Teton Valley, Idaho: Weekender

Find intriguing art, delicious eats, and top-notch skiing near Driggs, Idaho.

Skiers with dog in Teton Valley, Idaho, image

Dick Weinbrandt, Nina Helm, and their dog, Kona, hit the trail above Driggs, Idaho.

People once explored the area around Driggs and Victor, Idaho, if they were considering potato farming or if home prices locked them out of Jackson Hole, Wyo., 32 miles east. Now they come because it’s a hotbed for artists, food purveyors, and skiers.

Area code is 208 except as noted.

TO do and SEE Grand Targhee Resort More than 500 inches of snow a year, 2,600 acres of terrain, and no crowds. (307) 353-2300, grandtarghee.com. Heron Glass Artist Ralph Mossman studied glassblowing with Dale Chihuly; his wife, Mary Mullaney, has taught at the Corning Museum of Glass. Make an appointment to see them working. 240 N. Fifth St. E., Driggs, 354-2759, heronglass.com. Teton Valley Adventures Guided snowmobile trips to scenic spots. 91 E. Little Ave., Driggs, 354-2233, tetonvalleyadventures.com. Teton Valley Creamery Ice cream, cheese curds, and handcrafted cheeses made from local milk in a renovated 1930s gas station. 80 N. Main St., Driggs, 354-0404, tetonvalleycreamery.com. Teton Valley Trails and Pathways This nonprofit grooms a weekend’s worth of Nordic ski trails in five areas. 201-1622, tvtap.org.

SHOPPING Guchiebird’s View the work of 150 artisans including glass by Mossman and Mullaney and bird carvings by former Grand Tetons ranger Dan Burgette. Out back, Chuck Spray crafts guitars of walnut, koa, and rosewood. 160 E. Little Ave., Driggs, 354-4438, chuckspraylutherie.com. Yostmark Mountain Equipment The valley’s oldest ski shop rents and sells cross-country and backcountry gear. 285 E. Little Ave., Driggs, 354-2828, yostmark.com.

EATS Café Saigon Chef-owner Joseph Byers grew up cooking Vietnamese food in Southern California. 260 N. Main St., Driggs, 354-0171. 460 Bread Ty Mack and Jerod Pfeffer bake bread in a 12,000-pound French oven and mill such specialty grains as organic red winter wheat. 105 Johnson Ave., Ste. F, Driggs, 354-0460, 460bread.com. Grand Teton Brewing Company Savor handmade beers and kettle-brewed sodas such as Teton Ale, Bitch Creek ESB, and Grand Teton Black Cherry Soda. 430 Old Jackson Hwy., Victor, 787-9000, grandtetonbrewing.com. Miso Hungry Restaurant A lunch spot now serving dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. 165 N. Main St., Driggs, 354-8015. Pendl’s Bakery Warm up by a fire with a flaky linzer torte, nussknacker, or zigeuner or with a bowl of Hungarian gulaschsuppe. 40 Depot St., Driggs, 354-5623, pendlspastries.com.

GET GOING Request the Idaho, Montana & Wyoming TourBook and Idaho-Montana map at AAA.com or any AAA branch. To find a place to stay, visit AAA.com/hotels. For more information, contact the Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce: 354-2500, tetonvalleychamber.com.

Photography by Gabe Rogel

This article was first published in January 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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