Sun Valley Trip with Girlfriends guide

The ultimate girls getaway guide to Sun Valley Idaho- Fall

Looking for the perfect girl’s getaway destination? Look no further than Sun Valley, Idaho! Sun Valley is a great place for a weekend trip to spend time with your best friends. It’s long been a favored destination among celebrities and billionaires the world over, Sun Valley is really for everyone but ideal for a girl’s getaway.

No matter if you are from the west coast or South Carolina, this getaway guide will serve you well. Let’s face it, girl trips are necessary and are actually good for you. 

This charming mountain town is home to world-class skiing, golfing, and hiking trails. The beautiful views of the mountain range takes your breath away. Plus, there are plenty of fun activities and restaurants to keep you busy during your stay. In this blog post, we will provide a detailed guide on how to plan the ultimate Sun Valley girls trip getaway!

When it comes to planning a girl’s trip, there are a few key factors to consider. First, you need to decide on the dates of your trip. Sun Valley is an incredibly popular destination, so it’s important to book your lodging and activities well in advance. I highly recommend visiting Sun Valley in the fall. It’s an ideal spot to spend quality of time with girlfriends. Since some of your friends may not like snow, Sun Valley in the Fall offers the ideal climate for outdoor recreation and day trips in the area.

Second, you will need to determine your budget for the trip. There are a variety of lodging options available in Sun Valley, so you can find something to fit your group’s needs and budget.

Once you have those key details completed, it’s time to plan the fun stuff! When it comes to activities, there is no shortage of options in Sun Valley. No matter what your girlfriends like to do, there are plenty of opportunities for the group to split off and conquer.

Sun Valley In The Fall

Visiting Sun Valley in the Fall and Winter is my favorite. Our long weekend in Sun Valley last week was gorgeous. The weather was in the mid-70’s when we arrived and the trees were filled with gorgeous shades of orange, red and yellow leaves. The weekend weather also included light rain and a bit of snow could be seen in the hills.

In the winter months, a variety of activities to enjoy include,  ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, and more. In the summer, Sun Valley comes alive with hiking, mountain biking, golfing, fishing, and so much more.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Sun Valley girl’s getaway today!

Two women sitting on a ski lift chair
Another girl’s trip in at the Sun Valley Resort

Where to Stay In Sun Valley

We were lucky enough to have friends that own houses in the valley. Consider looking at ARNB and Sun Valley Rentals OR you can’t go wrong with The Sun Valley Resort.

The iconic Sun Valley Lodge is a beautiful property with great amenities. The resort has two golf courses, an outdoor pool, several restaurants and bars, and a full-service spa. Ideal location for exploring the town, hiking in the nearby national forest, and enjoying the views from your hotel room. Other lodging options include hotel Ketchum, the limelight hotel and the galena lodge.

meet me in Sun Valley Sweater

What To Do In Sun Valley In The Fall?

1.  Shopping In Sun Valley

If you’re looking for some retail therapy, Sun Valley has you covered. From trendy boutiques to outdoor gear stores, you’ll find everything you need (and more).

There are plenty of options for shopping in Sun Valley. Besides the resort shops, you’ll find art galleries, sports stores, outdoor gear retailers, and more.

Silvercreek Outfitters is owned by one of my friends and the inventory and selection will blow your mind. The buys are on-trend for the hottest looks for the local Sun Valley apparel. Cashmere sweaters, leather coats, boots, slippers, athletic shoes, unique jewelry, the hottest denim and more.

Sway Boutique is an incredible store if you are looking for top trending brands such as Rails, Paige, and Agolde. You are bound to find pieces you love! They beautifully laid the store out and were easy to navigate! The owner was also an absolute doll, extremely helpful, very kind, and one fashionable lady!

If you’re looking for souvenirs or gifts to take home, be sure to check out the local shops like Huck and Paddle. The store specializes in Western goods-mountain goods are eclectic cabin style.

My favorite home decor store in Sun Valley is The Picket Fence. The beautiful store sells luxurious home decor accessories available. The store is fun to visit just to admire the beautiful art and furnishings.

ketchum idaho sign

2. Best Places To Eat In Sun Valley

No matter what time of year you visit, there are plenty of great restaurants and bars to enjoy in Sun Valley. From casual mountain cafes to upscale dining, you’ll find something to suit your taste. After a long day of exploring or shopping, unwind with a cocktail or two at one of the many local bars.

When you need a break from shopping, enjoy some of the delicious food Sun Valley offers. For breakfast, I recommend the Baked Potato at Bigwood Bread or the Quiche at the Kneadery. For lunch or dinner, Cristina’s for great Italian food. You can’t beat the Vintage for dinner. This is where we held a private birthday event for our friend Stacey.

ladies at a dinner table

The Vintage is a special place. It’s cozy fine dining experience in a tiny historic cabin in the heart of Ketchum Sun Valley. The food is extraordinary, I highly recommend this dining experience. A perfect place for a group of girlfriends. Make your reservations in advance.

Barrio 75-is exceptional if you like Mexican food and a superb margarita! It’s.tucked into the edge of downtown Ketchum with patio views of Bald Mountain, Barrio75 offers insanely good food, chips and margaritas. It’s one of my favorites in town.

In the winter, the Roundhouse is a must! Perched atop the Roundhouse Express gondola at 7,700 feet of elevation on Bald Mountain, The elegant Roundhouse has been serving up memorable meals, soul-warming drinks, and stunning views since 1939.

Other signature places to eat includes,The Pioneer Saloon, renowned for perfectly aged, tender and flavorful beef, is typical of an earlier idaho where wagons rattled down the main street.  The Duchin Lounge is a legendary place that serves up cocktails, imported beer an extensive wine list.

3. Rent Bikes And Tour The Town

Head to Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports to rent bikes. Don’t forget your water bottle. There is no better way to learn the lay of the land than touring the city on two wheels. It’s fun to do this with a group of gal pals. You will find a good bike path around the area no matter where you are. If you like to mountain bike, there are plenty of places in town to rent mountain bikes, so you can take on the dirt trails near the sawtooth mountains.

4. Best Places To Hike In Sun Valley 

For the outdoorsy type girls, take a hike and enjoy the view. This vibrantly radiating carpet and canopy delivers a truly enchanting hiking experience. We’ve compiled a list of our top-five best fall hikes in Sun Valley to help you maximize your dose of vitamin yellow. Outdoor enthusiasts will recommend hiking shoes for some of these hikes.

a. Proctor Mountain- 5 miles- moderate hike

We hiked this trail, see the pictures of the hike. This vibrantly radiating carpet and canopy delivers a truly enchanting hiking experience. We’ve compiled a list of our top-five best fall hikes in Sun Valley to help you maximize your dose of vitamin yellow. This trail will take you right by the Ernest Hemingway memorial and wide open spaces that will leave you breathless.

b. Chocolate Gulch-Norfork Loop- 5 miles moderate hike

If long walks along the river are your jam, then the Chocolate–Fox loop is a brilliant choice

c. Adams Gulch- Sunnyside to Lane’s Trail- Easy hike

This hike is a local favorite if you want an easier grade amidst groves of transitions aspen trees. This short walk is an ideal simple outdoor adventure that offers a scenic view and easy access to the local natural beauty.

two women in Sun Valley Spa
Sun Valley Lodge Spa Gift Shop

4. Spa Day In Sun Valley

After a hike or a bike ride, venture to the spa for a relaxing afternoon before dinner. You can’t beat The Sun Valley Spa for the luxe spa experience. Last time I was there, I didn’t want to leave.

Not only do they have a full-service salon to get your hair and nails done, but they have a fitness gym and yoga studio. On top of that, there are 15 treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, swimming pool, whirlpool and Poolside Cafe. You could spend a full day here ordering drinks poolside, heading up to shower, hanging out in the steam room, sauna and drinking tea in the relaxation rooms.

5.  Go Ice Skating All Year Around

Located right outside of the main lobby in the Sun Valley Lodge, you’ll find a large covered ice skating rink.It’s open all year round and even hosts many famous ice skaters and ice skating shows throughout the year. Lessons are offered or you can just go for a great time. It’s a fun activity for a bunch of girls.

Woman tasting wine outdoors

6.  Wine Tasting In Sun Valley

After a long day of hiking, you’ll want to relax and enjoy some of Sun Valley’s best wine. We’ve put together a list of our three favorite wineries in Sun Valley.

  • Cinder Wines- in Garden City, just outside of Sun Valley.  Cinder Wines is one of the newest wineries in the area. They offer a variety of red and white wines, as well as a delicious rosé. Their tasting room is small but cozy, and their staff is incredibly friendly.
  • Sawtooth Winery- Located in the heart of Sun Valley.  Sawtooth Winery is the perfect place to stop for a tasting after a day on the slopes. They offer a wide variety of wines, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Riesling, and their staff is always happy to help you find the perfect bottle.
  • Sun Valley Cellars- Located just down the road. Gotta love a good wine cellar.
  • The Sun Valley Wine Company Enjoy curated wines, delectable fine food, and a welcoming environment enhanced by the incredible environs of Sun Valley, Idaho. We had lunch and wine here last week. It was a fun place to hang out. A popular place to meet your girlfriends.  The Sun Valley Wine Company exists to be your go-to spot. It’s where folks deepen friendships, refine their palate, and relax.
Pajama Party with ladies

7. Night In- Pajama Party

Plan a pajama night in. Fourteen girls hit Sun Valley running last week. We were all really busy so when we settled into ouu cozy pajamas for the pajama party, it was relaxing and fun. Lots of dancing, eating, drinking and chatting. We had a blast.  So, plan a night in with girlfriends!

8.  Horseback Riding

Western heritage is no better experienced than with a visit to the fabled Sun Valley Stables and Western Horseman’s Center.  Trail rides and wagon experiences are fun for the entire family, from the beginner to experienced rider.  Private and group events are available.

Sun Valley Stables also provides western horsemanship lessons and training programs for children and adults from beginner to intermediate-level riders.

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