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Cable, clothing, home decor and entertainment ‘toys’ are usually put into the ‘SAVE’ category-meaning unless I find an alternative, secondhand version, it’s given to us or I make it, we probably aren’t going to spend money on it.  Travel and vacations, though?-most of the time a SPLURGE!

I’m definitely not suggesting we fly first class, rent a convertible or eat four course meals every day on vacation (FAR from it), but we’re more likely to shell out extra cash for experiences, good food and memories rather than material things that quickly lose their luster.

Travel is important to Patrick and I (ok, moooostly me, but he’s more on board now than ever) and our goal is to get away at least every quarter. Q1 was Patrick’s pick-Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Mountain vibes and snow covered mountains it is!

When I travel, I seek out ecofriendly accommodations, public transit and local eats, all in an effort to reduce my environmental impact and carbon emissions. Obviously these things don’t offset airline travel, but every initiative, no matter how small, does make a difference.

Enter Bentwood Inn-probably one of our favorite aspects of the whole trip! It’s a 5 bedroom, sustainably focused Bed and Breakfast just outside Jackson on the border of neighboring town, Wilson, Wyoming.

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You can read all about their green initiatives here, but what really drew my interest was their participation in the 1% for the Tetons, a member funded organization in which businesses give 1% of their annual revenue to fund innovative conservation projects in the area.  LOVE!!!! Not to mention the ongoing recycling and energy saving projects , Tesla charging station AND a natural history library located in the reading nook just off the main room.

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Not only are the innkeepers, Andy and Nastassia super welcoming and friendly, Andy’s a professionally trained chef-regularly serving up healthy, organic, and locally sourced breakfasts and 4 course dinners.  We didn’t have the chance to enjoy a dinner, but breakfasts in the sunlight drenched dining room were on point.

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After our daily breakfast, we’d start our day by walking the 2 blocks over to the free shuttle or transit bus, taking patrons into the heart of Jackson Hole or to one of the two ski resorts in the area.  Pro tip-the fare into town is $3 per person via bus and only exact change cash is accepted.  The drivers are SO FRIENDLY and allowed us to ride the bus having no cash on hand as long as we settled up on our return trip.

After a full day of hanging out in town or skiing (the bunny slopes, ha), it was nice to relax at the bed and breakfast in our room. I basically lived in front of our fire place in the Cabin room for 3 days.  Every day at 5 PM, Andy would make hors d’oeuvres and open a bottle of wine for happy hour in the main room for all guests to enjoy over casual conversation.

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Not a painting in case you were wondering. Just a fantastic window view form the main room.

I LOVE staying at bed and breakfasts for the communal atmosphere, where fellow travelers share travel tips, get to know one another and often form friendships lasting long past the vacation.  See my past post of our Boulder, Colorado Bed and Breakfast from our spring vacation last year!

The Bentwood is the perfect locale if you’re into nature, no matter what season you’re traveling through.  There’s a park within walking distance that boasts trails often occupied by moose in the summer and elk during winter.  We woke up our first morning to two elk crossing through the Inn’s property on their way toward the park! The Inn also provides complimentary snow shoes for all guests to enjoy, which we never took advantage of.  Did I mention how much time we spent hanging out in front of the fireplace doing absolutely nothing?

Our view from the Cabin room!

So let’s recap:

Walking distance to public transit: CHECK

Organic, healthy multi-course breakfasts and dinners: CHECK

24/7 freshly baked cookies and tea: CHECK

Complimentary snow shoes: CHECK

Nearby parks, skiing and wildlife: CHECK

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you find yourself traveling through the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area, book a night or 7 here at the Bentwood Inn.  It’s an investment for sure, but one you won’t regret when it comes to the all the food, hospitality and ecofriendly initiatives the Bentwood has to offer!


Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored by the inn, nor was I compensated for my time.  I did receive a discounted rate for reviewing the Bentwood Inn Bed and Breakfast.






















Save or Splurge-Bed and Breakfasts


March 21, 2018


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  1. I tripped over a stone.

    March 21st, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Nice! What an amazing trip! ~kim

  2. Erin Hendrickson, The Minimalist RD

    March 22nd, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    It was! Just the perfect balance of relaxation and outdoor activity!

  3. Jessie

    March 22nd, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Erin, have you heard of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs in Taos, NM? A New Hope coworker went recently and loved it – good sustainability story, too! And she stayed in an Earthship Biotecture Air BNB. Maybe a consideration for you next quarter?

  4. Erin Hendrickson, The Minimalist RD

    March 22nd, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Hey Jessie! Sounds like you’ve planned my next vacation! 🙂 Thanks for the info-I’ll have to check it out. And thank you for reading my post!!!

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