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Blue skies and picture perfect weather welcomed diners to lunch at Roundhouse Restaurant Thursday

Blue skies and picture perfect weather welcomed diners to lunch at Roundhouse Restaurant Thursday

The weather Thursday was bluebird skies, scattered white fluffy clouds, bright sunshine and no smoke: the perfect day to kick off Labor Day weekend by hopping on the River Run gondola to ascend to a barbecue lunch with the best view in town.  Sailing over the single track mountain bike trails and ski runs, the ride on the gondola is beyond scenic. As you soar above the tree line, the majestic Pioneer Mountains provide a sublime vista to the east, while the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley take form in miniature below.

But getting there is only half the fun when you decide to have lunch at the historic Roundhouse restaurant. Perched at 7,700-feet above Ketchum, Roundhouse says Sun Valley like nothing else. With its rustic interior, vast decks and unparalleled views, a meal there shouldn’t be missed.

The view is unbeatable from the Roundhouse deck -- and the barbecue lunch lives up to its surroundings

The view is unbeatable from the Roundhouse deck -- and the barbecue lunch lives up to its surroundings

Roundhouse just reopened for the rest of the summer season and will serve a tasty, varied barbecue menu through September 8. Choose from traditional beef burgers or veer into the more esoteric: buffalo burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers (my choice – delicious!), bratwursts and entrée salads. Sides include homemade coleslaw, potato salad, fruit salad or chips. Enjoy a beer, wine, cocktail or soft drink with your sophisticated picnic on the deck.

From Friday to Monday, the Lookout Restaurant atop Baldy will also offer its wildly popular taco bar at lunch to those enjoying a hike, bike ride or sightseeing trip on the mountain. Lift service to Lookout begins where the gondola lets off to get riders to the tip top of the hill.

A gondola ride up to the historic Roundhouse for lunch is a must-do Sun Valley activity

A gondola ride up to the historic Roundhouse for lunch is a must-do Sun Valley activity

Lunch with a view is just one of many must-do activities to put on your Labor Day weekend “to-do” list. One of the busiest holidays of the year in Sun Valley, there are parades to delight; antiques and art to browse and buy; cars to covet; pancakes of which to partake.

The annual multi-day celebration that is Wagon Days is jam-packed. Starting Friday, Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fairs can be found up and down the Valley. From 4 – 7 p.m. that day, cowboy poets, old-time fiddling, western music and more will delight at the Ore Museum in Ketchum with concerts from Matt Renner and the band Slow Children Playing to follow.  Also Friday night, local art galleries will open their doors and welcome lookers and buyers from 5 – 8 p.m.

The "Big Hitch," made up of six enormous ore wagons is a sight to behold and the grand finale of Saturday's parade

The "Big Hitch," made up of six enormous ore wagons, is a sight to behold as the grand finale of Saturday's parade

Saturday is the big show with many events leading up to Wagon Days‘ famous Big Hitch Parade. Starting at 8 a.m., bring the entire family to Ketchum for an old-fashioned, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with all proceeds benefiting local youth groups. The kids can work off that carb-fueled energy at a children’s carnival featuring mini train rides, astro jumps, a climbing wall, bungee run and more.

At 1 p.m. the Big Hitch Parade rolls down Sun Valley Road. This, the largest non-motorized parade in the Northwest, features museum quality buggies, carriages, carts, stagecoaches and wagons that illustrate and honor the tenacity of the area’s early settlers. Six gigantic Lewis Ore Wagons, the Big Hitch, pulled by a 20-mule jerkline, offer the eye popping grand finale. Music and festivity in Ketchum extend well into the night following the parade.

The Great Wagon Days Duck Race also follows at Rotary Park. A favorite of children of all ages, this event launches thousands of plastic ducks into to Big Wood River to ‘race,’ all while benefiting local non-profits.

Sun Valley's Silver Car Auction is eye candy for anyone who loves fabulous four-wheelers

Sun Valley's Silver Car Auction is eye candy for anyone who loves fabulous four-wheelers

In Sun Valley, on both Saturday and Sunday, be sure to come by the Silver Car Auction beginning at 9 a.m. 250 collector car owners and dealers display and auction off unique and beautiful cars until 8 p.m. There is eye candy for everyone from admirers of classic cars to sports cars and is a must-see for aficionados of every persuasion.

While in Sun Valley, be sure to stop into the Konditorei or Gretchen’s for a delicious breakfast or lunch, or grab gourmet sandwiches to go at the Short Line Deli followed by a special ice cream treat at a la mode. Village restaurants will be serving dinner over the weekend, too – the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the best in local flavors and handcrafted recipes after a very busy day.

And then there is the final Sun Valley on Ice show of the year starring Johnny Weir, rodeos, more live music, a hoedown, western dance – not to mention golf, biking, hiking, tennis, horseback riding, the Gun Club, fly fishing, swimming …! There is so much to do, it’s a good thing it’s a long weekend.

The Great Wagon Days Duck Race is a spectacle and fun for children of all ages!

The Great Wagon Days Duck Race is a spectacle and fun for children of all ages!

We can’t wait to see everyone out in Sun Valley and Ketchum enjoying glorious weather (the forecast looks great), a fantastic array of events and fun for everyone. We are all so grateful that Wagon Days is on and better than ever and can’t wait to share this spectacular weekend, as well as our own very special, very active version of normal, with our guests. It’s going to be a great Labor Day weekend!

To borrow shamelessly from the incomparable Johnny Nash, Jimmy Nash and others, “It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day…”

–RES

Silver Car Auction – Sun Valley Soccer Field

Silver Car Auction – Sun Valley Soccer Field

Saturday and Sunday, September 3rd and 4th
Preview and Bidder Registration – 8am to 10:30am
Auction – 10:30am to 6pm

New for this year!! We are proud to announce the sponsoring of the Wood River Animal Shelter through the selling of two donated vehicles on Saturday and Sunday. Sawtooth Ford and G&G Classics have both donated a vehicle to be auctioned with the proceeds going to the Wood River Animal Shelter. Please help us in raising money for this wonderful local no kill shelter.

Lots to do over Labor Day Weekend in Sun Valley

Labor Day Weekend 2010 in Sun Valley!
Lots to do all over the Wood River Valley this weekend and Sun Valley Resort is no exception!

The final Sun Valley Ice Show of the summer featuring Olympic Silver Medalist and 2X World Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen with a cast of world-class skaters will sizzle on the ice Saturday night at dusk. Tickets on sale now online at: seats.sunvalley.com or call 622-2135

International superstar pianist Misha Dichter will perform a benefit concert for the Sun Valley Artist Series at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Sunday night at 8pm. Tickets on sale now online at: seats.sunvalley.com or call 622-2135

Sun Valley Silver Car Auction Saturday & Sunday from 8am – 6pm
Featuring vintage classics, sports cars, exotics, luxury and muscle cars. There may be some great deals this year, so don’t miss out! Located on the lawn next to the Sun Valley Pavilion.

Tesla Motors will be in Sun Valley Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm offering test drives of the new Tesla Roadster to prospective buyers. This is an electric sports car that goes from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds! Check out the Tesla Roadsters in the Sun Valley Village bus turn-around.

Hungry for something new? Take the Gondola to the Roundhouse for lunch all weekend. Indoor or outdoor seating. Open from 10am-4pm First come, first serve. Gondola tickets may be purchased at the River Run Lodge ticket office. For information call: 622-6136

Silver Car Auction September 4 & 5 at Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley Silver Car Auction


Sun Valley is where celebrity icons and celebrity cars are common enough that there is little distracting fanfare. Cars include vintage classics, classics, sports (US & Euro), exotics, luxury and muscle. An upscale, but casual collector car auction with celebrity flair in a setting only Sun Valley Resort can offer.

Saturday & Sunday, September 4th & 5th, 2010
Preview and Bidder Registration – 8am to 10:30am
Auction – 10:30am to 6pm

About Silver Car Auctions:
Since our firm was founded in 1979 (our first auction had 120 cars), Silver Auctions has had one simple goal: to be the best collector car auction company in the business.
From that modest beginning, we now produce 30 auctions a year in 10 Western States and Canada. Some are small and some big (Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Sun Valley, Idaho). Some are enormous. (Hot August Nights Auction in Reno and Fort McDowell Auction in Arizona). Our annual Hot August Nights extravaganza in Reno is widely recognized as the nation’s premier collector car event.

Silver Car Auction

September 5 & 6, 2009car-auction
8 am – 7 pm

Mark your calendars! Collector Car Auction. 250 collector car owners and dealers gallantly arrive at Sun Valley Resort where their prized possessions are displayed and auctioned off in this two-day premier sale.

Inspection is at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 10:30 a.m.  For more information call (800) 255-4485 or visit www.silverauctions.com.