WY Travel Guide
Chalk it up to pre-Olympics madness, or the public's general fascination of anything, like, "totally extreme!" Snow sports like Heli-Skiing, which entails being dropped onto the slopes via helicopter, are popular among the adventure-seeking set. It's certainly not for novices or the faint of heart—and in the case of a package being offered by The Four Seasons Jackson Hole, the faint of wallet, either.
"Recommended for strong intermediate through expert skiers," the Four Seasons is holding a three-day, four-night How to Heli-Camp from February 3-7, 2010 wherein participants will be educated on safety standards and essential Heli-Skiing techniques. The payoff will be the chance to put what you've learned to the test on "untouched snow."
Let this be a lesson to all of us: stealing a barrel of candy and then hiding it in your hotel room will get you in serious trouble with the law.
A young lady in Wyoming has found her name splashed across headlines today after she was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property because she "had a pilfered barrel of cinnamon bear candies" in her hotel room. Headlines. This has made headlines today.
And the worst part? Police had come to her hotel room because of an accidental 911 call when they noticed the stolen cinnamon bears in question:
Investigators said they responded to a 911 call from a Days Inn hotel room in Casper [Wyoming] at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday and noticed the large barrel of candies after determining that the call was an accident, the (Casper) Star-Tribune reported Wednesday.
A police affidavit said the officers recognized the barrel from Poor Boys Steak House and contacted the manger of the restaurant, who confirmed a candy barrel was missing.
High drama on the high plains!
Two things we love — free stuff and pampering — have been united in beautiful matrimony at Jackson Hole’s Snake River Lodge & Spa, A RockResort. The luxury spa resort has unveiled a “Spa for Free” package that offers a $999 credit for the 17,000-square-foot Avanyu Spa and three nights accommodations for two people in a Lodge room.
The special is available May 1-22, making it perfect timing for what would be a seriously spectacular Mother’s Day gift. We’re pretty sure Mom would forget all about that time you broke her crystal bowl into a million pieces after spending a weekend indulging in Avanyu’s signature treatments (think Champagne Mud Wraps, High Altitude Repair facials and River Rock massages).
But, alas, all marriages have their hang-ups, and this one’s no different. (Sorry folks, there’s no such thing as a free spa day.) Expect to pony up at least $999 for three-nights lodging. All things considered, that’s really not bad — but be warned that $999 is just the starting rate.
We’re hardly outdoor adventurers (hello, room service), but every so often a lodge makes us want to reconnect with our deeply repressed explorers within. Especially when a hotel makes the great outdoors sound oh-so luxurious.
Three Forks Ranch has done just that, recently unveiling “the world’s only five-billion star” (their words, not ours) concierge alpine skiing program to coincide with its inaugural winter season. The lodge is actually a working cattle ranch (!) in Savery, Wyoming, perched along the Colorado border. And starting Dec. 15, guests will be guided through nearby Steamboat Springs's best trails by a personal skiing guide.
The confusingly named Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa (Who ever heard of a lodge being named for a tropical bird? In Wyoming?) is welcoming the new Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Tram, an engineering feet years in the making:
Two years in construction, the new tram is one of the most expensive and technically challenging aerial trams in the U.S. Twice the size of the original, the new tram will carry 100 passengers and cover 4,139 vertical feet--the longest continual vertical rise for a ski lift in North America--in nine minutes to the crest of the Tetons where untracked powder awaits.
Right then. A ten-minute ride scaling a mountain so that you can plummit down it. Those of us with a fear of heights probably won't be skiing. But those of you who get excited about this sort of thing will want to hit up the Rusty Parrot because, get this, they are giving you free ski rental. FREE!
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Candlewood Suites, the extended-stay brand from IHG Hotels, has announced a new suite protoype for its hotels. The first major design change to the hotel chain in 12 years can now be experienced at the Candlewood Suites Sheridan in Sheridan, Wyo.
Each of the hotel's 75 guest suites feature the brand's new Comforts of HomeTM Bedding Collection with upgraded mattresses and box spring sets, mattress topper, fluffy duvet inserts and poly-cotton covers matching the hotel's color scheme, 250-thread count micro-check sateen sheets in "Candlelight", triple sheeting, contemporary cotton estate blankets, choice of three upgraded pillow types in firm, medium and feather and a decorative "Consider Us Home" pillow.
Aside from comfy sleep, Candlewood is also providing eco-friendly amenities like low-flow shower heads and toilets and Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs).
We knew there was something fun in Wyoming! Get this: a cool hotel has popped up in Cody, Wyoming and features six themed suites. Among them: Annie Oakley and Lewis & Clarke.
The Cody, whose walls are made with lumber taken from planks that once surrounded Old Faithful, is also hardcore eco-conscious. Says the owner:
We have no paper products in the hotel except for tissue paper and that is biodegradable. Our breakfast has cloth napkins, china, and glass wear. So we're washing a lot of dishes.
You know, we might consider going totally paperless if we were to stay in the Lewis and Clark room. When in Rome, do as the Romans do ... and when in a themed room, you might as well apply the theme to your -- okay, we're done.
The new Hotel Terra Jackson Hole officially opens on January 29, and to celebrate the green hotel's offering up a "Ski Green" package that includes a room and lift tickets for two, starting at $303 a night.
With that, you'll get a warm fuzzy feeling for staying in a hotel that goes way beyond not washing the towels every night. The bed is 100 percent natural as are the bath amenities, there are recycling bins in-room, heating is via an in-floor system to reduce energy waste and the coffee set up offers fair trade organic brews.
The Jackson Hole property is the first in a planned chain of Terra Resorts, all of which aim to provide boutique amenities (whatever that means) while also being green enough to score LEED certification. But don't hold your breath for a massive expansion: Terra is shooting to open just 12-15 new hotels in the next seven years.
From August 26th to September 29th, Snake River Lodge & Spa, Rock Resorts' Jackson Hole luxury property, is offering a pretty nice late summer deal for the fishermen (and fisherwomen) out there.
For $369 per night, you get a half-day fly-fishing wade trip for two in the Snake River, a 50-minute "Sportsman's Relief" deep tissue massage for each person, and a breakfast buffet for each day of your stay.
It's called the "Fish and Refresh" (cute!) package and it's a super good deal. The hotel assured us that although reserving the package is subject to availability, there are no blackout dates.
The $369-per-night "Fish and Refresh" rate is based on a three-night stay for two. Since the resort is 40 minutes away from the closest airport, you should be making a weekend out of it anyway.
Staying in a big Rocky Mountain lodge suite and having people waiting on you and arranging all your activities is great, except for those pesky other guests. And having to talk to a concierge anytime you want something. And ordering room service when you're hungry. And hailing a cab or waiting for a shuttle bus to take you anywhere.
But avoiding all that seems to be the idea behind Pure Jackson Hole, a company that sets you up with a rental home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and then puts a gourmet chef, driver, host, guides, and occasional masseuse at your disposal.
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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.