Between the base of the Grand Tetons and Snow King, the town of Jackson, Wyoming and the surrounding Jackson Hole valley provide a vibrant atmosphere amidst the quiet majesty of nature. The land of Native American Shoshoni and Crow people, it has become known as a snow sports hub (with plenty of upscale restaurants and hotels dotting Jackson and Teton Village) but it’s appealing year-round, with stunning hiking, climbing, river adventures, biking, horse-riding and more on offer. At the end of an adventure-filled day—whether spent snowboarding or on safari (we recommend EcoTour Adventures or Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris)—there are countless spots to visit. If you want to kick back with a cocktail by an open fire, relish in some handmade pasta or sleep in a cozy cloud-like space, our favorite places in Jackson Hole have got you covered.
At the Anvil Hotel, Glorietta (designed by Post Company, formerly Studio Tack) is set up as a classic trattoria with an abundance of rich, natural materials and warm lighting. The rustic Italian fare spans from hearty classics like beef and ricotta meatballs to elk osso bucco with saffron risotto milanese, but it’s the handmade pasta that really stands out. The winter truffle ricotta gnudi with mushrooms, butter and perigord truffle is worth trying, but the Glorietta cavatelli with spicy sausage, brown butter and fried sage won’t disappoint. With an impressive cocktail menu and wine list, the drink options are countless but we suggest saving room for a buttered rum after your meal.
Owned by Kevin and Ali Cohane (who also run the nearby bakery Persephone) and chef Ben Westenburg, Coelette promises a cozy but sophisticated experience in the historic Coe Cabin. With a wood-burning fireplace; buttoned leather bar stools; log, wool and wood-paneled walls, and countless delightful (sometimes off-kilter) artworks and objects, the interiors are thanks to Nona Yehia of GYDE Architects, Christian Burch of local design store Mountain Dandy and Adam Connor of Remedy Design and Build. The food—described as snow-line cuisine—focuses on local and seasonal produce, with dishes like winter squash with walnut chili crisp, creme fraiche and petite greens or terrine made with venison, brandied cherries, pistachios, pickled romanesco and carrots. While there are a lot of meat- and fish-centric dishes, there are plenty of appealing options for vegetarians and the dessert menu offers a few surprises too. Talk to the knowledgable and upbeat staff members about wine choices or choose an expertly made classic cocktail, and be sure to take your time in this charming restaurant.
Opening in 2021, The Cloudveil, Autograph Collection hotel (located on Jackson’s historic town square) was constructed in three sections: the lobby and bistro, a wing in the back that houses guest rooms and a third-floor section upfront with a rooftop space. Its exterior limestone facade nods to Jackson Drug, the oldest standing building on the square. Beyond it, the expansive, open-layout lobby conveys a welcoming warmth thanks to natural materials drawn from and inspired by the region—including a three-story granite stone wall, reclaimed wood ceilings and a 3,000-pound granite boulder front desk. Bedrooms are generous in size—ranging from a king guest room to a king junior suite to the best-in-class king suite. The neutral tones here also reference Wyoming’s geological splendors. Top-tier amenities around the property range from 24-hour pantries on each floor that stock an unlimited supply of granola and La Croix to an outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi (with Snow King views) and an expansive deck. Handcrafted touches are everywhere, with many contemporary references to the region’s Old West roots.
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
Located on the other side of the town square, The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is essential to any visit to Jackson Hole—even if it’s just for a quick beer at the bar, where guests can sit on a saddle stool. Established back in 1937, the Cowboy Bar has become a town icon, along with its bronco rider neon sign. While there’s food and drinks, pool tables, live music and dancing, the decor remains part of the reason to visit. From knobby lodgepole pine accents to antlers, stirrups, animal skulls and busts, Western paintings and more, there are photogenic corners all over the space.
From restaurateur couple Ryan and Sununta Hayworth, Teton Tiger‘s exhilarating menu blends Indian cuisine with diverse pan-Asian influences. The flavorful results—which include kim chee fried rice “street skillets,” pork belly ramen, boldly spiced curries and more—are inspired and often unexpected. Their cocktail menu expresses the same abundance of creativity. The couple is woven into Jackson Hole’s culinary legacy, as Sununta’s mother was involved in the very first Thai restaurant in Jackson. They also own Teton Tiger in nearby Driggs, Idaho, while Sununta’s sister and her husband own Teton Thai in Teton Village.
Hero image courtesy of Lindley Rust for Coelette