Posted February 16, 2010 by Amy Westervelt
Jackson Hole still has that cowboys-and-saloon feel, but thanks to world-class skiing and some over-the-top resorts, it has become somewhat of a playground for the rich and famous. If you know where to look, though, there are still a few cowboy deals to be had here at the gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone National Park: Although it may be overrun with tourists in July and August, Yellowstone National Park is still worth a visit, particularly if you go in May or early June, or wait until after the summer entirely. You simply cannot visit Jackson Hole and not allot a few minutes to ooh and ahh at Old Faithful. The drive into the park can sometimes take awhile, but the friendly bison clomping along beside you will keep your mind off it. A $25 per car or $12 per bike entry fee gets you access for seven days.
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar: For a taste of what Jackson Hole was like years ago, put your boots on and head over to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where the drinks are stiff, the country music is live (Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, Jr. have each graced the stage), and the saddle-seat bar stools are magnificent.
Elk Country Inn: Only about a five-minute walk from the town square in Jackson Hole, the Elk Country Inn is ideal in every season. It offers three types of lodging—doubles and queens in its main lodge, detached two-room log cabins with kitchens, and larger family-size rooms. Both rooms and cabins are decked out in cowboy country decor and there's a large, shared barbecue and picnic area in the back. The inn is also on the shuttle route to the ski resort, which makes it convenient in the winter. Rooms start at $55 per night in the winter and $76 per night in the summer.
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(Photo: iStockphoto/Pete Collins)