Separated by just a dozen miles and lumped under the same Jackson Hole moniker, Teton Village and Jackson are two sides of the same coin. But look a little more closely at the food, the fun, and the adventures that await and it becomes clear: These Wyoming mountain towns contrast as well as complement.
Cowboy contemporary: Downtown Jackson synthesizes frontier heritage and modern-day sensibilities. Start at Town Square, where four massive archways made of elk antlers adorn the square’s entrances, and ramble on the boardwalks toward surrounding restaurants and retailers.
A slice of Swiss in Wyoming: The slope-side home of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a magnet for the ski-in-ski-out crowd, with a can’t-miss aprés ski scene and elements imported straight from the Alps. If you come in the summer, start by boarding the village’s Aerial Tram, climb 4,139 vertical feet, and peer down on the valley floor panorama.
Bona fide wilderness is a stone’s throw from downtown, populated by an open-sky-zoo’s worth of wildlife: bears, moose, even the rare gray wolf. In winter, take a sleigh ride to the National Elk Refuge, a nearly 25,000-acre habitat north of Jackson where antlered herds migrate for the season.
With ultra-steep grades and an average of 459 inches of snowfall each winter, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a launchpad for powder days. If you have the skills, drop into Corbet’s Couloir, a run shaped like a craggy funnel that kicks off with a free-fall plunging more than a dozen feet depending on snowfall.
Hit up Persephone Bakery for a breakfast of chocolate croissants and an herbed omelet; indulge in a seven-days-a-week brunch at Café Genevieve with a menu that features Southern-style fried chicken and waffles; and end the day with a Sunken Treasure roll at King Sushi.
Experience and savor traditional Swiss fondue at Alpenhof Lodge; rustic Italian cuisine at Il Villaggio Osteria; and seasonal menus and fireside ambiance at Spur Restaurant & Bar inside Teton Mountain Lodge
A visit to Jackson isn’t complete without a night of bourbon and two-stepping. Head to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where saddles serve as bar stools and entertainers from Waylon Jennings to Willie Nelson have graced the stage, or Silver Dollar Bar and Grill, where some 2,000 silver dollars are embedded in the top of the bar.
The saloon at the Mangy Moose pairs live music and stiff drinks to sooth slope-addled muscles. Order a bison steak, a draft from the ever-changing tap selection, and wash away the day’s aches.
Housed behind a facade constructed of Idaho quartzite, the National Museum of Wildlife Art (right next to the National Elk Refuge) features 14 galleries and more than 5,000 pieces from luminaries like George O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol. If you’d rather stay outdoors, gaze upon 30 artworks while hiking down the 3/4-mile Sculpture Trail.
With conductor Donald Runnicles at the helm, the Grand Teton Music Festival is a summer affair that draws on the talents of a 200-musician ensemble for a seven-week immersion in opera and symphonic repertory music. This season’s performances at Walk Festival Hall are full of surprises and special guests, including Grammy-winner Norah Jones.
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