The rugged beauty of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is unforgettable. A lush valley lined with jagged peaks leads to vast stretches of wilderness filled with animals, including USA jewels Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. This is the breathtaking backdrop of the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole.
Four Seasons is universally amazing about creating a connection with the host destination and Jackson Hole is no exception. The greeters and bellman wear cowboy hats and Western wear. The lobby entrance features two giant screens with spectacular photos of the surrounding scenery. There’s a roaring fire and cozy seating set between the concierge and reception desks. It’s effortless to step inside the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole and slip into vacation mode.
Couples and families of all sizes find that there are blissful spaces to gather inside and outside of the hotel. Front and center is a soaring lobby lounge with big, picture windows looking right out on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Small tables as well as comfortable seating makes this the perfect spot for reading and games.
The main lobby terrace is lined with Adirondack chairs and fire pits — appreciated by all given that the mountain evenings can be cool, even over summer months. There’s also an inviting library for those who want to catch a game on a big-screen TV or relax away from the lobby buzz.
I usually don’t lead with the swimming pool in my reviews, but it’s a must at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole as the pool is a dreamy spot nestled in a grove of Aspen trees. The pool area has several water features — including whirlpool tubs – and different nooks and crannies for relaxing inside and outside of the water.
The pool is heated, open year-round and the perfect spot for kids to play and parents to soak in the stunning scenery with five-star service. Our poolside afternoon included lunch and a visit to the snow cone man stationed just for kids by the bar.
Rooms and suites are mountain-style with dark wood, leather, and stone finishes. Gas fireplaces make rooms cozy, and most accommodations include a private balcony or terrace with views of either Teton Village or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Families can choose from rooms with two double beds, connecting rooms, or one-bedroom suites.
The resort also offers two-five bedroom residences with full kitchens, living areas, and laundry rooms paired with hotel services.
We had the best turkey burger on the planet at The Handle Bar. This super casual space is lively with booths, picnic tables, an expansive bar, and a fantastic terrace lined with a fire pit right on the mountain. Water is served in mason jars (fun!) and they offer a lengthy beer, whiskey, and wine list. The menu is hearty and includes burgers, salads, and elk chili nachos … yum. In other words, it’s a year-round perfect spot for families.
The Westbank Grill is more elegant but it’s still resort casual with an open kitchen and a roaring fire. Children can order off the kids’ menu which includes the usual suspects, well as salads, soup, veggies, and fries.
An à la carte breakfast is also served in the Westbank Grill. Snake River Farms Corn Beef Hash with organic duck egg, yukon gold potatoes, spinach, onions, and roasted red pepper hollandaise? Yes please? Families can also eat in the Ascent Lounge and poolside for lunch.
I never found time to visit the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole Spa — there are just too many other things to do in and around the resort. That said, if I had just one more day, I’d find the time to visit the 11,685-square-foot parent-friendly facility. Here’s a link to their list of treatments.
Beware, the list of appealing activity options in and around the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is long. Prioritizing is a must. After a four-night summer visit, we felt like we just scratched the surface and would go back for more in a heartbeat. I recently wrote an article for Four Seasons Magazine highlighting six fantastic mild weather activities in Jackson Hole — any one of these activities are major family crowd pleasers.
Two of these activities deserve an extra special shout out.
> Intro to Rodeo offers kids and their parents the opportunity to play cowboy or cowgirl for a few hours and learn some rodeo tricks on horseback. The program is a blast and is unique to Jackson Hole. This is part of the resort’s Wild West Academy where guests participate in a variety of authentic Western experiences.
> The Wildlife Safari in Grand Teton National Park is a very special opportunity to explore the park with an in-house trained naturalist. Our private session left us wide-eyed as we got close to moose, bison, elk and engaged in fascinating conversations around life in this prized ecosystem. Although we weren’t lucky enough to glimpse a grizzly or black bear, many guests on these tours do!
The resort is located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain resort and is walk-out to hiking and biking bliss. Winter is equally phenomenal as the resort is ski-in/out to one of the most coveted ski areas in the United States. Base Camp, located inside the resort, is a full service ski rental and repair shop in the winter, and mountain activity concierge in the summer. It doesn’t get better than this for nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts!
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Editor’s Note: Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole provided a media rate for our stay. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy except where noted.
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