I am only 13 years old, but I have been going to this ranch every summer for 5 years along with my now 15-year-old sister, my parents, and the rest of our extended family, including my grandmother who comes every year along with her friends, and still has a great time. Even though I am just a kid, there is something about the relaxed atmosphere there that seems and is appealing to every guest (with a comfortable max capacity of 42) that stays there. Whether you are an adult seeking a relaxing time to meet new people, an avid traveler looking for new experiences and to enjoy the views, or a teenager or kid like me who is just looking for fun family time, you can be sure that you won't be disappointed. It's such a fun trip that I spend the whole summer up to the first week in July when we fly out from Charlotte, NC, just getting excited.
Among many other great aspects of the trip, one of my favorites is hearing the breakfast bell ringing at 7:00 a.m (which seems early, but you always have motivation to get up) every morning. You wake up to sunlight in the window, the aspen trees or Tetons or the main lodge in the background, and you know it's going to be another great day. It's also great because I can name 80 percent of the staff there, because they are so outgoing and friendly that they'll come ou and mingle with the guests each meal. It's also a beautiful area, with several activites planned each day but every one of them optional. It's just an absolutely amazing place to get to know the people, the horses, and the beautiful scenery. The only complaint I might have is scheduling more activites, especially for the kids, but that's not really a problem because the kid counselor's job is to entertain us, and the staff is all very accomodating.
It's especially good because you can arrange your accomodations if you're coming in a big group like we do so that the cabins that we're all staying in are in close proximity to each other. That way, we can all decide to, for example, take a walk along the Snake River before dinner. It's also great (I know I say that a lot) how the guests all get to know each other. My grandmother always hosts a get-together with appetizers and a gorgeous view of the Tetons for all of the guests to get to know each other and chat, before heading down to dinner Monday night. There's also a cocktail party on the spacious porch of the lodge where the staff hands out nametags and we all just sort of mingle.
The cabins (I've stayed in two over the course of 5 years) are great. Well, one time we found a snake in the bathroom, and one time when I was locked in my bunkbed room I discovered a bumblebee that had crawled through the cracks, but hey, I hate camping, and I love the cabins. They are spacious, comfortable, clean, and every other cozy, tidy adjective. They all have porches and swinging benches, and swinging screen doors that I don't think I will ever forget the sound of. Even though some of the cabins are a little cramped, they all have spacious living rooms where you can always hang out, relax, read, and there is free WiFi if, like my dad, you still need to work sometimes, even from a long distance away.
Overall, it's a great experience and I find myself loving it more and more each time I go. Great pepole, delicious food, great accomodations, great family, great horses, great scenery, it's just great. Great trip. I would reccomend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Operating since 1947, the R Lazy S is centrally located in beautiful Jackson Hole. For many years, we have offered families unforgettable vacations that include unsurpassed riding, fishing, children programs, and western gourmet meals. Private log cabins with magnificent views of the Tetons. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- R Lazy S Ranch Jackson Hole/Teton Village