Inside Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

Wide, open spaces, snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine forests, and thriving wildlife. Jackson Hole, Wyoming has changed little since European and American settlers made it their home in the 19th century. And that’s a large part of the region’s appeal. The fabulous National Park System, and the public’s respectful awe allow Jackson Hole to remain an unspoiled vacation spot where natural beauty and adventure abound. And there’s no better guide to the region’s riches than Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole.

The welcoming lobby at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

Nestled at the base of Rendezvous Mountain in Teton Village, home of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole allows for ski-in/ski-out access in the winter, and convenient proximity to biking/hiking trails in summer. No other Jackson Hole resort affords such immediacy to the adventure that draws both adrenaline junkies and those in search of serene relaxation. Here’s how to enjoy a visit to Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole:

Arrival to Jackson Hole airport is itself an experience. The majestic Grand Teton mountain range provides a stunning backdrop to the tarmac; don’t neglect to turn your head when deplaning for the full, glorious view. After passing through the airport’s welcome archway of antlers, grab a cab or Uber for the drive to the resort. Winter weather requires a longer route, but in summer, you’ll take the “short-cut” through Grand Teton National Park, where along the way you’re likely to get a preview of the region’s abundant wildlife.

The Grand Tetons; photo courtesy of Visit Jackson Hole

Check-in to your spacious room that features either mountain or valley views (and the heavenly Four Seasons bed), and then explore the resort’s extensive range of amenities, which include an outdoor heated pool and three hot-spring-style whirlpools, a world-class spa, well-equipped fitness facilities, and a variety of dining and imbibing options. The resort also offers daily complimentary activations, such as wine, whiskey, tequila, beer and mocktail tastings, yoga, and complimentary s’mores.

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole guest rooms are spacious. Each features mountain or valley views

During your resort exploration, take note of the dynamic western art that lines the resort’s walls and hallways, a collaboration with Gallery Wild. The rotating collection of 50 bold and arresting pieces by 20 renowned local, regional, and national artists includes oil and acrylic paintings, bronze sculpture, mixed media and photography, and each piece is available for purchase.

The resort partners with Gallery Wild in featuring western-themed art. Photo by Fran Miller

For the full effect of your whereabouts, take Teton Village’s famed “Big Red” aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for staggering 360-degree views of the Tetons, Jackson Hole valley, and surrounding mountain ranges. The tram travels 4,130 vertical feet to the “top of the world,” where in addition to views, you’ll find waffles at Corbet’s Cabin, an if-you-know-you-know, funky purveyor of the grid-ironed cakes.

“Big Red;” Photo by Tristan Greszko/Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Perhaps Jackson Hole’s most enthralling feature is its bevy of wildlife, for which viewing opportunities abound. The area is home to more than 60 species of mammals and 100 species of birds, many of which can be spotted with relative ease, especially with the guidance of Four Seasons partner Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris excursions. With your dedicated guide, you’ll drive nearly the length of the Grand Teton National Park in search of the abundance of native creatures. You’ll stop at breathtaking vantage points, binoculars in hand, while witnessing nature in its purest form. Elk are the most common large mammals in the area, and are numerous within the National Elk Refuge, a protected area established in 1912. Moose are often seen along riverbanks; bison and pronghorn antelope are commonly found in open grasslands and sagebrush areas. Black bears and grizzlies are also spotted in the region, though they require more cautious viewing. Hikers, for instance, are encouraged to carry bear spray in the event of too-close-for-comfort encounters, which are rare.

The resort partners with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris to offer guests a front row seat to the region’s abundant wildlife

For adrenaline junkies, the resort is located steps from a variety of trails, such as the Via Ferrata, which offers a thrilling way to traverse the mountain during warmer weather via cable routes that utilize iron rungs and dangling bridges. And numerous bike trails entice all ability levels. After a day of exploration, schedule a Mineral Body Polish at the Four Seasons spa, one of many decadent treatments that will leave your altitude-parched skin soft and glowing. Then, relax by the aspen tree-surrounded pool, where attendants regularly deliver complimentary tasty treats to your chaise lounge. In the late afternoon, check-out the stately resort library for board games and a bit of quietude.

The resort is surrounded by varied biking trails and routes to please both leisure riders and shredders

Teton Village’s varied restaurant options include Thai, Italian, and pub fare. But you won’t find anything as elegant as the Four Seasons’ Westbank Grill, an inviting steakhouse serving prime cuts and seafood with a Rendezvous Peak backdrop. Save room for the s’mores dessert for two: a luxe serving of gourmet grahams, chocolate, and house made marshmallows, to be self-roasted on a tabletop flame. Prior to or after dinner, enjoy aperitif or digestif at the resort’s cozy, lobby-adjacent Ascent Lounge where creative mocktails play a starring role within the menu of traditional cocktails favorites. Or make a reservation at the resort’s soon to open 80 Proof, a hidden speakeasy reminiscent of the prohibition era, where expert mixologists craft wildly creative cocktails. Make your selection from the menu, or share your preferred flavor profiles and allow the barkeep to create something bespoke. Additional dining options include the Michael Mina branded The Handle Bar, an American pub and beer hall with indoor and outdoor patio seating. First Chair Grab & Go is a new spot offering coffee drinks, healthy fresh pressed juices, and pastries by the resort’s talented pastry chef Rhonda Ashton, whose cream cheese frosting-topped cinnamon role is simply heavenly.

Westbank Grill offers Teton Village’s most elegant dining option
The Handle Bar American pub features al fresco dining

Slumber, wake, and repeat. No matter the season, Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole blends indulgent comfort with art, adventure, cuisine, unspoiled beauty, and a welcoming Western aura that can’t help but charm even the most ardent city-slicker.

Photos courtesy of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, unless otherwise noted.

Fran Miller

Fran Endicott Miller is an experienced travel, wine, and general feature writer for a variety of luxury lifestyle publications and websites. Prior to her journalism career she established and managed the Golden State Warriors' first official community relations department and efforts. Principled and genuine, she’s known for thoughtfully eloquent writing. When not traveling, she can be found walking her Northern California neighborhood with her beloved golden retriever Nate.