Jackson Lake Lodge was built in 1955 and, in keeping with the resort’s historical significant and atmosphere, the cottages and rooms are not luxurious. But they are comfortable. You won’t find a TV, A/C, wifi, an ironing board (yay!), fridge or plastic shampoo bottles in your room. But you will find comfy beds, Adirondack porch chairs, a pesticide-free environment , water-filling stations, a free shuttle to take you to other lodges and an outstanding view that demands many photos each day.
The lodge is one of three Grand Teton National Park Lodges operated by the Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC) which is managed by Vail Resorts. The GTLC is laser-focused on making sure the park is accessible and fun for all visitors while preserving its historic significance and atmosphere.
Jackson Lake Lodge Food
The Mural Dining Room is the upscale dining experience at Jackson Lake Lodge, with a western flavor. The menu included two meals I had never tried: elk loin (delicious and not game-y at all) and buffalo carpaccio – also delicious and tender.
Chef Vishu is committed to sustainability and buys much of the food he serves locally including the meat, the after-dinner moose (not mousse!) chocolates that are made by a local woman in Jackson, and local organic beer, OB-1.
Pioneer Grill is a 50s-style diner that serves sandwiches, salads and soups. We enjoyed the turkey croissant sandwich more than the lettuce wraps.
If you prefer a more natural setting, take the dinner cruise on Jackson Lake that includes a scenic ride to Elk Island where you disembark for hike to a panoramic view of Jackson Lake and the surrounding mountains. A cowboy dinner is served on the island and the menu includes steak, local trout, corn on the cob, beans and huckleberry cobbler. The food is good (especially the cobbler); the only thing missing is umbrellas at the picnic tables–eating in the sun gets hot!
NOTE: Bring bug spray – the strong stuff because at dusk mosquitoes make up for those long winters and are very aggressive. Don’t worry, if you forget yours, the wranglers on the island are prepared with bug spray.