Sun Valley, Idaho

Stepping through the threshold of the Sun Valley Lodge, in Ketchum, Idaho, is like catapulting back in time and landing on an ornate overstuffed pillow. The lobby opens to a grand room framed by oriental rugs, clubby chairs, a roaring fire and, at the right time of day, the tinkling of piano keys from the swishy bar beyond. The lodge is the crown jewel of a railroad titan’s master plan to build a resort where guests could “rough it in style,” and is one of many unconventional spots in Sun Valley, the ski mountain included, that cater to comfort seekers.

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