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returning from jackson hole

August 10, 2011

This is not a normal summer for us with so much travel, but I love it! We just got back from Jackson Hole with my side of the family.  None of us had been before and we all loved it!  We stayed outside of town and discovered simple day trips with the kids and kid-friendly restaurants.  Since I struggled to find any information of what to do there before we went, I thought I would post a couple of ideas in case you make it there yourselves.

First, I loved not being in town. The views were amazing and we had a big backyard where my boys and their cousins could run free. Having said that, town is really neat as it feels like it has been left “as-is” instead of glitzed up. Neat western feel, and casual.  We did a couple of things there that I would recommend to any family visiting. First, we were there a week so we visited the National Parks on the weekdays, not weekends. Grand Tetons was breathtaking and very easy to drive through considering it’s August and you would think it would be tons of traffic.  We did a 3.2 hike to Taggart Lake which was very beautiful- we passed over rushing waters, and then ended at this beautiful lake where the kids were rewarded with a lollipop before heading back. We got out early just so we didn’t lose the energy of the kids everyone. When we got back to our car, the lot was crowded so I think starting early is key- by early I mean 10 am. We also drove to Jackson Lake and ate at the Jackson Lake Lodge– not only was the food good, but the view was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Something I will never forget. Jenny Lake was also neat with boat cruises and canoe rentals.

Hands down, the Bar T-5 Chuckwagon was my kids favorite night. I was wondering if this would be super hoakey, but it wasn’t at all. Besides a really friendly staff, I felt like the whole 3 hours passed by quickly with tons of great memories for our family.  The kids loved all the cowboy stuff and being outside for dinner, etc. Make reservations ahead of time.

Finally, here are a couple restaurants we found and liked- e.leaven was great for breakfast or lunch- Calico was a great spot for families as they have about a 1/2 acre of fenced in yard for the kids to play while dinner is being cooked- with balls, sports stuff and trucks strewn all over- (why don’t more restuarants do this???!!)  Nora’s Fish Creek Inn was packed for breakfast so we came for lunch- awesome juevos rancheros- and Giovanni’s was tasty too.

Another highlight was the alpine slides at Snow King Mountain. And the tram up to 10,000 feet at Teton Village. There is also paragliding for adults that looked amazing there. We also ate at Nick Wilson’s Cowboy Cafe under the tram which was nice, followed by the kids playing at an excellent park with a great water feature for the warm afternoon. For those interested in a serious workout, my husband and brother-in-law also hiked 4,000 feet from the base of the mountain there to the top and then took a free tram ride down. There is also a Waffle House at the top- fun to eat a waffle at 10,000 feet!

That’s all for tonight. Hope this is helpful to any future summertime Jackson Hole travelers!  I hope to be one again soon! (can’t beat the 1 hour flight from Denver)

 

 

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    August 11, 2011 8:20 am

    I love the detailed itinerary and am saving in hopes of a future trip!!!

  2. Sandy Haggart permalink
    August 11, 2011 6:50 pm

    Suzanne covered it all, but truly this is a breathtakingly beautiful spot and wonderfully casual.
    The Jackson Lake Lodge has an Imax view like none other. Lots of activities for all age levels. I absolutely hated to leave and am already making plans to return!

    Sandy, Suzanne’s mother

  3. Heather permalink
    August 12, 2011 7:07 am

    Glad that you & your family had sucha great time! thank you for all the tips – this is a must do trip!

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