“Having a birthday and a holiday so close together is so fun” said no December or early January baby ever. Generally, people are too busy with various holiday commitments to attend a December birthday party. For years I tried to plan events for my birthday only to be disappointed. Marriage did not improve the situation either. Hubby’s efforts were no more successful than my own. When I was pregnant with my first, I resigned myself to family celebrations and have been pleasantly rewarded since.
This year though, we did something really special for my holiday birthday. Hubby decided to take the whole family on a trip to Sun Valley, Idaho to celebrate. What a treat! We packed up the car and drove the ~6 hours to Sun Valley. The drive was long, characterized by a couple nursing stops, a business teleconference for hubby and a tragic small town diner “lunch” but was, in all regards, easier than hopping a plane to the tiny local airport.
We spent a glorious two nights and three days skiing and touring the cute little town of Ketchum. It was just what this momma needed and was a wonderful birthday gift! One of my favorite parts of the visit was strolling around town (in our new Evenflo Sibby travel system). The Sibby travel system stroller is great because it keeps baby in the car seat and Rainier can hop on a unique rear rolling platform to ride. I’ve never been a fan of the bulky double strollers and refused to get one with Theodore coming along. So this is an awesome alternative! The maneuverability of it is pretty amazing compared to other stroller systems I have used (you can actually turn and steer it with only one hand). Plus, it works great over bumps and (dare I say it, ice patches).
In downtown Ketchum, there are so many cute little shops, restaurants and a wine bar all within walking distance. It reminded me of North Conway, New Hampshire, one of our old favorite destinations when we lived in Boston. I almost snuck away one evening to go visit the wine bar, but alas, both hubby and I fell asleep while putting the kids to bed. Sleep is a huge treat, so it wasn’t a disappointment. We’ll be back and I WILL visit the wine bar!
Every morning we found ourselves at Starbucks for breakfast, mainly because they have a great little kid play nook in front of this great log wall. Rainier was entertained while we ate breakfast in peace. After breakfast on our first morning, we walked down a block and rented skis for Rainier (I know, I can’t believe we forgot his!). Hubby enjoyed talking “shop” with the owner and ski tech.
We visited both base areas at Sun Valley – River Run on day one and Dollar Mountain on day two. River Run has all of the advanced trails. Dollar Mountain is the more kid friendly area. The lodge at River Run was cozy and warm with plenty of space to spread out with kids and a baby! Dollar Mountain is perfect for families with small children. The staff was super friendly and even Rainier left with a few best friends, John and Beth. They were so sweet to him and a big help when he was not quite up to going out in the snow! It was so fun to watch Rainier and his dad on the bunny hill from the lodge while a sleeping baby laid in my arms. These are some memories I will never forget!
Sun Valley was a great little family get away and perfect for the holiday season. We had such a blast, we intend to return in March. I highly recommend a visit there for those within driving distance (looking at you my Salt Lake City friends) or as a destination for those further away. There is an airport in the next town over. Once you get to Ketchum, you don’t actually need a car. Everything is within walking distance and there is a free shuttle that runs through the town to the slopes.
And below I leave you with some pics from our visit.
GUYS! Have you seen those strollers with the little skateboard attachements out and about yet? They are so cool and we got our hands on one recently to try it out for our recent trip to Sun Valley! It’s the @evenflobaby Sibby travel system (linked in my bio).#ad – A couple of positives about it that I enjoy more than other travel systems we’ve used… this is by far the easiest travel system I have used with baby in tow in the car seat and Rainier riding along. – The maneuverability of the cart is so easy with one hand, if you have to take baby out and hold him/her and still push the cart. I have always struggled with being able to push the cart straight with one hand. It’s the worst, right?! – Plus, Rainier loves the little ride along skateboard type attachment. It makes him feel like a big boy and allows me to transport both kids easily, especially one of which refuses to sit in a stroller. (Thank goodness I never got a double stroller – WHEW!) WIN! – So if you have another child on the way and are trying to figure out how you will transport both but don’t want to invest in a bulky double stroller, consider this and check it out now on their website! #EvenfloFirsts #EvenMoreJoy
^^ We spent a ton of time at the Starbucks in downtown. This great log wall is there and you can’t miss it!
^^ We stayed at the Tamarack Lodge and had mountain views out of our windows.
^^ Rainier spent two hours doing laps at Dollar mountain!