My DH has the opportunity to attend a conference in the area this summer. We are thinking of driving up with our two boys (ages 7 and 9) and making a family road trip out of it. We are looking at three different conferences at different places in the area. Our choices are:
320 Horse Ranch in Montana in mid-July
The Lodge at Jackson Hole in early August
Hotel Terra in early August
We would stay 4 nights in one of these hotels for a conference that is a 3 half-day conference (conference hours are 8am-12pm, generally). We live in the Houston area, so driving up, we would spend one night in Amarillo, then maybe 2 nights around Denver (we'd like to spend some time in Colorado), and then arrive at the conference hotel on the third driving day. We'd probably do the same driving schedule coming back.
At the conference hotel, we need enough to entertain me and the boys while DH is in his conference in the mornings. We would have a car, so we could leave, but we'd like to save the "important" sight seeing for when DH will be with us. We usually hang by the pool, etc while DH is in his conferences.
Also, it seems like horse back riding is a major attraction in the region, but I haven't found anywhere that lets 7 year olds ride. Is there somewhere that would let us all take a short horse back trip as a family (we'd only want to do an hour or so)?
So, which hotel/lodge of the three above would you recommend? We'd like to see both Yellowstone and the Tetons. Thanks for any help you can provide. --Katie