In preparation for a massive renovation, the Sun Valley Lodge has closed its iconic Lodge Dining Room. Diners ate a final dinner and brunch this past weekend in a private, invite-only event that celebrated the historic gem. First built in 1936, the Lodge Dining Room transformed into a five-star dining room after businessman Earl Holding bought Sun Valley in 1977. The luxurious, tuxedo and white-glove dining experience opened in December 1980 and became known as a fine-dining, celebrity destination. Why all the big changes? The dining room is closing to make room for a three-story, 20,000 square foot spa that will include 15 treatment rooms, lockers, relaxation lounges, a yoga studio and a fitness room. Work begins this month, but most of the construction will begin in September 2014, when resort officials plan to close the entire lodge for approximately 9 months.
· Sun Valley says goodbye to the Lodge Dining Room [Idaho Mountain Express]
· Iconic Sun Valley Lodge to Get Major Upgrades, New Spa [Curbed Ski]
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