Sun Valley, Idaho: Weekender

Fun in the Sun Valley is guaranteed during the summer season.

family and dog hikes outdoors in Sun Valley, image

Some 28 miles of trails surround Bald Mountain.

Big Wood River in Sun Valley, image

Nothing like a summer swim in the Big Wood River.

In the summer, this famous mountain resort and its sister towns, Ketchum and Hailey, beckon with hiking, biking, concerts, and alfresco dining. Area code is 208 except as noted.

To Do and See
Blaine County Historical Museum This delightful assemblage of artifacts and oddities includes Victorian dresses, a pale green 1928 Model A Ford Roadster, and a trove of political campaign buttons. 218 N. Main St., Hailey, 788-1801, bchistoricalmuseum.org. Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival A top national art fair—held August 8–10 this year—showcases luminous glass vases, fine prints, landscape paintings, intricate silver bracelets, and other works by 130 artists. Atkinson Park, 900 Third Ave. N., Ketchum, 726-9491, sunvalleycenter.org. Sun Valley Summer Symphony Spread your blanket on the lawn or grab a seat under the tentlike pavilion, then soak up classical sounds at a free concert series. 300 Dollar Rd., Sun Valley, 622-5607, svsummersymphony.org.

Shopping
The Gold Mine Designer goods such as Manolo Blahnik stilettos, Prada purses, and Lanvin men’s suits draw in-the-know locals and visitors to this secondhand store that lives up to its name. 331 Walnut Ave. N., Ketchum, 726-3465, goldminethriftstore.org. Silver Creek Outfitters This upscale emporium purveys hunting and fishing supplies including hand-tied flies and beautiful sporting guns, but also fancy cowboy boots, watercolor paintings of trout, and other trappings of elegant Western style. 500 Main St. N., Ketchum, 726-5282, silver-creek.com. Wood River Farmers’ Markets Regional farm bounty, including cherries, cantaloupes, and more, spills from stalls on Tuesdays in Ketchum (East Avenue North at Fourth Street East, 2 p.m.–6 p.m.) and Thursdays in Hailey (Main Street at Galena Street, 2 p.m.–6 p.m.). 720-9929, wrfarmersmarket.org.

Eats
Bigwood Bread Cafe Downtown A sunny terrace makes a great spot to start the day with huevos rancheros, or to continue it with a pulled barbecue chicken sandwich on an organic challah bun. 380 East Ave. N., Ketchum, 928-7868, bigwoodbread.com. La Cabañita Dine outside or in at a simple restaurant offering Mexican specialties such as chicken mole. 160 Fifth St. W., Ketchum, 725-5001. Enoteca In a renovated 1887 brick building, Northwest and Italian wines and 19 beers complement a menu that includes wood-fired pizzas and roasted Idaho trout. 300 Main St. N., Ketchum, 928-6280, ketchum-enoteca.com. The Haven Tasty lunchtime fare—think kale Caesar salad with lemon-mustard vinaigrette or chipotle Kobe brisket tostadas—is dished up from a school bus turned lime-green food truck. 271 Seventh St. W., Ketchum, (503) 349-0035, thehavensunvalley.com. The Kneadery Hungerslaying omelets, griddle cakes, and sandwiches are served in a rustic log cabin. 260 Leadville Ave. N., Ketchum, 726-9462, kneadery.com. Rickshaw Enjoy green papaya salad, Vietnamese caramel pork ribs, Korean fried chicken, pot stickers with sweet chile sauce, and other Asian-inspired cuisine in a cozy dining room or on a shady patio. 460 N. Washington Ave. N., Ketchum, 726-8481, eat-at-rickshaw.com.

Outdoors
Bald Mountain Wildflowers and expansive views reward hikers and mountain bikers on Baldy’s 28 miles of trails, accessed from its base or from a gondola to the Roundhouse—a historic lodge built in 1939—followed by a chairlift to the top. Ten miles north of Pierce on Highway 11. 622-2135, sunvalley.com/things-to-do. Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink Practice your double loops, take a skating lesson, or glide around one of the country’s few year-round open-air rinks. Ice shows July 4 through Labor Day star big Olympic names. 1 Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley, 622-2194, sunvalley.com/things-to-do. Sun Valley Outfitters Guided horseback rides loop through various locations featuring stretches of spectacular mountain scenery. 309-0354, visitsunvalley.com. Wood River Trail On a former railroad right-of-way, walk or bike a 20-mile paved ribbon across old trestles, alongside a river, and through quiet neighborhoods and stands of cottonwood. Trailhead off Highway 75 near Hulen Meadows. 578-5453, summertrailink.bcrd.org.

Get Going
Request the Idaho, Montana & Wyoming TourBook and Twin Falls & Sun Valley map at AAA.com or any AAA branch. Find a place to stay at AAA.com/hotels. For more info, contact the Sun Valley Visitor Information Center: 491 Sun Valley Rd. E., Ketchum, 726-3423, visitsunvalley.com.

Photography courtesy of Visit Sun Valley (Summer Symphony, Big Wood River); by Tory Taglio (family)

This article was first published in July 2014. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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