Crystal blue water and white sand is what a majority of honeymooners picture when planning their newlywed trip, but don’t discard the serene mountains — especially if your front door is the Tetons.
Teton Mountain Lodge is nestled in Teton Village, a small village located approximately 12 miles from the town of Jackson Hole, Wy. If a room with a view is a prerequisite, consider this lodge a definite match. Rooms range from Alpine Studios, lodge rooms and suites that boast unobstructed views of the Teton and Gros Ventre mountains, as well as Jackson Hole Valley.
The lobby entrance is just as you’d imagine: rustic log pillars, chandeliers, fireplaces, and oversized couches — but don’t let the word rustic fool you, as it’s a four diamond destination resort. And the staff is eager, in a non-intrusive way, to help with whatever you may need. They’ll fetch your ski gear for a day on the slopes or organize grocery delivery for a romantic dinner in-room — in the case you want to put your amazingly nice kitchen to use during your stay.
I stayed in the one bedroom suite, which was perfect for let’s say — a honeymoon. It felt exactly like home away from home, which is a huge perk while traveling. Each one bedroom suite includes an insanely comfortable king or queen bed in the master bedroom, a murphy bed or sleeper sofa in the living room (in the case your spouse snores!), one full bathroom with a whirlpool tub, one half bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area. Some rooms also have a furnished terrace overlooking Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which was practically made for coffee sipping in the mornings.
While not all-inclusive, you don’t really need to leave the property, or your room, if you don’t want to, which is a key factor when it comes to a honeymoon. Room service is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and if you do feel like venturing out, you don’t have to go very far. The Spur Restaurant & Bar is attached to Teton Mountain Lodge and is one of Teton Village’s newest and most popular après bars and restaurants. Don’t miss out on the deviled eggs, mushroom toast and goat cheese polenta cakes. Executive Chef Kevin Humphreys knows how to satisfy the palette.
Cabin fever got the best of you? There are several great bars and eateries just a few steps away in Teton Village. Check out the world famous Mangy Moose Saloon for live music and cocktails, Il Villaggio Osteria for hearty Italian or take a ride up the gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to Couloir and dine above 9,000 feet. The town of Jackson Hole is also a short drive away and offers a wider variety of shopping, dining and nightlife.
Choose to relax and take in the views with a glass of red wine or head out for one of the many adventures that the area has to offer, whatever season it may be. I visited during winter to ski, but summer is also chock full of amazing activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, fly fishing, rafting, horseback riding and more. The lodge is located one mile from Grand Teton National Park and is about an hour and a half away from Yellowstone National Park, which is a must if you’re in the area.
Solitude Spa, the resort’s top-rated spa, is the perfect way to relax after a day of exploring and sight seeing. The full service spa includes 10 treatment rooms, including two couple’s treatment rooms, and my personal favorite, the Tranquility Lounge. Unwind pre or post-treatment while sipping on fruit-flavored water. A personal favorite is the Herbal Poultice Ritual, a Thai massage. It’s complete Zen.
And no stay is complete without a dip in the 24-person hot tub situated on the rooftop. The sunset mountain views are unbelievable, making it the perfect spot for happy hour. There are also indoor and outdoor heated pools, in case hot tubbing isn’t your thing.
Verdict? Honeymoon approved. It’s the perfect place for a little R&R and adventure, if you feel the need to change out of your robe and remove yourself from your in-room fireplace. No judgment here if not.
Teton Mountain Lodge also offers wedding packages, in the case you’re looking for a picturesque mountain backdrop for your big day.
Full disclosure: I visited Teton Mountain Lodge as part of a media trip and my stay was complimentary, however all opinions are my own and the hotel did not approve this review before publication.