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September 2011
By Karen Kefauver
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Written by guest blogger, Karen Kefauver, an avid cyclist and freelance journalist who lives in Santa Cruz, California.

After my first visit to Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho, this summer, I had so much fun that I plan to return next July. Here are some things I liked that you might enjoy also!

1. Read
Pick up a copy of Idaho Mountain Express and check out the online blog, Visit Idaho.

The weekly newspaper (published Wednesdays) has a great events listing and gives you an idea about local issues and people. The blog is updated regularly with ways to explore Idaho, including events year round.

2. View Art
Visit the Sun Valley Center for the Arts
See what is on exhibit!

3. Eat Locally
Shop at the Farmer’s Market
It happens 2:30 to 6:00 P.M. – Tuesdays – June through October. I bought a heavenly loaf of bread from  Rolling in Dough, a local bakery with a booth at the market.

4. Free Music
2011 will be the 12th year of Ketchum’s free summer concerts.
Every Tuesday evening, 7-9 p.m., June 28 through Aug 23, free music, dancing, picnicking, and friends will come together in the Ketchum city park to.
Ketch’em Alive at Forest Service Park

5. Stretch Yourself
Take a yoga class in the town square
Free yoga classes are offered in Ketchum Town Square (across the street from Atkinsons). Teachers will rotate every class and include local instructors. Bring a mat or you can borrow one.
Other fitness options here:

6. Bicycle Around
Wood River Trail
Known to locals as “the bike path,” The Wood River Trail System is a world-class paved bicycle and walkway system connecting all the cities in the Wood River Valley. The pathway is open to biking, rollerblading, walking, running and cross country skiing in the winter.

Bicycling in 2012

2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships These premier races will be held from July 5-8, 2012, at the Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho.The 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships attracted more than 1,000 unique riders in its first year in Ketchum. The 2012 event will feature updated courses and race schedule, both still in the planning phase and will be released once finalized.

Ride Sun Valley
Stay tuned for the festival in 2012
The 1st Annual Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival, July 11-17, 2011, showcased the area’s 400+ miles of continuous singletrack in an event centered around some of the best race courses in the US. Sun Valley is a bike rider’s paradise with over 32 miles of multi-use paved bike paths, two bike parks, and miles of scenic road riding.

Other resources
• City of Sun Valley
• City of Ketchum
• City of Hailey
• Visit Idaho Blog
• Visit Sun Valley
• Visit Sun Valley on Facebook
A1 Taxi and Transportation, 877-726-8294
Miller’s Limo, 208-720-3861 or 208-720-9511

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