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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Hotel
“Several restaurants and bars to choose from and a really cool place to walk around, complete with shops geared towards visitors of all ages. (Special Note: For the cost-conscious traveler, prices are on the higher end)”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bakery
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“To see and be seen. You never know who you will see there. Wonderful Tuscan flavors from Christina's kitchen.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“My favorite breakfast place in Sun Valley. For a quick grab and go order the corned beef croissant. Trust me on this one. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Skating Rink
“The Sun Valley Ice Rink is legendary and an intricate part of the Sonya Henie movie Sun Valley Serenade. It has outdoor ice skating year around. The Sun Valley on Ice show is a must see on a Saturday night outside under the stars. There is bleacher seating and a dinner on the lodge terrace is available as a package prior to the show. See National and World class skaters performing each week. If you have lunch on the terrace in the summer around 12:30 you can see these fine athletes practicing.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“Our guests have free access to the fitness center and swimming pool at the Inn. First, stop at the Recreation Center to get your passes for the pools and gym. Please send us the full names of all guests in advance so we can have you on the authorized list for passes.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Take a short hike to the top to overlook the entire valley not to mention the town and the real beauty in SV. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Ernest Hemingway loved this area for fishing, hunting, shooting and writing. A quiet memorial overlooking Trail Creek and the Sun Valley Golf Course.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Defnitely a high light for Sun Valley in the summer. The free concerts by the acclaimed Sun Valley Symphony is not to be missed. Come and sit on the grass outside of the pavillion for a picnic and enjoy not only the concert with the Grass flat screens but also the breath taking views of Dollar as the sun goes down. But bring a sweater as when the sun goes down in the summer it gets chilly.”
  • 6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is at the Sun Valley Golf Club. The restaurant looks out to the ski mountain and it's beautiful! One of out favorite places to eat lunch. They have a great bar also. In the summer's you can sit outside and watch the golfers - but the cushey leather chairs inside are our favorite places to relax the afternoon away with great food and good wine! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Brass Ranch is a high end clothing store carrying some of the finest ski wear available. They also have high end casual attire. Located in the Sun Valley Mall and at the base of River Run. Brass Ranch is just one of many unique stores to be found in the area.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
“Beautiful trail behind the Sun Valley Resort where the original, first chairlift once operated. Steep, ridge-line hike or a more shaded loop that skirts the Trail Creek Cabin on the return.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“Golf and Cross Country Ski Clubhouse. Very nice lunches and mid afternoon bar.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Book Store
“Local bookstore with a carefully curated selection of new and old books. Knowledgeable staff.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“Go in the Lodge and visit the hallways where pictures of long ago and not so long ago Sun Valley famous hang. Sit on the Terrace and have drinks or lunch. Visit the new Station, walk around and enjoy all of what Sun Valley Resort has to offer”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
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“At the famous Sun Valley resort. Always busy. Cocktails, appetisers, piano entertainment. More mature crowd. You may see celebrities here.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Right next door is the Sun Valley Resort with dining, cocktail, morning coffee, deli, shopping, spa, swimming, bike rental, bowling, movie, and ice skating entertainment options.”
  • 4 locals recommend