The Destination


Sun Valley & Ketchum

Nestled in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of Idaho are the iconic mountain resort towns of Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho.  Sun Valley holds the distinction of being the first ski resort in the United States.  The thriving town of Ketchum anchors the community and serves as the focal point for dining, shopping, and entertainment.   Sun Valley/Ketchum may have their roots in winter, but a visit during the warmer months will have you understand why the locals say “People come for the snow, but they stay for the summers.”  This alpine haven features world-class streams, endless backcountry to explore, hiking for all levels (against the backdrop of blooming wildflowers), and plenty of clean mountain air.

Lodging & Getting Around

Limelight Hotel, Ketchum
SVWFC  Special Lodging Rate

The Limelight Hotel is the official lodging partner of the SVWFC and is the central location for the SVWFC.   Book your lodging for the Festival & Conference for a special group rate.* Once in Sun Valley/Ketchum, you won’t need a vehicle. You can easily walk or take the free and frequent Mountain Rides bus, which runs through Sun Valley, Ketchum, and the Wood River Valley: Mountain Rides. Should you wish to rent a car, you can do so at the Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. 

*Two-night minimum stay. Based on availability.

Discover current flights and transportation into and around the area to help you plan your SVWFC experience.

Festival Venues & Locations

The Argyros Performing Art Center, the Limelight Hotel, The Sun Valley Culinary Institute, and the Forest Service Park are in many ways the pulse of our community.  The Argyros will be used for featured and key speakers. The Limelight will accommodate SVWFC speakers and visiting attendees. The Limelight patio will feature the SVWFC In-Sight Stage which offers brief discussions, and Q&A from presenters (free and open to the public), The Sun Valley Culinary Institute will feature cooking demonstrations and presentations. The Forest Service Park and Washington Avenue will be transformed into the SVWFC Experience Park with vendors lining the perimeter, movement classes in the center, and music throughout.