WYOMING Travel Guide
Running under the ski lifts in Jackson Hole
Over the past few years, we've seen sports and exercise become much more prominent as the motivation behind a vacation. The trend has basically become a new form of adventure travel, driven by people who not only associate fitness with fun, but are willing to pay big money for programs that push their limits.
The latest region to design a package to entice runners is Jackson Hole, who has teamed up with running coach Eric Orton, the Hotel Terra, and the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa to host the first ever Eric Orton Jackson Hole Running Camp. If you don't know who Eric Orton is, you can read more about him here.
If you had $70,000 to put into a room, how would you spend it?
We see million-dollar renovation figures thrown around all the time by properties that are undergoing renovations, however itís not very often that we look at the numbers on a cost per room basis. No doubt, lots of money goes into each and every hotel revamp, but to hear that $70,000 went into each room at the Wyoming Inn really got our attention.
$70,000 per room? Thatís a lot of coin, especially when you think about it all being put into a room that is a few hundred square feet.
It may not look like much, but trust us, this is an upgrade from the existing rooms.
The $10 million renovations have updated the lobby, the iconic dining-room and 43 guest rooms in the West Wing of the hotel. With an emphasis on retaining the historic character of the hotel, the project included authentic touches such as reinstallation the original bellhop call box behind a new bell porter desk and restoration of the original windows. The lobby also stays true to the Colonial Revival design with American-crafted furniture made with hardwood.
No grand hotel would be complete without some grand suites. Lake Yellowstone now has four completely new suites and the refurbishment of the existing Presidential Suite that might even make Theodore Roosevelt happy. The added suites feature queen or king beds, a living-room and a wet bar for entertaining in the woods. All new rooms still feature WiFi to stay connected and take it from us, this is a big deal.
One place that is quintessential Americana is our first and oldest National Park, Yellowstone. There are a handful of lodge-type accommodations in the park that boast uninterrupted views of mountains, lakes and some curious wildlife. Today, we bring you Lake Yellowstone Hotel, the butter-hued wooden building on the shores of the namesake glacial lake.
As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, the giant Colonial building is undergoing a facelift of which Phase 1 will be complete for the summer season. The majority of the hotel will see a modernization with the lobby, front desk, dining room and about half the rooms all getting a refreshed look. But one thing that will still be a unique feature is this vintage tour bus that takes guests to excursions around the lake. The White Model 706s are a blast from the early days of Yellowstone.
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 Ranchís new Winter Wildlife Safari program.
Youíll still get to see Old Faithful erupt, but due to lower temps (yes, it does get cold) the geyser bursts will be bigger than everóand youíll share the sight with fewer people. Then thereís the second best reason to come during the December-March seasonóriding around Yellowstone in a snowcoach for animal watching.
Nice herd! And you may see one just like it on the winter wildlife safari tour offered at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Christmas is around the corner, ski resorts are starting to tout first snows, and you better believe it's already starting to fall. It's official: ski season has begun! We've already shared some of the best early-bird ski package deals, but with so many ski deals and options flying around, how to make heads or tails of where to go first? We'll make this easy; start with the Four Seasons Resorts Jackson Hole. And not just because it offers some of the best ski terrain ever seen thus far out its back door at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, but also because the winter adventure doesn't stop at ski and snowboard.
Though it does indeed start there, and so shall we. Following three years of recent enhancements and additions to the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort -- a ski destination best known for its challenging terrain -- the mountain now brings the total percentage of intermediate ski terrain from 20% to 40%. Four Seasons Jackson Hole may just be the perfect place to get your beginner's feet wet, with a ski-in ski-out base that backs right up to both the majority of Jackson Hole's beginner terrain. When you're ready to move up, ride the new gondola -- also right behind Four Seasons -- directly to the beautiful new intermediate terrain.
Hotel lobby design is something that hoteliers have been focusing on to wow guests upon first impressions. Grand lobbies are nothing new and the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park is no exception. Walking into the log cabin lodge certainly elicits oohs and ahhs and might cause some stick necks from gazing upwards. While the lobby is quite impressive, the awe inspiring design isn't left just for the lobby. The uniqueness and 'wild west' feel is carried through the guest rooms, dining room, and gift shop.
The Inn is smack in the middle of Yellowstone's most visited geothermal attraction, Old Faithful. The accommodation is as consistent as the geyser since it has been open for business since 1904, when it boasted steam heat and electric lighting. It has seen almost as much as the surrounding land, by successfully dodging forest fires, earthquakes and the throngs of tourists coming to admire the timber hotel.