New Year’s Eve, in many places, can feel like much ado about nothing. Not so in Jackson Hole, where we bid farewell to a full year by spending a full day outside. Bookend your adventure with hearty meals and you get a truly Teton send-off – a schema sketched by two of our Concierges, Carly and Dana, in their in-the-know itineraries.
NYE à la Carly
Begin the day with breakfast at Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, a log cabin nestled in the heart of Wilson. Like many valley locals, Carly loves the homestyle fare and vibe. “Huevos Rancheros with bacon is my go-to, but you can’t go wrong with any meal from Nora’s,” she says. “Their hearty breakfasts will properly prepare you for a day full of adventure.”
With bellies full, Carly recommends beelining for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Ride the Gondola to mid-mountain, warm up on Marmot and then head to Thunder for a few laps. Afternoon finds Carly hitching a ride on the Tram, or catching last chair on Sublette so that she can follow the North Woods all the way down to the fun awaiting her in Teton Village. Having only snacked on a granola bar since Nora’s, après bites and beverages at The Spur are in order. Carly’s pick is the blood orange margarita with salt and the towering Spur nachos.
Continuing the daytime trend, Carly takes an outdoorsy approach to marking midnight. To avoid crowds, she convenes friends on her roof to grill elk burgers and drink beers. After dinner, the crew moves to her backyard and lights a bonfire. “Our friends usually bring their dogs along for bonfires, so we have a dog party to go along with our party!” she says. “There is no better way to ring in the new year than with your close friends and pets around a warm fire. Cheers!”
NYE à la Dana
With a similarly insider approach, Dana offers an itinerary attune to nature. Breakfast can be either eggs at home or at The Virginian, a downtown spot which plates home cooking amid Western décor. Bucking the downhill crowds, Dana chooses to cross-country ski instead. For lunch, she packs a gourmet picnic of cheeses and charcuterie, capped by chocolate for dessert. After her adventure in Grand Teton National Park, she passes through Teton Village for a cocktail at The Spur.
Dinner could take one of two forms: a romantic evening out at The Wild Sage or, if reservations are few and far between, picking up a locally-raised steak or rib roast from Jackson Whole Grocer and enjoying a quiet night at home. Spending the day with magnificent Mother Nature means that New Year’s night itself need not be a big production.