Sun Valley and Ketchum are not strangers to greatness. These sister towns have been beloved by visitors for a very long time, long before it played part in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Long History as a Vacation Spot
With a great location, Sun Valley is situated just out of Ketchum Idaho, in the Wood River Valley in the interior of the central Idaho Rock Mountains. Surrounded by peaks like Bald Mountain that climb to 9,200 plus feet. The in the vicinity of the rugged Sawtooth Mountains known as the "American Alps." The southern tip of Sawtooth National Forest and the Challis National Forest engulf this magnificent resort region.
The recent strings of celebrities to call this great mountain destination home are actually late on the scene. You see, Ketchum was the favored home and final resting place of Ernest Hemingway long before Clint Eastwood ever saw the place. Eastwood was a boy of nine when Hemingway first visited. Like most mountain and ski towns, Ketchum began as a silver mining town, and then became the second largest sheep and lamb shipping station on earth. Finally, came the fame of Sun Valley and the ski resorts, but the magic of this area has been long celebrated, as far back as its founding in the 1800's. The town of Ketchum was named after David Ketchum, a man whose independence captured the spirit of the Wild West—a spirit that still pervades the mountains there to this day.
Staying here is super easy since there are every lodging options you can think of. And if dining out at restaurants is your thing then this is the place with more than 80 dining establishments, from family style to the elegant Duchin Room - a member of Chaine des Rotisseurs, the oldest gourmet society in the world, founded in 1248.
Things to Do
While visiting the area, you'll see spectacular scenic vistas and have access to loads of fun activities. There is a year-round ice skating rink with world-class performances Saturday nights all summer long. Pay attention to the schedule so you can plan your trip around free summer symphony concerts. The area also plays host to many arts and craft festivals, as well as the famous Sun Valley Film Festival. Throughout the summer months, you'll also enjoy an outdoor Twilight Series of concerts under the stars. And, for those who love their wine, partake in a wine auction that is ranked amongst the top 10 charity auction events in the nation. For more things to do, check out the Summer Vacation Ideas.
Located just a two and a half hour drive, or about 160 miles east of the state’s capital Boise Idaho. For flying to Sun Valley, only 12 miles south in Hailey Idaho is the Friedman Memorial Airport, with daily services.
Summer Vacation Deals
Between the rich heritage, awesome cultural opportunities and recreational options, there really is no better choice for a summer mountain vacation. Whether you're after the relaxing or an adrenalin rush, Sun Valley has all you could ever want and far more. Come see for yourself why this place has been both glitter and gold for well over a century. Book your Sun Valley vacation today and save on with mountain resort vacation deals and package discounts!