Rustic Lodge in the Wyoming Wilderness
You're never far from nature at The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites. The hotel is within a 90-minute drive of both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and the National Elk Refuge, home to about about 7,500 elk. In the winter, visitors can get up close to the herd on horse-drawn sleigh rides. Winter also means the start of ski season at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, about 13 miles north of The Lexington.
The Lexington's suites are comfy spots to rest up after a day on the slopes. Some contain fully stocked kitchens; others have fireplaces. All contain artwork depicting elk, bears, and other local wildlife. You can enjoy nice views from the two-story lobby, which features large picture windows and a fireplace.
Mornings at The Lexington begin with a deluxe continental breakfast, served in the mezzanine. For lunch and dinner, there are several restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Also within walking distance: the historic Jackson Town Square, home to numerous art galleries and boutiques.
Jackson, Wyoming: Wildlife and World-Class Skiing in the Old West
Jackson 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.
By early December, the ski lifts are up and running at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, famed for its challenging terrain and laissez-faire backcountry policy. Back in town, the much smaller Snow King Resort boasts the only night skiing in the area; unlike the slopes, the lift tickets aren’t too steep—about $40 for a full-day adult ticket.
Ski bums are seduced by Jackson’s epic snowfalls, but a different species objects to the cold. Each winter, about 12,000 elk migrate to the valley floor, where the temperatures are milder. At the National Elk Refuge, which borders downtown Jackson, conservationists lead horse-drawn sleigh rides to view the mammals up close, mid-December through early April. If the elk prove elusive, head across the street to see them in bronze or watercolor at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.