The results of the 11th annual Best of the Valley survey are in! Wondering where to go to get a great burger, pizza, beer or plate of Mexican food? Was your doctor, physical therapist or veterinarian a medal winner again?

Click on the title above to discover the best that the Wood River Valley has to offer, from the most-loved dining and shopping spots to the best entertainment, recreation and professional services.

The Best of the Valley survey is conducted online each spring by the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper, for the Sun Valley Guide magazine. This year, more than 2,000 people voted in the survey. Results of the polling are monitored and verified to ensure that no ballot stuffing occurs.

Don’t forget to vote in next year’s survey, which will open in early 2020 at

Congratulations to all of the winners!!

To read the stories in this year's Best of the Valley, click the links below. Or, click on the magazine above to enjoy the complete publication.

Best Nordic trails

Northern tracks are at the heart of a world-class system.

Best teacher

Wood River’s Jesse Neet voted valley’s top teacher.

Best hikes

The valley’s Best Hikes are a quick jaunt from town.

Best city to live in

Locals tout safety, natural beauty and strong sense of community.

Best athletes

Chase Josey, Rebecca Rusch and Muffy Davis excel in outdoor sports.

Why people call the Wood River Valley home

Trails and friendly community brought them here.


Boulder Mountain Property Management

Branching Out Nursery

Christopher & Co.

Fox Creek Realty

Diamond Buyers

Gravity Fitness & Tennis

Hailey Coffee Company

KB’s Burritos

Lago Azul

The Pioneer Saloon

PURE Medical Spa

Sun Valley Figure Skating Club (SVFSC)

The Sun Valley Institute

The UPS Store

Valley Apothecary

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