Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Meet me in Sun Valley

Friends on the east coast may be over the snow at this point, but a few asked to hear more about our Sun Valley escape. Sad to say, my camera didn't like the cold, so we'll have to take a quick trip via the trusty iPhone.

Mr. H. and I married here seven years ago, so I may be a little biased, but I think Sun Valley is a magical place. Bald Mountain watches over all the goings on in the valley, the sky seems to always be blue, and whether you're hardcore (like Mr. H.) or petrified (like me) there's a hill or a trail for you to ski. It was home to the world's first chair lift and some of the first classic alpine races in the U.S. (and still holds a place in the hearts of champion skiers). There's a reason why Hemingway called it home, why Clark Gable and Gary Cooper used to frequent the slopes and why now it's no surprise to bump shopping carts with Drew Barrymore at Atkinsons' Market on New Year's Eve or stand in line at Starbucks with Rob Reiner.

The best day this trip? We started the year by snowshoeing out to the spot we were married and marveled at all that's happened since we stood there and said our vows. On the trail back to the Nordic Center we ran into all kinds of friends. Then we settled in by the big stone fireplace at the Sun Valley Club, ordered Bloody Marys and talked until a table was ready for a late lunch.

Just another day in Sun Valley, but some how it felt like magic.

If you go:

Classic choice the Sun Valley Lodge is getting a facelift right now, but re-opens next summer. Knob Hill Inn is small and boutique-y and they make a mean popover in their grill. And there are plenty of homes and condos available to rent.

Michel's Christiania, The Ketchum Grill and Cristina's are all old favorites. Enoteca has the latest buzz. Whether you earn the fondue by skiing all day, or just take a ride up on the Gondola, don't miss lunch at The Roundhouse, where they've been serving up spectacular views since 1939. And for burgers and beers, Grumpy's is a must.

Downhill or Nordic? Skating, sledding or sleigh ride? Shopping or snow shoeing? You won't be bored! (And that's just the winter months - the fun doesn't stop in the summer.) For a list of activities, click here.


  1. Oh Jeanne! I've never been here, but I know what you're saying about that BIASED element.....we were married almost 33 years ago, and went to Carmel California for our honeymoon. We are going back this summer, and I think THAT is the most magical place (next to France, of course!)

    Wherever loves blooms, there's magic. But ski slopes and wonder, that is heaven on earth. HAVE A GREAT DAY! Anita

    1. Hmmm... Anita, not sure where my reply to your comment went!? Anyway, was saying that I love Carmel and it sounds so romantic for you to go back. How fun! Here's to love and magic! XO

  2. Jeanne,
    I think I do deserve a ski trip "out west"- don't you agree. I used to be petrified and now after a few years in a ski clinic, I am mastering black diamonds and love the fresh air!
    Great photos and I loved following your trails and fresh tracks on instagram.

    1. Patricia, I do think you need to come out to our Western slopes. Mr. H. would love to take show you a few black diamond runs! I hate to admit it, but I think my downhill days are over. But classic Nordic skiing is my new favorite activity - such a great way to get the heart pounding while taking in the beauty. And no lift lines!

      Here's to fresh tracks! XOXO

  3. So gorgeous!! I have never been but sure would love to.....looks AMAZING!! Bloggers get together perhaps? We have been to Park City three times and loved it every time.....I think nothing beats skiing out west. Thanks for sharing your beautiful highlights.....congrats on 7 years!

  4. Such a romantic spot for a wedding ~ Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip and the weather was perfect. I've been once years ago so my memory is foggy ;\ Wonderful pictures!

  5. I enjoyed all your photos on Instagram, Jeanne! Just magical!! Congrats on seven!!! Happy Anniversary. xoxo

  6. Love the photos. Looks like a great escape!!

  7. It is truly beautiful, magical really, thanks for sharing with us Jeanne and Happy Anniversary!

    The Arts by Karena

  8. It sounds and looks lovely. I am not a skier but I love the mountains. Maybe someday I will make it there. Thanks for all the great tips. Happy New Year.

  9. Sun Valley looks like a ski and snowshoe paradise!!! I really love that you hiked out to "your spot". Sooo romantic! One day, I hope to take our boys to the top of the Seven Pools in Maui on the Road to Hana, where Mr. M proposed. :)

    Thank you for sharing the insider's guide to where to stay and where to dine and play. I would love to visit one of these will save it for the future!

    We're definitely bundled up on this coast this week. Brrrrrrr!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  10. sounds so special, jeanne. i can't wait to get to our honeymoon destination on saturday--beautiful mountains sans the white icing. i haven't snowshoed this year yet, and last year in canada was surprised at what a workout it was (the terrain was not flat!). happy anniversary, snow princess!

  11. I read this as soon as you posted it, loved it, bookmarked it for future reference but never commented. Sun Valley truly looks like heaven - and this from a person who no longer skis and hates winter! It seems to be the perfect "alpine" escape in the US. Your pictures are gorgeous and thank you for all of the detailed information you included. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, dear Jeanne! xoxo



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