Moose Creek Ranch Blog

Recent review from Justina Nadoslon

Posted on: September 20th, 2016
What a charming place! This was a last minute pick for one night of our RV trip as we deviated to follow our friends who were in the area who had rented a cabin here. Even late in the day the staff was very accommodating to our tardy reservation. There are 3 RV pads right next to one another but it doesn’t matter as the entire Ranch is absolutely beautiful and this is not a place you would just sit in your RV. There is a gorgeous main building with pool table and very clean updated restrooms inside plus a shower house/bathroom building (separate for men and women) for those who are RVing or “glamping” in their new rustic campsite buildings. Then there are cabins you can rent that range from a rustic cabin with full kitchen to the absolutely gorgeous and amazing Rendezvous cabin that our friends stayed in. It is top notch, and I’ve traveled and stayed in many places like this. The entire place is not only charming but absolutely immaculately maintained from the buildings to the bathrooms to the lawn and landscaping. Additionally we met both the manager Jeanette and the owner John and they are sincere, helpful people who obviously take a lot of pride in their ranch. They have a barn used for weddings and events which we obviously didn’t use but if you are in the area it is worth a look. Also horseback riding is available in season. They are not on a main highway, just a mile or two off, and that is what makes this little hideaway the perfect vacation or weekend spot for anyone who wants to relax in their beautiful mountain setting. We spotted quite a bit of wildlife and there is a babbling mountain brook behind the cabins and the view of a mountain from the front. Do note that they do not have a restaurant or any “food” facilities on site but there is a town pretty close that has both a regular grocery and an organic grocery store you can visit as well as several restaurants. Not enough good things to say. Give it a try!
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Great Review from one of our AIR BNB customers of Moose Creek Ranch and our Glamping Cabins

Posted on: July 28th, 2016

What a gem of a place. We wanted to be near Jackson but not in it, and were also looking for a camping experience (but I like a bed!). Moose Creek is a lovely place. We loved sleeping to the sounds of the creek running by, the campfires and the cleanliness of the lodge property as a whole. We enjoyed chatting with the owners, who gave us great restaurant recommendations, and on our last night we tried a cabin, which was great as well. We would absolutely recommend this location as a wonderful place to stay.

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First Moose Creek Ranch Wedding to get some edits back – Beautiful wedding

Posted on: July 9th, 2016

Robley/Smith Wedding   Beautiful Wedding Video – a must see –

I can’t wait to see all of our summer weddings.

 

 

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Wedding

Posted on: June 11th, 2016

A MOUNTAIN WEDDING

Natalie & Dusty

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By Natalie White  •  Photography by Jamye Chrisman

 

Despite living in Houston, Dusty and I wanted a mountain wedding. I suggested Jackson Hole as the perfect place to gather our families and celebrate our marriage. Once we settled on the destination, we started looking for a venue that felt intimate but could accommodate all of our family members in one place. We found just that place: Moose Creek Ranch in Teton Valley, Idaho, just over Teton Pass from Jackson. We reserved the ranch for the weekend and organized a bunch of activities for our guests, including on-site horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and a golf outing.

Planning our destination wedding proved to be challenging, so I enlisted the help of Lovely Day Events to make sure that everything went smoothly. In preparation, I searched online and reviewed A Grand Wedding to find vendor suggestions. I booked everything sight-unseen and food-untasted, and I loved every decision I made, as the food, music, and flowers were all better than I could have imagined.

When it came to wedding decor, Dusty and I knew we wanted to focus on our love of nature. The rustic, woodsy feel of Moose Creek Ranch and the classic-looking barn helped us bring our vision to life. I used antlers, large wooden slabs, wild moss, green mason jars filled with wildflowers, and burlap table runners to decorate.

The ceremony took place in a sagebrush field with the mountains as our backdrop and sixty of our closest friends and family members as our witnesses. After the ceremony, Judd Grossman played background music while guests snacked on stuffed mushrooms, lemon-dill chicken skewers, and fried pickles, and quenched their thirst with refreshing sweet tea and lemonade. For dinner, we enjoyed seared trout and flank steak along with side dishes that are favorites of ours—French green beans and macaroni and cheese. Our guests indulged in a variety of treats from our dessert bar, including red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, candied pecan pies, cupcakes, and root beer floats.

To cap off an unbelievable night, Judd serenaded us with “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. Before long, our wedding guests joined in; it was a moment that neither of us will soon forget.


 

Wedding Details:

wedding date
27 June 2015
ceremony & reception location
Moose Creek Ranch
officiant
Richard Lay (father of the groom)
hair & makeup
Hair & makeup—Stillwaters Spa
Bridal makeup—Melody Torno
photographer
Jamye Chrisman
florist
Cottage Creations
entertainment
Judd Grossman Entertainment
consultant
Lovely Day Events
caterer
Spoons Bistro
dessert
Faughnd Of Cakes – Jessica Beard
rental service
Signature Party & Event Rental

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SOME NEW ADDITIONS TO THE RANCH FOR 2016 -VICTOR, IDAHO

Posted on: May 12th, 2016

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We decided to go ahead and hard side the Glaping Tents and while you are still camping there will be windows and doors to your tents – battery operated lanterns and wood stove and ample bedding to keep you cozy. We also have a bathroom/shower facility for our guests to share as well as a guest laundry.

The lodge is open for your use the evenings and each tent has a private fire pit that we provide firewood for you.

Cross country ski or snowshoe like mad out your front door, Ski Glory Bowl or other high mountain free experiences, or try out Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King, Grand Targhee (our favorite), or even Kelly Canyon! All are a quick trip away.

This is the CLOSEST Ranch to Teton Pass in all of Teton Valley. You get proximity to Jackson Hole with a bargain rate and escape from the maddening crowds! It is surrounded by two creeks (Moose Creek and Trail Creek), one of which goes through the property. Trail Creek Pond is about one-quarter mile away, and is a great place for a picnic, swimming, and fishing! Trout fish right from home! Hike into first class National Forest ground from your front door! Nordic or Cross Country ski. Or, go to Grand Targhee/Snow King or Jackson Hole Ski Resort. The Pond is stocked by thwe State Of Idaho so you kids are sure to be able to snag a fish and rental are available in Victor, @ World Cast Anglers.

The kitchen is stocked with cooking utensils and pots and pans, brand new sleek range/stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator etc.
The adjacent dining area is roomy for your family or friends. Just bring the food!

Linens and starter bathroom paper products supplied. We provide a booklet along with suggestions of many other vendors for outdoor activities and restaurants in your units.

We do offer Wi-Fi – ATT is a phone service that does not work well at the Ranch.

There are miles and miles of trails surrounding this cabin. The Wyoming border is only about two miles away. Wildflowers are everywhere in the summer months. You can hike right into Grand Teton National Park if you are a serious hiker/mountainbiker/horsebackrider. Enjoy fine dining a few miles away–either in Victor, Idaho, or Jackson, Wyoming!

In the winter, you can cross country ski, snowshoe, or even snowmachine–some right out your front door onto miles of open country.

Check out our website for easy directions : Directions to the Ranch

Attend a great movie at the one-of-a-kind Pierre’s Playhouse first-run movie theater, the Spud Drive in Theater, Ice skate at our huge covered rink (rent skates there also!) in the winter… etc…

We also have weekly Rodeos both here in Teton Valley and Jackson Hole, Wyoming and they area the real deal !

 

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I see many dresses that I love but would love to see this Pendelton dress at Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho

Posted on: May 12th, 2016

I bet it is heavy, but whatever the hardships can you imagine the unique pictures you would have as well as a true one of the kind for a Ranch wedding – envious !!!!

 

Pendelton just bring all things National Parks to mind. Click on the link it is a must see.

 

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Beautiful Wedding at our Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho

Posted on: February 20th, 2016
We have weddings in all seasons at Moose Creek Ranch - Come Join us !

We have weddings in all seasons at Moose Creek Ranch – Come Join us !

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Mike and Jenna hail from the Midwest and had their hearts set on a wedding in the mountains from the moment they got engaged. When they planned a trip out to Jackson Hole to hunt for the perfect venue, they only had to visit one and their hearts were won. Moose Creek Ranch provided the perfect setting for Mike and Jenna’s wedding. Wide open skies, tall summer grass and a big beautiful barn set the tone for the day. Family and friends flew all the way from Wisconsin to witness their union and were awed by the surrounding mountain vistas. A ceremony by the creek led to a summery outdoor dinner complete with a BBQ buffet. Guests danced the night away in the barn and enjoyed a gorgeous golden sunset that only the wild west can provide.
(Courtesy of Amy Galbraith Photography)

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CELEBRATE THE 5TH ANNUAL TETON VALLEY GREAT SNOW FEST JANUARY 23 – 31, 2016

Posted on: January 18th, 2016

COME OUT AND PLAY !!!

 

5TH ANNUAL TETON VALLEY GREAT SNOW FEST JANUARY 23 – 31, 2016
CELEBRATE SNOW!
Skijoring, Snow Sculptures, Wintersports Clinics,
Parties, and More!  
The 5th Annual Teton Valley Great Snow Fest is almost upon us! The two-weekend festival kicks off this Friday, Jan 23rd with an opportunity to “stomp” snow for the Snowscapes sculptures, followed by a Backcountry Film Festival in the evening. The pinnacle event of the first weekend is Skijoring, a favorite high-octane spectator showstopper. Anyone is welcome to sign up as a skijoring competitor–even kids–because we can match you with the right horse for your division. Or, just bring the family to watch the escapade as ski culture and cowboy culture intersect. Then drop the kids off with a babysitter and join us at the Knotty Pine for a boot-stompin’ Calcutta Party.

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER FOR SKIJORING & YOU COULD WIN A GRAND TARGHEE SEASON PASS (PLUS IT’S A HOOT!)

The 2nd weekend showcases the Snowscapes Snow Sculptingcompetition in which snow transforms into art right before your eyes. Vote for your favorite Snow Sculpture for the People’s Choice Award, or get glammed up for the “Snow Ball”. And, be sure to check out the Eukanuba Stagestop Dog Sled Race, the nation’s oldest race in the county. These are must-see events!

But it’s not just about these bigger events.  There is literally something for everyone including: a Snow Plane exhibition, a Nordic Ski Race, a XC Wildlife Tour, tubing or ice skating, a Moose Hockey Exhibition Game, and kids activities in the Geotourism Center.

Plus, you can SIGN UP FOR CLINICS that showcase the best of what Teton Valley has to offer in the winter. Wintersports clinics include : Avalanche Awareness, Backcountry Skiing, Skate Skiing, Women’s Only Skate Skiing, Targhee Powder Ski Camp, and a Fat Biking Clinic.   

Visit www.tetonvalleyfoundation.org/greatsnowfest for details

See you at the festival!

Erica Linnell
Executive Director
Teton Valley Foundation
Thanks to our major sponsors!

TETON VALLEY CHAMBER  *  CITY OF DRIGGS  *  TETON COUNTY IDAHO  *  RAD CURBSIDE  *  GRAND TARGHEE RESORT  *   TETON VALLEY HOSPITAL  *  VICTOR HEALTH CLINIC  *  HARMONY DESIGNS  *  TETON DISTILLERY  * PEAKED SPORTS  *  TETON ARTS COUNCIL

Friday, Jan 22
Targhee Powder Camp
Snowscapes Snow Stomping
Stomper’s Happy Hour
Skijoring Registration
Backcountry Film Fest
Teton Geotourism Center
Saturday, Jan 23
Avalanche Awareness Clinic
Targhee Powder Ski Camp
Spud Chase Nordic Race
Snowplane Exhibition
SKIJORING COMPETITION 
Knotty Pine Calcutta Party
Sunday, Jan 24
Targhee Powder Camp
Kids Winter Craft Activity
Fat Bike Clinic & Demos
SKIJORING COMPETITION 
Friday, January 29
Nordic/Skate XC Clinic
Backcountry Skiing 101 Clinic
SNOWSCAPES SCULPTURES
Saturday, January 30
Backcountry Skiing 101
Stagestop Dogsled Race
SNOWSCAPES SCULPTURES
Kids Winter Craft Activity
Mushers’ Meet & Greet
Snow Ball V
Sunday, January 31
SNOWSCAPES SCULPTURES
XC Ski & Wildlife Viewing
Women’s Skate Ski Clinic
Kids Winter Craft Activity
Targhee Tubing & S’mores
Ice Skating Kotler Ice Rink
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Grand Targhee listed at a Top 10 Ski Resort in the nation

Posted on: December 30th, 2015

Everyone’s go-to source for outdoor news, Forbes Magazine, has once again put Grand Targhee Resort on its list of the top ten ski resorts in North America … at number nine.

With insights such as noticing that Targhee isn’t as steep as Snowbird and that we don’t have the amenities of places like Vail (shocking, right?), the magazine ranked GTR just above Park City Mountain Resort and below Aspen Mountain, Highlands and Snowmass (which were scored as one resort.)

The review also perfectly describes the town of Driggs as, “once a typical western outpost of small, single-story aluminum-sided houses populated by a mix of hardcore outdoor people and Mormon families who had been around for a couple of generations.”

Oh, and they offer plenty of powder-day tips.

“Just make sure you’re skiing fast enough to get those critical face shots that fill up your wide-open mouth and nose.”

To be fair, the rankings are done by ZRankings, not by Forbes, and take in a ton of factors to arrive at a cumulative score called the PAF or “Pure Awesomeness Factor.” Aside from that overall rating, you can look at the specific factors that make up the PAF, like snow.

A much different picture emerges by looking only at the snow scores, and not the entire rankings. Based on snow score alone, Grand Targhee jumps from ninth to fourth with a 92.4.

For the holder of the top spot, and our dear neighbor, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, looking only at snow knocks them off their golden perch at number one all the way down to 28, with a snow score of 72.4.

In short, the ranking won’t come as a shock to anyone who has lived in the valley for over a season: our snow is amazing but we don’t have a Gucci Store downtown or a five-diamond restaurant hiding next to the Kwik Way.

And that awesome pow is made all the sweeter by the fact that crowds that flock to Summit County, Colorado aren’t present here in Wyoming. A fact that makes some valley residents wince every time an outlet like Forbes Magazine lets the rest of the world in on our secret.

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Winter Weddings abound at Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho

Posted on: December 27th, 2015

Our second of three winter weddings this week at Moose Creek Ranch .

Last weekend was a destination wedding and this week is a local Victor resident.

 

The pictures from these weddings are yes cold to take but at the end of the day something really special and beautiful to hang on the walls. There is something so pristine about the cold and the white snow. The images of the couples are so clear with no visual noise in the background.

Local vendor – Dining In Catering, Bill Boney is on deck today for the food.

The lodge is decorated with a hint of lavender in the floral arrangements and in just a bit I will start a fire in the main Lodge room for the guests as they arrive to take the chill off.

 

 

 

 

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