Nestled in the woods on Heck of a Hill Road in Wilson, Wyoming, the Jackson Hole Hideout was the perfect location to stay for our race getaway. Innkeepers Greg and Beth made us feel right at home and provided a wealth of knowledge about local dining, hiking, and areas of interest. The Grand Teton Half Marathon was the first thing on our itinerary, and the Jackson Hole Hideout was a great jumping off point just up the road from the race start at Stilson Lot on Moose Wilson Road.
Our visit just happened to be on the one-year anniversary of the Jackson Hole Hideout’s opening after an extensive renovation of a previous bed and breakfast. It was obvious both Greg and Beth love their roles as innkeepers and are very good at what they do. They spent just enough time with their guests and were always ready with a good story about their renovation or happenings in the area including the birth of a moose that happened just beyond the deck the week before. On race morning, as we drove down Heck of a Hill Road, we watched as the cow and calf walked across the road in front of us.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera out and didn’t get a picture of them standing in front of the car; however, I captured this image after they’d run into the field, and then edited it to brighten it up enough so they can be seen.
The Jackson Hole Hideout photographs were helpful when we were booking a room for our visit. Once we arrived, we realized that the pictures do not do justice to how nice the bedroom and adjacent spa-like bath really are. We slept amazingly well with our windows open with a cross breeze of the cool mountain air, and had plenty of space to be completely comfortable during our stay even though we booked the smallest room in the inn. Access to a beautiful family room and kitchen with giant windows looking out at woods and wildlife made for a homey feeling. Amenities such as access to a washer/dryer (perfect for washing nasty race clothes), full size refrigerator/freezer, free snacks, beverages, and a coffee bar were just icing on the cake.
Race morning was much easier with access to a guest refrigerator. After the race I loved having a large open space in the family room to stretch and do a little yoga to work the kinks out of my tired body.
While stretching we watched a fox stop by outside for a little visit. While admiring the fox, Greg and Beth told us that just one week earlier, a grizzly bear had walked up the driveway after smelling the birth of the baby moose. Greg had chased the bear off and the baby moose was just fine – as we’d witnessed earlier that morning.
Even though we didn’t choose to have the fire pit lit, we enjoyed bringing dinner back to the inn and eating on the outside deck. The other guests were delightful, and we enjoyed making new friends and memories sharing stories over a bottle of wine as we unwound from our busy day.
What review of a bed and breakfast would be complete without mentioning breakfast! Due to the early start of the race, we missed breakfast the first morning; and at 8:15 (and around mile 10) I looked at my watch and thought of how much I’d rather be eating a delicious homemade breakfast. We were later told by the other guests that breakfast was indeed delicious. Breakfast the second morning of our stay was a fabulous egg and vegetable dish, served up with sausage, baked apples, and lively conversation.
The Jackson Hole Hideout’s location proved to be a great jumping off point for the trails at Teton Pass and the southern end of Teton National Park. In addition to visiting the park, there’s plenty of great things to do in the Wilson area without driving far, and, if you’re looking for wildlife and a little lucky, look no farther than out the front door!
If you plan to visit Wilson, Wyoming or the Jackson area for either next year’s Grand Teton Half Marathon or just hiking in Grand Teton National Park, be sure to look into staying at the Jackson Hole Hideout. If you do, be sure to tell Greg and Beth that we said, “Hello!”
- What type of places you you like to book for racecations?
- Have you stayed in a bed and breakfast?
- Have you ever visited Wyoming? If so, what part?
Happy Running! ~ Deb