Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa
Jackson’s ski resorts hog the spotlight, but you don’t have to sleep slope-side. If you love the après-ski experience, or if you’re traveling in any season beside winter, the plush, western-style Rusty Parrot is your best choice. An easy stroll from Jackson’s restaurants, shops, and galleries, the family-run, 31-room hotel delivers top service without an ounce of pretension. Rooms are short on cowboy kitsch and long on creature comforts (L’Occitane bath products, incredibly comfortable mattresses), plus there are the requisite high-tech touches (flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi). The small Body Sage spa offers a wide range of treatments, from a four-hands massage to a lemon coffee blossom scrub. Staff is friendly, informal, and very knowledgeable about the area’s wealth of activities—horseback riding, fly-fishing, and more.
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