by Diana Lambdin Meyer
Your vacation has brought you to one of the most magnificent destinations in North America and the Four Seasons Resort at Jackson Hole maximizes the beauty of the region with its natural, yet opulent decor. You’ll find yourself snuggle up in overstuffed couches in front of warm fires, surrounded by book shelves, one of a kind artwork and a staff dedicated to making your vacation as memorable as the surroundings.
Built in 2003, the Four Seasons Resort features 124 luxurious guestrooms and true ski-in and ski-out access, three slopeside restaurants with panoramic mountain views, a base camp concierge, ski valet and a full service spa. A nearby full-service childcare program keeps kids safe and happy during the winter months, and an onsite Kid’s Club entertains older kids who can be on their own for a few hours.
All parking at the Four Seasons is valet in a covered garage, but valet service is an amenity expected at a luxury property like a Four Seasons resort. The Canadian-based company is in its fifth decade of operating some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, and the Four Seasons Jackson Hole is no exception.
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Our Editor Loves
- Game-filled Kid's Club
- Kids under 18 stay free
- Complimentary cribs, strollers and baby joggers
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Parks
- Children Programs
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
Guest rooms at the Four Seasons are dispersed throughout eight levels of the hotel. Each room has at least one balcony from which you have your choice of looking at the mountains, at the valley or all of the activities in the village. All rooms have gas-burning fireplaces.
The majority of the rooms are equipped with one king or two double beds and plenty of room to add a rollaway or crib, which are provided at no charge. These rooms have separate tubs and showers. Many rooms connect to accommodate friends and family traveling together.
Also dispersed around the eight floors are 18 suites that range from one to three bedrooms.
In addition to the accommodations in the hotel itself, the Four Seasons operates 57 houses with two-, three- and five-bedroom options. Housekeeping services are available as well.
Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
One of the most beautiful and best experiences that my family and I have ever had. There were many options of activities to choose from onsite as well as in town which was not very far from the resort. The skiing was awesome and all of the staff were generous and helpful. The restaurants on site were all very good with many options for the entire family. The location was amongst several other sites that looked entirely to close to each other but once you came into the resort it was as if you were isolated and nothing else but mountains and nature were around you. The rooms were very spacious and comfortable. My 15 year old son has decided to build himself a cabin one day with the same floor plan he liked it so well.
The lobby areas, restaurants and proximity to the mountain make this a go-to destination in itself. The Handlebar Restaurant was a fun place for lunch, cocktails or a casual meeting. The usual elegance of The Four Seasons abounds everywhere here.
A primary reason many families choose the Jackson Hole area for vacation is the unprecedented access to enjoy and learn about wildlife. To make the most out of that opportunity, the Four Seasons Resort employs its own in-house biologist. Her name is Tenley Thompson and she can answer questions for your children or lead a private wildlife safari for your family.
The concierge can help you plan any outing in the park or the region to fulfill your family's interests, from hot air ballooning and river raft trips in the summer to dog sledding in the winter.
You are just about a mile from the entrance to Grand Teton National Park and just about 20 minutes from the National Elk Refuge, so you will not want for outdoor activities and interaction with Mother Nature.
You can also enjoy the outdoors without leaving the vicinity of the Four Seasons Resort. Located on the north corner of Teton Mountain Village, the resort is perfectly situated for easy access to the gondola, the mountain bike park, the bungee trampoline and the climbing wall. Without moving your vehicle from the valet parking lot, you can participate in disc golf, horseback riding, hiking and paragliding.
In the summer months, the Four Seasons Explorer Backpacks are a must for families really wanting to get the most out of the outdoors. They include binoculars, a compass and other gear to better explore the wilderness.
In the winter months, you have 4,000 vertical feet of snow-covered terrain to play on. This includes a variety of slopes depending on your skill ability. A ski valet takes care of the details so all you have to do is go! Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing are also options.
More than a dozen shops and lots of fun places to eat are all located in the Village as well.
The Kid's Ranch is another amenity open to everyone at the Village. This is a licensed daycare program for children who are toilet-trained or at least three years old. Located a short walk from the hotel, it is open only for the winter season.
The Kid's Club is located in the lower level of the Four Seasons and is a great place for kids from 8 to 12 years old to hang out alone for a short time and play foosball, shoot pool or play one of the many video games located in the lounge. There is no adult supervision provided in the Kid's Club.
The Four Seasons Resort has just one swimming pool that is about 4 feet deep, but it is open all year. The kids will love the idea of swimming outdoors in the winter. Throw snowballs while splashing in steamy warmth, then snuggle up in toasty warm bathrobes and towels while enjoying complimentary S'mores and hot chocolate. Of course, the pool is just as lovely in the summer.
Board games, family-friendly movies and wildlife DVDs are available to rent.
The Four Seasons Spa has one of the most inclusive menus of services in all of Jackson Hole. A menu for kids 5 to 12 years old includes a manicure and pedicure package and haircuts.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Westbank Grill has all the comfort of your dining room at home. A massive fireplace keeps everyone warm and toasty while watching the activities on the mountain via the floor-to-ceiling windows. Kids' meals are served on plates decorated with cartoon characters. From chicken noodle soup to fruit kabobs to kid-sized salads, the children's menu goes overboard with healthy and nutritional options, along with really good burgers and macaroni and cheese.
The Handle Bar
Sit down for breakfast or grab a sandwich and go from this brand new addition to the Four Seasons Jackson Hole's eating establishments. This is a place where you might get your kids to try a bison burger or take a bite of an elk steak. Lots of western foods like this are combined with healthy choices of soups, salads and sandwiches.
Though it's more of an adult hangout, there's still no reason the family can't enjoy these over-stuffed couches and chairs and the casual atmosphere of this lounge. It's popular as an apres-ski destination with drinks, light snacks and music.
The Pool Cafe
Open only in the summer months, this cafe keeps the munchies away with burgers and sandwiches, salads, fruit smoothies and a fun ice cream cart.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
At an altitude of about 6,500 feet, many families don't at first experience any effects of altitude sickness, but after a few days, you may not be feeling your best with headaches and body aches. Avoid that by drinking lots of water. In fact, start drinking water in excess before you leave on your vacation and altitude sickness should not bother anyone in your family.
Babysitting options are plentiful in the Jackson Hole area, but you still need to plan ahead. The concierge will appreciate at least 24 hours notice to get the best in-room sitters for your children.
The well-equipped gym is a great place to work out together, if your children are 12 and over.
Not only does the Four Seasons Jackson Hole provide cribs for your infants at no charge, the resort also provides high chairs, playpens, strollers and baby joggers. In addition, you can ask that your room is baby-proofed in advance, and that all of the outlets will be covered, bumper guards will be in place and a covering will be provided for the bath tub spout. You'll also get complimentary baby shampoo and lotion in your room.
The Art of Smart Timing
The slow season in Jackson Hole is late October into early November and again in late April and most of May, so that's when the Four Seasons closes for a few weeks for extensive cleaning and renovations. The dates vary a bit each year, so double check.
The weeks just prior to or after the hotel's closing are great bargain times. Obviously, the busiest times are in the winter and summer.
Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons are beautiful at any time of the year, but it gets iffy in the spring when the snow is melting and rain is plentiful.
The region is serviced by Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). Delta and United are the only airlines with year-round service. Others add flights during peak season. The Jackson Hole Four Seasons is located in Teton Village, which is about 15 minutes from the town of Jackson and about 30 minutes from the airport.
For Mom and Dad
Two words: foot rub. That's one of the many specialties at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole Spa. Choose from a Sweet Honey or a Peppermint pedicure. Or if you want to do something with your sweetheart, there are two wonderful suites for couples' services.
All of the restaurants in the region are delightful in the evening, so plan ahead with a call to the concierge for a babysitter, and enjoy a night in the mountains.