Welcome to Village Station

If you have visited the Sun Valley Village in the past few months, it’s easy to see something exciting is happening. Behind a construction wall humming with activity, the new Village Station has been taking shape since the fall and will open for the holiday season on December 16. All this activity brings fabulous new food and drink options and a brand new place to gather and socialize to the Resort.  Village Station will be a welcoming and spacious spot to enjoy a bite, linger over a meal, watch your favorite game, or simply meet up with friends.

Welcome to the brand new Village Station, your stop for family-friendly meals, a welcoming bar, and the latest spot to gather and relax

Sun Valley’s Director of Food and Beverage Jim Snyder explained that Village Station will feature a railroad theme in an ode to Sun Valley’s rich history as a favorite stop on the Union Pacific Railroad. When Sun Valley first opened and for years afterwards, visitors traveled to the Wood River Valley by rail, enjoying a glamorous and scenic ride to the ultimate destination resort. “The restaurant will be filled with touches that invoke rail travel and Sun Valley’s storied history,” Jim explained. To this end, instead of posting information about the resort, ski conditions, and calendar items on a typical big-screen television, at Village Station, guests will learn what’s going on in Sun Valley on a giant solari board that clicks the information into place, just like the train scheduling boards of old. The large, comfortable bar features train symbols and motifs, and model trains will be seen throughout the large, bright, Art Deco-influenced space. One wall will artistically represent all of Sun Valley’s ‘firsts’.

Designed as a family-friendly restaurant, the Village Station menu is stocked with favorite items including pizza, pasta, entrees, sandwiches, burgers, and some tempting appetizers.  Choices will include mozzarella ‘bricks’ (a colossal and yummy take on mozzarella sticks), a classic chopped salad, meatball sandwiches, lasagna, and a long list of specialty pizzas. “There is something on the menu to appeal to every palate, whether tastes run to the traditional or more complex,” Jim said.

On December 16, the Village Station restaurant will enjoy a grand opening to coincide with the lighting of the Sun Valley Christmas tree and seasonal festivities

Take out family-style packs will also be available. “If you prefer to eat at home, come by Village Station for cooked-from-scratch meals, that will be ready to go,” Jim said. “Our takeout area will feature half pans of delicious family-style pastas, delicious pizzas, salads, and much more. There will even be curbside pickup for these items, and room delivery for resort guests. This is a terrific option for busy families.”

If you prefer to linger, which chances are you well might once you see this welcoming space, the Village Station will also be the spot to grab a beer or cocktail and snack while cheering on your favorite teams on four large-screen televisions. Belly up to one of 24 bar stools to enjoy 12 craft beers featuring northwest brewers.  Six will be permanent choices, while six will rotate according to season. In warmer months, the fun will spill out onto a spacious patio and all year round, you can now take a pint to go (as long as you stay on Sun Valley property!).

Sun Valley’s storied history, especially its original designation as a popular spot on the Union Pacific Railroad, is honored in the décor of Village Station

Mixologist extraordinaire Tim Sullivan, has been busy creating signature drinks for the new eatery. He and manager Alan Dickerson said the drinks will be a huge draw. “We are creating eight original cocktails for Village Station, many using local spirits,” Tim said. His favorite? The Track 29 – local gin, muddled strawberry, and yellow chartreuse.

Adjacent to the Village Station, the iconic Ram Restaurant and Ram Bistro are also getting attention just in time for the holidays. A renovation of both update the spaces without losing any of the history and charm that consistently make them visitor and local favorites. The Ram Restaurant will feature an exhibition kitchen with fantastic food as the centerpiece of the experience. After poring through decades of menus, the restaurant is reintroducing historic favorites, the Heritage Menu (think Hemingway hasenpfeffer), from throughout the years the restaurant has been in operation. Fun fact:  The Ram is believed to be the longest-running restaurant under the same name in Idaho.

Mixologist with the mostest Tim Sullivan and Village Station manager Alan Dickerson look forward to welcoming you to Sun Valley’s newest eatery starting December 16

The Ram Bistro will now be connected to the Ram Restaurant by a large flow-through window, uniting the two spaces. “If you are enjoying the new tapas menu and a drink at the Ram Bistro, you will be able to also enjoy the Larry Harshbarger on the piano in the Ram Restaurant,” Jim explained. The menu at the Ram Bistro will compliment other choices in the Village and, “for the first time will offer fondue, including a chocolate fondue for those wishing to indulge in dessert after a movie at the Opera House, a day of skiing or riding, skating at the rink, bowling, or whatever activities have helped you work up an appetite,” Jim added.  The Ram Restaurant will open on December 21 and reservations are still being taken for the holiday season. Please call 208-622-2225 to secure yours.

The reimagining of the Village also includes major renovations on rooms at the charming Sun Valley Inn. For this Christmas season, 25 totally redesigned rooms will be available for guests to enjoy and the all other rooms will be renovated next fall. The new rooms will feature larger, refurbished bathrooms, new fixtures and furniture, as well as new drapes, upholstery and carpet. Like all other enhancements taking place at the Village, including great new meeting rooms, the new guest rooms feature décor and amenities true to the tradition and classic appeal of the hotel.

In addition to the new Village Station, rooms at the Sun Valley Inn and the Ram Restaurant and Bistro are also being reimagined just in time for the holidays

Exciting things are happening at the Sun Valley Village. Whether you plan to book a room for a memorable vacation at the Inn, to indulge in a fantastic meal at the Ram Restaurant, toast the season with friends at the Village Station bar, or to take the family out for a made-from-scratch pasta dinner, you are sure to enjoy all the improvements. Be sure to head over the Village on December 16 for the Tree Lighting ceremony and festival of lights and pop into Village Station for their grand opening.

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