Wyoming’s Jackson Hole is a gateway to western beauty and adventure.
Settle into your accommodations in the quaint, scenic town of Jackson, Wyo., and stroll to the heart of town and Town Square. Uniquely appointed with arches made of hundreds of elk antlers, this true heart of town is also the civic center of Jackson, and many of the eclectic and interesting shops are immediately adjacent to the Square. While much of your Jackson Hole adventure will take place outside of town, exploring Jackson itself is worthwhile.
Saturday morning, you will want to consult your individual itinerary. Two of the world’s most spectacular parks are within easy travel, so you will want to have planned how to see your preferred aspects of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park in the most efficient time frame possible. Pick up a picnic lunch, or pack your own, and take to these unique and famed American settings. Both parks offer incredible outdoor sporting, hiking, wildlife watching, photography and more, and your park itinerary should reflect weather conditions and season. Alternate spectacular outdoor sites that might make your agenda include the National Elk Refuge with its fantastic December-April horse-drawn sleigh rides. You will have worked up an appetite by the time you return to town from the parks, so consider a hearty burger from The Bird or enjoy the upscale American cuisine at The Kitchen.
If more outdoor adventure is appealing Sunday, consider visiting Jackson Hole Ski Resort for skiing, paragliding or any of several other fun seasonal activities. Alternately, visit the Jackson Hole Museum where more than 12,000 artifacts help tell the story of the town, region and nearby national parks. The National Museum of Wildlife Art is another terrific possibility, and the RARE Gallery Jackson Hole Arts houses western contemporary art from some of the greats of the genre. Spend the rest of your day strolling the town’s galleries and shops, and complete the visit with dinner at The Spur Restaurant & Bar at the Teton Mountain Lodge or at the quaint Café Genevieve in downtown Jackson.
Stay In Style
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole’s 124 guest rooms and suites in a mountain retreat atmosphere provide an evocative setting, complete with a gas fireplace, residential-style furnishings, dark wood and natural stone finishes with leather insets. The ski-in, ski-out environment is amenable year-round to easily accessible outdoor sports, while scenic rooms are also equipped to permit guests to stay in touch with business interests. www.fourseasons.com
Amangani is a luxurious resort sporting spectacular views and providing a famed level of service to guests of the 40 rooms at this beautiful mountain setting. Incredibly attentive service pairs with comfort, a beautiful pool and some of the best wildlife watching of any hotel or resort in the region. www.amanresorts.com/amangani
Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa is a beautiful boutique setting just a few minutes’ walk from the heart of Jackson, but also seemingly miles removed from the world. Luxury and pampering abound in each of the individually appointed rooms, including the finest linens, plush towels, soft terry robes and slippers, deep tubs, L’Occitane bath amenities, flat panel satellite television and free wireless internet. www.rustyparrot.com
Hold the “Hole”: Remember while speaking to people in town that you are in Jackson, Wyo. Jackson Hole refers to the greater valley area.
Llama: Wildlife and nature lovers might enjoy a day trip with Jackson Hole Llamas for a unique look at the spectacular countryside.
Spa: The Jackson area is home to a number of day spas that offer pampering and wellness in between or in lieu of vaunted local outdoor recreation.