Last week we ventured from our normal skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho to Jackson Hole. The drive was a quick 4 1/2 hours across Idaho and over the Grand Tetons. One the way we stopped at a fun little restaurant in Twin Falls called 3′s Company at 368A street. If you are ever in the area it is worth the stop, they are not open everyday so call ahead, 208-522-1510.
Our group of 9 arrived and checked into Snake River Lodge and Spa, 1-307-732-6000. The hotel is located at the base of the ski hill, steps from the Tram and many lifts. The hotel has a very good ski valet staff that takes care of you equipment, including renting fat skies to those that did not come prepared for the deep snow.
The hotel staff was ready to help with reservations, including the great ski guides we hired to help us navigate the mountain. This is a real plus since the mountain is vast and we realize that by having the guides we found places to ski that were not the usual trails. It also kept us from going to area that could have been hard to navigate.
The hotel rooms were clean and large enough to accommodate all our ski gear. We did take a suite so had a nice sitting room. One of the couples had a standard room that faced the pool and because of all the kids in the pool after skiing it was very noisy, no nap for them. Couple of other comments, the bar is in the lobby and was full of kids eating appetizers and charging around the area. Not a good place for the early evening drinks. Breakfast was expensive and not up to par, plus if you want to be seated with your group they will charge you 20% service charge, so sit at two tables and save the extra charge.
Now about the great dinners we shared during our visit. The Westbank Grill in the Four Seasons was excellent. We had dinner on Valentine’s Day which is a challenge for most restaurants but the entire experience was good. The steaks were prepared to perfection and the sauces and sides came hot and well seasoned. They had a full chocolate buffet that was a dream come true for chocolate lovers.
The next evening we went to the Wild Sage Restaurant at the Rusty Parrot Lodge in Jackson Hole. the space is well appointed and the wonderful fireplace gave a warm glow to a small special room. the dinner was a true gourmet experience, http://www.rustyparrot.com.
We had a great lunch on the mountain the next afternoon in a sit down restaurant called Couloir, at the top of the Bridger Gondola. The confit duck wings are messy but worth sharing, also the Reuben sandwich was great with fresh sliced cornbeef. But think about sharing the grilled cheese or Reuben. Remember you have to ski down after lunch. We had a late night dinner after a massage, it took awhile before anyone was hungry after lunch. Dinner was back in town at Snake River Grill worth the drive. The grill is located across from the park(town square). Start with the onion rings, they are spicy but so good and we loved the presentation. We can’t say enough about the meal and the selection of wines.
The last night we stayed close to the hotel and ate in the Hotel Terra’s Il Villagio Osteria. Great pizza and the large portions of pasta were perfect to share. They have a nice wine list and the servers were fast and willing to make suggestions so you don’t over order. The room is small so the noise level is high.
On our drive back to Sun Valley we stopped to ski in Targhee and had breakfast at Pendl’s Bakery in Driggs. this is a great find, www.PendlsPastries.com.