Where to Stay in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is 42-mile long, 7-mile wide valley in northwest Wyoming. Although not permanently settled until the 1890s, today it draws millions of visitors from around the world for its national parks, wilderness areas, and, increasingly, its culinary and art scenes. While the entire valley is spectacular, it has distinct communities, each with its own personality and amenities. The Clear Creek Group offers luxury Jackson Hole cabins, lodges, and homes in each neighborhood.
Developed (and still owned and run) by the third-generation of the family that originally homesteaded here in the 1930s, Shooting Star is home to some of Jackson Hole’s most in-demand addresses. The development’s design guidelines encourage homeowners to, among other things, “capture elements of 1900-1940s national park architecture” and also to use an exterior palette of natural materials: this gives the community a consistent look without making it cookie cutter. Homes here are within walking distance of the shopping and dining in the base area of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village. During ski season there are regular shuttles from the Shooting Star Clubhouse to the JHMR base area. A paved pathway connects Shooting Star to the towns of Wilson and Jackson.
Teton Village is the community that has grown up around the base area of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and is a great home for summer and winter adventurers. In winter, there is skiing at JHMR, rated as one of the continent’s best ski resorts. There is also ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing. Once the snow melts, there are mountain biking and hiking trails, and a lift-served mountain bike park with trails for all ages and levels. Teton Village has a vibrant dining scene (although it has fewer choices than downtown Jackson), small markets, and liquor stores. Teton Village is so cozy that everything is within walking distance. A back entrance to Grand Teton National Park is one mile down the road. Some homes here, like Holly Haus, are dream Jackson Hole cabins. Others, like Granite Ridge Lodge I, showcase the increasingly popular mountain modern aesthetic. At any Teton Village property, it’s possible you’ll see a moose or black bear walk through your yard. Review Teton Village lodging options.
Town of Jackson
Staying in the Town of Jackson is for guests who want a taste of local life and/or an urban feel (well, as urban as Wyoming can be; any of the homes here could still have a moose walk through the yard). East Jackson is the heart of the town; its architecture is as diverse as its full-time residents. Our East Jackson homes range from the contemporary Villa at May Park I and Villa at May Park II to The Cabin, a 1940s log cabin on the side of Snow King Mountain. The Town Square and downtown shops and restaurants are only about a 20-minute walk from most of our East Jackson homes. But it’s not just proximity to the Town Square that makes East Jackson so popular with locals and visitors. Hiking and biking trails (and, in winter, groomed Nordic skiing trails) are also nearby. The Cache Creek and Snow King trail networks both have trailheads in East Jackson. Review Town of Jackson lodging opportunities.
Wilson, which sits at the base of Teton Pass, is another community where you can live like a local. Its two-block “downtown” is quaint and has several restaurants including Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, which has been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” show on The Food Network. Also in Wilson is the historic Stagecoach Bar, an outpost of locals’ favorite Pearl Street Bagels, a ski/bike shop, and Hungry Jack’s General Store, which sells everything from canoes to Carhartts and handmade caramels. Phillips Ridge Lodge is on 56 acres 5 minutes from Wilson’s downtown and has its own pond stocked with trout. Lost in the Woods lives up to its name—it’s nestled into a forested hillside a short drive from Wilson’s amenities. Both Jackson and Teton Village are a 15- to 20-minute drive from Wilson. Review Wilson, Wyoming lodging opportunities.
The “Westbank” generally refers to the area on the west side of the Snake River and along Teton Village Road. Within this area are some of the valley’s most exclusive and intimate subdivisions like Wilderness Ranch, Tucker Ranch, and John Dodge (in the latter we have the newly remodeled Chateau on the Westbank). Many of these neighborhoods have direct private access to the Snake River. The Westbank is the place for you if you see yourself splitting your time between Jackson and Teton Village, or if you want to walk out the front door with a fly rod and cast into the Snake or into your own private trout pond or stream (like at our Royal Wulff Lodge). While there’s no full-service grocery here, there is The Aspens, a small commercial area about half-way down Teton Village Road with a gourmet market, a fantastic sushi restaurant, café, gym, bottle shop, and massage services. A bike path offers access to Jackson, Wilson, and Grand Teton National Park.
EXTRA CREDIT: West Gros Ventre Butte
West Gros Ventre Butte is centrally located off Highway 22. The shops and restaurants of downtown Jackson and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are equidistant—both are an easy 15-20 minute drive. Lots here are large, ensuring every home enjoys privacy. Once at your home here, like Two Elk Lodge, the outside world falls away. West Gros Ventre Butte offers some of the valley’s best views, both on a micro and macro scale. The butte itself is dotted with stands of aspen. (Fall in this area is particularly spectacular.) At the base of the butte is the 1,800-acre Walton Ranch, a working cattle ranch protected by a conservation easement. In the distance you can see the Tetons, the Gros Ventre Mountains, the Snake River Range, and, on especially clear days, even the mountains of Yellowstone National Park.
About The Clear Creek Group
Why settle for just one luxury hotel room when you could have the entire estate? The Clear Creek Group offers the benefits of luxury lodging accommodations with the privacy and convenience of a well-appointed villa. Our portfolio offers more than 65 distinctive vacation homes, ranging from one-bedroom cabins to seven-bedroom estates set in the stunning, natural beauty of Jackson Hole, with access to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. Some of the most extraordinary fly-fishing in the United States can be found in nearby, pristine waters, most notably, the Snake River. And the valley is home to one of the best ski mountains on the continent. The Clear Creek Group offers full concierge services, and we assist our guests in planning their Jackson Hole vacations from beginning to end. Let us make your dream a reality.