680 Sun Valley Road
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
CELEBS SPOTTED: Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
This week, it’s more of a luxury residence resort. But you ask for celebrity hangouts, and that’s what I’m giving you. Les Saisons in Idaho’s Sun Valley is a beautiful property, dripping with le exclusive vibe. There are 12 residences, each coming in at 1,900 square feet, and folks like Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey eat it up.
It’s one of America’s premiere ski resorts and the scenery is to die for. Everything from the astounding views to the amenities will have you feeling like a star. The staff claims to know everyone by name, which is a wonderful touch, particularly if they recognize me like so: “Hi Karl, here’s your Guinness.”
The Idaho mountains make this a great spot for not just skiing, but fly fishing, hiking, golf, and there are tons of arts in the area, too. There are photo galleries, paintings, even a Sun Valley symphony. Culture out the wazoo, people!
This is the place where Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney hung out from “White Christmas.” And Les Saisons, while more of a time-share sort of thing, is fairly reasonable if you’re looking to get away from it all. Rates start at $300 a night for a 2-bedroom, $400 a night for 3 bedrooms. And in the peak Christmas season, you’re looking at $900 and $1,200 a night, respectively. And those are the rental rates, so if you’re not looking to buy, there’s still hope.
And while there aren’t a ton of recognizable chains in Ketchum, Idaho, there is a Starbucks. The restaurants you’ll find are all unique dining experiences. Ernest Hemingway used to spend time here, and you can, too. French cuisine and European flairs combine, and there are plenty of regional Northwest flavors, as well.
Les Saisons is the perfect spot to enjoy the Bunny slopes. Well, that’s where you’d find me, anyway. I like all my bones right where they are.