Karyn Wofford is a freelance writer in the fields of travel, eco-tourism, and wellness. She’s an avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up with a passion for travel, exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean, and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.
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Jackson Hole—it’s hard to think of a better outdoor haven. Teton National Park is loaded with wildlife, two ski resorts meet all your slope expectations and there’s an abundance of excursions to guide visitors around the conserved landscape. But after all that exploration, you’ll need somewhere cozy to settle. From picture-perfect lodges to swanky hotels, this Wyoming destination delivers the warmest environments for snuggling up and relaxing. Jackson Hole is a truly unique destination with a vibrant food scene, plenty to do and some seriously stunning places to stay.
Like a high-end cabin with the amenities of a hotel, the Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole is incredibly warm and welcoming. Fires roar in the lobby fireplace, and the onsite restaurant prepares cooked-to-order breakfast dishes fueled by local ingredients, a lovely attribute of cuisine in the area. Some rooms feature their own fireplaces, along with sleek bathrooms, which add that meld of luxury and the outdoors. If you are looking for something a bit more polished in the area while still holding tightly to the warm charm, this is it.
The epitome of picture-perfect, a string of cabins are nestled along a crystal clear river with mountain views—fishing along this strip of water is superb. Striking in the winter or summer, the location is front and center of reasons to stay here. And this isn’t just any inn. It’s a Jackson Hole inn, meaning plenty of ritzy upgrades like a glistening spa and pristinely decorated accommodations. Breakfast is complimentary, and you’d never know it, thanks to the gourmet nature of the offerings. Located close to the town square, it’s closest to Snow King Mountain but a mere few minutes drive from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, where you absolutely should take the tram to a little waffle serving shack at the peak.
Let’s start with the ambient pool space dripping with statement drapes and other awe-inspiring decor. With a wooden interior, a garage-style door opens the space to the outside during warmer months. The exterior of the lodge looks like a mesh between a fine hotel and a cabin, and snow-capped mountains create an awesome background. Breakfast is more than adequate, with a diversity of mouthwatering choices.
With a rustic cottage theme going on, this inn is only 1 mile from the National Elk Refuge, where you definitely should go on a sleigh ride amongst the beautiful creatures in the winter. You get a little more than you would at your typical bed and breakfast. You’ll also find a sauna, hot tubs and a lap pool inside a nice recreation space. Booking a room with a personal balcony allows you to either breathe in that incomparably pure Jackson Hole air or catch a few snowflakes on your tongue.
Definitely more modern, The Lexington still manages to deliver a cozy ambiance with rustic furnishings, chandeliers and earthy exteriors. You can literally see ski slopes from the windows, so the location is spectacular. Townsquare is steps away— definitely try out a contemporary, healthy ingredient-infused meal at Lotus, or grab a drink at the famed cowboy-themed bar. During the winter, there’s the most precious ice skating rink in the very center of town, surrounded by lights and the iconic antler archways.
Dreamy outdoor patios with a hot tub and fire pits add to the allure of this traditionally styled wooden lodge. Rooms and common areas lean on the more upscale side with just a bit more “icing on the cake.” Expect treats like cookies in the library, chocolates from your turndown service, and other little touches that make a stay extra special. Rusty Parrot offers high-rated spa services and elegance yet a down-to-earth setting—the perfect “in-between” of Jackson Hole’s upscale nature and the unreal natural surroundings.
A bit more airy and less cabin-like, the Huff House Inn is a refreshing take on lodging in the area. Aside from the 5 available rooms in the inn, there are bright cabins available as well. Breakfast is diverse with healthy options to choose from like veggie infused omelets and eggs benedict, and of course, you’ll get fresh baked cookies through the day.
Owned by former Olympians, the Alpine House will make you melt the moment you walk into the adorable Scandinavian-style structure. Funny murals accent the walls beside the honor bar, where you’ll also find scones, cakes and warm tea available all day. Breakfast is made to order, and you’ll be able to adjust it to your tastes. Rooms have fireplaces and super plush beds, and the cabins, just a few steps down the outside walkways, are impressively spacious and, most importantly, oh-so-cozy.