Seeing Red

The most romantic day of the year is this Sunday, and it’s not too late to show your special someone how much they mean to you. Even if the thought of trying to find the perfect Valentine’s Day present freezes you with fear, Sun Valley is here to help. No matter your budget, taste, or time constraints, a trip to the Sun Valley Village can take the terror out of creating a special Valentine’s Day. From jewelry, to cashmere, to a simple box of chocolates or a spa gift certificate, it’s all right here.

Sweets from the Konditorei or Chocolate Foundry (paired with Champagne or not) is a sweet way to say  “I love you” this Valentine’s Day

Everyone loves chocolate, but the Konditorei and Chocolate Foundry in the Sun Valley Village improve dramatically on typical, ubiquitous, store-bought heart-shaped candy boxes. In fact, they are offering three special ways to celebrate the holiday and make your significant other’s heart sing. The first, the Champagne and Chocolate option, offers either a half bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne and half-pound heart shaped box of chocolate for $45 (all prices before tax) or a full bottle of bubbly and one-pound box of decadence for $75. If your sweetheart prefers chocolate dipped strawberries, swap out the box of candies above for four or eight decadent milk chocolate covered long stem strawberries. The smaller order is $45 and the full order is $70 and also includes the Laurent-Perrier. Finally, a special gift of handmade truffles hidden inside a beautiful box made entirely of chocolate is also available. The top of this one-of-a-kind box features a white chocolate “handle.” The truffles can be yours for $28. You can also add an eco-friendly soy based Sun Valley candle for $15. I love these candles – they are subtle and fresh! All Valentine’s packages are available February 12 – 14 and can be pre-ordered. Please call 208-622-2235 for more information or stop in to place your order. The Chocolate Foundry is also stocked for Valentine’s Day if you prefer the candy on its own.

The unique boutiques in the Sun Valley Village are overflowing with ideas for the holiday. At the Signatures and Gift Shop, there are choices for every special person in your life

More tangible and long-lasting gifts are available in every store in the Village, too. Stop by Panache for the latest in designer fashion and a huge assortment of cashmere. One great idea? A cashmere sweater that espouses “Rock & Love” on the back paired with red jeans. At Pete Lane’s, you will find cozy pajamas for every member of the family, as well as novel ideas like a red ski helmet, very affordable red pendants, and red, white, and waterproof watches. For your little sweethearts, something from the Toy Store is sure to please, whether it’s a cuddly soft Gund bear or an activity to do together on Sunday. The Sun Valley Signatures and Gift Shop offers a wide assortment of goodies from red and white Sun Valley wear like soft hoodies to decorative heart shaped tin hearts, wall art that declares “Love is All You Need”, and other fun ideas for friends or loved ones.

From small tokens to significant gifts, the Brass Ranch is stocked with great ideas for the special someone in your life

Brass Ranch has a million ideas for Valentines Day, from nail lacquer for under $20 to exclusive Bogner skiwear – all in shades of pink and red. Treat that special someone to a new sweater, a bright beanie for cold days, or something from the Kate Spade line – the latest fashion-forward wallets, knapsacks, handbags and accessories.

Just around the corner for those who take Valentines Day seriously, Towne and Parke Fine Jewelry offers unique and beautiful jewelry from a simple necklace to a diamond engagement ring. Stop by and let the friendly and knowledgeable staff help you pick out exactly what will warm her heart.

Towne and Parke Fine Jewelry will help make this Valentine’s one to remember

One gift everyone could use is a little downtime, especially when it involves pampering. The Sun Valley Salon & Spa offers a full menu of services from decadent pedicures to rejuvenating facials and hot stone massages that are sure to please. You really can’t go wrong with a gift card for a decadent treatment. Really, you can’t.

Love is in the air in Sun Valley. Recently, my friend Melanie was proposed to via an airplane flying a banner high above Baldy while she skied with her soon-to-be-fiancé Will. She, of course, said yes, just in time for a Valentine’s celebration.

Does it get any more romantic than this?

The happy couple. Of course she said yes.

Even if declaring your love on a banner is not in the cards this year, Sun Valley is a romantic place. Reserve dinner for two at one of the Resort’s intimate restaurants, book a fairytale sleigh ride over the river and through the woods, or simply pop in to the Village and find that perfect gift – no matter your budget or taste.

Run, don’t walk to Sun Valley while there’s still time. Whether you want to celebrate your spouse, significant other, parents, children or friends, there is something in Sun Valley sure to make a splash! You’re welcome.

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