Hotels are making it easier than ever to venture out beyond the resort pool to explore the destination and everything it has to offer. Keep reading for these hotels who are offering on-property experts ready to guide you on a private excursion, from wildlife safaris to horseback riding and more.
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole and Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa: In-House Naturalist
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole and Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, which are slopeside to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the number one ski resort in North America according to Forbes, boast an onsite naturalist, Kurt Johnson of Wild Things of Wyoming. Kurt guides travelers through off-site wildlife safaris, astronomy nights, and photography workshops, and provides high-quality field guides for visitors. Kurt offers day trips and multi-day itineraries in both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. On the wildlife adventure excursions, participants create lifetime memories as they thrill at the up-close observation of bison, elk, bighorn sheep, moose, coyotes, wolves and bald eagles in their natural environment.
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa: Curator of Curiosity
Zebulon Miracle is the curator of curiosity for Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa and is uniquely qualified to guide visitors through the land, cultures, history, and heritage of the American Southwest. After serving numerous positions at the Museum of Western Colorado, including curator of anthropology, collections manager, and curator of cross orchards historic site, Zebulon was honored with the opportunity to start a new position and department for Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa that allows visitors the chance to not only see and hear the wonderful history and geology of the area, but to experience it firsthand. The resort offers numerous tours and experiences led by Zebulon such as the Dinosaur Track & Geology excursion, which features a tour of the Dolores River Canyon to find some of the best preserved dinosaur and ancient proto-mammal tracks in the area. A full list of the programs can be found here.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado: Adventure Architect
Santa Fe, New Mexico
As a life-long explorer and passionate story-teller, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado’s resident Adventure Architect, Ismar “Izzy” Uzicanin, is the dedicated experiential guide for guests at the resort. Leading a team of eight adventure experts, including an archeologist, art historian and veteran National Park ranger, Izzy connects adventure seekers to the rich culture, history and magical landscape of northern New Mexico. From private guided hikes, cultural tours, art excursions and explorative bike tours through the Santa Fe National Forest to horseback riding, white water rafting, skiing and snow shoeing, Izzy’s passion for adventure and discovery know no bounds.