Sun Valley for Two: A Romantic Primer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and also the most romantic in Sun Valley. Everywhere you look, lights twinkle on trees, fires roar in the hearth, soft music plays, and the world is covered in a cloak of beautiful winter white. From first dates to over-the-top winter weddings; from proposals to date nights for busy parents, Sun Valley is the place for romance.

Sun Valley is one of the most picturesque and romantic spots anywhere – the perfect backdrop for a proposal, a wedding, or a truly memorable date night

Though it’s hard to find a more romantic backdrop anywhere, there are some Sun Valley traditions that lend themselves to special times for couples. Many revolve around memorable meals. The first is a horse-drawn sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin. This wonderful experience is offered throughout the winter season and is the perfect excuse to snuggle up and enjoy time together. From the moment you board the sleigh outside the Sun Valley Inn, it’s time to get cozy. Find your seat beneath the star-filled Idaho night, and pile on the provided blankets, sitting close to your sweetheart. After about a glorious half hour long ride, you will be met at the historic Trail Creek Cabin by a roaring fire, delicious cocktails and food, and a special tucked away table that invites long conversations and shared confidences. Then, again, board the sleigh for a gentle ride back to Sun Valley. What you do next is up to you.  A nightcap at the Ram Bar or Duchin Lounge? An evening stroll through the Winter Wonderland light display? A chat fireside in the Lodge? It’s up to you. To reserve your sleigh ride experience, please call 208-622-2019 or visit the Recreation Center in the Sun Valley Village.

The romance is built-in on a horse-drawn sleigh ride to the cozy and candlelit Trail Creek Cabin for a dinner to remember. Proposals at this special spot are far from uncommon

Another Sun Valley dining experience with built-in romance is dinner at the iconic Roundhouse Restaurant. This time, instead of your transportation being a sleigh, you will be whisked up Bald Mountain on a gondola with 360-degree views Ketchum twinkling below. Board your car, pull the blankets close and enjoy the ride. Roundhouse, built in 1939, is a one-of-a-kind restaurant. During your night out, you will be welcomed to the restaurant by a blazing, four-sided fire, white tablecloths, outstanding service, and the most jaw-dropping views around. Dinner is as spectacular as the environs. The six-course prix fixe meal includes choices from Filet Mignon to Pancetta-Wrapped Pheasant to Lemon-Peppered Steelhead for entrees. Both Trail Creek Cabin and Roundhouse are favorite spots to pop the question. Once you visit, you will understand why. Please call 208-622-2012 to secure your table.

Our winter wonderland lends itself to candlelit dinners, great couple time on the slopes, and some very special occasions

Enjoying a bubbling pot of gooey cheese together can also be a romantic dining experience. Fondue for two at the Ram Restaurant, Ram Bar or at lunch or après ski at Roundhouse, is the perfect excuse to sit back, linger, indulge and have some fun playing with your food.  In my opinion, a booth at the Ram Restaurant is the most romantic table in Sun Valley over which to share dinner and good company.

Romance doesn’t require candlelight, though. Take some advice from the famous Glenn Miller song, “It Happened in Sun Valley,” that urges:
“Ev'rybody ought to learn to ski for that is how we first met.
We were that Jack and Jill that came down a hill,
When I looked at you my heart took a spill
Took a spill on a hill
It's a thrill that I can't forget.”
Skiing or riding together can be the ultimate couple time, especially when coupled with lunch at the Roundhouse or Seattle Ridge Lodge that offers more breathtaking views. A bonus from Seattle Ridge? Ski down to the Cold Springs lift, built especially for two.

If you and your sweetheart are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind experience, head to the sophisticated Spa at Sun Valley for a special couples package or couples massage

The sophisticated Spa at Sun Valley is the best place for couples to unwind, relax, and enjoy. An indulgent Couples Massage tops the ‘must-do’ list at this beautiful, peaceful retreat. Meet in the coed lounge by the fire and sip herbal tea before being escorted into the spacious, sumptuous couples suite where you will be pampered by Sun Valley’s outstanding therapists. For a one-of-a-kind experience, consider the Couples Sun Valley Escape Package. This experience is nonpareil, with a couple’s bath soak, two 50-minute massages and two Sun Valley manicures or pedicures. It also includes lunch for two in the Poolside Café, two non-alcoholic beverages, and a Spa delighter gift to take home! Delightful, indeed. All services include use of the Spa’s wonderful locker room facilities, the outdoor pool, and the fitness center. Prefer a massage in the privacy of your beautiful Lodge room or suite? That is possible, too.  Appointments can be arranged during spa hours or even after hours with prices dependent on choice of massage, length of massage, and time of service.

Holding hands through mittens or gloves while gliding around the ice is a pretty romantic way to spend an evening, too.  Add strings and strings of twinkling white lights, as well as millions of twinkling stars overhead, and you have the setting for a night to remember courtesy of the Sun Valley outdoor ice rink. You don’t need to be Meryl Davis and Charlie White to enjoy a few spins around this world famous rink. Then duck inside the Lodge Lobby, find a seat by the fire, and enjoy a hot chocolate creation from the bar.

Romantic possibilities in Sun Valley are endless and include a twilight dip in the iconic, warm. and welcoming Lodge pool, complete with quite a view

While summer is traditionally Sun Valley’s busiest wedding season, many couples also tie the knot in our winter wonderland. Winter weddings have an unmistakable charm and beauty. Kat Stansberry, Sun Valley special events planner said, “February and March are our most popular times for winter weddings.  Events at the Clubhouse are pretty amazing with the incredible view of both Bald Mountain and Dollar surrounded by a blanket of snow on the golf course.”

What could be more romantic than a winter wedding in Sun Valley?

There is so much more to enjoy as a couple in Sun Valley, too, from nights out at concerts, après ski, long walks or snowshoe expeditions in sparkling snow, a dip in the year-round heated Lodge pool … the list goes on and on.  Everywhere you look is picturesque, the perfect backdrop for a proposal, a wedding, or just an unforgettable first or 201st date!

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