Sun Valley, Idaho—Sun Valley Resort has completed its current phase of renovations including new culinary concepts and improvements to the Sun Valley Inn, which enhance the guest experience through modern updates, attention to detail, and a refreshed look and feel.
The pinnacle of the renovations is the opening of the Village Station, a new family-friendly restaurant with a full-service bar, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and four large-screen televisions. This casual spot hosts a nightly happy hour from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes 12 craft beers on tap with six rotating handles, along with appetizers such as ‘mozzarella bricks’—large breaded cheese sticks with marinara sauce. Menu items include the short rib ragu with braised short rib, polenta, maitake mushrooms, parmigiana, and herbs. Take-out options are also available and include such dishes as spaghetti bolognese and chicken piccata, available in large and regular portions, based on the number of people.
The Ram, a modern steakhouse with an upscale menu that incorporates locally sourced ingredients, has undergone a complete remodel and now has an exhibition kitchen, nightly wine specials, and an updated menu. Featured dishes include 44 Farms Angus Ribeye, Rocky Mountain Lamb Shank, and Idaho Ruby Trout. Keeping true to its roots, The Ram, which opened in 1937, gives the nod to classic entrees served throughout the decades with the Heritage Dinners, such as The Hemingway Hasenpfeffer from 1954 and the Hungarian Goulash from 1966.
The Ram Bar has reopened following a revamp and now has craft cocktails, batch cocktails served in punch bowls, regional beers on tap, and wines from the Sun Valley cellar. Updates include hardwood floors, a fireplace, three large screen televisions, and new furniture.
“With our new lineup of culinary offerings, we can provide dining options that accommodate gatherings of all kinds, from casual and festive to elevated and celebratory,” say Jim Snyder, Sun Valley’s director of food and beverage. “We are excited to introduce our guests to the all-new Village Station and the renovated Ram and The Ram Bar so they can experience the enhancements first-hand.”
Sun Valley also unveiled phase one of the Sun Valley Inn renovation project. This stage of the revamp includes the first 25 of 105 rooms. The updates will add new carpeting, linens, mattresses, bathrooms, energy-efficient windows, 55-inch screen televisions, and enhanced wireless internet to the guestrooms. A number of the rooms were combined to increase their size and comfort, creating 20 rooms and one suite. The remaining 80 guestrooms will be renovated in Fall 2018, with completion planned for next December. After the project is complete, the Inn will have 98 completely remodeled guestrooms.
“Beginning with the renovation of Sun Valley Lodge in 2015, we have been dedicated to meeting the needs of our luxury travelers by incorporating the modern updates, amenities, and attention to detail guests desire while still highlighting Sun Valley’s treasured history,” says Justin Cambier, Sun Valley Resort’s director of hospitality. “Sun Valley aims to create a timeless ambiance that evokes memories and is rooted in traditions but also looks forward toward new adventures. This phase of the renovation captures this spirit and supports Sun Valley in providing guests with authentic and memorable experiences during their visits.”
Top photo: The Village Station (Courtesy Sun Valley Resort; Photography by Kevin Syms)