We stayed here June 13 & 14 at the midpoint of our two-week, 4,000-mile road trip from Chicago thru the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and even into Idaho – and back. …
Jackson/Hole with 2 grade-school aged children was by far the most challenging area to nail down a best-guess reservation because it seemed like reviews of every affordable hotel in this area presented legitimate cons. Not every place has a pool (which is important on a long trip w/kids); Teton Village seemed better for the winter instead of summer; the ranches & B&Bs seemed tempting, but we were only going to be around for a couple days ...
Over our two weeks in the West, we stayed in all types of places –motel-quality rooms; Hampton Inns; the historic grand dames of Yellowstone. And then there was what my wife called “Western Chic,” where we’d spend decent enough money – $275 per night – for comfort with a Wyoming flair. I ultimately chose Spring Creek Ranch, tho I was leery because of the reviews that described the place as not a typical hotel experience, but more of “a mixture of housing types including private residences …” some of which resembled “lockout timeshare unit[s].”
But I’m happy to say we made the right choice with Spring Creek Ranch and our standard, 2-Queen, second-floor room with an AMAZING view. It's true, this is not a typical hotel setup. But the overall experience fit the bill for “Western Chic.” SCR overlooks the Jackson Land and Cattle ranch atop the East Gros Ventre Butte. It is beautiful. The property was sprayed with the color of yellow wildflowers in June. At night you hear the cattle lowing and can see the twinkling lights of the Jackson Hole airport, and of course everything is framed by the Teton Range. Next door is the Asian-style Amangani luxury property. I couldn’t tell what, but new construction of some sort was going up nearby. … The heart of Jackson is an easy 5-to-10 minute drive.
The weather was sketchy the afternoon we arrived from Yellowstone – it was rainy, and views of the mountains were enveloped in clouds. (The value of SCR takes a big hit when the mountains disappear.) This was the very end of the spring off-season, the place was not at full guest capacity, but we still had to wait until the clock struck check-in time to get to our room. The gentleman working the front desk was INCREDIBLY snooty and indifferent. While we waited at the Granary bar, we got to listen to the bartender whine to a friend about how difficult his job is. Not a great start.
The fireplace was a major highlight of our room (No. 2204), which maybe could have been considered somewhat plain, but it had enough hints of Western decor. We were happy with it. ... Tho I hadn’t built a fire since I was a teenager living with my parents, I got some nice ones roaring. How could I not? The large woodpiles on the front porches to the rooms were too inviting! … But SCR really expects that you know what to do with a flue. We didn’t have any problems, but the poor folks next door and another couple in a neighboring unit sure did – their smoke alarms were screeching throughout the night. Would it be too much to offer a refresher course to guests and offer to start a nice fire for them? For $275 and up? ...
Our second day was a completely different story and we basked in SCR’s full glory. While we ate a wonderful breakfast at the Granary the fog burned off to unveil the breathtaking view of the Tetons. My wife later enjoyed a message offered by SCR’s spa service. Over at the adjacent horse ranch, my boys rode for the very first time and said it was one of the top highlights of the entire trip. They later let off some steam at the small but heated outdoor pool. I got my fill of touring some scenic vistas of the Tetons with tons of amazing photos. SCR is a nice, easy drive from Grand Teton NP Visitors Center in Moose …
Again, these were Days 10 & 11 of a 15-day road trip, sandwiched between a busy & exciting stint at Yellowstone NP and our inevitable journey back to the Midwest. We needed comfort and a place to rest & relax before a long stretch of driving. And, for us, Spring Creek Ranch delivered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spring Creek Ranch is located on a wildlife sanctuary almost 1,000 feet above the town of Jackson and has the most spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range, including the world famous 13,700-foot Grand Teton. Our luxury resort gives guests the choice of Inn Rooms, Condominiums, or Mountain Villas to provide the right accommodations to suit your needs. Whether exploring Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks, or testing your skill on the Snake River Fly Fishing, White Water Rafting, or many other countless recreational opportunities, Spring Creek Ranch is a destination luxury resort for any type of guest. Enjoy the western cuisine at the DiRoNA award-winning Granary Restaurant with floor to ceiling windows to view the sunrise or sunset over the Grand Teton. Disconnect from the outside world and rejuvenate at the Wilderness Adventure Spa with a High Altitude Hot Stone Heaven Massage. Spring Creek resort is the proud recipient of the prestigious Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List designation. We pride ourselves on our tradition of integrity, innovation and our ability to provide services that exceed expectations. Spring Creek Ranch is described as "luxury with rustic flair surrounds guests in authentic cowboy country," according to the Robb Report of the Top Ten Family and Corporate Retreats in October 2004. "Panoramic views of the Teton Mountains, verdant wild flower meadows and endless blue skies quiet the mind and enable us to live in the moment." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spring Creek Ranch Hotel Jackson
- Spring Creek Hotel
- Spring Creek Resort
- Spring Creek Ranch Jackson, Jackson Hole, WY