This Valentine’s Day, think outside the proverbial heart-shaped box by planning a romantic adventure outdoors.
- Picnic in the Park: Begin your adventure at Dornan’s Trading Post in Moose, where you can rent skis and stock up on picnic supplies (tuck into the Wine Shoppe next door for a bottle from the valley’s best wine selection). Park at the Bradley-Taggart Lakes Trailhead and glide into the park along groomed tracks. For the ambitious, ski the six miles to Jenny Lake and perch your picnic lakeside. Or, feel free to unfold your feast anywhere along the way – scenic spots abound. Cap the adventure with a glass of wine or beer at Dornan’s Spur Bar, savoring the day and the matchless views of the Tetons.
- Cozy Up Slopeside: Trade lavish trappings for a truly unforgettable alpine experience by spending the night at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s rustic Rock Springs Yurt. Sited slopeside in the backcountry of Bridger Teton National Forest, the yurt is fully-outfitted for a cozy night for two (or more; up to 8 people can stay overnight). With the yurtmeister as guide, the overnight package includes hot drinks upon arrival, dinner and dessert, and a light breakfast the following morning. A wood-burning stove, lofty sleeping bags and an ample stock of games make for a fun, off-the-grid getaway. The yurt is accessible from the Rock Springs backcountry gates, or by a short snowshoe trek/ski tour from the base of the resort. Not into an overnight? You can also visit the yurt for lunch or après-ski drinks and appetizers.
- Steamy Excursion: Whether traveling by snowmobile or dogsled, the winter trek to Granite Hot Springs pairs burly adventure with spa-like relaxation. Visiting the hot springs is a full day affair: the trailhead sits about 30 miles south of Jackson, and traveling by sled – dog or mechanized – requires hooking up with an outfitter (there are many). Follow the winding road for 10 miles through a winter wonderland. With cold-kissed cheeks, swop your snowsuit for your swimsuit in the changing room – four walls help ease the temperature shock – and sink into the reinforced pool, which naturally heats to a steamy 112 degrees. Don’t forget a change of warm clothes for the way back. The excursion will likely stoke your appetite, so en route back to Jackson, stop at The Bird – a local’s favorite in South Park. Toast your adventure with a draught beer and a knockout burger.
From traipsing through snow to soaking in natural springs, play creative Cupid and scheme an amour-venture outdoors.