Wyoming is one of the places I had dreamed of visiting but had never fully committed to booking. The vast horizons, wildlife and the romanticized idea of living in the countryside (even if it was just for a few days) were always super appealing and even more so in the Covid-19 era, where nature and outdoor experiences became a priority in travel. So when I was finally able to visit during the summer, I was excited to learn more about the region and explore what it had to offer. I went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to stay at the newly opened hotel, The Cloudveil.
The property is a new accommodation option of the Autograph Collection and is one of the few hotels located in the heart of the town square – as if you have not been to Jackson, the charming hub is the epicenter of restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and local entertainment. But the hotel’s convenient location also allows you to be out of the mix in a matter of minutes, opening up to the large scale of Teton National Park in what feels like a blink of an eye (or a 10-minute drive or so). ).
The Cloudveil, which has 100 rooms and 11 suites, is located in what used to be a former bank and stands stoically in a busy corner, an architectural marvel that feels both historic and true to the region with modern updates everywhere. Implemented by CLB Architects, the project took about two and a half years to bring to life, and the team prioritized opening up the space to create a clear flow along with areas to assemble.
For example, the lobby is decorated with elements that speak to the environment and the surroundings – all furniture and many of the details are produced by local designers from either Wyoming or Montana. Upon check-in, the 10-foot boulder, where receptionists greet guests, is quite beauty and gives you the feel of the integration of nature throughout the property. The furniture is anchored by a stone fireplace and flanked by built-in shelves that display found objects, tomes and other hand-picked pieces by the designers, TruexCullins. It is a cozy place to relax and unwind or to hold a meeting. The lobby flows into The Bistro, the official restaurant on the property and is French-inspired – serving delicious classic meals such as moules frites, oysters and burgers – all in a relaxed yet stylish setting.
As you leave the main room, follow the corridor to the part of the hotel that houses the guest rooms. Each floor has a refillable water station (honestly, a big priority as I am never without my recyclable water bottle) and a track mixing station, which is a lot of fun for both kids and adults. It allows you to grab snacks for all the outdoor activities you are about to get ready for, or just drop by for a treat. One of the interesting features of the transition spaces is the digital works of art on each floor. Nature videographer Ryan Sheets captured regional animals throughout the migration. It’s really fascinating to see and quite miraculously to see the detail and the subtlety of the movement.
The rooms also have their own regional character. Many of the objects in the room are sourced from local artists and designers. For example, the custom bedside benches were produced by Scott McCulloch of McCulloch Saddlery with art by Kene Sperry, Kevin Chartier and others everywhere.
Additional highlights include an outdoor pool and hot tub, an art gallery as well as a rooftop terrace that hosts community-run events throughout the year, along with seasonal offerings. This winter, guests can go up on the roof and snuggle close to the campfire sites and the enclosed seating area. The hotel also offers experiences such as ecological events, transport to the slopes and around the city, as well as free admission to local museums. There is certainly a lot to see and experience within the walls of the property, but one of the biggest thrills of visiting the area is getting out into nature.
When I arrived, the property staff provided detailed recommendations that were specific to what I was looking for in my experience. The best hiking trails, local restaurants, organic tours and of course wildlife. This saved time researching and planning, and after the chat, I felt quite prepared for how I was going to plan my days. I used almost all of their recommendations and would highly recommend you talk to them on arrival.
I loved being out in nature all day and then returning to a cozy and stylish place to retire for dinner and relax.
Regardless of the season, a trip to Jackson Hole will no doubt be a powerful experience and you will set off with a fresh perspective on the region. And of course, stopping at The Cloudveil will only make that experience so much sweeter.