Sprawling Mountain Resort near Jackson Hole
By and large, the Teton Valley’s unspoiled wilderness remains as it was in the early 1800s, when John Colter split from the Lewis and Clark expedition to venture through the valley for the first time and encountered snow-capped peaks, evergreen forests, and sparkling lakes. The sprawling Teton Springs Lodge & Spa reflects this natural setting and pioneer heritage with rustic yet upscale decor in its main lodge and log cabins. The resort's amenities, however, root it firmly to the present.
At the swim-and-tennis complex, soak in two hot tubs, work up a sweat on the tennis or basketball courts, or, in warmer months, swim laps in a 25-meter, heated outdoor pool. Use your spa pass to access the lodge’s eucalyptus-infused steam room, luxurious locker rooms, hot tubs, and zen relaxation room. The Headwaters Club at Teton Springs blends into the Teton landscape with 18- and 9-hole golf courses, designed by architect Gary Stephenson, golfer Byron Nelson, and PGA touring pro Steve Jones. Or, take advantage of the resort's onsite helicopter pad and opt to heli-ski off-trail on more than 300,000 acres of natural terrain.
All accommodations resemble contemporary log cabins, with wooden furnishings, oversized leather sofas, and western-inspired artwork. At the main lodge, one-bedroom suites feature a king-size master bedroom with a two-person jetted tub large enough to stage re-creations of Lewis and Clark's late-career turn to synchronized swimming.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Rustic Mountain Enclave near Grand Teton National Park
The town of Victor lies just west of the Idaho-Wyoming border and less than 25 miles from the cowboy mountain town of Jackson, Wyoming—sometimes referred to as Jackson Hole, a term that actually refers to the entire valley. Once a quiet gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Jackson has blossomed into a cultural hub in its own right, with trendy restaurants, bars, and art galleries. Yet it retains its rough-hewn character, visible everywhere from the staged cowboy shootouts that take place nightly in the summer to the town square's four iconic archways crafted from elk antlers shed at the nearby National Elk Refuge.
The refuge, located north of Jackson, is a 25,000-acre park where a massive elk herd lives during the wintertime before migrating back to high country for the summer. Horse-drawn sleighs take visitors to the park, passing by the animals as they hunker down alongside moose, bighorn sheep, bison, coyotes, and wolves.
On the slopes of Rendezvous and Apres Vous mountains at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, skiers and snowboarders whoosh down 116 named trails, half of which are designated expert-level run.
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