Jackson Travel Guide
If you thought Yellowstone National Park was only a place to visit in the summer months (along with throngs of tourists) think again.
An unexpected, but thrilling time to take a tour would be in the winter, and especially if you take advantage of Spring Creek Ranch’s new Winter Wildlife Safari program.
You’ll still get to see Old Faithful erupt, but due to lower temps (yes, it does get cold) the geyser bursts will be bigger than ever—and you’ll share the sight with fewer people. Then there’s the second best reason to come during the December-March season—riding around Yellowstone in a snowcoach for animal watching.
While Jaunted clearly seems to be a fan of Hyatt Place, longtime Embassy Suites loyalists will happy to hear that the brand is getting a new look in some of its hotels. At the new Embassy Suites in Jackson, Miss. location (the first in the state), guests will experience a "hip casual" decor throughout from the guest rooms to the Flying Spoons cafe where guests can order a light snack, a full gourmet meal or grab a fancy latte on the go.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
Avoid a room on this side of the Marriott Hotel Jackson in Mississippi unless you have a particular fascination with parking lots. Personally we'd rather stare at closed curtains than look out over these pretty bland buildings and endless rows of cars.
The Marriott Jackson website does freely admit that the hotel is in the heart of the business and government district, and since they've just done a multi-million dollar renovation, the inside must be looking much better than the view. Rates start at $139 a night with romantic getaway packages (romantic view not included) from $149 including champagne and strawberries.
[Photo: Jim Frazier]
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The Grand Targhee in Wyoming is small ski resort near Jackson Hole that has neither the glamour nor the glitz of other popular ski resorts but it's totally green. The whole place is using green power from the ski lifts to the bio-diesel fuel that is used in shuttle buses, groomers and snow removal equipment. All of this is part of the Sustainability Charter the resort has taken on.
You can stay in one of the three lodges that the resort has slopeside. There' s the 16-room Targhee Lodge, the 46-room Teewinot Lodge and the 32 all-suite Sioux Lodge.
Unfortunately, some recent guests weren't a big fan of the resort's energy conservation program:
When we got the rooms, we noticed that they were really, really dark. The rooms are not big, but two small bedside lamps are barely enough to read by, much less light the corners of the rooms. The bathroom lights might have been 40 watts; the two bedside lamps were 60. When we asked for higher-wattage light bulbs, the staff said there were none available, that the resort was on an energy conservation program (translation: management is cutting corners).
Other reviews on the place complain about bad staff and older decor so we would only recommend this place for skiiers who hate crowded resorts, want to give back to the environment and are not too concerned with luxury accommodations.
Last week, we told you about an historic hotel in Jackson Hotel, Wyoming that was offering an excellent ski deal.
The only caveat was that Wort Hotel could possibly have bed bugs since there was a few reviews on TripAdvisor about them, citing room 233.
Yet not long after we posted this, General Manger Jim Waldrop posted a response on TripAdvisor and asked us to repost it here as well.
His full response after the click.
[UPDATE: See the Management's Response about the bed bug situation.]
Historic Hotels of America wants you to know that old is cool and they have put together a list of 60 seasonal packages being offered at some of their historic hotels. Like this package at the Wort Hotel in Jackson Hotel, Wyoming:
The Jackson Hole Ski package includes a three-night stay in a deluxe room, two-day lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, complimentary ski shuttle and storage, full breakfast each day and beverages in the hotel lobby apres ski.
The cost is $519 per person and is good through Mar. 27. Normally, we would say just pray for some good powder. But according to some reviews, this place might just have a problem with bed bugs. We think that the cold might freeze the bugs out and plenty of people have positive things to say about this place but if you are headed here, might want to avoid room 233.
When your taxi driver comments that "The billionaires are chasing the millionaires out," you gotta wonder, can a billionaire minus the billion join them? The answer is yes. Or more specifically, $500 for a weekend in Jackson Hole is a possibility.
Instead check out Jackson Hole Lodge, a little more motel style than the above mentions, but who is complaining at $77 a night? Additionally, there's free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate offered in the lobby along with free nightly movie rental and our favorite, free WiFi in lobby.
If you're not that big of a skier, the hotel offers end of winter packages that start at $69/ night.
· Pizza, Not Elk Chops, on a Budget Ski Trip to Jackson, Wyo. [NY Times]
· Jackson Hole coverage [HotelChatter]
In the current issue of Travel + Leisure, only one U.S. hotel was good enough to snag a spot on the mag's Top 10 Best Hotels in the World.
And that was the Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Located next to the bustling center of Jackson's Town Square, the resort is a must-stop for outdoor enthusiasts who like to relax in style and comfort.
The best time to visit is probably early winter when room rates drop to about $175, well below the summer peak of $350.
Another fun warm fact about the Rusty Parrot---USA Today voted it one of the "Ten Best Places to Snuggle in Front of a Fire."
Back to the rankings, the #1 spot went to an Asian hotel for the sixth year in a row, and several other Asian hotels dominated the other slots.
[Editor's Note: HotelChatter jweastman chimes in on a secluded romantic inn in Jackson Wyoming. Enjoy.]
Stay away from the flock of bodies, but walk to shops and bistro. Too many of the Jackson Hole hotels cater to the tourists from Indiana, but the one we found in town (and you will want to stay in town) is small, quiet - its on a creek, and reasonable. Inn on the Creek is down with checking you in and leaving you alone.
Owned by locals, the Inn on the Creek is serene and private; staff is welcoming but not over bearing. We stayed in room with balcony on creek and this was nice amenity (not all rooms are creekside, but they have large jacuzzi tubs and fireplace next to bed).
Rates mid $200 peak and mid $100 off peak. Check out Wild Hands Shop in town for unique gifts and momentos.
Jackson is fun town but you need small scale Inn for base camp, and the Inn works nicely.
· Inn on the Creek Reviews [TripAdvisor]
For about 40 years, the landmark King Edward Hotel has remained empty, an urban ruin in the middle of Jackson, Mississippi. The hotel was once home to gorgeous marble and limestone lobbies, stained glass windows, a bar, ballroom, lounge and barber shop. Today, it still has hints of its former glory, like a massive front desk and a glass domed roof, but is otherwise gutted.
Finally, the King Edward will be renovated, as part of a larger program to revitalize Jackson's Farish Street Historic District. The project will take an estimated $30-$35 million, but HRI Inc. -- the New Orleans-based development group behind the winning proposal -- is up to the challenge.
HRI, which includes New Orleans Saints All-Pro running back Deuce McAllister, is a winner of the National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. On that occasion, Richard Moe, president of the National Trust, said, "HRI showed that preservation can be economically feasible and socially desirable. HRI turns eyesores into community showpieces. Such projects are a model for preservation in other cities."
Considering that until now, the King Edward's most recent claim to fame was as a stop on the Civil Rights Movement Driving Tour for its role in the white power structure during the Civil Rights Movement (ouch), it looks like it's about time Jackson called up HRI.