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Valentine’s day special – lunch with a view at Roundhouse restaurant in Sun Valley

February 7, 2014

DSC_0739Celebrate Valentine’s day with an unforgettable lunch with a view at Sun Valley’s Roundhouse restaurant atop Bald Mountain

Sun Valley is home to America’s first and oldest ski resort. And if that weren’t enough, Sun Valley is also home to world-class restaurants like the Roundhouse restaurant which sits loftily midway up Bald Mountain surrounded by pristine ski slopes and long range views of Idaho’s mountains.

DSC_0735An après ski feast meant to be shared!

The menu at Roundhouse restaurant offers a wide range of options, from starters like Fondue for two and Duck Confit salad to main entrées like Quail Fricassee and Pesto-crusted Rack of Lamb. You will be spoilt for choice with the variety of seafood dishes ranging from Salmon and Arctic Char to Steelhead Trout. Leave room for dessert though!

Gondola Ride up Bald Mountain Sun Valley

The adventure begins at River Run in Sun valley, where the Roundhouse gondola runs continuously, ferrying it’s passengers from valley floor to mountain top. After buying your foot-traffic-only lift ticket, make your way to the gondola and grab a blanket or two before getting into one of the carriages. The blankets are a thoughtful touch and keep you warm as the gondola takes several minutes to get to the top. The views get better and grander as the gondola carries you up Bald Mountain. Sunset views are spectacular with alpenglow and purplish-pink-tinged skies kissing Idaho mountain peaks in the distance. Roundhouse restaurant is midway up Baldy and the gondola makes its final stop right next to the restaurant.

DSC_0719-001Interiors at Roundhouse restaurant – warm, inviting, cozy

Stepping into the toasty interiors at Roundhouse restaurant, one is greeted with friendly smiles and soft lighting. Rustic wooden chairs and long tables are laid out, family style. There are cozy tables for couples and twosomes who want to enjoy a quiet moment together over a gourmet meal.

DSC_0720-001Averell’s bar – a great après ski hangout in Sun Valley!

The views from the restaurant are gorgeous, but it is the views from Sun Valley’s very own après ski Averell’s bar that are unbeatable. With glass windows stretching from the ceiling to almost the floor, a clear view of snow-kissed mountains of Idaho beckon in the distance as you tuck into your tomato bisque.

DSC_0730The perfect soup to indulge in after a day of skiing – hot tomato bisque with crunchy brie, creamy pesto and a dollop of crème fraiche - delicious!

Kick back and relax – that is the vibe at Averell’s bar. Tables can be joined together to make space for a family gathering of a dozen or more. Cozy bar stools offer a place to catch up on stories and adventures with friends. Coveted seating is right beside the windows that boast long range views of mountain peaks and slopes covered with fresh dusting of snow.

DSC_0725Starting the evening right – with a locally brewed beer from Sawtooth brewery

I was one of the first ones at the bar in the late morning, since the Roundhouse restaurant had just opened for lunch. Within minutes, there were groups of people walking in, brushing off the snow, cheeks flush with color from being out on the slopes. I noticed that almost all the tables ordered the cheese fondue – no wonder it’s so popular, I bet it’s one of the best ways to warm up. Bubbling cheese and chunks of bread – an impossible-to-resist combination.

DSC_0733Swiss Chip Dip made with gaufrette potato, chili spice and caramelized Vidalia onion with crème fraiche

The restaurant has a more extensive menu than the apres ski bar at Averell’s, which offers appetizer style bites and a handful of selections off of the main menu. But many of the dishes at Averell’s bar are made to be shared, as was evident from the generous portion of Swiss Chip Dip that I ordered. It was unbelievably delicious – the creamy dip a perfect complement to the crunchy crinkle-cut chips. My server was friendly and gracious and made sure I had everything I needed as I dug into my tomato bisque.

DSC_0737Enjoying a gourmet meal with a view at Sun Valley’s popular après ski hangout – Averell’s bar at Roundhouse restaurant

Enjoying my gourmet lunch, I looked out of the window next to me and marveled again at the gorgeous snow-capped mountains set against a glorious blue sky, bathed in sunshine, without a cloud in sight. The vibe at Averell’s and Roundhouse was one of laidback, well-earned relaxation. The gourmet food, the friendly service and the stunning mountain views, along with hearing French and German being spoken at tables next to me – all added up to making me feel like I had been magically transported to the Swiss Alps.

IMG_1729Spectacular views from Roundhouse restaurant, Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley and Roundhouse restaurant make a fabulous place to celebrate Valentine’s day with your special someone. With an endless list of things to do, both skiers and non-skiers will be spoilt for choice with wonderful winter activities. Sun Valley is a short direct flight away from San Francisco and many other major hubs across the country. Plan your romantic weekend getaway and make reservations here for the Roundhouse restaurant now!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

~ Trupti

Disclosure: Ski Idaho, Idaho Tourism and Sun Valley provided for my travel and accommodation in exchange for writing about my experience at Sun Valley ski resort. Regardless, everything I have said in this post reflects my honest observations and opinions.

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