CHICAGO – Outbound Hotels is a new collection of locally-minded hotels and experiences in beautiful outdoor destinations from Jackson Hole, WY, to Mammoth Lakes, CA. Each property is a place for travelers to disconnect so they can reconnect with nature and what matters: good times, good people, and all-around good vibes. At Outbound, outside is just the beginning!
Outbound Hotels are all about connection. Each property brings together music, local culture, and the outdoors with alternative lodging to create unforgettable experiences. While most brands open a hotel and curate activities that bring the destination indoors, Outbound Hotels flips the script. Each property is close enough to a town, where visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture, and close enough to nature where they can easily hit the trails, bike, ski, climb, or swim, making it seamless to enjoy outdoor activities before retreating to the comfort and camaraderie characteristic of Outbound Hotels properties.
When travelers step through the doors of an Outbound Hotels property, they’re instantly part of the community. They become “Outbounders,” a group who value inclusivity, sincerity, and human connection. To deliver a memorable experience to these guests, Outbound Hotels partners with experienced hospitality providers , including Springboard Hospitality, a premier hotel management company with over 30 years of history transforming hotels and The Gettys Group (a Chicago-based hotel design and development firm), to thoughtfully infuse each property with a unique charm and character. Amenity partners add unexpected extra touches for guests, from Solo Stove (known for their smokeless fire pits) to The Kin (an app that offers 24/7 pet health and nutrition support), created by the team behind popular pet blog The Wildest.
In addition to a knowledgeable team, adventure activity partners for easy-to-book outdoor activities and equipment rentals for off-site exploration, Outbound Hotels properties emphasize on-property community and connection. From complimentary campfire s’mores to morning yoga by the pool, plus weekly programs like karaoke night and live acoustic sessions. Great for groups, singles, and couples, all Outbound hotels are also dog and family friendly, fostering authentic moments of connection for a variety of guest-types. With an emphasis on music, casual dining, lively bars, and outdoor programming, Outbound Hotels properties welcome locals and travelers alike.
We dig deep to unearth and offer what makes these amazing places amazing. We’re passionate about going the extra mile to help travelers have experiences that turn them into Outbounders: curious explorers who get their thrills from nature and love and respect the places they visit. Matthew Mering, executive vice president of hospitality at Waterton, Outbound Hotels’ ownership group
Properties in the Outbound Hotels collection include:
- The Virginian Lodge, an Outbound Hotel in Jackson Hole, WY: Glenn Napierskie built The Virginian Lodge in the 1960s after seeing visitors in Jackson Hole sleeping in their cars. Decades later, travelers still flock here for comfortable lodge-style accommodations and opportunities to come together and make memories. The dog-friendly property features two hot tubs, seven built-in fire pits, an all-season pool, the iconic Virginian Saloon, and over 4,000 square feet of event space. Guests and locals can also dine at the newly opened Billy’s Burgers where the untamed spirit of the west meets the classic diner feel, serving up the yummiest (and biggest) burgers in town, soft serve, and unexpected menu items like falafel and Greek salad. Plus, also just opened, Midtown Liquor where you can stock up on provisions before heading out to explore the wilds of Jackson Hole. This convenient shop includes a drive-through window, making it easy to stock up on a unique selection of wines, beers, sloshies & libations. Starting every morning at 7am, Midtown also has grab and go breakfast burritos ready to fuel your day & coffee from local roaster Alpine Air. The Virginian Lodge is the ideal base camp for access to world-class national parks (Grand Teton, Yellowstone), wildlife refuges, museums, hot springs, local distilleries and wineries, and authentic dude ranches.
- Outbound Mammoth (formerly Sierra Nevada Resort) in Mammoth Lakes, CA: Recently rebranded to Outbound Mammoth, the resort is a six-acre respite with convenient access to the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth Lakes Hiking Trails, and the Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite National Park. Building off of the over 50-year foundation of this storied hotel, as part of the rebrand, Outbound has reimagined this Mammoth Lakes living legend with fully renovated rooms and chalets plus the addition of 10 new cabins and 20 villas perfect for travelers seeking more privacy. Outbound Mammoth offers more amenities than any other resort in the region including a brand new pool area, an on-site restaurant, a steam room, a dry sauna, fire pits and offerings for pets. Plus, a welcome beer from the newly opened restaurant, Bar Sierra, with 16 local brews on tap and delicious Cali-inspired BBQ with nightly programming. In the winter, the snow-covered slopes call to ski and snowboarding enthusiasts; in the summer, Mammoth Lake beckons with fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, hot springs and boating.
Each Outbound Hotels property is unique and features a variety of accommodation types, from cabins to chalets and bunk rooms to suites. Every property features the basics: ample self-parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room coffee and tea, and friendly, knowledgeable staff to help them plan their stay.
Outbound Hotels’ expansion plans include opening properties in Stowe, VT (July 2024), and Yosemite National Park (Q1 2025), the group’s first new build from the ground up. Outbound Hotels has collaborated with the Brooklyn-based design firm One Union Studio to create a comfortably cool aesthetic for both projects.
To learn more about Outbound Hotels visit www.outboundhotels.com.
Waterton is a real estate investment and property management company with a focus on U.S. multifamily and hospitality properties. Founded in 1995, Waterton executes value add strategies and manages a national portfolio of properties on behalf of institutional investors, family offices and financial institutions. Waterton is privately held and is headquartered in Chicago with regional teams throughout the United States. As of June 30, 2023, Waterton’s portfolio includes approximately $10.8 billion in real estate assets. Visit Waterton’s website: www.waterton.com.