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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. 

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Arts & Culture, Fall, Spring, Summer

The Streets of Sun Valley: An Unexpected Gallery of Art

Skiing, sunshine, cowboys and art – yes, art. While Sun Valley, Idaho is a well-known playground for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, it also provides a canvas for budding and renown artists to share creative inspiration and showcase their projects. Unique to Sun Valley, these masterpieces aren’t all kept inside or in galleries. From painted power boxes to bronze statues that line Fourth Street, here’s a guide to seeing the passionate projects of local and world-recognized artists – for free. Craters of the Moon Art Commissioned by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in conjunction with the City of Ketchum, two sculptures were created as part of the Craters of the Moon National Park Service Centennial and now live permanently in Sun Valley: Spur and Homage to the Limber Pine John Grade is an internationally renowned sculptor. His creation, Spur, which finds its home along the Wood River Valley bike path, was inspired by the unique geology found in Craters of the Moon. The life-size sculpture is made from Alaskan cedar and was modeled after a digital scan of a lava tube. Visitors can walk through the art piece, simulating the experience of exploring caves within the Craters of the …

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Camping, Fall, Spring, Summer

Unique Places to Stay in Sun Valley, Idaho

Home to Hollywood stars and Olympic athletes, Sun Valley visitors often expect lavish accommodations with white glove service and pillow mints. While five-star hotels and spa treatments abound, the Wood River Valley also attracts a thriving community of outdoor adventurers, ski bums and families, offering up a variety of lodging options for all types of travelers. So whether you’re looking for a diamond facial and mani-pedi, a week or two of #VanLife, or a back-to-nature camping experience with the kids, choose your own adventure this summer in Sun Valley.

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Spring, Summer, Winter

A Piece of Sun Valley: Spots to Grab Unique Souvenirs

While the memories made in Sun Valley will last a lifetime, sometimes it’s fun to bring home a little personal souvenir of your time or bring something back for friends so they can have a small taste of what you experienced. The Sun Valley area is chock-full of unique souvenirs whether it’s merch from your favorite bar or restaurant to local delicacies to just funny oddities.   photo: The Board Bin | SVPN Magazine Clothing There’s no easier souvenir than a t-shirt and Ketchum has plenty that will either inspire a trip down memory lane whenever it’s donned or a good laugh at the slogan on it. Head to skateboard/snowboard shop The Board Bin for any of a variety of “Idahome” shirts, a local favorite started by a Ketchum native. Also available at the Board Bin are other Ketchum-related shirts including one making fun of Ketchum’s name similarity to ketchup, complete with ketchup bottle or shirts depicting the state with the moniker “Iowa” under it.  Many of Ketchum’s favorite bars and restaurants have t-shirts for sale, some simply depicting the establishment name and logo, others with more fun slogans. Famous coffee shop Java sells t-shirts including the popular “Wake and …

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Spring, Summer, Wellness

Sun Valley: Where the Beer and Healthy Initiatives Flow Like Wine

SKI towns typically are not synonymous with health. After a full day of shredding we post up for pints, happy hour discounted nachos, and chicken wings. Our mogul-mashing thighs have earned it, right? Après festivities filled with celebratory beers, and Irving’s Hot Dogs are the norm. However, this all shouldn’t overshadow the abundance of healthy initiatives that lie at the core of this Valley. The abundance of wellness oriented events, fitness clubs, spas, and health conscious food resources here in Sun Valley encourage an overwhelming sense of well-being to locals and visitors alike.
 

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Fall, Spring, Summer, Wellness, Winter

Take a Wellness Weekend in Sun Valley

Wellness is the pursuit of a healthy life, nourishing both mind and body. Call us biased, but there’s no better place to restore a healthy outlook than Sun Valley. Between relaxing spas, invigorating workouts, and simple but delicious meals, you’ll realign your outlook on life. Only have a weekend? That’s plenty of time. Here’s our recommendations for two perfect days of wellness in Sun Valley.   Where to Stay Did you know that lack of adequate sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan and the development of serious medical conditions? That simply won’t do. Catch up on some much needed shut-eye with a stay in Sun Valley. Dive into soft sheets, nestle in a pile of pillows, and let the quiet mountain air lull you to your best sleep in weeks. Knob Hill Inn The remodeled Knob Hill Inn is a European-style hotel with serious charm and luxurious details. Limelight Hotel Ketchum Newly opened Limelight Hotel Ketchum is in the center of the action on Main Street in Ketchum. Sun Valley Lodge The Sun Valley Lodge is not only the epitome of luxury, but its world class spa and year round outdoor pools are close enough to access without removing …

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Biking, Spring, Summer

Best Early Season Mountain Bike Rides in Sun Valley

Five months of snow-induced activities tend to leave one yearning for change. When the temperatures jump in to the 60’s here in Sun Valley, an eagerness to mix up the daily routine sweeps the town. This is a biking community after all and the first chance to hop on those beautiful two-wheeled mechanical devices is met with open arms. Nevermind the ghostly white legs, extra winter weight, creaking bike parts and dismal Strava times, it’s all about embracing the first glimpse of spring. We’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the best early season mountain bike rides. Get out there and enjoy!