Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a magical place. It blends Old West with luxury, while never being over the top. (Except for the sheer number of private jets landing at the tiny airport). In recent years, the area has transformed from a sleepy ski town to a hotspot for the rich and famous looking to escape everyday life. But, the town hasn’t lost its unique charm and you can still seek out authentic experiences and hole-in-the-wall dive bars. Jackson Hole is best known for its incredible skiing and powder, as well as its proximity to two of the best national parks in the US: Yellowstone and Grand Teton. There is abundant wildlife, views that stretch for miles, and, of course, the iconic Teton Mountains lording over it all.
The 4 Best Luxury Hotels in Jackson Hole
Four Seasons Jackson Hole
The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is one of the most popular hotels in Teton Village, and for good reason. This gorgeous resort is located at the base of Rendezvous Mountain, making it the only ski-in, ski-out hotel in Jackson Hole. It’s also just one mile from the entrances of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Aside from its enviable location, the staff at Four Seasons Jackson Hole takes care of everything you need to take advantage of its gorgeous natural surroundings. Not only can Base Camp book any activity, it can handle all details for your ski trip, such as ski rentals, lift tickets, a ski valet, boot dryers, and heaters.
After a day on the slopes, soothe your muscles in the immense heated outdoor pool or in one of the three whirlpools. You can warm up with heated robes and towels and hot chocolate afterwards. The hotel also has an incredible 11,685-sq-ft spa with treatments that focus on renewing the body, like the Turquoise Sage Body Renewal.
Stop into the casual pub, The Handle Bar, for a bison burger or a Wagyu “Pho” French dip sandwich. In the mood for fine dining? Make a reservation at Westbank Grill for a decadent raw bar, Maple Leaf Duck Confit A l’Orange, or local Snake River Farms steak. Order the 32oz dry aged bone-in Wagyu Ribeye if you’re with a group.
You’ll want to book a mountain-side room or suite to enjoy the beautiful mountain views from your private balcony — sunsets over Rendezvous Mountain are incredible. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary style. There are some rustic, mountain-lodge touches, like wood and leather accents, cowhide rugs and furniture, stone fireplaces, and Native American motifs. Four Seasons Jackson Hole also has a 2,000-piece art collection featuring regional and American artists, with works throughout the hotel.
Nestled in a valley between Jackson and Teton Village, Amangani Jackson Hole is a world apart. Its remote location gives it absolutely stunning vistas that stretch for miles across Snake River Valley or the dramatic Grand Tetons. Amangini has the sleek, minimalistic architecture that Aman hotels are known for, but with a rustic, mountain feel. Towering, rough sandstone columns are contrasted with smooth, redwood paneling. There are immense windows showcasing the epic landscape throughout the resort.
Amangani means “peaceful home” in the Shoshone language, and the rooms are indeed peaceful. Each room has gorgeous views of the mountains or Snake River Valley that you can soak in from your private patio or terrace. The stone and wood decor continues here, accented with metal fireplaces and cowhide chairs in faux-wolf fabric. If you’re traveling with a group, you can book one of the resort’s four- or five-bedroom homes.
All Aman properties are noted for their spas and wellness focuses, and Amangani does not disappoint. It has a beautiful heated 114-ft pool and a hot tub with mountain views and offers locally inspired treatments, like the Aprés Ski Dream. The Amangani spa also has yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes, which you can take atop a butte in warm weather,. There’s also a 24-hour gym stocked with TechnoGym equipment.
For a downtown experience, check into Hotel Jackson, located in the heart of Jackson near the Town Square. You’ll have to drive or take a shuttle to the slopes — five minutes to Snow King Mountain and 20 minutes to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort — but Jackson has more restaurants and shopping than the ski-focused Teton Village. The decor is Western-inspired, with warm wood, stone, metal, and leather elements mixed with Native American-inspired carpets and artwork. Hotel Jackson has 51 rooms and four gorgeous suites with luxurious, black-and-white modern design. It mixes light wood walls with stone, rawhide drums that double as side tables, faux-fur pillows and throws, and original artwork. The in-house restaurant, Figs, has a Lebanese-Mediterranean menu inspired by the owner’s Lebanese heritage. The fresh and light food is a welcome respite from the meat- and game-heavy dishes at many of the town’s steakhouses.
This swanky boutique hotel has expansive two – and four-bedroom suites with modern Western design and every amenity imaginable. The suites at Caldera House have full kitchens, fireplaces, large living areas, and in-suite washer and dryers. The four-bedroom suites have two patios with views of the slopes and jacuzzis. The largest, Newberry, can sleep up to 12 guests, and you can also buy out the hotel’s suites and lounge.
Caldera House combines the best of a rental home and a hotel. Mudroom and Nomad Sports Shop both rent luxury ski gear and tunes skis if you brought your own. There’s a heated outdoor infinity plunge pool, fitness studio, and small spa with one treatment room. You can also request in-suite treatments. Old Yellowstone Garage focuses on seasonal Italian-inspired menus and serves delicious pastas (try the rustic lasagna), stone-fired pizzas, and local fish and meat. Another restaurant, Southcable Cafe, is more casual, perfect for a quick breakfast or lunch.
The Best Restaurants in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Snake River Grill
Right on the historic Town Square, Snake River Grill is a popular spot for American food in a cozy environment where rustic wood logs line the walls. It’s known for its creative menu — ever had a steak tartare pizza? — and great steaks and game. There are ample vegetarian options, too.
The Kitchen serves up Asian-influenced cuisine with a focus on seasonal vegetables and minimalist presentation. The contemporary space has curving wood walls and a serene feeling. Chef Ash Tucker serves creative dishes and is also known for his crudos. There are fresh salads, like the green papaya salad with haricot vert and toasted peanuts, as well as delicious shrimp tempura, bao buns, and short rib ramen. Vegans will love dishes such as the vegan meatless loaf with mushroom soy gravy. Order the chocolate chip cookie skillet or sticky coconut rice brûlée for dessert.
This charming restaurant brings classic and easy Italian food to the heart of Wyoming. Glorietta uses local ingredients whenever possible and serves up delicious pastas (try the campanelle piccata with rabbit confit or ricotta cavatelli) and wood-fired entrées like bison osso bucco and Skuna Bay salmon cooked in the hearth, which is located in the middle of the restaurant. Glorietta is located in the stylish Anvil Hotel in downtown Jackson.
What To Do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Best Places to Go Shopping in Jackson Hole
Jackson has no shortage of western-inspired stores where you can buy the perfect cowboy boots at Boot Barn or handcrafted antler chandeliers at Wild West Designs — Wyoming is the Cowboy State, after all. Once you’ve perused these shops, don’t miss the town’s incredible art galleries. Our favorite is Tayloe Piggott Art Gallery, which blends an expertly curated collection of fine jewelry with contemporary art. It features some of our favorite independent jewelry designers, such as Fernando Jorge, Lydia Courteille, Nikos Koulis, and Silvia Furmanovich. You can book private appointments in the gallery or at your hotel.
Alpyn Beauty sells clean beauty products made with sustainably harvested ingredients from Jackson Hole. It harvests plants in their natural habitat, a practice called wildcrafting. The founders believe that plants that have adapted to survive in Jackson’s punishing and extreme environment are more potent and resilient, in essence supercharging their extracts and improving results.
The Best Things To Do in Winter in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has some of the best — and most exhilarating — skiing in the US. As you take the aerial tram from Teton Village to the top of the mountain you will pass the infamous Corbet’s Couloir. This run is ultra-steep and very challenging, only attempted by the best skiers. But, there are plenty of beginner and intermediate options on the slopes, too. The company is building new gondolas and investing in more grooming equipment to keep the blue slopes smooth and wide.
The Mountain Sports School offers private lessons, small group classes, and backcountry guides. There are also two terrain parks and four Burton Stash parks for snowboarders to test their skills and learn new jumps and tricks. After you’ve finished a day on the slopes, head to Bin 22 for aprés.
Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tour has a family-friendly half- and full-day trips that take you through Jackson Hole’s scenic landscape. If you book the full-day trip, you’ll be able to visit the famed Granite Hot Springs. They are only accessible by skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or dog sledding in the winter. It’s an unforgettable experience.
The Best Things to do in Summer in Jackson Hole
There are countless ways to explore the mountain in the summer once the snow melts. You can hike up the slopes, take the tram to the top to enjoy the view, and have one of Corbet’s Cabin’s famous waffles, or you can go mountain biking. But, our favorite thing to do in the summer in Jackson Hole is to explore the vast surrounding landscape. You can ride horses and soak in the beautiful vistas Looking for adventure? Go whitewater rafting or float down Snake River, or take to the skies in a private flight or by paragliding. Jackson Hole is also renowned for its fly fishing. Golfers should also check out the Teton Pines Resort & Country Club and get in a round.
Of course, no trip to Jackson Hole is complete without a visit to Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks. You can drive through the parks looking for wildlife on your own, or book a private wildlife safari. Certainly, we recommend booking a guide to take you through the park. This way, you have a better chance to see wildlife and you can avoid the throngs of tourists who crowd the most popular sites. Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris will pick you up at your hotel and take you through the parks. It also offers a specialized photography safari if you would like a professional photographer to accompany you and teach you the best photography techniques to take incredible wildlife photos.
In summer, the Granite Hot Springs are accessible by car — the road is quite bumpy, consider yourself warned. Be sure to check the temperature before you go. Sometimes snow runoff can lower the temperature and the hot springs aren’t all that hot.