Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa
Hotel in Jackson, WY
AAA Four-Diamond Luxury Boutique Lodge & Spa
In the heart of a city devoted to the great outdoors, one fabulous hotel will tempt you to stay inside all day.
Like finding a sand dollar on the beach, or discovering a Michelin-starred restaurant in the middle of the country, the Rusty Parrot is one of those hidden gem travel experiences that defies logic.
How is it, you’ll ask yourself, that one of the top small luxury hotels in the world lies on a quiet side street, just past a post office and an auto shop?
This is an answer that you can only get from owner Ron Harrison, along with the provenance of the lodge’s name. But you’re likely to forget, once you step across the entryway into this 32-room, family-owned luxury mountain lodge that has earned a AAA Four-Diamond award for nineteen years and counting.
Climb from the lobby to the mezzanine, and you’ll find the grandfather’s study of your dreams. Burnished oak paneled shelves hold books floor-to-ceiling around a roaring fire. The only thing more inviting than the deep leather sofa and armchairs set before the fire is the sideboard arrayed with brass urns that hold coffee, tea and apple cider, as well as a plate of freshly baked cookies. (I never saw anyone replenishing this snack-time abundance, but it never seemed to go empty.)
Those who book rooms on the third floor are advised to brace themselves – the staff of the Rusty Parrot really ought to prepare visitors for the bowling-over effect of opening their door to find a prodigious in-suite Jacuzzi tub waiting for them, flanked by plush towels, candles, and bath salts. For a good while, all I could see was the bathtub, and completely overlooked the log fireplace, the timber-framed king-size bed, and the terra cotta-tiled bathroom with its expansive terra cotta-tiled shower and wealth of L’Occitane amenities.
Between the Jacuzzi tub, the cozy linens, and the complimentary sparkling water delivered at the ring of a bell, it took a lot of coaxing to get me to ever go outside. That changed, however, when I noticed the outdoor hot tub just beyond the mezzanine study’s French doors. Even determined indoor types will brave the cold when it promises a warm hot tub soak accompanied by a view of the Teton mountains tinged by alpenglow, a cup of hot apple cider, and snowflakes falling in a tingly counterpoint against your skin.
The owners and staff at the Rusty Parrot take great pride in creating an experience tailored to the traveler, rather than the tourist. Their concierge service evinces a delight in sharing inside information about the town they love and offering their expert guidance for booking excursions and hiring guides. And indeed, I can only imagine how much better it must feel to finish a day of doughty mountaineering in comforts like the Rusty Parrot provides, soaking tired muscles in the verbena-scented Jacuzzi, enjoying a warm stone massage at the Body Sage spa or feasting on elk chops and quail cassoulet at the Wild Sage restaurant (the only restaurant in Jackson to receive the AAA Four Diamond award), finally resting weary bones against the goose down mattress.
But the fact is, I’m more than happy to only imagine it, from the gorgeous comfort of this Jacuzzi tub.
Chelsea Batten is an itinerant journalist and photographer
Photographs courtesy of Rusty Parrot Lodge
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ambience||Hidden Gem, Cosy, Rustic|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Free Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Health Spa, Family Friendly|
|Number of Rooms||32 rooms and suites|
|Related Activity||Skiing / Winter sports, Outdoor / Adventure|
Double Queen or single King rooms, some with fireplace and/or Jacuzzi tub. Superior (with King or two Queen beds) and Superior King with Fireplace. The Owner’s Suite includes separate living room, adjoining room with two Queen beds, walk-in shower and dry bar with refrigerator.
Warm, gracious staff that attends to every detail. Comfortable, casual atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.
Last updated on 13-03-2015