Last month, I got the chance to head way out west to spend time with some of my favorite people and the entire Toyota team as we took on Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a few days. When it comes to Toyota, they definitely go big before going home and I couldn’t wait to check out the new lineup of trucks and SUVs, on and off the road while we hit up some pictureque destinations in between the work.
You know I love to travel, and any excuse I can get to recap all the fun stuff is always a win in my book. Just hoping I can twist Jeff’s arm to bring the girls back out to this outdoor wonderland sometime very soon!
The Cloudveil, an Autograph Collection Hotel | Inspired by nature and the great outdoors, this served as our home away from home for 3 nights while we toured everything in and around Jackson Hole. I absolutely LOVED the location = centrally located in the hustle and bustle within the town square, the property was picturesque with its decor and furnishings, lots of luxe leather in our room, and a warm + welcoming lobby, reception area, and an outdoor pool ready for relaxation, too.
Things to Do
It’s been more than 25 years since I have been to Wyoming [back then we drove west one summer with my grandparents] so needless to say it’s changed quite a bit! It’s super convenient to get to and I loved the proximity of the airport to the actual town of Jackson Hole. One thing I’d highly recommend is mapping out your days before you go because there is SO much to do and you’ll want to fill your time with activities and adventures to make the most of this gorgeous landscape.
The Grand Tetons | One morning we drove to the Grand Tetons National Park exploring and getting lost in the outdoors. We did a few short hikes, taking in the gorgeous mountains and enjoying the weather because it was the prime time to visit [apparently July and August are their high peak months for tourism other than the winter for skiing]. The Grand Tetons have more than 200 miles of trails for those of you who want to explore even more. Other options?? Exploring the towns + villages, floating the Snake River and more!
Kemo Sabe | I have wanted to visit this accessories store ever since the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills visited the shop in Aspen a few seasons ago, so when I saw that this experience was on our itinerary you better believe I was in for this personalized hat creating. Basically one of the coolest processes ever, it’s not only the best souvenir you could ever imagine, but it’s completely custom from beginning to end… pick your hat and then work with an expert to adorn your new favorite acessory with jewels, silk wraps, leather accents, branding and more. An absolute must-do! **I’d recommend setting aside 1.5 – 2 hours for this because it’s definitely an involved activity and one you don’t want to rush**
National Museum of Wildlife Art | Built into the hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge, it features an interactive children’s gallery, outdoor sculpture trails and a host of galleries to which houses more than 5,000 artworks of animals from around the world. They also have an on-site restaurant called Palate1 so you can eat while you visit.
Backcountry Safaris E-Bike Tour | Hands down my fav experience from the trip was this motorized bike tour… a little help with a battery never hurt anyone when it comes to elevated heights and this tour was amazing! We got to take in the town and then headed out… pedaling past the Snake River, taking our time to visit Mose Lake, venturing to Mormon Row and more. A great way to get outdoors and some exercise, too!
All the Eats + Drinks
The Bistro | I love it when you stay at a hotel that has fabulous eating on-site. Not only was this cute little eatery convenient, but it was DELICIOUS as well. We ate there for breakfast AND lunch while we were on the trip and I was super impressed with everything I ordered… they also offer dinner and you can make reservations online easily!
Orsetto Italian Bar and Eatery | Directly across from the hotel and down the sidewalk from Kemo Sabe is the most quaint little eatery with lots of outdoor seating if the weather is warm! An urban-casual setting, they have fantastic cocktails and traditional Italian apps and entrees + homemade pastas everyone will enjoy… a great place for groups to go!
Local Restaurant and Bar | This one came highly recommended from a number of the locals and I couldn’t agree more. We stopped in for lunch one afternoon and it was PACKED! Tons of great beer selections with fun seasonal cocktails and apparently they are most famous for their contemporary take on steaks… definitely recommend this one!
Piste Mountain Bistro via Bridger Gondola | A seasonal restaurant open from June through September, it’s a lively dining experience at the top of the Bridger Gondola. A great and open-concept bar and restaurant, the outdoor views are absolutely amazing with the best views of both the mountain and the valley. A wonderful place for families or a date night, too because it caters to all.
Persephone Bakery | Your one-stop shop for all things coffee + drinks as well as yummy pastries and breakfast/lunch options to boot, it’s fast casual cuteness and a destination you don’t want to miss out on. I just ADORE this coffee shop and a true local restaurant to love!
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar | For our last night, everyone in the group decided it was high time to hit up the most famous honky tonk for some boot, scootin’ and boogying. Iconic in its own right, this local gem is a MUST STOP for hearing live music and watching cowboys do the two-step too! Such cool atmosphere with all the western charm.
Ready for the full rundown in one easy to read and save travel guide?? Look no farther than the one-sheet wonder with everything we chatted in detail about above for Jackson Hole, Wyoming: