AAA Four Diamond Mountain Lodge Close to Grand Teton
Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa’s rooftop area has a hot tub big enough to hold 24 people. From this vantage point, you can see the towering Teton mountain range, located about a mile away. The rooftop tub is one of five on the property—three indoor and two outdoor—and there are also heated indoor and outdoor pools.
Water’s healing properties provide the focus of many treatments at the onsite Solitude Spa. The 12,000-square foot, three-story complex has 10 treatment rooms, including two couples’ rooms. You can indulge in hydrotherapy services, relax in a Vichy shower, or opt for a traditional spa service, such as a mani-pedi or hot-stone massage.
Duck confit spring rolls, goat cheese polenta cakes, and braised buffalo short ribs are featured on the menu at the resort’s Spur Restaurant & Bar. Firelight illuminates the rustic interior; an outdoor patio overlooks the Jackson Hole Valley.
Like the rest of the resort, guest rooms are decorated in a western motif—think leather recliners and handcrafted coffee tables. Alpine studios feature fully equipped kitchens and stone fireplaces.
Jackson, Wyoming: Fishing and Hiking in the Old West
Teton Mountain Lodge is located about 12 miles northwest of Jackson, perhaps the only place on earth where you might see a rodeo cowboy, rock climber, and Hollywood starlet on the same block. The former frontier outpost draws visitors of all stripes for its special blend of Old West flavor and jaw-dropping natural beauty. Old-fashioned saloons and high-end galleries line the town square, but a few miles north in Grand Teton National Park, you’ll find nothing but wilderness.
Summer and winter are Jackson’s high seasons; you’ll encounter lighter crowds in spring and spectacular foliage in the fall. As the winter snows begin to melt, the rivers swell and fill with rapids. There are about a dozen rafting outfitters in Jackson that run whitewater trips on the Snake River and scenic floats on a calmer stretch upstream, where you might see eagles, moose, and pelicans. When the water clarity improves in late summer, fly-fishing on the Snake is hard to beat.
Grand Teton National Park is open year-round, weather permitting, although many facilities and roads close for the winter. A well-maintained network of hiking trails covers a wide range of terrain, from short loops through lupine meadows to mile-high treks into the Tetons. Thanks to an abundance of paved roads, you can cover much of the park’s 300,000 acres by car, and might feel less exposed while passing through herds of bison.