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Over 1,500 of you took the survey this spring. We combed through and compiled each vote to verify the tally. Now, the results of our 14th annual Best of the Valley Survey are in—finally—and ready to remind you of what makes Blaine County great.

From dining to dentistry, groceries to the great outdoors, read on to discover the finest the Wood River Valley has to offer, as voted by the people who know it best. Wondering where to go to get a great burger, beer or plate of Mexican food? Did your doctor, vet or favorite après spot make the medals?  Find out in the following pages—and don’t forget to vote in next year’s survey, which will open in early 2023 at

Congratulations to all the winners!

(It's a long list, so keep scrolling)


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.


John Kearney

Ketchum Recreation Director wins Best City Staffer

Dr. Hillary Whipple

Dr. Hillary Whipple springs to the top of the Wood River Valley’s dentists

Nicole Williams

Passion for early childhood education earns Nicole Williams ‘Best Teacher’ for 2022

Not your average (cup of) Joe

Coffee shops, roasters have brought beloved beverage to new heights

Flying high with Chase Josey

Local snowboarder voted Best Athlete for second time

Through her art, Maggie Shafran distills the ephemeral

Shafran named Best Artist of the Valley 2022

Meet the valley’s best artists

Melissa Graves Brown, Jill Lear and Rudy Broschofsky

Hit the deck!

This year’s survey names Ketchum staples Lefty’s, The Warfield and The Limelight as top decks to enjoy

What would we do without the valley’s thrift stores?

Thrift stores make life in the valley better for everyone

Made in the valley

In the kitchen with the makers of this year’s Best Local Products


Our photographer, Roland Lane, asks locals, "What’s the best part about living in the Wood River Valley?"

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