Jackson's luxury mountain lodge
32 Rooms / 1 Suite
Peeking out from behind a grove of quaking aspens, a short stroll from the heart of downtown Jackson, Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa oozes cozy log-cabin comfort. Refreshingly unpretentious, it’s a perfect match for this down-to-earth Western town where backpackers rub shoulders with billionaires. Don’t let the downtown location fool you — the lodge snuggles against a hillside on a peaceful back street and seems a world away from the tourist throngs of the town square.
A local Jackson family has owned and managed this intimate lodge with its 32 guest rooms since 1990, and it loves to treat guests like family, too. Personal touches include help with trip planning before your visit and teddy bears perched atop billowy beds. From the Wild Sage restaurant with its focus on seasonal produce and local game, to the comfy guest rooms and sublime treatments at the Body Sage Spa, Rusty Parrot Lodge is your western home away from home.
Glowing in warm tones of gold and cream, the 32 guest rooms span three floors with views of a park or the pine-dotted hill behind the lodge. All have a sumptuous king bed or two queens topped with soft Italian linens and plush down comforters and pillows. Carved alder headboards, granite-topped desks and leather club chairs complete the furnishings, while recycled wood and reed accents echo the wooded surrounds. The bathrooms are equally inviting. Deep-soaking tubs and L’Occitane body products are the standout features. King rooms can be reserved with a wood-burning fireplace tended by staff on request, and two larger king rooms also come with whirlpool tubs in view of the beds. The well-appointed Owner’s Suite has a king bed in bedroom and a separate living room — there’s a wood-burning fireplace in each. At turndown, chocolate truffles tempt the sweet-toothed.
Steps from the Jackson hotel in a dedicated building, the Body Sage Spa transports you to a state of alpine bliss. As you enter, fresh scents of spruce mingled with lavender and pine infuse the senses, while the contemporary stacked stone accents and warm wood trim are subtle reminders of the mountain surrounds. The serene treatment rooms and double-treatment suite are the setting for soothing treatments. Weary hikers and skiers will want to book the two-hour Sports Recovery treatment, which includes a lavender fir mountain herbal wrap and a sports massage that incorporates local flowers. With an emphasis on healing touch, therapists elevate the spa experience by customizing treatments to meet your needs. Products are mostly organic with natural ingredients from lines like Amala, a luxury skincare brand from Germany. Heidi Harrison, the spa owner and manager, also grows and gathers local flowers and herbs to use during treatments.
A fire crackles in a river-rock fireplace welcoming you to Wild Sage restaurant. With only 32 seats, it offers an intimate dining experience where you can watch the chefs weave their artistry in the exhibition kitchen. The menu celebrates local flavors in creative ways and spotlights organic, seasonal produce. Breakfast offers everything from Grand Marnier French toast to a Western omelet with homemade buffalo sausage, while dinner focuses on regional game (grilled bison short ribs with a cilantro emulsion), high-quality beef (Wagyu beef tenderloin with potatoes and wild mushroom confit) and sustainably sourced seafood (Alaskan halibut with French curry and white polenta). The well-curated wine list spans the world’s great winemaking regions, with port, sherry and grappa selections, too.
Exuding homey mountain lodge charm, the luxury hotel has a few cozy nooks where you can curl up with a compelling book. In the wood-paneled library on the top floor, sink into a leather-backed chair by the fire with a complimentary tea or coffee. From here, an outdoor deck with views of the park beckons with a Jacuzzi, and the alfresco sofas are an inviting spot to sip an Irish coffee by the fire on a cold night. Downstairs, the den, in dark woods and leather, doubles as a private dining room and boardroom. Drivers of electric cars will find dedicated parking with chargers. Complimentary bikes are parked at the entrance, and a free round-trip shuttle whisks you to Teton Village and the legendary slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, one of North America’s top ski resorts, about a 20-minute drive away.