Plan A Quaint Village Getaway In Sun Valley, Idaho

Join in the town’s cult-like following and discover the reason why everyone keeps Sun Valley, Idaho close to their heart.

Sun Valley

As Fall gets into full swing, the excitement begins at looking forward to Winter vacations. With so many top spots for an exhilarating weekend trip, here is a look at a quaint village getaway in the mountains of Idaho.

Just two hours north of Boise, Sun Valley, Idaho, has been an A-List get away for decades, welcoming celebrities like Tom Hanks, Demi Moore, Clint Eastwood, Jamie Lee Curtis, Justin Timberlake, Jason Bateman, Miley Cyrus, Lucile Ball and Earnest Hemmingway. The always trendy spot has gone through an evolution in the past few years, upgrading the flagship Sun Valley Lodge and constructing new accommodations to house the seasonal ski enthusiasts that flock to the town.

With small town charm and high class actions, Sun Valley is the ultimate in luxury winter resorts. Not overrun like many other popular spots, Sun Valley can still boast short lift lines, gourmet mountain top restaurants, Olympic sized ice skating rink, miles of snow shoeing and cross country trails, and a record number of blue bird days.

Winter Activities:

Down Hill Skiing

Bald Mountain is a skier’s paradise with more than 3,400 vertical feet and 2,000 acres of mountain side. This terrain will continuously challenge and thrill those who climb aboard one of the 76 lifts and soar to the top. Gourmet lodging awaits at the all of the five lodges, as well as the Sun Valley Ski School, staffed up with long-time professional trainers prepared to help tune up your skills or show you the Bald Mountain ropes for the first time. For first time skiers, Dollar Mountain across town is a prime learning ground and has trained some of the top skiers and snowboarders in the country.

Nordic Skiing and Snow Shoeing Trails

Ice Skating

Shopping:

For those more prone to enjoy a warm hot toddy than snowy hillsides, the quaint streets are lined with upscale shopping, local thrift stores, home goods decorated with mountain accents, wine shops for an afternoon tasting, and world class spas ridding anyone of their troubled blues.

Consign Design 

331 1st Ave N, Ketchum, ID 83340

Upscale repurposed clothing and furniture.

Déjà Vu

511 Leadville Ave, Ketchum, ID 83340

Exquisitely curated vintage clothing store focused on 40s, 50s and 60s. Hard to leave empty handed!

Gold Mine

331 Walnut Ave, Ketchum, ID 83340

Aptly named for those up ready to dig through racks of clothing and home goods. Find some great pieces at Gold Mine.

Picket Fence

560 East Ave. North, Ketchum, ID 83340

A shabby chic lover’s paradise

The Farmer’s Daughter

331 N. Leadville, Ketchum, ID 83340

Great home goods, blankets, and gift store to keep a memento of Sun Valley  

Spas:

The Spa at Sun Valley Lodge

1 Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley, ID 83353

The plush surroundings welcome a luxurious experience. Spa services also allow access to the facility’s gym, and outdoor heated pool and spa area.

Zynergy

124 Saddle Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340

A high-powered gym with lavish spa. Spa service allows access to heated pool and spa area.

Sun Valley Spa

After a day spent cutting through the snow and streets, enjoy the local mountain food and nightlife with live music, horse drawn sleigh rides, dive bar pool games, secret bowling alleys, top class ice skating shows, hockey games with the Sun Valley Suns, and oh so much more.

Dining: 

Pioneer Saloon

320 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340

A Sun Valley cult classic, and steak and potato heaven.

Cristina’s

520 Second St E, Ketchum, ID 83340

Come for the food, stay for the people watching. But stay for the food too. Its really good.

Enoteca

300 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340

Just delicious. Go.

Big Wood Bread & Café

271 Northwood Way, Ketchum, ID 83340

Popular breakfast and lunch spot for a quick bite throughout the day.

The Ram

1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353

Yodeling mountain themed restaurant. Carolers also make a stop here around the holidays.

Drinks: 

Whisky Jacques

251 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340

Main local bar with live music and drink specials

Casino Bar

220 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340

Local dive bar hosting curious patrons, cheap drinks and bar games

The Cellar Pub

400 Sun Valley Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340

The youngers spot hidden beneath the giant chair in Giacobbi Annex

Warfield Distillery

280 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340

Head to the roof for fire pits and cocktails

Activities:

Bowling

Hidden in the Sun Valley Lodge, this small lanes alley is the ultimate pre-game for a night out.

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride

A Sun Valley classic that glides through a starlit night to dinner at ZTrail Creek Cabin. Bring warm jackets and a flask.

Hockey with the Sun Valley Suns

Cheer for the hometown heroes as they slap the puck around

Sun Valley Hiking

Join the town’s cult-like following and discover the reason everyone keeps Sun Valley close to their heart.

Photos by Nicole Albertson

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Nicole Albertson

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Nicole is based in San Francisco and she has amazing recommendations for Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Iceland, and New Zealand.

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