The State of Idaho is often misunderstood. The Gem State is widely known both domestically and internationally as the “potato capital of the world.” But there’s so much more to this Rocky Mountain mecca of vast wilderness areas and stunning vistas. Growing fabulous spuds demonstrates how Idaho’s environment is optimum, not simply for producing delicious potatoes, but for enjoying the unparalleled recreation one will find within its borders. Growing the best potatoes requires clear water flowing from mountain run-off, the cleanest air, plenty of sunny days followed by cool crisp evenings. Sounds like the perfect ingredients for an outstanding vacation destination. Idaho can certainly deliver, whether you crave summer fun or romping in superior winter snow conditions.
Idaho vacation cabins are also often misunderstood, or general impressions simply misguided
Just the word “cabin” conjures up visions of a one room log abode tucked away in the forest, smoke drifting lazily from the chimney and typically offering fairly primitive features. While this type of accommodation indeed exists, there’s a much better alternative at Teton Springs. This sprawling complex was unveiled to an anxious public in 2007. There was much to celebrate when the ribbon was cut on this all-season luxury resort located just outside the quaint town of Victor, Idaho. However, what shocked most residents and first-time visitors was the unprecedented lodging experience Teton Springs offered its guests. Genuine western charm prevails throughout the property especially in the one- & two-bedroom suites in the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. They are elegant and comfortable and share the same building with the award-winning Stillwaters Spa & Salon.
But it’s the Idaho vacation cabins at Teton Springs that continue to wow guests
Nestled adjacent to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Teton Springs offers three, four- & five-bedroom luxury mountain log cabins. The views from the massive windows are stellar, and if you’re not playing a round a golf on the 18-hole Headwaters Course, you can watch others play-through given all the homes offer mountain/and or golf course views. The large private decks are also optimum for the extraordinary wildlife viewing that is somewhat of a national pastime in this area. Each cabin is unique but what they all share is an understated elegance; with well-equipped kitchens, great rooms for socializing, large stone gas fireplaces, elegant western furnishings, washer & dryer & outdoor barbecues. Given the amenities built into Teton Springs version of log cabins, guests are always pleasantly surprised just how affordable these gracious homes are and how perfectly suited they are for a family or group stay.
Many guests plan their activities prior to arrival at Teton Springs and the accommodating guest service staff is there to help! There are so many adventures to pursue here in Yellowstone-Teton territory that guests often have challenging decisions to make. Within the resort grounds itself, guests will enjoy the 25-meter Junior Olympic sized saltwater pool, geyser splash area for the kids, hot tubs, tennis and pickle ball courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, or cruise the grounds and adjacent trails in the national forest on a rental bike. Lakes and ponds scattered throughout the resort are stocked with cutthroat trout and provide a fun activity for Teton Springs guests.
It’s easy to escape in Idaho given its 4 million acres of wilderness, and there’s no better way for visitors to truly have that genuine western experience than taking a horseback trip thru the Teton mountains. It’s the optimum way to appreciate this Yellowstone-Teton area in all its glory and uniqueness. One of our favorite outfitters in Teton Valley is Linn Canyon Ranch. Only minutes from Teton Springs, this ranch is family owned and operated. The Linn brothers were practically raised on the back of a horse and thus know the terrain throughout the Teton Mountains intimately. The Linn boys are gracious, funny and competent and ensure that everyone in the group is comfortable in their new surroundings. You’ll learn the history of the area, what it means to be a rancher in the 21st century and see how simply gorgeous the mountains are blanketed with flowers as the scent of fresh columbine & sage fill the air. Saddle up and enjoy your ride, and may this Idaho vacation be the trip of a lifetime.