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Fall, Family, Spring, Summer, Wellness, Winter

The Wood River is Not Your Typical YMCA

It’s Fun to Visit Our YMCA! Much like everything else in our small mountain town, our local YMCA is not your average gym; it’s not even an average YMCA where typically concrete abounds and people are looking to get in and get out rather than stay a day. The Wood River YMCA is so much more than just a gym, it’s a community center, an activity hub, and a truly integral part of life in the Valley. Whether it’s working out and doing group classes, catching free screenings of movies, giving kids an area for after-school, or learning new gardening skills, the YMCA offers more than just dumbbells and yoga mats.   What They Offer Opened in late 2007, the YMCA has been offering family-friendly workouts, equipment and more for over 10 years in the Valley. The gym itself is open Monday through Friday from 6am-8pm, Saturdays 7am-6pm, and Sundays 10am-6pm. During that time, access to the upstairs gym is always available where you’ll find a mix of cardio machines including elliptical, treadmill, stair master, erg machine, and stationary bikes. Strength training machines are set up for easy transitioning between sets and there is a dedicated space for free weights and benches. …

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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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Spring

Shoulder Season Specials

Shoulder season in Sun Valley, Idaho is the ideal time of year for snagging a bargain. Hotel room rates are significantly more affordable, dinner specials can be found throughout the Valley and retail stores use deep discount sales to move their past season inventory during these transitionary months. To top it all off, the weather tends to be delightful and the crowds have yet to venture in droves. Won’t you join us this shoulder season? In order to get the most out of your stay, we’ve compiled a list of deals, specials and happenings to take advantage of:  Lodging Deals Limelight Hotel Idaho Local’s Rate April rates start as low as $119/night or save up to 30% off higher room types Valid now through June 20, 2018 Hotel Ketchum 20% off spring stays Valid on all stays April 16 – June 13, 2018 Sun Valley Resort Early Birdie Stay & Golf Package Includes lodging, a round of golf at either Trail Creek or Elkhorn (with cart), a complimentary round on the 9-hole White Cloud course (must be played same day), and range access Starting at $144 per person based on double occupancy Valid now through June 17th, 2018 Alpine Lodging Early season rates with …

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Spring

Maximizing Shoulder Season in Sun Valley

Slack season is one of the secret times in Sun Valley. It’s a uniquely quiet moment when the crowds are gone, the hills are lush with greenery and the opportunities for spring rejuvenation are calling. We’ve compiled a go-to guide of how to maximize this unknown gem of a season that is spring in Sun Valley. 

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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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Fall, Spring, Summer, Wellness, Winter

The Best Outdoor Hot Tubs and Pools of Sun Valley

Growing up in Ketchum, there was no greater joy in the winter season than grabbing a few friends and sneaking into a heated pool or hot tub, making as little noise as possible and hoping not to grab the attention of the owners or worse, the police. But with so many great options for (legally) getting your “aahhh” on in Sun Valley, there’s no reason not to do a “tub-crawl” at one of these great outdoor heated pools and hot tubs in the area. After a long day of enjoying Sun Valley via skiing, mountain biking or any of the numerous physical activities the area boasts, there’s no better way to relax than a nice soak. Whether your muscles are sore or you just want to bask with some friends and relive the day, these are the best spots in town for gorgeous views and delightful temps.   Hotel Ketchum While Hotel Ketchum is located on Main Street at the north end of town with easy access to all the great things Ketchum has to offer, the hotel’s complex that includes shops, dining, Hangout Lounge, and a great outdoor heated pool and hot tub is so complete you may never …

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Spring, Winter

Spring Break in Sun Valley, Idaho

We have a few reasons why you should pull the trigger and venture to Sun Valley, Idaho this Spring Break. 

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Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Choosing Where to Stay for Your Visit to Sun Valley

When choosing where to stay in Sun Valley, the obvious choice seems like it would be…well, Sun Valley. But the “Sun Valley” area actually encompasses four distinct towns—Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley—all with their own distinct places to stay, restaurants for dining, sites for visiting, and room to explore.   Ketchum The heart of it all, Ketchum will give anyone staying here the feel of what it’s like to really live in this area. Whether summer or winter, the close proximity to Bald Mountain allows visitors quick access to skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or even just a gorgeous gondola ride to the top. Ketchum is also easily walkable so no need to rent a car to explore the town. And while the price for accommodations here might be a little higher, they’re definitely worth it.   Hotel Ketchum Ketchum’s newest addition to the hotel scene, Hotel Ketchum is a modern, boutique hotel located on Main Street within walking distance of all that Ketchum has to offer. The completely remodeled building now features beautiful community spaces including bar “The Hangout”, a fitness center, year-round outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub and is home to events like pop-up shops and …

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Fall, Spring, Summer

Couple’s Weekend Guide to Sun Valley

Bobby and Alli from Traveling Newlyweds here. Sun Valley may be known for their epic slopes in the winter, and the endless hiking, biking, and fly-fishing opportunities in the summer, but there’s an element of Sun Valley that isn’t always talked about. The romance. Sun Valley is without a doubt one of the most romantic mountain towns we’ve ever been to, with its quaint downtown streets, candlelit restaurants, and luxurious hotels. It’s the perfect couple’s getaway, whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or just in the mood for a spontaneous adventure! Here’s our couple’s guide for a 2-3-night getaway in dreamy Sun Valley:   Stay Knob Hill Inn What’s more romantic than staying in a European Ski Chalet? Knob Hill is Sun Valley’s premier boutique hotel, and it’s easy to see why. The rooms are spacious, the staff is attentive, and the decor is gorgeous. Knob Hill Inn is warm and charming, yet modern and elegant, and the Grill at Knob Hill is one of the best in the area… which leads us to:    Eat The Grill at Knob Hill Using only the finest local ingredients, and an indoor/outdoor setting that is incredibly picturesque no matter the time of year, …

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Bucket List, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

The Dark Skies of Sun Valley, ID

The Sun Valley, Idaho area is blessed with small town vibes and a big heart, endless outdoor activities for every season, and some of the best Dark Skies in the entire world. In fact, the skies are so special that the Sun Valley is part of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, which is the only International Dark Sky Reserve in America! Come see what makes this place so special.