Meet me at The Wort Hotel
There’s an old adage in northern Wyoming — “Meet me at The Wort.” A Forbes Four-Star hotel and a Jackson Hole landmark, The Wort Hotel has been luring visitors for nearly 75 years thanks to its western charm and ambiance. Plus, with The Wort Hotel’s enviable location — just blocks from the Jackson Town Square, miles from the Grand Tetons and a leisurely drive to Yellowstone National Park — it’s no wonder visitors like to rendezvous here.
Grand Tetons and Yellowstone
Just five miles from the hotel, Grand Teton National Park awaits. A mountain landscape like no other, these craggy mountains tower more than a mile above Jackson Hole, giving the Tetons its famed reputation as the world’s most photographed mountain range. Guests can mosey on into the regal park for a day of splendor, where hiking, climbing, boating and rafting provide a full day of fun.
The Wort Hotel plays witness to the Teton’s seasonal beauty. In spring, the mountains are covered in a blanket of wildflowers. By summer, the area is teeming with wildlife — moose, bears, elk, foxes and wolves. Come autumn, fall foliage consumes the range, and of course, the snow-capped mountains are a breathtaking vision during the Jackson Hole winter ski season.
Spring through fall, guests at The Wort Hotel can take a scenic drive up the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, connecting Grand Teton to Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park, established in 1872. (In the wintertime, snowmobile rides are the way to venture into the Tetons.) The park rests on top of a slumbering volcano that erupted half a million years ago. Now, it’s home to the world’s largest collection of geysers, including Old Faithful, drawing millions of visitors each year to Wyoming. But Yellowstone isn’t just a bunch of spurting attractions. Jagged peaks, alpine lakes, vast forests and endless wildlife can be found in Yellowstone with most of the park situated on a high plateau astride the Continental Divide. Here, a little bit of solace can be found among the steam.
At The Wort Hotel, the beauty of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park are cherished inside the historic retreat as the inspiration for many of the 200 pieces featured in the Wort Hotel’s art collection. Oils, photos, sculptures, bronzes and furnishings are on display in the hotel’s public spaces. But no matter how steady the hand, nothing compares to the real deal — right outside The Wort Hotel’s front door.
Jackson Hole skiing
While Jackson Hole certainly proves to be a gateway town in the summer, droves of visitors flock to the area for autumn and winter adventure. A four-season destination, visitors at The Wort Hotel can visit the National Elk Refuge from December to April. Just north of Jackson, thousands of elk winter gather here, beginning their migration from the high meadows in the fall. Guests can ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, all the while among elk numbering in the thousands.
Jackson Hole is also renowned for its epic slopes, which Forbes and Ski magazine ranked as the No. 1 ski area in the country. Guests at The Wort Hotel can ski the vast terrain of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and because the hotel is known for its hospitality, each guest is treated to exclusive ski services like the convenience of door-to-door private ski-fitting rentals. A complimentary ski shuttle embarks from the hotel every day at 8:35 a.m., returning at 4:30 p.m., with staff meeting guests at the door to whisk equipment away as part of the hotel’s ski valet services. After a day on the slopes, skiers and boarders can unwind near the hotel’s upper lobby fire, enjoying complimentary Après ski refreshments — cocoa, coffee and cider.
If skiing (or snowboarding) isn’t your thing, Jackson Hole offers up other winter thrills — snowmobiling, sleigh rides, bike tours and paragliding — for ultimate four-season fun.
The famed Silver Dollar Bar
Conveniently located just steps from the Jackson Hole’s historic Town Square, The Wort Hotel is surrounded by the area’s finest restaurants, galleries and shops, giving visitors even more to explore. The Town Square is perhaps best known for its iconic antler arches that frame the George Washington Memorial Park. Decades of family photos have been taken at the arch, each constructed from antlers shed at the National Elk Refuge. For nearly 50 years, local Boy Scouts have collected the antlers. Next May, the Town of Jackson will auction off the southwest arch with proceeds going to the Boy Scouts to assemble a new arch.
After a day of adventure in town, on the slopes or in the parks, it’s back to the old adage “Meet me at The Wort.” One of the hotel’s biggest draws is the Silver Dollar Bar, with 2,032 uncirculated 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars inlaid into the bar top. A gathering place for locals and visitors, cowboys and snowboarders, musicians and businessmen, The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill is one of Jackson Hole’s most popular places — no matter who you are.
The recently-renovated Silver Dollar Showroom has returned to its original glory, pre-dating a 1980s renovation that converted some of the bar into guest rooms. A 1,400-square-foot expansion and extension of the 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar bar top, the Silver Dollar Showroom is now THE place to be in Jackson Hole for live music. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, patrons can listen to live music featuring bluegrass, country, blues, folk, and rock several nights a week.
Finally, once the night has wound down, guests can retreat to their accommodations. The Wort Hotel offers 55 tastefully appointed guest rooms, including five sophisticated Western-themed suites. Each spacious room is uniquely furnished with lodge pole pine beds and fine linens for a little western comfort. After all this Wyoming fun, hitting the hay won’t be so hard to do.