As one of the great adventure capitals of the American West as well as a hub of fine arts and fine cuisine, Jackson Hole could easily keep you busy for weeks. With Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, and the National Elk Refuge within easy reach, the list of things to do is virtually endless. The staff at the Bentwood Inn have close relationships with adventure operators and naturalist guides in the valley, and are up to date on all the area’s cultural happenings, so they can help you build an experience that fits you. Whether you’re looking to go dogsledding or wine tasting—or both—they’ll have plenty of recommendations and they’ll help make your reservations.
The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.
There is a hike for everyone here, from easy walks in the valley to serious treks to high mountain passes in the Tetons. With hundreds of miles of established trails to choose from, you can stay close to the lodge or venture deep into the surrounding parks—on your own (with tips from the innkeepers) or on a guided hike with a local operator.
Grab a bike and a helmet at the lodge and set out on the bike path that starts right at the front door. There are miles of paved paths in every direction, so you can bike into Jackson or spend an afternoon pedaling through Grand Teton National Park. Guided excursions by regular or fat bike are also available at an extra cost.
Those same trails still beckon in winter, when the surrounding landscape is covered in snow and wildlife is easy to spot. The lodge supplies snowshoes that guests can take out to explore both wilderness and wide-open spaces. Or bring your equipment and take to the winter wonderland on cross-country skis. Guided snowshoeing and cross-country skiing excursions are also offered by local outfitters.
Every evening, the inn hosts a gathering for guests featuring wine, cheese, and homemade hors d’oeuvres.
Occasionally, on nights when a Bistro dinner is offered, the lodge invites a naturalist from the Teton Science School to give a talk on the area after the meal.
The following experiences, as well as guided excursions, are offered at an additional cost.
Hit the rapids on a white-water rafting excursion, enjoy a scenic float through Grand Teton National Park, or take to the Snake River in a hand-built wooden dory and end the day with dinner on the riverbank. A number of local operators offer a wide variety of water-based adventures, and the lodge will connect you to the best of them.
Cast your fly for rainbow trout and cutthroats in one of the many streams and rivers that pass through the valley and the surrounding national parks. Local angling outfitters cater to all skill levels and offer a range of guided boat trips, float trips, and backcountry fishing excursions.
Join a naturalist guide on a half- or full-day excursion in the Jackson Hole area and the neighboring national parks, and learn about the natural history of the region while tracking all kinds of wildlife, from birds to big horn sheep. Wildlife tours are available all year round.
Head to the peaks—or soar among them—on a variety of adventures, including aerial tram rides, climbing, bungee jumping, and tandem paragliding. Most of these adventure outfitters offer family-friendly activities as well as those for adrenaline junkies.
Take in the scenery from a different perspective on half-day, full-day, or multi-day horseback rides with wranglers. Or join rodeo performers at a local cattle ranch for a fun course in roping, barrel racing, and more.
Join the locals in the stands for a Jackson Hole tradition that’s been around for more than 120 years. Watch lassoes fly and riders jounce through thrilling events such as bull and bronc riding, roping, and barrel racing.
Head to the slopes at one of three excellent resorts, including Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, one of the best in the country. Go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with a guide, or opt for a backcountry-skiing, heli-skiing, or ice-climbing expedition. Glide through the snow on a dogsled, or take a wildlife safari on a snowmobile.
Loft high above the valley in a hot air balloon, and surround yourself with breathtaking aerial views of jagged peaks, sparkling rivers, and perhaps even the Yellowstone plateau.
Encounter some of the first images of the American West—and more recent depictions of its wildlife and scenery—at the renowned National Museum of Wildlife Art. Delve into life in the Wild West at other museums in town, or take in a play at the playhouse or a ballet at the Center for the Arts. Or time your visit with the JacksonHoleLive summer concert series and watch world-class shows al fresco.
Along with many of the other activities listed here, families can also enjoy a visit to the interactive Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, a ride down an alpine slide or an alpine coaster, and a ropes course. Dinnertime is a whole new adventure: try out a chuckwagon meal with cowboy songs and stories, or ride a covered wagon to a mountain camp for a meal like a homesteader of old.
As a bed and breakfast, the Bentwood Inn takes the first meal of the day seriously, offering a fresh and inspired range of options that goes beyond (but includes) seasonal fruit, organic coffee, and home-baked bread. Along with epicurean versions of typical breakfast items, chef and innkeeper Bob Schrader adds the unexpected: gravlax with cilantro and a dash of whiskey, for example.
Delightful appetizers are the stars at the nightly wine and cheese hour, and several nights a week, the inn hosts a four-course gourmet Bistro dinner for guests made with fresh, local ingredients.
Note: The inn does not serve lunch, and the Bistro dinner is offered based on demand.
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