Visiting a valley so renowned for its spring and summer offerings can sometimes be a tricky proposition when it comes to the whole 365-days-per-year thing. Late snows means spring can often feel like an afterthought–a time of brilliant sunshine, gunmetal gray clouds, sleet, rainbows, rushing rivers, and everything in between. One minute you’re bootpacking over soft spring snow in your tee shirt and the next you’re scraping frost off your windshield. Variable weather and a sleepy town in recovery from an intense winter make for a slightly mellower and less predictable itinerary.
All the more reason to make your way here. “Spring is a great time to get out of town and recharge before the busy summer months,” says Chelsea Beets, Senior Villa Rental Agent & Concierge at The Clear Creek Group. She’s right. Whether you’re visiting your property or want a taste of Jackson Hole at a different–but no less beautiful–time of year, take notes on Chelsea’s tips for a superlative spring getaway.
You’ve probably noticed that Jackson Hole’s outdoors aficionados never really take a day off from training, exploring, and pushing the limits. Neither should you! Spring means quiet trails just thawing out, wildlife sightings galore, and the chance to get in shape for summer adventures.
Wheel through Grand Teton National Park by bike. The Inner Loop Road is still closed at the Taggart Lake trailhead, which means you’ve got the whole stretch to yourself–perfect for a bluebird day in the mountain breeze. Even after the road re-opens on May 1, using the pathway system is a great way to pedal the park while trails remain snowed under.
Make like a local and enjoy a leisurely stroll or run along the Snake River Levy (turn-offs before and after the Snake River Bridge on Highway 22). The trails are dog-friendly and connected to Jackson and Teton Village via the Jackson Hole Community Pathways system.
Pile into the car for a wildlife tour with Eco Tour Adventures. As wildlife migrate to summer ranges, dramatic sightings abound.
Reflect on seasons past, present, and future while aligning yourself in holistic health practices. After spending a winter in heady outdoor adventure–or cooped up in the office–it feels good to Om.
Get on the mat at Inversion Yoga and give the Maui, Align and Reset, Hot 60 or 75 classes a try.
If your joints still need to recover after one of the biggest ski seasons on record, try Medicine Wheel, which offers Restorative Yoga. Some classes zero in on specific complaints such as knee rehab and conditioning and shoulder and spine rehab. Medicine Wheel also offers a whole suite of chiropractic mind-body-health services.
Treat yourself to some in-town luxury at Grace Spa, a sanctuary tucked in just a couple blocks off the Town Square.
Stock up for spring
As shops switch over their inventories, you’ll benefit from screaming deals on winter gear. Plus, Jackson Hole’s small boutiques are chock full of thoughtfully curated items–perfect for gifts or striking accents in your second home.
Find a greeting card that’ll give you a belly laugh and snag some souvenir glassware from MADE.
Don’t miss a gander at the new Mountain Dandy showroom, full of unique homewares.
Pop into ROAM, a fairly new shop that carries quirky artisanal jewelry, decor, and more.
Skip the diet for a day and splurge on Philly tacos with all the toppings at Big Hole BBQ followed by Continental-style desserts, gelato, and coffee at Coco Love.
Don’t miss out on spring festivals and events
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Elk Fest, a beloved local tradition and the chance to score some 10-points of your own. May 20-21.
The 36th Annual Old West Days fall a bit later on May 26th-29th. Browse traditional crafts and culture at the Mountain Man Rendezvous, catch the parade, or score your own commemorative mug at the Old West Brew Fest.
Summer stays book up quickly in the national parks. Many of the lodges are also fun for a visit, meal, or post-hike brew. Here are the 2017 Grand Teton National Park lodging opening and closing dates for 2017:
Jackson Lake Lodge: May 18 – October 8
Colter Bay Village: May 25 – October 1
Jenny Lake Lodge: June 1 – October 8
Flagg Ranch: June 1 – October 1
Signal Mountain Lodge: May 12
Stay to play
If you’re at the point of the run-down where hopping on the soonest flight to Jackson Hole is sounding pretty tempting, take note of these Clear Creek Group offerings, personally recommended by Beets for their convenience, extras, and views, views, views.
Stay right in the center of things in downtown Jackson in one of the Pearl at Jackson Units. Walk to shopping and dining while remaining just a quick car ride from Grand Teton National Park. Each unit is swanky, contemporary, yet full of Old West luxury touches. This is Jackson Hole, urban-style.
Meanwhile, Golf and Tennis 15 offers exclusive cabin seclusion nestled between Grand Teton National Park and the town of Jackson. Soaring windows bring spiring views of the Tetons right into your living room while deep soaking tubs and a spacious outdoor terrazza allow for fireside chats late into the night.
To book your own spring fling in Jackson Hole, contact The Clear Creek Group’s concierge team at 877-427-3400 or email@example.com.