Perhaps you have dreamed of this: a retreat amid the soaring mountains of the great American West, surrounded by gorgeous wilderness yet close enough to town to sate your need for culture. It would be log-built, rustic as befits its surroundings, yet supremely comfortable. You’d start each day with a fantastic breakfast made fresh from local ingredients, and then head out the door to explore. The trail that passes right by your door—whether you’re moving by foot, bike, or snowshoe—would take you as far as a natural hot spring, a spectacular national park, even a world-class art museum.
The Bentwood Inn is this magical place, an intimate bed and breakfast tucked into old-growth cottonwoods near the banks of the Snake River in Jackson Hole. Just to its north the staggering peaks of Grand Teton National Park poke at the sky, and the gurgling landscape of Yellowstone is just beyond. Six miles east, the cultural hub of Jackson beckons. There are ski resorts, endless hiking trails, fish-filled streams, and wildlife refuges in every direction. And whether you prefer to pack your days full of adventure or soak up the exhilarating atmosphere at a more leisurely pace, the Bentwood Inn is your warm hearth amid the splendor, waiting to welcome you home.
The Bentwood Inn is located within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and intrinsically part of it, down to its very construction. It was built with massive pines that once stood tall in Yellowstone National Park, and were salvaged after the park’s wildfires in 1988. Old fencing that used to surround the three-acre property has been removed to allow wildlife safe passage, so you might catch sight of a moose from your balcony, and mule deer may leap past as you’re reading on the deck.
With only five guest rooms, the Bentwood Inn is small and personal—but it’s the innkeepers who really make it feel like home. Bob and Virginia Schrader are your hosts extraordinaire, keeping the lodge impeccably and sustainably run while making sure your experience is everything you wished for. Bob mans the kitchen, crafting delectable daily breakfasts and hors d’oeuvres that showcase organic local ingredients and a deep appreciation for the culture of food. The couple is anchored in the local community and can point you to whatever you seek: upcoming concerts, promising new restaurants, great nature walks or epic climbs, where to meet a cowboy, little-known places to fly-fish or observe wildlife. Jackson Hole is a world-renowned destination, and through Bob and Virginia, you are privy to its best-kept secrets.
Guests who reserve their space through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World will be treated to a seasonal complimentary experience designed for our guests. In spring, summer, and fall, meet one-on-one with a naturalist guide to gain a deeper understanding of the geology, history, and ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This largely intact ecosystem encompasses two national parks and, by some counts, 22 million acres. From mid-December through early April, set off on a horse-drawn sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge, watching for the wildlife that winter here, including coyotes, bison, deer, wolves, trumpeter swans, eagles, and massive herds of elk.
The Bentwood Inn has a vibrant sustainability program that has earned it recognition far beyond Jackson Hole. In 2013, Outside magazine cited the lodge as one of the four best eco-lodges in North America, and its green practices have been further refined since then. They source most of their food locally, rely 100% on renewable energy, and offer canteens instead of plastic water bottles. From biodegradable garbage bags to a charging station for your Tesla, the innkeepers are constantly looking for—and implementing—solutions that improve the guest experience while minimizing the lodge’s environmental footprint.
A founder of the Bentwood Inn also co-founded 1% For the Tetons, a non-profit that encourages local businesses to donate 1% of their annual profit to local sustainability initiatives. Annual grants have funded community recycling projects, developed trails and environmental education programs, and established water refilling stations in Jackson to discourage the use of plastic bottles. The lodge also provides up to 30 days of housing for those taking part in these initiatives, particularly for researchers working on conservation projects.
Harper's Bazaar, The List: Top 10 Bed & Breakfasts in America, rated #2 in 2015
Outside magazine, named one of North America's best eco-lodges, 2013
Platinum GreenLeader, TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program
4 Green Keys, Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program
Member of Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America
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