1) 12:30 P.M. Call of the Creek
Although Jacksonites may dismissively call Cache Creek the local dog run, this glittering mountain gorge is gorgeous in any season, particularly in winter. Depending on snow conditions, the upwardly sloping trail hugs Cache Creek for miles into the highlands: The ideal place to take in the big sky, alpine peaks and wildlife, which might include moose. The Creek trailhead is a five-minute drive from downtown Jackson.
2) 2 P.M. Lotus Lunch
Lotus, a hippie-chic restaurant, moved into a bigger space in late 2016; the self-described wellness center serves healthy, hearty food. Go for a pad thai — a light, but flavorful, version with mung bean sprouts, or a “Bombay,” a souped-up stir fry of broccoli, red pepper, and zucchini over brown rice with spinach, mango, carrot and toasted coconut. Don’t worry, it’s not all such virtuous food. They also feature truffle fries. Lunch for two, with coffee, around $40.
3) 3:30 P.M. Retail Relay
Start at Gaslight Alley on North Cache Street. There you’ll find Mountain Dandy, a boutique that opened in 2014, with an eye toward men (think ties, socks and beautiful handmade blankets) that focuses primarily on American-made products. Then pop over to Valley Book Store, a Jackson institution that’s been around for 40 years. You’ll find stunning coffee table tomes on Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as a Western fiction section, and a sizable children’s section. On your way out of this picturesque alley, stop into the 3,000-square-foot Brookover Gallery, whose owner and sole artist, David Brookover, specializes in landscape photographs that fuse traditional Western printing techniques with Japanese materials. A few blocks away find Altitude, a women’s store, noteworthy for its stylish cashmere sweaters and crowd-pleasing labels like J Brand and Paige.
4) 6 P.M. Beer and Cheese
Bin22 has a bit of everything — a high-end general store, bar and restaurant that has just the right amount of hipster vibe. Good bets are the house-pulled mozzarella ($13 appetizer and charred wild Spanish octopus with fingerling potatoes ($17). Enjoy it all with a local Wyoming beer on tap, or a full-bodied Spanish red.
5) 8 P.M. Super Sushi
It’s actually called King Sushi, but a superlative is in order for this top-of-the-line joint that is crowded all year. Opened in 2014, the owners speak daily to a purveyor who hand selects the best-quality fish. That quality and freshness come through in dishes like the sake don miso, grilled miso-marinated salmon ($18), and albacore caprese ($17). Try the fantasy roll, aptly named for its combination of lobster, tempura green onion, Wagyu beef and foie gras butter sauce ($24). If they have it, order the yuzu panna cotta, which elevates Japanese-themed desserts to the next level. Drinks and dinner for two come to around $150.