As always, the Sun Valley Wellness Festival sets the tone for summer. The best part about this event is it’s a commitment to better, healthier, and happier living, something we all strive to accomplish. This year, the festival was headlined by Arianna Huffington, who spoke articulately to a packed audience about, wait for it… SLEEP! Wayne Pacelle closed the festival with a stirring discussion about creating a “Humane Economy,” one that is good for people, animals, and the earth. Good stuff.
“Pupdates”—the trails in Ketchum and North of Ketchum are still in recovery mode from the winter, and so are some of the roads to the trailheads (be careful on Adams Gulch!). So staying south of town is still the best bet for you and your pooches. There are some pretty great trails on the west side of Dollar—turn up Garnet Street south of Ketchum and park at the little “Hiking Trail” sign. You will even find Camas Lilies blooming up there if you go quick! Farther south, the Croy Creek network of trails are awesome, but it does get hot—and busy—in the afternoon, so plan accordingly. The purple and yellow lupine out Croy Canyon are dazzling. BCRD is the best resource for trail information.
The Limelight Residences are just about sold out; eight of the twelve high-end condo residences ($1.75M to $3.95M) have sold, one is pending, and only three remain available. Clearly, the new construction has attracted affluent buyers, and the effect is obvious and spreading. Several other condos in Ketchum listed at $1.5M or above have sold since the first of the year. The Auberge , Thunder Spring and White Clouds (all under construction) are also adding to our inventory with new luxury units. Boutique hotels in Hailey and Bellevue are opening soon, and Sweetwater is completing many more units in the South Valley. The Wood River Valley is definitely upping its game!
Over the next couple of weeks, our Sun Valley Summer gets into full swing. Here are the things we’re most excited about:
Galena Lodge Opening Day, June 10. The Lodge, of course, one of the coolest places around; yurts, wedding venue, mountain bike trails and so much more… With all the snow still in the Boulders, it’ll be a most memorable and stunningly gorgeous opening day. (maybe bring your skate skis?)
The Wood River Farmers’ Market and Ketch’em Alive both start on Tuesday, June 13. Take a break and make a long afternoon and evening enjoying the good food, music and friends.
The Sun Valley Brewfest is on Saturday, June 17. Enough said? Enough said.