Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Terra
This AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel sits on the edge of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful mountain scenery. As “the newest—and greenest—property in Teton Village" according to Frommers, Hotel Terra boasts gourmet restaurants and an organic spa. After exploring the area’s national parks and its unparalleled scenery, you can rest up in contemporary guest rooms replete with full kitchens, gas fireplaces, and furnished terraces.
- Dinner with a view: Feast on homemade pastas and Italian wine at Il Villagio Osteria, which features a patio overlooking the mountains
- Grand Teton National Park: offers miles of hiking trails, including Teton Crest Trail ,which follows the spine of Teton Range past alpine lakes and fields of bluebells.
- Signature spa service: The herbal poultice massage incorporates turmeric, lemongrass, and kaffir lime
- The Powder Hound: The Terra Café’s award-winning breakfast burrito comes stuffed with organic eggs and chorizo.
- Saloons, gift shops, and a bungee trampoline are all located in Teton Village, steps from the hotel
- Distance to Yellowstone National Park: the park's south entrance is about 55 miles north of the hotel
Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Fishing and Hiking in the Old West
Teton Mountain Lodge is located about 12 miles northwest of Jackson, which may be 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, and 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 season. 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.