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Once a rough and tumble mining town, Jackson, and its surrounding area of Jackson Hole, has grown increasingly upscale over the past decade, and now offers a range of upscale places to stay, many with full-service spas and creative restaurants (you’ll find lots of game on the menu here). If you’re in Jackson to ski, choose a hotel in Teton Village, the tiny cluster of buildings situated at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Or stay in the charming, old-west town of Jackson, located 12 miles from Teton Village and closer to the Jackson airport, Teton National Park, Yellowstone and the area’s top attractions. Wherever you choose to stay, be sure to take time to explore the “hole” (or valley, in Old West-speak) and its gorgeous mountains and rugged charm.
Tucked at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain resort with ski-in/ski-out access, Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole manages to deliver Five-Star service with laid-back Western charm (something that’s harder to do than it looks). From the charming doormen in their 10-gallon cowboy hats to the knowledgeable ski concierges (who will warm your boots for you when you come in for lunch at the Westbank Grill), the staff here works hard to take care of guests while making them feel at home at the same time. In winter, the outdoor heated pools are attended by servers in white fur hats, who offer everything from schnapps-spiked hot chocolate and s’mores to heated robes and towels. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with working fireplaces and leather club chairs to lounge in, and oversized bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane products. Situated just inside the southern entrance of Grand Teton National Park, Amangani is a hot-spot for the rich and famous. Atop a dramatic butte with views of the valley (you’ll want to spend some time in the heated pool taking in those amazing views), this chic, secluded resort delivers an atmosphere that’s almost hushed in its luxury (you’ll feel like you’re the only one here). This Four-Star hotel is the epitome of the après ski lifestyle. Though there isn’t ski-in/ski-out access at the hotel itself, Amangani showcases this luxurious amenity at its Ski Lounge, seated at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle rides to and from the mountain, which is just 20 minutes away. The Wort Hotel offers luxury accommodations in a warm, historic lodge dating back to 1941. The hotel, which is appointed with original, Western-inspired artwork and lots of wooden furniture and is adorned in dark, rich colors, offers 59 guest rooms and plenty of après-ski goodies — hot chocolate, coffee and hot cider — in the lobby for those returning from a cold day on the slopes. While this lodge isn’t ski-in/ski-out, it provides a shuttle to take you to and from skiing, and a concierge will call you a couple of weeks in advance to help you reserve lift tickets and make dinner reservations. An eco-minded boutique hotel located adjacent to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s new “Big Red” tram, Hotel Terra has contemporary, streamlined rooms, sixty of which were added in 2009 along with an awesome outdoor pool. The silver LEED-certified hotel flaunts contemporary, Western artwork, such as sculptures made of reclaimed barn wood, alongside its eco-friendly touches like oversize Low-E windows, which retain heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer. Sure the rooms may seem urbanized at first glance, but look closer and you’ll see the Western touches such as the cow print pedestal in the Urban Studio guest rooms. Don’t miss out on a fabulous dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Osteria.