Owning a log cabin can be a lot of work, so why not just rent one when on vacation? We love log cabins in the winter when their woody walls and fireplaces exude cozy comfort and warmth. But spring, when flower boxes hanging beneath windows come to life, is also great for log cabin living. A summer evening spent in a rocking chair sipping wine or whiskey on a log cabin’s porch is tough to beat. And of course, log cabins are idyllic in fall, when you can come home after a hike or ride through golden stands of aspen, make a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and settle into an overstuffed sofa. Whenever you’re planning your dream vacation to Jackson Hole, consider staying in a log cabin or lodge to make your time here even more memorable. Here are a few of our favorites from our portfolio of luxury Jackson Hole rental homes.
The Cabin is a 1940s log home set into a hillside on the lower slopes of Snow King Mountain, which opened as Wyoming’s first ski resort in 1939 (with a single cable tow). Today Snow King is home to a number of summer and winter activities like an alpine slide, the Cowboy Coaster, snow tubing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and the Treetop Adventure. Downtown Jackson’s boutiques, restaurants, and bars are within walking distance, as are all of Snow King’s activities, but it’s pretty tempting to spend all your down time in The Cabin’s cozy back yard, which is shaded by tall pine trees and has gorgeous flower beds and boxes.
Inside, The Cabin is the quintessential western log cabin. It has hand-peeled log furniture, antler chandeliers, vintage photos, paintings of western landscapes and wildlife, antique Navajo rugs, oak floors, and a massive double-sided fieldstone fireplace. The Cabin is unique because it has several skylights that make it brighter and sunnier than most log cabins. Its three bedrooms are particularly cozy. There is also a bunk room that allows The Cabin to sleep a total of 10 guests.
Big Sky isn’t technically a log cabin, it’s Western Arts & Crafts style, but feels like one because of its materials palette which include an abundance of natural wood and stone. Three bedrooms and 4,920-square-feet, Big Sky has a master suite with a vaulted, wood-beamed ceiling and a balcony that overlooks an outdoor dining terrace. In the great room is a double-sided, stone fireplace flanked by an overstuffed sofa and chairs.
Four Pines 8
Jackson Hole architect John Carney, who also designed the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort tram building at the base of the ski resort and the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park, designed Four Pines 8 in the exclusive Shooting Star subdivision so that it had an abundance of natural light and efficient use of space, while still feeling cozy. This contemporary, five bedroom lodge can sleep up to 16 guests.
Four Pines 8’s heart is its great room, which is open to a combined kitchen and dining area, and has views of the ski slopes of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and southern end of the Teton Range. Its furniture and décor are sophisticated yet obviously inspired by traditional log cabin style. Artwork throughout the home includes contemporary paintings, and also black and white photos of Native Americans and historic imagery from Yellowstone National Park.
You’d think the views of the mountains from Rocking V’s perch on a forested hillside above the Snake River near Wilson, Wyoming would be its standout feature, but you’d be mistaken. This four bedroom traditional log home has a collection of Western and wildlife art that includes many artists in the permanent collection of Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art (like Nancy Glazier, Ken Carlson, Scott Christensen, and Lanford Monroe). Also, this log lodge comes with the ultimate mountain accessory proximity to incredible fly-fishing.
Set on a private pond in the middle of 74 acres, Phillips Ridge is one of Jackson Hole’s most impressive log lodges. The lodge has five bedroom suites and a 40-foot-tall wall of windows in the great room, and its traditional design and cabin décor give it the intimacy and coziness of a cabin. Thick log walls and beams made from tree trunks are accented by gorgeous stonework while furnishings are overstuffed and colorful.
The great room in Phillips Ridge has to be amazing to compete with the views out of its 40-foot tall wall of windows. Inside, a two-story stone fireplace and elk antler chandelier dominate the room, while new and antique Oriental rugs, fine artwork, and rich fabrics up the coziness factor. Each of this lodge’s five bedroom suites has its own stone fireplace. While much about Phillips Ridge is quintessential lodge, other things are more modern, including a two-lane bowling alley, a fitness center, a movie theater that seats 12, and an indoor hot tub modeled on Yellowstone’s famous Grand Prismatic Spring.
Royal Wulff Lodge
Royal Wulff Lodge has four bedroom suites, most with wood-burning fireplaces and king size beds made from hand-peeled logs, and also a fireside family room and breakfast nook, but many guests at this log estate on the banks of the Snake River find its bunk room to be the coziest space in the house. Each of the four bunks has a full-size bed and custom reading lights. We love the cowboy-themed ceiling light and horseshoes-used-as-decoration.
Yours won’t be the first jaw to hit the ground upon arrival at Royal Wulff Lodge. If there’s as grand an entrance anywhere else in Jackson Hole, it’s at a hotel, not at a private estate that you, your family, and your friends get to enjoy the entirety of during your vacation. This grand colonnade and portico hints at the lodge’s interior, which includes commissioned paintings and sculptures, custom tiles, ironwork, and lighting fixtures, trophy taxidermy, walls of windows, and beautiful natural beams. The on-site team at The Clear Creek Group is here to help plan every detail of your Jackson Hole cabin experience.