The first thing you notice on the walk up to the Jackson Hole Hideout, other than the steep grade of the road and the towering trees, is the chorus of bird songs.
Ruby-crowned kinglets whistle from the tops of old firs. Broad-tailed hummingbirds buzz overhead.
Moose and mule deer can be seen early in the morning walking the game trails that traverse the property.
Staying at the new bed and breakfast is like entering another world, and that’s just how owners Beth and Greg McCoy want it.
“If you truly want to get away, this is it,” Greg McCoy said.
They bought the former Teton Tree House Bed & Breakfast last year and spent the winter and spring giving the rustic home a head-to-toe makeover.
That means a new granite fireplace, reconfigured kitchen and dining area, and fully updated guest rooms with decks offering views of treed hillsides and, in some cases, distant panoramas of Sleeping Indian, also known as Sheep Mountain.
The renovations were done with the aim of making the space more open and inviting to guests.
“It’s your home away from home,” Beth McCoy said. “You’re really staying somewhere local; you’re off the beaten path.”
But despite the changes the cabin has retained all of its Western charm. Step inside and you can still smell the freshness of the wood beams used to build the home, many of which were harvested from the property itself.
Each room has a name that harks back to the Old West. You can take your pick of Wrangler, Cowgirl or the Gunslinger Suite, among others.
By the McCoys’ design the Hideout is supposed to serve as a mountain getaway. It is, quite literally, built into the hillside.
But it also acts as a jumping-off point for outdoor adventures throughout Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. They make a full breakfast spread for guests each morning. But if you want to head out early they’re just as happy to pack you a meal to go.
Jackson Hole is chock-full of old inns and fancy new hotels overflowing with tourists. What the McCoys offer is something more removed: a slice of old Wilson.
The couple abandoned corporate life in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in search of a fresh start in the mountains, and this is where they landed.
“It’s been the adventure of a lifetime,” Beth McCoy said.
And that’s what they hope to share with guests.