October 30, 2015
Planning a winter getaway this year? Andrew Harper, the editor behind the luxury travel newsletter the Hideaway Report, offers his four favorite winter destinations where you and your family can have some snowy fun in style.
Sun Valley, Idaho
While Harper believes Vail has the best skiing in the world, Sun Valley, a classic mountain destination in the Idaho Rockies, is his favorite winter escape in the United States. That’s because it’s authentic, real and charming, he says.
“It’s a year-round destination that’s extraordinary,” Harper says. “It’s got lovely, old Alpine charm. On Christmas Eve, the streets are illuminated with candles, and people go for sleigh rides.”
The Kennedys used to vacation there, he says, and probably still do. Like Aspen, the streets can be lined with movie stars on any given day. Demi Moore and Tom Hanks both have homes in Sun Valley, for example.
The skiing is terrific, and there’s a big ice rink in town for those who prefer blades to boards. It also has a one-two punch, he notes, because the picturesque town of Ketchum is nearby. “It hasn’t changed in 50 years.”
Where to stay? The Sun Valley Lodge completed a massive remodel in June 2015, with larger guestrooms, a destination spa, a world-class fitness center, an outdoor pool and new restaurants.