Today's travel guide is brought to us by John Frechette of MADE, who shares some of his favorite Jackson Hole gems. MADE (125 N. Cache St.) is a store focusing on the American maker, and John carries the work of over 150 artists from all over the country, including Route 13, Padgett Hoke, Red Bird Vintage, and InBlue Leather. On most days, you can find him running around Gaslight Alley in jeans and a button down ("standard in Jackson"), greeting customers, or working in his studio.
What brought you to Jackson Hole?
I headed out here 10 years ago after leaving a job on Wall Street. A firm I was working for in NYC moved me to Jackson to work on a project that lasted until 2008 when the markets crashed and the firm filed bankruptcy. At that point, I needed a job and started to work with glass again after a long sabbatical. My glass belt buckles quickly became a big hit locally and led me to open the store.
Pick up one object at random in your store and tell me something cool about it. Where's it made?
A local artist in Jackson makes this antler necklace that has a cult following. We'd worked with her for a couple of years and carried tons of her work, so when she came to us with a new design, we decided to give it a try. Now we ship them all over the world.
What's one spot that even locals don't know about:
Wilson Rink (corner of West & Main Sts. in Wilson, WY) is a home grown, local built hockey rink with a zamboni that is really a tractor and there's nothing more than a little hut to keep warm.
Best place for a drink before dinner?
A restaurant on the town square called Local (55 N. Cache St.) is great, and I always recommend staying for dinner because their burgers are off the charts.
What's the best place to grab a drink after filling up on burgers?
There's a bar just around the corner called Silver Dollar (50 N. Glenwood St.) inside the historic Wort Hotel. There's always dancing and music, and the "Bartenders Margarita" (Jose Cuervo, Patron Citronge, sweet & sour, lime juice and a splash of Grand Marnier) is perfect.
Where do you go for breakfast the next morning?
Cafe Genevieve (135 E. Broadway) has the best Huevos with homemade green chili. You can sit on the deck in the summer, and the staff knows your name by the end of your visit.
What's the best single dish at a restaurant?
Anything from Persephone Bakery (145 E. Broadway), which is a wholesale bakery-turned-French pastry shop with the best scones in the world. Try the black pepper and cheddar or the pig candy.
If we had three hours to spend in your town, what would you recommend?
Explore. There are so many great new shops and restaurants, trails and hikes, creeks and rivers.
Can you share one or two?
I can't give away all the great ones because the locals would kill me, but make sure to check out Cache Creek, and Josie's Ridge. In the park, Inspiration Point is always a fun hike, and the Rockefeller Preserve is an easy hike with great rewards of Phelps Lake. Floating the Snake River is a blast from Wilson To South Park.
What's the most impressive thing about Jackson Hole?
The sense of community around here is very strong. Everyone is highly supportive of each other, and it's also one of the top counties in the country in terms of philanthropy. There are tons of nonprofits—the town just keeps on giving back.
We have 3 million folks visit our little town in the summer!
Turn on the radio. What song is playing?
Jake Bugg is on my playlist, but Fish, my favorite local radio personality on 96.9FM, brings it back to Mandatory Marley every afternoon at 4:20.
If you had to leave tomorrow, what would you miss the most?
I'm not leaving—not anytime soon.