Of all the corners of America, Ernest Hemingway selected Sun Valley for his family homestead. You have to think that Sun Valley's glorious summers helped sway that decision. Surrounded by the 756,000-acre Sawtooth Wilderness, 40 peaks above 10,000 feet and miles of crystal-blue alpine streams, Sun Valley is America's Shangri-La.
Summer here provides you with the greatest luxury in life: choices. Start at the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Sun Valley Golf Course, considered to be the finest course in the state. Then there's whitewater rafting on the Salmon, flyfishing on the Big Wood River and biking down from the 9,000-foot summit of Mt. Baldy (feel smart, not guilty when riding the chairlift up). You can always head to the Sun Valley Horsemen Center and make like Gene Autry as you sing on horseback on a trail ride through the Aspen groves. Or pick from 18 tennis courts, three heated outdoor pools, a world-famous outdoor ice rink or 30 miles of paved bike paths.
If that sounds like too much work, check immediately into the Sun Valley Lodge. Built in 1936, the Lodge retains the glamour of past guests: Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland. If you're lucky, Suite 206 will be vacant. Hemingway wrote much of For Whom The Bell Tolls in it. If it's good enough for Papa, it's good enough for you.
DON'T MISS Sipping a cocktail on The Lodge's outdoor patio on a moonlit night while watching a Snow Valley Ice Show. A marvelous buffet dinner and show: adult, $75, child, $55. Call early. The shows sell out regularly.
BEST DEAL American Express Package: Four nights' lodging starting at $158 per person. Call 800-635-4150, or visit www.sunvalley.com.