An Ideal Day in Wyoming
Where to stay, what to eat, and where to shop during a weekend getaway.
Coral & Tusk designer Stephanie Housley shares her top picks for a weekend getaway.
Where to Stay
Rest your head at these lodges.
Jackson Lake Lodge
Chalet-style suites with multiple bedrooms are luxuriously appointed with fireplaces and modern furnishings at this boutique hotel in Teton Village, just outside the national park.
With guest rooms inspired by the surrounding natural beauty of Jackson Hole, this newly opened hotel is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the nearby Tetons.
Where to sip and savor.
Housed in a historic cabin in downtown Jackson, this restaurant brings together the best of snowline cuisine. Think grilled turnip with lacto-shoyu cherries, and French toast and fro-yo for dessert.
The Coelette owners are behind this James Beard semifinalist bakery serving up fresh breads and artisanal pastries. You can also dine in for mimosas and omelets.
In addition to staples like tortas and enchiladas, this Mexican taqueria also offers special plates like chicken mole and hanger steak.
At the risk of sounding repetitive, we’re also including the sister location of Persephone. The muffins and scones are really that good.
Where to Shop
You may find hidden treasures inside these boutiques.
These aren’t just hats for a Western lifestyle. They’re handmade art that completes any outfit, with special touches like hand-stitched mountain logos.
From jewelry to outerwear, this Jackson boutique curates a selection of mountain-chic pieces from a variety of designers.
Mustache wax meets hand-cast resin Champagne buckets at this Jackson Hole boutique outfitted with apothecary items and accessories, as well as home goods.
Stop here in the winter and you’ll find boots, skis, poles, and more; summertime stock spans running shoes, stove fuel, and anything else you might need for outdoor activities in the warmer weather.
This cozy, light-filled shop in Jackson features work from ceramicists, jewelers, and other artisans. Think handcrafted belt buckles, earrings, and pendants, and items in between.
“The Grand Teton mountain range springs up from the earth and towers over pristine lakes and rivers,” says Housley. “You can hike to a glacial lake or spend time oohing and ahhing over the peaks from the valley floor. With over 200 miles of trails and the Snake River flowing through Grand Teton National Park, there is so much to see and do.”
Moose Entrance Visitor Center
“Stop here to check on local conditions, and learn about day hikes.”
Granite Hot Springs
Astoria Hot Springs
“We plan to go on a multi-day backpacking camping trip here, in the Wind River Range, soon. It’s been on my list for years.”
Inside the park, this lake is “beautiful. You can hike around it or take a boat and then hike into Cascade Canyon.”
Jackson Lake Lodge
“This is a great last pit stop before heading into Yellowstone. They have coffee, food, a gift shop, a superb view of Jackson Lake, and gas.”
Firehole Canyon Drive
“There are hot springs you can get in, just one of two places to swim in all of Yellowstone.” The other, at Boiling River, can be accessed by Gardner River, near the North Entrance of the park.
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“This park lodging option offers a restaurant, small stores, gift shop, and gas. All of the lodging in Yellowstone varies slightly by location. All of them are run by the same group.”
“The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is not to be missed.” Be ready to run into some wildlife. You could see a “herd of bison crossing in and out of the road.”
This is “my personal favorite part of the park and amazing wildlife viewing. It is raw up there, with very little infrastructure at this end of the park. Roosevelt Lodge is a great option for an overnight stay.”