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Teton Peaks Resort Is the Perfect Home Base for a Snow-Filled Adventure Near Grand Teton National Park

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by Our Mixed Journey Mar 29, 2023

Winter is a magical time to visit Tetonia and Driggs, Idaho, when the region transforms into a snowy wonderland with endless opportunities for outdoor winter activities. On a recent trip, we stayed at the Teton Peaks Resort in Tetonia, which served as the perfect homebase for all our cool (pun intended) adventures.

Teton Peaks Resort and all of the properties in the JET Hospitality lineup came highly recommended by some friends of ours who are also RVers and road warriors. When we arrived, we were greeted by innkeepers Tory and Josh, who showed us around and gave some advice on where to go and what to do in the area. But it all started, and ended, at the resort.

mercantile lodge at teton peaks resort

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JET Hospitality has six resorts across the Rocky Mountains. The accommodation options span bungalows, hotel rooms, tiny homes, and classic RV hookup resorts with game rooms, laundry, and full bathhouses for men and women (glamping will be an added option at all of their resorts in the near future). We took advantage of two during our stay: We were able to connect our RV, but since it was freezing temperatures, we ended up staying in one of their beautifully remodeled hotel rooms.

king room at teton peaks resort

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Since Teton Peaks Resort, and all of the JET properties, are pet friendly, it was perfect for us and our two pups, Wilson and Journey. As a newly renovated room with all the modern fixtures and a view out the window at Grand Teton in the distance, this place ranks at the top of our list of hotels we have stayed at (Wilson and Journey both agree). Throw in the fact that we also saw horses, deer, and a moose from our window, and Teton Peaks was an amazing place to call our home base on this magical winter adventure while exploring everything the Teton Valley has to offer.

Things to do around Teton Peaks Resort

wildlife in teton peaks

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With so many outdoor activities to choose from, this place is a nature lover’s dream when you want to get off the property and explore the region.

Snowshoeing the back country just outside of town

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Barely 15 minutes from downtown Driggs lies a hiker, or in our case a snowshoer’s, dream. The short, picturesque drive takes you partially up the backside of the world-famous Teton mountain range to the New Sheep Bridge trailhead. A popular trail for locals and their pets alike, we felt like we were transported into a fairytale as we hiked beneath snow-covered pines, took pictures on Sheep’s Bridge as the frigid and partially frozen waters flowed beneath our snowshoes. We even stopped for the obligatory snow angel in a meadow between furry greetings from the many pups that were out and about. This gem of hike also provides gorgeous views of Grand Teton when the clouds clear, and it isn’t to be missed on your visit to the area.

Snowmobile tour with Teton Valley Adventures

The only snowmobile tour company found on the Idaho side of the pass that separates this winter wonderland and the Jackson Hole area is Teton Valley Adventures. While there are several options in Jackson Hole, we went with the local company found right on the main road in the heart of downtown Driggs. They offer rentals, and various tours, but we were able to catch one of the last Yellowstone National Park tours of the season. It was the absolute highlight adventure in this magical winter escape. From countless bison encounters, to various other wildlife sightings and jaw-dropping vistas of Yellowstone in all her glory, our tour was an experience of a lifetime.

Teton Valley Adventures: 47 S Main St, Driggs, ID 83422

Visit Jackson Hole

Discover the charm of Jackson Hole in winter, with its cozy restaurants, boutique shops, nearby skiing, and historic architecture. Don’t miss the famous elk antler arches in the town square, that we, along with everyone else passing by, had to take several pictures with. After checking out several of the fun tourist shops that make up the town square surrounding the famed antler arches, we visited the famed Million Dollar Cowboy Bar for a couple of delicious cocktails. You can spend hours walking through the shops, galleries, and eateries, and you won’t regret it one bit.

Skiing at Grand Targhee Resort

Grand Targhee Resort offers world-class skiing and snowboarding on over 2,500 acres of terrain, with stunning views of the Teton Mountains. Only a few minutes and a handful of switchbacks beyond the New Sheep Bridge trailhead lies some of the best, and most affordable, skiing and snowboarding you will find anywhere. For those looking for a great bite to eat or a cocktail or two while enjoying the slopes, the resort offers everything you need to make your powder days that much more memorable.

Grand Targhee Resort: 3300 Ski Hill Rd, Alta, WY 83414

National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides

On the outskirts of town, you will find the visitor center and ticket booth to register for a truly unforgettable experience. Without knowing what exactly awaited us, we bought our tickets and waited for a shuttle to pick us up and drop us off a short distance away. Once we arrived, we were treated to a storybook sleigh ride, where our guide provided a history of the area, the beautiful animals, and how they are now intertwined forever. Home to thousands of elk, we were lucky enough to make our way through over 1,500 on the day we went, and it was absolutely breathtaking. No one put their phones or cameras down for a second until the ride was over. Then, as a bonus, we got to pet and take pictures with the stars of the sleigh ride itself, the majestic horses.

National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides: 532 N Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001

Where to eat and drink around Teton Peaks Resort

Persephone Bakery

With two locations, one in Jackson, and one not far away in Wilson, Persephone is your can’t miss spot for coffee, croissants, pastries, and more on the east side of the mountain pass that separates the Tetonia/Driggs area of Idaho and the Jackson side of Wyoming. We went to the Westbank location in Wilson, Wyoming, and not only were we blown away by everything we ate, but the décor and ambiance add that little extra to make this the perfect spot. We recommend pretty much everything on the menu. From the flaky croissants of all flavors to the decadent pastries and the delicious croque madame, everything hit the spot.

Persephone Bakery: 3445 N Pines Way Suite 102, Wilson, WY 83014

Rise Coffee House

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Located 10 minutes from Teton Peaks Resort in Tetonia, Rice Coffeehouse is in the heart of Driggs’ quaint downtown. This cozy coffee shop serves excellent coffee, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, homemade pastries, and more. For perspective, we visited Rise four times in our weeklong stay, and if we were still there, we’d still be going back. Our two repeat orders here were the avocado toast with eggs and bacon, and the chicken breakfast burrito with the aioli dipping sauce.

Rise Coffee House: 40 Depot St, Driggs, ID 83422

Citizen 33 Brewery

Citizen 33 is a contemporary American restaurant in Driggs that offers farm-to-table dishes, tasty in-house beers, craft cocktails, and more. From their mouth-watering poutine appetizer to their staple big-boy burgers, we went home extremely happy, filled, and with a big box of leftovers. Don’t be fooled by that order though, as they offer all kinds of deliciousness. From a 16oz ribeye to farm-fresh chicken thighs with a twist, and from locally caught trout to rib-sticking mac-n-cheese, Citizen offers something for everyone and then some.

Citizen 33 Brewery: 364 N Main St, Driggs, ID 83422

Teton Thai Restaurant and Bar

Also located in downtown Driggs, Teton Thai rings the bell for all Thai food lovers. The décor is a modern yet homey feel that just works, and it fits the vibe perfectly. As far as food goes, this is yet another local spot where you can’t go wrong. Having gone out for dinner with a couple of our new friends that we made at the Teton Peaks Resort, everyone had nothing but great things to say about the food at Teton Thai. Whatever you do, make sure you get something with mango curry on it, as we will be dreaming of that sauce for a long time.

Teton Thai Restaurant and Bar: 18 N Main St Suite 100, Driggs, ID 83422

How to get to Teton Peaks Resort

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Tetonia and Driggs are located in Idaho in the Teton Valley, 25 miles northwest of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The two closest airports with frequent commercial flights to the area are Jackson Hole and Idaho Falls, which are both approximately a one-hour drive from Tetonia and Driggs. If flying to either of these airports, it’s best to rent a vehicle (preferably something with a little clearance and all-wheel or 4-wheel drive). While all-wheel/4-wheel drive is not necessary to get around town, it makes driving in snowy conditions easier. It also allows for more fun, as you can get to more of those outdoor adventures. An additional option, and one that we chose, is to take an amazing road trip in an RV for a winter getaway. This option is a little more limited however, as not all RVs are allowed or capable of making the drive up and through the mountains, so, be sure to research if your RV is capable of making the trip

While Tetonia and Driggs are essentially small and walkable towns by themselves, we highly recommend renting a car to get around, as they are two separate towns with about a 10 minute drive separating the heart of each little town.

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