YELLOWSTONE-TETON TERRITORY SHINES BRIGHT THIS TIME OF YEAR!
We tend to grumble this time of year if spring showers interrupt our plans for all things outdoors; a round of golf on the Headwaters Course, a casual hike up Pole Canyon, or a mountain bike trek into the adjacent Caribou-Targhee National Forest. However, any frustration at being forced indoors, even for a few hours, melts away when the sun returns in all its glory and the entire Teton Valley landscape is a sea of emerald green, wild daisies and lilacs. Then for overkill, throw in the snow capped Teton Mountains as the luscious backdrop for all this color. I know, I say this about every season but seriously, can it get much prettier than it is right now?!
Food an Incredible Time at Teton Springs
Guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa who have decided to beat the summer rush to the Tetons know what I’m talking about. You hear them gush about their adventures as they sit in the lobby sipping an afternoon cup of tea or relaxing in the cozy Sage Café tasting one of Idaho’s best home grown wines. So here’s the inside scoop from both a visitors perspective and my own. Let’s start with the fishing. Fly fishing in this region accounts for why so many make the journey to Teton Springs in late May and June. It’s called the salmon fly hatch and you hear resident fishermen from one end of the valley to the other talk of this “event” in hushed tones. If you’re lucky. Most often this local knowledge on where the fish are gulping the big bugs isn’t shared, sometimes not even with the closest family members.
The Salmon Fly Hatch on the Henry’s Fork
My husband and I recently caught the salmon fly extravaganza on the Henry’s Fork and patience pays huge dividends. As with everything in life, it’s all about the timing. Salmon flies were literally everywhere and we assumed luring the big trout to the surface with this particular bug would be like talking candy from a baby. Not so fast. On some stretches the rainbows had their fill, obviously having just gorged themselves just hours, or perhaps minutes, before our arrival. However, you make the turn around the next river’s bend and that familiar gulping sound was back, like music to our ears. Fishing with these giant bugs is the most fun you will ever have. If you missed the early salmon fly hatch this year, plan for it well in advance for 2014. You can rest assured that Teton Springs Lodge & Spa does; they create their own lodge & salmon fly fishing package with their partner WorldCast Outfitters just for the occasion.
Featured next on the menu, the golden stone hatch. One can count on seeing these babies fly with abandon on the Henry’s Fork for the next few weeks, and while not quite as meaty as the salmon fly, the golden stone is another reason to get on the river early. They can easily be spotted on the water and fish take it hard. Just another reason to visit this Yellowstone region sooner than later.
Yellowstone Park – Bring the Entire Family to Teton Springs
Speaking of Yellowstone, it also wouldn’t be prudent to visit Teton Springs anytime during the summer season without a side trip to both of our country’s most spectacular national parks. On the resort’s “Park Pass Package” admission to Grand Teton and Yellowstone is free, for an entire 7 days. Not to mention the other goodies included on this package. Families in particular should take a serious look at renting one of the 3, 4 or 5 bedroom mountain log homes bordering the Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs.
In these digs you’re treated to the lap of luxury at affordable rates. After a day of cruising the parks, a dip in the Teton Springs heated pool or soak in the hot tub is just what the doctor ordered. We have quite a few nice summer vacation and getaway packages available, we look forward to seeing you!
Great Music, Food and Fun at the Headwater’s Club
“Mulligan Mondays” is a terrific way to start a new week and are in full swing at the Headwaters Club. The quality of music is worth planning a stay around this weekly event. Some of the region’s best musicians/bands serenade guests from 5-7p.m. now thru the end of September every Monday. The view alone from the Headwaters patio is worth the price of admission, which by the way is free. After an inspiring performance by local favorites Miller Sisters or the Alta Boys, slip into the Headwaters Grille for one of Chef Jordan’s home cooked meals. Who ever thought Monday’s could be so perfect?!
Call 877.787.8757 to schedule your summer adventure and fly fishing packages at Teton Springs Lodge, one of the Rockies best fly fishing lodges. And did I mention the salmon flies are headed to the South Fork. But you didn’t hear it from me.