We are so used to honeymoons out on the beach that we keep forgetting just how romantic it is to spend the first memorable moments as couples in the snow. Nothing’s more romantic than evenings by the fire, all bundled up and knit and with fluffy flakes falling around.
And while most of the initially snow-blanketed Wild west is a pale shadow of its former self, Jackson Hole still provides the ultimate Wild West charm for new couples looking for an epic winter lover’s playground. Rugged beauty, perfectly groomed trails, ski scene, a variety of amazing mountain terrain, and native wildlife are the defining elements of this dead-gorgeous winter vacation destination.
Where Is It Located?
Jackson town, popularly referred to as Jackson Hole, is located in Western Wyoming, on the southern end of the wider Jackson Hole Valley between the Teton Mountain range and the Gros Ventre Range. Underlying the Grand Teton Nation Park and Yellowstone National park, Jackson town serves as an entry to these two of the most celebrated national parks in the USA. Within twenty minutes from the Jackson Town Square, you will be at the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), the valleys main entry.
Top Things to do in Jackson Hole
Winter Sports and Pastimes
From skiing and snowboarding to dog sledding and fly fishing, there is no shortage of honeymoon-worthy winter sports and pastimes that new couples can revel in. With three expansive ski areas at your disposal, winter honeymooners can also keep things hot even as the snow falls by engaging in the following:
- cross country skiing,
- ice skating,
- mountain climbing,
- dog sledding
- classic sleigh rides
During summer, residents and visitors alike will be hiking, climbing, fishing, private nature treks, rafting, and golfing.
For pro and newbie skiers, a visit to Jackson Hole is never complete without taking part in skiing and snowboarding competitions. There are many skiing events and competitions, but two of them had the rest all beat. If you are tossing your toes into the world of skiing, you can try your hand at the Rendezvous Bowl. But if you have been on a pair of skis before and only need to brush up on your skills, you can sign up for the Corbets Couloir, one of the most iconic runs in the USA.
If you need a break from the snow, you can pay a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. In 14 galleries, the museum captures up to 5000 pieces of wildlife art by over 100 artists. Also, it includes a sculpture trail, museum shop, and children’s discovery gallery.
Within the reaches of the city exists the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, a fun way to add a little historic charm to your picnic. In addition, the museums present you with the chance to learn about the history of the valley and nearby parks.
Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National parks, visitors can gaze out at the awe-inspiring view of the parks as they fly in for an incredible view of the Tetons. And should you choose to drive across the adjacent Grand Teton National park and Yellowstone National park, there is a decent chance you will come across an elk or moose wallowing in the willows or an occasional swans diving at a catfish.
Other animals you will enjoy watching once your muscles ache from the slopes are native wildlife, including bison, grizzly, mule deer, black bears, and pronghorn antelopes.
On top of that, you can go catch a glimpse of the migration of over 700 elks onto the National Elk Refuge. And if you are the kind of person who loves visiting forests to connect with mother nature, take in the exhilarating outside air and tune in to the tweets of the flying creatures, look no further. Nearby you have the largest national forest in the 48 lower states: The Bridger-Teton National Forest. The forest spans over 1,694,500 acres.
Lakes and Rivers
After days spent in the snow and away from civilization, don’t pack up and head home just yet. Vacationers looking to set the tone for marriage life can also pass the hours away by glimpsing at birds on glacier-built lakes like Jackson and Jenny lake. Also, you can take your better half for taking a boat trip on the mad river and feast your eyes on the variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery.
Beyond the s a melting pot of local mountain cultures and cuisines such as locally-sourced ingredients, organic vegetables and fruits, and ethically raised meats.
When to Visit Jackson Hole
The best times to visit Jackson Hole come down to you and your partner’s personal preferences and interests. If you find the harsh winter as your snowy paradise and enjoy the quaint vibe and splendor of quiet indoors, then the winter months of in April, May, September, and October. This is the best time to visit since the rates are the lowest if you are on the fence.
But if you are an enthusiastic skier or prefer warmer days with summer flowers, you will want to schedule your vacation between June and August.
Top 3 Places to Stay in Jackson Hole
The ideal places to install yourselves on your romantic winter getaway include:
Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole
Despite the rate being on the upper end of the price scale, the hotel offers well-maintained non-smoking rooms, suites, and family rooms. Moreover, the food is delicious, the staff is customer-friendly, and the lobby is warm and inviting. Not just that. You enjoy access to an expansive hiking ground, real burning fire, hot tub, fitness center with gym, and free internet. The hotel also offers free parking, bicycle rental, a business center, and baggage storage.
At a fraction of what its premium competitors charge, this 91-room lodging facility also avails spacious, clean, and well-kempt suites and family rooms. As you’d expect, the facility offers pools, a hot tub, bicycles for rental, a hairdryer, vending machines, free internet, and ample parking. Better yet, you also get free transportation to the airport.
With an amusing western décor, the Lodge has a rugged décor that reminisces the native American culture. Visitors enjoy large rooms, hospitable staff, Spa, ample parking, well-equipped fitness center, pool, Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi, and access to skiing. The rooms are equipped with a microwave, hairdryer, refrigerators, among others. That’s not all. You also get added value for your money with free shuttle or taxi services.
A no-brainer of a destination, Jackson Hole is the perfect winter wonderland and the perfect trip for vacationing nature lovers who do not like to succumb to the scorching sun on the white sands. It is the ideal winter getaway to worlds away, and refresh, unwind and relax after a whirlwind of wedding preparations.