Here Are Photos From Snow King Lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Snow King Lodge Jackson WyomingI had considered booking a reservation at a different hotel in town, a place that costs $1,000 a night. I figured we'd be here only one night so it might be nice to stay at a really swanky place. But when I figured out we would get to the hotel around 9 PM and be out first thing in the morning to drive to Yellowstone, it seemed sort of foolish and unnecessary to spend that kind of money for such a short period of time. I'm sure some reading this blog will think it's stupid to spend that kind of money for one night at a hotel EVER, but I'm of the mind set that you only live once. The older I get, the more I understand that concept. The Snow King Lodge, however, is a much more reasonably priced resort.

The first photo is the view from the front steps of the Snow King Lodge in Jackson, Wyoming. I crawled out of bed while my husband was still sleeping, tugged on my clothes from yesterday, pawed around on the night stand to find the room key, grabbed my camera and quietly slipped out the door.

The sun is just coming up. I'd guess it's in the high 40s, pretty brisk. I stood outside for about 10 minutes before I began to shiver.

Snow King Lodge Jackson WyomingI can't say much about the food at Snow King. You've got your buffalo and tenderloin, mashed potatoes and gravy, not to mention chicken noodle soup. I ordered a shrimp cocktail for dinner because I wasn't very hungry. The dish that appeared before me was a bit astonishing. While they aren't bay shrimp, they're certainly not cocktail shrimp.

My husband was a little surprised, too. He had ordered a local beer on tap, and the thing that pumps out the beer had broken, so he was served a glass half full. I had requested a martini, which sat at the counter and turned warm while the service staff fumbled around doing something else. The Bears were on TV, and I think they won, so that made my husband happy. He's not really a football fan but being from Chicago, he roots for Da Bears, which he enunciates with that Chicagoan accent, emphasis on "da" and a drop in voice on "bears."

Snow King Lodge Jackson WyomingToday we drive to Yellowstone National Park. It's about a four-hour trip, I think, with stops to shoot photos. I wish I could share photos with you along the way and through the park itself, but I am afraid there is no Internet connection in Yellowstone. Strange as it may seem -- and as addicted as I am to being online 24 / 7 -- being away from a computer will be a welcome relief.

My team is busy back in Sacramento, taking care of business for me.I saw a flurry of emails come over my BlackBerry yesterday. I know, for example, that one of my Sacramento short sale sellers received an offer last night, and my very capable team member, Linda Swanson, is working on it. That really gives me peace of mind. I should have taken on a team member years ago. I would have enjoyed my vacations more. Because, like it or not, we only go around once.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Elizabeth, I can almost feet the brisk air from your description of your early morning photo session! I'm glad you are enjoying time away and it is so true, you do only go once around and should take advantage of those amazing experiences and opportunities!

Sep 28, 2010 04:04 AM #1
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Considering $1000 a night for a short night's sleep?  I shudder to think what you might consider paying for a long night's rest.

There may be some expensive hostelries in Jackson, but I'm not sure they really do "swanky" anywhere near the place.

Sep 28, 2010 04:21 AM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Enjoy your time at Yellowstone.  You definitely deserve the break.  Looking forward to more pictures of your Yellowstone adventure.

Sep 28, 2010 08:42 AM #3
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Elizabeth - I am looking at more of your hotel recommendations!

Sep 28, 2010 12:04 PM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Donald and I once stayed at the expensive swanky place and I have NO regrets. :)  Waiting for the photos.  Hope you're having a great time.

Sep 28, 2010 03:44 PM #5
Kari Battaglia, PA
PalmerHouse Properties - Nokomis, FL
Buy Sell Love Florida

Love the pictures and 40 degrees at night sounds wonderful.  It is still feels like 100 degrees here in Florida.  $1000 a night sounds a little steep for just one night.  I would have choosen the Lodge as well.  Have a great time.  We do only live once.

Sep 30, 2010 04:00 AM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey Jim; There is a swanky place, just ask Tammy. It's a place where they remember your name and call you by it. Of course, that in itself is not worth a thousand bucks.

Oct 01, 2010 02:36 PM #7
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