Jenny Lake Lodge
Jenny Lake Lodge is situated near three glacial lakes in Grand Teton National Park. As the only four-diamond eco-resort in the Park, Jenny Lake Lodge is ideal for those who seek the finest service and lodging, while still enjoying a National Park vacation. Jenny Lake Lodge offers guests a taste of the great outdoors with single-room cabins, duplex cabins and suite cabins May through October. You can get a Queen, King or Queen Queen cabin. Poshbrood stayed in a rustically elegant single-room Queen cabin which is large enough for a family of 3 or 4 if you don’t mind sharing “sleeping space.” We loved our cabin and the fact that it did rain one afternoon so we could lay around, read and nap in our cabin and enjoy a very comfortable bed and cozy quilts. The front porch was hard to leave with the charming rockers and breathtaking scenery. We enjoyed cocktails on our porch each evening mesmerized by the rugged peaks of the Tetons.
Along with the luxe Western accommodations, the nightly rates include a gourmet breakfast and five-course dinner. (Note some gentleman wear sport coats for dinner, hiking attire definitely not appropriate.) The dining room is in a classic Western log lodge is a memorable experience for the atmosphere and de-lish food. (Buffalo medallions, anyone?) The lodge also serves lunch but we never ate there…we usually grabbed a late afternoon snack after stuffing ourselves silly at breakfast.
There are a variety of outdoor activities to choose from including biking, hiking, water sports and horseback riding. The nearby Colter Bay Village Marina offers motorboat rentals, lake cruises, guided fishing trips, canoeing and kayaking. Also nearby is Jackson Lake Lodge with an outdoor pool, a toddler pool for the little ones and a children's playground. A variety of horseback riding options are available ranging from short to standard rides as well as pony and wagon rides.
Since 1920, Jenny Lake Lodge has welcomed travelers and sent them home inspired. It is certainly one of the oldest “glamping” concepts and we think, one of the very best! Our only real critique was that at these super luxury prices, the toiletries were very lame. Like CVS quality bath gel, Holiday Inn-like soaps and shampoo. I know, I know, we’re in a National Park, but still – at $500 a night they can’t even manage Crabtree & Evelyn?
While we were there, we took a boat across the lake then hiked back around to the lodge side. The trail follows the along the lake, is stunning and relatively flat and would be a good hike for older kids. We were there in June and it still could get very very chilly – pack some cold weather gear!
Tip: Jenny Lake Lodge does not have connecting cabins (although some are attached they have no connecting door) and the Lodge has a more quiet atmosphere (no phones, TV, fine cuisine) so Jenny Lake Lodge is probably best for families with bigger kids, probably 10 years and older or smaller toddlers who can stay in a crib or pack n play.
Nightly rates run $599 for a single room and duplex cabins, suites $775 to $850 for Inclusive double occupancy rates. Each additional person is $150 per night. All rates include breakfast and five-course dinner daily, horseback riding and the use of bikes. Seasonal: Open Mid May to Mid October.