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Jackson Hole’s natural beauty makes it the perfect backdrop for a romantic rendezvous. Whether you dine in a sky-high restaurant or take a dip in hot springs, bring your sweetheart to these date-worthy spots:
1. Dine sky-high. Taking the Bridger Gondola up to Couloir Restaurant is just the beginning of a great evening. During your four-course, prix fixe meal at 9,065 feet, you can look out over the twinkling lights in the valley far below while enjoying the restaurant’s elegant-but-not-stuffy atmosphere. Entrées range from tenderloin of buffalo to pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras or spicy grilled ono with coriander.
2. Take a Dip in the Hot Springs. Sneak off in the early morning or later in the evening for an intimate plunge in the naturally heated water at Granite Hot Springs in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A soak in these warm waters is good for the skin and with nothing but nature surrounding you and your mate, you’ll have hearts in your eyes in no time.
3. Soar above it all. A hot-air balloon ride silently sails between 1,500 and 4,000 feet over the valley floor. Though the altitude depends on wind conditions, you will likely be at eye level with some of the mountains. Champagne and strawberries make the adventure even more enchanting. Rides often take off near Teton Village, but outfitters offer hotel pick-up.
4. Camp out. Splurge and spend a night in one of the historic cabins at Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Having hosted its first visitors in 1920 — nine years before Grand Teton National Park was first established — Jenny Lake Lodge has had decades to get everything just right. And it has.
5. Take a hike. Hop aboard the tram that will carry you to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and then do the 10-mile, mostly flat (since you’ve taken the tram up, most of the hard work is done) hike to Marion Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Nestled in a verdant cirque at 9,000-some feet, Marion Lake gets only a handful of hikers a day.