Offbeat Things to Do in Stanley

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Stanley is known for its winter recreational activities. But there are other ways to enhance your stay that doesn’t involve being a weekend warrior. To inspire your visit to Stanley, here are fun things to do to make your stay even more memorable.

Immerse Yourself in Stanley History
A Historic Walking Tour of Stanley takes you back in time. In an afternoon, you can travel from 1863 when the first prospectors arrived in Stanley to present time. Along the way, you’ll discover the history on Danner’s Cabins, Sawtooth Hotel, Kasino Club, Shaw Cabin plus many more. Stop by the Stanley-Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce for your brochure on the Stanley Historic Walking Tour.

Waldorf Hystoria – photo by Erica Cole

Absorb the Stanley Culture
Did you know local businesses offer a smorgasbord of activities throughout the winter? You just need to know where to find them! The Stanley Community Library has programs for all ages including: adult coloring, game and movie nights, monthly book club plus other winter programs. Visit the library, located in the Town Square, and ask Jane or Phil for a schedule. Also, check out the local restaurants for karaoke nights, live music, trivia nights and other entertaining ways to simply enjoy life in Stanley with the locals.

Attend a Stanley Event
When the weather turns cold and the snow starts to fly, Stanley comes alive!

Here’s a sneak peak of upcoming events:
Jan 26 – 28:  Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel (S.O.B.)
Feb 9 – 11:  Stanley-Sawtooth Winterfest
Feb 17:  Annual Snowmobile Ride & Ball
March 2 – 4:  Sawtooth Ski Festival

If you’re not the sporty type, being a spectator at these events will surely have you cheering, laughing and maybe even jumping up and down. If you want to participate, you can learn to curl at the SOB, partake in the drag race or three-legged race at the Winterfest or join in the Poker Run at the Ski Festival. Winter is all about fun so bundle up tight for these action-packed events.

Three-legged Drag Race at Stanley-Sawtooth Winterfest – photo by Erica Cole

Make Dinner an Experience
For each course, eat at a different restaurant. Don’t restrict yourself to just dinner….this can also apply to lunch. Why not? Enjoy the stroll between eateries while burning off some calories. Or if the weather outside is frightful, hop in your heated car. For a real treat, combine your feeding time with the Stanley Historic Walking Tour.

Restaurants open in the winter include: Bridge Street Grill, Mountain Village Restaurant, Papa Brunee’s, Smiley Creek Lodge, Stanley Kasino Club and Stanley Sluice. Before you venture out, please check their winter hours.

Soaking in Hot Springs
Thermal hot springs are sprinkled throughout the Sawtooth Valley. Soak in one of life’s natural treasures and find your state of relaxation. The Boat Box and Sunbeam Hot Springs are easily accessible in the winter. Guests at the Mountain Village Resort can enjoy a private hot springs during their stay. It’s truly a restorative experience!

Mountain Village Hot Springs – Photo by Kat Cannell Photography

Embrace winter in Stanley!


Blog written by Erica Cole