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A Second Act

Esther Judge Lennox creates housing opportunities and gives historic homes a next chapter

The lawman of Jackson Hole

To the tune of jingling spurs, sunlight glints off a golden badge as a commanding figure steps into the frame; the dusty roustabouts in the saloon quiet down, the shifty horse thieves slink back into the shadows. Who — in the untamed fringes of the frontier — can bring such a sense of order? The
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Victor, Idaho: The hub of the Tetons

Long thought of as a bedroom community to neighboring Jackson, Wyoming, the relaxed city of Victor, Idaho, has come into its own, attracting second-home buyers and retirees along with local workers. Although close proximity to Jackson Hole is a bonus, many Victor residents and visitors alike do not feel the need to go “over the
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Rodeo in her blood

On a typical Tuesday morning, University of Wyoming rodeo athlete Hailey Hardeman’s alarm goes off at 4 a.m. By the time her sleepy-eyed classmates roll out of bed and into their 8:30 Intro to Marketing class, she’ll have completed an hour of rider agility and strength workouts, fed and watered her five horses at the
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Iconic Jackson Hole Rodeo offers an exciting way to be immersed in Western culture

Rodeo has been embedded in Jackson Hole’s Wild West culture since settlers first arrived, and a vacation to the area wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this iconic summer event. An unforgettable way to experience Western heritage, the Jackson Hole Rodeo has become a signature town event, entertaining families multiple nights a week throughout
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Enjoying life and business is priceless

Home is where the heart is, and whether you’re looking for a place to raise your family, a vacation home to enjoy during hard-earned time off, or an investment, transacting in real estate is always one of life’s biggest decisions. Just as important as it is to have confidence in good, trusted partners when venturing
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Jackson Hole jeweler with a mission

Lisa Oden Knapp is what you might stereotypically expect from a jeweler upon first conversation. Her resume is replete with over 35 years of experience in the industry, traveling the world for such heavyweights as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton. She enjoys voyaging across Europe, searching for best-in-class diamonds and highest-end Swiss watches
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Always sweater weather in Jackson Hole

Everything Elizabeth Lopeman does is done with intention and passion. These same values led Elizabeth to found her clothing company, Schuss Fine Knitwear. Elizabeth’s family moved to the Jackson area when she was a child, and the 4-year-old quickly found her passion carving down the slopes. Elizabeth soon began racing on the intermountain ski team
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Dive into winter like a Jackson Hole local

A quick scroll through the #jhdreaming side of Instagram will demonstrate very quickly what the popular wintertime activities in Jackson Hole are. From a ride on the cherry-red tram at the ski hill and a group pose under the antler arches, or an elk-viewing ride on a horse-drawn sleigh to a world-class dish at a
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The inside line on real estate and design in Jackson Hole

We sat down with Jill Sassi, a top-producing real estate agent for Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty, and Kate Binger, the owner of Dwelling, a boutique interior design studio, to get the inside scoop on real estate and design in Jackson Hole. The women work independently, but enjoy teaming up to help buyers find and
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Sharing the spirit of the West

Mekki Jaidi recalls the moment everything changed. As the plane approached Jackson Hole Airport from the south, ending the short flight from Salt Lake City, he gazed out the window. And that view — rugged snow-capped peaks, untamed rivers, endless swaths of wild forests — stirred a shift in him. The trajectory of Mekki’s life
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Expanding the paradise of Jackson Hole

For better or worse, the pandemic has permanently changed how we live, where we work, and how we play. The transition to and continuation of remote work has given us the opportunity to live anywhere we choose rather than near the office. Places like Jackson Hole, Park City, and Breckenridge — and all mountain towns
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Seeking refuge and finding paradise in Jackson Hole

It is no secret that historically, Jackson has experienced a near-constant growth in population. Originally inhabited by Indigenous peoples, including the Shoshone, Crow, and Northern Arapahoe tribes, the measured migration of Anglo-American settlers to the valley occurred well into the mid-20th century. And in the ’50s, Jackson was a popular road trip destination for American
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Prospect Studio focuses on the big picture in their architectural work

When the three principals of Prospect Studio started tossing around names for their new architectural firm, they wanted something different. They were searching for a word that captured their vision. “The word ‘prospect’ kept coming up,” Matt Thackray, one of the principals, says. “It’s an optimistic view of the future, an expansive view. As a
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A happy housing story in Jackson, Wyoming

Augusta “Gus” Friendsmith rides a silver motorcycle, played on a roller derby team, and has a wild mane of curly hair. She wears every color of the rainbow and speaks impeccable Spanish. When she isn’t teaching kids to ski, she helps manage a disaster response program, runs her own craft business, works with locals who
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Reimagining the Jackson Hole home

A set of indigo faux-fur chairs featuring exposed cerused oak sets the tone for the chic ski house that was a recent collaboration between interior designer Kate Binger and realtor Jill Sassi. “It has the vibe of a sophisticated mountain tree house,” Kate says. “It’s reminiscent of a classic mountain chalet,” Jill adds, noting that
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Working toward affordable housing in Jackson Hole

At the core of any mountain culture is community — the people who embody the lifestyle. They go to work, raise their children, hike in the mountains, hunt in the fall, ski or snow machine in the winter, and make time to see live music. These people live and work in the community, playing a
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Local legend shares his take on the Teton lifestyle

The winter of 1970, according to skier, mountain biker, kayaker, and local legend Olaf Koehler, was truly one for the books. “I had a hard time coming up for a breath because the snow was just that deep,” Olaf says, as he takes a sip of beer at his favorite bar, Snake River Brewing. “After
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10 Jackson Hole winter 21-22 events you won’t want to miss

Holiday Musical at Jackson Hole Playhouse December 10-January 8: The annual musical at the Jackson Hole Playhouse is a must for any holiday visit to Jackson. You can either show up for dinner and a show (a must for first timers!) or reserve tickets for the show only. Santa Drops From the Tram December 24:
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Your dream trip realized

Imagine booking a vacation with a single text. Forget about trying to nail down flights and researching hotels and restaurants and imagine if it was all done for you — to perfection. That’s the power of Labbé Travel, a travel agency with Jackson Hole roots that makes accessing the world easier than ever. “It’s as
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Jackson Hole’s Darwin Ranch offers an authentic Western adventure

When someone mentions the Darwin Ranch, people often turn in the direction of the utterance to chime in, “You know the Darwin? That place is magical.” And it is. Nestled in the Upper Gros Ventre River Valley along the river’s edge is an idyllic rustic lodge, 100-year-old cabins, and a woodfired hot tub and sauna
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