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I would say the second* most popular conversation at our dinner table lately has been: If you could have another house anywhere on earth where would it be? (The assumption being that our little hamlet in Westchester County, is everybody’s first choice. Banana nut bread recipe paula deen Yesss 914!) Typical answers tend to lean toward the absurdly exotic and end in “i:” Bali, Fiji, Kauai…but after a three-day ski trip out West last week, I have a new submission: Jackson, Wyoming. Banana bread beer recipe I’m not that great at skiing, we had kind of spotty weather (can you imagine the magnificence of the photo above if the sky were blue?), and still I completely fell in love with this town, spending a lot of my hotel time googling “Jackson Wyoming Summer,” “Jackson Wyoming Trulia” and, after a conversation with a local, “Phelps Lake.” I’m not the first to come down with a case of “Why-do-I-live-in-New-York-again?” after catching my first glimpse of the Tetons (or the Rockies or the red rocks of Sedona, or that freaking Phelps Lake that I’m now obsessing over) but seriously, I need this kind of beauty — and restaurant scene, and Town Square-y downtown and outdoorsy vibe — in my life. Peanut butter banana bread with chocolate chips Here’s how we spent our all-too-brief time there. Banana bread without buttermilk PS: Know a realtor?

Early afternoon: We flew from Newark on United (direct flights to Jackson are a relatively new thing) then drove our non-four-wheel drive (whoops) rental minivan about ten miles south to downtown Jackson. Banana bread recipe muffins We checked in at the recently renovated Lodge at Jackson Hole, which was exactly what we bargained for: Nothing super fancy, but cozy, lodgey, and decorated with antler chandeliers, mounted moose heads, and all the other motifs you’d expect on your typical Master Western Checklist.

Banana bread recipe vegan The lodge has an indoor-outdoor pool, an always-roaring fire in the lobby, and it’s only minutes away from Jackson’s town square — a very good thing since we were ravenously starving and needed lunch fast. Banana bread muffins with chocolate chips We hit Local for California-style burgers, Caesar salads and French fries. Banana bread muffins uk (Unwritten rule in the DALS house: French fries for every meal on vacation = perfectly acceptable.) After lunch, we rented ski gear at Hoback Sports, then headed back to town to walk around and explore.

Dinner: The week before we left, we made dinner reservations at Il Villagio Osteria (when I travel, it always makes me feel more in control to have the first night’s dinner plan set) without realizing it was in Teton Village, about 20 minutes back towards the mountain. Banana bread recipe with cream cheese We canceled and instead headed to Hatch to gorge on guac, corn salad with cotija (winner), pork and chicken tacos. Banana cake without baking soda Andy and I both ordered the corn-crusted Idaho trout (shown). Banana bread chocolate chip muffins Fresh, local, perfect.

Bedtime: Attempted to watch an episode of Sherlock (we’re all addicted) in bed, but made it only about 10 minutes before crashing.

Breakfast: Up early for breakfast and coffee at Persephone. Banana bread with almond flour Not sure why I didn’t take more photos of this place, but trust me when I say they do everything right here. Banana muffins with chocolate chips We ordered eggs with toast, which sounds pretty basic until you take a bite of their multigrain bread which tastes like it has arrived straight from the oven and — no joke — is heart-shaped. Banana bread with almond meal Abby ordered a buttery kougin amman bun, which she aptly described as the pastry version of an elephant ear cookie — and we took our Intelligentsia coffee on the road.

9:00 Since we only had two days to ski, we wanted to make sure we got to the mountain early. Gluten free banana bread almond meal Turns out, we didn’t have to rush because none of the major lifts were open, thanks to 80 mph winds and avalanche hazards at the top of the mountain. Gluten free banana bread almond flour (Every few minutes we’d hear dynamite blasts addressing this — not exactly music to a world class scardey-cat’s ears.) We were still out of luck come lunchtime, so at the base, grabbed bowls of chili and French fries (natch) at the Cowboy Cafe where a staffer delivered the news: The mountain is closed for the day. Banana bread recipe walnuts Not what you want to hear when you travel 2200 miles to ski, but they fully refunded and we fully rebounded by…

…driving straight to Snow King back in town. How to make healthy banana bread Let me say right up front that I did not take this picture, and the conditions were not even close to as dreamy as you see here — it was rainy at the bottom of the mountain and blizzard-y at the top. Banana bread mini muffins But we were just grateful to be making the most of the day. Banana bread brown sugar The idea that this mountain with this view is a second choice to anything, tells you all you need to know about skiing in the West. Moist banana cake recipe with oil (Plus, I have a great appreciation for any ski resort that names one of its greens “Slow Trail.”) Photo credit: Mountain Pulse.

Late afternoon: Back to the hotel, drenched. Banana loaf recipe with oil Luckily there were laundry facilities so all our clothes went straight into the dryer. Banana cake recipe with oil not butter The girls checked out the pool and hot tub while the grown-ups checked out the Martinis. Banana cake recipe with oil I approved.

Dinner at Cafe Genevieve just off Town Square (shown). How good was my first glass of West Coast Pinot after a day skiing? Let me tell you: So good. Easy banana cake recipe with oil The food had a southern vibe here — Mac and Cheese, pimento cheese, pork belly, biscuits, Benton’s ham — which, it turns out, is an extremely welcome vibe after a day of skiing. Banana bread recipe with self rising flour The kids ordered fried brussels, vegetable ramen, and roast chicken, while mom and dad — surprise — both ordered the Idaho trout. Moist chocolate chip banana bread recipe (It’s not un-adventurous, it’s called knowing what you like.) After dinner, we walked around the ice-slicked corner, to the Town Square that features four famous antler arches you are looking at above, and then hit Moo for some house-made double scoops of mint chip. Recipe for chocolate chip banana bread Then, back to hotel to pretend to finish our episode of Sherlock. Banana bread with chocolate chips and walnuts (We didn’t make it.)

9:00. Healthy banana nut muffin recipe We were not messing around this time. Banana bread donna hay As soon as we heard all the lifts were back open, the girls decided they were not leaving the mountain until the sun went down. Old fashioned banana bread recipe (And they almost made it.) I think now is the time to thank all my friends who didn’t tell me what all veteran skiers seem to know: That Jackson is not for beginners. 3 ingredient banana bread It’s a credit to how much I trust Andy that he somehow convinced me to move on from what he called the “dink-n-dunk” green trails off Teewinot Quad lift. Healthy gluten free banana bread I have to admit the blues off Apres-Vous on the right side of the mountain were not terrible — Werner was a particular favorite — and once I found my rhythm there, I decided I didn’t need to explore more. Banana bread recipe eggless (Andy and the Girls started calling the lift “Apres-Mom.”) They moved on to the other side — Bridger Quad was their favorite — to tackle some black diamonds. Vegan banana bread muffins No thanks!

Dinner On our way out of our Tuesday lunch at Local, I promptly logged on to OpenTable to make Thursday night dinner reservations. Gluten free oatmeal banana bread I had a feeling we’d all be in the mood (mood = voracious) for that kind of pub-by food again, and I was right. Vegan gluten free banana bread We all ordered the exact same thing: The Chef’s Burger with tomato jam and hand-cut fries. Gluten free banana bread muffins (Note: It wasn’t the California-style burger they serve at lunch — as shown here in their instagram feed — it was beefier, more steak-house-worthy.) I had a glass of Austerity Pinot Noir, and decided then and there it would be the only red I’d be drinking for the rest of the winter.

Bedtime: Benedict Cumberbatch would be proud. Healthy banana bread no sugar We finally finished our episode. Vegan banana bread easy Cheers!

Breakfast: After eating our faces off for three straight days, we attempted a shot at redemption by way of a smoothie at The Healthy Being Juicery. Healthy banana bread recipe uk (Shown: Almond butter, almond milk, mara, banana, date.) It was delicious, but at some point, Abby stood up from our table and announced she was heading next door to Persephone for her obligatory pastry. Banana loaf recipe easy Who were we to stop her? We followed her there for coffee.

Our flight was at noon, so we took a long drive on 191 towards Yellowstone to kill a little time before taking off.

*PS: First most popular dinner table conversation still reigns supreme: What is your favorite Pixar movie and why?

Photo credits: Trout: Hatch; Jackson Hole Mountain: jacksonholewy.com; Snow King: TheMountainPulse.com; Antler Arch: jacksonholetraveler.com.

I am so glad you had an excellent time in my hometown! Next time try The Kitchen! It is amazing! Also, the Casper lift would have given you so nice blues too. Easy moist banana cake recipe I apologize in advance for the rain – you were here for the strangest weather we have had this winter! But the best part is you got to ski Snow King! Our town hill is overlooked, but is a real gem. Banana cake recipe easy Happy to help guide you the next time you come to town! Reply

We just did Jackson in the summer and it is well worth the trip – fabulous hiking (Phelps Lake), Grand Teton National Park, great food and lots of wild life spotting. Banana cake recipe easy moist Def. Super moist banana nut bread recipe try it in the summer! Reply

Sounds like fun, even if the weather wasn’t great. Banana cake with chocolate chips I’ve been to Jackson in both the summer and winter, and I think summer might be better! Excellent hiking, long days, and abundant cowboy hats. Banana cake recipe moist By the way, I’m working through How to Celebrate Everything. Banana cake recipe moist fluffy It’s a great book, although since I’m doing The Whole 30 right now, I’ll have to wait to try out many of the tasty recipes. Banana cake recipe easy and quick Reply

We spent 8 days in Jackson in early August and HEAVEN ON EARTH. Super moist banana cake recipe Seriously the best vacation we’ve ever done, and we’ve been all over. Banana loaf recipe uk My daughter disagrees, but that’s because she can’t get over the grizzly mama and her cubs we ran into a trail at Grand Teton ; ). Best moist banana cake recipe Reply

Jenny I wish I knew–I’m an avid reader of your blog and cookbooks and live in Jackson with my 3 kids husband and old dog. Moist banana cake recipe We could have made you dinner or given you our favorite restaurants–you found Persephone so good job–or my 7 year old could have showed your daughters all the best jumps at the resort. Moist banana cake recipe jamie oliver Summer is amazing here and if you head back this way let us know. Banana loaf recipe nz House swap!? Reply

I am also a Westchester dweller who spent winter break in Jackson Hole! It was a first time for us too. Best banana cake recipe moist And despite the weather, and the day off of skiing (we didn’t know about snow king), we loved it. Banana loaf recipe moist I wish we had your restaurant tips before we went! We had some good meals, but unfortunately did not hit the places you mentioned above. Best banana chocolate chip bread recipe I too am now dreaming about a summer vacation in Jackson!! Thanks for the great tips, and I am also enjoying the comments from the locals above.

ps….as an intermediate (barely) skier I agree about Werner off of Apres Vous, and poster above is correct, Casper had some runs that weren’t terrifying! Reply

Apparently, you have lots of Jackson readers! Can you imagine how difficult it is to live within walking distance of Persephone? Resistance is futile. Banana chocolate chip bread recipe Please visit us in the summer – it’s even better than the winter. Banana nut bread with applesauce Reply

You should definitely go back to Jackson in the Summer! We stopped in for a night this past Summer on our way from a wedding in Utah to visit family in Montana, and I totally fell in love with Jackson too. Best banana nut muffin recipe We white water rafted, had the same Cafe Genevieve/Moo dinner/dessert combination and basically sampled everything Persephone had to offer. Banana cake recipe without butter I got the sense from our fellow rafters that there was a ton to do there activity-wise in the Summer months. Healthy banana bread with yogurt Also, our hotel (the Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa), while not the fanciest place in Jackson, was totally charming. Banana bread with oat flour There’s an outdoor tent bar by the creek and numerous outdoor seating areas with fire pits. Banana bread cupcake recipe One group of friends had rolled up their own cooler of beers and wine and settled into one of the fire pit areas for the evening while their kids ran around the creekside. Banana bread recipe low sugar It seemed to me like the perfect situation. Banana bread recipe no sugar Reply

Love this recap. Banana nut muffin recipe So obsessed with Jackson Hole in the summer AND winter. Banana walnut muffin recipe You definitely need to return in the summer! Fly into Jackson and spend the next day or two exploring the area, including a Hot Air Balloon ride and rodeo. Banana bread recipe oil Drive through Yellowstone after, stopping along the way wherever you see something cool, including outside the park in West Yellowstone at a bear and wolf sanctuary. Healthy banana loaf recipe Continue on to Montana and stay the week at a dude ranch in Big Sky! On the way back spend a night at the Old Faithful Inn and check out the geyser. Banana cake no eggs Finish back in Jackson! Reply

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