Despite seeing many Instagram photos of the gorgeous landscapes that can be found there, Jackson Hole, WY has never been very high up on our Winter Travel Wish List. Flying there is pricey, we are not big on winter sports, and if given the option, we would prefer to go to a beach. That being said, when we were given the opportunity to stay in Jackson for free for a few days, we certainly were not going to turn it down! We went up with a couple of good friends who had even less experience with winter sports than we did. Although we weren’t quite sure how we were going to pass the time in one of America’s greatest ski towns with a group of non-skiiers, it turns out we didn't have to worry. We hiked, snow shoed, cross country skied, tubed, hot tubbed, strolled around town, and (all in all) had an incredible weekend. One morning we even tried our hand at a little downhill skiing… and despite most of us being decades out of practice, we actually weren’t too bad!
The Cheapskate Way To Travel In
Want to go to Jackson Hole with some friends but avoid the $500 flight price tag? Try flying into Salt Lake City and driving up instead. Flights to SLC are generally much cheaper, and the 4.5 hour drive up to Jackson is beautiful. Split a rental car with some buddies and start your vacation with a little road trip through Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. Just don’t make the mistake we did, getting our hopes up for Raspberry Milkshakes at Bear Lake in winter when everything is closed!
Best Restaurant For Impressing A Date Or Spotting Celebs
Snake River Grill is certainly not the most budget friendly option around, but man is it delicious. Everything we tried there was awesome, but the Steak Tartar Pizza and the Elk Tenderloin were definitely highlights. Supposedly The Grill is a common hangout for celebrities while they’re in town… we did see David Walton eating with some buddies, although I think we were the only ones who recognized him, we just watch way too much New Girl I think.
Most Instagrammable Coffee Spot
Persephone Bakery Boulangerie & Café is the go-to spot for well-brewed coffee, a great croissant, and bright, beautiful interior design. If you are feeling particularly inspired, you can write out a little note or poem on their typewriter and pin it up on the wall!
Best Little Hidden Shopping Alley
Turn down the little Gaslight Alley off of the corner of Deloney and Cache and you will find a couple of the coolest little shops in town. Jason Hole Hat Company for all of your cowboy hat needs, Valley Book Store to satisfy your independent bookshop craving, and Mountain Dandy or Made for some serious interior inspiration.
Most Affordable Lift Ticket
Skiing and snowboarding are really frickin expensive pastimes. Between all the gear rental and the lift tickets, you could end up spending your week vacation budget in one day on the slopes. If your wallet is feeling a little light but you still want to hit the powder, try the much more affordable Snow King Mountain. If you head out at the end of the day for some night skiing, a lift ticket will only set you back $25.
Best Hootenanny With A View Of The Grand Tetons
Dornan’s Bar in Moose, WY, with its huge windows offering sweeping views of the Tetons, is a great spot to grab a beer anytime. However, we would argue the best time to go is on Monday nights for The Jackson Hole Hootenanny. Essentially an open mic night, The Hoot has been going on for 50 years and it is a fantastic chance to catch some really talented local acts. We suggest getting there early to grab a prime seat.