Jackson Hole has a fairly small airport. Having said that, there aren’t a ton of flights going in and out every day but most major airlines do operate here. Between our family, we flew American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines. After arriving at the airport, we grabbed our rental car and made our way to our home for the week in Teton Village, WY. This was only about a 20 minute drive and you cruise straight through downtown Jackson to get there so it’s a beautiful drive full of snow, mountains, a Hallmark town, and more beautiful mountains. We had an AWD vehicle for the week which I highly recommend. Although they are more than prepared for the amount of snow and winter weather they receive, there will still be icey patches or conditions you may not be as comfortable with so always get a 4WD or AWD vehicle if possible. When you land, you will be exiting the plane on stairs and walking into the airport. You get the most incredible view immediately and the airport is just as cozy and welcoming as you would imagine this midwestern snowy dream of a town.
There are so many options for where to stay depending on what you’re wanting to do in Jackson Hole! We had the most perfect cabin located in Teton Village. I’ll get more into the nitty gritty details of our uh-mazing cabin but first, I wanted to go over the different areas and what they have to offer. Staying in downtown Jackson is a great option for clients wanting to come during the summer or late spring in my opinion. There are several hotels and cute inns downtown perfect for families and couples! The Wort Hotel, Wyoming Inn, and Hotel Jackson are my top picks!
During any other time of the year, I would highly recommend staying in Teton Village which is roughly 15 minutes from downtown Jackson. Teton Village has cabins, condos, and resorts all within a small community with shuttle services to/from the slopes, several restaurants, a cute coffee shop and cafe, as well as apres ski foodie options and shopping! The Teton mountains are in direct view from any accommodation in the village and it’s truly a winter wonderland.
We stayed with Clear Creek Group in the Shooting Star Lodge 3; the Clear Creek Group offers several private rental options from studios to 10 bedroom cabins all throughout Jackson, Wyoming. In Teton Village, their rentals range from 2 bedroom to 5 bedroom cabins and condos. Several of the cabins have the same layout but vary in aesthetic, decor, etc. Our cabin had the most amazing view, location, and decor. It was the perfect home away from home for our family! Vaulted ceilings in the Great Room with floor to ceiling windows looking out at the Tetons and snow, a hot tub outdoor perfect for after dinner wine and conversation, a beautiful kitchen with an open layout which was amazing for families or couples who love to cook and stay in a few nights, an indoor and outdoor fireplace, as well as an amazing master suite with its own fireplace.
There are so many activities to do! Skiing and snowboarding is at the top of the list. If you love to do either or want to try, Jackson Hole has some of the most amazing skiing. Yes, it’s a little more tough than most mountains we have in the US but it’s so much fun and we could not get past how kind and welcoming all of the workers and locals were.
We met families and people from Big Sky, MT, people who had lived in Colorado, and Idaho; they all love coming to JH for skiing/snowboarding. If you’re staying in Teton Village like we did, you have a complimentary shuttle service to the base of the mountain which is incredibly convenient. To take it a step further, I highly recommend ordering your lift tickets at least 2 weeks ahead of time and having them delivered to your rental or resort. Another amazing service we took advantage of was rental delivery. We had Ski Butlers come to our cabin, fit us for our ski equipment and leave it with us. On our last day of skiing they texted us what time they would be there to pick it up and we just left it outside our cabin’s garage. So effortless and nice!
If you want to enjoy the snowy wonderland but aren’t into the slopes, there is snow mobile tours, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, ice fishing, dog sledding, ice skating, and snow coach tours. We did several of these activities and all were completely worth it if not just for the views you get participating! We did a 1/2 day snowmobile tour with Teton Tour Co. and our guide was amazing! We had free time in deep snow, flipped and got stuck a few times haha, he took us to some natural hot springs where part of our group jumped in, and we got to stop for plenty of pictures.
If you’re not into all the snow and ice and want to be warm, cozy and enjoy a cute town, head downtown! Downtown Jackson has so many great restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, boutiques, and a cute ice skating rink lined with string lights. Some of my favorites were Cowboy Coffee Co., The Local, the famous Antler Arches, Habits, and Jackson Trading Co.
Oh, the food. Yum. We ate SO much and enjoyed every bit of it. Downtown Jackson has some of the best restaurants, but Teton Village has a few delicious options as well and we took the shuttle back and forth. A nice dinner at Westbank, the Bison Tenderloin was amazing as well as the Parmesan Truffle fries. drool. Lunch at Pinky G’s downtown for firewood pizza and a local hard cider, adult milkshakes and burgers at Liberty Burger, Snake River Grill for a unique and historical dinner with the largest onion rings you’ve ever seen, and small plates/charcuterie with craft cocktails at the Local. All so good and you don’t necessarily need a reservation especially if you’re going during the day or have a smaller group.
The most amazing meal and special experience on our trip was with Three Peaks Catering. I reached out to them in hopes of planning a memorable dinner for our family in our cabin. We worked together on the meal and curated a beautiful night for my family. They sent two chefs to our cabin and they cooked, visited, and served us a 4 course meal with wine pairings and a bourbon tasting with dessert. To say this was an awesome experience is underrated. Three Peaks was so kind and knowledgable, the chefs were talented and entertaining, and the ability to sit in a beautiful home with the view we had and enjoy a crafted meal just for us was enough to make my mother cry haha. We loved it so much and I highly recommend it to any families wanting to visit this magical area.
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