Cheerio from London, England. Although I am currently across the pond, I thought I would tell you guys all about my recent trip to Sun Valley, Idaho and give you some of my tips on visiting this magical place in case it’s been on your radar. And honestly, if it hasn’t been on your radar as a place you should visit- then it needs to be added immediately.
I should start by saying I don’t ski, so I didn’t come for the slopes. There’s plenty to do here in the Winter for non skiers although the ski slopes are what most people come here for and if you’re a skier or snowboarder- you will be in absolute heaven. The easiest way to get here is to fly into Hailey, Idaho which is a quick 15 minute drive into downtown Ketchum (where we chose to stay). Hailey itself is a super cute little town and slightly less expensive than Ketchum if you want some alternative places to look for lodging. Direct flights are available from LAX but they go quick or you can elect to make a stop in Salt Lake City. You can also fly into Boise, but it’s a two plus hour drive and I think it’s worth it to fly into to Hailey and avoid the headache.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at a condo in a complex called Les Saisons. This was super well located, walking distance to all the shops and restaurants of Ketchum, if you need to go farther they have car service provided all day until 9pm. No rental car needed! The condo we had was 3 bedroom which was way too much for just my hubby and I, we never even went downstairs! It had a great fireplace, ski storage, a rooftop pool and spa with amazing mountain views. We cooked breakfast ourselves every day and ate lunch and dinner out.
Where to Eat:
Some of my restaurant recommendations in town that you cannot miss are: Cristina’s for lunch- this super cute Italian bistro is small and crowded, but the food was so fresh and the service was so attentive, we thought it was well worth the squeeze. We ate at Vintage one night for dinner and while we had a hard time finding this hidden gem, once we did we were wowed by the amazing food and hospitality. Their wine list is also top notch and my husband had the best steak of his trip here. One day we elected to take a gondola right up the mountain with the skiers and eat at the restaurant called Roundhouse at the top of the slopes. Usually ski resort food is like snack bar level, but this place was seriously impressive- they had a great fondue service, charcuterie, and amazing soups and entrees. Plus old school white glove service, all in a charming swiss chalet with a roaring fire perched on the edge of the mountain!
Perhaps the most memorable meal was the evening we ventured to the Sun Valley Inn where we were loaded onto a horse drawn sleigh and wrapped in cozy blankets. The horses transported us through the forest to a hidden restaurant along the creek called Trail Creek Cabin. It was truly magical to listen to the horses hooves as you’re riding through the pitch black forest with a million stars in the sky above you and suddenly you see twinkling lights on the cutest little vintage cabin just appear out of nowhere. They served us a chef’s menu multi course dinner to rival some of the finest restaurants, all served in their quaint log cabin. Halfway through the meal, carolers in full Victorian era costumes appeared and sang Christmas carols to us!! It was pure magic.
Things To Do:
We also had the pleasure to explore Sun Valley’s Nordic Club, which during the Spring and Summer is their golf club. When it is covered in snow, they repurpose the golf course into a snowshoe and cross country ski course. I had never tried cross country skiing before, so I booked a one hour lesson and got fitted for skis. Once I mastered the specific motion needed to keep my booty off the snow, it was really fun! It’s actually a fantastic core workout since you have to keep the same type of core engagement the whole time as you do in a barre class. The golf course track is fairly flat, so it’s fun to scoot around through the snow and admire the nature- we saw fresh fox tracks! Afterwards we enjoyed cocktails and a delicious lunch in the country club’s dining room. A perfect way to spend the day.
I loved my trip to Sun Valley and we can’t wait to come back. It was a magical Winter wonderland and I’d love to see it in the Spring.