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Inn of the Month: The Alpine House

Inn of the Month: The Alpine House

By Kristen Gould Case
posted: 01/15/2001

Jackson, Wyoming
Just a two-block walk from Jackson's antler-clad Town Square, the 21-room Alpine House offers comfortable, Scandinavian-style hospitality sans old-world snobbery. Hundred-year-old timbers frame the vaulted ceilings, but you won't find any dusty flyfishing creels here. The interior is clean and bright, with pine trim and pastel colors. Rooms feature down comforters, fireplaces, balconies and antique furniture, yet steer clear of European-cutesy. You'll find chocolate-dipped strawberries at your bedside each evening, fluffy robes in the closet and toiletry products from a local boutique in reusable containers-highlighting the environmentally friendly philosophy here.

First opened in 1994, the lodge recently added 15 rooms, a cozy library and a white-fenced front yard, complete with Adirondack chairs and hot tub. Owners Nancy and Hans Johnstone are former Olympians: she a biathlete in Albertville, France, he a Nordic combined skier in Calgary, Alberta. Hans leads mountaineering climbs up the Grand Teton and heliski trips in Alaska. Nancy leads guests on trail runs and cross-country ski treks. Professional, down-to-earth service is their specialty.

The daily breakfast buffet is served in the sunny dining room, offering an espresso bar, homemade baked goods and made-fresh-daily items such as roasted red pepper, chevre and spinach frittata. Afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres are also served. Fellow guests are skiers, Yellowstone goers, gallery browsers, flyfishing aficionados, spa seekers taking in an on-site massage, or Finnish sauna and jock-types-friends from the innkeepers' U.S. Ski Team days. Don't miss the dining room mural, in which comical Viking figures eerily resemble the owners.

Room rates range from $90 (low season, standard room) to $265 (high season, suite) and include breakfast. Contact: The Alpine House, 285 North Glenwood Street, Jackson, WY 83001; 800-753-1421; 307-739-1570; fax: 307-734-2850;

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