Fall is just on the horizon, and people are starting to make plans for their Autumn travels. If you haven’t already done it, consider adding Jackson Hole, Wyoming to your Fall wanderings. Jackson Hole has a beautiful little gem, right off the Town Square: Hotel Jackson. With four unique suites and 55 total rooms for guests to choose from, this convenient, beautiful destination is the perfect place to launch your Fall Festival celebration from.
Located in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Hotel Jackson is a unique little gem just steps from shopping, dining, and all the city has to offer. Hotel Jackson has been owned by a family that’s lived in the valley for forty years, giving them deep ties to the community.
Hotel Jackon’s website shares, “Hotel Jackson’s inspired interiors feature 55 guest rooms and suites and reflect a contemporary retelling of the traditional West. The goal of Hotel Jackson is to celebrate and share the area’s unique Western heritage while providing guests with every modern luxury and unrivaled customer service. And now, more than ever, we know how important it is to keep the health and wellbeing of our guests at the forefront of that service. Hotel Jackson: where nature, your soul, and luxury connect.”
But what exactly does that mean? For an answer, you have only to look at the hotel’s thoughtful interior and consider its place in the community and surrounding lands. Each room is an artful blend of modern and rustic, with weathered wooden feature walls, feather motifs, and clean gray and white color schemes through their “Superior” and “Premium” rooms. For a playful pop of country, plaid bedspreads finish the vibe. Each room feels like a rustic cabin escape with the benefit of modern sleek fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and oversized windows to take advantage of the desert views.
The hotel’s description adds, “Jackson Hole is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), an area almost as big as the state of Maine. It includes Yellowstone National Park and the 30,000 square miles of land around it and is one of the largest nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on the planet. It also holds the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48: bison, elk, moose, grizzly and black bears, more than 350 species of birds, wolves, mountain lions, and fox, among other animals. It is home to more than one dozen glaciers, a supervolcano, the highest concentration of geysers in the world, more than 3,000 miles of hiking trails, and six ski resorts. There truly is nowhere else like it in the world.
Within the GYE, Jackson Hole—a ‘hole’ is what early explorers to this area called alpine valleys surrounded by mountains—is a study in contrasts. It is home to Grand Teton National Park and much of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, yet also the town of Jackson, where both culture and history meet. Explore streets brimming with western heritage and history while also perusing art galleries exhibiting pieces by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Frederic Remington. Jackson presents a truly unique culture and unparalleled vacation experience, whether you are hitting the ski slopes, rafting the whitewater of the Snake, or on a wildlife safari scouting for Grizzlies, you are sure to make memories of a lifetime and live your own wild west.”
Outside, the hotel continues the theme and takes advantage of the wild majesty all around. The overall hotel structure is boxy and modern, with clean lines, stepped architectural features and a wood-and-glass blend. The lounge is oversized and luxurious, with tall windows to bring light and exterior beauty right into the heart of the hotel, and a two-story wood-burning fireplace that fixes those chilly Autumn nights and ski Winter nights with the perfect atmosphere.
Hotel Jackson also offers FIGS, a restaurant and lounge on site that offers wine and local craft beers, specialty cocktails, and authentic Lebanese cuisine.
The stunning property offers not just one or two custom luxury suites, but four. Per the hotel’s website:
- “Miller Suite:In 1920 Grace Miller was elected Mayor of Jackson and four other valley women were elected to the Jackson Town Council, making it the country’s first all-female municipal government. Honoring the legacy of Miller and her ‘Petticoat Government’.
- Bridger Suite: In the early 19th century, Jim Bridger was the consummate frontiersman and mountain man, but our ADA-compliant 750-square-foot Bridger Suite is anything but rough.
- Jackson Suite: Like our other suites, our largest suite is named for someone important to the valley’s history. Davy Jackson was the mountain man and fur trader Jackson Hole was named after.
- Colter Suite: Extensive natural light and two patios make the two-room, 1,000-square-foot Colter Suite shine.”
Each suite perfectly embodies the modern-plus-rustic vibe of the hotel, and offers all of the modern conveniences with a touch of the wild West. Each suite contains elements of studded leather furniture, more of the silvery weathered wood, clean white and gray decor and touches of stone and plaid to mix it up and keep it from feeling too stiff. All four suites offers something unique for guests, and all it takes is one look at the beautiful interiors to imagine yourself curling up with a book – or a partner – and whiling away a chilly Fall day or coming home from a day on the slopes.
Jackson Hole’s Singular Beauty
Jackson Hole is more than a Fall getaway though, it’s an area of the country rich with human history. The city lies in a valley surrounded by the picturesque Teton Mountains. Anthropologists have found evidence of human inhabitants in the valley as long as 11,000 years ago. Archaeological sites across the valley floor shows evidence of seasonal hunting camps and established hunter-gatherer waypoints from peoples such as The Mountain Shoshone, Eastern or Plains Shoshone, Crow, Bannock, Blackfoot, Northern Arapaho, Gros Ventre and Nez Perce.
In the early 19th century, outside fur trappers and explorers moved into the valley to take advantage of the rich beaver, bear and other pelt-animal populations. Jackson Hole History shares, “John Colter, hunter and guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806), is long thought to be the first Anglo-American to enter Jackson Hole. It is thought that his travels took him through the region of what is now Yellowstone National Park and probably along the shoreline of Jackson Lake during the winter of 1807-1808, however his route is disputed today. In 1933, farmers in Idaho unearthed a stone resembling a human face with the words ‘John Colter 1808’ carved into it. Some believe this carved stone serves as evidence that proves Colter’s route through Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. Others believe the stone is a hoax.”
It was from Colter that the suite gets its name, and other trappers who inspired the suites include Jim Bridger and David Jackson, who the valley is named after. People trickled into the valley during the Gold Rush of the late 1800’s, and in 1884 the first permanent residents put down roots in what would become the modern city of Jackson Hole.
Dude ranches and tourism helped spur the city’s growth as people flocked to the charming valley to get a taste of West living. The beautiful surrounding mountains, proximity to world-class ski slopes, and breathtaking desert vistas all make this an appealing destination. And Hotel Jackson, with its artful mastery of blending the past with modern conveniences is the best place from which to enjoy this out-of-the-way little paradise.
And right now might just be the best time to do that, as the Fall Arts Festival starts in September. The festival runs September 8-19 and focuses on, “wildlife, landscape, and Western art.” Visit the festival website to buy tickets.
To plan and book your stay at Hotel Jackson, visit the hotel’s website today.