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A Romantic Getaway to Jackson Hole in the Winter

If you come to Jackson and simply take a look around it’s not difficult to picture yourself in this majestic place with the one you love. There are an abundance of places to take in the cites, dine, and adventure in the outdoors together. Here are some of the most romantic getaways to take your love on your getaway to Jackson in the winter season.

Elk Refuge sleigh ride is one of the most unique experiences in town. The National Elk Refuge consists of 24,700 acres of inter-mountain valley in the Jackson. The winters are harsh so a refuge was established in 1912 in order to help the elk and many other species get through by providing supplemental feeding. The horse drawn sleigh takes you right up to the elk herd. The elk and the horses are comfortable together so the sleigh doesn’t spook them. It’s such a rare opportunity to see the elk up close. Taking photos and video are encouraged but keeping your voice down, your phone off and staying in the sleigh at all times is required. This intimate experience is the perfect romantic getaway and unlike anything else in the valley.

Private sunset or sunrise wildlife tours are incredible opportunities for you to have an intimate adventure together. Jackson’s wildlife is remarkable with elk, bear, bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn and many more species. Both sunset and sunrise are when the animals are beginning to either bed down for the night or waking up to begin a brand new day. Wildlife tour guides in Jackson are familiar with the native species and their habitats with great respect and knowledge to share.

The Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch at the top of the East Gros Ventre Butte has it all. The dining has been called “upscale mountain-man cooking” by Bon Appetit magazine and has something delicious for everyone. The views are breathtaking with a full Teton range from their dining room. The atmosphere they provide their guests are truly memorable. 

The Blue Lion Restaurant is another unforgettable fine dining experience in the Jackson area. The lamb chops are the most popular item on their menu and never disappoint. The facilities are more intimate with a cowboy guitarist serenading the guests as they dine in a cozy cottage right in the Town of Jackson. The waitstaff is attentive and knowledgeable and make you feel right at home.

Another unique and rather outdoor adventure is a snowmobiling ride to Granite Hot Springs just 30 miles south of Jackson. The road to the hot springs is not plowed in the winter for a car to travel to it but it is groomed for snowmobiles, cross-country skis, fat bike or dog sleds that can surely make the 10 mile trek. The windy road is long but just beautiful with the winterscape. Once you make it to the Granite Hot Spring you will see steam rising from the spring just over a wooden bridge. You pay a soaking rate for adults $8, change into a bathing suit in their changing rooms and jump right in to the natural springs that get up to 112 degrees in the winter time. Surrounded by the winter wonderland and soaking in this thermal pool is a relaxing experience to share with your love.

No matter your interests Jackson has so much to offer lovers as they take a romantic getaway to have some quality time together.

Holiday Events in Jackson Hole This Year

Winter is in full swing here in Jackson Hole and the snowy Teton range is the perfect backdrop for the holiday season, regardless of what you celebrate. If you plan on being here this holiday season there are a number of events that you won’t want to miss out on. 

12 Days of Christmas at the Wort

Courtesy of the Wort Hotel

The Wort Hotel, just a short saunter from the town square, transforms into a Christmas miracle each year with decorations and lights throughout the building. The hotel hosts its annual 12 Days of Christmas ongoing event from December 7th through the 31st (Technically 24 days, but who’s counting). Starting with the Holiday Street Party Chamber Mixer, which features Glenwood street lighting with Santa, and wrapping up with the New Years’ Eve Party with One Ton Pig bluegrass. For the full list of events including an ugly sweater party visit The Wort’s website.

Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides

Take a magical horse-drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge just outside of the Town of Jackson and get up close and personal with our resident elk friends. The sleigh rides run from mid-December through early April departing 3-4 times per hour 10 am-4 pm daily, herd and weather conditions permitting. Reservations are not required but recommended during the holidays, groups will be shuttled from the visitors center where tickets can also be purchased the day of. For reservations call 307-733-0277.

Appearances by Santa

As mentioned previously, Santa will be in attendance for the Glenwood street lighting, but aside from that, he will also be showing his face on Town Square every night starting December 15th until the 24th from 5-7 pm at the Stage Shop building.  Santa will be making another stop at The Wort Hotel for breakfast, on December 22nd, doors open at 9:30 am with first come first serve seating, reservations required and can be made by calling 307-733-2190. 

Santa will also be swinging by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and rappelling from the Tram on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day he will also be available to ski with on the Teewinot lift between 11 am and 1 pm.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Torchlight Parades

Courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain and Grand Targhee each hold their own torchlit ski ceremonies, with fireworks, shows that follow shortly after. Snow King’s parade has been going strong since the 1950s as skiers slowly make their way down the mountain with a torch in hand, with the parade beginning at 6:15 and fireworks starting at 7. 

In Teton Village, at JHMR the festivities are similar with an additional glow worm parade for children holding glowsticks, starting at 5:30, followed by a traditional torch procession by JHMR employees and a Fireworks show below in the village commons.

Grand Targhee also has a children’s glowstick parade starting at 4:30 and the adult torchlight event begins at 5:30.

Why Spring Break in Jackson Hole?

Spring in Jackson Hole is a light hearted and easy going time of year. The temperatures have started to rise, skiing conditions are still at an all time high, and the spirit of the locals and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is one of reverie and joy – having just made it through the coldest of the winter months. March in Jackson Hole can offer some of the best snowfall of the year – or those dreamy bluebird days that make you want to apres vous like there is no tomorrow. Regardless of the weather, the events around the town and the resort make spring time one of the best times to visit Teton Valley and its surrounding majesty.

Music Under the Tram Concert Series

Courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Starting the first week of March Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers a weekend concert series set up right underneath our beloved Aerial Tram. Spend the day hitting the slopes then partake in a free outdoor concert to kick back, relax, and soak in the sunshine. 

Rendezvous Festival

The last weekend of March brings the annual Jackson Rendezvous Festival, now in its seventh year. Rendezvous Festival is a three day, spring lifestyle and music festival taking place in both Teton Village and the heart of downtown Jackson from March 27-29th. Current and national acts such as Grace Potter or Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, take the stage at both locations and contribute to the spirit of slopeside parties and events that make this time of year one not to be missed.

Wildlife and Scenery

Spring in Jackson Hole can be one of the best times to visit our neighboring national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, as temperatures rise and the parks begin to come alive again before summer. Wildlife safaris or snowmobile tours offer an extremely unique way to experience the local wildlife and scenery with the help of experienced guides. Take an evening sunset wildlife safari into Grand Teton and experience the Tetons at one of the best times of day when wildlife becomes most active. Or try a snowmobile tour into Yellowstone and experience Old Faithful at a time of year when most people won’t get to see it. 

Jackson Hole Demo Fest

Jackson Hole Demo Fest takes place at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort from March 7-8th and offers skiers and snowboarders the unique opportunity to try out next year’s line the ski industry’s favorite brands at a low cost.

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering in Jackson Hole

Unlike most mountain ranges in the world, the Tetons burst abruptly from a sagebrush covered valley floor to rise nearly 7,000 feet into the sky offering vast options for rock climbing. The craggy and irregular skyline, jutting out in every direction, culminates at 13,770 feet as Wyoming’s most famous peak, the Grand Teton. Casting your gaze across this unforgettable range leaves locals and visitors alike feeling intimidated and simultaneously inspired. Sooner or later all outdoor enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Jackson Hole in an attempt to get closer to these burly peaks. 

The Tetons and the various mountain ranges that sit nearby, hold a rich history of rock climbing and mountaineering across the outdoor community. Regardless of your ability level – Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park have options to suit your every need.

Via Ferrata at JHMR

The Via Ferrata at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the perfect option for families, groups new to the sport of rock climbing, or really anyone looking to get their feet wet on Jackson Hole’s granite walls. This climbing experience is led by knowledgeable guides through high alpine terrain allowing visitors to explore granite slabs, cracks, overhangs, and caves across the 14 different routes. 

Riding the Aerial Tram at JHMR and hiking to Rock Springs Buttress

The Rock Springs Buttress offers a unique climbing experience through a variety of routes and variations. The ample fixed anchors allow for the possibility of linkups and the climbs include sport, trad, and a blend of both. To get there offers its own adventure through two different options. Ride the Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and descend from the top following the Rock Springs Loop trail looking out towards Cody Peak. Or hike from the base of the resort beginning at McCollister road towards the Union Pass lift.

Hoback Canyon Shield

The Shield in Hoback Canyon holds a fair selection of different routes unlike any other climbing destination in the valley. There are a handful of traditional routes to round out the sportier classics, put up primarily in the early 90s and 2000s. Make sure to hit the Shield in the Spring or Fall, when the cooler temps leaves this south facing wall accessible throughout the day.

Rodeo Wall in Snake River Canyon

It looks like a random pull off from the road in the Snake River Canyon, but the Rodeo Wall offers some of the best moderate sport climbing in the Jackson Hole area. The variation between polished and super sharp limestone results in some surprisingly fun vertical crimping across the 5.9-5.11 routes. Hit up this destination in the early to late afternoon throughout the summer when shade rolls over the wall allowing you to escape the heat.

BlackTail Butte

Between the lower, middle, and upper walls there sits about 20 routes varying from 5.10 to 5.12 to keep you feeling challenged and entertained, with a world class view to boot. Black Tail is some of the more technical and hard sport climbing in the valley, but with a zero commitment approach as you park just slightly north from the main entrance into Grand Teton National Park and follow the stairs or short trail from the parking lot to the butte. 

Grand Teton National Park 

Grand Teton National Park offers climbers a variety of settings, climbing types, and conditions ranging from mellow sunny crag outings to mixed alpine adventures. A local favorite, Baxter’s Pinnacle, offers a short easy hike in for a good half day adventure. This 5.8 trad climb takes you up a beautiful spire overlooking Jenny Lake. The 5.9 moves required to take you up the final pitch keep things exciting while still maintaining the relaxed fun vibe most visitors are looking for. 

For a more mountaineering based experience with the help of local experts, explore the upper reaches of the Tetons on a guided trip with Exum Mountain Guides.

Wooden Boat Tours Near Jackson Hole

Getting out on the river is a must when it comes to visiting Jackson Hole, it provides the opportunity to get to new places that are otherwise inaccessible and see views that you would not see without floating. Floating is great but to have a truly authentic experience, taking a ride in a handcrafted wooden boat may be the best option for you and your group. Old fashioned boats can bring passengers back to the historical roots of boating.

Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures

The best way to get out and experience a wooden boat tour is with Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures, they use boats based on the original McKenzie River Drift Boat. JH Vintage Adventures offers more than just a float, with romantic trips for couples, serene morning trips with brunch and dinner trips with a gourmet dinner on the riverside at their tipi camp.

Sunset Tour

A romantic sunset tour is the perfect date for couples wanting a beautiful and peaceful evening on the water. The river tends to be much less crowded at this time leaving room for more privacy and tranquility. Aside from the tranquility, early evening offers some of the best opportunities to observe wildlife, especially larger mammals such as elk, moose and deer foraging. Beavers and river otters also tend to make more appearances when the sun is not as high in the sky.  

Breakfast Tours

Breakfast tours are perfect for those that appreciate a good early morning, with tours departing at 7am. Hot beverages are served and warm blankets are provided. The calm of the morning allows for guests to really embrace the scenery and sounds of the river. The tour takes you to the tipi camp where a delicious brunch awaits, and views of the entire Teton range are off in the distance. After the meal, guests can go out for a row on the pond nearby or take a stroll through the Cottonwood forest.

Dinner Tours

Lastly, the dinner tour provides a gourmet fine dining experience alongside the river after a two hour float which gives opportunity for the same type of sightings that would be seen on the sunset trip. This trip also stops at the Tipi camp and appetizers and cocktails are served along the creek before guests head inside the comfortable Tipi for a five star dinner and wine.

Where to Play Tennis in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is known for it’s beauty, wildlife, and rustic, yet elegant lifestyle. It should also be known for the large variety of sports that can be found within it’s valley walls. Whether you are looking to hang glide, surf Lunch Counter, or ski deep powder, Jackson Hole has it all. Let’s today focus on tennis.

Tennis in Jackson Hole

Tennis, in fact, has been a consistent sport in Jackson for the past 40+ years. There are numerous courts sprinkled throughout the valley. They can be found at our major golf courses, including Teton Pines, Golf and Tennis, and 3 Creek. We also have a handful of public courts as well as condo-owned courts. 

If you are bringing your own racket and balls, the condos in Teton Village and the Aspens have their own courts and anyone staying in the units can use them. Likewise, there are a handful of courts where people can play tennis in town, including Miller Park near the Town Square, the Teton County Fairgrounds, and the Jackson Hole High School (when the school is not using them). 

If you are looking to rent tennis gear, both Teton Pines and Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis are sure to help. Teton Pines, on Teton Village Road (HWY 390), has indoor/outdoor courts that can be played on year round. Furthermore, they have several lessons and can rent you gear. Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis, on Spring Gulch Road, have professional tennis players that teach classes and you can rent rackets to play on the courts.

Playing tennis in Jackson Hole is a fabulous way to be outdoors yet get a little exercise on your vacation. With over 35 courts in the valley, there is plenty of opportunity to get your swings in.

Paragliding in Jackson Hole: A View from Above

It is common knowledge that the higher up you are the better the view is, whether you are hiking, driving or climbing to the peak of one of the many mountains surrounding the Jackson Hole valley. Unless you are lucky enough to have access to a plane or helicopter, the next best thing for being higher than the peaks is a paraglider. Paragliding is a popular activity for local thrill-seekers around the valley, and likewise for those visiting. While solo paragliding requires some extensive knowledge and access to equipment, luckily there are several companies that offer tandem flights to satiate your desire for flying high above the valley floor with an experienced pilot. 

Jackson Hole Paragliding is your source for taking a tandem paragliding trip when visiting Jackson. They take trips from both Snow King mountain and Teton Village, with both options providing equally amazing but different experiences. Taking off from Teton Village at the top of the Bridger Gondola will get you a much higher head start than from Snow King, and provide relatively close up birds-eye views of the ski resort and surrounding mountain features as well as views of Teton Village and the rest of the valley.

A Snow King takeoff will allow you to see a gorgeous view of the town of Jackson, the elk refuge and the Tetons in the distance. Although the starting point is significantly lower with a Snow King take off, paragliders can still reach heights equivalent to ones that are reached by taking off from Teton Village thanks to thermals above Jackson. 

For those that have paragliding experience, Jackson Hole Paragliding does offer a guide service for solo pilots, to point you in the right direction and give tips for best practices on flying in the area as well as shuttle services and lodging.

Locals who frequently paraglide not only in Jackson but all over the country tend to consider Jackson Hole paragliding the best in the country thanks to its steep mountains and large flat valley floor. So if you have ever had an interest in going paragliding and you are in or going to be in Jackson Hole, don’t pass up the opportunity!

Scenic Drives Around Jackson Hole

While nearly anywhere you drive around the Jackson Hole valley will undoubtedly provide magnificent views, there are certainly some specific roads throughout Jackson Hole that are worth taking a detour to see. From wildlife such as bison, moose, and antelope to breathtaking mountain views and scenic overlooks there is plenty you can see by simply taking one of the many scenic drives.

The only three roads that lead in and out of Jackson; Teton Pass, Snake River Canyon, and Togwotee Pass each provide beautiful scenery in their own right. Aside from these, there are quite a few others that are worth a look, just remember to keep your eyes on the road as well!

Moose Wilson Road

One of the most popular scenic drives, even though it is only accessible during summer and mid-fall (May-October). Starting a the southern entrance to Grand Teton just past the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, visitors are able to get up close and personal with the Teton mountain range. Several lakes throughout the park can be seen along this drive and plenty of wildlife, so be sure to pay close attention.

Teton Pass

This drive takes you from Victor, Idaho to Wilson, Wyoming or vice versa over a rather steep mountain pass which is what makes this drive special. Teton Pass offers several spots to stop and look out over the Jackson Hole valley where you can truly see the layout of the bordering mountains that surround the valley.

Grand Teton Inner & Outer Loop

The northern entrance to Grand Teton is the fastest way to reach these amazing scenic drives, and you can also stop at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center to grab some park maps and ask any questions you may have. The loops provide a way to get even closer for viewing the amazing peaks of the Tetons from the valley. Stop at Jackson lake for swimming, boating, and kayaking, and grab a bite to eat at Signal Mountain lodge. You can also do a bit of a climb with your vehicle up Signal Mountain road which brings you to a gorgeous panoramic view of the Jackson Valley. 

Snake River Canyon

Become engulfed in the rocky ridges that surround the Snake River south of Jackson. This winding road cruises along the banks of the Snake River through Hoback junction where you can pull off and look down at the waters below.  You will be able to see some of the famous rapids such as Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna where you may see groups of people rafting, kayaking or even surfing. This southern route will lead you to the neighboring town of alpine where a stop at the Melvin brewery may be in order.

Gros Ventre Road to Slide lake

Head north of Jackson toward Grand Teton National Park, and go right at the roundabout for Gros Ventre Rd. you will reach the small town of Kelly and finally pass it around a left-hand bend. After the bend you can take the next right to continue on Gros Ventre Rd. toward lower slide lake. This road will lead you past the Kelly cliffs which are great for jumping into the river if that kind of thrill suits you. After that, you will pass through beautiful rows of aspen trees and there is a turnout with a small parking lot that provides a wonderful view of the Tetons, as well as a great overlook of the river on the other side. Continue along to visit Slide lake to take a dip in the water or take a kayak or paddleboard out on the lake among the scenic landscape.

Summer Music and Concerts in Jackson Hole

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some sunshine and quality live music in Jackson Hole. Enjoy our curated list below of some of the top summer concerts our team is looking forward to seeing this summer season:

Jackson Hole Live – The Wood Brothers

Friday, August 16, 6:00 pm.

The Wood Brothers band is comprised of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, and Jano Rix, a multi-instrumentalist. They have an edgy/rootsy American sound. The Grammy-nominated album, One Drop of Truth, was the sixth outing by the band and a true crowd-pleaser. Come to Snow King Park this August to enjoy a completely new and pure sound with live music from the Wood Brothers.

Music on Main – Pinky and The Floyd

Thursday, August 1, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm.

The Montana natives have been called the “Northwest’s Hottest Pink Floyd Tribute Band”, “Montana’s Most Electrifying Live Experience”, and the “Biggest Sound Under the Big Sky”. The band can be expected to perform over 80 songs, full of Pink Floyd music. Each of the concerts you attend will be a completely new experience. Music on Main is a free event and welcome to all ages.

Pink Garter Theatre – The Mountain Goats

Thursday, August 29, 8:00 pm.

Their songs can often have a dark layer to them that urges the dark monsters to seek out redemption. The band is made up of John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, and Matt Douglas. “Terrible Monster: What’s so terrible about monsters anyway?” This is the question the band has been pursuing ever since 1991. Come out and enjoy some of the beloved and classic songs from The Mountain Goats.

 

Jackson Hole Center for the Arts – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Sunday, August 25, 8:00 pm.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music. Come and enjoy the well-known classics that have been loved and permeated the radio airwaves for generations, from “Fishin’ in the Dark”, “Mr. Bojangles”, and “Oh What a Love” with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts this coming August.

We hope you have the time of your life during your stay and get to enjoy some of the best music venues and concerts that summer in Jackson has to offer. Call our team today to learn more about what might be happening in town during your preferred dates of stay.

Courtesy of Jackson Hole Center for the Arts

Local Childcare for Your Night Out

If you’re traveling to Jackson this summer with a family in tow, you may find it relaxing to sneak away for a date night during your stay. Learn a little more about our team’s top choices for babysitting and childcare during your vacation:

Jackson Hole Nannies

There are no reservation fees and the rates are as follows: $25/hour 1-2 children, $30/hour 3 children, $35/hour 4-5 children. Special rates apply for major holidays, all bookings require a 4 hour minimum, pay nannies with cash, check, or venmo. Additional charges that could accrue, include: $5/hr for a sick child, $20 travel fee for Victor/Driggs, and beyond 30 minutes from Jackson. (Some nannies do live in Victor/Driggs, if they are available, the travel fee is waived.)
Group reservations are welcome and the company can be contacted to get more information on group rates. Travel nanny options are available, as well.

Courtesy of Jackson Hole Babysitting

Jackson Hole Babysitting

There is a 4 hour minimum for all babysitting reservations. Rates will vary based on the length of service from $30 – $75 and number of children from $17 – $23/hr. Additional charges will accrue based on any reservations after midnight and before 7:00 am and for any driving distances beyond 30 minutes from the town of Jackson.

  • On call babysitting service – On call babysitting services for visitors and locals of Jackson, Wyoming and Teton Valley, Idaho
  • Weddings and events – babysitting services on location for weddings/events
  • Nanny placement – for your convenience, they provide 6 month and 12 month contracts between nannies and families. Our placement fee is a one time charge to the family and must be paid in full immediately after all contracts are signed. (Full time 6 month placement fee: $850 {$35+ hrs/week}, Part-time 6 month Placement Fee: $650 {20-35 hrs/week}, Full-time 12 month Placement Fee: $1,200 {35+ hrs/week}, Part-time 12 month Placement Fee: $950 {20-35 hrs/week})
  • Overnight care – can be requested for an additional fee
Let the professionals at Jackson Hole Nannies and Jackson Hole Babysitting take care of your little ones while you enjoy a brief reprieve from the responsibilities of parenting while enjoying the stunning views, experiences, and dining that Jackson has to offer. We are happy to ensure that your littles are well taken care of while you enjoy a much needed break.