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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Skip the Slopes in Jackson Hole

5. Oddball Day

Find your inner Western warrior at Mountain Man Toy Shop--where the toys are of the Über-sharp variety.  

You’ve explored Jackson’s great outdoors; now spend the day downtown indulging in some aesthetic and retail therapy. Grab a nourishing nut milk with sprouted almonds, Himalayan salt, and organic dates ($12) at Healthy Being Juicery. Then head to New West Knifeworks to peruse gorgeous hand-finished, high-carbon blades (from $99); owner Corey Milligan will likely talk you into trying your hand at throwing a tomahawk (from $109, available next door at Mountain Man Toy Shop). A couple blocks away, score locally made jewelry ($38), glass belt buckles ($42), and letterpress cards ($4.50) at Made; then head across the street to sister shop Mountain Dandy, which has wool blankets ($165), antler bottle-openers ($60), and trail-map flasks ($22.50). Refuel with grilled cheese with bacon and avocado and tomato soup ($16) at Café Genevieve, then switch gears and explore the gallery scene. Exhibitions at the Diehl Gallery include single-artist collections (Canadian artist David Pirrie, L.A.-based sculptor Gwynn Murrill) as well as multiple perspectives on a single subject. For contemporary Western art, check out Altamira Art, and don’t miss Amy Ringholz’s large-scale, vibrant-hued wildlife paintings at her eponymous gallery. Pair craft brews like Melvin Brewing’s 2x4 DIPA ($6) with pad Thai ($15), kung-fu flicks, and hip-hop tunes at restaurant-brewery Thai Me Up. Finish out the evening at the Stagecoach Bar, a 73-year-old institution just outside town in Wilson. Locals wear their best cowboy boots for live country-Western music by the Stagecoach band; kick up your heels and you’ll fit right in.

Published on Jan 29, 2015 as a web exclusive.