We just returned from a week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This trip was a gift to Greg for his birthday (which was in January, but January in Wyoming is far too cold for this Louisiana girl!). Since Greg has been talking about going fly fishing in the mountains for as long as I have known him, I thought it was time for us to venture out west. I chose Jackson Hole over other destinations in the Western United States mostly due to its relatively compact size and wide array of things to do. Obviously, these reasons were secondary to the natural beauty of the area.
Our week was planned somewhat loosely – we had a few things booked but mostly had time to do whatever struck our fancy. We started our trip with a road trip from Salt Lake City. I lucked out and found a direct flight from New Orleans to Salt Lake City. My idea was that this scenic drive would be part of our adventure. Well, hindsight being 20/20, I would have booked a flight directly into Jackson Hole. The drive, albeit through beautiful countryside, turned into an exhausting 5 hours in a car. Instead of 2 travel days, we now had 4! This was a minor miscalculation on my part. We still had a good day traveling through Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. Along the way we stopped for Raspberry Shakes in Garden City, Utah; Lunch in Fish Haven, Idaho; and Scouting at the Salt River in Wyoming. We even spotted a moose as we were approaching Jackson!!
Once we arrived in Jackson, we easily found our hotel – The Wyoming Inn. In case you didn’t know, Jackson Hole is the entire valley area that is comprised of several towns. We stayed in the town of Jackson, Wyoming. The Wyoming Inn is located on Broadway about 1 mile from Jackson town square. It was necessary to drive anywhere from the hotel, but parking was never a problem for us. Our suite at the Wyoming Inn was spacious and very comfortable – complete with a remote-control fireplace that we used every morning! My only complaints were that the hotel lacked a restaurant and bar which is nice on days when you are exhausted from a day’s activities and that the hotel did not have a view -ours was over the parking lot and highway. I was aware of both deficiencies when I booked the property, but decided that the positives outweighed these slight negatives. All in all, The Wyoming Inn provided a comfortable suite with a fantastic location at a pretty good value too!
After we were settled in our hotel, we ventured out to check out downtown Jackson. It is a cute western town with tons of things to do. We wandered around the various shops a bit before heading to Café Genevieve for dinner. This is a great restaurant that is housed in an old log cabin built in the early 20th century. We had an amazing meal and even had a waiter who was from Baton Rouge! Small world. It was fun to share our plans for the week with our new Louisiana friend – EcoTour, Hiking in Grand Teton, Fly Fishing the Snake River and Horseback Riding. We definitely had a full week of fun ahead of us!