After a day on the slopes, or a day at the spa, there’s nothing like lounging next to a roaring fireplace as the snow falls outside. Whether you’re in the company of friends and family, or a good book, the warmth of a well-built fire fills the heart. Here are our favorite places to sit by the fire in Ketchum and Sun Valley.
Limelight Hotel’s expansive lobby—perfect for a cocktail, a game of cards, a couple hours of work, or hanging out with your favorite person—welcomes visitors with two glass-fronted fireplaces. Sip a drink, taste an appetizer, and let the flames melt away all your worries.
Sun Valley Wine Company
The Sun Valley Wine Company, in Ketchum’s Town Square, is a wine shop, bar and light fare restaurant. Browse the racks for a great bottle of wine to share, or order a single pour at the bar. A selection of chilled beer is also available. Settle into the couch in front of the stone fireplace and munch on a cheese plate as you warm your toes.
Hemingway knew how to while away the hours at a beloved bar, telling a good yarn. And his favorite haunt in Ketchum was the Sawtooth Club: a rustic, intimate restaurant on Main Street. Plush couches surround a fire whose mantle is home to Hemingway artifacts. Enjoy American steakhouse classics and, bar none, the best happy hour in town. Raise a glass to Papa at this Ketchum institution.
The Community Library
Sure, it is a quieter way to enjoy a fire, but it is hard to beat The Community Library’s double sided stone fireplace. Make yourself at home in one of the chairs that wraps you up like a hug. Read a newspaper or magazine. Utilize Ketchum’s fastest Wi-Fi internet. Brush up on your Hemingway history. Work on the group puzzle. Or simply relax and watch the flames.
Modern design and sheepy décor await those who nestle into the retro orange settee in Hotel Ketchum’s lobby. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase an imposing view of the snow-covered ski slopes on Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain, and a roaring fire casts shadows on furry ottomans. Grab a drink from The Hangout, Hotel Ketchum’s bar, and enjoy the warmth.
River Run Day Lodge
Whether you clocked 20,000 vertical feet or 0 vertical feet on the slopes, snag a spot by the imposing fireplace at River Run Day Lodge in Ketchum. Order your favorite cocktail and grab a plate of artisan pizza before slipping into one of the leather chairs. Or live like a local with a tall boy of PBR and a plate of French fries. Either way, enjoy the free live music on weekend afternoons.
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