Why Jackson Hole Should Be at the Top of Your List: Architectural Digest

Why Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Should Be at the Top of Your Travel List

There’s much more to the town than skiing

Where to Stay

Alpenof One of the more noticeable hotels in Jackson Hole’s Teton Village, the historic Alpenof Lodge is also one of the most beloved. The distinct architecture and cozy rooms temporarily transport guests to an enchanting Swiss ski resort, complete with complimentary fondue house parties in the winter months. From $209/night; alpenhoflodge.com

Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa The Rustic Inn, a Jackson Hole mainstay, couldn’t be more appropriately named. Its many lodging options, from standard and spa suites to private log cabins, are decorated in traditional local themes with elk-horn chandeliers, distinctive Western art, and patterned Aztec throws. From $118/night; rusticinnatjh.com

Where to Eat

Persephone Bakery With a light and airy decor straight out of your Pinterest dreams, Persephone does coffee and pastries as well as it does design. The popular bakery offers mismatched chairs and tables—both inside and outside on its patio—where customers feast on their favorites, including homemade croissants and s’mores cookies. persephonebakery.com

Teton Thai Wyoming is not the obvious pick when it comes to spectacular Thai food, but this tiny spot, where snowboards adorn the interior, will change your mind. The highly sought-after tables go quickly, so be prepared to wait, or sit at the reclaimed wood bar to enjoy the some of the town’s best cuisine. tetonthaivillage.com

Q Roadhouse While the floors are typically covered with peanut shells, this only adds to the Roadhouse’s unique aesthetic, complete with exposed brick and wooden beams and discarded Wyoming license plates covering the walls. The craft beer (the Rhombus IPA is a fan favorite), brewed in-house, is the perfect complement to the delicious barbecue fare. qjacksonhole.com

Where to Drink

Healthy Being Juicery This one-stop health shop next door to Persephone Bakery specializes in cold-pressed juice made with organic and local ingredients. Set back from the street, the shop is housed in a quaint log cabin, and the interior is surprisingly luminous with the delicious menu displayed on brightly framed chalkboards behind the counter. healthybeingjuice.com

Snake River Brewery Known to locals as “The Pub,” SRB is ideally situated near Snow King Mountain in an old industrial space (formerly a Coca-Cola distribution center) with exposed steel beams. A Jackson stronghold for more than a decade, it has a distinctly familiar and friendly atmosphere, where loyal customers have their personalized glass beer mugs hanging from hooks by the bar. snakeriverbrewing.com

The Handle Bar This gastropub, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, at the base of the mountain, should be on your vacation to-do list. Mason jars replace water glasses, and unexpected mosaic floor tiling leads to an outdoor terrace, which offers a spectacular view of the Tetons. fourseasons.com

Where to Shop

Mountain Dandy Showroom The Showroom (an extension of the nearby Gaslight Alley location, which also houses its sister store MADE) opened in June in a former law office. All of the rooms in the space—which connect through the center alcove—are conscientiously constructed, uniquely displaying beautiful home furnishings with a focus on American-made goods. madejacksonhole.com

Jackson Hole Toy Store This is a must-stop even if your trip to Jackson is kid-free. The hidden spot, just off the Town Square, takes extreme pride in showcasing items from all over the world, with interactive displays and a picturesque environment where employees happily dispense detailed information about every piece in stock. The best part? You can try before you buy. jacksonholetoystore.com

What to See/Do

Yellowstone National Park One of the best and most unique perks of visiting Jackson is the town’s proximity to the country’s oldest national park. Boasting more than 10,000 hot springs, the park is home to elk, bears, wolves, and bison. And though the main roads close during the winter, the park offers “snow coach tours” (via snowmobile), one of the most unique and spectacular ways to see its terrain. nps.gov

Rockefeller Preserve/Phelps Lake Named in honor of Laurance S. Rockefeller, who donated over 1,000 acres of family land to Grand Teton National Park, the Preserve has more than eight miles of hiking trails. The loop around Phelps Lake is a local favorite, featuring unforgettable views of the Tetons that surround it. nps.gov

Snake River Sporting Club The private club (with an award-winning golf course) is less than 30 minutes from town. In the winter, it makes use of its 800 acres with a groomed cross-country ski course that offers unparalleled views of the Snake River. snakeriversportingclub.com


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