Summer Getaway in Sun Valley

Summer Getaway in Sun Valley

My Trench (Burberry – old, similar) // Top (H&M – similar) // Jeans // Belt // Boots // Necklace // Sunglasses // Bag

Last week we decided to take a quick vacation to Sun Valley for a few days! It is one of our favorite places to visit and we are so fortunate that it’s so close! (And it is truly my dream to live there one day). The weather is typically quite warm this time of year here in Idaho, but we have been experiencing a lot of cooler weather and rain over the past month. It was a lot cooler & stormier than we had planned when we booked our trip, but we still had fun and were able to enjoy spending some time outside.

Once we made it to town we went for a quick stroll and then out to dinner at our favorite place in town – Pioneer Saloon. It really is a must if you ever visit Sun Valley! The food is amazing and the ambiance is classic Sun Valley.

After dinner we went for an evening swim! Although it was cool, the hotel pool is heated so the kids were able to swim to their hearts content. When visiting we almost always stay at the Limelight. It is such a fantastic hotel in a great location in town, and it is very family friendly.

We had the most incredible mountain views from our room.

After breakfast the next morning we spent some time playing in the kids playroom! We really feel like the Limelight is our home away from home – and the kids even like to wear their pajamas down the the buffet breakfast and to play! This kids room is one of our favorite features of the hotel, and we always spent a fair amount of time playing!

After breakfast we walked over to Atkinson Park where the kids played for hours. We love this park and always come to play when we visit in the summer! It’s such a big park with a great playground – and the kids can literally spend all day there. They even have a splash pad for hot days!

We finally pried them away from the park with a promise to visit their favorite toy store (aptly named The Toy Store) and grab a late lunch. I have to admit – it really is a great toy store with some really unique toys. (They have another location at the Sun Valley resort as well which we visited on this trip too!)

While Sun Valley is known for skiing, there is quite a bit to do in the summer months. You can ride the lift up Baldy and hike, you can rent bikes from the hotel (or at other rental shops in town), you can ice skate, and a bit later in the summer they even have ice skating performances by Olympic skaters! I’m had hoped to perhaps go hiking or ice skating on this trip – but the weather was stormy off and on so we decided to head to the pool again in the afternoon while it rained. The hotel even provides kids robes – which of course the kids absolutely loved!

For dinner we headed to an Idaho favorite – Smoky Mountain pizza! They have a location in Boise we eat at frequently and it is a favorite of my kids. Evan especially loves to make his own pizza!

On our last day we headed out to the Sun Valley resort for a bit of shopping and just walking around the grounds.

My Shirt (Kobi Halperin, old – similar style) // Jeans // Boots // Sunglasses

One last game of tic tac toe at the hotel!

No trip to Sun Valley is complete without a stop at Gold Mine Thrift Shop. This shop is legendary for finding incredible fashion steals – and while 9 times out of 10 I don’t get lucky…this time I hit the jackpot! Digging through the racks I found a vintage St John jacket for $7! And I also found a beautiful Waterford crystal vase. While checking out, the cashier whispered to me that I needed to run over to The Gold Mine Consignment store across the street because she had just bought a Chanel jacket there – and they had tons of other amazing goodies! I ended up snagging a tweed, jewel trimmed Escada skirt suit as well as a Burberry tweed coat.

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A Spring Afternoon at the Orchard

A Spring Afternoon at the Orchard

My top (Zara – old, similar here, here, here) // Jeans // Boots — Cole’s sweater // Jeans — Evan’s sweatshirt (J Crew – old, similar) // Jeans // Shoes

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Last weekend I talked my family into taking a drive up to the orchards because I just absolutely love how beautiful they are in bloom. I packed up a picnic and we tossed some chairs and balls into the back of the car, and drove out for a late lunch and some sightseeing. When we arrived we were greeted by a flock of wild turkeys that were running all over! The kids ended up having a blast finding sticks and playing catch, and I was able to get a few pictures of the beautiful floral foliage. Sharing pictures of this beautiful place seemed fitting for Earth Day and a reminder not to take nature’s beauty for granted!

“Time spent among trees is never time wasted”

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Spring Break in Sun Valley

Spring Break in Sun Valley

Sun Valley is one of our favorite places to visit, so we decided it would be a blast to spend part of the kids’ spring break there skiing and swimming! We arrived up there fairly early on Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day) and grabbed a quick lunch and did a bit of shopping. There is a toy store there that the kids absolutely love that we always visit, and I always love making a stop at Gold Mine Thrift Shop to check for treasures (they famously frequently have amazing designer donations!).

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We spent the afternoon swimming in the heated outdoor pool!

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Headed out to dinner! We stayed at the Limelight hotel and decided to just eat dinner there that first night as they have really good food and they also have live music. It was really festive for St. Patrick’s day, and we enjoyed just relaxing in the lobby listening to music while the kids played in the kids play area. We splurged on their truffle fries (which are amazing), and I also had a delicious arugula salad.

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Monday morning we let the kids play in the kids play room at the hotel for a bit before we headed off for a day of skiing. After skiing we swam again, and took an evening stroll around town.

Coat (Zara – similar) // Sweater // Jeans // Boots

On Tuesday we had yet another full day of skiing! The hubs and I ended up trading off watching Evan on the beginner hill, so we were each able to get some one on one time with Cole taking some more challenging runs.

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On our last night we went to eat at our favorite restaurant in town – Pioneer Saloon! It just has the coolest ambience (make sure to look for Ernest Hemmingway’s gun!), and the food is so good. I had salmon and a “Jim Spud.”

We had so much fun on our little getaway, and I always really appreciate vacations with my family. Life can get so busy, chaotic, and stressful – so getting away and just focusing on one another & having fun is just so important! Many of my favorite memories are our family adventures, and even small trips like this are such a treat for us.

Since getting back home from our trip, I’ve been trying to keep the kids occupied for the remainder of their spring break and come up with some “staycation” activities and fun for them. I’m planning on writing a post about the second half of our spring break with some staycation activities we’ve done in the next few days if you are looking for some ideas!Signature

The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

My Shirt // My Jeans // My Boots  —  Cole’s Shirt (Uniqlo, also similar here) // Cole’s Vest // Cole’s Jeans // Cole’s Shoes  —  Evan’s Shirt // Evan’s Vest // Evan’s Jeans // Evan’s Boots

Is it really fall until you’ve been to the pumpkin patch?! (It’s not!) This past weekend we finally made it out to our favorite local pumpkin patch, The Farmstead. We always have an absolute blast and it is something we look forward to doing every single year. It is a tradition to walk out into the field and we each pick our pumpkin that we will carve for Halloween! A friend of mine has a really cute rule, that has stuck and become ours as well…and that rule is that you must choose a pumpkin you can carry. If you can’t pick it up and carry it to the wagon, then you can’t choose that one! It makes it a little bit more fun, as the kids will spend some time looking for the biggest pumpkin they can possibly carry!

There is so much more to do at The Farmstead than just pick pumpkins and some of my kid’s favorite activities include; Rusty the dragon, the potato sack slide, the corn maze, the apple blaster, the “corn” box, the zipline, and barnyard ball! There are so many activities to do, it really does take a full day to get to everything. This year we decided to do something a little different and go during the evening so we could watch the fireworks, and the show was well worth it. And because one trip just isn’t enough, we’ve already purchased bounce back passes (The Farmstead offers discounted tickets for a return visit!) and plan to go again one more time before they close for the season!

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Mountain Escape

Mountain Escape

One of the things I love so much about Idaho is how much there is to do! I feel like we have never-ending opportunities for fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. It’s one of the biggest reasons I wanted to move here! Living in Palm Desert definitely had some perks – proximity to the beach and big cities with San Diego and Los Angeles both a two hour drive away. The desert is absolutely a great vacation destination with golf, shopping, and resort pools – but I always found that family friendly activities for year round residents were a bit lacking. Plus it was so dang hot, it was hard to be outside for much of the year. And being cooped up inside with kids for months at a time…well you get the idea!

That said, winters in Boise can be a bit of a challenge. It does get cold here & as we are in a valley surrounded by mountains we get inversions from time to time. Where not only does it get bitterly cold, but it gets really dreary. Fortunately, all it takes is a quick drive up to the mountains to enjoy the clear sky & warmer temperatures! Since we don’t have enough snow yet for skiing, this past weekend we headed 30 miles up the road to Idaho City to go to our favorite daytime retreat – The Springs.

Fun bit of trivia – Idaho City used to be the largest city in the Pacific Northwest during the gold rush of the 1800s. Now its a quaint little old-west town that has maintained its historic charm. The Springs is a natural hot springs retreat with a pool, hot tub, sauna, and small private pools. They have a little cafe and also offer massages! They limit the number of guests daily which keeps it a relaxing experience. We try to get up here at least once a month for a fun family swim that can be enjoyed year round!

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