“You’re a stranger here but once,” they say in Jackson. And after spending a couple of nights here…we get it. We’re already looking forward to the day we return only to be greeted with open arms by some of the Nation’s most majestic landscapes, and kindest people.
Where to Stay:
Anvil Hotel – Yet another beautiful property brought to you by the masterminds behind Studio Tack (you’ll recognize them from this trip). Perfectly situated in the heart of downtown Jackson, the hotel is a beautiful blend of old and new whose thoughtful details include custom iron beds, handmade brass bathroom fixtures, and an inviting lobby that serves as an outfitter shop, coffee house and gathering spot for guests + locals alike. They’ve also got live music in the lobby, and sweeping views of the Tetons from the deck (WIN!).
What to Eat/Drink:
Teton Tiger – I’m constantly craving Thai. And Indian. And Japanese. And sometimes Chinese. Occasionally Korean. I also have a hard time making a decision when it comes to picking one over the other. But low and behold: at Teton Tiger, I DIDN’T HAVE TO. That’s because this adorable restaurant’s cuisine serves it all, and does so in style. Get there early to avoid major wait time, and grab a Bombay Buck (gin, tequila, or vodka, coconut milk, ginger syrup, lime, pineapple) while you wait for your Eastern-inspired cuisine. We opted for the Butter Chicken, Green Curry, Street Ribs and Fried Okra (which were all sensational), but I definitely had a little food envy watching that ramen come out to tables all around us…
Glorietta Trattoria – We’ll be talking about this dining experience for years, and years to come. First and foremost: let’s talk about Glorietta’s interiors. The restaurant is part of Anvil Hotel, so it, too, was designed by Studio Tack. Intended to pay homage to Italy (and does so), it also has its own, unique style peppered with nods to Western culture. The restaurant’s walls are lined with warm wood panels and olive green benches which evoke a sort of cozy, intimate feel. In the center of the restaurant is a wood-burning grill that creates the “heart” of the space. The food itself was the best we’ve had this year; a watermelon salad with pickled shallots, castelvetrano olives and Calabrian chili oil; Steelhead Trout plated with roasted summer vegetables and an herb gremolata; truffle honey chicken with a blistered cream corn + herb salad; grilled asparagus with a dill aioli and perfectly boiled soft egg. Not to mention: dessert – a Nutella chocolate truffle cake (…I was feeling decadent…) topped with a scoop of salted caramel gelato and hazelnut pralines. In addition to food, we tried several of their drinks, which were created by arguably the most influential cocktail masters of our time: Death & Co. You can’t go wrong with a single cocktail on the menu, so follow your heart to happiness in a highball.
Persephone – We were told to head to Persephone by several people during our stay in Ketchum. We actually stumbled upon it before seeking it out, which made it all the sweeter. We came back here a total of three times for breakfast/lunch and it took all I had to stray from my breakfast the first day: the seeded avocado bowl which included an everything spice avocado, smoked salmon, goat cheese, red onion, capers, poached organic egg, lentils and tomato/cucumber salad. WHOA. That being said, everything on the menu is delicious.
What to Do:
Visit Grand Teton National Park – Is it just us, or is Grand Teton National Park the most underrated Park of them all…? We were absolutely ASTOUNDED upon driving in and while we only had a few hours to spend, we vowed right then to come back with chitlins and spend nothing short of a week exploring the dozens of lakes. If you’ve only got a day to spend, we recommend the quintessential Jenny Lake Loop hike which gives you views of the park’s largest lake, and can be made into a 3-7 mile hike depending on your needs.
Want more? Stay tuned for our full road trip itinerary including Sun Valley, Jackson and Yellowstone coming via E-Book in just a few short weeks!