In November 2019, the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa, in Jackson, Wyoming, was engulfed by a calamitous blaze that began in one of the property’s fire pits and then spread rapidly in a manner that could not have been foreseen. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the structure was largely destroyed. The loss of this justly renowned lodge was a sadness to many, not least to the dozens of Andrew Harper members who had stayed there over the previous 30 years, returning home with fond memories of deep comfort, warm hospitality and delicious meals in the property’s celebrated Wild Sage restaurant. So I am particularly pleased to report that the Parrot has turned phoenix.
Its owners, the Harrison family, have proved indomitable, and Rusty Parrot 2.0 is now scheduled to open at the end of the year. Having fought their way through the insurance paperwork, the Harrisons engaged Denver-based Rowland+Broughton Architecture — whose previous projects include work on the Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resorts property in Aspen — to reinvent the three-story log-and-stone structure. Located on a quiet side street, but just a few minutes’ walk from Jackson Town Square, the Rusty Parrot long provided a bridge between the town’s urban pleasures and the splendor of Wyoming’s great outdoors. I am looking forward to a stay at the new property with keen anticipation.