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Arts & Culture

Dance in the Mountains: From Classical to Cutting Edge

Sun Valley’s arts and culture scene used to be one of its best-kept secrets, but the word is starting to get out…and we couldn’t be happier about that. From venues like the Argyros Performing Arts Center and the Sun Valley Pavilion to festivals like the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Summer Concert series and Ballet Sun Valley, the Sun Valley area offers plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the performing arts. While music and theater have been a mainstay of the Sun Valley cultural scene for years, the opportunity to see professional dance used to be sporadic at best. But we’re happy to say that those days are long gone. Whether you’re in the mood for classical ballet or the cutting edge of choreography, you’ll find it here. Ballet Sun Valley The Sun Valley Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Sun Valley’s village, was designed for live music. But a few pioneering individuals saw that the setting—with its open-air seating, stunning architecture, and undeniably magical ambiance—would be perfect for dance.  In 2009, the Trey McIntyre Company, the former Boise-based contemporary dance company led by choreographer Trey McIntyre, performed a two-night engagement at the Pavilion. The company set the standard, showcasing what …

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Arts & Culture, Summer

This is the Sawtooth Botanical Garden

Discover the Sawtooth Botanical Garden in Ketchum, Idaho where you’ll find several south-central Idaho biomes, a prayer wheel blessed by the Dalai Lama, a variety of classes and more.

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Family, Summer

Summer Fun for Kids in Sun Valley, Idaho

It’s the first morning of your Sun Valley vacation and the kids are ready for an adventure. Don’t panic; you’re in the land the family fun. Here are some of the best experiences for kids this summer in Sun Valley.

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Spring, Summer

Golfing Around Sun Valley, Idaho

“This is not all about golf,” is inscribed in a stone market at the 5th tee box of Sun Valley Resort’s White Clouds golf course, words spoken by the Resort’s owner to commemorate his vision when he dedicated the parcel of land for the golf course. While the Sun Valley area is certainly not all about golf, it’s certainly holding its own in the department with three Sun Valley golf courses—Trail Creek, White Clouds, and Elkhorn/Sun Valley clubhouse—as well as Bigwood and The Valley Club courses. Read on to learn about which style of course will suit your fancy and which clubs have the best afternoon drinks and bites to soak up rays after hitting the links.   Sun Valley Resort The Sun Valley Resort is home to three golf courses, each with their own terrain and appeal. Combined, these three courses offer up a total of 45 holes with two driving ranges and putting practice putting opportunities. Sun Valley golf was most recently recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Best Courses in the PNW.    Trail Creek The Trail Creek golf course is located at the Sun Valley Club House and is the resort’s signature course. The 18-hole course was …

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Arts & Culture

Sun Valley 2019 Summer Concert Playlist

Get a taste for the musicians that will be playing shows in Sun Valley, Idaho this season with our 2019 summer playlist. Highlights include Ryan Bingham, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Jackson Browne and more. We hope you’l join us this summer for some great concerts!

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Arts & Culture

What We’re Made Of: Wood River Valley Studio Tour President – Suzanne Hazlett

Suzanne Hazlett personifies someone who is simultaneously left- and right-brained. The financial consultant and former vice president of Merrill Lynch is also an artist and co-founder and president of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour (WRVST), an annual event that allows the public to visit the working studios of the many professional artists in the Valley. Not an easy feat, Hazlett manages her own business while striving each year to elevate the experience of patrons of the Tour whether that means changing the time of year of the event to allow the maximum number of people to experience it or changing how information on the Tour is published. A powerhouse and expert multitask master, Hazlett truly personifies the entrepreneurial spirit of Sun Valley, furthering the town’s reputation as a world-class arts destination. Although deeply enmeshed in the Sun Valley arts scene—both as a professional artist and as president of the Tour—Hazlett has spent the majority of her life working in finance. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, Hazlett went on to get a Master of Business Administration from the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. She earned her Certified Investment Management Analyst, CIMA …

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Fall, Fly Fishing, Spring, Summer

Fly Fishing in Sun Valley, ID – The Ultimate Guide

The Sun Valley area offers an incredible diversity of fly fishing opportunities for everyone from the casual novice to the ambitious expert. Time to buy a stack of postcards for Mom, because you’ll have plenty of fish stories to tell after wading our local waters.  

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Family, Summer

Galena Lodge: Where You Should Take Your Family This Summer

Galena Lodge has all the ingredients for an awesome and memorable family day in the mountains. Take advantage of mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, great food, cool vibes and breathtaking views all at the special Galena Lodge. 

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Bucket List, Family, Summer

How to Enjoy the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve with the Family

We make an adaption to an old saying around here. Instead of telling folks they need to “stop and smell the flowers,” we tell people they need to “stop and look up at the stars.” Over 1,416-square-miles of Central Idaho, including Ketchum and Sun Valley, were recently designated as an official Dark Sky Reserve. The first in the nation and one of just 12 worldwide, our region was selected for its pristine night sky and our efforts to limit light pollution. I often tell friends, family and even random people I meet around the valley visiting here for the first time, that star gazing is a “Must Do” in Sun Valley. It just seems like there are more stars above our skies than there are anywhere else in the world. On a clear night it makes the universe look endless and is downright awe inspiring. Since star gazing is good here every season of the year, here’s are some tips for making the most out of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.   Be Prepared! The best part about star gazing with the family is that it takes very little planning. Plus, it’s free! Just wait until it gets dark …

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Dining

What We’re Made Of: Squash Blossom Farm Owners – Sara & Ed

Ranching is a way of life in Idaho, and when driving into the Sun Valley area it’s hard to miss the thousands of acres planted with malted barley, alfalfa, and seed potatoes. But if you look closely, you’ll find something else: small farms that work to create products—meat, vegetables, and fruit—for the local community. Squash Blossom Farm, located in Bellevue, is one such farm. When Wood River Valley native Sara Berman first learned about sustainable agriculture in a high school class at the Community School in Sun Valley, she didn’t yet know how that knowledge would shape her path through life. The class sparked enough interest for Berman to pursue the subject through college, and then spend time working on different types of farms and ranches across the globe. When Berman met Ed Zinader, who shares her passion for agriculture, the pair began to dream about creating a small, sustainable farm to grow to produce for their friends, family, and the community. They began searching for the right property with patience and determination. When the opportunity arose to purchase a home with acreage just blocks off of Main Street in Bellevue, they jumped at the chance. “I didn’t think we’d …