One perfect day in Jackson Hole

There’s more to this snowy valley than skiing. Here’s what the locals are doing when they’re not on the slopes

Dina Mishev

Happy hour with the locals: Instead of the touristy Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, locals prefer the Silver Dollar Bar around the corner inside the Wort Hotel. The seats are comfier and the music more varied: From 7:30 to 11 every Friday and Saturday night, there’s a rockin’ mix of country and bluegrass. $; 50 N. Glenwood St.; 800/322-2727.

Make it a weekend: The Wort Hotel (pronounced “Wirt” in Jacksonese) opened downtown in 1941 when the streets were still dirt. The hotel’s exterior hasn’t changed, but inside is another story: They’ve added fancy Italian linens, permanent and rotating art collections of nearly 200 pieces by Western artists, and pillow-top mattresses. From $199;

3 more locals’ hangouts

Sip: The best après-ski scene isn’t out at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort … or anywhere near the slopes. From 5 until 9 Tuesday to Saturday through ski season, Diehl Gallery shows off its international artists with wine and music. 155 W. Broadway;  

Shop: When locals feel like something fancier than Mountain Khakis, they shop at Terra for skinny jeans, printed cashmere, Tucker tops and skirts, and airy silks from Calypso alongside Robert Graham and B.D. Baggies items for men. It even keeps little Jacksonites styling with Under the Nile organic robes, rompers, and teething toys. 105 E. Broadway; 307/734-0067.

Eat: Blu Kitchen, the sexiest of Jackson’s upscale restaurants, assumes diners arrive with a healthy appetite. There’s no other way to eat the B-K organic burger—grass-fed beef topped with roasted pork belly and double-cream brie on a ciabatta bun—than with a knife and fork. $$$$; 155 N. Glenwood St.; 307/734-1633.

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