72 Hours in Jackson Hole

72 Hours in Jackson Hole

Showing visitors around the valley is always a great reminder on how lucky we are to call Jackson home.

With the Tetons as your backdrop and adventure around every corner, Jackson Hole is an active traveler’s paradise. But with so many “once in a lifetime” experiences and amazing restaurants to choose from, it can be somewhat daunting to cram it all in to one weekend. So last month, we accepted the challenge and flew 12 A-list editors out to experience everything Jackson Hole in just 3 days time. The trip was a big hit, so we thought we’d share a few of our tips for maximizing your stay in the Hole….

Want to Fly Above the Clouds? It wouldn’t be a proper trip to the valley without a full day of skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. With over 2500 acres of the best skiing in North America, JHMR offers something for everyone. Looking for a thrill? Try a guided tour in the backcountry. Or if you’re just getting started, perfect your skills with an all day lesson at the Mountain Sports School.

We had all levels in our group, from first timers to seasoned experts, and the best part of the day might have been regrouping at 4pm for cocktails and elk nachos at The Handle Bar Four Seasons to regal each other with our individual stories from the mountain.

Want to Work up a Sweat? Head to Turpin Meadow Ranch for a day of fat tire snow biking and cross-country skiing. The ranch has a full groomed trail system along with gorgeous views of the Grand Teton. Moose also love to hang out along the trails, so keep your eyes peeled!

Want to Walk on the Wild Side? Get up close and personal with THOUSANDS of elk on the National Elk Refuge sleigh ride. We snuck a few flasks along for our sleigh ride to help keep us warm and toasty, but if you get caught, don’t blame us... Not enough? Head to Kelly, WY, 10 miles north of town where the most common traffic nuisance is a “Buffalo Jam.”

Want to Eat? Okay, okay, we admit it…eating is actually our favorite activity and luckily 72 hours involves at least 9 meals and lots of snacks. Our group of 20 joined all the lovers on Valentine’s Day at the newest local hotspot, Glorietta Trattoria at the Anvil Hotel. We were all blown away by the fare of Chef Troy Furuta, who came to Jackson from Pok Pok in LA.

We were also spoiled by a private dinner at Pearl Street Market, and a Brewmaster’s tasting menu at the Q Roadhouse & Brewing Co.  Let’s just say Pearl Street Market is so much more than a grocery store, and the Q is not your average pub fare, and you don’t need private dinners or special menus to discover that for yourself.  This is just the tip of the iceburg. Jackson’s local food scene is burgeoning, and we’d have to dedicate a whole other blog post (or ten) to cover all that.  Luckily we don’t have to because DishingJH.com does it for us.

Don’t forget to cap off at least one night with drinks and dancing at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar or the Silver Dollar Bar at The Wort Hotel.

Want some R & R? Take a vacation from your vacation at The Spa at Rustic Inn. This full-service spa includes over 2300 square feet of beautiful treatment rooms, a luxury couples massage room, DermaSound Elite facial system, a dry sauna, and a one of a kind eucalyptus steam room.  Our group was lucky enough to stay in The Spa Suites – hitting the steam room and hot tub daily, while sipping champagne and snacking on freshly baked cookies from our very own butler, Pam.

Did we get to experience it all? Not even close! But somehow we packed our days full of multiple activities without ever feeling rushed, and still managed to fit in some time to walk around town, lounge in the hot tub or sneak in a nap.  And now that our group has had a taste of what Jackson offers, we know they’ll be back to check more adventures off their bucket lists.

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