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:
WHERE TO STAY:
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.
WHAT TO EAT:
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.
WHAT TO DO:
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.