Outdoor markets, warmly lit downtowns, cozy restaurants, cheerful locals... there is something special about American…
The minute you arrive in beautiful Jackson, you’ll start thinking of ways that will allow you to move there: Maybe I could open a coffee shop? Mend fences? Finally, an opportunity to launch my chainsaw art career! Who wants a giant, wooden bald eagle?
It may not happen now, but one can dream. What is a guarantee is the feeling of relaxation and calm while there and enjoying all the sweet experiences this destination has to offer. Here are just some of my favorites.
Take in the majestic nature landscapes
What’s especially fabulous about Jackson Hole is the mix of outdoorsy activities available within a short drive of town. The trails at Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons are a favorite. There are various hike options, from quickie 2-3 milers to longer, all-day treks. Best part? It’s only half an hour from Jackson.
East Broadway Strolling
I love hiking for a few hours, then treating myself to a delicious meal followed by bumming around. You could hang around Jackson’s main square, but I say walk the few blocks between there and E. Broadway for a little more charm, where buildings give way to lovely clapboard homes that house gift shops, restaurants, and bakeries.
Cafe Genevieve: A Refueling Lunch
I adore breakfast and lunch at Café Genevieve. These guys do inspire home cooking—think chicken and waffles, filling Reubens, and salads with locally caught rainbow trout. If you have the opportunity, try their Pig Candy– applewood smoked bacon, topped with sugar and spice, and everything nice. If weather permits, grab a seat on the sunny porch. It’s pet-friendly, too.
Persephone Bakery: Coffee, Snacks & Cocktails
For coffee and baked goods, go to Persephone Bakery. This local spot is super charming, with treats baked daily from scratch: stellar croissants, naughty brioche cinnamon rolls, and cookies of all kinds. They do sandwiches and salads, too. Sip on a fancy-feeling tea, great coffee from Intelligentsia roasters, or if you’re visiting after 5 pm (or before… no judgment, you’re on vacation!), a glass of wine or cocktail from their lovely list.
Snow King: Ski with the Locals
Although we’re mostly talking about stuff to do in town, when it comes to mountain living, you have to talk about skiing. My most recent visit to Jackson was in the summer. However, the locals told me the best ski spot is Snow King. It’s the only place in town with night skiing. Skiing with locals… sounds perfect.
I’m sure I’m missing a few great spots. Share your favorites in the comments!