83001 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.
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!
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]
Currently the only Aman resort in the US, Amangani at Jackson Hole feels distinctly un-American. After being picked up in the hotel's Lexus SUV's, the massive wood door is opened by a cleaned up mountain boy uniformed in black pants and a black t-shirt with Amangani spelled across in white lettering. The look is clean, sharp and seamless just like the hotel itself. Um yeah, they have their own bottled water.
The lobby is characterized by its massive picture window expanding two stories and about twenty feet across. It offers a breathtaking view of the plains below and the tetons off to the right.
The best rooms are those with the balconies looking out over the pool. They are decorated with dark redwood beams, gas fireplaces and showers with full-length views. The bathtubs are also worth noting as Amagani offers their own line of soaps, bubble bath mix and scented candles - bathing in the mountains never felt this good!