glamping in utah.

i think the best part about living out West is that you can jump in your car, go in any direction, and end up somewhere awesome.  my girlfriends and i took a quick trip down to bear lake, utah this summer and stayed at the seriously awesome glamping ranch, Conestoga Ranch.  how sweet was our glamp set up?!

bear lake is a relatively short drive from jackson hole, and also only about an hour and a half from salt lake city, utah – for all of you coming from that direction.  the lake is famous for its turquoise green water which gives it the nickname “the caribbean of the rockies”.  a gorgeous mountain lake with views…. yeah, i’ll take it!we spent one day riding bikes, provided by the ranch, to the little teeny town next to the lake.  it brought me back to my childhood days of summers up in michigan and that nostalgia continued with the copious amounts of unhealthy foods we devoured.  “famous” and “not so famous” raspberry shakes, cheese burgers, curly frees with fry sauce, and lots and lots of diet cokes were consumed.  my egg and dairy allergies went out the window for those few days of american food bliss.  i think we ate pizza too but it was just one big fat-kid dream, so i’m not entirely sure.

mainly, we chilled and enjoyed a different part of the mountains.  to be honest, the tents were so awesome, we didn’t really want to leave them!  the restaurant at Conestoga Ranch waaaaay exceeded my expectations….and yes, more pizza was consumed.  their raspberry salad with local greens and fresh local honey was out. of. this. world.  we may or may not have requested honey by the spoonful…  okay, enough about food, here are lots of pictures from our glamping stay!

oh, AND they provide all of their guests with a campfire and s’mores every night! clearly we ate way too much good food on our weekend away, but what are girl’s trips for?!

all photography by me // thank you to Conestoga Ranch for sponsoring this post, we had such a wonderful trip!

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a simple summer salad.

by no means am i a food blogger BUT i do love to cook and wanted to share a simple summer salad my mom always made for me.
it’s still my go-to during the Summer (aka bikini season) that fills me up.
i’ve teamed up with Victorinox Swiss Army to share this super simple, healthy, and quick recipe.

for this yummy salad, i purchased produce from Vertical Harvest, one of the world’s first vertical greenhouses found right here in jackson hole!
it feels good to buy greens and tomatoes that are grown right down the street from me.

so here’s what you need:

butter bibb lettuce (from vertical harvest)
baby tomatoes (from vertical harvest)
avocados
red onion
strawberries
blueberries
rotisserie chicken
toasted almonds
poppy seed dressing

chop them all up and toss, SO easy and delicious!

one thing that makes my life so much easier are good knives. and beautiful ones at that.
who knew Swiss Army made a gorgeous set of knives?!
these sharp blades seriously make my life so much easier and cooking that much more enjoyable.
the knives in this rosewood block set are laser honed and precision stamped high-carbon stainless steel and guaranteed to last a lifetime.
i think i know what i’m getting all my friends for wedding gifts….

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let’s dance!

for a small town in wyoming, jackson hole offers world renowned talent.
we are so lucky to have a program like The Dancers’ Workshop to bring in some of the top dancers from the New York City Ballet Principal to perform all in one night on our community stage.
their annual gala is on Wednesday, July 19th, and i’m beyond excited to go!
my mom will be in town, and it warms my heart to share with her one of my favorite community spots, The Center.

Bill T. Jones joins artistic director Janet Wong and his company to present the World Premier of Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant, the final installment of the Analogy trilogy.
enjoy this gorgeous story told through beautiful dance and theater.
we are so lucky to have the world premier, right here in jackson hole!
i channeled my inner ballerina and bought the flowy-est dress and threw my hair in a ballerina’s bun, to you know, fit the part.

so here’s the sitch…tickets are available at only $45!
this includes the performance AND the after party where you can mingle with the performers with bubbly and tunes.
if you want to go all out, there is a dinner before the performance with limited tickets available, which is catered by local caterer Maho, which i’m already craving.

click the links below to get your tickets today for a chance at the best seats at this awesome price! (they are going fast!)

8PM Performance + Afterparty
6PM Dinner + Performance + Afterparty

The Dancers’ Workshop is a local non-profit that brings dance experiences to jackson hole, enriching lives through education, performance, and outreach for students and audiences of all ages (especially the young ones!).
a wonderful program that offers performances, classes, and artists in residency right smack dab in the center of town.

giving back to this community is so crucial to me.
and so is attending parties in fancy dresses.
hope you will join me!

Call The Center Box Office 307.733.4900 or purchase online.

Photos by the talented Carrie Patterson

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early summer in the tetons.

Jackson Hole never ceases to amazing me. Every Season is full of new surprises and I feel like there is always a new adventure to do. This year marks my 9th year in Jackson Hole and every year there are new surprises. It seems endless! Late Spring and Early Summer have become one of my favorite times of year here. I grabbed friends and hit the Park for an incredible day in our backyard. Heavy snowfalls mean for greener grasses and lots and lots of wildflowers! This Season also means new baby wildlife are being born and it’s the cutest thing ever to see. It also makes for the animals to be extra active, so it is the best time of year for the perfect viewing opportunity.

One thing many people don’t know about is how incredible the wildlife tours are in The Grand Teton National Park ecosystem. Every time I go, I learn something new about our furry neighbors. This area of the country truly is the American Serengeti with big animals like moose, grizzly bears, black bears, bison (my favorite!), elk, and pronghorn.Jackson Hole Eco Tours took us out a few weekends ago and we spotted almost every animal you could see! We started at sunrise with a quick jaunt down to Schwabacker’s Landing to see the Grand Teton Range wake up to a new day. The alpenglow in the morning is absolutely breathtaking with pink hues illuminating the mountains. We watched a beaver add to his fairly new dam for his little beaver family while we sipped fresh french pressed coffee! On our way out to the sunrise, we spotted 7, yes 7 moose. The animals really are more visible when you wake up before the sun!Josh, our amazing guide, then took us to find a wolf pack!!! I had zero idea that wolves lived that close to Jackson Hole and was super giddy to see our local wolf pack. On our way North, we stopped to observe a buffalo herd and watched as they ran directly in front of our car. They are truly majestic beasts! The Jackson Hole Eco Tours luxury sedans let you stand up and watch the animals from their observation sun roofs, allowing you to be at a safe distance and still snap amazing photos. All of their tours are equipped with brand new high tech binoculars by Maven Optics, providing the best quality on the market.Besides seeing almost every possible animal in one morning, the highlight of our trip was definitely spotting not one, but two grizzly bears!! We saw a male bear in a field and waited until he literally walked right in front of our car. It was one of the cooler experiences I’ve had in Jackson Hole. Josh explained that he was pretty hungry from just recently coming out of hibernation. He was HUGE. {All animal photos below!}The most important thing to remember when entering our National Parks is to always respect the wildlife. Remember that we are in their home. Don’t ever approach wildlife, always stay in your car, and don’t ever try to feed them. A selfie is not worth risking your life, or the animal’s life, so please give them the love and respect they deserve!

Now’s the time to get up early and into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to see this incredible Ecosystem in action, and before the crowds hit!

And here are more Animal Photos plus a BEAR VIDEO!

this post was created for the Jackson Hole Tourism Board with Jackson Hole Eco Tours // photos by Me, Sarah Averill, and Josh Metten

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nest jackson hole.

it’s always fun when something new comes to Jackson Hole.
but it’s even more fun when an adorable women’s store opens their doors!
Nest rebranded and moved locations to 155 W. Pearl, right next to Pearl Street Bagels, and has the sweetest outfits for Summer.
Noa, the owner, said she wanted to bring tomboy chic to Town and i jumped all over that.
um, please and thank you!
when she was describing her style, she said she was inspired by the shopping in Amsterdam and if you know, YOU KNOW.
it’s that good.

she recently remodeled the charming bungalow inside and out – with the sweetest garden in Town – and filled it with darling clothing, accessories, and home goods.
the clothing ranges in pricing with brands like Lucky Brand, Sanctuary, and Scotch & Soda (my personal fave!).
and the accessories are so well priced it will be hard to walk away with just one thing.
i’m obsessed with the HATS!
so many hats that are perfect for upcoming vacations or days on the river.
and the clutches + bags = don’t get me started!

new goods are arriving weekly so make sure to pop in for a fresh new summer outfit or just to boost your mood, because the cabin has the happiest energy!

swing by Nest today~

all photos by Ashley Merritt for The Egg Out West // post sponsored by Nest Jackson Hole – thanks for supporting the businesses of The Egg!

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