During Jackson's spring and fall shoulder seasons, it's a little-known fact that many local restaurants offer deep discounts to locals and visitors passing through during this slow time of year. Many of the nicest restaurants in town, including those in the Fine Dining Group, are serving up plates of the valley's finest dishes at very affordable rates: think 2-for-1 deals on entrees, and $6 sushi.
But, as we all know, food tastes even better after you really work up an appetite. So pair these favorite springtime activities with great restaurant discounts in Jackson Hole for a day to remember. With all of these spots, reservations are recommended. (Some are only open a few days a week during the spring, so plan accordingly.) Bon appetit!
Pedal to Teton Village and Enjoy Il Villaggio Osteria
Take a 12-mile ride from Jackson's Town Square out to Teton Village to enjoy fine Italian dining at Il Villaggio Osteria . Hop on one of the town's many bike paths and head along the Teton Village Road to enjoy this rustic Italian cuisine. From May 8-31, buy one entree and get a second for only $2, which is donated to a local nonprofit.
Make a reservation and enjoy freshly-fired pizzas from the wood-stone pizza oven as well as an array of delicious courses, including stuffed pappardelle, blue cheese gnocchi, roast pheasant, and braised pork shank. If you're heading out for a late dinner, be sure to bring a headlamp. At dusk and after dark, Teton Village Road is a prime area for moose. Keep an eye out and steer clear of the animals to avoid an unpleasant encounter.
Run Up Cache Creek, Head to Rendezvous Bistro
Stay close to town and go for a trail run up Cache Creek , or head up Crystal Butte to work up a good appetite for dinner at Rendezvous Bistro , which offers a buy-one, get-one-for-$2 deal on entrees during April and May (make a reservation beforehand). Be sure to avoid wilderness areas until they open for use on May 1 (though you can head miles up Cache Creek without running into any wilderness boundaries).
After your excursion, dig into offerings like a charcuterie plate, soft shell crab with crispy prosciutto and spicy remoulade, grilled salmon with curry, fried chicken with jalapeno syrup, or sample a daily special. During April and May, proceeds from the entree deal are donated to one of a number of local nonprofits, including the Pink Ribbon Riders, JH Historical Society & Museum, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, Animal Adoption Center, People's Market, Teton Literacy Center, Teton Raptor Center, and Teton County Animal Shelter. What's not to love about a great hike, a great meal, and supporting worthy causes?
Ski Grand Teton National Park, and Savor Southern Cuisine at Sweetwater
The Deep South may not have high alpine peaks like Jackson, but some down-home cooking really hits the spot after a day out backcountry skiing on Maverick or one of the other peaks in Grand Teton National Park. (Be sure to have the equipment, knowledge, and skills for such an endeavor, and be prepared for travel in avalanche terrain, including knowing all the risks and checking the avalanche report .)
Bring a hearty appetite to Sweetwater and enjoy 2-for-1 entrees as you tuck into their catfish popcorn, fried pickle tempura, Cajun filet of trout, or Louisiana Gulf stew.
Bike to Grand Teton National Park Followed by Sushi at Nikai
On May 1, the bike path up to Grand Teton National Park opens to bicyclists, runners, unicyclists, and roller skiers. Head north of town and enjoy this 26-mile roundtrip ride to the entrance of Grand Teton National Park. Or, head farther into the park and enjoy some spectacular Teton views, keeping your eyes open for wildlife feeding on new spring vegetation.
After you've worked up a hearty appetite, head back into town and stop at Nikai Sushi, which is one of the first restaurants you come across on your ride back into town. Nikai's delicious sushi menu offers something for everyone, and this time of year, discounted prices are even more of a resason to visit. Fill up on $6 rolls—a steal in this often-pricey mountain town.