Jackson Hole, Wyoming
We asked Hope Maloney, Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—not just her own, but also those of the local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Resort. Jackson Hole, with two National Parks and the National Elk Refuge as neighbours, boasts an abundance of recreational opportunities and a bustling art scene.
Summer: Too Much to Do!
Jackson Hole is the rare ski town that is busier in summer than winter, thanks to the profusion of activities and nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. The Resort’s Base Camp outfitters can help you enjoy the region’s myriad warm-weather charms, including some of the world’s best fly fishing, with private guided full-day fishing trips on the Snake River. For a more casual way to explore the national parks, bring along a picnic from the Hotel and have the Concierge team customise a tour to suit your interests, including photography or wildlife. You can even see the exact spot where Ansel Adams shot his famous photograph of Grand Teton. And families won’t want to miss the twice-weekly evening rodeo in Jackson Hole. Make sure you sit in the bleachers behind the bullpen to get the best view of the action.
Shortcut to the Top
In warm-weather months, there is no easier or faster way to gain an appreciation of the area’s natural beauty than with the new aerial tram, Big Red. Just steps from the Resort, it will whisk you on a scenic 12-minute ride that rises nearly a vertical mile to the top of Rendezvous Peak at 10,450 feet (3,170 metres) (the tram takes you up the last 4,139). From here you can take in sweeping views for hundreds of miles across Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. If you have more time, take the tram one way and hike down, enjoying the vast fields of wildflowers. For an adrenaline rush, guided paragliding is offered from the top of the tram, and all visitors can enjoy lunch at the restaurant attached to the tram terminal. One of the best hikes includes a tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and the option of hiking a portion of the most scenic trail in North America, the Teton Crest Trail, with views down into Idaho and Wyoming. Bring along a GPS from Base Camp to show you the option of several hiking loops on this trail.
Best of the Old West
For the ultimate atmospheric dining and drinking experience, there are a few must-visit stops. Dornan’s, in Grand Teton National Park, is where locals take visiting friends to experience the park’s splendour. All while chowing down outdoors beneath the namesake peak on casual sandwiches, pizza and pasta, washed down with a selection from the adjoining Wine Shoppe. In the town of Jackson, lunch, dinner or a drink at The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill at the historic Wort Hotel cannot be missed. The famous bar is inlaid with more than 2,000 real U.S. silver dollars. At night, hit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where bar stools are saddles, for an ice-cold beer, pool, live music and dancing. Jackson Hole offers a progressive culinary scene with a variety of cuisines. A popular choice is Il Villaggio Osteria. Snake River Grill, located on the town square, serves a contemporary American grill menu with items from their wood-burning oven. Save room for dessert and order the SRG Eskimo Bars: chocolate-dipped brownies and vanilla ice cream with caramel dipping sauce.
Winter: The Big One!
With arguably the nation’s best skiing, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort goes by the nickname “The Big One,” thanks to its vertical height and the size of the terrain. Despite a well-earned reputation for the ultra-challenging expert runs, there is skiing for all abilities, one of the word’s best ski schools, and some of the deepest, driest powder on Earth. It is all right outside the door, a few steps from the Ski Concierge to the lifts and Jackson’s iconic tram, ready to whisk skiers to the summit. But the best way to see the magic of the snow-covered landscape is to book a private Wildlife Safari tour that will show you local wildlife in their natural habitat. Led by the in-house biologist, the four-hour tour provides a fascinating adventure in the wild.
Many visitors marvel at the night sky. The greater Jackson Hole area is one of largest undeveloped and remote tracts of land in the lower 48 states, with virtually no light pollution. On a clear night, bright celestial wonders come alive, including the Milky Way, which stretches overhead from one end of the valley to the other. All this makes for perfect conditions for amazing stargazing, and the Resort’s Base Camp offers everything you need, from books and maps of the night sky to special stargazing events hosted by a local astronomer.
Tee It High
Jackson is famed for its world-class skiing, fly fishing and hiking, but many visitors are pleasantly surprised by the high-quality golf. Renowned for its stunning views, Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and borders Grand Teton National Park. The course was completely renovated a few years ago. Jackson’s other public course is Teton Pines, where former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney’s home sits alongside the 18th green. The Arnold Palmer design has two signature holes, 7 and 9, playing directly at Grand Teton, and 3 and 16 facing steep Rendezvous Bowl. Just 20 minutes away in Idaho, on the other side of Teton Pass, is another excellent and scenic layout: the Byron Nelson–designed Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs.
Just Say “Ah”
At this altitude it is dry any time of year, so soothe and replenish dry skin with the Shea Butter Skin Lustre (50 minutes) at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. Shea butter is luscious, luxurious and deeply nourishing for parched skin. During this body scrub and wrap collaboration, skin is gently exfoliated with a shea butter exfoliant and rinsed to leave skin squeaky clean. A warm, conditioning shea butter body wrap provides deep conditioning to leave skin baby soft. Choose from citrus-, cucumber- or lavender-infused butters.
Shopping Hot Spots
Jackson is where Old West meets millionaire’s playground, and the retail variety reflects this juxtaposition. Teton Art Gallery is a jewellery shop where earrings, necklaces, rings and belts are made by hand. The owner even digs up many of the stones himself! Altitude (35 West Deloney Street) offers chic and fun clothing, jewellery, bags, shoes, cosmetics and home décor. Bring back a piece of the West from Wyoming Outfitters, packed with belt buckles, leather jackets and the house specialty: custom cowboy boots. You’ll need a matching custom cowboy hat, and fortunately there is the Jackson Hole Hat Company, making the highest quality bespoke 100 percent beaver fur hats for nearly 30 years.