There’s a town in the heart of the valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that buzzes life even on the stillest of winter days. A cute town square lined with antler arches is home to a stretch of the state centered around tourism, cute cafes, local coffee shops and decadent dining. Boutiques, hotels, guided tours, and wildlife roaming freely are only bits of what truly make up the character of this place. No matter what, this mountain town and the people residing in it are designed to live curiously and be are here to be connected with all things you can discover outdoors.
From lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to scouting for wildlife throughout the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone. Dogsledding to the Granite Hot Springs and back or getting out and discovering how to see Jackson like a local – the commonality you’ll find no matter where or how you spend your time is the genuine kindness of the people. I’m not sure if it’s the crisp mountain air or the plethora of options that will keep you from getting bored for possibly a lifetime, but from first-day visitors to born and raised Wyoming dwellers, you’ll be showered with charm the moment you step off the plane.
We spent a week getting cozy and exploring all the ins and outs that the city had to offer and left with the conclusion that it’s just impossible to see + do the best of the things in just 24 hours. But if you only had a day to play in the heart of winter in the valley of Jackson Hole, WY, here are a few of our favorite picks. If time is a little less limited, check out our other guides to help you #getoutsidethegrind and do all things Jackson, no matter the length of your stay.
EAT + DRINK
“You’re a Stranger Here But Once” is more than just some words written on a sign left hanging from the original design. This, truly is a what Glorietta Jackson is all about. From the staff to the chefs, making every encounter personal and memorable is a mission they’re easily achieving. Walking through the mysterious doors, you’ll find that you’ve stepped into a charming and semi-romantic yet casual ambiance that will make you forget about the concept of time. The personality of the people are revealed in each recipe and every taste invites you to try another. Fresh, house-made pasta, fire-grilled meats + veggies, stirred cocktails, and carefully selected French wines are a few of the things you’ll discover here. The menu rotates seasonally, is selected by the chefs and bar staff working with local purveyors and the portions are made for sharing. Bring your people or meet some new ones. Either way, you’ll leave really knowing what this motto truly means.
INTERESTED IN BREAKFAST OR LUNCH TOO?
Check out our EAT + DRINK GUIDE on 3 Places to Eat in Downtown Jackson.
There’s an art to renovating and rebranding a property filled with history while maintaining the character, story, and charm that holds the history of a place and makes it special. The Anvil Hotel in downtown Jackson, WY is a place that has done just that. Clean, modern, and sleek. From the tiles on the shower floor to the knobs on the doors, these carefully considered details reflect in every element that your eyes meet. The feel of the space from the lobby and mercantile to your hotel room is as welcoming as the people of the town you’ll meet. If you ask me what’s most important about a stay, I’ll always say a comfy bed and good shower and this place has two thumbs up for both. Beautiful, non-intrusive bedding + decor and free coffee and adult hot cocoa served daily in the lobby. This is a home away from home that will make your decision to come back to Jackson that much easier.
I never knew I’d enjoy the snow so much. It’s wet, it’s cold and honestly, it has always seemed elusive, challenging, and not worth the conquest to me. If skiing and snowboarding are as intimidating for you as they are to me, this is the experience you’re made for. Click into a set of shoes + do what you do every day – walk about. But through mysterious fields of white powder. Now, that’s exciting. Going out with a guide who knew all the things you might want to know about the entire Jackson Hole area – was a bonus worth investing in. I couldn’t have picked a better way to get outside + get into some physical activity that not only helped burn some calories I started collecting to thicken my winter coat, but also showed me parts of the Grand Teton National Park that are only seen in the winter while running across some really cool animal markings like moose grazing and bears fur + claw marks on trees.
I would have never imagined the endless possibilities for exploration outdoors in the middle of winter. Personally, I hate being cold. Even the thought of ice cream can make me shiver. But the thought of seeing wildlife, naturally in the wild, trekking through unexplored territory, seeing never before seen sights in nature with my own eyes and emerging into one of the best winter wonderlands in the country trumped the opposition to being cold. I spent a week in Jackson so was able to explore multiple experiences through the Anvil Explorers Program. But if you only have a day and aren’t sure which to do – they’ve curated the perfect ways to get outside for anyone who is curious to discover the best of Jackson. Some experiences are longer than others, so your time will hold some dictatorship here, but no matter what, can check out our GET OUTSIDE GUIDE on 4 Must Do Guided Winter Tours in Jackson, WY and find the right experience for you + your crew.
A fantasy come true. Dipping into a real deal, natural hot springs. This beautiful piping hot pool is right off the side of the highway and a true locals spot. My newly found adventure buddy and true local spilled the not so secret spot + took me out for an afternoon of exploration that the everyday Jackson people like to frequent. Hiking down a slippery path to a sulfury, very steamy + breathtakingly beautiful oasis was the best way to spend the morning and by far my favorite moment the entire trip. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the whole outdoor “hot tub” to yourself for a few before you run into other locals who might be just so kind as to share some brews or a slaushy (aka adult frozen drink) with you over curious conversation and amazing views. Mega bonus, my skin was just as happy as my heart at the end of the day.
BASICS BUDGET INCLUDED HERE: ~$500 PER PERSON
(Does not include: flight, around town transportation or the exact specifics of a get outside experience; the budget may vary)
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