Ah, March! Spring is almost here and spring/summer travel along with it. With that in mind, I thought I would write about places for the literary-minded traveler. I stuck to US locations for the moment (although there are so many great places to visit around the world) and I’ve broken the destinations down by the authors that inspired them. Enjoy!
1. Ernest Hemingway – Sun Valley, Idaho
Hemingway had a good plan – winter on an island, summer in the mountains. He wrote much of For Whom the Bell Tolls while staying in room 206 at the Sun Valley Lodge and later owned a home in nearby Ketchum (where he ended his life). Today Sun Valley is the go-to celebrity ski resort, but Hemingway loved the area for its summer/fall natural beauty and the hunting. The Hemingways left the care of their home to The Nature Conservancy and at this time it is not open for tours; however, you can visit the Silver Creek Preserve, also under the stewardship of the Nature Conservancy, where you will find more than 850 acres of outdoorsy awesomeness along this high-desert creek. Popular activities include fly fishing, canoeing, hunting, and hiking on the self-guided nature trail in the same area that drew Hemingway back time and again. The preserve is home to 150 species of birds and the kind of light photographers dream of. In downtown Ketchum, you can visit the Ketchum/Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum which features an exhibit on Hemingway, and a memorial is dedicated to him on Trail Creek Road one mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge. He is also buried in the Ketchum Cemetery.