Rustic Elegance in the Tetons- - A Log Cabin Mountain Resort

The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole
PO Box 14250
475 N. Cache
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
(800) 323-9279
History of Jackson Hole
Humans came to the Jackson Hole in Wyoming as far back in time as 12,000 years ago.  The Blackfoot and Shoshone Indians are descendants of those first people. They established their unique native cultures and lived peacefully until the mid-1800, when American fur trappers, led by Davey Jackson, began a fur trading company in the 1820's. The town of Jackson, named after its first trapper, became a hub for fur trappers in the area who held yearly rendezvous to trade mountain men stories.  Jackson became deserted when the fur trade ended in 1845. But settlers finally repopulated the area the 1880's with cattle ranches and eventually tourism took over when dude ranches came into vogue.  Soon, because of the beauty and allure of the area, President Roosevelt designated the land around the Tetons as a national monument and in 1950; Congress created Grand Teton National Park.
About the Rustic Inn
Since the Grand Teton Mountains tear up the sky around these parts, staying in a log cabin seems only fitting.  The Rustic Inn's newly renovated luxury log cabin suites replete with their own private porches and view of the nearby hills is a perfect mix of cowboy comforts. The newly renovated 145 room complex has rustic log frame king beds and western style decor that makes you want to kick back and enjoy the mountain magic.  The hot buffet breakfast is complimentary, as is the wi-fi. The bar is a great watering hole with a lot of atmosphere, and they even have a cozy wine cellar to relax after an active day out. If you visit in summer, enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, the on site Spa, or maybe take a walk to the nearby town with its many wonderful restaurants, retail shops and the famous Cowboy Bar where the bar seats are saddles, or enjoy strolling across the town green with its arches of elk antlers.  If you visit in winter, you are a short ride to the famous Jackson Hole Ski Resort, or the less crowded Grand Targhee Ski Resort, just over the Teton Pass.  In any season, you can enjoy the stark beauty of the Grand Teton National Park, which is a few miles up the road or go about 70 miles further north and visit Yellowstone.  What is great about this area is that it is NOT just a ski resort but rather a destination resort where a plethora of activity choices will leave you exhilarated and most likely, happily exhausted.  
What To Do:  
What is so special about this area of the country is that Jackson is in close proximity to three awesome western states: Wyoming itself, Idaho and Montana.  It is not too far to get to any of these places, so your choices for activities, especially in summer, when the weather is just about perfect, are almost endless.  
SUMMER:
So, if you like to relax by being active, this is the place for you.  Of course, there is hiking in nearby Grand Teton National Park, or Yellowstone, or Grand Targhee Resort, or even nearby Idaho.  The great thing is that there are trails for all ability levels and no matter where you choose to go; the views of the mountains and meadows are extraordinary.  Road biking is a pleasure, as you are riding in a flat valley with a towering mountain view.  What can possibly be said for mountain biking in an area like this?  Or perhaps you want to take on some water sports - there is fly fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and of course, white water rafting in the nearby Snake River.  Try Dave Hansen Outfitters right next to the Rustic Inn for a memorable white water experience.  They have a helpful and knowledgeable staff at your service.  What would this rugged part of the West be without a good trail ride? There are day rides or pack rides that last a few days to a week.  A good game of golf can be had in nearby Teton Pines designed by Arnold Palmer or the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. This club has an awesome view of the Teton Peaks. Perhaps you would just like to take a tour of the National Parks by going to one of the many Visitor's Centers, one of which is located right across the street from the Rustic Inn!  
Winter:
It's all about the skiing and boarding in Jackson Hole- world class ski resort  - it has two main mountains - the challenging and steep Rendezvous and the smaller Après Vous. Fifty percent of the mountain is expert, 40 % caters to intermediates and only 10% is easy enough for beginners.  Jackson Hole is mostly known for its challenging terrain and the many bowls to try your skills. In the lower Rock Springs Bowl one can experience hut to hut skiing or stay in a yurt overnight. There is ample tree skiing and heli-skiing too.  For the Nordic skier, there are several locations that you can access by calling Jackson Hole Central Reservations. Not really a skier and need something to do? There is dog sledding and snowmobiling on the vast mountain meadows with great views of the mountains.  
Don't forget to rest your weary bones in the Rustic Inn Spa that offers for a skin tingling experience, try the honey sugar scrub or detoxify and rejuvenate with the seaweed gel wrap.
Other Things To Do:
Paragliding - take the tram up to the top of Jackson peak and take a tandem jump with an experienced guide.
Hot Springs: Granite Hot Springs is a nice drive and a fun activity.
In summer, drive to Driggs, Idaho to take in a drive-in movie.
If you travel to Jackson in September, you are in for a treat - The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival - a combination art show and a culinary "Taste of the Tetons." Don't miss it!
Entertainment:
Because you are situated near a bustling town, or the ski area itself, there are abundant choices for nightlife.  For internationally acclaimed microbrews in downtown Jackson, try the Snake River Brewery.  Winter brings a cozy atmosphere and in summer dines alfresco on the terrace overlooking the street.  The Log Cabin Saloon on Cache Street is a late night must for you night owls - its raucous fun. Do not leave Jackson without visiting the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar with its saddle seats and lively atmosphere.  In Teton Village, at the base of the mountain, you have Nick Wilson's Cowboy Cafe whose specialty are jalapeno poppers - try them!  You also shouldn't miss the Mangy Moose where you can hear live entertainment and in winter, experience the ultimate après ski experience.  If you want a quieter atmosphere, go to the Worth Hotel and take a seat at the Silver Dollar Bar.  Of course you can always take a seat in the Rustic Inn's cozy Bar for a close to home feeling and a short walk back to your room, after the fun.
Summer is the time to see the Grand Teton Music Festival to experience the sound of music in the mountains.  The prices are inexpensive and the entertainment fine.
Cuisine:
The list is endless, so log on to the Jackson Restaurant web site to get a good sampling.www.jacksonholerestaurants.com/, but here is a good mix to try.  For an elegant, but pricey meal, try Namangan, a restaurant on a hilltop overlooking the mountains with a killer view.  The Snake River Grill will always serve up a delicious meal with great service, but the price is on the high side, so if you plan on taking the whole family, maybe you should try Rendezvous Bistro and Osteria or the Q Roadhouse.  These two funky eateries have excellent food (try the trout) great service and a varied menu that will please everyone.  For a real down home experience (in summer only) make a reservation at the Bar J Chuck Wagon.  It offers an authentic cowboy supper where patrons sit with strangers and get to know them by the end of the evening.  My own experience was at a table with a family of Quakers and a couple from California who felt like family by night's end.  The live cowboy music replete with real cowboys is an added treat to the evening.  If you are fine with carting your own beer or wine, try Teton Thai in the town, especially in summer where the outdoor patio is great fun!
Shopping: 
If you like to shop, you have come to the right place.  It is impossible to list all the places because there are so many choices, so just walk the three blocks from the Rustic Inn to the town of Jackson and see for yourself. I will tell you that my favorite shops were Knit on Pearl where I bought awesome wool and Bet The Ranch, a western shop with well worn cowboy and cowgirl boots that someone else has worn in for you and they are at rock bottom prices. There were also great western wear shops and jewelry stores too.
DON'T MISS:  
Hiking or biking in Grand Teton National Park-just looking at it from your car is committing a sin - you really need to experience the natural beauty by getting out onto the trails.  
Eating lunch at Dornan's Corner in Moose, Wyoming  - The Deli has great food, the wine shop has great wine (Harrison Ford has been spotted there) and there are outdoor tables with an awesome view of the mountains.

 

Visiting the National Elk Refuge - a winter sleigh ride allows seeing          them at close range and in their natural habitat.
 
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