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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Cast a Line in Jackson Hole

With stunning scenery and a host of rivers, this Wyoming valley is a paradise for novice and expert fishers alike.


1. Where to Stay

The rooms at Spring Creek Ranch boast panoramic views of the Teton Range.  

Stay walking distance from downtown Jackson’s shops and restaurants at the Rusty Parrot Lodge (from $360). Whether you’re a lifelong angler or a rank beginner, the staff here can arrange for a fishing guide ($490 for full-day guided trips for two) who will pick you up and plan the entire day. Work the casting kinks out of your back with a four-handed massage ($215/hour) in the Body Sage Spa.

Book a northwest-facing, Western-themed ski-condo-style room at Spring Creek Ranch (from $340) to enjoy the kind of panoramic Teton Range views that inspired Ansel Adams. The large units are outfitted with hutches on the porch to hold rods and waders, and you can request a charcoal grill to cook your catch of the day.

Get a taste of Jackson’s less glitzier days at the Buckrail Lodge (from $143), a series of connected log cabins made of Western red cedar and decorated entirely with white-pine furnishings. Though it’s a no-frills option, you’ll still get air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs, and the town square is only five blocks away.

Published on Jul 25, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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