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Anniversa-Redo at Four Seasons Jackson Hole

When a man tells you he doesn’t like horses. Listen to him. I found out the hard way – by spending my anniversary in the Jackson Hole Emergency Room – that Ben and horses do not get along.

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Four years ago Ben and I made our first trek to Jackson Hole to celebrate our first anniversary. We had grand plans of camping, taking in all the scenery and geeking out at Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. And we did those things. We camped, drove, sang off key and ate far too many hot dogs and turkey sandwiches with a Honda packed to the brim with gear and food. Wide eyed and romantic – we were ready! But we sure weren’t ready for a couple of torrential downpours and a trip to the emergency room! So we called it a mulligan and this year for our one year wedding anniversary – we had a do over. Or as I like to call it, an “anniversa-redo”! This time we ditched the tents and landed at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

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Now, I’m no fan of flying – but the bumps and jostles were worth it when we didn’t have endless time to road trip our way there. Flying in was bumpy but when you see the Grand Tetons Right Outside Your Window, you forget all your worries and I got overwhelmingly excited about this grand adventure.

I can tell you right off the bat that our digs this time sure beat the three man tent the first time we were in Jackson Hole! If I could have found a way to hunker down there forever and just have Huck shipped to me, I would have never left… And the bed?  I might have done a trust fall onto it.

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Look at this bathroom!

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Check this view. If you’re a skier or boarder, this is a paradise. The hotel backs up right to some of the most prime skiing right out the back door!

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Our first day at the hotel was spent relaxing and taking it all in. The scenery was just as stunning as I remembered, with Teton Village looking out over the valley and the most stunning of mountains. Saturday night is rodeo night – so we went and got our giddy up on downtown Jackson. We both love a good rodeo – even if Ben doesn’t like riding.

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Just north of the hotel about 20 minutes is Grand Tetons National Park, and that’s where we spent our Sunday. After fueling up at the Westbank Grill with Ben’s Huckleberry French Toast and my Huevos Rancheros, we headed out for the day’s trek.

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And look what we got to take for a spin!

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Four Seasons‘ chefs packed us a great picnic to take with stuffed sandwiches, like my Ahi Tuna sandwich and Ben’s roast beef with plenty of horseradish sauce and prime stone ground mustard potato salad. My lunch came with one of their famed Trail Mix cookies – which I will be passing on the recipe to you on Wednesday! – and Ben went with the traditional chocolate chip.

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Our next stop was to go to the famed Grand Teton barns out near Kelly, Wyoming not too far north of Jackson. You know these barns. C’mon. The barns are part of the famed Mormon Row – where some of Jackson’s earliest settlers well, settled. As beautiful as the view is, settling and taming this region would be a struggle and you got to give them some kudos for their gumption back in the day. Right next to the barns was the Jackson buffalo herd and they loved having their photos taken.

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This is the Buffalo version of “Hey, Girl”.

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The storms, just like we remember, started to set in so Monday morning Ben and I hunkered down for a cup of coffee on the back patio. And we had a couple of lovely ladies with legs for DAYS that joined us for a little nosh. They decided the trees were just right for eating – and we stuck with our coffee and toasty Pendleton blankets by the fire place. They came right up to the patio, even surprising the employees who couldn’t believe that Ben and I got to see these moose come within 15 feet of us!

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In between the storms, we treked out in the morning for a hike around Jenny Lake and then grabbed a couple of bikes from Base Camp right at the resort and rode our way down the path and dodged rain drops where we could. We failed and came back soaked, but the ride along the fences of a great cattle ranch and fields of horses was refreshing and so relaxing.

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Since it was our last night, we spent our evening at the Westbank Grill going all out with the most melt in your mouth buffalo short ribs and elk osso bucco. For dessert – since we hiked all around Jenny Lake and went for a bike ride – we split the Cowboy Cookie with a whopping dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. Then, I proceeded to fail whale into that king size bed and zonk right out.

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It was a dream and a half way to spend our first wedding anniversary – much better than the other one where we spent our day in the emergency room fixing Ben’s wonky wrist and busted lip. Jackson Hole holds a very special place in our heart, with so many memories made – and we already can’t wait to go back again. Next time, we really may never leave.

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*Note* Thank you to Four Seasons Jackson Hole for hosting us an our Anniversa-redo, we loved our stay and all opinions are our own.

 

   

27 Responses to “Anniversa-Redo at Four Seasons Jackson Hole”

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 9, 2013 @ 5:26 am

    Jackson Hole is on my “to see” list!!! Love that you combined rustic with four seasons!!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 9, 2013 @ 6:06 am

    Looks like you had a great anniversary redo. It’s absolutely beautiful there!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — September 9, 2013 @ 6:32 am

    GORGEOUS. OK, Ben and I were just talking about where to go for a trip next spring. I may need to show him these pics! (and I am totally for the hotel…I’m not THAT outdoorsy, lol)

    • Megan replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

      Erin Put Jackson at the top of your must-see list!! You and your Ben will totally love it!

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — September 9, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    How freaking beautiful! Ugh… and that last pick of you all cozy-like. LOVE!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — September 9, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Wow girl! This looks like an epic anniversa-rodeo! :)

    Cheers to a wonderful couple!

    • Megan replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

      Thanks lovely!! We had such a lovely time, I want to go back again. It’s only been a week! Just next time, I don’t think I’ll be moving back to Washington! hahah

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — September 9, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    How amazing and what a gorgeous place!!!

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    Jaclyn — September 9, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    This is just gorgeous, I want to go!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — September 9, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    I was dying to go to Jackson Hole before I read this post, and now I am determined to make it happen ASAP! Looks amazing!

    • Megan replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

      Yes, Marie – definitely made the trip, you will adore it! The views just can’t be beat!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — September 9, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Just gorgeous. Jackson Hole is on my list of places that I must visit!

    • Megan replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

      Yes, Paula! You positively have to visit! I just can’t get over how in love with it I am. I just know when you visit you’lltotally adore it, too.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 9, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    So jelly of your visit to Jackson Hole!! Love, love, love!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 9, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    Such a great anniversary trip! Glad it all worked out :)

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — September 9, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    WOW! Your anniversary sounds like all kinds of amazing.

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    The Healthy Apple — September 9, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Stunning images; love this darling. Happy anniversary!!!!

    • Megan replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

      Thanks love!! It was a great way to make up for the first anniversary – that’s for sure! hahaha

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    Gaby — September 9, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    What a trip! Nothing more beautiful than a grand set of mountains!

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    Erika — September 10, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    Like Whoa! I just feel like that is somewhere I need to be.. Happy Anniversary!!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — September 10, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Oh lady… what a gorgeous trip!!!!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — September 10, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Wow, the scenery is stunning and I bet it’s just as stunning in the winter time. It’s places like Jackson Hole and my recent trip to Alaska that make you have so much more appreciation for the outdoors and nature. Awesome!!

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    brandi — September 11, 2013 @ 5:34 am

    what a beautiful place! happy late anniversary :)

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — September 11, 2013 @ 5:40 am

    I have only been to Jackson Hole in the snowy wintertime, but I have heard great things about it year-round, and from your photos, it looks wonderful! Glad this re-do went much better than the first time!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 12, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Looks like an incredible vacation!

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