Jackson Hole, Wyoming brings to mind the nostalgia of Western movies coupled with the untamed beauty of the wilderness. Against the backdrop of jagged snow-capped mountains, the valley is a majestic escape and promises adventurous hikes in the summer and spring as well as endless skiing and plenty of snow in the winter. With the holiday season looming, Jackson will soon become a Christmas card town, blanketed in snow and lit up for festivities.
And if you’re tempted by the prospect of a holiday at this picture perfect destination, then keep reading; the Amangani team and LuxuryLaunches have put together our Insider’s Guide of things to do in Jackson. From activities to thrill the whole family to luxurious shopping and dining experiences, our list has got you covered. Now all you have to do is book your tickets and get into the holiday spirit!
Top day trip – Snowmobiling to Brooks Lake Lodge for lunch by the fire
All you need to get the adrenaline pumping is a snowmobile to ride through the crisp Wyoming air. The trip is a nature lover’s dream, full of fantastic views and endless photo opportunities. Conclude the adventure at the Brooks Lake Lodge, a log-cabin style building that’s part of a historic complex first built in 1922. Warming yourself by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate is the perfect finish to this day trip.
Must try dish – Chef Sebastian’s Sambuca Shrimp
Amangani’s Grill offers an array of memorable dishes created from local and seasonal produce and sustainably sourced meats, poultry and seafood. The Sambuca Shrimp – a specialty by Chef Sebastian- comes highly recommended.
Best activity / Excursion – Dog sledding to Granite Hot Springs, natural hot springs best enjoyed in the winter
The region’s Granite Hot Springs can’t be missed! Hot Springs are not only relaxing, they can also be a healing experience for many. And getting there via dog sled only adds to the fun.
Best view – Amangani’s Hot Tub
While the dramatic views and vistas never seem to end in Jackson Hole, the Amangani have claimed the very best views for themselves. The resort’s much loved Hot Tub, offers serene and captivating views of the majestic mountain range, surrounded by pristine white snow.
Best one stop shop – Teton Village Sports
You can’t go to Jackson in the winter and pass up a chance at some snowy sports! Whether it’s a snowboard or a set of skis, you can find everything you need and more at the haven known as Teton Village Sports.
Best local secret – Corbet’s Cabin Waffles at 10,540 ft.
What makes waffles taste ten times better? High altitudes of course! We’re joking of course, but waffle lovers and loyalists have long since admitted that the waffles at Corbet’s Cabin are some of the best they’ve ever had. Eating waffles in snowy weather accompanied by a fabulous view is a memory you’ll always carry.
Best place for local shopping – Jackson Hole Town Square
Scratch that Credit card itch at Jackson Hole Town square where taverns, cafes, and souvenir shops abound. Whether it’s a memento of your trip that you’re looking for or a special gift to take back to a loved one, the Town Square has something for everyone.
Best family activity – Amangani Wildlife tour followed by a private Elk Refuge sleigh ride
Jackson Hole is famous for its wildlife, so you can’t miss this opportunity to see some of the area’s famous creatures and critters up close. A ride through the famous Elk Refuge is an opportunity to see the magic of a whole herd of the magnificent antlered creatures in their own natural home.
Best cultural secret – Heather James Gallery
Even art lovers can find something to entertain themselves with in Jackson. The Heather James Gallery has some impressive works on display including big names like Warhol, Calder, and Picasso. An exhibition of photographs by Lawrence Schiller includes pictures of Robert Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Streisand.
Best restaurant for a celebration – Snake River Grill
For over 20 years the Snake River Grill has been a huge hit with both tourists and locals. The restaurant juxtaposes the rustic log cabin feel with the elegance of fine dining. If your birthday happens to coincide with your vacation, this is the place to celebrate.
Best cocktail with a view – Piste Mountain Bistro
You’ll need to hop onto a gondola to get to this mountainside bistro which offers a scenic view coupled with delicious cocktails to warm you up. The restaurant serves locally sourced dishes with a touch of fine dining pizazz.
Must see museum – National Museum of Wildlife Art
With a façade inspired by a Scottish Castle, this museum overlooks the Elk Refuge and gives travelers a crash course in wildlife through art. The museum also offers events and activities to make the space more interactive.
Now your itinerary is all planned, what are you waiting for? The splendor of Jackson Hole awaits!
1535 NE Butte Rd, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
Phone: +1 307-734-7333
Website : Amangani