Enjoy Outdoor Adventures in Luxury at
this Spectacular Mountain Resort
If you’re like me, then you might be accustomed to heading to the airport with a suitcase full of chic attire, including clutches and your newest heels. So you can imagine that it was definitely a smidge of a pattern interrupt for me to arrive with the Divine Living Magazine Team in Jackson Hole armed with boots and sweaters.
I usually gravitate toward glamorous cities and coastal paradises, but one of my great joys in life is to expand my horizons and discover new places. However that doesn’t mean we were roughing it. No matter where I’m going or what the vibe is there, I always seek out the best, and I was thrilled to find it in Wyoming at the fabulous Four Seasons. It was the perfect luxury refuge from which to breathe in the crisp mountain air and soak up the grand beauty of the American West.
Jackson Hole is a high-end ski town and year-round destination frequented by many of the wealthiest and most influential people in the world. (There is, after all, a separate tarmac for private planes at the airport, and reportedly more billionaires per capita than any other county in the United States). So it comes as no surprise that one of the world’s most acclaimed resorts can be found here.
The Four Seasons Jackson Hole is one of only three Forbes 5-Star ski resorts in the U.S., but part of what makes it great is that it’s actually a blast in any season. With spacious and elegant accommodations, a luxurious spa, impeccable service, delicious fine dining and so many ways to enjoy the landscape (plus fire pits galore!), it really offers a lovely and restorative escape into nature year-round. Read on for an inside look at mine and Glenn’s beautiful week at this gorgeous mountain resort.
I have to say, there are few better ways to enjoy views of the Teton mountains than from your own private living room in the presidential suite of the Four Seasons. Glenn and I had the pleasure of staying at this luxury lodge-like suite for several nights and it was such a wonderful space to return to after a day of adventures.
While I can always count on the Four Seasons to provide super luxurious rooms, I was really impressed by the features here, which include walk-in closets, balconies overlooking the mountains (ours was massive), soak tubs with separate showers, and push-button gas fireplaces.
In between excursions I also had the opportunity to spend some time at the spa, and loved it! (If you’re lucky enough to have Kara working while you’re there, get a massage from her. She’s a true healer!) The alpine-style spa boasts a comprehensive menu of beauty treatments and massages, many of which are inspired by the local landscape, using natural plants and minerals.
Right outside the spa doors are the hotel’s pools and hot tubs—the latter of which are lovely to enjoy in the fall and winter. Glenn and I also loved spending time outside by the fire pits, where the hotel has done well to equip comfy seating with plush blankets. We loved snuggling up with hot chocolate and taking in the fresh evening air.
I was thrilled to explore Jackson Hole’s thriving local food scene and culinary culture, and luckily the Four Seasons is home to some of the best restaurants in town. Traditional game is big in Wyoming, and few places do it better than the resort’s beloved Westbank Grill.
This sophisticated lodge serves up traditional mountain steakhouse fare with prime cuts of regional meat and really excellent appetizers and sides. This wasn’t my usual cuisine and I loved the experience of trying something new with my love. As for the locally-sourced meat, I enjoyed it so much I ordered the elk chop on two separate occasions!
We also enjoyed one of the resort’s latest additions, the Handle Bar. This hip all-American concept by star Chef Michael Mina is delicious and fun, with elevated pub grub, craft beers, and a whiskey-lover’s dream menu. Glenn and I had a great time sipping on signature drinks here by the fire. If you’re a skier this would definitely be a fun place to convene with friends after a day of runs down the mountain.
For a more sophisticated and grown-up drink, we made some time to unwind in the gorgeous Ascent Lounge. Glenn and I liked coming up to this cozy space and settling into the big leather couches with our books. Aside from chic craft cocktails, there’s also an east-meets-west selection of appetizers, from flat breads to udon noodles and sushi.
The Four Seasons makes it really easy to enjoy the great outdoors in Jackson Hole. The hotel is near both the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, and has an excellent concierge service that coordinates special activities, from private helicopter tours to wilderness excursions. With help from the concierge, Glenn and I had a blast going horseback riding through the valley, gliding on the lake in a vintage canoe, private fly-fishing on the Snake River, and hiking around the nearby hills.
The resort is wonderful to visit almost any time of year. While I personally would never come here in the winter (snow is not my scene) those of you who enjoy skiing would delight in the paradise it becomes in the colder months. The Four Seasons is a ski-in, ski-out, white-glove resort where boots are warmed for you, skis are held for you, and if you tire of basecamp, you can opt to go helicopter-skiing in the nearby river gorge.
However you’ll be glad to know Wyoming is not all wilderness. Jackson Hole is home to a very chic little village with a bit of high-end shopping and even more great bars and restaurants. The Four Seasons is a short drive from town, and they arrange a complimentary car service to get you there and back.
I had a great time going there for lunch, enjoying a delicious Reuben sandwich at Café Genevieve, and perusing the Western art galleries, book stores, and cute boutiques. Local was probably my favorite restaurant in town. I also highly recommend breakfast at Café Persephone—where the lemon ricotta bread and coffee is divine—and a drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar—the quintessential Western saloon that’s a little kitsch but totally worth a stop. Complete your “city” excursion with a walk through the park, with its adorably Western antler arcs crowning each entrance.
A Four Seasons Helicopter Safari through Yellowstone National Park is the most amazing way to see the landscape from the comfort of a luxurious Bell helicopter. Expertly guided by one of our staff Biologists, the tour whisks you away to some of the most remote areas of the park, showing you hidden hot springs, towering waterfalls, and fascinating wildlife. You’ll also enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch in a gorgeous setting.
Everyone raves about our 80 minute Awaken Treatment—it truly is energizing, harnessing the healing and detoxifying power of coffee. It begins with a full-body brushing followed by a coffee, cinnamon and white clay wrap to remove dead skin cells and promote detoxification. Next comes a coffee, cinnamon, cream and raw sugar scrub that helps stimulate circulation and rejuvenate the skin. It’s completed with an invigorating massage incorporating vanilla lotion.
The Snake River Grill continues to be the most requested restaurant and the most challenging to get a last minute reservation. The atmosphere, food and service are fantastic! The Bird is a local’s favorite, no reservations taken, and does not disappoint, whether it’s for Sunday brunch or burgers and beers after work. The no-frills, just great food approach makes it a special place, and one we would only send the most laid-back guests to.
Exploring Grand Teton National Park, trying our Jackson Hole Shooting Experience, and definitely fly fishing on the Snake River.
In the Summer, “Breakfast with the Eagles” by Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures is a really fun luxury day trip that morning people love. You embark on an early morning float in a handcrafted wooden boat down the Snake River, to a private riverside camp where a delicious gourmet brunch is waiting, to be enjoyed with views of the Teton Mountains.
7680 Granite Loop Road, P.O. Box 544
Teton Village, WY 83025
Tel. +1 (307) 732-5000
To book your stay visit: fourseasons.com/jacksonhole