Things are getting a bit muggy out there and whenever we head into long stretches of 90 plus temperatures and humidity, I start dreaming of the pleasant weather up in the mountains. There is so much to do that I never seem to fit it all in: hiking, cycling, rafting, eating, yoga, and enjoying the spa. To me that is so much better than sweating it out under an umbrella at the beach.
Today, I’m daydreaming about the Rustic Inn in Jackson Hole. Great place to escape the humidity and have a perfect mountain vacation alongside moose, deer, osprey and other wildlife. The setting is picture perfect with Flat Creek flowing through the property giving the cabins a waterfront feeling. The cabins are cute and cozy, each one sporting its own private deck in the midst of incredible mountain scenery. You may feel like you’ve escaped to the middle of nowhere, but you’d be wrong, because the town square at Jackson Hole is only a 5-minute walk away.
Ready to go? Here are a few ideas for your travel journal:
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Let the Rustic Inn be your home base for exploring two of our national treasures. Yellowstone National Park is a short trip away about 90 miles north of Jackson Hole. Here you’ll see the first and oldest national park in the world covering about 3500 square miles. You’ll have easy access to hundreds of miles of roads and trails to explore everything the park has to offer. Also close by is Grand Teton National Park which is one of the most dramatic visual experiences you can get in the USA. Plan a hike through the Teton range and be sure to include Cascade Canyon, Granite Canyon and Amphitheater Lake.
Give your little adventurers the fun that only a summer camp in the mountains can deliver. The outdoor experience is exactly what you want to see your kids doing during the summertime. Cycling, rock wall climbing, trampoline, exploring wildlife and scenic tram rides take your little ones way outside their normal routine and teach them about safety and feeling secure in the great outdoors. There are options for kids 6 months through 11 years.
If you’ve ever enjoyed mountain skiing via gondola, then you’ll really enjoy the Aerial Tram which takes you over 4,100 vertical feet from the base of Teton Village to the peak of Rendezvous Mountain. From the summit you’ll see a 360 degree view of the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the Gros Ventre Range. Go up in the morning, hike around the summit and have the Corbet’s Cabin Top of the Wold Waffles. If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush you can paraglide down from the summit which boasts the largest vertical drop in the U.S. Wow, that would something to post online!
Have you been to Jackson Hole for a summer vacation? What was your favorite adventure?