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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 it’s 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? That’s a lot of coin, especially when you think about it all being put into a room that is a few hundred square feet.
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.
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We had the pleasure of being invited to the recent Savor Borgata Event in Atlantic City where chefs Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, Geoffrey Zakarian and others were there presenting food demos and a huge culinary showcase for a crowd we were delighted to see come out in droves to support the city just a week after Hurricane Sandy hit.
We were lucky enough to spend a few minutes interviewing some of the chefs. We talked about some of their holiday plans, and more importantly what’s on their hotel horizon.
Today we recount our talk with superstar, but super humble Michael Mina, who not only has the Seablue restaurant at the Borgata, but has just opened a new bar and grill at the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
HotelChatter: We've followed you through LA and are in love with your restaurants across the country, where will you be branching out to now?
Michael Mina: Well, I just opened three restaurants in Baltimore at the Four Seasons, and on December 14th, we'll be opening at the Four Seasons in Jackson Hole. That's going to be called Handle Bar. It's going to be a bar and pub, serving burgers, sausages, chili--lots of great food.
HC: Elk sausage? Is that something you've worked with before? How did you research the ingredients for your new menu?
MM: The concept is a natural fit for the environment. It's a bar, and it's a pub. We're just trying to elevate the quality of fun bar snacks by doing a lot of fun twists on classics and using a lot of great products and cooking techniques. We'll do great plates where we actually make the cheese for the cheese sauce, for instance, taking into account our location and the challenges it brings.
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.
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.