Just last week, a Saturday night dinner at the Ram Restaurant in Sun Valley Village seemed like a great idea. One member of our party was anxious to try the nightly $25 special of Hungarian Goulash, and an evening spent at the beautiful eatery, accompanied by live piano music, and noshing on delicious food sounded perfect. Our decision proved even more prescient when the server announced that the Ram was running a spring special: fondue for two (free!) with the purchase of any two entrees. It was a bubbling, gold prize at the end of the proverbial rainbow!
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The best advice I ever got about living and working in a ski town came from a short and fiery native Idahoan named Mark Fisher.
“The only way you’re ever going to be happy living in a ski town is if you occasionally take a vacation and don’t go anywhere,” Fisher boldly declared, nearly two decades ago.
“Sometimes you’ve got to play tourist too, and remember why you live here,” he said, adding with a devilish, bearded grin. “Otherwise you’re gonna be miserable, and nobody wants to be around somebody who’s miserable. Got it?!”
While Mark is, sadly, no longer with us, his message and sage advice lives on. Whether you call Sun Valley your primary or second home—or you just love the place so much it feels like home every time you visit—it’s always fun to spend an entire vacation by never leaving. Since spring break has arrived, here are 8 ideas for a Staycation Sun Valley-style.
1) Book and Stay and Play Package!
From now until March 28th, you can stay AND ski at Sun Valley Resort starting at only $162 per night, per person, double occupancy. A single day, walk up adult lift is normally $109, meaning you can stay at the Sun Valley Inn and enjoy its world famous pool for about as much as it costs to stay at a Motel 6! The popular Kids Stay and Ski Free Program will also be offered through March 28th, as well. One child (15 years or younger) and staying in the same room as the parent, skis for free.
Have a cellphone and computer free day. And if you’re really feeling adventurous try it for several days. Once you get over the initial withdrawals, it’s really quite enjoyable and there’s lots of other stuff around here to focus on.
3) Enjoy Live Music!
The legendary Lukas Nelson and the Real will be playing a free show at River Run Lodge on March 20th and at Whiskey Jacques the next night. Both River Run and Warm Springs lodges offer live music each weekend afternoon.
4) Go to the Library!
Sun Valley has a long and strong literary history. Heck, Hemingway didn’t just love this place for the food, drink and bird hunting! The Community Library regularly host talks by some of the best authors on the planet. Their seasonal program collections, like the current one “The West: Where We Are,” offer a little something for any interest level. The Children’s Library also offers cool adventure for the little ones.
5) Have a Board Game Tournament!
Although games like Cards Against Humanity should be played with the adult—and probably non-religious—crowd, The Toy Store has a great variety of games for any age.
There are literally hundreds of non-profit organizations in the Sun Valley area and most of them are always in search of volunteers. You could walk a dog, feed the hungry, help clean something up or simply shoot the breeze with elderly citizens.
7) Enjoy Dinner and Movie!
Bald Mountain Pizza and Pasta in the Sun Valley Village offers free movie passes for the Sun Valley Opera House with each meal. And don’t forget to catch Redbull’s The Unrideables: Alaska Range at the Opera House on Friday, March 27th.
8) Go Ice Skating
The Sun Valley Outdoor Rink has long been a popular spot for everyone from Olympic skaters to first timers. Offering some of the best views in the entire Wood River Valley, it’s tough not to feel like you’re on vacation when you glide along on one of the country’s few year-round outdoor ice rinks.
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