Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. This hotel was kind enough to provide a complimentary room in exchange for this review, but as always, opinions are my own.
It was late afternoon when we rolled into the town of Wilson, just a few minutes outside the more well-known city of Jackson, Wyoming. We crossed a bridge over a wide river rimmed with trees, turned down a country road, and then turned quickly down a dirt track that led to The Bentwood Inn, my official favorite place I’ve ever stayed in the US.
Built with 200-year-old timber reclaimed after a fire in Yellowstone, the inn is a massive log structure surrounded by trees and bike paths. Inside, there are five guest rooms, each with its own charm (we stayed in two and our personal favorite was the upstairs Indian Paintbrush room with its bright interior and little back-yard-view balcony).
There are also plenty of shared common spaces: a high-ceilinged living room with a stone fireplace (where appetizers and wine were served in the early evenings), a sunny dining area full of tables with a view into the kitchen, and plenty of porch and yard space.
Blissfully, breakfast was also included with our stay and each morning was a surprise. The baseline spread stayed the same each morning, with yogurt, cereal, juices, sweet breads, bagels, lox, cream cheese, jam…and each morning also had a special homemade fresh, healthy juice, with ingredients like ginger and beets and carrot, and a hot meal (my personal favorite was the apple pancakes and a side of sausage, though every breakfast was wonderful in its own right).
We spent one of our workdays here and were delighted to find the internet fast and reliable (though it did slow down when we were in our second room for some reason, it was easy enough to go out to the shared spaces that day). And the next day, our day to explore Jackson, we actually ended up spending about half the day at the inn again, since it was rain-snowing throughout the day and the fog was too thick for us to go explore the Tetons. We definitely didn’t mind spending more time here, though, sitting in the room with a fire going, snacking on homemade cookies the innkeepers keep at the front door.
Rooms start around $300 per night ($350 for Indian Paintbrush) and include breakfast and evening appetizers. You can book here. Tell the wonderful innkeepers I sent you.
Looking for more places to stay? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve stayed in here.