Here Comes the Sun: What March Means for Sun Valley
There’s nothing like March in the Northern Rocky Mountains. This is when the area known as Sun Valley really lives up to its name, delivering the bluebird conditions that draw so many skiers to our slopes. March can be one of the busiest times of the season for the ski resort, so we often find fresh tracks through the powder first thing in the morning, and then bask in the sunshine and the longer days in the afternoon and early evening. We’re all getting more than our regular dose of vitamin D.
The sun also brings out the best of us when we’re shifting into spring mode, adding mountain biking and kayaking to our outdoor repertoire, and thinking about the gardens we’ll start tending to soon (if you’re short on space, we love this rectangular botanical bucket planter). This year, even more than ever, we’re committed to time outside throughout the day, slowly breathing in the fresh air as we say goodbye to cabin-fever and cooped up feelings.
And let’s face it: No matter the temperature, this is our chance to chill out beyond the four walls of our homes, rekindling relationships with friends and family members while social-distancing naturally on the patio or around the fire pit. We may be named Latham Interiors, but we also have a fine eye for exteriors, and have helped many of our clients let the outside in through decor reflecting the beauty of locations like East Fork or Chocolate Gulch areas. Nothing is sweeter than seamlessly stepping out to a sunlit evening, where cozy outdoor couches and ottomans allow us to sink back, put our feet up, and retell the tales of our day while a fire crackles.
To fully enjoy March, plan to prep a small party with warm mulled wine, soft cheeses, and mugs of marshmallow-topped hot cocoa for the kids (and you!). You can keep your mittens on for rounds of Pictionary and Charades, or gather around the outdoor coffee table for backgammon and such trendy card games as Unstable Unicorns or The Voting Game. Don’t forget an outdoor speaker, streaming classic après ski tunes (Bob Marley and Jack Johnson) along with modern favorites including Nora en Pure and Thievery Corporation.
Just a year ago, we were wondering what life at home might look like as the pandemic enveloped us in an unwanted blanket of isolation, unpredictability, and detachment from behaviors that warmed our spirits and inspired our intellects. The sun this spring represents so much more than a longer day, it points to a richer life we've been missing and hope to continue to expand within our communities again.
As you continue to look for safe ways to gather and even entertain, outdoor experiences are a great place to start. Here are a few ideas I'm looking forward:
- Game night: This never disappoints and it's such a great way to connect different circles and even multiple generations. It works great on a sun-lighted afternoon patio and can continue into the evening around a well-stocked fire pit. These garden stools double as extra seating and a side table, depending on your need.
- Outdoor exercise circles: With gyms shuttering for a large part of the pandemic, many enthusiasts have moved their routines to parks and parking lots. Sun Valley of course offers many public trails, rivers, slopes and strength-training, considering inviting friends to your property to power through yoga flow or a quick HIIT workout. Make sure your exercise surface is sufficient, and you can protect your gear. This multi-rug serves as great base under yoga mat or for stretching after a more intensive drill.
- Food and beverage pairings: After your workout, how about a lovely wine-and-cheese lunch or a grilled Keto dinner? Some of you may have mastered new culinary skills, while the rest of us have packed on a pound or 10. The sun seems to welcome in healthier cooking and therefore eating, not to mention it's a great reminder of the summer months ahead -- swimsuit season is around the corner. The Northwood lift-top table extends wings out toward guests for easier placement of food and beverage.
- Good old-fashioned storytelling: Connection and community took a hit over the last year, and many of us are in dire need of a chance to talk, listen, and express our care for friends and family. We've all come along way and need space to reflect on what this chapter has meant or will mean to us. Now, perhaps more than ever, we can reach out to those around us and give them the floor -- let them feel celebrate, heard, seen for who they are.
How are you approaching the spring season this year? We'd love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.