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If you are thinking of going to Jackson Hole!

We just returned from a wonderful vacation to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and I wanted to share with you some of the arrangements we made and places we visited in case you are planning on visiting there soon.



I booked this beautiful log home on VRBO (homeaway.com) where you can rent an entire house for less than several nice hotel rooms. As we needed a few bedrooms and I wanted a nice main area this was the way to go. There were so many houses to choose from in the area....I wanted a rural feel without being far from town and it turned out better than the pictures. We stayed in Wilson where we were 10 minutes from the Jackson Hole downtown square.


The house was mountain home charming.


The first day we took a "safari" of Teton National Park with Backcountry Safaris (307-413-9300) Luke picked us up from the house at 7:30 am and as we toured with him, looking for animals, he shared his extensive knowledge of the wildlife, their habits and characteristics. We made a few stops including lunch next to Jenny Lake and also the most photographed barn in Wyoming, above. Look at the mountains....just gorgeous and the spectacular backdrop for everything in the area. I would definitely ask for Luke...his passion was terrific.


The house had kitchen island stools that were real saddles....hokey but so great!


Tastefully decorated in western style with taxidermy and hides throughout.
FACT - In 1862 President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act which provided settlers 160 acres of land here in exchange for completing 5 years of continuous residence and working the land to receive the title.  This act was signed to encourage migration to the west since there was relatively no population west of the Mississippi. I so admire the courage of the Pioneer......such hard work and uncertainty!!


Wood, stone and pretty flowers.....they cared! The "neighborhood" where we stayed had regular visitors of moose and deer but I noticed that the flowers weren't eaten....what up? If this was my house there would just be stems left with our deer visitors.


Lunch lakeside....the mornings were very cool where we had the fireplace cranking but the temp heated in the afternoon then cool again to gaze at the stars from the hot tub.....just perfect!


Front door entry...


Front porch with its 19th century ice sled cocktail table....


The beautiful backyard! FYI when I was booking the house I noticed she didn't have any pics of the back of the house which concerned me but it was just a laid back oversight on her part.  It was breathtaking. Also I saw each sunrise with hot air balloons going up near the mountain if you are inclined.


I Love a theme......ha! Wyoming tuxedo!


The stairway was so well done with half log steps and an artisan iron handrail leading up to the master suite, a study and another bedroom.


I appreciated the kitchen cabinet antler handles...... Interesting fact...
Antlers are shed every year as in moose and deer...horns grow along with the animal as in big horn sheep and bison. It's astounding to learn those gigantic moose antlers grow that large in less than a year, sometimes an inch a day.!!!


The master bedroom had a big balcony overlooking the mountain and pond vista.


The homeowners had small mice figures sitting on the cross beam....loved them!


Even the closet was finished with reclaimed barn siding.


This picture shows the artisan iron rope handrail and also the bronze raven. (there are lots of ravens in the area)


I loved how the pool table blended so well..


We took a fly fishing trip on the Snake River and I reeled in the biggy!
The guide was so thrilled with this 18 inch beautiful cutthroat brown trout. They gave some quick fly fishing lessons before we started downriver and also supplied a simple lunch and lots of snacks. Madison now loves beef jerky!!
Even if fishing isn't your thing, the scenery was spectacular and my Granddaughter, Madison enjoyed spotting all the majestic bald eagles and golden eagles. We even saw one with a fish in his talons!! The animal spotting was so amazing we teased that the guides were saying "cue the eagle!!" How else could we be experiencing such beauty!
If you go with The Wandering Angler please ask for Jay......he couldn't have been better with his stories, expertise and information sharing.
They too picked us up at home at 8am.
The Wandering Angler 307-699-3986


Two of the bedrooms had rough cut hide for window treatments. With the lace underneath the contrast was dreamy and I was channeling my Annie Oakley!


I fell in love with this park ranger!! Do you think she knew we were from New Jersey? We hiked around Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls which was a postcard worthy hike bordering this glacier lake. We spotted a female moose (cow) and her baby feeding in a pond along the way. We hiked halfway around the lake, Madison took a dip (brrrrrr) and we took the ferry back. Don't miss this.


We drove the 2 hours to Yellowstone National Park.The entire park was not crowded and we didn't experience the traffic jams I read about,  but the points of interest like the falls and the hot springs and mud pots had crowds although not too bad. Old Faithful did not disappoint :)
We rented a Gaper Guide ahead of time in Jackson Hole. It mounted on the dashboard and gave us a running commentary and tips linked to where our car was in the park. MUST DO!
We spent a lot of time in the car because we were on the hunt to see a grizzly bear. If I went again I would spend the night in order to enjoy hikes and more of the beauty.
A bison herd crossed in front of our car....(nail biter!) did you know these huge animals, that can weigh 1800 pounds, can jump a 6 foot fence from a stationary standing position??


Our antelope flats bike tour was well timed after our Yellowstone day in the car. We met Dave at 2 pm at the start and he had our bikes, water and helmets. For about 3 1/2 hours we biked and he shared his knowledge of the animals in the area and also spoke of the history of the region. He was very entertaining, comical at times, and I would ask for him again. He served lemonade and cookies before saying goodbye. Look at those mountains!!
Teton Mountain Bike Tours 307-733-0712 ask for Dave


The town of Jackson Hole was everything you would expect from a luxury mountain resort town.....rustic, yet refined with nice shops featuring local goods and worldly items and top rated restaurants.


The antique shops and art galleries featured many treasures.


Two restaurants we visited were standouts....Snake River Grill and Gather.  Madison loved the venison chops!


Don't skip the rodeo every Friday night in August!! It was fantastic and a great way to immerse yourself in the western culture!

Genuine elk and deer antlers form arches across the town square and people line up for their photos! It could take up to 2000 shed antlers weighing between 7000 -10,000 lbs to create each arch.

We also took the gondola up to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for happy hour. I also recommend a MUST STOP visit to a one room museum just off the square. Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum on N. Cache St. Museum was terrific and satisfied my need for understanding "how did this place begin and when." I always took my kids to the small museums when we traveled together. Just a quick 30 minute history lesson everyone will benefit from.

Well I hope this inspires you to visit this special place full of natural beauty.  We have such a magnificent country and traveling around really is a cultural experience. I would love to hear of your special trips......email me! XOXO 

  Warm regards,
    Bonny

 
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