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Jackson Hole’s Best Outdoor Spaces

With summer in full swing, we’re spending as much time outside as possible. Jackson Hole’s summer is so, so sweet, but oh so short. Of course we make the most of it. Locals and visitors alike spend long days outside watching wildlife, biking, fly-fishing, and hiking. The fortunate among us can also enjoy outside time while at home—on sun-drenched south-facing decks, cooking in an outdoor kitchen before settling in to eat dinner in front of an outdoor fireplace, or reading a book while a creek burbles past a few feet away. The luckiest of us have outdoor spaces that, equipped with hot tubs, heaters, fire pits, and fireplaces, can be enjoyed year-round. Here are some of our favorite outdoor spaces from our portfolio of luxury Jackson Hole vacation rentals.


Phillips Ridge

Set on 74 private acres just south of the community of Wilson, there is no shortage of outdoor spaces to enjoy at Phillips Ridge. (Nor of indoor spaces; the 16,000-square-foot log retreat has five bedroom suites, a home theater, an indoor hot tub modeled after the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone, and a rec room with a two-lane bowling alley.) Terraces surround the home, but the outdoor stars here are the private pond and Fish Creek. The former is big enough to canoe or stand-up paddleboard on and the latter flows through a secluded section of the property. Phillips Ridge guests can fly fish for trout in both the pond and Fish Creek.


Four Pines 6

The more northern of Four Pines 6’s two outdoor patios is proof that outdoor living in Jackson Hole need not be limited to the summer. Accessed by French doors from the home’s combined kitchen/dining/living room, this terrace has a grill and a hot tub, and views of the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In addition to two terraces, this 4,800-square-foot home in Shooting Star has five bedroom suites.


Chateau On The Westbank

The 6,400-square-foot, four-suite Chateau on the Westbank has a great room with coffered, cathedral ceilings that are notable for their height, detailing, and plasterwork. As lovely as this room is inside, local architect Danny Williams designed it around the views of outside. These views get even better when you walk out onto the terrace: a private pond in the foreground and the Tetons in the distance. The terrace not only has some of the best Teton views in the valley, but also almost doubles the size of the home’s entertaining spaces.


Cirque View Homestead

The stone terrace at Cirque View Homestead in Teton Village’s Shooting Star neighborhood is just feet from the creek that runs through the home’s backyard. Decorated by KAM Designs, a firm with offices in San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Jackson Hole, it has a fire pit, hot tub, gas grill, and dining table for ten.


Lake Vista

Year-round, this covered, second-floor deck at Lake Vista, a five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot home in Shooting Star near the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, is one of guests’ favorite spaces. It has a fireplace, grill, bar, and, if you get tired of looking at the mountains, a television.


Lost In The Woods

Lost in the Woods has seven bedrooms and a professional-grade kitchen with French doors that open to a dining porch. Thanks to a stacked stone outdoor fireplace, you can enjoy al fresco dining year-round.


On The Elk Refuge

When enjoying the outdoor spaces at the Elk Refuge retreat, you’ll always have in-your-face views of the Tetons. Many times, the views here will also include wildlife. On a rare inholding on the 25,000-acre National Elk Refuge, this six-bedroom home often has elk and bison walking past its windows (and decks). Also fox, deer, and coyotes. Overhead, it’s not unusual to see eagles soaring on thermals.

Urban Living

While a log cabin might be what first comes to mind when you think of Jackson Hole, there are properties here that have a more urban vibe—they’re within walking distance of the Town Square, restaurants, and shopping and feature clean, open design with luxurious details. Think more pied-a-terre than place-by-the-river. Still though, this is Wyoming, so even our most urban properties have windows that frame the surrounding mountains, and it’s always possible to see a moose walking down the street. At the Penthouse on Glenwood, pictured here, you could spot that moose from your wrap-around, fourth-floor deck.


Pied a Terre on Pearl is two blocks from the Town Square, the area’s central shopping and dining district, and one block from locals-favorite Persephone Bakery & Café. But, because this is urban living Wyoming-style, hiking, biking, and skiing are also nearby. Snow King Mountain was the first ski resort in the state when it opened in 1938. Today it has an extensive summer trail network, and, in winter, 400 acres of skiable terrain. It’s six blocks away and framed by a wall of windows in this two-bedroom condo’s combined kitchen/living/dining room.

Several of Jackson Hole’s best restaurants, including Snake River Grill, Trio, Café Genevieve, and The Kitchen, are within a 5-minute walk from Pied a Terre on Pearl, but this condo’s professional-grade kitchen has mountain views. Prep work and doing dishes is never as much fun as when done looking out at a ski resort. 


Inside, Villa at May Park 2 has a contemporary urban vibe. Outside, it’s one mile from Jackson’s Town Square and even closer to Bridger-Teton National Forest trailheads. Closest of all though is May Park, which is immediately adjacent and visible from a cozy dining nook.  

Villa at May Park 2 is a modern design—see the steel beams in the ceiling?—but also very much Jackson Hole. A huge moose painting on silk by Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, whose work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and also at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Gilcrease Museum and Prescott, Arizona’s Phippen Museum, hangs above the fireplace in the open kitchen/dining/living area. An antique ceremonial vest from a Plains Indian tribe is also on display here. From a large deck off the upstairs loft you’re above neighboring houses and have unobstructed views of the Tetons.


Penthouse on Glenwood might be the most interesting urban property in the country. It’s three blocks from Jackson’s Town Square; immediately across the street is a 13,500-square-foot vertical greenhouse, Vertical Harvest, that annually grows as much produce on its 1/10 acre footprint as is grown on 10 acres farmed by traditional methods; Snow King Mountain Resort is six blocks away; and from the professional-grade kitchen you can see two mountain ranges through floor-to-ceiling windows. If there’s one property that showcases all that is unique about Jackson Hole, this three-bedroom penthouse is it.


Diverse architecture, back allies, and a density of homes makes East Jackson the valley’s most urban-feeling residential neighborhood. Villa at May Park 1 keeps this feeling going inside with high ceilings, exposed steel beams, and concrete floors. You know you’re in Jackson Hole though by looking out any of the windows—there are mountains in all directions.

Well-planned landscaping makes this deck at Villa at May Park 1, which is in Jackson’s most desirous residential neighborhood, a private oasis. Enjoy your morning coffee while listening to the creek that runs through May Park, watching locals tend their plot in a community garden, run, or practice Tai Chi, all while you’re hidden behind a copse of aspen trees. And when you’re ready to tackle the day, it’s only a 20-minute walk to downtown Jackson.

Bunkrooms

Bunkrooms are popular because they maximize the number of beds in a room. Functional is good. Better though are bunkrooms that kick it up a notch—either with bigger beds, custom bunks, super cozy décor, and/or games. Here are some of our favorite bunkrooms from our portfolio of luxury Jackson Hole rental properties.

Four Pines 9

If the elk antler-bench and row of cowboy hats hanging in the entrance of Four Pines 9 doesn’t clue you in that you’re in Wyoming, the 4-bedroom home’s bunkroom will. The four built-in bunks here are made of hand-hewn, reclaimed timbers. Guests stay warm under Woolrich Hudson’s Bay wool blankets.  


Four Pines 6

Guests lucky enough to snag a bed in this bunkroom in Four Pines 6 might never want to leave—the room is that cozy, even though the home itself is decorated in a more contemporary style than many other homes in the community. “Contemporary and cozy do not have to be mutually exclusive,” says Jackson-based designer Jacque Jenkins-Stireman. And then there’s this bunkroom’s shuffleboard table. Also, this bunkroom, along with a wet bar and adjacent bedroom with two twin beds, is in a wing of the house that can be closed off from the rest of the property. It even has its own entrance by the garage.


Fish Creek Lodge 75

All three of the bedrooms in Fish Creek Lodge 75, including this 4-bed bunkroom, overlook the East Fork of Fish Creek, which runs through the home’s back yard. On the home’s second-floor, the bunkroom is down the hall from a media room with a large 4K TV, which is hooked up to a PlayStation game console. Not that anyone staying here will spend that much time inside; the skiing, biking, and hiking trails of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are only a mile away. 


Holly Haus

If Holly Haus, on a gentle hillside just outside the boundaries of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, is the ultimate cabin in the woods, its bunkroom feels like the ultimate tree house. A window in it looks out to thick groves of aspens, and also lodge pole pines, through which sometimes elk, moose, and bears wander. But, while this bunkroom feels like a tree house, it has easy access to an amenity most tree houses don’t: an outdoor hot tub. 


Cirque View Homestead

On Cirque View Homestead’s second floor, this four bed-bunkroom suite features three built-in, custom twin bunks and one full-size bunk. San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Jackson Hole-based KAM Designs decorated the room to match the rest of the six-bedroom home—it is gracious, sophisticated, and comfortable. Cirque View’s ground floor includes a home theater (with stadium seating, naturally) and a game room with both billiard and card tables and a wet bar.


Royal Wulff Lodge

If the stocked private pond at Royal Wulff Lodge is the property’s best feature, its 4-bed bunkroom (all four beds are full size) might be its second-best. (Although the bunkroom might be tied with the lodge’s great room, which has soaring 25+ foot ceilings and a wall of windows.) Warm and woody, the bunkroom is near Royal Wulff’s rec room, which has a pool table, bar, game table, and ample seating. 


Shooting Star Cabin 4

Hidden inside the gorgeous, rambling stone and timber Shooting Star Cabin 4 is what might be the valley’s best family room. This contemporary cabin near the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has two bedroom suites with king size beds, a third bedroom with two twin beds, and this 5-bed bunkroom that includes two pairs of trundle beds set into a cozy, light-filled nook ringed by windows and also a queen-size bed in its own alcove at the other end of the room.

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