Anniversa-Redo at Four Seasons Jackson Hole
When a man tells you he doesn’t like horses. Listen to him. I found out the hard way – by spending my anniversary in the Jackson Hole Emergency Room – that Ben and horses do not get along.
Four years ago Ben and I made our first trek to Jackson Hole to celebrate our first anniversary. We had grand plans of camping, taking in all the scenery and geeking out at Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. And we did those things. We camped, drove, sang off key and ate far too many hot dogs and turkey sandwiches with a Honda packed to the brim with gear and food. Wide eyed and romantic – we were ready! But we sure weren’t ready for a couple of torrential downpours and a trip to the emergency room! So we called it a mulligan and this year for our one year wedding anniversary – we had a do over. Or as I like to call it, an “anniversa-redo”! This time we ditched the tents and landed at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.
Now, I’m no fan of flying – but the bumps and jostles were worth it when we didn’t have endless time to road trip our way there. Flying in was bumpy but when you see the Grand Tetons Right Outside Your Window, you forget all your worries and I got overwhelmingly excited about this grand adventure.
I can tell you right off the bat that our digs this time sure beat the three man tent the first time we were in Jackson Hole! If I could have found a way to hunker down there forever and just have Huck shipped to me, I would have never left… And the bed? I might have done a trust fall onto it.
Look at this bathroom!
Check this view. If you’re a skier or boarder, this is a paradise. The hotel backs up right to some of the most prime skiing right out the back door!
Our first day at the hotel was spent relaxing and taking it all in. The scenery was just as stunning as I remembered, with Teton Village looking out over the valley and the most stunning of mountains. Saturday night is rodeo night – so we went and got our giddy up on downtown Jackson. We both love a good rodeo – even if Ben doesn’t like riding.
Just north of the hotel about 20 minutes is Grand Tetons National Park, and that’s where we spent our Sunday. After fueling up at the Westbank Grill with Ben’s Huckleberry French Toast and my Huevos Rancheros, we headed out for the day’s trek.
And look what we got to take for a spin!
Four Seasons‘ chefs packed us a great picnic to take with stuffed sandwiches, like my Ahi Tuna sandwich and Ben’s roast beef with plenty of horseradish sauce and prime stone ground mustard potato salad. My lunch came with one of their famed Trail Mix cookies – which I will be passing on the recipe to you on Wednesday! – and Ben went with the traditional chocolate chip.
Our next stop was to go to the famed Grand Teton barns out near Kelly, Wyoming not too far north of Jackson. You know these barns. C’mon. The barns are part of the famed Mormon Row – where some of Jackson’s earliest settlers well, settled. As beautiful as the view is, settling and taming this region would be a struggle and you got to give them some kudos for their gumption back in the day. Right next to the barns was the Jackson buffalo herd and they loved having their photos taken.
This is the Buffalo version of “Hey, Girl”.
The storms, just like we remember, started to set in so Monday morning Ben and I hunkered down for a cup of coffee on the back patio. And we had a couple of lovely ladies with legs for DAYS that joined us for a little nosh. They decided the trees were just right for eating – and we stuck with our coffee and toasty Pendleton blankets by the fire place. They came right up to the patio, even surprising the employees who couldn’t believe that Ben and I got to see these moose come within 15 feet of us!
In between the storms, we treked out in the morning for a hike around Jenny Lake and then grabbed a couple of bikes from Base Camp right at the resort and rode our way down the path and dodged rain drops where we could. We failed and came back soaked, but the ride along the fences of a great cattle ranch and fields of horses was refreshing and so relaxing.
Since it was our last night, we spent our evening at the Westbank Grill going all out with the most melt in your mouth buffalo short ribs and elk osso bucco. For dessert – since we hiked all around Jenny Lake and went for a bike ride – we split the Cowboy Cookie with a whopping dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. Then, I proceeded to fail whale into that king size bed and zonk right out.
It was a dream and a half way to spend our first wedding anniversary – much better than the other one where we spent our day in the emergency room fixing Ben’s wonky wrist and busted lip. Jackson Hole holds a very special place in our heart, with so many memories made – and we already can’t wait to go back again. Next time, we really may never leave.
*Note* Thank you to Four Seasons Jackson Hole for hosting us an our Anniversa-redo, we loved our stay and all opinions are our own.
Jackson Hole is on my “to see” list!!! Love that you combined rustic with four seasons!!
Looks like you had a great anniversary redo. It’s absolutely beautiful there!
GORGEOUS. OK, Ben and I were just talking about where to go for a trip next spring. I may need to show him these pics! (and I am totally for the hotel…I’m not THAT outdoorsy, lol)
Erin Put Jackson at the top of your must-see list!! You and your Ben will totally love it!
How freaking beautiful! Ugh… and that last pick of you all cozy-like. LOVE!
Wow girl! This looks like an epic anniversa-rodeo! 🙂
Cheers to a wonderful couple!
Thanks lovely!! We had such a lovely time, I want to go back again. It’s only been a week! Just next time, I don’t think I’ll be moving back to Washington! hahah
How amazing and what a gorgeous place!!!
This is just gorgeous, I want to go!
I was dying to go to Jackson Hole before I read this post, and now I am determined to make it happen ASAP! Looks amazing!
Yes, Marie – definitely made the trip, you will adore it! The views just can’t be beat!
Just gorgeous. Jackson Hole is on my list of places that I must visit!
Yes, Paula! You positively have to visit! I just can’t get over how in love with it I am. I just know when you visit you’lltotally adore it, too.
So jelly of your visit to Jackson Hole!! Love, love, love!!
Such a great anniversary trip! Glad it all worked out 🙂
WOW! Your anniversary sounds like all kinds of amazing.
Stunning images; love this darling. Happy anniversary!!!!
Thanks love!! It was a great way to make up for the first anniversary – that’s for sure! hahaha
What a trip! Nothing more beautiful than a grand set of mountains!
Like Whoa! I just feel like that is somewhere I need to be.. Happy Anniversary!!
Oh lady… what a gorgeous trip!!!!
Wow, the scenery is stunning and I bet it’s just as stunning in the winter time. It’s places like Jackson Hole and my recent trip to Alaska that make you have so much more appreciation for the outdoors and nature. Awesome!!
what a beautiful place! happy late anniversary 🙂
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I have only been to Jackson Hole in the snowy wintertime, but I have heard great things about it year-round, and from your photos, it looks wonderful! Glad this re-do went much better than the first time!
Looks like an incredible vacation!
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I’ve always wanted to visit Jackson Hole, I’ve never been and it’s not that far from me! Love all of your pics, so glad you had a great time. I’m going to check out that Four Seasons!
This post makes me happy and sad! I was heading to this property in two weeks but I had to cancel because my cat had unexpected surgery! I am so glad that when we rebook for next year I can say with confidence – thanks to your post – that I am going to have an awesome time!
Love the term ‘anniversaredo’ – so funny. I’ve always thought of Jackson Hole as a winter place but clearly I was wrong. Looks amazing!
Sounds like an amazing trip!! I want to go!
Stunning! What an amazing trip.
I wanna go!! We went to Yellowstone a little over a month ago, and it just made me want to go to Jackson Hole all that much more. This Four Seasons is gorgeous!!
Awesome, awesome, awesome! We’re planning on a trip to Jackson Hole next Summer and this looks like the perfect place to stay – will definitely be looking into it. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!
So interesting to see what it looks like when it’s not ski season!
It looks like you had an amazing trip. I would definitely want to stay at the Four Seasons. It looks extremely nice – much better than a tent. 😉
Wow! Jackson Hole is absolutely gorgeous! And I would be all about staying at the Four Seasons versus camping. I am not the camping type, lol! 😉
It’s so beautiful there, what a great place for an Anniversa-redo! It looks like you had a wonderful time.
Well, I need to go here immediately!!
YES, you so totally do!! And the kids would love seeing all the wildlife in the parks. They’re just packed!! ROAD TRIP!!
Wow! Looks like you had quite a stay! I have always wanted to go to Jackson Hole and seems like the Four Seasons is the best spot!
It is absolutely the best spot in town! I can’t wait to go back someday, and I hope you’ll make the trek there too!
Your post makes me want to go back to this area so badly. Jackson Hole is such a special place. Looks like you had a wonderful time, yay!