Time To Leave Sun Valley
SV October 30-2015 - If there is not a convention
in town, you had better have food at your home or rented condo because you won't
find many restaurants open at Sun Valley. The new Gretchen's elaborate
coffee shop is closed in the afternoon, the Konditeri is closed in the afternoon
and not open for dinner, the Ram is closed period. The restaurant at the
SV Golf Club does not serve dinner and closes after lunch. The
restaurant at the SV Elkhorn Golf Club is closed period.
Ketchum is not in much better. The
Nob Hill Restaurant which only serves dinner, is totally closed. There are
probably one or two coffee shop type venues in Ketchum where you can find some
lunch at 3:30pm, but not at Sun Valley.
The fact is that Sun Valley does not really care
about "locals". Sun Valley is being turned into a convention city.
Like a Spa that is where the money is found. Restaurants will only
be open when there are convention folks in town or a ton of people skiing in the
Evidently, there are not enough people who live
here year around or have vacation homes here, some very expensive, to stay open
to serve them.
So it is time to leave Sun Valley and find a
restaurant that is open all day.
What Does The Future Hold For Sun
SV October 2015 - The town is a mess during the
Jazz Festival. Parking lots are full, restauants are noisy and full and it
is almost impossible to drive on the streets in downtown Ketchum.
The problem with Sun Valley is that when there is
not a convention in town, (they call it slack) many of the restaurants and
places you might want to visit are closed. Trail Creek Cabin is closed.
The Inn is not serving breakfast. The Elkhorn golf clubhouse has a
restricted menu and short operating hours. During the Jazz Festival, the
Ram Restaurant is closed and is used as a hamberger stand.
There is no consistance in Sun Valley. One
person told me today that the Ram was open and Larry Harsbarger was playig the
piano as usual. It was opening at 5pm, they stated. Well, yes in a
sense it was open but not as the Ram Restaurant and no Larry was not playing the
The fact is that Sun Valley is being turned into
a convention facility. One new five star hotel is being constructed in
downtown Ketchum and I can assure you it is not being built with the locals or
part time residence in mind. It will mean more traffic, more crowded
restaurants, no parking locations in Ketchum or in the Sun Valley parking lots.
Prices in Sun Valley are designed with convention
goers in mind. $300.00 to $600.00 a NIGHT for a room in the new, ultra
modern Sun Valley Lodge? Only conventioners on an expense account would
pay those rates. Restaurants are also high when a convention is in town or
special event like the Jazz Festival.
Now, if you ski and have a local vacation home
and like to eat at home, Sun Valley can be very pleasing in the winter.
But the summers are becoming less and less inviting.
Check the Sun Valley calendar and if the Jazz
Festival is being held in Sun Valley or the Allen Company has taken over from
New York, stay home.
The Historic 1936 Sun Valley Lodge Is Open But Not Everyone Is Pleased With The Results.
There is no question that the Lodge was probably in need of upgrading of the water and electrical system and certainly internet wiring needed to be added. But the remodeling went much further. Much was lost in the process.
Many locals have indicated displeasure at the
destruction of the fabulous Lodge Dining Room (LDR). The entire end of the Lodge which housed the LDR, was totally removed to make way for a luxury spa.
Of the ten reasons why people have a vacation home in Sun Valley or visit the area for a vacation, visiting a luxury spa is not even in the top
twenty. The former Lodge HAD a spa that was very nice and served those who were interested. Not only was the fabulous Lodge Dinning Room lost, but the dance floor in the Duchin Room lounge is no longer
and Joe Fos and his trio are not playing there each evening. However,
these is live piano music in the Duchin Room some nights from 6:30 to 9:30pm.
Maybe the somewhat cold and slick new Lodge will in the end turn out to be
financially a good move. Time will tell. However the loss of the LDR
and the evening dancing in the Duchin Room remove two of the reason people came
to Sun Valley. Most people agree that if Earl Holding was still living, he would never
have allowed the classic aspects to the Lodge to be removed.
In fairness, the new Lodge is
beautiful and very modern. Gretchen's restaurant in the Lodge is
as is the Duchin Lounge and the lobby, but the charm is gone.
The two major complaints I am hearing this
August 2015 here in Sun Valley is that Trail Creek Lodge is not open for lunch or
dinner. It has not been open for lunch in years during the summer,
but has always been open for dinner during the summer seadon.
Evidently, the summer weddings and other rental events bring in more money than
operating Trail Creek as a restaurant.
An Op-Ed in a local weekly echoed my
thoughts. If you were not used to the charm and elegance of the Lodge
Dining Room, dancing in the warmth and charm of the Dunchin Room, and never had
dinner in the charming Trail Creek Lodge, you will love the new Sun Valley.
It is modern and very open. Meaning the walls are open in Gretchen's
Restaurant and the Duchin Room so people walking down the hall can look in and
see what you are eating in Gretchen's and what you are drinking in the Duchin
The new spa wing of he Lodge is beautiful
along with its new swimming pool. The locals say Sun Valley is now being
run by a corporation. If an operation does not make a profit, it is
The Konditeri Restaurant was remodeled about
two years ago and is charming and very nice. The food is excellent
and Matt runs a good operation. It is the only Sun Valley restaurant that
serves waffles. The Elkhorn golf club restaurant has an improved menu and
the food is quite good and the popcorn machine is back.
Previous posts from Sun Valley, click
74 At 40
Rent a house now and
enjoy Sun Valley.
Click on the picture below
for pictures of the house and information.
The best event this summer in
Sun Valley is the Killebrew-Thompson Golf Tournament. Kevin Sorbo and his
radio talk show wife, Sam, were the big celebs at the event and it was a huge
success. Early reports indicate the auction produced about one million
dollars for cancer research, which is an all time hight.
People from all over the country came to Sun
Valley for the event. Everyone is touched by cancer and we must continue
research not only for a cure but for better methods of early detection.
All pictures copyrighted 2015 by Tom Read.
All rights reserved.
Speaker of the US House, John Boehner, chats with celebs in Sun Valley
regarding recent legislation. Left, Frankie Randall, Melinda Read,
Speaker Boehner and Allen Pennay. July 2009.
August brings out the celebrities in Sun Valley.
Left, Nancy Kerrigan, who stars in this week's ice show, Frankie Randall,
recording artist and nationally acclaimed vocalist, and Melinda Read, host of
the celebrity interview talk show, Talk of the Desert from Palm Springs,
Joe Foss and Frankie Randall in the Duchin Room at the Sun
Company A commentary and an idea for next year.
Is Live Music On The
Way Out At Sun Valley?
Previously there was a trio that
played for dinner and dancing in the Lodge Dinning Room. Now, the
LGD has been totally destroyed.
Previously Joe Fos (pictured above with the
late Las Vegas entertainer Frankie Randall) played the piano as his trio
performed in the Duchin Lounge nightly. Now, Joe is playing the piano only
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Sun Valley Golf Club through August 23rd.
Larry Harshbarger is still playing the piano
at the Ram Restaurant Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 9:30pm but only through
the month of July.
Valley Needs Quality Entertainment.
Joe Maccarillo passed in his sleep at his long
time home in Hailey.
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