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6 top sweet eats in Jackson Hole, Wyoming


Jackson Hole has a complex assortment of great food because of their commitment to source local, higher quality ingredients. You could spend weeks in the area and would still fail to try all the mouth-watering options. Those with a sweet tooth will be particularly intrigued with the quirky, yet simplistic treats in the area. Indulgences in Jackson Hole are typically made with real ingredients, not artificial flavors or sweeteners, taking taste to another level.

Roadhouse - Wyoming whiskey ice cream sandwiches

Countless Roadhouse ice cream sandwiches are prepared by hand every morning, not only to satisfy the taste buds of diners, but to stock the shelves of local grocery stores. Two mini, crispy cookies encase smooth, creamy, whiskey ice cream; dark chocolate sprinkles coat the edges. Authentic Wyoming Whiskey gives visitors a true taste of their distilling craftsmanship, without having to shoot it straight. Dont worry, there are other flavors suitable for kids.

The Handle Bar - s'mores at your table

Nothing says cozy vacation in the mountains quite like Smores, and The Handle Bar has perfected the art. Hersheys chocolate, house-made strawberry marshmallows, fresh baked graham crackers and a cup of The Handle Bars own chocolate spread are served on a rotating dish, complete with a tiny grill in the center. The best part may be that you get to do all of this at the warmth and comfort of your dining table, inside the restaurant.

The Bunnery - very berry pie

You havent truly had pie until youve visited The Bunnery. Made with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and a "melt in your mouth" crust, its nearly irresistible. Adding ice cream almost dilutes the robust berry flavor, so its best to eat it straight. Slices are enormous, being much thicker than your average portion; so eat light to save room, or perhaps have just dessert!

The Alpine House - wild blueberry French toast

If you stay at this adorable, Viking inspired lodge, youll be treated to fantastic, chef prepared breakfasts every morning. Fresh made, locally sourced muffins, breads, granola and pastries are available while you wait for the main dish, which could be anything from a garden omelet with balsamic drizzle to an English muffin with black forest ham and egg. The French toast, with pure maple syrup, wild blueberries and cream is perfection. The portion of each ingredient is well balance, keeping the dish indulgent yet not overly sweet.

Haydens Post cast iron cinnamon roll

Haydens Post is a contemporary, yet affordable dining option with a killer cinnamon roll. Since the world class ski resort, Snow King Mountain, is a Stones throw away, one might want to fill up before hitting the slopes, snow tubing or riding the scenic and exciting Cowboy Coaster. Smooth cream cheese frosting, with a hint of fluffy sour cream oozes down the sides of the cloud like cinnamon bread, into the large cast iron skillet in which it was fresh baked. You may want to split this enormous sweet roll with a friend.

Top of the World Waffles - any waffle

Situatedon Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts highest accessible peak is a tiny cabin known as Top of the World Waffles, or Corbets Cabin. Whether you will be taking the famous Big Red tram, or skiing the daring slopes, the cabin is a welcoming retreat from the frigid temperatures. A few variations of "no syrup needed"waffles are on the menu, butThe Trad",lightly coated withbrown sugar butter, and the Peanut Butter Bacon are the best. The waffles arent thick Belgian style, but rather thin and slightly crispy with a fluffy center. Grab a cup of coffee or organic milk and enjoy the breathtaking view.

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Some of the best beaches in Provence


One of the many reasons I love Provence (and there are lots!) is the easy accessibility of some of the most beautiful beaches in France. With so many to choose from a brief rundown of some of the best seemed to be in order. If Ive missed any of your favourites do let me know in the comments section!

Bandol Beaches - 2100 Route de Bandol, 83110, Sanary-sur-Mer

The town of Bandol pretty much marks the start of the French Riviera and is home to a number of beaches in the immediate vicinity. Many of these are within walking distance of the town allowing you to hire paddle boards, bodyboards and surfboards before heading to the beach.

One of the most popular is the Plage Doree (plage is the French word for beach). To find it, head east out of Bandol down the coastal road a short way where youll come across parking for the beach. Forming a long semi-circle, this beautiful beach is frequently busy but this just adds to the holiday atmosphere rather than feeling of being crowded.

At the end of the beach is the Plage Doree restaurant which serves some amazing seafood. Take a seat on the terrace overlooking the beach to enjoy a great view whilst you eat.

St. Croix Beach - Ch de Sainte-Croix, 13500, La Couronne, Martigues

St. Croix is a beach to the west side of Marseilles (the nearest small town is Sausset-les-Pins). To reach the beach take the D9 to D49, turn left as soon as you cross the railroad tracks on Routes des Bastides and follow the beach signs. St. Croix beach is a real find.

Mostly frequented by just the locals the beach is split into two main sections, both of which are home to lots of lovely white sand! On our last visit we managed to park for free, just a few minutes walk from the beach. With pretty water that stays shallow a long way out, this is a fantastic family-friendly beach. Our two youngest were able to walk out into the water for many yards quite safety and enjoyed the small waves. You can rent umbrellas and pedal boats, and there are a couple of restaurants and snack bars on the bluff above.

Portissol Beach - Esplanade Frdric Dumas 83110 Sanary-sur-Mer

Located in a residential suburb around 15 minutes' walk from the harbour, it's a large crescent-shaped, mainly sand beach fringed by tamarisk trees and sheltered from the wind. Access is by steps or a ramp. It has several restaurants and a snack bar, plus a children's play area and sunshade and sun-bed hire.

An "underwater trail" starts here. Armed with masks and snorkels (included in the charge for the tour), swimmers are taken around points of interest by a guide. The trail takes about two hours and is suitable for children accompanied by an adult. Portissol is also favoured by scuba divers and there are even ladders fitted to help divers access the water. And if youre into surfing then the strong Mistral winds make this an ideal destination!

Port dAlon Beach - Rte de la Calanque, 83270, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer

An amazing beach for those who love getting in the water (or on it in the case of paddle boarding!!). This beach is located between Bandol and Madrague Port and is beautifully unspoiled. Consisting of mainly gravel mixed with some finer sand this is definitely less a sunbathers beach and more a destination for snorkelers, divers and (as mentioned!) paddleboarders.

And when you get too hot out on the water youre able to retire to the shade at the back of the beach afforded by a belt of pine trees. If youre after a more secluded setting then head onto the coastal path to the right of the beach and follow the track through the woods. After a couple of minutes youll be able to spy a small beach nestling in an often deserted cove.

Renecros Beach - Rue Raimu 83150 Bandol

Were heading back to Bandol again for the final beach pick! Renecros Beach is located in a simply stunning bay which forms a natural harbour. Fine white sand runs down to clear waters with a gentle incline allowing for splashing around in the shallows perfect for the children.

A lifeguard is on duty during the summer months which adds to peace of mind. Much of the beach is bordered with a ring of pine trees allowing you to escape into the shade. And for those that love swimming, the waters are kept lovely and calm by the dams at entrance to the bay. Perfect!

There is a truly incredible selection of beaches to choose from along the Provence coast. This article could run to a dozen more pages and still not come close to covering them all! Without doubt, if youre looking for a wonderful destination for your holiday which includes sun, sea and beautiful surroundings then Provence is hard to beat. If youd like to do a little more beach exploring yourself then a great starting point is the website Plages.tv. With hundreds of beaches listed youre sure to find the perfect one for you. Happy sunbathing, swimming and sandcastle building!!

Su Stephens is Owner ofOlives & Vines.

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