Photo courtesy of Jenny Lake Lodge
Explore Lakeside at Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Handmade quilts top pine beds in the 37 cabins of this 1920 lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Horseback rides, cycling excursions, and epic views of the Teton Range are all part of the experience; lucky travelers might spot elk, bald eagles, and osprey. A hearty breakfast spread and a decadent five-course dinner (mushroom tarts, grilled haloumi cheese, cumin-dusted lamb) are also included in the price. For an additional cost, guests can raft 10 miles down the Snake River or take a multiday wildlife photo workshop.
By Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
Jenny Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Although it’s located amid the park’s marquee vistas and trails, Jenny Lake Lodge sits apart from the buzzing crowds and feels like a quiet ranch. The 37 chinked-log cabins are quaint and cozy—but they don’t need to be bigger, because you’ll want to spend your time taking in the views from your porch chair or pedaling one of the lodge’s loaner bikes on the mountain-flanked path that stretches all the way to Jackson. Some cabins offer mountain views, as do the windowside tables in the dining room. Chef Josh Conrad’s standards are high: A new off-site greenhouse produces flavorful veggies, the on-site butcher and baker mean that key foods are super-fresh, and the execution is far from rote. A knowledgeable sommelier is on hand to offer pairing advice, and a Chef’s Table option lets diners tack on two whimsical courses to their dinner—for no extra charge.
By Kelly Bastone, AFAR Contributor
Jenny Lake Road, Moose, WY 83012, USA