Stay, Eat, Do: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Michael Broadbent, a leading English wine authority, author and columnist, once said, “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”
His are words of wisdom you can live by at Blackberry Mountain or Caldera House.
Caldera House can arrange a wine tasting at the hotel for you, but if you love good wine, good food and good company like Mr. Broadbent, plan to stay here during Jackson Hole Food & Wine, a biannual, three-day festival that is held in the summer and winter. Chefs, winemakers, and cocktail and beer experts mingle with attendees at a variety of fun events like “Big Wines, Small Plates,” where guests enjoy a sampling of dishes while panelists like chef Michael Anthony from Gramercy Tavern in New York City banter about the culinary inspired memories that influenced the pairings. The summer festival is tentatively currently scheduled for June 25-27, 2020. The winter festival, which runs March 11-18, 2021, is perfectly timed for spring skiing.
Stay: Caldera House
Design >> Glass, wood paneling and stone are prominent features in the six-story building and interiors.
Suites >> There are four two-bedroom suites and four four-bedroom suites. Each one has a chef’s kitchen, dining area, living room and outdoor space with gas grills and fire pits, so there is plenty of room for everyone.
Décor >> White oak paneling and floors along with open-plan kitchens give the suites an airy feel. Local craftsmen made much of the furniture, and there are Pendleton blankets for snuggling up while reading a book. Bathrooms have soaking tubs, welcome after a day of hitting the slopes or trails.
Eat: In or Out
Old Yellowstone Garage >> This modern Italian restaurant, a Jackson Hole institution, has relocated to Caldera House. The new chef, Jeremy Williamson, sources regional ingredients for the starters and salads, housemade pizzas and pastas, and dishes like Colorado lamb with Italian tabbouleh.
Southcable Café >> This is the perfect place to grab a breakfast burrito on the way to the slopes or to enjoy a slice of pizza and beer après ski.
In-suite dining >> The kitchens are fully equipped with everything you need to make dinner with your family and friends. However, the staff can also arrange to have a chef prepare a meal in your suite.
Winter >> Among the winter wonderland activities are skiing—downhill, cross-country, backcountry and helicopter—snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and sleigh riding through the National Elk Refuge.
Summer >> Going on a wildlife safari in Yellowstone Park, rock climbing on the Tetons, taking a guided hike with a naturalist and rafting on the Snake River are just a sampling of the fun you can have here in the summertime.
Wellness >> Beyond the fitness studio, heated outdoor infinity plunge, cedar dry sauna, and massage treatments, the hotel offers a holistic mountain healing program that includes sunrise mountaintop yoga, guided meditation in the national forest and stargazing in the Tetons with a renowned astronomer and astrologer.