So it began. The text chain started. We casually suggested to a group of friends that we should plan a getaway this fall.
When? Where? Charleston? The mountains?
Then someone suggested Jackson Hole.
Before we knew it, the weekend had been selected and the kid-free trip countdown to Jackson Hole had begun.
This was actually our third trip to Jackson, I know I am a lucky girl! 🙂 We are really fortunate because we actually get to stay for free at a friend's family home. We have been in Summer, Winter and now Fall. I honestly can't pick a favorite season because they have all been wonderful in their own way. While skiing is an obvious choice in the winter, there is so much to do each season and today I am going to share 10 Must Do's for Jackson Hole in the Fall.
1. Visit the Town Square
Framed by elk antlers on all four corners, the town center is very touristy, but... a must if you are...well, a tourist. The first day we were there was a rainy day so we made the best of it by venturing on an impromptu bar crawl around the square. Be sure to saddle up at the Cowboy Bar. We also hit up several art galleries and gift shops. Also, the home store Twenty Two Home had super cute (but super pricey) house stuff.
2. Float the Snake River
So. Much. Fun. We have now done it with a guide and self-guided. If you have never done it before or don't have a SUV to tow your own boat, a guide would be the way to go.
This time we did it just us. Let's just say it was an adventure.
An amazing adventure!
The views of the Tetons are breathtaking. We rented our boat from Rendezvous and did about a 4 hour float. There are very little rapids but the views and laughs are endless.
3. Breakfast at Nora's Fish Creek Inn
We may or may not have eaten breakfast every morning at this cute log cabin turned restaurant in downtown Wilson.
PS- eating out without children is amazing.
(this pic is actually at the Mangy Moose, see below)
Must visit the Mangy Moose
Do a Gondola Ride
Four Seasons for Drinks
Osteria Italian for Dinner
We have done many hikes but the one I remember most was Ski Lake. This shot was taken in Wilson on a fly fishing ranch.
6. Fly Fish
Brian and I had never picked up a fly fishing rod so we took free lessons at Orvis before our last trip out there.
But, if you've never done it before, it is a super fun experience. If nothing else, you will enjoy the views and may even spot a MOOSE!
7. Day Trip to Yellowstone
Of course you must see Old Faithful and there is plenty of hikes. It's a beautiful drive, but it does take longer than you think so be sure to plan accordingly. (the drive once in the park is pretty long to get to Old Faithful)
8. Pearl Street Market
In the town of Jackson, near the square, Pearl Street Market is a great lunch spot. Great sandwiches and high-end groceries. Picture a small Whole Foods. Tasty!
We saw SO many amazing animals. Moose, Elk, Deer, Bison, Pack of Coyotes. At night when we were sitting outside we actually heard the Elk migrating. It was a beautiful sound.
Here we saw 3 moose literally on the side of the road. Traffic jam- Jackson style!
Around 30 elk crossed the road in front of us. Here are some of them already over the fence.
10. Relax & Take in the Views
This one doesn't need much explanation, right?
ha, or if you are like us, set up your TV outside so you can watch college football while relaxing and taking in the views. (you can take a boy out of the south, but...)