Just five minutes down the road from the Grand Tetons Southwest entrance there is a Village…
… Teton Village. And indeed this wonderful ski resort turns into a magical village during the summer. Music playing, kids running through the stream, plenty of outside venues to eat & drink. It was really a great place to retreat to after a long day of hiking.
Hotel: We stayed at Hotel Terra – Private Residence in a one-bedroom condo with a kitchen. I found this on a home rental sites but turns out it was through an agency called Luxury Retreats. I do not recommend booking through Luxury Retreats. This was an amazing property and we were thankful to have such a nice space to come home to every night.
Favorite thing to do: Most nights we would enjoy a long soak in what was really a huge hot tub overlooking the common area..happy that the kids staying at the hotel also enjoyed turning on the jets! However the best was the FREE lift ride on the Gondola to The Deck. It was nice to just sit back and enjoy the view. After our 2nd ride on this, we decided this satisfied our want to reach the top on the mountain and skipped the costly tram. Afterwards we would enjoy a drink by the cozy fires at the Handle Bar. That was about the scope of our exploration and restaurants at Teton Village. We of course stopped through the Mangy Moose Saloon but preferred to pick up beer at the local Bodega. Only regret was doing Thai in Jackson rather then here.
Map: Hotel did not give one. Check this out to know what is in the area
And further down there is a town…
Jackson. Coming from an amazing small town, Jackson did not overly impress us. It crossed the line of being to touristy for us. That being said we did go into town several times and here are some of the favorite things we did.
Wednesday Nights: By far our favorite. This is where the locals hang out. I don’t have one picture for we were having such a good time. It starts with Jackson Hole People’s Market. Local produce priced right. Great people. Don’t forget your cup . This was followed by Jackson Hole Live – a great opportunity to relax, hear music, sip some local beer from Snake River Brewing, and taste multiple best restaurants at their food trucks! This is an event not to miss. Very laid back.
Arts: National Museum of Wildlife – Great little museum. I was overwhelmed by the large area devoted to Rungius but after visiting another small museum dedicated to one artist who chose the opposite and to only show a few of his works on view, where I left disappointed, I began to appreciate this museum’s approach to displaying so many of his works. And once again we came across a sculptor by Anna Hyatt Huntington… TIP: The outside sculpture garden and the temporary current exhibit Circle of Animals (through 10/11/15) also outside can both be viewed for free so even if you are short on time it is well worth a quick trip to see.
Dining: A Birthday dinner for my husband at Snake River Grill was beyond amazing. Ranks as one of the best ever. We got seated in a wonderful booth with a window to the kitchen. Not sure how we lucked out with that. If you do one meal in Jackson make it this one. Eating in the other nights and splurging on this meal is well worth it!
Drinks: Snake River Brewing enjoyed their beers. Thai Me up offered some good brews (but skip the food), and my husband so enjoyed his tasting of Wyoming Whiskey that we bought a bottle for him (and got this great bandanna)…I think he should be their new mascot….