Now that the ski resorts have closed and the parks have yet to open, learn to enjoy Jackson Hole like a local in what we call the shoulder season. Sure the weather can be unpredictable, but as long as you come prepared with the right outerwear and a good sense of adventure you’ll have Jackson practically to yourself!
Take a stroll around downtown and explore the unique shops and galleries that line Town Square, and take advantage of many of the perks of being here during quieter times. Not only will you find plenty of things to do, but you won’t be fighting hoards of people. Read on for some of our favorite reasons to love off season in Jackson Hole.
We all know it can be an expensive endeavor to eat out at the many fine restaurants in Jackson, take advantage of most establishments offered two entrées for the price of one specials during the shoulder season.
Some of our wise guides favorite spots include:
Rendezvous Bistro – A favorite of both locals and visitors, Rendezvous Bistro is considered a signature of Jackson Hole. Enjoy classic French-American Bistro fare in a sophisticated, yet casual atmosphere, including an extensive wine list and raw bar.
Blue Lion Restaurant – The Blue Lion has been a Jackson Hole favorite pleasing discerning diners 7 days a week with everything from simply the best rack of lamb to fresh fish served with full-flavored sauces and salsas. Located in a charming historic house, Blue Lion also features live music most nights.
The Kitchen Jackson Hole – The cuisine at The Kitchen embraces various culinary techniques, worldly influences and ingredients including the freshest fish, meats and seasonal vegetables. The presentation is clean, simple, natural and uncomplicated.
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Get your lines wet before the snowmelt muddies the nearby Snake River. Jackson Hole is a classic anglers paradise with countless holes, streams, and the main river to choose from. The best part? You won’t see another soul for miles.
Hiking And Snowshoeing
Depending on the snowpack by mid-April lower elevation hiking spots start to become accessible, and higher elevation is still great snowshoeing.
We love working with www.jhecotouradventures.com because they provide a wide variety of experiences no matter what the conditions outside are.
Many of the spas and salons in town offer specials during this time as well. Our favorite is the Body Sage Spa inside the Rusty Parrot hotel which is steps from the Mountain Modern. They offer various massage therapies as well as facials and spa packages.
Combine with the 2 for 1’s and you’ll be well on your way to treating yourself to a weekend of pampering and good food!