November 21, 2018

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Sun Valley, Idaho

Located in South Central Idaho, Sun Valley’s Wood River Valley dates back as far as 10,000 years ago when Native American people made the area their home. It wasn’t until the 1870s, when gold was discovered in the West, that settlers and prospectors begin to populate the region in search of fortune.

By the early 1880’s, Ketchum was a booming mining town and also known for the healing hot springs of the Guyer Hot Springs Resort.  By the 1930’s, the mining boom had come to an end and Ketchum’s population had mostly disappeared.  Count Felix Schaffgosch was hired by Union Pacific Chairman Averell Harriman to scout the West for the best spot to build a destination ski resort. In less than a year, Sun Valley Resort was completed, becoming “America’s First Destination Ski Resort.”  Celebrities, such as Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, and Ingrid Bergman, flocked to the area. Today the area continues to draw international guests and celebrities alike.


Sun Valley is home to a thriving art scene, offering a variety of different and exciting mediums. Art galleries and craft shows showcase local talent, theater groups perform professional pieces in various local venues, and the sounds of symphony and jazz fill the summer air and winter nights.  Be sure to check out the Royal Larkspur Play Troupe, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and Sun Valley Opera. The area also features numerous events and festivals such as the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in October, where 2,000 sheep parade down Main Street and the Sun Valley Harvest Festival in September. Other events include: Sun Valley Nordic Festival, Sun Valley Rhythm & Ride, Fly Fishing Film Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Northern Rockies Folk Festival, and The Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival.


Sun Valley and Ketchum feature more than 50 restaurants and pubs to satisfy any appetite from casual to fine dining.  Enjoy coffee and pastry shops to jump-start your morning, sushi that rivals Tokyo’s finest, hearty meals, and healthy choices.  After a long day outdoors enjoy aprés ski time or a nightcap at a variety of local bars and nightclubs.


ou’ll find shopping in Sun Valley a unique experience, from rare first edition signed Hemingway books or eclectic ‘Eat More Lamb’ t-shirts. Explore numerous shops featuring the latest trends, quaint boutiques, galleries, gourmet shops, clothing and antique stores.