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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Escape the Crowds in Teton Valley

The foothills of Idaho offer a low-key alternative to flashy Jackson Hole, offering the same dramatic scenery and outdoor adventures without the fuss.

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1. Where to Stay


The tents at Linn Canyon Ranch require no setup.  

Escape to the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa (from $165) in the charming, one-stoplight town of Victor (population 1,928). The 52 one- and two-bedroom suites here are spacious and offer access to the resort’s golf, tennis, and state-of-the-art health club, but book one of the deluxe cabins for added perks like full-size kitchens, bicycles, and outdoor hot tubs.

Experience the best of summer on a top-notch ski hill at Grand Targhee Resort (from $99), home of the annual Targhee Music Festival (July 1315). Choose a room in one of four slope-side lodges, each with its own style, like the Sioux Lodge’s contemporary western décor, or reserve the newest option, the Tower Residence, a private villa with a full kitchen and working fireplace that accommodates six people and overlooks the resort’s main plaza.

Sleep comfortably under the stars at Linn Canyon Ranch (from $99), a full-service camping property where tents come with carpeted floors, king or queen beds, and home-cooked breakfasts every morning. For a slightly homier experience, book the new cabin (from $185) that sleeps four and features a wraparound porch and private bath. Run by a family descended from the original Jackson Hole settlers, the ranch offers a number of equestrian activities like the popular sunset dinner rides ($90 for adults), which include live music and a bonfire.


Published on Jun 22, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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