Jackson Hole Rendezvous Music Festival

Non-stop music rang around the valley this past weekend, during the Jackson Hole Rendezvous Music Festival. The four-day concert series kicked off Thursday night in Teton Village with Screen Door Porch playing original Country-Blues meets soulful Americana tunes.

Town square was roped off Friday night as locals and tourist gathered to enjoy music from Jason Spooner and Robert Earl Keen.

Moods were high as the warm weather and open venue welcomed all ages of listeners. Vendors lined the antler arches selling beverages and snacks. Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty agent Michael Daus, sold his famous artisan popcorn, “Jackson Hole POP”. My personal favorite is the Cowboy Carmel Popcorn.

Michael Franti & Spearhead, were welcomed back Saturday night, for the third year running as the featured artists of the music festival. The village seemed to be at capacity as the crowd sang and danced to multi-platinum hit, “Say Hey (I Love You)”. Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys followed Franti with DJ beats that had the crowd jumping up and down, yelling, “One more song”!

Rendezvous Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, with Music Under the Tram featuring Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. Willie Nelson would have been proud of his son’s performance in front of a snow pant, goggle wearing crowd dancing in their ski boots. Thank you Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for putting on such a great festival!

Pole Pedal Paddle Just Around the Corner

Spring is in full swing here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Balmy temperatures have people pulling out their bikes and boats, but don’t put your skis away quite yet! Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is open until April 5, and there is still time to register for the 40th annual Pole Pedal Paddle March 28th, 2015. The Pole Pedal Paddle, aka the PPP, is a Jackson Hole tradition where individuals or teams compete in a four-event race consisting of an alpine ski leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bike leg and a boating leg. This year the cross-country leg has been swapped for a 5k run due to current snow conditions.

Wait a second, who would do such a thing? That was the question that crossed my mind when I first heard about the event, but there is a class and category for anyone who wants to participate and you can be as competitive or relaxed as you want. I have competed in the “Fun Class” the last two years, where pretty much anything goes. Costumes, tandem bikes and party rafts are all highly encouraged because you are not judged on your time, but rather how much fun you are having. The competitive class on the other hand, is just that, competitive. Jackson is home to many top athletes and winning the PPP is the ultimate victory and grounds for bragging rights. Last year the fastest time was 2:15:34 (Men’s Racing Team), my team in the Fun Class was not timed, but I’m guessing we finished well over five hours and that might even be generous, but we had fun!

Even if competing is not your thing, the PPP is a fun community event you should come out and support. I know I appreciated the cheers and car honks as I biked from Teton Village to South Park in bright spandex and a tutu. With the race starting on the mountain at JHMR and finishing in the Snake River Canyon there are plenty of opportunities to cheer on competitors throughout the valley.

For more information on this local event, or to register visit the PPP web page. All proceeds support the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, a nonprofit organization providing affordable ski/snowboard programs to Jackson youth.

JHSIR Attends Luxury Real Estate Conference

Members of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty recently traveled east to participate in a luxury real estate conference hosted by the office of Sotheby’s International Realtywith events in Manhattan and Short Hills, New Jersey. The event served as an opportunity to welcome new agents and offices into the residential real estate brokerage network, as well as to introduce new marketing, advertising and referral opportunities.

Donna Clinton, JHSIR broker and chief operating officer, and marketing team member Dan Long joined over sixty owners, agents and staff from Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate offices around the world. More than thirteen of the global network’s sixty countries and territories were represented at the conference—highlighting the international reach and broad global appeal of the Sotheby’s brand.

Derek Svennungsen (left) of Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty joins Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty’s Donna Clinton (center) and Dan Long (right) with Sotheby’s International Realty’s president and chief executive officer, Philip White, at the Sotheby’s Auction House event in Manhattan.

Participants of the conference were treated to lectures at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art by auctioneer and educator Barbara Strongin, and contemporary art advisor and curator Lowell Pettit. The lectures provided historical background for the evening’s trip to the Sotheby’s Auction House and a private preview of March fifth’s auction, Contemporary Curated.

Left: Sotheby’s International Realty’s chief marketing officer, Wendy Purvey, introduces a new ad campaign that highlights a JHSIR listing.     Center: Catalogues line a bookshelf at the Sotheby’s Auction House.     Right: Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates view a private gallery at Sotheby’s Auction House.

Educational opportunities throughout the conference included discussions on expanded global media partnerships, cooperative advertising opportunities, substantial updates to sothebysrealty.com, online marketing via SEM/SEO, the global affiliate referral network and numerous other topics—all designed to provide our office with the tools to ensure our client’s realize the full potential of their property transaction in Jackson Hole or throughout the world.

Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty—Mastering the Art of Being Connected


Masterful Bathrooms

There are many defining features to a luxury property. For some it is a grand entrance, a great room with awe-inspiring view, an expansive outdoor living space or a host of other dramatic features. From a personal perspective, I find one of the most refined earmarks of luxury in a home is the bathroom—yes, the bathroom.

I may have lost some of you here, but stay with me. Most luxury refinements are outward-facing. They boost “curb appeal,” or are emphasized for enjoyment by a larger audience. The master bathroom is often overlooked—it is not a “public” space within the home. As such, this room offers a key measure of refinement and attention to detail within a home.

A homeowner, architect and designer who have brought thoughtful design considerations to this often-neglected space are likely to have also brought a noticeable attention to detail to the home and property as a whole. With that in mind, I view an elegant bathroom as a harbinger of sophistication for the rest of a home.

I invite you to indulge in these rooms, and to tour the homes they occupy and see for yourself.

“Woodside Estate” features a beautiful contemporary soaking tub, dry suana and luxurious white marble throughout.   View This Listing

Panoramic views of Spring Creek Ranch and the Tetons beyond eminate from this “Simply Awe Inspiring” home.    View This Listing

A travertine soaking tub is the centerpiece of the master bathroom in “Wild by Nature,” which also features steam shower with access to the outside patio and its infinity hot tub.     View This Listing

“The Serengeti Home” offers the clean, refined lines of Mountain Contemporary via African Mahogany cabinets, modern soaking tub and whimsical bubble-inspired light fixture.   View This Listing