Discover popular Idaho destinations
Vacationing in the south-central region of Idaho sets you up for a wide range of outdoor activities. Whether the sun’s shining and the mercury’s rising in July, or the snow is falling in February, when you choose a luxury Idaho vacation rental home, you’re placing yourself right in the midst of all the outdoor fun. Adventure-minded travelers will have acres upon acres of pristine forest, rushing rivers, mountain trails and snowy trails to play on, while those seeking a calmer outing can soak in hot springs, go wine or craft beer tasting, cozy up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or go golfing on some of the country’s most scenic fairways.
Idaho vacation rental homes allow your family to relax, recuperate and recreate in this stunning natural area of the state. Celebrities and heads of industry are known to own second (or third!) homes here, particularly around Sun Valley, lavish mountain-inspired residences where they can slip away from everyday stressors and re-energize in fresh, alpine air. Many of these private residences are available for visitors year-round so that they, too, can savor that addictive serenity – a place with no pretension and all the outdoor recreation you could want.
Sun Valley itself is especially appealing due to the half-hidden nature of the place. It feels like a secret only you and your family have discovered, and a place you’ll want to return year after year. Here, those who seek pristine nature can find it, those who crave invigorating mountain adventure are challenged and those who want to check out local art or enjoy a symphony concert can do that, too.
Just down the road, Ketchum, Idaho, sits on the banks of the Big Wood River at the base of Bald Mountain. Ketchum vacation homes put you smack in the middle of what have been called the American Alps. Imagine waking up to gorgeous mountain views through floor-to-ceiling windows or soaking in your private hot tub under the stars. Ketchum started as a mining town in the 1880s, pivoted to sheep raising in the 1890s and landed as a world-renowned ski resort in the 1930s. Today it’s also known as the gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains recreation area. Downtown Ketchum brims with fine restaurants, wonderful shopping and welcoming locals.
Explore local culture in Ketchum, from the art galleries featuring area artists to the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens, from the Ore Wagon Museum to the Hemingway Memorial. If you’re here to get outside, you can find peace and quiet on Nordic ski trails, seek out the powdery slopes in the greater Wood River Valley, hike through the canyons and valleys that surround Ketchum, bike from Hailey to Sun Valley or go fly-fishing on the streams, rivers and lakes so loved by Idahoan anglers.
You’ll find much of the population of Wood River Valley in Hailey. Upscale vacation rental homes here place you 14 miles south of Sun Valley, an easy drive to the slopes and outdoor recreation. Although the community is growing, it has retained its small-town feel and is quieter than Ketchum and Sun Valley. Celebrity homeowners have and continue to invest in the downtown area, helping it thrive and making it a choice spot for a Idaho luxury home rental.
Vacation rentals in Stanley, Idaho, are just an hour from Sun Valley. Staying here is like walking back in time to when Lewis and Clark passed through the area. The Sawtooth Mountains scenery is jaw-dropping and the community abundantly welcoming. Bike, hike, fish, raft, climb – or simply sit back and enjoy a farm-to-table meal on a patio by the river, ride the gondola to the top of a mountain peak or take a nap to the pleasant sound of the Salmon River passing by.
Beyond, you can find Idaho vacation homes to rent in Bellevue and Fairfield, Idaho, both excellent jumping-off points for a Sun Valley vacation. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family or even pets, the private, luxurious residences in central Idaho have upscale amenities you’re hoping for (WiFi, swimming pools, gourmet kitchens) with the comfortable feeling of home. Wherever you choose to make your home while vacationing in Idaho – whether selecting from Ketchum vacation rentals, Sun Valley luxury home rentals or residences in Hailey, your family can recharge and reconnect in style – with all the trappings of a true western adventure, with the luxurious appointments you crave.