O.K. let’s face it. Some of the real fun happens at destination resorts after Labor Day, when most of the out-of-towners have squeezed in the last few days of fun and have headed home. Everyone knows how special this Yellowstone-Teton area is during the throes of summer season, but this is actually the time of year when visitors should really set their travel sites on this corner of the Rockies, and many do. We feel a new crispness in the air and we almost need a sweater until the sun heads high over the Tetons. Ah, but the temperatures rise quickly, the days remain sun-splashed and we still need to lather on the sunblock. With a summer graced with more than normal showers, it’s a virtual sea of green in Teton Valley and the mountain views of course are staggering.
We continue to count our blessings
Considering what our fellow Americans are dealing with of late in the southeast, with horrible hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes, we are so fortunate that we enjoyed a summer filled with abundant sunshine, cooler temps and the perfect amount of moisture to keep the landscape lush. We also didn’t suffer the dreaded forest fires this season that in recent years have tragically plagued our neighbors to the west and the Northern Rockies.
The rain fell in the Tetons and seemingly at optimum intervals throughout the summer. Some wildflowers are still hanging in there on mountaintops throughout the valley and the aspens are just starting to tease us with their brilliant hues. It’s September in the Tetons, undoubtedly the most gorgeous time of year in the mountains.
There’s so much to do in the Teton Valley area
The only dilemma with travel to Teton Springs in September and October is something you wouldn’t expect; there’s almost too much to do. It’s a good problem to have. One can indulge in an action-packed trip, filling every day with a new adventure, or, simply delight in the solitude that comes with a summer’s end trip to Teton Springs Resort. It can be said that GOLF RULES after Labor Day. The Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs Resort is showing its true colors, and it’s nothing but green, and of course the fall colors in all their splendor one can expect to see pop over the next few weeks. One thing for certain, this course is in unbelievable shape going into fall.
World-class golf course, in the Teton Valley
Legendary golfer Byron Nelson, the designer of this world-class golf course and also the entertaining Par 3 course, would be duly impressed with how beautifully these courses have aged through the years.
Playing the links right now one would almost swear that it’s springtime in the Rockies given the lushness of the fairways and the lakes surrounding the course glisten and the trout filled ponds stand ready to challenge the fisherman and his fly. Not that anyone would need more incentive but the rates for Summer STAY & PLAY PACKAGES at this time of year are easy on the pocketbook too!
Speaking of fishing…
If casting for big browns or fighting rainbows & Cutthroat trout is your passion, then the time is now! Lots of guests at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa this time of year have early-morning wake-up calls, and the South Fork of the Snake is the seductive force.
The almost sure proof way to guarantee a successful trip on this world-class river is taking a guided trip down the Snake with the area’s most seasoned guides, and Teton Springs partner, WorldCast Anglers. The locals are giving the nod to how good the South Fork, and all the regional rivers are fishing right now. That’s all the proof you need.
End of the day relaxing at Teton Springs Lodge
You’ll have plenty of dinner options after an exhilarating day on the Southfork. You could technically whip up something in your fully equipped kitchen, if you opted for a delightful suite in the Teton Springs Lodge, but personally, I would head over to the resort’s Headwaters Grille just steps from your lodge suite or choose one of the many terrific restaurants in nearby Victor.
And, you won’t have to travel far for a casual breakfast and/or lunch, served in the relaxing Sage Cafe, just steps off the Lodge lobby, or, back to the Headwaters Grill. Somehow pancakes always taste better when served with spectacular golf course views. The patio at the Headwaters restaurant is also a great place to also plan your day’s activities.
Relaxing at the spa & salon
If your tee time is later or this is a non-golf day, you have tough decisions to make. Suffice to say there’s lots to do, but something that should top your priority list, a visit to the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. Choose from a variety of therapeutic and beauty enhancing services and always be sure to ask about current specials.
You couldn’t ask for a lovier setting than Teton Springs to tie the knot, and Fall season is a very popular time for people to say, “I do” and the spa plays a big part to insure the wedding party and guests look and feel their best.
Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
My idea of a perfect September day is cruising through Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. There are actually more animals than humans in the parks this time of year. The roads are gratefully less traveled, whether you enter from the more popular South Entrance outside of Jackson Hole, or head north from Victor and check out Mesa Falls in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest on your way to West Yellowstone
You’ll share the park’s hiking trails with savvy locals who head to the backcountry when temperatures cool and solitude is returned to the mountains.
Rafting down the Snake River… oh the Wildlife!
You may also want to seriously consider a raft trip down the wild and scenic Snake River. The nice folks at Teton Springs can help you with booking a trip with their preferred vendors and there are fun options available deep into the fall season. A river trip is definitely the best way to view the Tetons in all their grandeur, and wildlife viewing is often a big bonus on this trip, especially Bald Eagles, which are spotted frequently on these excursions. You can also expect a fun and informative history lesson on the historic Jackson Hole area from your seasoned guide; it’s all included in the price of admission.
Another good reason to schedule a trip to the Tetons in September is a chance to take in the JACKSON HOLE ARTS FESTIVAL. This event has moved far beyond just being a nationally acclaimed event. Art lovers are coming from across the pond for a chance to eyeball exquisite art, take in gallery walks, live music, and cowboy poetry.
Or, relax by the pool at Teton Springs, take up a brisk game of tennis, exercise at the Sports Club, or do nothing at all. Where would you rather be?