by SLICK TRACY
Hotel Detective & Food Sleuth
Most people have heard of Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Actually, the name refers to a very broad and flat valley. The name is attributed to two mountain men from the 1800's who trapped beavers in the area. Jackson Hole has now become one of America's major vacation destinations. Two major areas are the small towns of Jackson and Teton Village, as well as the towns of Kelly, Moose, Moran, and Wilson.
Although there are a variety of accommodations to choose from, the premier resort is the Four Seasons located in Teton Village. It is rather pricey, but if it is affordable, the Four Season offers so much to a family or couple. Located adjacent to ski lifts, the resort offers ski-in and ski-out during the winter months. During the milder seasons, there is everything from horseback riding to fly-fishing.
Jackson Hole is considered somewhat of a gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the grand-daddy of America's park system. The Snake River and Grand Teton mountain range offers adventure and natural wonders everywhere.
There is no question about the Jackson Hole Four Seasons being in a relaxing and enjoyable setting. Whether you are in the pool, at a bar, eating in one of the restaurants, or merely sitting on the back patio area, the daily cares seem to melt away. The rooms are large and comfortable, with most offering a gas-operated fireplace. The bathrooms are very luxurious and very large. Some offer panoramic views of the nearby Tetons, but others only offer a view on to the driveway below.
There are outdoor fire pits around the patios areas that are nice during cooler evenings. The early morning hours are also a nice time to enjoy the patios, drink a cup of coffee (provided in the lobby), and watch the daylight descend on the area. A variety of complimentary breads are also available in the lobby area for early risers. Some fruit might have been nice, but it was not available.
Children are easily accommodated at the Jackson Hole Four Seasons and there is so much for kids to do in the Teton Village area. There is trampoline bungee jumping, Frisbee disc golf, biking, rock climbing walls, scavenger hunts, and so much more.
The hotel restaurants offer a great array of foods, including buffalo steaks. They are very pricey and unless you are on an unlimited budget, you might be better served elsewhere for your dining. The West Grill is more upscale while the Handle Bar is more casual.
The small town of Jackson is great to visit and has a multitude of small stores and shops that are a delight to browse. The town also offers cafes and bars. The Teton Village area, where the Jackson Hole Four Seasons is located, is less visited by tourists and gives the impression of being more secluded and isolated.
Beds, pillows, and comforters are all top notch and allow for a very restful sleep. This is obviously a great get-away area, even if just for a very few days. The daily cares will easily slip from your mind and allow you to relax. It is a terrific summer or winter location, but it does cost and is only for those that can afford it.
Jackson Hole offers an abundance of unusual wildlife including buffalo, bear, elk, and more. It has become a year-round outdoor resort area. Cross-country skiing, dog sledding, fly-fishing, river rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, golfing, tennis, and so much more are offered in this vast, unspoiled wilderness area.
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