Thanks in part to a lot of great support from TA members in this forum, we're closing in on this somewhat last minute trip.
Flying into SLC on the 17'th, we're looking to stay near Gardiner or perhaps West Yellowstone for the 18, 19 and 20'th, then Jackson Hole area for the 21 and 22 before flying out of SLC again on the 23'rd, shortly after noon.
We'll be exploring the park mornings and dusk for wildlife / phot ops, with more downtime during the harsher light of the day. That could still be spent exploring the park, or perhaps relaxing back at our lodgings. This brings me to the question: Are there any places recommended in Gardiner or W Yellowstone that might have a fairly private, relaxing view and still offer the services a B&B or motel would offer (basic cleaning and bed making for example). I've seen some awesome cabin rentals on VRBO, but of course we'd be on our own for clean up, and this is still a much needed vacation from the everyday drudgery.
If I thought that places like the Clubhouse Inn on WY or The Best Western in Gardiner were set in a relaxing location, with a balcony overlooking a stream for example, that would be perfect, but I'm thinking most chains are on a strip overlooking a parking lot? We just need a relaxing spot for our down time!
I'm not sure if individual recommendations are encouraged or even allowed in this forum, but if so, any suggestions are appreciated! (Perhaps a PM if the info I'm seeking sounds like I'm trolling for a sales rep to call - I dont want to turn this into an ad campaign lol)