Short after the storm had passed, the snow had melted, and the streets had been drenched in splintered sunlight, it was time to make our way into "downtown" Ketchum. The small area within Giacobbi Square encompasses fabulous restaurants including mountain homestyle cooking at The Kneadery, a quaint movie theater with fresh popcorn, a few adorable shops and yes-- one of the only Starbucks that serves wine and champagne among couches, high beam wood ceilings and of course, a burning fire in an airy, dreamy atmosphere. Popping in at the upscale Sun Valley Wine Co. is a must for a romantic gourmet lunch.
Dinner and drinks at The Pioneer Saloon is an absolute must--but be prepared to wait at least an hour for a table. This Ketchum hot spot does not accept reservations, but sippin' a glass of red wine among natural wood interior, mounted game, artifacts and loved ones is half the fun. The warm atmosphere definitely gets you in the mood to indulge in a famous (huge) Idaho baked potato too!
After a day spent downtown, we adventured a little closer to the Warm Springs area to walk along the close to frozen creek and snow covered golf course. The air an average 15 degrees and the sun certainly not warming me up at all, but that did not stop me from photographing the scenic and picturesque area that was abundant in the area. Needless to say, I already miss Idaho.
The homes of this area are absolutely breathtaking-- I couldn't help but photograph some of my favorites! I love the wood and stone textures complimented with dark glass on the exterior. Living here in San Francisco, we are certainly used to great architecture, but it sure was a change of scenery when cabins and large homes quickly replaced the 1900's Victorians I am used to seeing daily!
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