There are many Western communities that offer exciting amenities, magnificent residences, and breathtaking views. Yet there’s only one that meets all of those criteria and has further distinguished itself for its altruistic development philosophy—Huntsman Springs in the Teton Valley of Eastern Idaho (www.huntsmansprings.com).
Huntsman Springs is an award-winning master-planned resort community developed by Jon Huntsman to establish a vacation home destination where his family, and others like it, could escape the clamor of urban life and find a place of serenity and beauty in the picturesque Teton Valley of Eastern Idaho. The community draws its name from natural freshwater springs found in the area.
Rustic elegance defines the contemporary design of the community’s custom-built single-family Mountain View Lodge and Park Homes. Local craftsmen, expert artisans of stone and wood, have constructed five home models featuring fine finishes like travertine, fieldstone, and white oak woodwork. Interiors designed by Pat Harker create a casual yet refined ambiance, showcasing the community’s magnificent views from large windows and expansive stone patios. Also available are home sites from one-third to three-quarters of an acre overlooking emerald fairways and the towering Tetons beyond.
The 1,350-acre community retains the unpretentious lifestyle and inspiring natural surroundings of the picturesque Teton Valley in the tight-knit town of Driggs, Idaho, a 45-minute drive from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Community residents and guests arrive via scheduled flights into the Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls Airports, while private aircraft up to Gulfstream 5’s are accommodated at Driggs Reed Memorial Airport, which offers Teton Aviation Center, a full-service FBO.
Huntsman Springs welcomes residents and guests with an array of year-round amenities beginning from the moment of arrival.
For the nature lover, the community is sited a short drive from Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Parks, where trails and camping opportunities abound. A two-mile boardwalk winds through the golden marsh grass of Wood Creek Fen, where the Huntsman family has dedicated 500 acres in a conservation trust for future generations to enjoy. There is ample opportunity to glimpse Huntsman’s herd of buffalo, led by its rare white patriarch “Lucky Pierre,” as well as deer, elk, moose, fox, and other four-legged creatures that call this natural environment home.
In spring and summer, members and guests flock to the acclaimed golf course designed by David McLay Kidd, the young Scotsman who has designed a superb 18-hole layout that rivals his famous Bandon Dunes course. Rarely has a course received the instant accolades accorded to his Huntsman Springs course. From Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” to Golfweek’s 2014 ranking of #3 among the country’s “100 Best Residential Golf Courses,” McLay’s links-like course has floored the game’s keenest raters.
The new The Springs Wellness Center and Spa features a state-of-the-art fitness facility offering TechnoGym® equipment, men’s and women’s locker rooms, private fitness coaching, and classes on topics such as holistic nutrition, wellness coaching, yoga, and more. Massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials are also offered.
Outside overlooking the Tetons and the 10th hole of the golf course is a large swimming pool for laps or simply relaxing, hot tubs, and a shallow children’s water play area for toddlers and youngsters. The Watering Hole, an inviting poolside bar and grill, offers an eclectic menu ranging from chicken fingers for kids to healthful comfort food and tasty beverages distinctive to Huntsman Springs.
Teton Valley is known as an angler’s dream. At Huntsman Springs, opportunities abound in several streams and seven onsite lakes, where one can potentially catch and release as many as 100 rainbow and cutthroat trout in a single day.
Winter activities abound as well. According to Ski Magazine, the range beside Huntsman Springs is the top ski location in the United States. Downhill and Nordic skiing, ice skating, family sleigh rides, Heli skiing and SnowCat expeditions, snowmobile tours and Yellowstone Park winter tours are also offered.
Huntsman Village, to be built adjacent to the new The Springs Wellness Center and Spa, will be the centerpiece of the community, featuring the 102-room, five-star-quality Huntsman Lodge and Villas. Huntsman Village will also be home to the handsome new Huntsman Springs Golf Clubhouse featuring private practice facilities and instruction, a dining room, and fully stocked pro shop. There will also be a winter ice skating rink, which will double as a freshwater fountain during summertime. Shops and restaurants are also planned for development within Huntsman Village.
CityWalk will be a residential neighborhood following the best of new urbanism planning, with a linear parkway walking trail leading to shopping, dining and other amenities. Each high mountain-style home will offer views of a lush park or golf fairway, setting for private pool or garden, private terrace, and garage.