Thursday, March 09, 2006

Welcome to the real world

Well, I suppose that it all had to come to an end... but I can't remember the last time I was so bummed to come home... Jackson was AMAZING-- I mean, bordering on Australia amazing (and for those of you who know me from way back when, I still haven't stopped dreaming of Australia, so that's a pretty big statement). Dinner last night was at Spring Creek Ranch, where I hand-picked the menu of winter squash soup with cinnamon and creme fresh; a mixed green salad with maytag blue cheese and candied hazelnuts; a duet plate of filet mignon wrapped in prosciutto and corn-meal crusted local trout on garlic mash with seasonal vegetables; followed by huckleberry "beggar's purses" pies with vanilla bean ice cream. Aaaaahhhhhh. The restaurant had a sommelier who paired a choice of an amazing Napa cab, a Willamette Valley pinot and a Sonoma savignon blanc with the meal. The restaurant (The Grainery) had floor to ceiling windows that was that overlooked the Grand Teton mountain range, and we arrived right as the sun was setting-- incredible.

As I was walking through the Four Seasons this morning, saying goodbye to our guests and the wonderful staff that truly live up to their company's tagline ("Beyond Compare"), giving them HUGS-- the STAFF (I know-- I'm such a sap, aren't I?), I was so sad. It was an unforgettable trip, and I've already put in feelers for a job with NL Wilson... ha! If only I could live at the Four Seasons year-round. So, goodbye to Jackson Hole... it was wonderful while it lasted.