The Sun Valley Lodge offers the intrepid visitor a rare and thrilling opportunity: the chance to unobtrusively observe that rare and imperiled species, the American Leisure Class, in its natural habitat. The decor might discreetly be described as overstuffed Republican, with plush leather arm chairs and an encyclopedic array of plaids. Across the expansive and manicured lawns, tow-headed armies of children frolic, secure in their second tier Ivy League destinies, as somnambulant Mommies in Lily Pulitzer absentmindedly push Graco carriages past the reassuring windows of the Day Spa. In the dark man cave of the bar, beneath penetrating portraits of famous golfers, husbands nobly staving off middle-aged spread swap scores of their respective amateur sports leagues. Guests can take a short drive into nearby Ketchum to watch these majestic, haunting creatures at play: buying Orvis fly fishing gear, or eating prime rib under giant, taxidermied effigies of the cattle whose slaughter so magnanimously provided the pink slabs of meat on their plates. In trendy coffee houses, distressingly thin women in spandex mid-drifts buy incongruous amounts of pastry. Fascinatingly enough, consumers pay for everything (no matter how nominal the cost) with credit cards. The purchase of breath mints, chewing gum or bottled water require a laborious swipe, a signature, and correlative I.D. Cash exists as mere nostalgia. In spite of its striking mountain setting, the Lodge is unmistakably suburban in feel, from the ethnic homogeneity of its placid staff to its condominium-style dwellings. Prepare to be hermetically sealed in the reassuring embrace of Eisenhower's America, before the discombobulating impact of progressive politics and the unseemly tumult of social change. Rest securely in your innate sense of privilege. And extend your stay indefinitely, to ward off the corrosive bolts and jolts of a world hellbent on marginalizing your place in it. Here, in this buttery enclave, rest assured that you will forever be the majority.
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Valley Hotel Sun Valley
- Sun Valley Lodge Idaho