Far From the Madding Crowd
Posted Aug 7, 2016
This was my first trip to a national park. I picked a year that is breaking all previous attendance records and that fact was obvious at every facet of my trip. Crowds, traffic, noise and bad smells had me wondering whether I had a made a wrong turn into WallyWorld rather than Grand Teton. However, all that ceased every time I turned into Jenny Lake Lodge (JLL). JLL is a refuge within the national park. It is located in a magnificent setting, the best in the park of any lodge. It is quiet, allows access to major hiking trails without getting back in your car. The cabins are exceptionally clean, insanely quiet and the lodge provides small amenities which I appreciated given the fact that this place ain't cheap. In short, I highly recommend JLL. I did not partake of the gourmet dining, at NYC prices, though everyone I spoke with who did eat in the dining room seemed satisfied. There are two very local dinner options, each about 7 miles away where you can rub elbows with locals and guides, have a couple of drinks and eat like someone who is looking to escape corporate America, not embrace it in the wilderness. Each of the three nights I was at JLL there was a different guitar player in the lounge in the evening. Each musician was great, a nightcap, the music and quiet mountain air provides all you need to get the knots out of your psyche. Worth the price, do your head a favor and enjoy a few nights of bucolic bliss at Jenny Lake Lodge.