With summer in full swing, we’re spending as much time outside as possible. Jackson Hole’s summer is so, so sweet, but oh so short. Of course we make the most of it. Locals and visitors alike spend long days outside watching wildlife, biking, fly-fishing, and hiking. The fortunate among us can also enjoy outside time while at home—on sun-drenched south-facing decks, cooking in an outdoor kitchen before settling in to eat dinner in front of an outdoor fireplace, or reading a book while a creek burbles past a few feet away. The luckiest of us have outdoor spaces that, equipped with hot tubs, heaters, fire pits, and fireplaces, can be enjoyed year-round. Here are some of our favorite outdoor spaces from our portfolio of luxury Jackson Hole vacation rentals.
Set on 74 private acres just south of the community of Wilson, there is no shortage of outdoor spaces to enjoy at Phillips Ridge. (Nor of indoor spaces; the 16,000-square-foot log retreat has five bedroom suites, a home theater, an indoor hot tub modeled after the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone, and a rec room with a two-lane bowling alley.) Terraces surround the home, but the outdoor stars here are the private pond and Fish Creek. The former is big enough to canoe or stand-up paddleboard on and the latter flows through a secluded section of the property. Phillips Ridge guests can fly fish for trout in both the pond and Fish Creek.
Four Pines 6
The more northern of Four Pines 6’s two outdoor patios is proof that outdoor living in Jackson Hole need not be limited to the summer. Accessed by French doors from the home’s combined kitchen/dining/living room, this terrace has a grill and a hot tub, and views of the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In addition to two terraces, this 4,800-square-foot home in Shooting Star has five bedroom suites.
Chateau On The Westbank
The 6,400-square-foot, four-suite Chateau on the Westbank has a great room with coffered, cathedral ceilings that are notable for their height, detailing, and plasterwork. As lovely as this room is inside, local architect Danny Williams designed it around the views of outside. These views get even better when you walk out onto the terrace: a private pond in the foreground and the Tetons in the distance. The terrace not only has some of the best Teton views in the valley, but also almost doubles the size of the home’s entertaining spaces.
Cirque View Homestead
The stone terrace at Cirque View Homestead in Teton Village’s Shooting Star neighborhood is just feet from the creek that runs through the home’s backyard. Decorated by KAM Designs, a firm with offices in San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Jackson Hole, it has a fire pit, hot tub, gas grill, and dining table for ten.
Year-round, this covered, second-floor deck at Lake Vista, a five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot home in Shooting Star near the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, is one of guests’ favorite spaces. It has a fireplace, grill, bar, and, if you get tired of looking at the mountains, a television.
Lost In The Woods
Lost in the Woods has seven bedrooms and a professional-grade kitchen with French doors that open to a dining porch. Thanks to a stacked stone outdoor fireplace, you can enjoy al fresco dining year-round.
On The Elk Refuge
When enjoying the outdoor spaces at the Elk Refuge retreat, you’ll always have in-your-face views of the Tetons. Many times, the views here will also include wildlife. On a rare inholding on the 25,000-acre National Elk Refuge, this six-bedroom home often has elk and bison walking past its windows (and decks). Also fox, deer, and coyotes. Overhead, it’s not unusual to see eagles soaring on thermals.