Back by popular demand, Sun Valley’s wonderful Kids Adventure Camp announced extended dates that will keep the fun going for little ones all year long. After all, Sun Valley is a four-season destination!
Kids Adventure Camp is back by popular demand
The camp, headquartered in the Sun Valley Village across from the Opera House, will again open its doors for the following dates: October 2 and 3, October 27, 30 and 31, December 4 and 5 and March 5 and 6. These are dates local school children have the day off for various reasons as well as dates that visitors may be here enjoying long weekends.
The fun is headquartered in the Sun Valley Village, just look for the signs
According to always-energetic camp director Shannon Price, “the camp was a great success this summer and we see a need for child care that is adventurous and active on days when children are home for teacher conferences or in-service days. The price is great and the kids have a wonderful experience.”
Activities depend on the season, but children will definitely get out and enjoy our beautiful outdoors
Activities will change seasonally but may include: hiking, biking, swimming, river exploration, ice skating, arts and crafts, survival skills and the principals of “leave no trace.”
Sun Valley Kids Adventure Camp will keep your children busy, active and smiling
The Adventure Camp ran all summer to rave reviews. Both those visiting Sun Valley and local campers enjoyed our vast outdoor playground all under the highly trained eyes of Shannon and her excellent staff. Many families returned week after week to enjoy all that Sun Valley has to offer, from hiking to ice skating to guided exploration. Groups are kept small and individualized attention is the name of the game.
My nine-year-old son attended camp this summer and had a fabulous time. Activities kept him engaged and busy and even though he lives here and spends a lot of time outdoors, he learned and saw new things at Kids Adventure Camp. The option to enjoy this kind of program on non-school days throughout the year is a terrific opportunity for working parents or those who simply know their child would love the opportunity.
Don’t miss a moment of the action. Call to reserve your child’s spot now
Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the cost is $50 per child. Campers from kindergartners to fifth graders are welcome.
For more information or to reserve a spot email Shannon at email@example.com or phone 208.622.2133.
Your chariot awaits, in this case a gondola to whisk you away to the iconic Roundhouse Restaurant on Bald Mountain
With any event at Roundhouse, getting there is half the fun. Sure, big cities have Uber and taxi cabs, but in Sun Valley we have the Roundhouse Express Gondola that lifts off from the base of River Run. The enclosed glass car whisks you to Roundhouse in just a matter of minutes, but they are minutes that truly take you away from the every day.
Mixologist with the most, Ryan Sullivan, weaves his magic at 7,700 feet
Arriving two-thirds up Bald Mountain is magical, too, as the sun begins to soften. Perched at 7,700 feet above sea level and 1,900 feet above downtown Ketchum, Roundhouse served its first meal in 1939 and maintains a unique place in the realm of Sun Valley dining.
During the vibrant four-day Sun Valley Harvest Festival, this iconic restaurant was transformed as a showcase for the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients as imagined by Sun Valley Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations John Murcko and superb Mixologist Ryan Sullivan.
Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko and his amazing team prepared the freshest locally-sourced fare for patrons Saturday night
Ryan created four distinct martini drinks featuring local Square One Organic Vodka that uses water from the Snake River and American-grown rye. Tempting choices included hand-crafted drinks utilizing fresh watermelon, citrus and cucumber and blueberries. All refreshing, all incredibly fresh, all delicious. Ryan and his fellow Mixologists made each and every one in tiny batches.
Every space at Roundhouse has its own magic, but the deck was the place to be as the autumn sun began to set
Equally fresh, locally-sourced and delectable fare complemented these wonderful cocktails. Chef Murcko and his experienced team offered stations including fresh lamb carved paper thin with Chimichurri and other tasty accoutrements. Another popular option was Sun Valley’s famous Raclette. Served over toast and roasted potatoes, it was a perfect dish for a cool fall evening. The headline item of the night, caviar, was also in the spotlight. Featuring sturgeon caviar from Fish Breeders of Idaho, Inc., the delicacy was served many ways, from traditional, over Blinis and crème fraiche, to innovative, served over tuna tartar and garnished with peppers.
Partygoers sipped on handcrafted vodka cocktails featuring fresh blueberries and nibbled Raclette
Every space in Roundhouse was utilized: from the rustic and charming main dining space, to the expansive wraparound deck providing an unbelievable sunset view, to Averell’s, the smaller dining room with panoramic views of Ketchum located steps from the main dining room.
The mix was a wonderful one of locals and visitors, all coming together to enjoy the best Sun Valley and Idaho have to offer. The entire Sun Valley Harvest Festival, that culminated in an elegant dinner at Trail Creek Cabin Sunday night, offered something for everyone and highlighted our thriving local food and wine culture.
Gray Ottley of Distilled Resources, Inc. sips a citrus cucumber creation crafted with his own Square One Organic Vodka
Fall is fabulous in Sun Valley and one of the highlights of the season is the rich array of local fare to be savored during harvest season.
We raise a glass to the Sun Valley Harvest Festival for their emphasis on real, local, fresh and carefully prepared food and drink. Cheers!
A great time was had by all at the Martini and Caviar party and at all Sun Valley Harvest Festival events
Autumn is synonymous with bounty and the time of harvest, so what better time to celebrate the best in locally sourced, absolutely fresh and positively delicious food. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival returns for the fifth year from September 18 to 21 and you won’t want to miss a course!
The Sun Valley Festival is a collage of taste experiences you won’t want to miss (photo visitsunvalley.com)
Billed by organizers as “a culinary celebration … the epitome of epicurean indulgence, an oenophile’s dream, and an outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca,” the festival appeals to all palates. With a focus on seasonal, regional sustainable foods, it promises to be a fun-filled weekend featuring new events this year. These include highly anticipated Foodie Adventures, two new wine tastings at beautiful local venues, a Speakeasy-themed after-party in downtown Ketchum, as well as the first Hailey event, Swine, Wine & Dine.
Kick off the festival with friends in a casual atmosphere at the Taste of Ketchum on September 18 (photo Sun Valley Harvest Festival)
Other highlights include the very popular Taste of Ketchum. On Thursday evening, September 18, the festival kicks off with copious amounts of delicious food, served in a relaxed, sociable setting. The fun begins at Ketchum Town Square at 5 p.m. when you are invited to take a leisurely stroll through the heart of Ketchum stopping to sample regional fare and paired libations from participating eateries. The evening winds down at 7 p.m. at Memory Park with dessert and sparkling wine. Cheers!
Sun Valley Executive Chef and Culinary Director John Murcko will weave his magic at both the Martini and Caviar Party at Roundhouse at at the grand finale party at Trail Creek Cabin
Also on the agenda is the new and highly anticipated Taste of Sun Valley. Travel back in time to the rustic and historic Trail Creek Cabin where Sun Valley Resort’s own Culinary Director and Executive Chef John Murcko will create an evening you will never forget. On Sunday afternoon the 21st, soak in the beautiful fall day as the aspen trees surrounding Trail Creek Cabin begin to glow gold while sampling locally sourced foods and wines from Buried Cane, Cadaretta and Clayhouse Vineyards. Murcko, a James Beard Finalist, will work with other fine chefs from the Resort to ensure the grand finale to the Sun Valley Harvest Festival is simply amazing.
For more information about Chef Murcko please click here.
There is no place more beautiful in autumn than the historic Trail Creek Cabin. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival caps off an amazing weekend with a party here on September 21
Feeling adventurous? Then be sure to check out the new Foodie Adventures offerings at the festival. On Saturday, September 20, tickets to two eating adventures are still available: one to Galena Lodge for bike adventure and one to Nighthawk Farm in Bellevue. At Galena, you will work up an appetite by enjoying a bike ride with some of the area’s top athletes and at Nighthawk Farm, all food served will come from the farm. Both events feature food prepared by top chefs paired with sublime wines.
Martinis and Caviar with a killer view has the makings of a truly memorable night (photo visitsunvalley.com)
Another very special way to savor and sip in Sun Valley is by signing up for the Martini and Caviar party at the Roundhouse Restaurant that is perched two-thirds of the way up Bald Mountain. On Saturday evening September 20, starting at 6 p.m., get whisked up the River Run side of the mountain on the gondola and start the memorable evening off with a scenic ride. You will be greeted at the base of the Roundhouse with a glass of Michelle Sparkling Wine. Again, Sun Valley Executive Chef John Murcko is in charge of the night and is sure to impress with his artfully crafted fare featuring sturgeon caviar and Idaho caviar. Popular mixologist Ryan Sullivan will craft cocktails featuring Idaho’s Square One organic vodkas to complement the food. This is one fun party that continues until 9 p.m. and magical and iconic setting at 7,700 feet above sea level simply can’t be beat!
Come, gather, eat and drink. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is almost here. Get your tickets today! (photo Sun Valley Harvest Festival)
There’s so much more to this weekend. For a full listing of events and to buy tickets, please click HERE.
The Sun Valley Harvest Festival was voted one of the top food festivals in America by Fodor’s. Come see why for yourself. Whether you prefer jeans and boots at a picnic or a cocktail dress on the deck at Roundhouse, you will find the perfect way to enjoy a glorious fall day or evening in Sun Valley.
For more than 50 years, The Beach Boys have been turning out number one hits, touring to sold out crowds and creating the soundtrack to the lives of more than one generation. Now, they are coming to the Sun Valley Pavilion on Tuesday, September 9, and there is no better way to put an end cap on an amazing summer season.
Starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), the audience at the Pavilion will be treated to the sweet sounds of the original boys of summer. Everyone has a favorite Beach Boys’ song or two (or three) and chances are, they will be performed live at this don’t-miss event.
Concerts at the Sun Valley Pavilion are an experience unto themselves. Seats beneath the magical sail, with views of the mountains and the smell of the fresh early fall air help create a night no one will forget. Add to that music that is known and loved by all, and it will be quite the night.
Whether it’s a night at the Sun Valley Symphony or an amazing concert like the Beach Boys, there is no better place to enjoy live music than the Pavilion
The Beach Boys play an average of 150 shows a year, ranging from sun-drenched summer festivals to black tie New Year’s celebrations and special events. The band members are at the top of their game and will put on a hugely professional show. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeff Foskett, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.
Be sure to grab dinner before the show at one of the wonderful Sun Valley Village restaurants (the deck at the Ram or Bald Mountain Pizza sound especially nice on these gorgeous September days) or enjoy a cocktail at the Ram Bar at the Sun Valley Inn. Be sure to make a night of it as these warm days and evenings won’t last forever!
Enjoy dinner or a drink before the concert at The Ram or any of the Village restaurants. The view is pretty nice!
The Beach Boys truly are the sound of summer and summer isn’t quite over yet. Be sure not to miss this final outdoor concert of the season. You won’t be sorry!
Though Sun Valley is deservedly famous for the adrenaline pumping adventures available in our own backyard (think mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking), we also excel at more mainstream sports like tennis.
Early fall is a perfect time to work on your game at the Sun Valley Tennis Center
In fact, the Sun Valley Resort boasts 17 courts, a fully-stocked Pro Shop, ball machine and the best coaches around. Private lessons and group clinics are available as well as the annual Nike Tennis Camps for adults and children that offer popular sessions every summer.
Last week, I booked a one-hour private lesson for my teenage daughter who was about to head ‘back east’ to school and had signed up to play recreational tennis. Having not picked up a racket in quite a while, it seemed an hour with a pro was the way to go.
Jeremy will help you book your lesson and equip you for optimal performance
We were welcomed at the quaint tennis center by Jeremy who you might recognize from his normal post in the Sun Valley Bowling and Game Room. During the Lodge’s amazing renovation, Jeremy has temporarily moved to the tennis pavilion, bringing his excellent customer service and charm with him.
Nate “the Great” reminded his student that tennis is a game and that games are fun!
Next up was an introduction to our pro, Nate, otherwise known as “Nate the Great.” With a hopper full of balls, Nate and my daughter claimed a court under the warm late summer sun. Starting with the basics, during the hour Nate fine-tuned her forehand, bettered her backhand, gave value to her volley and sliced up her serve. Though I wasn’t invited to be too close to the lesson, their laughter and smiles were visible all the way to the deck where I sat at a comfortable table beneath an umbrella and enjoyed the view.
Net net? Nate took my daughter from being lukewarm about the sport of tennis to becoming an enthused participant, eager to continue playing into the fall.
Whether you are a serious competitor or novice, it’s advantage Sun Valley when it comes to tennis
The other athletes on the courts that afternoon seemed to be equally enjoying traversing the tramlines, chipping and charging or simply refining skills while enjoying a glorious afternoon. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned player, time spent on the Sun Valley courts is time well spent.
Come get outfitted at the Pro Shop steps from the Sun Valley Inn so you look the part of a tennis great
The courts, located just steps from the Sun Valley Inn and next to the Olympic pool, are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in season. For more information or to book a lesson call 208-622-2156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The beautiful early days of fall are tennis time so book your court or lesson today.
Even though Sun Valley On Ice concluded its star-studded season with a performance from the one-and-only Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek on August 30, things remain hot at the rink in September.
This year’s contestants are in it to win it for the non-profit of their choice. Pictured L to R are Bob Polk, Zach Crist, Emilie duPont, Scott Slonim, Christine Davis-Jeffers. Chris Koch reclines. Not pictured are Maggie Acker, Megan Thomas and George Rizzo. (Photo James Bourret)
“Battle of the Blades … Bigger, Badder and Better than Ever” returns to center ice on Friday, September 5. This community fundraiser put on by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club promises to again raise the proverbial roof. If you missed the sold-out events in 2011 and 2012, Battle of the Blades pairs nine local celebrity amateurs with highly accomplished figure skating professionals. Each competes in a professionally choreographed, fully costumed two-minute routine. A panel of celebrity judges provides 50 percent of the final score while the other half is determined by an audience applause meter. To further inspire community involvement, each contestant chooses a non-profit organization to represent. The top three finishers all win cold hard cash for the worthy organization of their choice.
Contestant Megan Thomas and partner pro Ty Cockrum make it looks easy during a rehearsal (photo Becky Smith)
Sun Valley’s golden girl, snowboard champ Kaitlyn Farrington returns to the event to inspire all the valley’s children. Here, she is shown competing in Battle of the Blades 2012 with partner Eddie Gornik (photo James Bourret)
Sun Valley’s own golden girl, Kaitlyn Farrington who took the gold medal at snowboard halfpipe in Sochi will also be in on the fun. Kaitlyn skated in the 2012 installment of the event in between training sessions in New Zealand. Just back from more intensive training in Argentina, Kaitlyn will graciously return to the rink as a role model to all the children and an honored member of the community.
2012 winner Miles Fink-Debray takes a victory lap with partner Natalia Zaitseva in front of the sell out crowd (photo James Bourret)
Battle of the Blades is definitely a community event, meant to generate money to get more children into the lifelong sport of figure skating.
Langely McNeal won gold during Battle of the Blades 2011 with partner Kelly Smith and some killer 80s music. She returns to the event, but this time in the judges chair (photo James Bourret)
“After the first two Battle of the Blades, we were able to offer numerous group lessons for skaters of many abilities, all at an extremely discounted rate,” said SVFSC board member Peter Hendricks. “We were also able to bring children to the rink from the area’s elementary schools to take skating lessons during the traditional ski days. Figure skating pros and hockey players worked with students during these very successful afternoons. Our goal with Battle of the Blades 2014 is to continue and expand on these programs and to get kids on the ice who might not otherwise have the opportunity to skate.”
The amazing cast and crew of the 2012 event celebrate doing good and having fun (photo James Bourret)
This summer, the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club celebrated its 75th year, making it one of the most venerable and long-running clubs in the country and what better way to celebrate.
Surprises await at every turn and some of them are star-studded. Don’t miss the feel good fundraiser of the year. Tickets are only available online at sunvalleyfsc.com. Get yours today and don’t miss out on what everyone will be talking about Monday morning!
The excitement in and around the Sun Valley ice rinks was palpable this weekend because reigning Olympic Gold Medals ice dance pair, Meryl Davis and Charlie White were, as they say, in the house. But before performing two graceful, moving and perfect programs at Saturday night’s Sun Valley On Ice, the champions showed grace of another sort.
Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White showed their gold medal style during a practice session at Sun Valley last weekend
Sophie Hansen, 12, from Salt Lake City was treated first-hand to this grace. Currently on a wait list for a liver transplant, she and her family planned an end-of-summer special vacation to Sun Valley so Sophie could see the superstars perform. When representatives from The Primary Children’s Hospital of Salt Lake City reached out to let Sun Valley know Sophie was coming, Jennifer Uhrig, director of the Sun Valley Recreation Department, quickly set the wheels in motion. Hansen is a huge fan of skating and especially of White and Davis.
Utah skater Sophie Hansen, who faces some medical challenges, had the chance to meet her idols rinkside
“We received a message from Primary Children’s Hospital that Sophie and her family had tickets to attend the ice show Saturday night and asked if there was any way for her to meet her idols,” said Uhrig. “Immediately, we wanted to make sure this would happen. Rink manager Scott Irvine suggested she attend the rehearsal Saturday and we planned on her being backstage during that time. We knew she would be able to get photos and autographs but we had no idea that it would turn out the way it did. Meryl and Charlie were so gracious and wonderful.”
It’s not every day an Olympic gold medalist gives you a lift
The meet and greet turned into much more when Sophie was asked to lace up her skates and take to the ice with the gold medalists and Dancing With the Starscelebs. Sophie, who is a figure skater (and trains at the same rink as Sun Valley On Ice’s “Jumpin’ Joe” Sabovcik) was lifted overhead by Charlie and skated like a champion with all the pros. Charlie also presented her with a Sun Valley goody bag filled with swag. That night at the show, Sophie proudly wore her new Sun Valley sweatshirt and settled onto a new blanket laid on the bleachers. And Sophie and her family, as well as the rest of the huge crowd, were treated to a flawless, breathtaking performance that no one will forget.
It was Sophie’s dream to just meet Meryl and Charlie but it turned into so much more
“Sophie’s family said that she had an amazing time in Sun Valley,” said Primary Children’s Hospital spokesperson Sandra Orton. “Her mother said she couldn’t stop smiling and that the experience made her entire year.”
One more golden performance featuring Evan Lysacek is scheduled next weekend for the final Sun Valley On Ice of the season on Saturday night, August 30. The 2010 Olympic gold medalist, Evan holds ten major titles in the sport and is one of the most magnetic, athletic and graceful skaters ever to take to the ice. Evan has strong ties to Sun Valley and his shows beneath the stars are a hot ticket. You can still get yours today by clicking HERE.
Special thanks to Meryl Davis and Charlie White for sharing their special magic with the audience Saturday night and a very special audience of one on Saturday afternoon.
This was a day to remember for a young aspiring skater
Though the calendar says that summer is beginning to wind down, you wouldn’t know it in Sun Valley. With the Labor Day weekend only a week away, there is still so much to look forward to under the bright Idaho sun.
Labor Day weekend is almost upon us. Make your plans now so you don’t miss highlights like the Big Hitch Wagon Days Parade on Saturday
The holiday weekend is always one of the best times of the year in Sun Valley because there is so much to do and it is so different from Labor Day anywhere else. Events begin midweek and don’t stop until the sun sets on Monday, September 1. And actually, summer fun extends well into September, too.
The festivities begin on August 25 when the Wagon Days Headquarters open at the Ore Wagon Museum located at 200 10th Street in Ketchum. Pop over between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for information, hats, t-shirts, posters, buttons and information. On Friday the 29th, a Grand Marshal’s Reception will be held at Memory Park in Ketchum between 4th and 5th Streets from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Live music, food and drink will create a lively atmosphere as the city of Ketchum and the Wagon Days committee honor this year’s Grand Marshal, Jane Eittreim, a long-time Wagon Days volunteer.
Wagon Days brings a taste of the old west and the area’s history with the big hitch
All this is a prelude to the ‘big show’ of Labor Day weekend: the annual Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade. Historic, authentic and eye popping, this is one of the largest non-motorized parades in America. It features real ore wagons pulled by dozens of mules. You do not want to miss the spectacle of the big hitch and the other wonderful wagons as they wend down Sun Valley Road and onto Main Street in Ketchum. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 30.
Arts are also part of the weekend. On Friday, August 29, from 5 – 8 p.m., the Sun Valley Gallery Association will host one of its’ popular Art Gallery Walks. A guided tour will begin at the Kneeland Gallery on 1st Avenue just south of Sun Valley Road. The walking tour takes two hours and hits many gorgeous galleries. Feel free to also explore on your own, as well.
Sun Valley is seeing gold the next two weeks as Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White take center ice on August 23 and Evan Lysacek lights up the night on August 30 at Sun Valley On Ice
Also on Friday, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents a fabulous concert at River Run: The Head & The Heart. This indie folk rock band from Seattle has opened for Vampire Weekend, The Decembrists and are a stand-alone act on the ascent. A concert outdoors at River Run is the perfect way to enjoy a late summer’s night. Tickets and more information are available HERE.
On Friday and Saturday, don’t be surprised if you’re in Ketchum and come across music and poetry on the street. The Wagon Days Poets and Pickers Strolling Event will bring the power of prose and the magic of music to many local eateries and onto local sidewalks.
At Sun Valley Resort, Evan Lysacek, Olympic Gold Medal winner and Valley favorite, will light up the night at the Sun Valley On Ice show August 30. His energy, charm and magnanimity should not be missed. Tickets are available HERE.
If you like exotic cars, a stop in Sun Valley at the Silver Collector Car Auction is a must
More don’t-miss events include a children’s carnival at Ketchum Town Square on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., “queen of pain” mountain biker Rebecca Rusch’s Private Idaho bike bonanza on the 29th, arts, crafts and antiques fairs, live music at the Casino in Ketchum following the parade and a huge community pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at Ketchum Town Square.
The Great Wagon Days Duck Race is fun for all ages and supports the community in many ways
The Great Wagon Days Duck Race takes to the Big Wood River on the 31st and the weekend continues on the 1st with a huge celebration on Main Street in Bellevue.
This weekend, things are also heating up in Sun Valley. On Saturday, August 23, Olympic Gold Medal ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will cast their spell at the Sun Valley On Ice Show. Limited tickets are still available to enjoy this dazzling duo in an incredibly beautiful and intimate venue. Buy yours today so you don’t miss out!
Don’t forget that even when the weekend is over, the fun isn’t. The one-and-only Beach Boys arrive at the Sun Valley Pavilion on September 9 for a show you won’t forget. Call (208) 622-2135 or visit sunvalley.ticketfly.com for tickets.
Seems like a pre-Labor Day nap, or a few, might be in order. There is so much going on and you won’t want to miss a minute! Make your plans now!
No matter how many times you’ve seen it, the Wagon Days parade delivers excitement and fun
Step right up! It’s a quick few minutes from buying a lift ticket to hopping on the Roundhouse Gondola
This week, we had a small family reunion of sorts with my two aunts visiting to Sun Valley for some summertime fun. One is a frequent visitor, but the other had not been to the area for nearly 20 years. Wanting to offer something new and fresh to my Aunt Nancy who is here quite a bit and something quintessentially Sun Valley for my Aunt Marilyn, plus something fun for us locals – my mother and children – one activity seemed just perfect: a ride on the Roundhouse Gondola and lunch at historic Roundhouse Restaurant.
When considering lunch at Roundhouse, getting there is half the fun
Perfect for every age, fitness level and first-time or repeat visitor, the ride on the gondola is breathtaking and easily navigable. Our group of seven convened at the River Run Lodge and quickly purchased lift tickets from the friendly attendant. There are special prices available for seniors and children, so be sure to remember to inquire if anyone in your party is young or just young at heart. As we settled onto the gondola and the ground began to fall away beneath the car, I knew this was a great call. The out-of-town aunts looked back and forth, taking in the full view over Ketchum and across the Pioneer Mountains. We chatted about biking and hiking trails as well as ski runs as the entire panorama looking east came into focus.
The attendants at the gondola are very friendly and there to help
Roundhouse did not disappoint, either. Open for lunch during the busy summer months, the historic one-of-a-kind restaurant perched at 7000 feet above sea level serves either on the expansive deck, or with white cloth decked tables indoors. We chose to eat indoors and ordered from a simple menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Though tastes varied, everyone found something to please the palate and our choices included the salmon salad with fingerling potatoes, tomatoes, hardboiled egg, cucumber, Roquefort and rice wine vinaigrette; the 7000’ burger with olive remoulade, a brioche bun and jarlsberg; the salmon burger with red onion and sun dried tomato vinaigrette and the Austrian chicken salad sandwich served on an herb croissant with celery, onion, apples and tarragon aioli. Kids can choose from either a Roundhouse burger or Mac and Cheese. All meals come with a choice of homemade potato salad, homemade coleslaw, green salad or some pretty great chips. Soft drinks, wine and a full bar were available.
My chicken salad croissant and homemade coleslaw were full of flavor
The salmon burger, made with fresh king salmon, was a favorite in our group
Our meal was leisurely and filled with laughter and stories and really good food. The view wasn’t too bad, either! The ride down the gondola was another eye popper and when we reached River Run Plaza it was certain we had enjoyed a true Sun Valley experience. Whether you have enjoyed a stay in Sun Valley countless times or have just arrived, a ride on the gondola shouldn’t be missed. Also remember, that there is no better reward for a hike or bike ride up to Roundhouse or the top of Baldy than lunch at Roundhouse and a ride back down.
Lunch is rustic, yet elegant, at Roundhouse. Deck seating is also available
Roundhouse will be open through for the rest of the summer season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Don’t miss the view and the experience. It is something to remember. After all, Roundhouse has been doing it right since 1939! –RES
Roundhouse was the perfect lunch spot for a family reunion
Paddle boarding on the Sun Valley Lake is great fun. These smiles say it all!
Let’s face it. Kids have endless energy and sometimes even the most inventive parents crave an activity where the children are happy and entertained that allows them to sit in the grass under a tree and enjoy some shade. One such perfect activity on a hot summer’s day is paddle boating at the cool and welcoming Sun Valley Lake adjacent to the Sun Valley Pavilion lawn.
The manageably-sized, picturesque body of water is accessed by a fleet of family-friendly paddle boats, rented by a friendly and helpful staff.
Last week, local children Chloe and Peter drove by the Lake with their mother Katherine. “Suddenly they asked, what’s that? We’ve never tried that before!” she laughed. “So we turned around and in a short time, they were on the lake laughing and splashing. It was so easy and really relaxing. No backpacks, no packed lunches, no equipment.”
“It was awesome,” enthused Peter, 6.
“We had a lot of fun,” said big sister Chloe, 9. “We are definitely going to come back.”
Life jackets and sunscreen are the only equipment needed to enjoy this activity. It’s summer the way it’s meant to be
In fact, they returned the next morning for more fun and spent a few hours exploring the shore, insects and fauna.
Assisted by a helpful attendant Jerry, they quickly got their life jackets and boat and away they went. Explorations included finding a Garden Tiger Moth, rescued and given a ride to shore, getting close to ducks and ducklings and sighting a snake on the grass.
Paddle boating is leisurely, allowing time to explore your surroundings
This backyard adventure is not only fun, it is extremely affordable. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a mellow few hours in Sun Valley.
Go out and take a paddle today. Remember, summer days are meant to be hazy, lazy and occasionally simple and relaxing!
The scenery from the Sun Valley Lake makes even just sitting on the sidelines worthwhile