Old-World Club Atmosphere Amid Stunning Mountain Ranges
Each winter, massive herds of elk come down from the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole and settle along the valley floor, where the temperatures are milder and food more abundant. On the outskirts of Jackson, horse-drawn sleighs crisscross the National Elk Refuge and grant visitors up-close views of the elk. The White Buffalo Club, about a mile from the refuge, stands at the intersection of Jackson's dual charms—rusticity and luxury.
The hotel's exterior echoes the mountainous landscape with rough-hewn stone and unpainted wood. A rooftop terrace with a heated floor provides a cozy platform for enjoying the scenery. Inside, wooden wainscoting, leather upholstery, and monocled butlers evoke the genteel atmosphere of another era. Like the clubs of yesteryear, the White Buffalo serves gourmet fare nightly within Cellar’s Restaurant, with menu items such as ahi-tuna sashimi ($13) and beef tartare diced from USDA Prime tenderloin ($15). At the bar, an impressive solid-wood-and-granite-slab structure, bartenders welcome newcomers with fresh pours of draft beers or well drinks.
Upstairs, single-king rooms and double-king rooms center on king beds with carved-panel footboards and studded leather headboards. In bathrooms, variegated slate tiles cover the floors, walls, and even the sides of the deep soaking tub. Back on the ground floor, the fitness spa’s massage therapists and personal trainers soothe tense limbs. Yoga classes realign spines and internal composure, and a 50-minute therapeutic massage kneads away any trace of tension.
Jackson, Wyoming: Snowy Alpine Territory Flush with Wildlife
Nestled within the valley of Jackson Hole amid a vast wilderness—including the Teton, Targhee, and Bridger National Forests—the city of Jackson retains a sense of Old West ruggedness. Barbecue joints, country bars, and dude ranches surround the town, and the Jackson Hole Museum chronicles the area’s earliest trappers and ranchers. The city park boasts four open-air arches crafted from densely bundled elk antlers, amassed over the years from the antlers that local elk pawn each winter for knitted caps.
The western landscape serves as a renowned ski haven in addition to a cowboy’s paradise. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 116 trails include dozens of winding expert slopes and backcountry areas widely considered some of the best in North America.