A Christmas to Remember: Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa
Welcome to the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa a one-of-a-kind, better than your average, world-renowned, and every other cliché description one can think of, family run establishment.
It’s no shock that being a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, that this boutique hotel would offer such a unique experience, and with only 31 rooms, a deeply individualized one at that.
The Harrison family opened the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa in 1990, and although you may not come across them during your stay, their passion for quality hospitality and their knowledge of Jackson Hole has been passed down to every staff member.
Even Mad Max, the cheery handyman that cared for the property. He was a joy to have around during my holiday stay.
I was greeted as Miss Spangler everywhere I turned, and by the end of my stay had gotten to know just about every staff member from the General Manager, who’s a Harrison himself, to the snow plower.
Each person had a wonderful story to share with me from being a sales executive at a well-known hospitality chain, to raising kids with the Grand Tetons as their playground.
I enjoyed the Christmas holiday in the King Room Fireplace suite, which featured a king bed and an in-room, wood-burning fireplace. The Western style décor, complete with cowboy lamps and leather sofas, was fitting to the scenery. While the holiday decoration sprinkled throughout the Lodge made it feel like home.
The staff went above and beyond by putting a personal touch on the room each night. Fruit and a card welcomed me on the first night, a few Ski Magazines occupied my evenings, and nightly turndown service with delivery of a bedtime poem and delicious chocolates that crushed my nightly cravings.
The restaurant, Wild Sage located near the lobby, literally made this Lodge perfection. The breakfast was out of this world phenomenal it was hard not to splurge on French toast and Frittata’s every morning before skiing.
Arguably the best restaurant in Jackson Hole’s town square, and Teton Village for that matter, their menu changes daily and they will gladly provide in room dining service for hotel guests.
Let’s just say my Christmas meal was one to remember.
Après ski I enjoyed hot cider, provided in the Library, while soaking in the hot tub. Then made my way downstairs for a massage at the Body Sage Spa, particularly the custom Skiers Leg Massage complete with dry-brushing and arnica oil.
Christmas eve, I enjoyed a tasty cocktail in the lounge area across from Wild Sage, then made my way into town to watch Santa greet the children in the town square. I returned to a candy filled stocking and a gift from the Harrison family themselves.
My final day was filled with waste deep powder in the glades of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, followed by a chocolate chip cookie and coffee at Persephone Bakery (a local favorite, if you're in need for a lighter breakfast).
Simply a vacation to remember, Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will go down in my book as the number one luxury ski vacation I've been on (thus far).
Cuddling my complimentary teddy bear with a glass of wine, a brightly lit fire and L’Occitane face wash were essential to my relaxing nights.
If you come across Ron Harrison, the owner, ask him how the Rusty Parrot got its name.