SHOOTING STAR CABIN NUMBER 8
Tucked into the village-like setting of Shooting Star Ranch, Shooting Star Cabin 8 is a fine blend of Wyoming architectural high style and rustic cabin comfort. The main living areas and the master bedroom are on the second floor, where the views are wide and open and the rooms feel as if they are floating; while the guest bedrooms are below on the first floor, where doors open right to the terrace, the hot tub and the great wild valley.
In the living room, a high, barn-like ceiling vaults over the wood-burning fireplace, the deep leather armchairs and couch, and pert cowhide stools. The smooth wooden dining table, a polished counterpoint to the rustic cabin character, seats six with ease. Just steps away, the breakfast bar divides the dining room from the kitchen, and doubles as a convenient serving buffet.
The kitchen is quite spacious, and very well-equipped: the Sub-Zero system includes multiple freezer and refrigeration drawers, a wine cooler and a large single door refrigerator. Dual sinks make quick work of prep and clean up; while wall ovens, a warming drawer and microwave complement the Viking 6-burner range and oven.
Just past the kitchen, a roomy landing serves as a sitting room; a TV rises up out of the sideboard at the touch of a button, and the couch pulls out into a bed when extra sleeping space is required. The powder room just beside it has a million-dollar view down the whole Snake River Range.
A window-lined hallway – which feels like a covered bridge – heads off from the landing toward the high-ceilinged master suite, where the king size bed faces the soft flicker of a huge stone, gas fireplace. The Gros Ventre Mountains and the ski slopes fill up the mullioned windows; a writing desk stands in an alcove. The master bath is large and luxurious, paneled in creamy wood, with a big walk-in shower, a soaking tub and a separate water closet.
Shooting Star Cabin 8’s first floor is made up of two wings: one for utilitarian pursuits – with a laundry center, the heated two-car garage and a mudroom with ample storage for walking sticks, jackets, skis and boots; and another wing for sleeping, with three two bedrooms and a trundle room. Each of the bedrooms has a comfort and a character all its own, with windows that seem more like landscape paintings hung upon the walls. One guest room has a king bed, wrapped with mountain views and a wide stone gas fireplace. This room's bath has a separate water closet, a tub/shower combination and dual sinks set in a stone-topped vanity.
In the twin bedroom, two rustic but deeply comfortable twin beds flank a shared bedside table and reading lamp. Its private bath is finished with Wyoming limestone accents, and floors warmed by radiant heat. In the final, “trundle” room, a twin bed pulls out from beneath a wood-framed day couch, creating top and bottom sleeping positions. Dark wood wainscoting, a leather-framed mirror and a rawhide-stitched lampshade give this room a touch of Wild West mystique. Wonderfully, the sunny guest corridor opens onto the stone terrace and the hot tub.
The hot tub beckons after an exhilarating day on the trails whether hiking, heli-skiing, biking or horseback riding. In summer, the stone terrace offers front-row seating for watching the paragliders soar across the sky, or colorful hot air balloons rise up into the expansive pink of dawn. Shooting Star Ranch is set right next to Teton Village and all the opportunities it has to offer from the worlds best downhill skiing to sports shops to excellent restaurants.
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