After moving to the small town of Jackson Hole from the big city, CIRCCELL founder Maya Crothers set off on an adventure that extended beyond your typical move—how to unearth opulent locales in the Old West. Much to a lover of delectable cuisine, luxurious shopping and priceless adventures’ delight, Jackson Hole’s offerings are a juxtaposition of all of the above. Whether you are a tourist or a native, you will love our founder’s tips on the best places to go in The Hole.
Lodge in Luxury
Plunge into the Jackson Hole experience by staying at one of Maya’s resort picks. Her favorites include the Amangani, Four Seasons and Rustic Inn. Each offering the perfect alpine escape with luxurious rooms decorated in natural wood, stone and leather.
The Amangani is where the who’s who stays in Jackson Hole. If you’re visiting this high luxury resort you’re bound to run into your favorite celebrity.
The Four Seasons is the ultimate holiday for the thrill-seeker with access to recreational sports for all seasons right outside your door. And if taking advantage of the more decadent amenities suits you, the Rustic Inn will be your oasis. Every suite comes with it’s own spa that includes a private bar and personalized butler service—we’re not sure we would ever want to leave! Wherever you choose to sojourn, these resort picks are sure to please.
Wake-Up to Local Brews
Every morning should start with a great breakfast, and breakfast in Jackson isn’t something you will want to miss. Winner of the coveted James Beard Award and featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Nora’s Fish Creek Inn brings together locals and experienced tourists alike with the most flavorsome huevos rancheros you will ever eat! For a deliciously sweet breakfast try Persephone Bakery, choose between a yummy handmade croissant or a healthy omelet!
Persephone’s famous pastries can’t be beat; but sometimes even the locals want to go somewhere where everyone knows your name. In Jackson Hole, that’s Elevated Grounds. With the combination of leisurely service, great coffee and better friends, Elevated Grounds always makes you feel like you’re in a true neighborhood café.
Beautify and Rejuvenate
When the Jackson Hole locals (and visitors in the know) want some B&R with a big dose of privacy, they go no further than Jairus Noble for an elegant, single-chair, über-private, coiffure experience. Small time life can be a bit like living in a fish bowl. With Jairus, your conversations stay within the confines of his elegant four walls and you leave looking beautiful!
For all you blondes, Tori Jo is the lady to see to keep your hair bright and in-shape. The friendly, casually chic vibe will instantly make you feel at home. While you’re there be sure to try their salon’s mani-pedis and oxygen facial!
To take care of your skincare needs, visit Kendra Butler’s Alpen Beauty Bar– an apothecary-style beauty bar offering luxe, city-inspired beauty a Western feel, superior service and—of course—CIRCCELL. With two locations, beauty is never far away. While you’re there, be sure to make an appointment for a customized CIRCCELL facial with local favorite Jenny Gersack (208-283-5534). Jenny is a mountain skincare expert and will keep your skin in shape after wind, sun and snow.
Swanky Fare and Yummy Dives
To see and be seen in Jackson Hole you visit the Snake River Grill. The dress code may be “Jackson Casual,” but this is definitely upscale dining in downtown Jackson. For lunch, Maya recommends visiting Big Hole BBQ for the best barbecue in the mountain region. No directions are necessary to find this joint, if you’re in town just follow your nose—the smell from the smokers is intoxicating. For lighter fare, visit Lotus Cafe to have the most enticing clean-eating experience; don’t be afraid to dive head-first into their gluten-free and vegan options.
If you’re on the West Bank of Jackson and are craving sushi, the traditional high-end Japanese cuisine at Sudachi is to die for. To come across as a neighborhood local, ask for the off-menu Grant Special or FudoMikey for something extra special. If you’re downtown, the always crowded King Sushi will provide delectable Japanese fare. Maya loves the elegant plates from restaurants like the Snake River Grill, but she warns to not dismiss the hole-in-the-wall restaurants! She frequents the Tin Can and Bodega lunch trucks at Teton Village and DOG in a shack just off the town square for quick and delicious lunchtime bites.
Treat Yourself to Retail Therapy
Habits in downtown Jackson and Rodeo Boutique at Teton Village are the places to go in Jackson Hole to find unique clothing items and designer wear. If you’re looking for Rocky Mountain chic, visit Altitude.
This boutique is not just a clothing store; here, you’re bound to find the best Jackson Hole novelties you never knew you needed! And if you’re shopping for the Rocky Mountains, check-out Stio for the latest skiing and snowboarding gear.
Warm-Up and Work-Out
In Jackson Hole, on the West Bank, we visit Skibarre to get our buns in shape! Ski Barre offers 8 different types of barre and dance classes that will all make you feel the burn—but to a great soundtrack, of course. For downtown fitness, Maya visits Pursue and Inversion on the East Bank. Their barre, yoga and hot flow classes will certainly help you to harness your chakra!
Discover and Adventure
The best way to have fun and create memories in Jackson Hole is by experiencing the amazing activities the mountains have to offer first-hand. During the summer season: The Jenny Lake boat tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Jackson Hole for the first time. This scenic cruise is the best way to take in the natural beauty of the landscape. Experience American history by visiting the Rockefeller Preserve Center to learn about the plants and wildlife found in Jackson Hole—and Mr. Rockerfeller’s vision for conservation.
Once you’re ready to be your own tour guide, it’s time to hike the Death Canyon Trailhead! This one-mile hike brings you to an altitude of nearly 6,000 feet, where you can experience panoramic views of the glacially-carved Lake Phelps. Beyond the beauty, the Rockies are excellent for good, old-fashioned fun. Families love the Cowboy Coaster that takes riders up to the top of Snow King Mountain and lets them ride down nearly a mile of loops, curves, and drops. While you’re there try the King Mountain ropes course for the ultimate treetop adventure! For accessible mountain biking trails, trampolines, paragliding, a ropes course and yummy meal options, head to Teton Village for endless family fun options. Last but not least, during the winter season: head to Teton Village for some of the most beautiful and challenging skiing in the United States.
Between the Rocky Mountain charm and breathtaking vistas, once you visit Jackson Hole you are likely to never want to leave. Although we all have to leave the slopes at some point, after visiting Maya’s go-to picks you can practically consider yourself a Jackson local—making Jackson Hole a forever second home.
Mechanical engineer and Wharton MBA, Maya Crothers, began her career in corporate America where she worked in consulting and operations for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. After leaving the corporate world and moving to Jackson Hole, WY she found the need for high performance, clean skincare that could stand up to extreme environments. This led to her founding Circcell Skincare. She lives in Jackson Hole with her husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.