee lifts open at 9 and there’s nothing worse than being tardy on the season’s opening day. But if you’d rather sleep in and hang at the Lodge, that’s understandable too. Perhaps an afternoon leisurely cross-country ski at the resort is more in order. Or, completely escape the beaten path; strap on the snowshoes and head into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest adjacent to the resort. You may just find yourself eyeball to eyeball with our resident moose. Cap off this perfect holiday with a deep-tissue massage or hydraquench at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. After all, the lifts will turn again tomorrow.

This Thanksgiving special also available in the one and two bedroom Lodge Suites and in the luxury log mountain cabins. Truly give thanks this holiday season with your friends at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.

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