Two weeks ago we bought our tree permits from the Bridger Teton Forest Service office and three of us headed into the Gros V backcountry in search of the "perfect tree", well, actually five of them to be exact. I'm a little slow getting this blog posted but wanted to get it out there, I just love the Holiday season! Thanks to a much warmer than normal Fall and our dearth of early season snow (it's since snowed like crazy, over 128" at JHMR as of Dec 9th) and our luck in beating the winter road closures into the forest (by just three days!) we were able to drive a significant ways into the forest so the pickings were fantastic! Nice, big, full trees, a lovely sunny afternoon with views of the surrounding mountains and the Grand Teton range in the distance. We were even treated to a close-up sighting of a couple of gorgeous ram Big-Horn Sheep! We made it back to Jackson before sunset and set up the lobby tree, looks great! The next day we set up all the other trees, most had really prickly needles, ouch! My hands were so sore from putting on lights, but the results were great. We put approximately 700 lights on every tree, over 1,500 on the tree in the lobby. It's always fun to get out all the decorations, people start to help just out of excitement and it all comes together to make the hotel look fantastic for the holidays. Poinsettias everywhere, Santas, snowmen and reindeer and the annual Gingerbread House (this year it even has a ski lift!), it really looks great. A tradition that's always fun and the results are fantastic, beautiful freshly cut Christmas trees that fill the lobby with the scent of pine!
| Posted by Dana on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
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Snow King Resort s annual Thanksgiving day buffet was once again a delicious event.
The entire Rafferty s room
was filled with freshly prepared foods, succulent roast turkey dripping with juices & tender prime rib of beef
were huge favorites.
The Creole shrimp atop red beans and rice had just the right touch of spice, house-made gravlax with all the sides, iced peeled shrimp and crab claws,
seafood chowder, various hors d oeuvres and salads, cornbread stuffing with giblet gravy, Brussels sprouts sautÃ©ed with bacon and onions and incredibly light whipped roasted fresh yams blanketed in melted marshmallows.
For dessert the fresh apple crisp, pumpkin and pecan pies went perfectly with hot spiced apple cider. The kitchen staff outdid themselves and our appreciative guests left happy and full. It was a fun day for everybody.
Can t wait for Christmas Buffet!
| Posted by Dana on Nov 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM
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Cheap Eats! Well not exactly cheap, but for Jackson Hole the off-season specials are a treat. If you re like most hard working individuals, this time of year is one for pinching pennies prior to the holidays. Here in Jackson, we enjoy the relaxing pace of community and save a few bucks by dining out. Yes, I said dining out. Heck, it s practically the only time I can get to enjoy the higher end restaurants due to the various Two for One s and other eatery specials through Jackson and the Westbank.
is my personal favorite with their $11 menu and buy one and get the other meal for $2- especially with since that $2 dollars is donated to local charities! Thumbs up for Happy Hour at the Kitchen
, with the $5 appetizers and half price drinks you are sure to have any enjoyable evening. If you like seafood then their "Luxury Shrimp are not to be missed! Paired the shrimp with the Heirloom Tomato Salad and a nice glass of wine or specialty cocktail and you are set for a delicious, and cost effective dinner. I plan on expanding my dining adventure to the other fine dining establishments in the area this Fall, I will keep you posted on what culinary delights I find!
Another great deal I recently discovered is www.halfoffjh.com
With a list of not only restaurants, but retail stores and services such as salons, pet services, and computer help, halfoffjh.com offers a Groupon style discount. This site gives year round specials where you can buy one or multiple vouchers, and are refreshed on Wednesdays with new deals to be had!
Just think with all these saving, a Fall trip to Jackson Hole is beneficial, no crowds, lower lodging rates, and dining deals to be had all around. Book your trip today
, before you miss out on the crisp Fall deals!