Log-Cabin Lodge near Wyoming’s Grand Tetons
The Teton Range serves as the backdrop for The Bentwood Inn, a lodge located near Jackson Hole. But the inn itself is a sight to behold; its designers worked the gorgeous landscape into the inn's decor in subtle ways. The building was constructed out of 200-year-old pine logs that were salvaged from Yellowstone National Park, located about 60 miles away. A 30-foot fireplace built from river rocks anchors the resort's grand two-story common area.
There's also a fireplace in each of the themed guest rooms, and some rooms include relaxing spa tubs for keeping warm on chilly nights. The Cowboy room welcomes guests with rodeo-motif bedding and a walk-in shower adorned in tattersall tiles. Upstairs, the Bunkhouse room overlooks the mountains, with a lodgepole ladder leading to a third-story loft. There are hand-painted Native American ceremonial pipes at the entrance of the Indian Paintbrush room, which has an intimate balcony for two.
The Bentwood Inn's kitchen serves meals and snacks made from seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. Every morning, guests gather in the hotel's quaint breakfast nook for hearty portions of german apple pancakes and huevos rancheros. At night, hors d'oeuvres are served by the crackling fire or on the cedar deck, which has spectacular views of the sunset. If you opt for a 3-night stay, this getaway will include a decadent four-course dinner for two.
Jackson, Wyoming: Spectacular Wildlife and Rugged Mountains in the Old West
Jackson may be the only place on earth where you might see a rodeo cowboy, a rock climber, and a Hollywood starlet on the same block. Located within driving distance of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone, 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.
Though summer and winter are Jackson’s high seasons, you’ll encounter lighter crowds in the spring. As the snows begin to melt in May, 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’ll have a chance to see eagles, moose, and pelicans.
In the spring, Grand Teton National Park draws visitors with its jagged mountains and diverse wildlife, which ranges from herds of bison to the colorful Western tanager songbird. Some 4,000 mountaineers attempt to climb the mighty Grant Teton every year, though beginners can take advantage of lower-level bouldering and climbing routes. The park also has 200 miles of trails, including the breathtaking trek up to Paintbrush Canyon, a looping hike that ascends more than 4,000 vertical feet.