IN FLIGHT

Always get a window seat! I will never recommend any other seat. This was my view from my connection in Salt Lake City – which is only 35 minutes from Jackson Hole.

Jackson has been on my list of places to visit for awhile and I finally made it! Jackson Hole is becoming one of the top ski destinations because of the amount of snow it receives during the winter months, although it’s not just for those who like to ski and snowboard. There is a lot of wildlife to see, art museums, fine dining, and beautiful landscapes.

If you are planning to visit in the winter, bundle up – it is cold.

Here are my picks for visiting Jackson Hole in the winter.

Where to Stay:

Jackson Hole and Teton Village offer an array of lodging.

If you are looking for a 5 star experience, The Four Seasons is a great selection. They are located in Teton Village above Jackson Hole.

A 4 star experience in Jackson Hole would be The lodge at Jackson Hole and The Wort Hotel.

There’s a hostel in Teton Village. A great place to stay with excellent prices.

The newest way for alternative travel is through Airbnb. There is a variety of lodging on their site available from various price ranges.

Tours to Take:

Take a wildlife tour!

We did a Grand Tetons Dusk Wildlife Tour with BrushBuck Tours. I will first say that our guide is the most knowledgeable guide we have ever experienced anywhere in the world on tours. We learned so much from him and had a lot of laughs together. It was a very pleasant tour. On the tour you go through the Tetons and behind the Elk Refuge to see various animals. We were able to see buffalo, Big Horn sheep, elk, deer, bald eagle, and even get close to a moose! The tour lasted about 4 hours and takes place right in Jackson Hole. the landscape is beautiful.

BrushBuck Tours offers a variety of tours to suit every need while you are here. I only wish we had more time, we would have taken the 3 night tour through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.

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Go to Yellowstone.. On a snow coach!

It has long been a dream of mine to visit Yellowstone. I didn’t realize how much I would love it in the winter. It was a long day, about 10-11 hours round trip. We took a snow coach (think shuttle on monster truck wheels) and the park has rules about how fast you can drive through there and that speed is 25 miles an hour. But you will enjoy the views. The real magic is seeing Old Faithful. We were also able to see a lot of buffalo within a stones throw.

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Take a sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge.

This is definitely an experience. Good for all ages and not expensive. You get into a horse drawn sleigh and ride around the elk refuge. We were able to get so close to the elk. There was even a few coyotes running around.

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Where to eat!

Breakfast:

The best breakfast in Jackson Hole is definitely at the Four Seasons Westbank Grill. They had a lot of options and I was very hungry, so I went for the buffet so I could try everything. My favorite was the bacon and the pastries. They also have fresh squeezed juice – which is a great touch.

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Dinner:

There was a very clear winner for dinner. I fell in love with Bin22. From their homemade mozzarella, marinated olives, coat cheese crostinis, Spanish salad, meatball, and the rib-eye. ALL AMAZING! You are probably thinking that sounds like a lot of food – well it was. However, it is a tapas style restaurant so the portions are small. That means you get to try more things (I didn’t eat all of this, my husband was with me). My favorite was the dessert. It was a pretzel crust pie with chocolate and salted caramel. To die for.

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Other fun things to do in Jackson Hole:

  1. There are a lot of museums. You shouldn’t miss the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
  2. Skiing and snowboarding.
  3. Ride the tram to see excellent views of the area.
  4. Hit the town Square for some shopping and people watching.
  5. Don’t forget the best bar in town. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.

 

 

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Bin22 and Brushbuck tours. I was not paid for my opinions, they are all my own. 

7 thoughts

  1. Do you have a blog on your first bigger trip? If so, can you tell me because I’d love to read it. I’m trying to read about first trips as much as possible so I can get an idea of what to look for, do, and avoid haha

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