5 Bites of Jackson Hole
Where to eat, sleep, and play in Wyoming’s top ski town
As one of Wyoming's top year-round destinations, Jackson Hole is surrounded by beautiful state parks, majestic ski slopes, and restaurants to write home about. With a plethora of day trips, from Grand Teton National Park to the café in the National Museum for Wildlife Art, you’ll have plenty of time to take in the great outdoors. And while Jackson Hole is a big draw for visitors during every season, it’s at its most iconic in the winter, when skiers and snowboarders from around the world come to play on its award-winning slopes.
Tip: Hotel Terra and Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa have teamed up to offer skiers and snowboarders a flight credit of up to $900 when they book five or more nights at the hotels.
Breakfast: Start your day on a sweet note at The Bunnery, a Jackson Hole institution. Sit down for a full spread of the bakery’s guilt-free O.S.M. treats (oat, sunflower seed, and millet grain), from pancakes to hot cereal. With glass-covered counters full of freshly baked pies, muffins, and various treats, make sure to grab a sticky bun for the road as you’re heading out. Trust us, you’ll be dreaming of these baked goods all day long.
Lunch: After a long day on the slopes, head down to The Peak, a Four Seasons outpost in Jackson Hole. Indulge in a hearty lunch of crab and white Cheddar fondue, spicy rock shrimp poppers, and a classic burger. As the night creeps closer, watch the stars appear over the mountains as you warm up near the fireplace and choose from the restaurants’ extensive drink menu.
Dinner: Dine alfresco on the wood-slatted patio at Rendezvous Bistro. Celebrating 10 years in Jackson Hole, you can’t pass up the $10 anniversary menu with local specialties like venison pho and pork adobo. If you feel like a taste of the sea, visit the raw bar and feast on tuna tartare, Baja shrimp tacos, and oysters on the half shell.
Drinks: Recover from your day on the slopes with a frothy pint and some good company. Head to Snake River Brewing, where you can toast to the day's successes, (and its gnarliest falls) with locally brewed beer and a menu of comforting classics. Try the pulled pork sandwich, a local favorite that comes complete with chipotle barbeque sauce and white Cheddar cheese. Wash it all down with a glass of Snake River’s original organic beer. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Pascal Collet)
Hidden Treasure: Take a five-minute drive outside of Jackson Hole for a museum trip with a culinary twist. Located at the National Museum for Wildlife Art is the Rising Sage café, a hidden gem. Don’t miss Tapas Tuesdays where bites like butternut squash white truffle tartlets are paired with lobster mac and cheese. Take in the museum’s panoramic views from the sculpture garden terrace as you gaze out onto the National Elk Refuge.
Hotel: Wake up to a postcard view of the surrounding mountains at The Alpine House, an eco-friendly, family-run mountain lodge in the heart of Jackson Hole. Generous amenities abound, like complimentary bikes, hotel shuttles to the slopes, and hearty snacks like lemon ricotta pancakes smothered in Vermont maple syrup.