elk bugling in jackson hole.

Elk Bugling Picnic in Grand Teton National Park at White Grass Ranchmy girlfriends and i hit up the park a few weeks ago for one of my favorite unique activities to do in jackson hole:  elk bugling!
this was written in grammatically correct order (including uppercase letters!) for my newest blogging adventures with Visit Jackson Hole, where you can see the original post.
or for a photo heavier post, keep on trucking below…
huge thanks to Peter Lebozzo for snapping these fun photos, and for Liz and Lisa for putting up with my blogging antics!

Jackson Hole Blogger Meagan shares a Picnic with friends in Grand Teton National Park to listen to Elk BugleAutumn in the mountains is short and fleeting, but also one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Jackson Hole. Aspen and cottonwood trees change their colors, leaving incredibly vibrant hues of yellows, oranges and pops of bright reds that blanket the Teton Range. The foliage changes fast, happening all at once, as each aspen grove is connected underground by one giant root, making the color change that much more special. Your best bet to catch these colors is in late September, October and early November. Mornings are cooler with warm afternoons, making it a wonderful time to go explore with no crowds.Jackson Hole Winery Grand Teton National ParkElk Bugling Picnic in Grand Teton National Park at White Grass RanchElk Bugling Picnic in Grand Teton National Park at White Grass RanchElk Bugling Picnic in Grand Teton National Park at White Grass RanchElk Bugling Picnic in Grand Teton National Park at White Grass RanchElk Bugling Picnic in Grand Teton National Park at White Grass RanchElk Bugling Picnic in Grand Teton National Park at White Grass RanchAlpenglow Sunset over The Sleeping Indian in Jackson Hole WyomingElk Bugling Picnic in Grand Teton National Park at White Grass Ranch

The national parks are still open, and with minimal car traffic, I love heading up north to take in all that nature has to offer. Wildlife is extremely active this time of year as the animals get ready for the long winter ahead. A Jackson Hole tradition of mine is to grab friends, a picnic basket full of goodies, plenty of vino and warm blankets, and take in the beautifully unique live concert that is elk bugling. The only way to hear it is to truly experience it up close and personal.

The distinct sounds of elk bugling are a great reminder of the majestic wonders in this place we are so lucky to call home. The elk sing to one another with this strange yet beautiful bugle as they attract their mates. Males will duke it out with one another by smashing their antlers together, creating loud smacks among the bugle songs. As the days get shorter, the best time to hear the elk music is in the late afternoon and at early dusk.

My friends and I picked White Grass Dude Ranch this year as our viewing spot, which is close to elk herds but also offers a bit of history with incredible views. This special place can be accessed from the Moose-Wilson Road. Originally a working dude ranch, it was recently renovated to serve the community as an education center that promotes the heritage and preservation of western structures. It also offers a large open field that is perfect for picnics and, if you’re lucky, amazing alpenglow over the Sleeping Indian at sunset.

Local Tips: 

  • Bring bear spray! The bears are very active as they fill up on berries before hibernation.
  • Be bear aware. Study up on all things bear country before your trip.
  • A headlamp is helpful when navigating the short hike out after the sun sets.
  • Blankets, binoculars and a camera are all you need!

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what to wear to a fall wedding.

Embroidered For Love & Lemons Dress for a Fall Wedding Outfit.

{for love & lemons dress // faux leather jacket // ariat darlin’ booties}

i had one fall wedding to attend this year – instead of being behind the camera – so i was super excited to wear something other than black.
sadly, due to a death in the family, i was unable to attend 🙁
BUT i still got this amazing dress and wanted to share with you
what i would have worn to an autumn wedding!Mountain Town Blogger rocking Faux Leather Jacket and For Love & Lemons DressFaux Leather Jacket and For Love & Lemons Dress. A Fall Wedding Outfit.Embroidered For Love & Lemons Dress for Fall Wedding OutfitFaux Leather Jacket and For Love & Lemons Dress

i was verrrrry into the embroidery trend this summer so i have no shame bringing it on into fall.
the little bell sleeves on this For Love & Lemons dress is the perfect touch of flair and news flash, it’s sold in red too!
layering in the mountains is absolutely key, not matter the time of year, so a faux leather jacket is all you need to add a little warmth.
i’m a big fan of adding a cool factor to a fancy outfit, and any mountain wedding vibe allows you to do just that.
and of course, the cowboy bootie to round it all out.  
because, wyoming.

photos by ashley merritt photography

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western ranch days.

Horseback riding in Autumn Leaves of Grand Teton National Parkthe thing about the West is that there are so many places to explore.
by the time off-season rolls around, i try to take mini road trips to explore places near Jackson Hole.
my favorite jaunt just outside of town is to the lovely Turpin Meadow Ranch.
when i’m looking for a few days, or just a night away, it’s the perfect driving distance…around 1 hr!   Continue reading

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fall into nest.

Jackson Hole blogger next to tall flowers shot on filmas sad as i am to admit it, autumn is here out west.
it’s not that i hate fall, its more like, the summers are so busy and fleeting that i may have shed a few tears.
the upside of course, is the transition of my closet!
sweaters, flannels, boots, and beanies are making their way in.
it’s hard living in a two by four log cabin with my sweater and boot collection but somehow i manage to always find the room.
thank god because Nest in Jackson Hole just got in their new arrivals!
here are some of my favorites…

Jackson Hole Style blogger Meagan wearing printed dress from Nest infront of wall of cowboy boots on Puzzleface RanchJackson Hole Lifestyle blogger Meagan shows off new fashion arrivals from boutique Nest

Lifestyle Jackson Hole Blogger Meagan drinking coffee at pearl street bagelsJackson Hole Blogger wearing Love army jacketJackson Hole style blogger Meagan wears bell sleeve sweater from local boutique Nesta few trends i’m loving this season that help make that transition into autumn:
bell sleeves! they make me look way taller and add a touch of flare.
anything merlot color. the ultimate fall color for any and all accessories
printed dresses. i’m not ready to give up on dresses just yet, so pairing a dress with cowboy boots and a leather jacket is key.
statement jackets. layering is essential for me, so an array of jackets to mix it up is always nice when mornings are cold and afternoons heat up.
bold jewelry. i’ve really gotten into the statement earrings and i owe it all to this little boutique. their jewels, and really all accessories, are so fun!
all of the skirts. denim and cordoury, please. i love the vintage vibe of this front button denim piece!

if you want to hear more about working trends into your mountainista wardrobe, stop by their fashion show, this friday at 6:00!
it’s donation based with proceeds going to Climb Wyoming.
enjoy a night of fashion talk, food, and runway under a fancy tent…whoop whoop!

photos by Ashley Merritt // this post was sponsored by Nest in Jackson Hole. All opinions are my own.
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oh, savannah!

Travel blogger visits Downtown Savannah Georgia wearing Kate Spade dress

is it sad to admit that in my 31 years on earth, this was my first time in the great state of georgia?
where all my georgia peaches at!?!

Travel blogger visits Downtown Savannah Georgia wearing Kate Spade dress

work took me to this gorgeous area of the country, which is so rich in american history, you can feel it in the spanish moss.
i’ve been traveling with the insanely talented Carrie Patterson to help photograph these fancy destination weddings.
it has been incredibly inspiring to shoot in a new location so i’ve made it a point to add an extra day or two to explore these new spots.
and shop, duh.

Travel blogger visits Downtown Savannah Georgia wearing Kate Spade dress

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ah, Savannah! sweet, sweet, Savannah. you have really stolen a piece of my heart.
the cobblestone streets, artsy vibe, and gorgeous mansions are filled with hundreds of years of southern livin’.

we stayed at The Marshall House, right smack dab downtown.
arriving at this hotel is a lot like that feeling you have coming home from college, when everyone is SO excited to see you, and you want to hug everyone.
the staff couldn’t have been sweeter, which is a testament to everyone i met in savannah. southern hospitality is the real deal.
i was pretty certain the place was haunted and then after some heavy googling, my internet searches confirmed The Marshall House is one of the most haunted places in the country. (so glad i found that out at 11pm alone in my hotel room.)
when i asked the lady at the front desk to tell me ghost stories, she immediately got quiet and just said, “well, they found some bones a few years ago in the basement”, and gave me this look like, “do what you want with that”.
turns out the hotel has been a hospital, twice.

but don’t let that deter you from staying there, it seriously was so lovely and charming.
and i’m pretty sure ALL of Savannah is haunted, anyways.

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i made a point to drive out to the Old Sheldon Ruins, and so glad i did.
it was quiet, without a soul in site, just me and the old church ruins.
pretty peaceful if you ask me.
we finished the trip with a stay at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina,
and if you fancy, you can see those wedding images here!

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