It’s no secret that Jackson Hole is a beautiful place, but when fall sweeps her fingers through the valley, the scene becomes dramatically more lovely. Here are my top 10 reasons why September is so spectacular.
1. The leaves are always turning colors in September, and the sky radiates the most unbelievable turquoise blue.
Two weeks from today, the highly anticipated Jackson Hole cooking event at New York’s James Beard House, ‘From the Range’ will have passed and every attendees tummy will be filled to the brim with the cooking delights of Chef’s Wes and Roger. They and their team have been working hard on menus all summer and are ready to roll out the red culinary carpet in two collaborative meals served up at the downtown foodie destination.
The Beard House is a beautiful townhouse and former home of cooking legend James Beard and on October 2, Jackson Hole will have the honor of setting up shop and performing.
Here’s a look at the dining room where it will all go down. In addition to the fine media attendees that will be coming for lunch, other distinguished guests include community partners in support of the effort. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Fine Dining Restaurant Group would like to thank the following:
The Wyoming Office of Tourism | Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
Amangani | The Four Seasons Jackson Hole | Hotel Jackson | Hotel Terra Jackson Hole | Snake River Lodge & Spa | Spring Creek Ranch |Snow King Resort | The Wort Hotel Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa
And…maybe here is more of the ‘peek’ part:
SHIFT | New West Knife Works | Wyoming Whiskey | Mountain Dandy
Ackerman Family Vineyards | Heron Wine | Niner Family Vineyards |
Wyoming Whiskey & Roadhouse Brewing Company
Saving the world is an absolutely daunting task. These days, conservation and sustainability decisions are around every corner, whether it’s using re-useable grocery bags, turning off your lights when you leave a room, or buying an electric car. Some people are environmental champions. They incorporate green living into all facets of their life and set a positive example for others. The same is true for businesses and organizations that work hard to minimize their footprint by adjusting their energy and resource consumption. To anyone who has made an effort to readjust their life in honor of the environment, I applaud you. For those of you who are overwhelmed by saving the earth, I totally understand.
It’s a common, pessimistic opinion that one person cannot change the world. One person’s hybrid car will not offset global warming and one brown paper grocery bag will not empty a landfill. This used to be my opinion, until I moved back to Jackson Hole from New York City. In large cities, there’s a feeling of personal independence that prevents many people from believing that their actions impact the whole. In fact, convenience overrides individual responsibility–Why use and clean a travel mug when I can just throw away a to-go cup? Jackson Hole, however, truly emulates the principles of community and is celebrating champions of conservation and sustainability this year in the 2nd annual SHIFT Festival, which boasts a variety of events from October 8th-12th.
For those of you who feel overwhelmed by becoming a greener community member, The SHIFT Festival is your chance to make meaningful baby steps. And if you’re one of the environmental champions I previously mentioned, this is the perfect opportunity to engage with local community members in various discussions exploring the intersection of conservation with nature, culture, and adventure. SHIFT truly caters to all ages and interests; whether you’re a political activist, foodie, naturalist, or a beautiful combination of all three, SHIFT has an event that will inspire, educate, and inevitably spark productive conversation. For example, on October 11th (day 4), you could start your day at Elevated Grounds Coffeehouse to learn about the company’s sustainability efforts, attend the Tools for Tomorrow conservation campaign workshop, and then finish out the day at the TGR film screening at Center for the Arts.
SHIFT makes it clear that successful acts of conservation and sustainability are not just about minimizing environmental impact, but rather about celebrating the individuals that create positive change. I’m excited to attend several of these events and support the organizations and businesses that take their role in the community seriously. I may not be saving the whole world in a day, but awareness, education, and participation seem like a really productive place to start. Who’s with me?
Stay tuned for my inside look at SHIFT events and how they relate to sustainability efforts made by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. For tickets and event information: http://shiftjh.org/
In anticipation of Jackson Hole’s first-ever cooking event at the iconic James Beard House in Manhattan’s West Village, we did some advance recon and took a summer visit to the culinary institution one warm August day to get the lay of the land for our October 2 media event and evening dinner feature.
The Beard House is the former home of the food visionary and educator and the historic building oozes character, elegance and history. Beard’s brownstone transformed to “performance space” for chefs. Visitors to the Beard House will walk through the door almost immediately to the tight kitchen and see chefs preparing and cooking live for guests.
The best part- the dining and eating- takes place upstairs on the second story of Beard’s home in an elegant library and dining area dedicated to enjoying good food and wine.
Guest will dine on Chefs Wes Hamilton and Rodger Freedman’s innovative, collaborative and authentically Wyoming menu at a select sit down lunch followed by a festive dinner for James Beard Foundation members, Jackson Hole enthusiasts and the general food-focused New York public. It’s an excellent opportunity for fans of Jackson Hole to gather and eat the best food the resort and community has to offer by some of our most celebrated chefs. Stay tuned for more #holefood reports on the upcoming From the Range event next week- including highlights of the purveyors Jackson Hole is partnering with on October 2.
Saturday will be a big day in Teton Village with summer activities like mountain biking, tram, ropes course and more in addition to the World Premiere of TGR’s Almost Live film. Adding to the fun is the Annual Jackson Hole Disc Golf Tournament, taking place at Jackson Hole’s own free disc golf course.
There’s something fulfilling about riding a horse out here. After a long week of hanging with my toddler, and working on my computer in my spare time, I needed a moment to myself in the worst way. My Mom and I usually do an a trail ride at Mill Iron Ranch once a summer, and I figured there was no better day. Since we’ve ridden there at least once a year for the past 8 years, we knew the drill, knew the ride we’d take and remembered our favorite horses.
Jackson Hole’s annual and highly anticipated Fall Arts Festival is well underway with the Western Design Conference, Palates and Palettes tonight and Taste of the Tetons, so the #holefood focus in Jackson is high right now. It’s perfect timing for this dedicated Friday Food forum where we explore the culinary landscape of Jackson Hole all in with a spirit of excitement surrounding Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Fine Dinging Restaurant Groups joint venture From the Range – Jackson Hole cooks at the James Beard House.
Executive Chef Roger Freedman and Wes Hamilton are partnering to bring the best of Jackson Hole’s culinary palate to New York City. Freedman’s palate has a place throughout the valley spanning from Rendezvous Bistro to Osteria and even to a little delicious and lesser-known pet ice cream project. Fine Dining’s Restaurants will be represented at Palates & Palates, tonight, September 5th the Legacy Gallery and Dwelling with all Jackson Hole Restaurants and Bistro Catering as well as to Asymbol Gallery with Q Roadhouse & Brewing Co.
If you ‘palate’ is looking for more- gear up for Taste of the Tetons on Sunday where all Fine Dining’s Restaurants will be serving the following mouthwatering food lineup:
Bistro: Seared Utah corn cake with housemade pork garlic sausage and local huckleberry
Q: Ballard Farms pork mosaic, Red Door Barn apple cider gastrique and sunchoke chip
Kitchen: Pulled buffalo slider with Korean BBQ and pineapple sambal
Bin22: Housepulled mozzarella with Winterset Farms tomatoes, basil and parmesan crackers
Osteria: Braised rabbit agrodolce with a beet and goat cheese terrine
Cream & Sugar: Mini ice cream sandwiches
Nothing wets the Sunday palate like a little sneak peek taste of what’s to come!
The summer fun at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort doesn’t end just yet! We have all of the details on hours and open/closed status of the summer activities summarized here:
September Activity Hours
Tram | Open daily through Sunday October 5 | 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Aerial Adventure Course | Open Friday-Sunday through September, 10am-5pm
Purchase a Grand Adventure Pass on Fridays-Sundays for the best deal if you plan on riding the tram and using the Aerial Adventure Course.
Bike Park | Open Friday-Sunday through September. Friday Hours: 10am-7pm (includes Friday Night Bikes). Sat/Sun Hours: 10am-5pm.
Bungee Trampoline & Rock Wall | closed for season
Paragliding | Open through October 5th, with meeting times of 9am and 10am. Book Now or call (307) 739-2626.
Disc Golf | open and free. Inquire for more info or to purchase discs at JH Sports.
Nick Wilson’s Cowboy Cafe | Open daily through Sunday October 5, 10am-5pm.
Couloir | Open for dinner through September 12th. Closed on 9/6, 9/7, 9/10 and 9/11.
The Deck | Gondola starts running at 4:30 PM. Open through September 12th. Closed on 9/6, 9/10 and 9/11.
Tin Can Cantina | Open Friday-Sundays in September. Hours: 11am-5pm on Sat/Sun and 11am-7pm on Fridays.
The General Store | Open daily through October 5th, 8am-5pm.
Top of the World Waffles | Open daily 9am-4:30 pm through October 5th.
JH Sports| Open daily through Sunday October 5 | Mon-Thurs: 9am-5pm; Friday: 9am-7pm; Sat/Sun: 9am-5:30pm
Teton Village Sports | Open daily through Sunday October 5 | 8am-5pm
Wool & Whiskey | Open daily through Sunday October 5 | 10am-5pm
It’s no secret that kids and especially teenagers thrive off of adrenaline and risk. Here’s a way to challenge your kids in a way that’s not dangerous, but is challenging their brains and their bodies at the same time. If your kids have had enough of the same old thing, take them to Teton Village for one last punch of summer.
I took my favorite 8 and 12 year old gals for a morning date at the village, and we did it up. We screamed our way through the bungee jumping, (yeah, I did it too!) and then made our way up the brand new ropes course!
Editor’s note: Whether it is paddling (or surfing) the local water of Jackson Hole or buzzing around the lower atmosphere via kite, Will Taggart succeeds in creating his own brand of Jackson Hole adventure. Also a passionate photographer and videographer, Will’s Vimeo channel offers an intimate look into the sports that make him tick. Story and photos below by Will Taggart.
After a great high water spring season here in Jackson, Wyoming and paddling every day the summer kicked in at Rendezvous River Sports. 12 hour work days ensue for three straight months. Getting out on the water after the longest days of work is the only thing keeping us sane. Thanks to the long days and a great river surf season we manage to keep in shape through the summer.