Cabins of Jackson Hole

Owning a log cabin can be a lot of work, so why not just rent one when on vacation? We love log cabins in the winter when their woody walls and fireplaces exude cozy comfort and warmth. But spring, when flower boxes hanging beneath windows come to life, is also great for log cabin living. A summer evening spent in a rocking chair sipping wine or whiskey on a log cabin’s porch is tough to beat. And of course, log cabins are idyllic in fall, when you can come home after a hike or ride through golden stands of aspen, make a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and settle into an overstuffed sofa. Whenever you’re planning your dream vacation to Jackson Hole, consider staying in a log cabin or lodge to make your time here even more memorable. Here are a few of our favorites from our portfolio of luxury Jackson Hole rental homes.


The Cabin

The Cabin is a 1940s log home set into a hillside on the lower slopes of Snow King Mountain, which opened as Wyoming’s first ski resort in 1939 (with a single cable tow). Today Snow King is home to a number of summer and winter activities like an alpine slide, the Cowboy Coaster, snow tubing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and the Treetop Adventure. Downtown Jackson’s boutiques, restaurants, and bars are within walking distance, as are all of Snow King’s activities, but it’s pretty tempting to spend all your down time in The Cabin’s cozy back yard, which is shaded by tall pine trees and has gorgeous flower beds and boxes. 

Inside, The Cabin is the quintessential western log cabin. It has hand-peeled log furniture, antler chandeliers, vintage photos, paintings of western landscapes and wildlife, antique Navajo rugs, oak floors, and a massive double-sided fieldstone fireplace. The Cabin is unique because it has several skylights that make it brighter and sunnier than most log cabins. Its three bedrooms are particularly cozy. There is also a bunk room that allows The Cabin to sleep a total of 10 guests.


Big Sky

Big Sky isn’t technically a log cabin, it’s Western Arts & Crafts style, but feels like one because of its materials palette which include an abundance of natural wood and stone. Three bedrooms and 4,920-square-feet, Big Sky has a master suite with a vaulted, wood-beamed ceiling and a balcony that overlooks an outdoor dining terrace. In the great room is a double-sided, stone fireplace flanked by an overstuffed sofa and chairs. 


Four Pines 8

Jackson Hole architect John Carney, who also designed the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort tram building at the base of the ski resort and the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park, designed Four Pines 8 in the exclusive Shooting Star subdivision so that it had an abundance of natural light and efficient use of space, while still feeling cozy. This contemporary, five bedroom lodge can sleep up to 16 guests.

Four Pines 8’s heart is its great room, which is open to a combined kitchen and dining area, and has views of the ski slopes of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and southern end of the Teton Range. Its furniture and décor are sophisticated yet obviously inspired by traditional log cabin style. Artwork throughout the home includes contemporary paintings, and also black and white photos of Native Americans and historic imagery from Yellowstone National Park. 


Rocking V

You’d think the views of the mountains from Rocking V’s perch on a forested hillside above the Snake River near Wilson, Wyoming would be its standout feature, but you’d be mistaken. This four bedroom traditional log home has a collection of Western and wildlife art that includes many artists in the permanent collection of Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art (like Nancy Glazier, Ken Carlson, Scott Christensen, and Lanford Monroe). Also, this log lodge comes with the ultimate mountain accessory proximity to incredible fly-fishing.


Phillips Ridge

Set on a private pond in the middle of 74 acres, Phillips Ridge is one of Jackson Hole’s most impressive log lodges. The lodge has five bedroom suites and a 40-foot-tall wall of windows in the great room, and its traditional design and cabin décor give it the intimacy and coziness of a cabin. Thick log walls and beams made from tree trunks are accented by gorgeous stonework while furnishings are overstuffed and colorful.

The great room in Phillips Ridge has to be amazing to compete with the views out of its 40-foot tall wall of windows. Inside, a two-story stone fireplace and elk antler chandelier dominate the room, while new and antique Oriental rugs, fine artwork, and rich fabrics up the coziness factor. Each of this lodge’s five bedroom suites has its own stone fireplace. While much about Phillips Ridge is quintessential lodge, other things are more modern, including a two-lane bowling alley, a fitness center, a movie theater that seats 12, and an indoor hot tub modeled on Yellowstone’s famous Grand Prismatic Spring. 


Royal Wulff Lodge

Royal Wulff Lodge has four bedroom suites, most with wood-burning fireplaces and king size beds made from hand-peeled logs, and also a fireside family room and breakfast nook, but many guests at this log estate on the banks of the Snake River find its bunk room to be the coziest space in the house. Each of the four bunks has a full-size bed and custom reading lights. We love the cowboy-themed ceiling light and horseshoes-used-as-decoration.

Yours won’t be the first jaw to hit the ground upon arrival at Royal Wulff Lodge. If there’s as grand an entrance anywhere else in Jackson Hole, it’s at a hotel, not at a private estate that you, your family, and your friends get to enjoy the entirety of during your vacation. This grand colonnade and portico hints at the lodge’s interior, which includes commissioned paintings and sculptures, custom tiles, ironwork, and lighting fixtures, trophy taxidermy, walls of windows, and beautiful natural beams.

The on-site team at The Clear Creek Group is here to help plan every detail of your Jackson Hole cabin experience.

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The Phoenix and Dragon

After operating as a pop-up inside Jackson Whole Grocer for almost a year, husband-and-wife owner/operators Eric and Zarina Sakai, who have lived in the valley since 2010, wanted more space and a bigger kitchen. So, like many aspiring small businesses, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Their campaign was to help fund a remodel of a former restaurant space at 140 N. Glenwood. The couple raised almost double their goal and The Phoenix and the Dragon opened January 9.

The Phoenix and the Dragon serves food inspired by what husband-and-wife owner/operators Eric and Zarina Sakai each grew up eating. Eric, a chef, has a Chinese mom and a Japanese dad and grew up in Oregon. Zarina is 100 percent Filipino but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. “Our menu is a mash up of our Asian cultures,” they say. Expect beef Pho, several varieties of handmade dumplings, dan dan noodles, and (a favorite from their pop-up), Sichuan spicy lamb and rice. When asked which one of them was the phoenix and which one the dragon, Zarina says, “Depends on the day! We all have a little phoenix and a little dragon in us. There’s a strong belief in both our cultures that there is a balance to everything, like yin and yang. The phoenix typically represents a cooling, soothing energy and the dragon represents a fire element. Each is essential.

145 N. Glenwood St.

307-200-6436

Open daily from TK – TK


RPK3

Comfort food rules at the new lunch and après spot in the tram building at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The Backcountry Burger is topped with cream cheese and roasted chilis. The Korean beef bowl—steamed rice topped with roasted Brussels sprouts, kimchi, kale, and beef—proves comfort food crosses international boundaries. You can get sweet potato fries topped with bacon aioli and green chili,  or a cup of the green chili, which is hearty and decidedly not vegetarian.  Sure to become a local favorite is the fried chicken, which is brined in pickle juice and buttermilk, and available on several different sandwiches or as a plate.

RPK3’s specialty cocktail menu is short, but that’s just fine since it includes the best adult spiced hot chocolate we’ve ever had, Fireball spiked cocoa topped with cayenne and whipped cream. If Fireball isn’t your thing, honor local Betty Woolsey and try the Woolsey Woods, scotch and mescal with pine-infused syrup and pineapple. Betty was an early settler to the valley who was an avid skier and competed in the 1936 Olympics, she also founded Trail Creek Ranch at the base of Teton Pass. Oh, and did we mention that all the cocktails are only $10?

In the tram building, on the mountain side

Open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Suda

Dustin Rasnick has been one of the valley’s best itamae (sushi chefs) for years at Sudachi on the West Bank. But, “there is so much more to Japanese cuisine,” he says. Rasnick, wife Liz (front-of-the-house manager), Jonathan Cohen (head chef), and
ShopCo (the owners of Aspens Market and Pearl Street Market), aim to show you how much more there is to Japanese cuisine at SUDA, which opened in downtown Jackson in late January. SUDA is inspired by izakaya, a type of Japanese restaurant that focuses on simple, good food and often has shared plates … but no sushi. Instead, look for things like kushiyaki, marinated chicken, beef, and vegetables on skewers, and katsu samos, traditional Japanese sandwiches on crustless white bread and stuffed with meat that is somewhere in between a schnitzel and a hamburger. “For us, katsu sandos is a take on hamburgers, being as we are in America,” Dustin says.

In what is sure to be a first for the valley, SUDA serves yakiniku, also known as Japanese barbeque. Order yakiniku and you’ll find a small grill brought to your table so that you can grill your choice of beef and vegetables. While the beef on grills is from Wyoming (either Carter Country Beef, which is based near Tensleep, or locally raised Lockhart Beef), the charcoal in the grills comes all the way from Japan. SUDA imports binchotan, a type of white charcoal made from oak and used in Japanese cooking since the 17th century, directly from Japan. “This is something we will spare no expense on. [Binchotan] has a distinct flavor you can taste,” Dustin says. “But not any ‘bad’ flavors, like those that come from gas or woods that impart their flavors on the ingredient being cooked.”

 

140 N. Cache

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner in the winter and, in summer, lunch and dinner


Persephone (In The Aspens)

Locals have long dreamed of a second location of Persephone, the popular bakery/café that opened on the Town Square in 2014. This spring, these dreams become a reality when Persephone opens an outpost in the Aspens. It will serve all of your favorite pastries and sweet treats from the downtown location and more. It’ll have “some West Bank specialties as well,” says Ali Cohane, who founded Persephone with her husband Kevin, a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef. Inside, “it will still be a mix of rustic meets modern much like [the original] Persephone, but with more of a French cafe vibe,” Cohane says. We can’t wait!

3445 N. Pines Way # 102, Wilson

Open daily, hours TBD


Everest Momo Shack

As of January 9, locals’ favorite Everest Momo Shack finally has its own space in Jackson. The restaurant first opened by sharing space with Down on Glenwood (D.O.G., a walk-up take-away spot known for town’s burliest breakfast burritos). Eventually it got its own space, but in Teton Valley. But now Sange Sherpa and his wife Rita are back in Jackson, serving Nepali food, Thai dishes, and salads. Sange calls the menu “international cuisine” and says everything on it comes from Rita’s recipes.  Rita’s brother Dawa that is the chef; Rita is the manager. We are lucky this one is across the street from our office, lunch meeting anyone?

245 W. Pearl Ave.

Open Monday – Saturday, lunch from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 – 9 p.m.


Roadhouse Brewing Company Pub & Eatery

The new Pub & Eatery opened on the Town Square by Roadhouse Brewing Company has regular chicken wings on its menu. But there’s also fried duck wings with plum sauce and spicy mustard. There is a flatbread topped with pomodoro and mozzarella and another topped with prosciutto and apples. And then there’s a Bahn Mi flatbread, which is exactly what it sounds like—a Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich (crispy pork, hoisin, slaw, and pickled veggies), but served pizza style, and with white cheddar cheese. Tacos? Of course, and served on fresh, house-made tortillas. A partnership between Gavin Fine (a restaurateur; this is his ninth restaurant) and Colby Cox (a home brewer), Roadhouse takes its food as seriously as its beer. And it takes its beer seriously; it has 60 beers on tap, including many from other area breweries.

Behind glass walls running the length of Roadhouse Brewing Company’s dining room are eight five-barrel fermenters. “This brewing system isn’t just for show, it’s going to let us try more recipes and more styles,” Roadhouse co-founder Colby Cox told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. “You’ll still see nice, big Belgians, and big, hoppy IPAs, but also lots of interesting new recipes. We’re looking forward to lesser-known beer styles from around the world, and even beers from ancient recipes.” While Roadhouse will be using the brewing system in the Pub & Eatery to make session beers, its flagship brews will continue to be produced in a bigger facility in West Jackson.

 

20 E. Broadway

Open daily 11:30 a.m. – midnight


Stillwest Brewery & Grill

 
 

Stillwest opened earlier this winter, and it’s great. But it’s going to be amazing in summer. This brewery and grill is right at the base of Snow King Mountain, aka the “Town Hill,” and has what might be town’s nicest deck. Until the deck opens, Stillwest’s rustic/contemporary interior is a cozy setting for a wide ranging menu that includes a Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich, braised pork shank cassoulet, chicken marsala, Wagyu flank steak, and, during Sunday brunch, Southern eggs Benedict, Dixie waffles, biscuits and gravy, and a smoked bison sausage bowl. And then there’s the beer: year-round Stillwest pours its flagship brews—Kolsch, Malty Red Ale, American Pale, Pilsner, and Baltic Porter. The brewery also does seasonal beers.

45 E. Snow King Ave.

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays – Sundays 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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