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Jackson Hole, WY City Guide

by Stephanie

Today’s Jackson Hole City guide comes to us from Meagan Murtagh. Meagan is going on her sixth year in Jackson Hole and currently writes,documents, and photographs about her mountain town lifestyle for the popular local blog, The Egg. Meagan enjoys running, traveling abroad, and sharing beautiful Jackson Hole with the world. Thanks Meagan for taking us on a tour of this beautiful city! —Stephanie

Read the full city guide after the jump…

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Town of Jackson Hole


MADE – Looking for something truly unique?  Check out MADE in Gaslight Alley for a variety of handmade goods.  With vintage treasures and repurposed finds, they truly have something for everyone.

Jackson Hole BootleggerTHE place to buy cowboy boots in Jackson Hole.  In the last few seasons the store has started carrying more designer clothing, jewelry, and shoe brands.  I can’t walk in there without wanting (or purchasing) a must-have essential for my mountain town wardrobe.

TerraHigh-end women’s and children’s boutique with a great selection like Trina Turk, Tibi, and Alice & Olivia.

AltitudeFunky in a good way!  Altitude is located right on the town square and has everything from designer brands to home gifts.  Their jewelry is always a gift pleaser and they have gorgeous bags too.

New West KnifeworksThese handmade knives are simply gorgeous.  Once you buy a NWK knife, you’ll never leave your kitchen.  The colorful handles and precise blades make cooking a breeze.

StioHeadquartered right here in Jackson Hole, Stio is the mountain lifestyle shop the locals prefer. Their jackets are designed and tested right here in the Tetons.

Skinny SkisA one-stop shop for all of your outdoor gear and clothing.  They sell everything from base layers to hydration packs to hiking shoes.  Patagonia and Mammut are just a few of my favorite brands they carry.  A great selection of energy bites too!

Teton MountaineeringThis is the best place in town to rent camping, climbing, or hiking gear.   They also offer a wide selection of tents and backpacks for your next big adventure.  Before every big trip, I always buy a new travel book here!


TrioUpscale American Bistro owned and operated by two long time Jackson Holers.  One of my favorite places to take out-of-town guests.  I highly suggest ordering a side of blue cheese waffle fries.

Blue Lion – Incredible selection of game and fish. Do yourself a favor and order the rack of lamb. Hands down, the best meal in town (in my opinion anyways!).

Snake River Grill – Right on the corner of Town Square, SRG is a true fancy Western dining experience.  On the pricier end for Jackson Hole but their American cuisine is oh so worth it. Don’t forget to order the Eskimo Bars for dessert!

Bin 22 – A new wine bar with tapas galore.   Enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive wine list while sitting outside on their cozy outdoor deck.

Snake River Brewery – Just a few blocks from the Square.  A true local hot spot with award winning brews.  Great burgers, wings, and pizzas!

Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse – Enjoy a juicy steak at the legendary Cowboy Steakhouse.  Saddle up for a drink and mingle with real live cowboys.  This place can’t be missed on Town Square.

Sweetwater Restaurant – In one of the oldest log cabins in town, this sweet little restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Rendezvous Bistro – One of Jackson Hole’s signature restaurants. Great bar, great food, great people.  What more could you ask for?

Lotus Café – Organic and all natural dishes from around the world.  Vegetarian and vegan meals. Mellow atmosphere open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria – Voted by locals every year as the best Mexican spot in town.  Their margaritas are delicious.

Rendezvous Bistro


Amangani – This fabulous luxury hotel offers dramatic views of the Grand Tetons.  Amangani is part of the world famous Aman family.   With the insane setting, stunning architecture, and 5 star service, this might be one of the coolest hotels in the country.

The Rustic Inn – Adorable cabins make the typical vacation stay more fun.  Nibble on appetizers fireside next to the National Elk Refuge.

The Wort Hotel – This historic hotel is walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and night life.   It is also home to the famous Silver Dollar Saloon.  Live music is almost nightly.

Snow King Mountain Resort –Snow King Mountain is known as “The King” to locals.  The large hotel is reasonably priced with a great pool, views, and fun activities like skiing and horseback riding.

Inn on the Creek – This charming little Inn is right on Cache Creek.  The rooms are spacious and the owners treat all guests like family.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar


Just a few miles outside of the Town of Jackson, lies the quaint and charming mountain town of Wilson.  Take Highway 22 straight into Wilson and head up Teton Pass to make your way over to Idaho.  Teton Pass is known for the incredible backcountry skiing and mountain biking trails.


Wilson Backcountry Great place to rent backcountry ski gear as well as mountain bikes in the summer.

Hungry Jacks General Store – This little log cabin screams Old West. You can’t help but smile when you walk in. Hungry Jacks is the local Wilson Grocery store filled fun gifts and souvenirs too.


Aspen’s Market –Fresh produce and an incredible deli.  Their butcher is in-house and they make everything from scratch. Pick up a sandwich for lunch or join them for a Market Table Dinner with the head chef.

Pearl Street BagelsThe best place to start your day off right with a cup of coffee and a-just-out-of-the-oven bagel. Note: there is also a Town location.

Nora’s Fish Creek Inn – This award winning breakfast place is cheap and scrumptious.  The huevos ranchers are a favorite.  Make sure to head over early and put your name in, the wait can get long on the weekends.   They also serve lunch and dinner but I suggest starting with breakfast first!

Sudachi – Sushi in the mountains can be done and these guys know how to do it.  Fresh fish flown in from around the world daily.  Treat yourself to sake!

The Q Roadhouse – The best barbeque joint in town.   This fun loving atmosphere is a great place for family and friends to mingle.  Live music is often and happy hour specials are not to be missed.  Also, the brand new Roadhouse Brewery is open for business!

Calico Restaurant – Great Italian and Pizza spot on the Teton Village Road.  The cozy bar offers nightly specials and their pasta dishes are eccellente!

Stiegler’s Austrian Restaurant – Austrian native Peter Stiegler moved to Jackson Hole years ago and brought his country’s recipes with him. You really feel like you’ve walked into his home, especially when her personally offers your party a round of schnaps. Ranks as one of the best places in town.


Fireside ResortWho is up for Glamping?!  This is your spot.  They also have new luxurious fireside cabins. Conveniently located between Town and Teton Village.


Teton Village

Home to legendary Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village is a skier’s dream.  It offers more than just skiing all year round like hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, and award winning spas.  Just a few miles away is the entrance to Grand Teton National Park.


RodeoThis upscale women’s contemporary boutique carries high-end designers.  Conveniently located at the base of the Mountain in Hotel Terra.

Teton Village SportsA wide variety of outdoors clothing and gear.  Rent bikes, skis, or a fishing guide for the day.

Wool & WhiskeyAn attractive men’s mercantile store with a twist. Earn a free shot of top shelf whiskey with any purchase.  Or let your man sip on some bourbon while you pick out his new ensemble.


Il Villaggio Osteria – An Italian restaurant with something for everyone.  Award winning Chef Paul O’Connor whips up the most incredible homemade pastas.  Order the brussel sprouts and you won’t be disappointed.  Gluten and egg free pasta options available.

Couloir – Take the Gondola up to 9,095 feet for a true dining experience.  The burger is my personal favorite in town.  The view of Corbet’s Couloir and the Jackson Hole valley can’t be beat.  I love taking my family and friends up there when they come to visit.

Teton Thai – Many diners claim this is the best Thai food next to Thailand.   Just thinking about the Thai Street Ribs makes my mouth water.  Warning: extremely spicy and addicting.  You’ve been warned.

The Spur – Downstairs of the Teton Mountain Lodge.  A popular locals’ hangout for après ski.  Great drinks list including awesome spicy margaritas.  The nachos are enormous and amazing! I can’t help but get them every time.

Mangy Moose – You can’t come skiing here without stopping by the Mangy Moose for an après drink.  The “Moose”  (as locals call it) has an enormous bar as well as a quiet dining area.  To be honest, I really just go there to drink.


Hotel Terra – Jeff and I stayed at this eco-friendly hotel once on a “stay-cation”.  I highly recommend it to anyone who is coming to visit.  The massive hot tub overlooks the ski hill and Tram dock.  I’m a huge fan of the chic lobby lounge too.

Four Seasons Resort – Let the cowboys take your bags and spoil yourself just steps away from the lifts. I’ve been told this is one of the nicest Four Seasons in the world.  I guess you’ll have to see for yourself.

Teton Mountain Lodge Get pampered at the Solitude Spa and then hop in the rooftop hot tub.  The rooms at TML are huge and super nice for anyone coming for a ski or summer vacay.

Snake River Lodge & Spa – Amazing spa, service, and makes for one of the nicest places in Teton Village.  The indoor/outdoor pool deserves a cannonball!

The Hostel – Ski bums unite! Super cheap, super fun.  BYOB.


Notable Locals

Harrison Ford

Calista Flockhart

Dick Cheney

Julianne Moore

Sandra Bullock

Yvon Chouinard [founder of Patagonia]

Foster Friess

Jim Wolfensohn [ex World Bank President]

Judge Judy



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  • Thanks Design*Sponge – so cool to be on the pages of your blog! Lots of great things happening in Jackson Hole – keep on coming back~

  • My most recent trip to Jackson Hole was July of last year (2012). Such a gorgeous place! We visited the Teton Village and did the bob sledding down the side of a mountain (no snow but you sit on this sled and go down this track flying down the mountain). It was super fun. Don’t forget to drive up to Yellowstone! It’s totally worth it.

  • Don’t forget The Bunnery for any meal of the day but especially breakfast! Those pancakes are to die for… It’s always our last meal before setting out on a long hike and our first meal coming back. :)

  • Great write up! Although I would have loved to see more shout outs of the traditional local shops. Visitors are not coming to Jackson Hole to buy clothes, they want authentic western items. I would check out Beaver Creek Hat and Leathers or Onyx and Antler.

  • Oh I just love Jackson Hole! It has been a family vacation spot for us since before I could walk. I have been to most of these places but look forward to seeking out the ones I’ve missed (hopefully this summer!). The Sweetwater Restaurant is my favorite. You cant beat their lemonade, strawberry soup or artichoke hearts.

  • I clicked nearly every link and am completely sold on Jackson Hole! Must visit soon!

  • Thanks for the shout out Design*Sponge! Jackson is a great small town with a lot to offer in any season from skiing to hiking to some of the best wildlife around!