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What We’re Made Of: Maude’s Coffee & Clothes Owners – Jacob & Tara

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Jacob and Tara Frehling are the newest generation of a host of entrepreneurial Frehlings in the Wood River Valley. Jacob’s mother Annette owns the clothing shop Sister in Ketchum, cousins Maeme and Callie Rasberry own the lunch spot Rasberry’s in Ketchum, and father James opened the original Esta’s restaurant on Main Street. Now Jacob and Tara own Maude’s, a combination coffee shop and vintage clothing store in the heart of Ketchum. After owning a food truck before Maude’s and with aspirations for future businesses, these Frehlings plan to leave a long legacy in Ketchum. “Our whole pastime in life as a couple is spit-balling business ideas,” says Jacob. The business-minded couple, who married in 2017, met while attending the same high school in Portland, Oregon. Although Jacob grew up in the Valley, he attended the last few years of high school at Northwest Academy and then attended Portland State University a year behind Tara. “We were living in a house with seven other people, a total teenager house,” explains Tara. The couple began dating during college and graduated with degrees in psychology (her) and sociology (him) before Jacob headed back to his hometown to open the first …

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What We’re Made Of: Restauranteurs – The Mason Family

The food scene of Ketchum would truly be a different landscape without the Masons and as their family continues to grow, so too does the family business. 

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A Vegetarian & Vegan Guide to Eating in the Sun Valley Area

The definitive guide to dining out as a vegetarian or vegan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Sun Valley, Ketchum & Hailey, Idaho area. 

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Dining, Summer

Where To Eat, Sleep & Explore In Ketchum & Sun Valley

Idaho Inspired Hemingway And It Inspired Me I drove from Idaho to Montana and unbeknownst to me took one of the most scenic drives of my entire life. I drove alongside the Salmon River and followed it all the way into Montana. With the sound of the river following next to me, birds chirping above me and mountains protruding into the sky I felt like I was in a dream. With each turn I took it was like I was driving further into heaven. I remember saying to myself several times, “wow this is amazing”. It felt so surreal and I am so glad that I took the time to drive along this beautiful route which I would have never in a million years have decided to do if I was just visiting for a long weekend.    EAT Pioneer Saloon:     When you head to Ketchum you will hear about a famous restaurant which has become a staple of the area. It’s famous for its western theme and even has a gun previously owned by Ernest Hemingway. Not only is this placed filled with history and wildly thematic but it serves DELICIOUS food. It’s primarily known for its steaks …

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Dining, Fall, Hiking

An Autumnal Weekend in Sun Valley: A Perfect Two-Day Itinerary

Fall is in the air! While we are sad to see the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, fall is an exceptional time to visit Sun Valley, Idaho – and it means winter is just around the corner. Wood River Valley’s changing seasons are best experienced in September and October. From the brilliant colored Aspen leaves on a morning bike ride and seasonal menus at local eateries, to fishing excursions in the surrounding rivers – experience it all in this perfect two-day itinerary.

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Dining, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Late Night in Sun Valley

Some say that Sun Valley is a sleepy town, but those folks are just the ones who go to bed early. What the area lacks in night clubs and velvet ropes it makes up for in pure, humble fun that keeps going after hours. Take a gander at this list of key locations. Just make sure you eat something before you go out. You know, to fuel the dancing. The Ketchum Crawl A typical evening out starts at Grumpy’s or Lefty’s for “real food,” before diving down Sun Valley Road to The Cellar for evening drinks. Once you’ve imbibed and remembered how good at dancing you are, walk down to Whiskey Jacques. Once the band is done playing and the fat lady has sung, follow her onward to close the night at The Casino, Sun Valley’s legendary dive bar. Whiskey Jacque’s When it comes to lineups and lines out the door, Whiskey’s is a standard favorite for cutting the rug. The classic bar and dance floor has a wild west cowboy flare but is no stranger to strobe lights and regular DJs. Play it safe and dress for an occasion between the two (#discocowboy). Upcoming Events Summer Concert Series When it …

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Biking, Bucket List, Dining, Fall, Spring, Summer

Tour de Suds: Sun Valley’s Bike-to-Brewery Tour

Bikes and beers go together like bacon and eggs, Batman and Robin, or hot summer days and ice cream cones. Like most ski town dwellers, Sun Valleyites have a penchant for cold brews, especially after a long, hot bike ride in one of the surrounding five mountain ranges. Sun Valley and the surrounding areas offer a plethora of places to quench a hard-earned thirst with local beers. So grab your bike and make your own Strava segment to and from these thirst-quenching locales. For the ultimate tour de suds, we suggest starting in Ketchum and making your way to Hailey.

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Dining, Family

Sun Valley Family Dining Guide

Sun Valley offers a plethora of dining options, sure to please even the pickiest of palates. Here’s a quick guide to family-friendly eats in the Valley.

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Dining

How Sun Valley Serves Up Idaho’s State Vegetable

The potato is a very versatile vegetable, or tuber. One might even go so far to say that there is a potato for every occasion. Dinner – baked potato! Holidays – mashed potatoes! Party – vodka! Barbeque – potato salad! Breakfast – hash browns! Fast food – chips! Here in Idaho, we know a thing or two about potatoes and how to serve them right. From Canadian-styled poutine to traditional French shoestrings, here’s how Sun Valley serves up our official state vegetable.   Lefty’s: Monkey Fries Potato lovers know to grace their Lefty’s burgers and sandwiches with a side of monkey fries. The disc-shaped and rippled monkey is tossed with a slightly spicy, yet oh-so-delicious seasoning before fried to the perfect crisp. Dressed in fry sauce, or just plain ketchup, this Sun Valley staple is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.   Limelight: Truffle Fries If you’re craving a post-ski cocktail and tuber-fueled sustenance, look no further than Ketchum’s Limelight Hotel. The truffle fries here at will satisfy the classiest potato lover. Delicately seasoned and tossed in Parmigiano-Reggiano and herbs, these thin fries are best dipped in the delicious truffle aioli, and of course, ketchup.   Warfield Distillery and …

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Dining, Winter

Three, One-of-a-Kind Winter Dining Experiences

When it comes to dining in the mountain oasis of Sun Valley, Idaho, good food isn’t hard to find. Outside of the stunning mountains, small town charm, and seemingly endless outdoor activities, Sun Valley also offers three dining experiences that can’t be matched. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind, out-of-the-box dinner with great, seasonal food paired with breathtaking scenery, be sure to consider these options that are ready to leave a memorable impression.   Galena Lodge’s Full Moon Dinner For a night of food and fun surrounded by sky-high mountains, lush forest and a night sky full of seemingly endless stars, look no further than a full moon dinner at the historic Galena Lodge. Located 23-miles North of Ketchum, the Full Moon dinner is offered three consecutive nights around each month’s full moon during the winter season only, typically November through March. Head Chef Don Shepler and his wife Erin, invite guests to sit by the fire in the rustic lodge as they prepare a four-course meal highlighting seasonal ingredients. The communal-style seating offers diners the chance to start conversation and make new friends, and the four-course meal with a choice for entree starts at just $45/person, excluding wine or …