Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Jackson Hole area of Wyoming draws a mixed crowd in the winter, with locals sharing the slopes with the likes of Harrison Ford and Sandra Bullock. No matter how luxurious the hotel or restaurant, though, cowboy boots and jeans are the norm for attire.
Stay at Brooks Lake Lodge
Built in 1922, this entry on the National Park Services Register of Historic Places sits in a lush valley in Dubois, surrounded by evergreen forest, pristine lakes and, of course, the Rocky Mountains. The lodge features Western Craftsman style architecture and fine Western art, with amenities like the Rocky Mountain Spa, Governor's Tea Room and Cowboy Bar giving guests plenty of reasons to stay on the property. Book a V.I.P. Cabin Home and enjoy two bedrooms and two baths, a sitting area, and the ultimate in privacy at the lodge. Visit brookslake.com for more information and reservations.
Attend Steep & Deep Camp Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Expert adult skiers explore the mountain's most extreme terrain, including the Hobacks, the Expert Chutes and the infamous Corbet's Couloir, in this four-day camp. Learn how to find the best line, read the slope and practice steep-skiing etiquette, all the while getting early tram use and the guarantee of first tracks. Apres ski events, tech talks and an awards dinner with prize giveaways also are part of the fun at the Teton Village resort. Visit jacksonhole.com for more information.
Eat at the Blue Lion
Just two blocks from Jackson's town square sits this 1930s clapboard house and a mainstay of the area's dining scene. Owner Ned Brown and chef Tim Libassi have been serving up eclectic cuisine together for more than 25 years. Recent menu items have included Grilled Elk Tenderloin, with a wild mushroom port sauce, and Stuffed Wild Alaskan Salmon, stuffed with a mixture of goat cheese, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and basil, then baked and finished with lemon chive butter. Visit bluelionrestaurant.com for more information and reservations.
Soak in the Granite Hot Springs
To find these thermal hot springs, head south to Bridger-Teton National Forest. The springs flow out of surrounding rocks and into a swimming pool, reaching 112 degrees F. They are family friendly and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. In the winter season, which runs through the first Sunday in April, you can only access the springs via snowmobile, dog sled, skiing and snowshoeing. Inquire with the concierge at your hotel to find a reputable guide to provide equipment if necessary and get you there. Visit fs.usda.gov for more information.
Because of the growing popularity of the Jackson Hole area, make reservations well in advance to get the accommodations that best suit your travel style.