Jackson Hole Part 3: What to do (in summer)

So you likely read my part 1 (“the wedding”) and part 2 (“food & drink”) posts on Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Today I’ll be rounding out the Jackson Hole series with part 3: what to do in summer. Of course, what to do in Winter is a totally different post and I imagine it involves a lot of snowboarding and skiing! I’m way more of a warm weather type of girl, so Jackson was an absolute blast to visit in the summer! There is seriously SO MUCH to do y’all – for couples, families, kids, groups, etc. We had about 4 free days and soaked up every minute we could, but believe me when I say the list is endless. It’s the absolute perfect place to get outdoors and explore!

Head to String Lake

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We rented Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) from Rendevous (they were $40/day) and spent the day kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming in the lake, jumping off rocks, etc. The lake is super clear with the Grand Tetons in back- spectacular view.Β It was so much fun and all 6 of us had the best time goofing around.

Tip: bring towels, chairs & cooler with food (be sure to store in the bear locker!)

Granite Hot Springs

We thought this was cool but would be more fun in winter, as the springs were very hot & crowded. We made the best of it and enjoyed the natural (cold) waterfalls and hiked around. If you’re there during cooler weather, I highly recommend it. Located on a back road, about 10 miles off the beaten path, the area provides gorgeous views full of wildlife. We saw deer, cows, horses, etc…

White Water Rafting

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The bride & groom organized this as a group activity for the Thursday before the wedding so the families & friends could get to know each other. What a fun idea! We had the best time rafting down the Snake River – the rapids were fast, exciting & sometimes even scary! There were people of all ages (I’m talking 10-70) and everyone had a blast. Can’t recommend this enough.

Relax at the Four Seasons

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One of the nicest hotels in Jackson (the Amangani being the other), we took advantage of our stay here and spent an afternoon drinking rose & laying by the pool. Let me just say- this was the life! Side note: we also ate at the Westbank Grill, which was one of the best meals from the trip. Chef basically brought us out one of everything (literally- bison, steak, shrimp, tuna, brussels, mac & cheese, etc) and we went to town. There were 6 of us and our 4 hour dinner was absolute perfection!

As I mentioned, we only hit about 50% of the things on our “to do” list (due to limited time) but here are some activities I’d love to do when I (hopefully) get back to Jackson:

Horseback riding

Obviously there are horses everywhere in Jackson! This place is full of barns and farms and dude ranches…however, we could never find the time to commit to a half day excursion. Had we done a bit more research I’m sure we could have made it happen though. Next time!

Visit Yellowstone/Old Faithful

About a 2 hour drive (each way), Yellowstone is obviously a “must see” if you have time. A big chunk of our group took a day trip to drive out there & explore the park and they absolutely loved it. They said the scenery, the nature, the history- it’s all worth going.

Hike to Phelps Lake on the Lake Creek Trail

We actually arrived a day too late for this, but the whole group did this hike and everything said how fun it was. They hiked for a couple of hours and ended up jumping off some cliffs into the lake. The pictures were beautiful & it really sounded like a fun day!

Mormon Row

Okay, so I kept reading about this but sadly never made it! They say that if you want to see buffalo in person, they hang out here by the old barns. I actually never saw a buffalo during our trip, but I did see a moose which was super cool.

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Who else has warm weather ideas for Jackson Hole?! I’d love to hear what else I missed so I can plan on it for round 2!

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Jackson Hole Part 1: The Wedding

Confession: I am WAYYY behind on my Wanderlust Wednesday posts. I have about 10 cities to catch y’all up on! Please forgive me that these are months behind, but better late than never, right?! (also: I wanted to filter through my hundreds of photos!)

In June, we headed to the unbelievably gorgeous Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a family wedding. We decided to extend this wedding weekend into a week long vacation. After all, it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to visit Jackson! (You can see my Jackson dream home tour here)

Let me start by saying, I had no expectations for this trip. All I knew about Jackson Hole was that it was (a) an expensive town, (b) a high end ski resort and (c) a pain in the ass to get to. While all 3 are very true, this place blew my mind. To say the landscape is one-of-a-kind stunning is an understatement. I mean, this was the wedding backdrop:

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Jackson Hole- June, 2016

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! These pics were taken on my iPhone 4 people! Can you even imagine how stunning this is in person? I was constantly looking around saying “wow” and “is this real life”. It’s that beautiful.

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Another shot of the beautiful space- there was just a tent on the whole plot of land!

This wedding. You guys…if there’s one thing I’ve learned about weddings from this trip, it’s that with an overly supportive family, a loving group of friends willing to travel this far & beautiful scenery, you can’t go wrong. The ceremony was phone-free (which I love!) but I was able to snap a few photos of the gorgeous reception setup…

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The gorgeous tablescape- loved the eggplant + burnt orange color combo (they had 20 person farmhouse tables with wooden chairs…the perfect rustic look)

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Could this bartender have asked for a more beautiful backdrop?!

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Congrats to the happy couple πŸ™‚

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Late night donut & coffee food truck…such a fun idea!

We laughed, we cried, we ate & drank a ton and danced our booties off all night. As a 7 time bridesmaid & 20+ wedding attendee, I can truly say that this was hands down top 3 (if not #1!) most special & beautiful weddings I have ever been to. You could feel the love and the positive energy was so contagious. We were all truly sad when the night came to and end.

{part of our family & friends crew for the weekend}

Thank you Stef & Ryan for letting us be a part of your special day….we had an absolute ball!