Days are bright and temperatures are in the 50s this week in Jackson — perfect weather for hiking and enjoying the cultural pleasures of this resort town nestled almost in the shadow of Grand Teton National Park.
The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, an attraction in itself, delivers a scenic 4,139-vertical-foot ride and is the base for a variety of trails. Get your feet wet, so to speak, with two short (under an hour), easy-to-moderate trails: Corbets Trail (highlight: a narrow rock passageway) and Top of the World (this ridgeline trail offers great valley and Teton Range views).
Once you’ve worked up an appetite hiking, make a pit stop at the beloved Bunnery, which serves omelets and scrambles all day and Very Berry Pie from its onsite bakery.
The Center for Arts can be counted on for a slew of opening-night receptions throughout the fall, including several this week. “Rendezvous,” a new ceramics exhibition featuring works from around the country, begins its run, as does “Printegrated,” a survey of handmade printwork, including lithographs, screen prints and posters.
Hotel rates drop precipitously in autumn; my favorite place to stay is Amangani. With weather like this, the resort’s well-positioned outdoor hot tub is a great place to admire the stunning mountain and meadow views.