This week’s Mini Moon post comes from Mountain West Snippet & Ink Select vendor, Carrie Patterson.


Jackson Hole is famously known for its mountains, cowboys, and epic ski culture. After living in Jackson for over 10 years now, I have seen this place grow and change in a constant effort to remain relevant as a top travel destination. One of the most notable improvements is the quality and service of new restaurants that have emerged in past 5 years – we’re talking really good food. With all these changes and expectations however, most of what makes Jackson Hole special has remained the same. The rugged, no frills nature of this place endures, even among the luxury hotels that keep popping up! And even one of those new fancy establishments is staying true to the unique character of Jackson and the American West — and after a recent tour, I highly recommend it. There’s a lot to do here. If you plan to visit Jackson Hole, these are my top highlights to see, eat and play.


Visit Grand Teton National Park


Visit Mormon Row

Picture worthy is an understatement. One of the most photographed and recognized places is Mormon Row. The iconic barns and surrounding property are famous for their bustling herds of bison.



SUP at String Lake

String Lake is the place to be these days. SUP boarding is all the rage right now so go pick one up at Dornan’s Adventure Sports and head over to this shallow and frigid lake to soak up some views and sun.



Hike Hanging Canyon

If you’re fit enough, and can figure out how to get there, go to Hanging Canyon and hike 3K vert in 1/5 miles to Lake of the Crags (its a local secret).

After a long day in the Park, swing by Dornan’s for a beer. A Jackson Hole classic and the best views in the valley.


Day Trip at a Dude Ranch

Turpin Meadow Ranch is a luxury dude ranch offering fly fishing, horseback riding, and several miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to make your day trip an adventure.

In Town

Stay at Hotel Jackson.


Hotel Jackson is the newest boutique luxury hotel in Jackson Hole – one block from the world-renowned Jackson Town Square.


Grab Breakfast at Persephone Bakery

Persephone Bakery carries classic artisanal breads as well as a spectrum of sweets, from French croissants and kouing aman to cupcakes and tarts. Try the bread pudding french toast, or their famous Graham Cookies (smores to go!) they won’t disappoint.


Bring the South to Your Mouth

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Cafe Genevieve will lure you in with its cozy, welcoming ambiance and in the summer, the outdoor dining is fantastic. BONUS: Jackson’s favorite bluegrass band PTO plays Wednesday evenings at Cafe Genevieve  ALL summer long.


Taste Unexpectedly Good Wine

Taste wine with Jackson Hole Winery! These wines are produced and cellared at 6,229 feet above sea level on Spring Creek at the base of the Grand Tetons. The cool mountain air preserves the wine’s aromatics through a slow fermentation and aging process, allowing the wine to develop its distinctive personality.


Drink Exceptional Beer


Get delicious wood fired pizzas, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts at Snake River Brewery! Happy hour from 4-6 with the freshest beer in the valley, direct from the source.


Hike Josie’s Ridge

A local favorite, this steep hike takes you up to a junction where you can top out on top of Snow King mountain. Take the trail back either the way you came or hike down to Sink or Swim to loop back to the trailhead.


Rejuvenate at Healthy Being

Featuring nutrient dense and delicious 100% cold pressed juice, Healthy Being also specializes in gourmet vegan and raw cuisine, healing elixirs and nut milks handcrafted daily.


Shop at MADE

MADE is a local hotspot gift-buying shop for locals and visitors. It’s filled with handmade usable items from over 160 artists from across Wyoming and the U.S.


Shop at Stio

Adventure seekers beware – you’ll find all your outdoor-wear needs here!

Image courtesy Stio


Eat at Couloir

Couloir is located in Rendezvous Lodge at the summit of Bridger Gondola  at 9095 feet. They serve a seasonal prix-fixe dinner menu, featuring American cuisine with Rocky Mountain roots.

Image via Jackson Hole Wyoming


If you’re itching for more local hot spots, pick up a copy of The Scout Guide to find the “Best of Local”, and our foodie guide Dishing for other exceptional dining options.


This Mini Moon post was written and photographed by Carrie Patterson.  See more Mini Moon posts right HERE. 

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It’s no secret we’re savoring every last moment of summer, and Paula Le Duc’s Front Punch Cooler is the perfect addition to our Labor Day menu this weekend! Filled with whiskey, fresh peaches, velvet falernum liqueur (think spicy-citrusy-sweet), and topped with fresh mint leaves, this cocktail is sure to please. Photos by Josh Gruetzmacher.


Front Porch Cooler

Glass – large rocks/old fashioned
Method – shake and strain
Garnish – slapped mint sprig; thin peach slices

• 2 oz. bourbon whiskey
• .75 oz. velvet falernum liqueur
• 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
• .5 oz. bar syrup
• 3 healthy dashes peach bitters
• 8 mint leaves


Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake for 10 seconds and then strain into your glass. Garnish and serve.


Josh Gruetzmacher and Paula LeDuc Fine Catering are Snippet & Ink Select vendors. 

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I’m not sure what I love most about this Colorado wedding: the touching first look photos, the black and white reception details, or that scrumptious naked cake. The nice thing is, I don’t have to pick just one thing to love – the whole thing is beautiful and thoughtful, and I know you’ll find some inspiration in Douasong and Thaxia’s romantic wedding.


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Guests were greeted with lemon water as they waited for the ceremony to begin.


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t stress over the small things! On your wedding day, enjoy and embrace every moment!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire a wedding coordinator for the day of the wedding and plan a wedding that represents who you are as a couple.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Absolutely nothing.


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The Ceremony

“Thaxia and I both love the beauty of Colorado so when we saw Chatfield Botanic Gardens, we just knew it would be the perfect location to exchange our vows and say our I do’s!  Chatfield has done such a phenomenal job of creating an atmosphere of beauty in nature with all flowers and trees, and the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains really adds grandness to the entire venue.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Simple, intimate, romantic

Who officiated your ceremony?  Mark Plaza, a friend and mentor of ours, officiated our wedding. Mark and his wife Fay became good friends of ours after I began working for the Denver Rescue Mission. Knowing that marriage isn’t always going to be as simple as the movies make it out to be, we wanted an officiant whose marriage was full of love and respect and centered in God, and that could be a lantern to us during times of darkness, and Mark and Fay have illustrated this in their 34 years of marriage. We could think of no one better to officiate our wedding.


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What were your vows like?  We exchanged traditional vows in addition to writing our own. My vows were a simple testament of my love for Thaxia and how I will be the support that he needs to be a godly man. Thaxia was so romantic. He wrote a lengthy vow that first explained how he came to fall in love with me then queued up the song “I Don’t Deserve You” by Plumb and afterwards continued to recite his vows to always love me and try to be the godly leader that he felt I deserved.


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What was your ceremony music?  We played the song by Sleeping at Last called, “Turning Page” for our ceremony. Thaxia and I went through so many different songs that were all so fitting for a ceremony but that one just struck a cord with us – it is a simple and romantic song about pure love and how love is worth waiting for.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I think my favorite thing about our wedding ceremony was when we took communion together – to us it exemplified that our marriage is founded on the grace of God.


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The Reception

“I did a lot of research, looking through Pinterest and countless wedding blogs for hours, finding so much inspiration in what others have done with their weddings. But in my heart I knew what I wanted was something simple and romantic. We chose black and white as the color scheme for our wedding because we are such opposites but at the same time, so complementary of one another. We decided upon white roses for their elegance and simplicity.”


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How would you describe your reception?  Romantic, modern and chic.

What was your first dance song?  “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

What was your wedding menu?  Thaxia prepared the entire meal: Italian Salad, Tomato Basil Bisque Soup, and Italian Roast Leg of Lamb with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.


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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  One of my best friends created and put together all of the flowers for the centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres. In addition, she and I spent countless hours cutting and sewing all of the black and white napkins. Because I was inspired by the rustic and simplicity of wooden plates, Thaxia made large wooden serving platters for the roast leg of lamb.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Raspberry red velvet “naked” cake.


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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The part that stood out most in my mind would be the rain. Who wants rain on their wedding day, right? Not I. I recall speaking with Thaxia about the forecast and how it showed a 60% chance of rain on our wedding day, and every day leading up to it. With all the preparation and running around getting everything together, I was an emotional wreck. Thaxia assured me that there’s nothing we can do about the weather and that if it’s in God’s plan for us to have rain on our wedding day, it will be beautiful all the same. On our wedding day, to my surprise, the clouds cleared up and the sun was beaming down, so we had blue skies for our ceremony. Not long after we all sat down for the reception under the tent, it started to pour. Everyone was able to stay dry and watch the rain as dinner was being served. Some people decided to dance in the rain, others took pictures in it. It was magical. The rain started to die down as speeches were made, and when we made our way to the table to cut our cake, there was the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen. Thaxia was right, if God intended rain, it was to bless us and I believe the beautiful rainbow arching across the sky was a symbol of His blessings.


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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  There were so many special moments throughout the evening but what I will treasure and remember the most from our reception are all the speeches given. The words from both our parents, Thaxia’s two best men, and my maid of honor will always remain in our hearts. They made us laugh and cry with their stories and speeches but most importantly they made us felt loved.


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Photographer: Levi Tijerina / Venue: Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado / Planner: A Vintage Affair Events / Florist: Lucy Yang / Cake Kalia’s Kreations / Dress: Katie May via A & Be Bridal Shop / Bartender and Service Staff: Hey Bartender / Officiant: Mark Plaza / Rentals: Event Rents /
  • Colorado Wedding at Chatfield Botanic Gardens by Levi Tijerina

    31 August 2015
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