Roundhouse Reunion

Step right up! It's a quick few minutes from buying a lift ticket to hopping on the Roundhouse Gondola

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

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 here to help

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

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

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

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

Roundhouse was the perfect lunch spot for a family reunion

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree. October 15th – 19th.

“Attendees from all fifty states, every Canadian province, and several foreign countries gather each October to celebrate live performances of America’s music. The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree was birthed out of a love and appreciation for jazz music by Tom & Barbara Hazzard held each mid-October each year in Sun Valley, ID.” For more information please visit http://www.sunvalleyjazz.com

Tony Holiday Band @ River Run. 2:30 – 5:30

Head down to the Base of River Run Friday, March 28th for live music from Tony Holiday Band. Show starts at 2:30 and runs until 5:30.

Spring Party @ River Run, featuring Cisco Adler with opening band Cherry Royale. 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Come join us at River Run for our free Spring Party featuring Cisco Adler with opener Cherry Royale. Drink specials from Red Bull and American Revolution Vodka.

 

 

 

 

Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles – River Run Lodge

Join us at the River Run Day Lodge Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th for Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles.

Show runs from 2:30pm-5:30pm.

 

 

River Run Day Lodge

Aprés Ski at River Lodge Featuring Jeff Crosby

Playing Sat., 11/30/13 at River Run Lodge, 2:30-5:30

Aprés Ski at River Lodge Featuring Tracorum

Playing Thur 11/28/13 at River Run Lodge, 1:00pm to 4:30 pm

and Friday 11/29/13 from 2:30 to 5:30.

 

It Happened in Sun Valley

Award-winning photographer Hillary Mayberry's images perfectly capture the romance and rustic feel of this spectacular summer Trail Creek wedding (photos courtesy of Hillary Mayberry)

Award-winning photographer Hillary Mayberry's images perfectly capture the romance and rustic feel of this spectacular summer Trail Creek wedding (photos courtesy of Hillary Mayberry)

It is a fantasy for many couples planning their dream wedding. Friends and family arrive in Sun Valley from all over the country, and the world, for a weekend unlike any other. Depending on the season, the days leading up to the “I do’s” might include organized hikes and bike rides or a guided tour of Baldy on skis or snowboard. How about a wagon ride or sleigh ride through the picturesque Idaho countryside? A morning of fly-fishing? A party at the Gun Club or a few laps around Sun Valley’s pristine, world-famous Nordic tracks? Fabulous meals featuring fresh, local seasonal dishes keep everyone’s energy up for what comes next.

So many possibilities exist to share this special place with wedding guests and wedding party, creating a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

The stunning bride, Kate Bentley, who grew up part-time in Sun Valley, prepares for her walk up the aisle at Trail Creek

The stunning bride, Kate Bentley, who grew up part time in Sun Valley, prepares for her walk up the aisle at Trail Creek

While many have married in Sun Valley style through the decades, the choice is now more popular than ever according to Kat Stansberry of Sun Valley’s Catering Department.Trends in nuptial planning emphasize the unique, the special, the non-cookie cutter event, and that is what Sun Valley does so perfectly.

Take the summer wedding of Kate Bentley and Keith Zalaski at Sun Valley’s Trail Creek.This stunning celebration was captured by gifted local photographer Hillary Mayberry and featured on the popular wedding blog, Style Me Pretty.

Natural, rustic touches set a perfect backdrop for the nuptials, as did a gorgeous summer day

Natural, rustic touches set a perfect backdrop for the nuptials, as did a gorgeous summer day

The beautiful bride grew up part time in Sun Valley and was quoted as saying, “Keith and I had little doubt about where we wanted to hold our celebration. For as long as I can remember, my family has spent time nearly every summer and winter in Sun Valley so it was an easy call for me. And after seven years of dating, Keith (a born and bred New Englander) had grown to love the location as much as my family. But most importantly, we associated Sun Valley with memories we had made together, a quality that made this picturesque mountain town a slam dunk.”

It was the attention to detail and the spectacular way the wedding complimented the surroundings and the surroundings complimented the wedding that made this sacred celebration stand out (though a gorgeous couple and a perfect summer day didn’t hurt either). Stansberry said she saw many current wedding trends perfectly executed in these creekside nuptials, from the use of natural and rustic materials, to seasonal flowers to personal do-it-yourself touches.

The wedding's themes continued to set the tone in the reception tent

The wedding's themes continued to set the tone in the reception tent

This summer wedding captured so perfectly by Mayberry showcased the quality of the light and the splendor of the season, a pastiche that changes every week, and sometimes even numerous times during a single day, in the mountains. Though July and August are the most popular wedding months in Sun Valley, each season offers unique and jaw dropping possibilities.

Stansberry thinks (and I agree) the prettiest month to get married is September. “The weather is ideal, town isn’t terribly crowded, the leaves are changing,” she said. “It’s spectacular.” Winter weddings in Sun Valley are memorable, too, providing so many opportunities to play in the snow and then gather by the fire, creating a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

As varied as the seasons are Sun Valley venues perfect for gatherings of any size. Smaller events are a wonderful fit for Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge or the historic Roundhouse Restaurant perched two-thirds up Bald Mountain. River Run Lodge and Trail Creek Cabin accommodate bigger groups, with River Run comfortably holding 250 partygoers. If an early evening is what the couple desires, the always-elegant Lodge Dining Room invites revelry until 10 p.m. During the colder season, from October 1 through May 1, brides may also walk up the aisle at the elegant Sun Valley Club.

Sunflowers have never looked so elegant

Sunflowers have never looked so elegant

Sun Valley staffs a coordinator who works exclusively with brides and grooms and their families. “We are not full-service wedding planners, but will help organize the event. We put families in touch with wedding professionals and vendors for every need — flowers, photography, tabletops, even hair and nail service providers,” Stansberry explained.  Once the date is chosen, there is a wide and deep team of creative, consummate local wedding professionals to help make the couple’s vision a reality.

Stansberry said the Resort hears from brides and grooms up to 15 months before a desired wedding date, and Sun Valley can go into contract for the chosen venue up to 12 months before the big day. “One thing we’re seeing more of is mothers-of-the-bride calling to whisper that their daughter is getting engaged soon and they want to reserve a date even before the ring is on the bride’s finger,” Stansberry laughed.

Sun Valley is the ideal place to exchange vows and to share this timeless, classic and elegant location with the most special people in your life.

–RES

At my own September wedding, way back in 1995, the party moved from Trail Creek to the Lodge Dining Room and made a stop at the outdoor ice rink for some impromptu pre-dessert skating. That's what you get for inviting a hockey team to your wedding. Only in Sun Valley ...

At my own September wedding, way back in 1995, the party moved from Trail Creek to the Lodge Dining Room and made a stop at the outdoor ice rink for some impromptu pre-dessert skating. That's what you get for inviting a hockey team to your wedding. You never know what will happen at a Sun Valley celebration!

WINTER LIFT-OFF PARTY!

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is thrilled to announce our new event, the Winter Lift-Off Party! The Winter Lift-Off will take place Friday, December 6, 2013, at two new venues, Sun Valley Company’s Roundhouse and River Run Lodge at the base of Bald Mountain in Ketchum.

In the spirit of renewal inspired by the remodeling of the Greyhawk Training Center, the annual Wild Game Dinner will be revamped into the Winter Lift-Off and infused with the energy and anticipation of the SVSEF’s 47th winter season. We have chosen to retire the much-loved geese, and replace them with a winter-themed celebration featuring snowflakes, skis and don’t-stop-til-you-drop dancing.

Despite a lack of our feathered friends, favorites from the Wild Game Dinner will still be present, including mystery balloons, live music, silent and online auctions and all the friends you want to catch up with. The night will begin with an intimate supper at Roundhouse for the SVSEF’s Champions of the Foundation, and festivities continue with a party at the base the mountain for all who would like to join in the fun.

Through the Winter Lift-Off, the SVSEF hopes to raise one-third of the annual budget necessary to produce the quality on-snow programs the community has come to expect. Through fundraising efforts, the SVSEF provides financial aid for both tuition and travel, academic assistance, training facilities, and racing opportunities.

Stay tuned for more information on the SVSEF’s Winter Lift-Off Party, but please save the date for Friday, December 6!

Big Game Party at River Run Lodge

4:30 – End Of Game!

10′ Screen with house sound

Drink Specials

Food Specials