Introducing Grand Tetons Wonderland at Huntsman Springs

It's rare when you can live in a spectacular place and are able to contribute something beneficial to the world simply by living there.

Huntsman Springs is such a place -- an award-winning master planned golf and club community developed by Jon Huntsman, Sr. 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 hitherto undeveloped Teton Valley of Eastern Idaho.

But what makes Huntsman Springs different is the groundbreaking format for community design that benefits cancer research.  

"We're really proud of what we do here," says David Huntsman, Chief Operating Officer of the property. "Our efforts and success at Huntsman Springs help us promote the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, which is dedicated to the eradication of cancer in our lifetime. Our staff, our property owners and our visitors take that to heart."

And the public has noticed, as evidenced by the many awards garnered by Huntsman Springs: Development of the Year in 2010 from Golf Inc.; third best residential course in the nation from Golfweek; and most importantly, Best of the Best in 2011 from the Robb Report.

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 Airport, while private aircraft up to Gulfstream 5's are accommodated at Driggs Reed Memorial Airport, which offers Teton Aviation Center, a full-service FBO.

Wandering the property, either as a resident or guest renting one of the many lovely homes here, reveals just how much thoughtful planning went into this community. 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.  Residents and guests may also enjoy a number of guided educational hikes and nature studies.

Huntsman Springs offers residents and guests an array of amenities beginning from the moment of arrival, year round.

In warmer temperatures, golfers flock to the acclaimed David McLay Kidd-designed golf course, rated by Robb Report, Links and Golfweek magazines as one of the best new courses in the United States.  McLay Kidd, the young Scotsman with global roots and recognition, has designed a superb 18-hole course reminiscent of the classic links-style courses of St. Andrews. Coming soon is the handsome Golf Clubhouse featuring private practice facilities, dining room and fully stocked pro shop.

Also recently opened is the magnificent Huntsman Springs Wellness Center including fitness programs, spa, swimming pools and aquatic programs, hot tubs, tennis courts, poolside grill and clubhouse. Add to this the fact that the Huntsman Family ensures outstanding concierge service, complimentary golf lessons, cart fees waived for members, no food and beverage minimums--and you begin to understand the breadth of generosity inherent in the Huntsman concept. The Teton Valley area is also known as an angler's dream.  At Huntsman Springs' opportunities abound in several streams and seven onsite lakes, where one can potentially can 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. Grand Targhee Ski Resort, which is known for its abundant annual snowfall, is minutes away and offers a summit of 10,000 feet and vertical drop of more than 2,000 feet. Downhill and Nordic skiing, ice skating, family sleigh rides, Heli skiing and SnowCat expeditions, snowmobile tours and Yellowstone Park winter tours are also offered.  The community offers a Winter Wonderland Vacation Package that includes airport transfers to and from Jackson Hole and Idaho Falls Airports, daily shuttles to Grand Targhee, daily continental breakfast, a welcome gift and a variety of winter activities. Ski instruction and use of ski caddy are also available.

Rustic elegance defines the contemporary mountain-style design of the community's custom-built single family homes. Those who decide to make Huntsman Springs their home have the option of selecting one of the capacious Mountain View Lodge Homes ranging in size from 3,400 to 5,400 square feet. The five home models feature fine finishes like travertine, fieldstone and white oak woodwork, which create a casual yet refined ambiance that speaks beautifully of mountain living.

Stunning Park Homes at Huntsman Springs with interiors designed by Pat Harker make use of large windows and expansive stone patios to showcase views of the award-winning David McLay Kidd-designed golf course.  Local craftsmen, expert artisans of stone and wood, build each residence to fit the style and taste of each particular family. For those who prefer to construct their own residence, homesites are available ranging in size from one half-acre to one acre overlooking emerald fairways and the Grand Tetons beyond.

Huntsman Springs also saves room on their calendar to host a number of community events, both public and private. A large portion of the proceeds generated from these events is dedicated to cancer research. Best known is Celebrate America, a public event held each year on the Saturday before the Fourth of July. The only entrance fee is a donation to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the 2014 event raised a quarter million dollars for that effort. Family-friendly entertainment takes place outdoors, with a celebratory concert--last year's headliner was the Beach Boys--and a dramatic fireworks display. 37 of the 50 states were represented in the 30,000 attendees who showed up.

A second summer event is the Huntsman Springs Wine Fair. Last year seven vendors supplied 120 labels for attendees to sample. Guests were able to purchase favorite selections in whatever quantities they liked, and 3000 bottles of wine were sold, helping generate significant funds for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Profits from Huntsman Springs will be contributed to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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