The Ampersand - Travel Guide to Jackson Hole

City Guide: Jackson, Wyoming

Why Wyoming? It’s home to Jackson, a scenic valley town where nature abounds, good food awaits and fun is found at every historic corner.

Set in the wilds of Wyoming, this town of just over 10,000 people is home to some of the best watering holes, theaters and restaurants in the state. Located in the valley floor between the Teton Mountains and Snake River, Jackson has lodges and lounges showing up on top-ten lists from coast to coast. The town’s renaissance is indisputable. Now the only question is: Are you going to Jackson?

 

EAT + DRINK

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Café Genevieve

135 E. Broadway, Jackson WY 83001

If you find yourself hungry in Jackson, this downtown eatery is a must-visit. Serving home-cooked classics along with local beers and seasonal cocktails, its charm, service and quality have patrons clamoring for seconds. Fun fact: Built in 1910, this cabin is one of the only remaining residential structures in Jackson’s Town Square area, making it an official “Historic Place.”

Lotus Café

145 N. Glenwood St., Jackson, WY 83001

Finding fresh, organic food isn’t always easy for a traveler, but the Lotus Café delivers. With a menu of vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten-free choices as well as organic meats and juices, you can feel healthy with whatever you pick. Customer favorites run the gamut, from their Gluten-Free Blue Corn Pancakes to their Kimchee Soup.

Persephone Bakery

145 E. Broadway Ave., Jackson, WY 83001

Opened in 2011, this local bakery bakes breads made from wild yeast unique to the region. The building was designed by local architects E/Ye Design, giving it both a sophisticated and relaxed vibe at the same time. And don’t forget to try the croissants—just one bite and you’ll swear you’re in Paris, not Wyoming.

The Rose

50 W. Broadway Ave., Jackson, WY 83001

Often cited as one of the best cocktail lounges in the country, The Rose takes pride in its traditional approach to libations. Ingredients are made fresh and the spirits are top shelf. With a small but well-curated menu, pop in for a drink or stay all evening.

 

SHOP

Mountain Dandy

125 N. Cache, Jackson WY 83001

Mountain Dandy is a décor destination with a “men’s club” feel. Carrying everything from growlers to pocket squares, there are gems hidden throughout the store. Pick up a Wyoming flag blanket made in the USA or local treats (especially the Spiced Canadian Bacon from Pig Candy), and take home a little bit of Wyoming with you.

 

FUN

The Pink Garter Theatre

50 W. Broadway Ave., Jackson, WY 83001

If you’re looking to catch a show while you’re in town, the Pink Garter Theatre always has something going on (TV on the Radio recently played there). Conveniently located alongside The Rose, you can hop from pre-show cocktail to a concert without ever having to leave the building.

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

3265 West Village Dr., Teton Village, WY 83025

Attention, thrill-seekers: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Valley is the ski destination. With a vertical of more than 4,000 feet and an annual average snowfall of 450 inches, everyone from bunny hillers to shredders can enjoy the varied slopes this resort offers.

 

Wear+Here

After spending the winter in Wyoming one year, writer Katy Niner never left. Now this Brooklyn transplant lends her prose to the blog Wear + Here, where she covers what’s new and happening in Jackson, her out-of-town adventures and her favorite fashion finds.

 

SLEEP

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The Rusty Parrot

175 N. Jackson St., Jackson, WY 83001

Boutique in size with only 30 rooms, this lodge is a favorite among those seeking luxury. Family-run, it’s only three blocks from the downtown action and has a 5-star spa with services that include Reiki and aromatherapy. (And yes, there really is a parrot.)

 

The Alpine House Lodge & Cottages

285 North Glenwood St., Jackson, WY 83001

Far enough away from the hustle and bustle, but still within walking distance of restaurants and shops, the Alpine House Lodge is a homey bed-and-breakfast full of creature comforts. Most notably, breakfast is prepared by its own chef. Pick from a menu of eggs benedict, lemon-ricotta blueberry pancakes, smoked salmon omelettes and buttermilk waffles. And don’t forget to try their famous granola. It has people coming back for more.

 

The Four Seasons Ascent Lounge

7680 Granite Loop Rd., Teton Village, WY 83025

An ideal après-ski destination with a view of Rendezvous Mountain, nothing beats the living-room vibe after a day on the slopes. Couches and a wood-burning fireplace turn what could be an impersonal hotel lobby into an intimate place to unwind and drink some hot cocoa—marshmallows, optional.

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1 Comment

Jenny DAmore
Jenny DAmore

May 28, 2015

I think you should include Kismet Fine Rugs Gallery as a must see location. We had such fun visiting with the staff. THe owner showed us his antique collection which is very noteworthy.

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