Ketchum Vacation Rentals and Cabins
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True skiers and snowboarders – and those just starting out – love Sun Valley,
Idaho, the United States’ first winter resort. What was originally established
to emulate Switzerland’s St. Moritz, the beloved resort now welcomes
discerning active travelers any season of the year. Join the likes of Ernest
Hemingway and Marilyn Monroe to take advantage of fresh powder in January and
incredible hiking in August. Sun Valley vacation rentals allow for full
immersion into the small-town atmosphere of the area, a place where
out-of-town visitors feel like welcomed members of the local community.
There’s something so appealing about the half-hidden nature of Sun Valley.
Here in central Idaho, 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. Celebrities
and heads of industry are known to own second (or third!) homes here, 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 Sun Valley
serenity – a place with no pretension and all the outdoor play you could want.
Sun Valley is most known for its outstanding skiing. This is where the world’s
original chairlift was born, giving 400 skiers per hour a ride up the slopes,
compared to the 30,000 skiers per hour who can now whiz up the mountain on the
Roundhouse Express Gondola. While the snow isn’t as epic as some resorts in
Wyoming or Colorado, it is more than sufficient for the swanky clientele who
adore the resort for its history – and its amazing lack of lift lines.
Impeccably groomed trails, long runs, little to no wind and advanced
snow-making equipment make for excellent skiing conditions for all ages and
Fast-forward to summer and visitors are treated to all of Idaho’s rugged,
natural beauty. Outstanding hiking and mountain biking on crenulated
mountains, as well as whitewater rafting and excellent fishing on rushing
rivers, are among the many outdoor pursuits on tap in the warmer months.
Summer brings with it a stimulating lineup of festivals and events, including
the Sun Valley Film Festival, attended in the past by Hollywood legends such
as Gwyneth Paltrow and Clint Eastwood. Unsurprisingly, those with a penchant
for outdoor recreation also place a high value on mindfulness and self-care –
the Sun Valley Wellness Festival knows its audience and has set up shop here
for the past 25 years. As one of the top wellness festivals in the United
States, it offers live speaker presentations, movement classes, workshops and
the opportunity to pick up the latest in wellness products and apparel. From
wine auctions to writers’ workshops, Sun Valley summers are always alive with
something inspiring to do.
For full immersion into the Sun Valley outdoor lifestyle, there are vacation
rentals for every group size, style, interest – and ages. Sun Valley is the
quintessential family getaway spot, with ample parks and playgrounds, skate
parks, ski and snowboard lessons, ice skating, sleigh rides, swimming and even
bowling. Reconnect and share laughs on the slopes, on the hiking trails and
over lively, family-style meals.
Whether schussing down powdery slopes or hiking to new heights, Sun Valley
guests come home hungry. While many Sun Valley vacation rentals woo amateur
chefs with their state-of-the-art kitchens, there are also so many great
eateries in town that you’ll want to leave the cooking to someone else some
nights. Start your day with coffee and homemade pastries, then leave lunch to
the mountainside lodge – after all, there’s fondue at 8,000 feet. Dinners
might mean gigantic Idaho potatoes, sushi, steak or meatless Asian fusion
tapas. Between Sun Valley and nearby Ketchum, there are more than 50
restaurants and nightlife locales. Or, go ahead and use that gourmet kitchen –
but first, pick up local ingredients at the Wood River Farmers’ Market.