Sun Valley, Idaho - A Mountain Retreat is
the Perfect Place for Summer Fun
Today's resorts offer you the chance to
combine all your vacation elements under the blue skies and sunshine
of summer. "
(ARA) - People have all kinds of expectations
for their vacations - relaxation, a beautiful setting, lots of fun
events, reasonable prices, doing something unusual, staying active.
You may have visited a mountain resort before at the height of the
winter season. But today's resorts offer you the chance to combine
all your vacation elements under the blue skies and sunshine of summer.
A year-round mountain resort area like Sun Valley, Idaho, offers
more than just skiing and snow. Although Sun Valley was the first
area in the United States to be commercially developed as a ski
destination, it has expanded its year-round activities while maintaining
a peaceful, less crowded environment.
Sun Valley and its neighboring historic mining town of Ketchum
are tucked away in the Smoky Mountain range of the Rockies in central
Idaho. It's the gateway to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area,
a region of 460,000 acres of wilderness that is one of the largest
areas of untouched land in the lower 48 states. Not only was the
resort voted best in the nation by the readers of SKI magazine,
but it was also ranked in the top ten for dining, lodging, off-hill
activities and family programs.
Sun Valley has long been a retreat for the rich and famous, from
Ernest Hemingway, who made his home in the area, to Marilyn Monroe,
who filmed "How To Marry a Millionaire" and "Bus
Stop" here. "But you don't have to be rich and famous
to find affordable packages, whether it be for hunting, fishing,
or horseback riding," says Carrie Schiller-Westergard, marketing
director of the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce.
Your favorite warm-weather sports are in abundance, from hiking,
biking, golf and water sports to fishing and horseback riding. If
less-strenuous luxury is more your style, you can gaze at the mountains
while swimming in a glass-enclosed pool or exercising at a modern,
elegant health spa.
The Sun Valley Mountain Wellness Festival over Memorial Day weekend
gives you a unique opportunity to learn and celebrate the ways to
keep your whole life healthy and balanced. The area's natural beauty
provides a setting for over 55 activities that explore health for
the body and the mind. Lectures, workshops and a "hands-on
hall" will feature exhibits and demonstrations of healing therapies
such as massage, reflexology, magnets and more.
The fun continues through summer with music festivals celebrating
jazz, rock and classical. Other activities include an arts and crafts
fair, a writer's conference, home tours and a wine auction. A weekly
highlight is an outdoor ice show under the stars that often features
Sun Valley's tradition of being a peaceful retreat for artists
of all types will be celebrated with the first annual Sun Valley
Film Festival this fall. The Sun Valley Opera House will host the
event, which aims to celebrate and appreciate the practice and art
of filmmaking. A portion of the proceeds will go to help local community
theater groups that support programs for young actors.
"There are great reasons to make a mountain resort your travel
destination all year long," says Schiller-Westergard. "We
have an average of 15 hours of sunlight here in the summer and enough
activities and beautiful scenery to fill each hour."
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