Teton Ridge Ranch accommodates no more people than can fit in its horse-drawn sleigh: 14. Typically, however, no more than 10 at a time enjoy this Tetonia, Idaho, retreat, which is said to be owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen (though ranch officials decline to comment on their boss’ identity).
Teton Ridge is not far from Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Targhee National Forest, or Jackson Hole. But this onetime sheep-ranching site has spectacular rugged vistas of its own that are just waiting to be discovered by hikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers. Those who prefer the great indoors can play billiards on the antique pool table or select a volume from the library.
The limited capacity and remote location help keep Teton Ridge relatively secret, but ardent fans could also be partly responsible: More than two-thirds of its guests are repeat clients, particularly those who make winter reservations. You need not be a math wizard to realize that this robust return rate leaves a scant number of slots for first-time visitors. Bookings are accepted from January through mid-March and from June through mid-October.
Teton Ridge Ranch
On a 4,000-acre ranch in eastern Idaho.
Five suites, each equipped with a wood-burning stove, a Jacuzzi, and a private porch.
A sporting clay course, a 30-horse stable, 14 miles of hiking trails in the summer, and 19 miles of groomed trails in the winter.
You will never eat the same dish twice, regardless of the length of your stay.
Dogsledding in winter, bird hunting in fall.
Suites from $495; entire lodge from $2,250.
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