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BOISE WEEKLY’S 2012 WOOD RIVER VALLEY GUIDE Face it, you need a vacation. The prospect of spending one more day in the daily grind has you clenching your jaw involuntarily. But the realities of a getaway—the expense, the travel time, ﬁnding something everyone in the party wants to do—has you equally frustrated. But rather than throwing in the towel and settling on a weekend in a kiddie pool in your back yard, all you need to do is look toward the central Idaho mountains. Nestled among the peaks, you’ll ﬁnd a valley destination that is not only a quick drive away but a world apart from your daily life. The Wood River Valley is ideal for a quick getaway for just about any interest/activity level/budget, and we’re making it even easier with Boise Weekly’s fourth-annual guide to the area. Whether you’re into outdoor adventures or would rather just eat your way through a weekend, we have insider tips for you. Need a perfect day ﬁlled with art or just a perfect day on the cheap? We have that, too. We even have suggestions on what to do when you have the whole family in tow. Check out the extensive calendar in the center of this section to help you plan your late summer and fall adventures in the Sun Valley area, from great concerts to some of the best community festivals around. Now go forth and plan your escape—for the good of everyone around you. —Deanna Darr
TABLE OF CONTENTS 4.................................................................................... A Day for Art 5 ......................................................................... A Day for Families 8 .......................................................................Calendar of Events 10 ........................................................A Day for Penny-pinching 12................................................................... A Day for the Foodie 14 ..................................................................A Day for Recreation
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A DAY FOR ART Recommended daily dose of Sun Valley art
From a wild creature totem in a skateboard park to a chance encounter with a symphony musician on the bus, Ketchum melds the magic of art, travel and summer in a phenomenon akin to the mysteries of Higgs Boson—one never knows exactly what effects ﬁne art may have, but something wonderful is surely waiting for people paying attention. The pursuit of art, at least its appreciation, can change even one’s concept of something as seemingly mundane as a spatula. Just as massive thunderstorms can move miles of earthworms onto the cool pavement, a relentless stream of arts offerings—many of them free—pull people out of the woodwork for summer in Sun Valley. For ﬁrst-time visitors seeking guidance for a day chasing art, a smart place to start an art quest anywhere in the Wood River Valley is at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ headquarters in Ketchum, where exhibits rotate regularly. The center’s front desk staff is as prepared as the sharpest Four Seasons concierge and ready to point visitors in the right direction for exhibits, performances or even a performanceenhancing latte, one of the best
of which is available around the corner at the bakery location of Rolling in Dough. For glutenfree foodies, and those trying to steer clear of Idaho’s ﬁnest chocolate croissant, just up the street is Tranquility Tea House, one of the best spots in town for a healthy spot of tea. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for your next dose of art, perhaps on a guided tour with former state Rep. Wendy Jaquet. The center’s current exhibition, Making Camp, includes four wall tents artfully embellished and installed on a Simplotowned lot across from the Ketchum Post Ofﬁce, property slated as a future home for ﬁne art and theater. Still on exhibit there is the willow stick centerpiece by Patrick Dougherty that sports its own cooling climate during summer heat—a wonder by one of the most famous artists in the country. For installations both indoors and out, the Sun Valley Gallery Association has a useful online guide for planning a walking
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route in Ketchum for those who won’t be around for the monthly gallery walk on the ﬁrst Friday of the month. For those who don’t make it to the valley before September, never fear, a fairy-tale exhibit is in the works for the fall, pre-
Gail Severn Gallery 400 First Ave., Ketchum, 208-726-5079, gailseverngallery.com Northern Rockies Folk Festival northernrockiesfolkfestival.com Rolling in Dough 520 Washington Ave., Ketchum Sun Valley Center for the Arts 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum; 314 Second Ave. S., Hailey, 208-726-9491, sunvalleycenter.org Sun Valley Gallery Association svgalleries.org Sun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra svsummersymphony.org Tranquility Tea House 580 Washington Ave. N., Ketchum, 208-726-0095, tranquilityteahouse.com
ceded by a free showing of The Princess Bride Friday, Sept. 21, at the center’s arts extension property, lovingly referred to as the “Hailey House” in the county seat. The center offers a number of art and literature classes at the historic location. Beyond still art and moving pictures is a long list of concerts in the Sun Valley summer ofﬁng. A new exhibit at the Gail Severn Gallery features work by Hung Liu, one of the most well known Chinese-American artists around. Liu is known for her paintings that integrate historical Chinese photography. It is compelling to view how she overlays traditional Chinese insects, birds, ﬂowers and dragons in her works, regarded as representations of “social realism” derived from the era of real socialism that was the cultural revolution in China. Deep summer is a time to dream and wonder and one that brings people together at events like Ketchum’s free Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 12,
hosted by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. It includes hands-on art projects for children, demonstrating artists and performances by local and regional musicians playing everything from American folk-rock to blues. Local vendors will serve fresh fare. The Sun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra season—which continues through Tuesday, Aug. 14—offers free picnic seating on the Sun Valley Pavilion lawn to go along with the beautiful music made by the orchestra’s professional musicians. Get a full rundown of the concerts at svsummersymphony.org. Other performances include the center’s Summer Performing Arts Series, which brings world-class musicians to the valley, including Bonnie Raitt on Thursday, Aug. 30. Another Wood River Valley tradition not to be missed is the Northern Rockies Folk Festival set to kick off Friday, Aug. 3-Saturday, Aug. 4, in Hailey’s Hop Porter Park. If your Sun Valley visit is only for a day, and you still have a gap in your arts hunting schedule, a quick reference to see what you might be missing at any given hour can be found on the events link at visitsunvalley.com. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
A DAY FOR FAMILIES Keeping everyone happy
BLUEBIRD DAY CAFE If past trips with the kids have been set to the nasally soundtrack of “We’re boorrred,” you likely won’t hear that when you visit the Sun Valley area. With its sunny days, cool nights, rushing rivers, mountain trails and excellent dining, a trip to the Wood River Valley has enough to keep kids—and adults who want to act like kids—happy and busy all day long. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at one of the cozy Ketchum eateries. Suggestions include the rustic Kneadery or Bluebird Day Cafe, known around town as the home of the bottomless mimosa. Breakfast and a good cup of Joe can also be had at local coffee shops Java and Tully’s, located conveniently in the Ketchum Sun Valley Visitor’s Center, as well as The Coffee Grinder. There’s nothing like a good mountain hike to start the day, and there are a multitude of trails to pick from. Adams Gulch is an easy family favorite, with its Sunnyside Trail that takes you up and down rolling hills through aspen groves and sage, and Shadyside Trail, which winds through pine trees and forest. There also are cold-ﬂowing creeks for dunking your toes. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
Biking is also big, and the miles of paved bike paths and countless single-track trails in the hills make it a cycling heaven. There are even a couple pump track parks in Ketchum and nearby Hailey. If you’re more about catching ﬁsh than catching air, check out the free ﬂycasting classes on the front lawn of the Sun Valley Lodge. You can also get your younger kids a rod, reel and bobber, and head over to ﬁshplanted Penny Lake, where they are likely to have some angling luck. Lunch in Ketchum is as easy as climbing the little hill on Main Street and getting a hot dog or polish sausage with the works at Irving’s Red Hots, or as entertaining as lunch at Gretchen’s Cafe on the Sun Valley Lodge terrace, where you can watch the ice skaters on the outdoor rink. Or, simply pack a sandwich, wrap or other take-out meal, and cop a squat by the river, in a park or at a nearby lake. Don’t forget dessert—Leroy’s Ice Cream Shack in the Ketchum Town Plaza serves locally made Toni’s Sun Valley Ice Cream, and all proﬁts 6 are donated to local schools, the Sun
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Valley Ski Education Foundation and the Ketchum Parks and Recreation 5 Department. After you cool your innards, take the kids to cool their outers with a splash in the fountain in Memory Park on Main Street. Jazz in the Park The valvisitsunvalley.com ley is full of history, so be Ketch’em Alive sure to visit visitsunvalley.com the Ketchum Sun Valley Ski Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Heritage 208-622-5607, Museum, svsummersymphony.org where ancient ski equipment, vintage skate costumes and historic photos Ketchum Sun Valley of local past Ski and Heritage Olympic and Museum world-class 180 E. First St., Ketchum, 208-726-8118, skiers and ksvhs.com skaters tell the history of Ore Wagon Museum winter sports 200 10th St., Ketchum in the area. At the Ore Wagon Museum, get up close and perSun Valley Ice Shows 888-622-2108 sonal with the sunvalley.com/thingsBig Hitch ore to-do/iceshows/ wagons, which have 7-foottall wheels and carried up to 12 tons of ore. Adam’s Gulch There is also a trails.bcrd.org/ fascinating exadamsgulchloop.php hibit on local legend Ernest Hemingway. Speaking of Hemingway, visit the Ketchum Cemetery just north of town on Highway 75 and take part in a longstanding tradition by tossing a few pennies onto his grave. Some say it’s for luck and favor, and
others say, with a wink and a nod, that the pennies help pay his bar bill in heaven. There is plenty to do in the evenings as well, including free music concerts each Tuesday in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park; Thursdays in Town Plaza across from Atkinsons’ Market; and Bluebird Day Cafe Sunday jazz in 700 N. Main St., Rotary Park at Ketchum, Warm Springs 208-928-6410, and Saddle bluebirddaycafe.com Road. And don’t The Coffee Grinder 421 E. Fourth St., forget the Ketchum, free Sun Val208-726-8048 ley Summer Symphony, a Gretchen’s Cafe full orchestra Sun Valley Lodge featuring 100 208-622-2800 of the nation’s ﬁnest classical Java musicians, 191 Fourth St., performing Ketchum, 208-726-2882, nightly on javabowlofsoul.com the grounds of Sun Valley The Kneadery Lodge. The 260 Leadville Ave. N., lodge also Ketchum, hosts the star208-726-9462 studded summer ice skatLeroys Ice ing shows, Cream Shack Town Plaza, which are across from great family Giacobbi Square fun and feature Olympic Tully’s medalists and 601 Sun Valley Road, national- and Ketchum, world-champi208-622-3288 on skaters. Finally, when the day is done and the kids are passed out, step outside into the cool night air, look up at the sparkly Milky Way splashed across the sky, and realize that there’s plenty more to do tomorrow.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival will perform live CCR hits at the Sun Valley Pavilion Tuesday, Aug. 28. Tickets $29-$79, sunvalley.com.
Held in conjunction with the Northern Rockies Folk Festival, featuring plenty of arts, crafts and activities Saturday, Aug. 4-Sunday, Aug. 5, in Hailey, haileyidaho.com.
JOHN CLEGG AND LADYSMITH BLACK MOMBAZO
Three-day concert festival featuring members of the musical family, their bands and friends playing to a packed
BRAUN BROTHERS REUNION
Catch a team-roping progressive, ATV and motorcycle rodeo, wild cow race and much more at the Blaine County Fairgrounds in Carey Wednesday, Aug. 8-Saturday, Aug. 11, blainecountyfair.com.
BLAINE COUNTY FAIR
Celebrate Idaho’s mining heritage Friday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 2, wagondays.org.
Sample the wares of more than 50 vendors selling antiques, linens, country home decor and more from Friday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 2. Main Street, haileyidaho.com.
LABOR DAY HAILEY’S MAIN STREET ANTIQUE AND ART SHOW
The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform with legendary gospel and rhythm-andblues singer Mavis Staples, on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Sun Valley Pavilion at 7 p.m. Tickets $30.50-$40.50, sunvalleycenter.org.
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NORTHERN ROCKIES ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
The South African superstar will perform with his sevenpiece band and Ladysmith Black Mombazo. Monday, Aug. 6, River Run Lodge, 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30-$85, sunvalleycenter.org.
This festival begins with the Shoshone-Bannock tribal blessing and continues with entertainment for the whole family, crafts and a salmon dinner with full spread. The festival is located off Highway 75 at the Stanley Museum on Saturday, Aug. 25, stanleycc.org.
SAWTOOTH SALMON FESTIVAL
This second-annual festival features the work of local artists and lots of live music Friday, Aug. 24-Sunday, Aug. 26, west of the Mountain Village Mercantile on Highway 21, stanleycc.org.
STANLEY ARTS FESTIVAL
Free concerts every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Forest Service Park in downtown Ketchum, through Aug. 21, sunvalley.com.
Music festival at Hop Porter Park in Hailey Friday, Aug. 3-Saturday, Aug. 4. $15-$35, northernrockiesfolkfestival. com.
35TH ANNUAL NORTHERN ROCKIES FOLK FESTIVAL
Local merchants bring their wares to weekly markets in Ketchum on Tuesdays and Hailey on Thursdays through mid-October, wrfarmersmarket.org.
WOOD RIVER FARMERS MARKET
Free admission orchestra and chamber music concerts at the Sun Valley Pavilion and lawn outside. Season runs through Tuesday, Aug. 14. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., svsummersymphony.org.
SUN VALLEY SUMMER SYMPHONY
Watch as world-class ice skaters perform on the ice rink every Saturday through Sept. 1 at the Sun Valley Lodge. Tickets $16-$99, sunvalley.com.
SUN VALLEY ON ICE
On Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Howard Preserve in Bellevue is transformed into a spooky
BELLEVUE HAUNTED FOREST
This group of musicians will make you re-evaluate what you think of chamber music. The group will perform at Zankel Hall on Saturday, Oct. 27, sunvalleycenter.org.
Plenty of suds at the beer festival in Old Cutters Park in Hailey, with lots of cyclocross and live music. Friday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Oct. 27, crosstoberfestidaho.com.
Thursday, Oct. 18-Sunday, Oct. 21. Nexstage Theater, nexstagetheater.org.
THE KING AND I
The fourth-annual Ernest Hemingway Symposium will focus on Hemingway and Politics, investigating how Hemingway’s life and writing were inﬂuenced by the world in which he lived, and how he may have used his writing to change that world. Thursday, Oct. 18-Saturday, Oct. 20, thecommunitylibrary.org.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY SYMPOSIUM
This acclaimed play partners the power and intensity of live theater with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of ﬁlm noir. Prepare to be scared when Company of Fools presents its rendition Wednesday, Oct. 17-Nov. 3. Liberty Theatre, Hailey, companyoffools.org.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Forty bands will play 260 shows in ﬁve days. Wednesday, Oct. 17-Sunday, Oct. 21, sunvalleyjazz.com.
23RD ANNUAL SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE
SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL— Bask in all things culinary Friday, Sept. 21-Sunday, Sept. 23. The festival includes cooking demos, wine tasting, chefs’ dinners and more, with a focus
2012 WAGON DAYS—A celebration of Idaho’s mining history with parades, antique shows and more, from Friday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 2, in Ketchum. wagondays.org.
35TH ANNUAL NORTHERN ROCKIES FOLK FESTIVAL—Music festival at Hop Porter Park in Hailey Friday, Aug. 3-Saturday, Aug. 4, featuring Carrie Rodriguez, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Tickets $15-$35, northernrockiesfolkfestival.com.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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The skies over Sun Valley will be ﬁlled with colorful paragliding wings as pilots race to check points and eventually a daily ﬁnish line. More than 100 of the world’s best paragliding pilots will compete in Sun Valley this summer as part of the 2012 Paragliding World Cup from Saturday, Aug. 18-Saturday, Aug. 25, sunvalley.com.
The longtime New York Times columnist and New York Magazine writer at large will discuss the upcoming presidential election Sunday, Oct. 14, sunvalleycenter.org.
FRANK RICH LECTURE
Marking the valley’s sheep-ranching history. Thursday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 14, trailingofthesheep.org.
TRAILING OF THE SHEEP
Talks, panels and readings led by distinguished writers from Friday, Aug. 17-Monday, Aug. 20. Tickets, $850, svwc.com.
PARAGLIDING WORLD CUP
A CHRISTMAS STORY
SUN VALLEY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
Celebrate the season with an ice show and all things holiday Monday, Dec. 24. Sun Valley Resort, call 208622-2135 for more information.
CHRISTMAS IN SUN VALLEY
This classic tale will be performed at the Nexstage Theater Wednesday, Dec. 19-Monday, Dec. 24. nexstagetheater.org.
Company of Fools presents this musical, comprised of memorable moments from the life of the beloved Peanuts character, from Wednesday, Dec. 12-Sunday, Dec. 30. Liberty Theatre, Hailey, companyoffools.org.
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
Catch the company’s winter performance Friday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Nexstage Theater, nexstagetheater.org.
SUN VALLEY BALLET
Plenty of hiking and biking events for kids and adults all taking place Saturday, Sept. 29, svsef.org.
BALDY HILL CLIMB
Celebration of all things food. Friday, Sept. 21-Sunday, Sept. 23, throughout Ketchum, sunvalleyharvestfestival. com.
SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL
Catch the who-done-it Friday, Sept. 21-Saturday, Sept. 22, at Nexstage Theatre, nexstagetheater.org.
MURDER MYSTERY THEATER
Hosted by the Sawtooth Mountain Mamas, this festival celebrates the traditions of the American West and the working cowboy through poetry, stories and music Friday, Sept. 14-Saturday, Sept. 15. Info at stanleycc.org.
STANLEY SAWTOOTH COWBOY GATHERING
HAILEY HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS This celebration includes a tree-lighting ceremony with Santa and carolers. Saturday, Dec. 1, haileyidaho.com.
Swing to the beats of live music, cruise vendor booths, enjoy plenty of kids’ activities Sunday, Sept. 2, and again Monday, Sept. 3, when a parade will also be held. Memorial Park, Bellevue, bellevueidaho.us.
A local tradition fun run/walk on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. haileyturkeytrot.com.
TURKEY TROT IN HAILEY
As a part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Happily Ever After? exhibition, the creator of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events book series will discuss why fairy tales and dark stories have been told for centuries Sunday, Nov. 18, sunvalleycenter.org.
LECTURE WITH DANIEL HANDLER
Dala will work in schools that day and will bring their enchanting presence to the Opera House Thursday, Nov. 1, sunvalleycenter.org.
DALA IN CONCERT
Hailey transforms into a Halloween haven Wednesday, Oct. 31. Children can trick-or-treat at downtown businesses. 3-6 p.m., haileyidaho.com.
HAILEY HALLOWEEN HOOPLA
haunted forest, bellevueidaho.us.
BELLEVUE LABOR DAY CELEBRATION
Plenty of rodeo action will be had Saturday, Sept. 1-Sunday Sept. 2, at the rodeo grounds in Hailey. Visit intermountainprorodeo.com for more info on the organization.
INTERMOUNTAIN PROFESSIONAL RODEO ASSOCIATION RODEO FINALS
The Sun Valley Gallery Association hosts nine free walks of member galleries, featuring new work and openings with dates through December. 5-8 p.m., svgalleries.org.
The multi-platinum country music quartet celebrates its 20th anniversary with a tour, including a stop at the Sun Valley Pavilion Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets $50-$250, sunvalley.com.
The Boise dance company will host a workshop and performances in Sun Valley and Ketchum beginning Monday, Aug. 13, culminating with a performance at the Pavilion Friday, Aug. 24, treymcintyreproject.com.
TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT
The group of 12 musicians draws inspiration from music all over the world and will perform with singer China Forbes Monday, Aug. 13, at River Run Lodge. 7 p.m. Tickets $35-$85, sunvalleycenter.org.
Celebrate the 13th-annual festival with productions of Twelfth Night and The Bible: The Complete Works of God Abridged, from Thursday, Aug. 12-Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Nexstage Theater and Forest Service Park in Ketchum. Tickets cost $15-$20, nexstagetheater.org.
SUN VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
This 50- or 100-mile bicycle ride begins and ends in downtown Ketchum Saturday, Aug. 11. Registration is $75 for the 100-mile course, or $65 for the 50-mile course, and includes a specialized water bottle, socks, post-tour food and beverages, spondoro.com.
SAWTOOTH CENTURY RIDE
Best of the best of bull riding at the rodeo grounds in Hailey Saturday, Aug. 11, haileyidaho.com.
The 44th installment of this annual festival will take place Friday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 12, in Atkinson Park. Free, sunvalleycenter.org.
SUN VALLEY ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
crowd at the Challis Community Stage. Thursday, Aug. 9-Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets cost $45 for a one-day pass, $15 ages 6-12, $71.95 two-day pass, $105.95 three-day pass, braunbrothersreunion.com.
SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL—This film fest features independent films, premieres and more March 14-17, 2013. sunvalleyfilmfestival.org.
SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL—The winter event includes clinics, demonstrations and races from Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2013. svnordicfestival.com.
SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE—This annual town-wide jazz fest is happening Wednesday, Oct. 17-Sunday, Oct. 21, and features 40 bands over the course of four days. sunvalleyjazz. com.
TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—Celebrate the role of sheep in the history of the Wood River Valley with workshops, cooking classes, storytelling, a fiber fest and more, from Thursday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 14 in Ketchum and Hailey. trailingofthesheep.org.
on regional products. sunvalleyharvestfestival.com.
A DAY FOR PENNYPINCHING Stretching Sun Valley dollars
donate their proceeds to good causes— Whether you hitch a ride on a Learjet or homes for pets and books for the masses— emblazon some cardboard with a Sharpie so consumers can feel pretty good about with “Sun Valley” or “Ketchum or bust,” the purchase of a $4 baseball cap to shield there is much to be gained from a mountain themselves from the ever-present sun. town visit on the cheap. Consider the price The Wood River Valley is not really about of a small tank of gas. It’s not peanuts, by the shopping in summer. It’s more a matter any means, but for the cost of 15 gallons of of communing with nature, which is still fuel, there is much a budget traveler can do quite affordable. in Sun Valley. While merchants It’s free to climb will be happy to Dollar Mountain to Barkin’ Basement separate you from get the lay of the 111 S. Main St., Hailey, your savings, it’s land, and Baldy, 208-788-3854 still quite possible too, for that matter. to do Sun Valley At 3,000 vertical Blaine County Recreation District inexpensively. feet, that’s a big bcrd.org Shopkeepers bang for zero bucks are experts when it and a couple of Gold Mine comes to offering energy bars, and lift 331 N. Walnut Ave., Ketchum, advice and tools rides down are free. 208-726-3465 to help you follow Down to your Mountain Rides your recreational last dollar? Hiking mountainrides.org passion. Trail a ski-lift line in the maps—available summer can yield Sun Valley Center for the Arts at either end of the some unexpected 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum; valley—link visitors treasures that can 314 Second Ave. S., Hailey, to endless paths for equate at least to 208-726-9491, contemplation. Test another meal. A sunvalleycenter.org your muscle with hamburger at the miles of trekking Snow Bunny DriveSun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra or simply to vex In at the gateway svsummersymphony.org fellow nature lovers to Hailey is only with your end$3.19. Snow Bunny Drive-In less knowledge of Shoppers looking 801 S. Main St., Hailey, wildﬂower names for a break from the 208-788-6464 and bird songs. sun can ﬁnd barFor those who gains at the Barkin’ Wood River Farmers Markets schlep bicycles Basement thrift Ketchum, 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays through to Ketchum, the store in Hailey and Oct. 9, corner of East Avenue and Fourth Street; price for entry to at the Gold Mine Hailey, 2-6 p.m. Thursdays through the Blaine in Ketchum, where Oct. 11, between Carbonate and County one’s trash really Galena streets, Recreation can be another’s 13 wrfarmersmarket.org District bike treasure. Both stores
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Sun Valley On Ice runs Saturday nights through September 1 promising a dazzling new spin on our traditional outdoor ice show under the stars. For show tickets or buffet and show tickets go to seats.sunvalley.com or call 208.622.2135.
World Bronze Medalist 3X US Gold Medalist
2010 Olympic Gold Medalist World Champion 2X US Gold Medalist
Gracie Gold 2012 US Junior Women’s Gold Medalist
Nathan Chen 2012 US Junior Men’s Gold Medalist
Olympic Gold Medalist World Silver Medalist 2X Russian Champion
Olympic Gold Medalist 2X World Champion 4X US Champion
Courtney Hicks 2011 US Junior Women’s Gold Medalist
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A DAY FOR THE FOODIE The scrumptious but not presumptuous Highway 75 Culinary Corridor
From Bellevue to Stanley, the kitchens of U.S. Highway 75 offer a feast for hungry tummies in the Wood River Valley. It is easy to work up an appetite with the miles of trails to explore and hours of entertainment to pursue during a summer’s day visit to Sun Valley, and cooks here seek to satisfy. Just how many meals can a person enjoy in one day anyway? Depends on one’s appetite, it seems. For some stick-to-your-ribs bacon and eggs with bottomless coffee that will get you down the trail, try Jesse’s Country Grill on Main Street in Bellevue. A slightly cheaper option, but still plenty rich for the long day ahead, is breakfast at the Big Belly Deli on Main Street in downtown Hailey. It has possibly the most-affordable breakfast in Blaine County—and one of the freshest. If mountain biking or ﬁshing or any other invigorating activity keeps you in the south valley for the morning, try lunch at CK’s Real Food on its bountiful blooming patio—fresh, wholesome, affordable and made with love by one of the best chefs in the valley, Chris Kastner. A surprise perhaps even for the seasoned Sun Valley visitor is dinner at Cristina’s Restaurant in Ketchum. More renowned as a lunch and desert venue, the Ketchum classic is bringing its gourmet touch to dinner. For those on the ﬂy or just coming from tying them, try La Cabanita Mex for some horchata as you sort through the extensive menu of Mexican specialties. The unassuming locale by the Ketchum Post Ofﬁce has a great deck and some of
perhaps the only homemade ramen tablecloths and more than one fork, the best service in the valley. noodles in Idaho ﬁlled with ginger there are plenty of those, too. If you are lucky enough to be and mushrooms, try Dashi, two Boca and the Cornerstone Bar in town for lunch on Friday, race doors down from the Elephant’s and Grill serve up excellent cocktails local ofﬁce workers to Rickshaw, Perch. and appetizers if you are looking for serving a variety of delicious Asian Della Mano, Vintage and Globus more than one stop in your evening. street food that includes green curry, all have their own ﬂair and ﬁnely For steamed pork dumplings and pad thai and dandan noodles. If someone in your party is not a fan of spicy food, one of the great Ketchum standbys is Johnny G’s Subshack on Washington Avenue, directly across the street from Glow Cafe, which offers raw food for those seeking not only a smoothy, but something more substantial, perLA CABANITA DASHI haps a sandwich, ravioli, falafel, curry—all raw Glow Cafe Cristina’s Restaurant Big Belly Deli and artfully 380 N. Washington Ave., 520 Second St. E., 171 N. Main St., Bellevue, presented. Ste. 105, Ketchum, 208-726-4499, 208-788-2411, For those just 208-725-0314, cristinasofsunvalley.com feedyourbelly.com passing through glowlivefood.com with a single day Dashi Boca in Ketchum, there Jesse’s Country Grill 220 East Ave., Ketchum, 131 Washington Ave. S., are street vendor 401 N. Main St., Bellevue, 208-928-7703, Ketchum, tacos, a cabin 208-788-9002 dashisunvalley.com 208-928-7773, bocaketchum.com with ice cream, Johnny G’s Subshack Della Mano and if you are 371 Washington Ave. N., 260 Main St., Ketchum, CK’s Real Food there on Tuesday, Ketchum, 208-721-7351, 320 S. Main St., Hailey, you can eat 208-725-7827, dellamanorestaurant.com 208-788-1223, straight off the johnnygsubshack.com cksrealfood.com grill at the farmGlobus ers market. Ketchum Grill 291 Sixth St. E., Ketchum, Cornerstone Bar and Grill But if you 520 East Ave., Ketchum, 208-726-1301, 11 N. Main St., Ketchum, want a place for 208-726-4660, globus-restaurant.com 208-928-7777, lunch with white ketchumgrill.com cbgketchum.com
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crafted food made by chefs with distinct tastes. But if you are looking for Idaho trout or lamb and a meal to please anyone from an octogenarian with a sophisticated wine palate to a toddler with a hankering for ice cream, try the Ketchum Grill.
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SUN VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS path or the 400 miles of single track is exactly zero, leaving gourmands 10 more coin for local cuisine. When it comes to human entertainment, paying for anything is almost against local etiquette in summer. There are free concerts from rock to Rachmaninov, and free art to view both on the street and in the many galleries, especially in Ketchum. There is some street food during farmers markets and various festivals, and a quick and inexpensive picnic can be had at the Main Street Market in Ketchum en route to any adventureâ€”like a fairly inexpensive
concert hosted by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, which in August includes Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Pink Martini and Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples. Around town bus rides with Mountain Rides in Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley are free (one-way fares up and down the valley are $3, $2 for youths and seniors). Itâ€™s true that a single dollar in the Wood River Valley is quickly spent, but a good day can still be cheaper than a tank of gas, even for those who decide to stay the night. Camping in the public domain is, of course, free, although many of the improved sites in the Sawtooth National Forest have no cost.
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GALENA LODGE The ďŹ rst step to recreation in the Wood River Valley is to kick open the door. The second step is just thatâ€”walking, trotting or rolling on some form of wheel. Visitors to the valley can get all the way to Canada without much trafďŹ c. Even if your mission is just to soak in the pools at Sun Valley Resort and ride the gondola to Roundhouse for a meal on Baldy, a few hours spent in the fresh mountain air have a healing touch even for the one-day visitor. There may still be patches of snow hiding on north slopes in the ďŹ ve mountain ranges around Sun Valley and Ketchum, but summer and fall are about everything other than skiing. Golf, tennis, trail rides, shooting, even movies make the legend of a Sun Valley Summer. One of the best and most-economical ways to get a quick orientation to
Sun Valley is to pick up a copy of Matt Leideckerâ€™s waterproof book Exploring Sun Valleyâ€”A Comprehensive Guide to the Boulder, Pioneer, and Smoky Mountainsâ€”a small, rich primer about the local trails, ecology and lore. With a little knowledge, however, comes the realization that one day in Sun Valley is a terrible tease. There are 400 miles of single-track trails beyond the ski resort offerings. Even if you are in town just to try the lift-accessed downhill challenges, explore the network beyond the hill. It is the cure for single-track deďŹ cit disorder. The evidence is all over YouTube. There are lifetimes of adventures up and down the Harriman Trail and beyond into the Sawtooth Valley over Galena Summit. Rivers running throughout and
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Published on Jul 31, 2012