Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingle

Picture this: You climb aboard the large, colorful wooden sleigh, exhaling puffs of crisp winter air as you laugh, take a seat, and pull a warm woolen blanket across your lap. The night is filled with millions of sparkling stars; the kind you can only see when there are dark, wide-open skies. Or perhaps the snow is falling, lightly or in a flurry. No matter what, it’s magic. The cowboy calls “giddy up,” steam streams from the horses’ nostrils as their hooves begin to dig into the snow. You’re off on an unforgettable adventure over the river and through the woods!

It’s a singular Sun Valley experience – a winter horse-drawn sleigh ride to historic Trail Creek Cabin for a memorable meal

But even though getting there is half the fun, your destination is special, too. After approximately a half hour of schussing over what in warmer months is the Trail Creek golf course, you arrive at Trail Creek Cabin. You are greeted at this historic log cabin by a roaring fire, warm lights, rustic décor, live accordion music, and a wonderful family-friendly atmosphere. Take your seat at the cozy, white cloth-bedecked tables, order a hot cocoa for the children and maybe a warming adult drink for yourself and prepare to be as dazzled by dinner as by the ride. The ambiance in this cabin built in 1937 is decidedly cozy; the food is decidedly delicious.

Welcome to Trail Creek Cabin! Your four-course meal will be just as festive as the transportation to get there!

A four-course dinner follows. Don’t overindulge in Trail Creek Cabin’s famous scones, though you will be tempted to, because the food to come is plentiful and extremely tasty.  Piping hot soup will warm you through, a selection of entrees is sure to please every palate, and don’t forget a decadent dessert. The festive meal is filled with laughter, stories, and memory-making, whether you are a party of 10 or two. There may even be a proposal (I have witnessed one), a reunion, a birthday, or simply chances to connect with friends old or new.

After dinner, your sleigh awaits for the return trip. Again, snuggle up under the warm blankets, pull on your hat, and keep the merriment going as you make your way back to the Sun Valley Resort. You won’t want the evening to end.

Dinner at Trail Creek Cabin is hearty, tasty, plentiful, and just plain fun

Dinner and scenic sleigh rides are an iconic Sun Valley experience and reservations for this experience for the coming winter season are now being taken. The dinner sleigh ride is available Wednesdays through Sundays and nightly during Christmas holiday and President’s Week. Private bookings are also available. Reservations can be made by calling 208-622-2135. This experience is extremely popular, for all the reasons listed above, so if your plans include Sun Valley this winter, now is the time to book your special meal so you’re not disappointed. Reservations are required and do sell out early.

Your chariot, I mean sleigh, awaits! An old-fashioned horse drawn sleigh will whisk you over the river and through the woods on a half-hour journey to, and then from, a wonderful dinner

Other horse-drawn sleigh options to enhance your visit also include one-hour tours that will pass by memorable spots like the Hemingway Memorial and Trail Creek Cabin. Reservations are not required for parties of less than eight people. Children two years old and younger are free and tickets may be purchased at the Sun Valley Nordic Center. The schedule for these rides varies. Please call 208-622-2135 for more information.

A sleigh to Trail Creek Cabin is one of my family’s traditions. After you go once, it will be one of yours, too!

Take a trip back in time to enjoy one of the simple pleasures of an old-fashioned winter. You have to experience it to fully appreciate the sway of the sleigh, the sounds of horses traversing the snow, the delicious fireside meal, the canopy of stars, or gentle snowfall.

Every year, my family makes a point of taking the sleigh to Trail Creek Cabin whether we are entertaining visitors, celebrating a birthday, or just because. It’s always a highlight of the season and will be for you and yours, too.

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