The location of Hemingway's Idaho House in Ketchum is a big secret, but we know where it is!
IT'S A BIG SECRET!!
The house sits behind a luxury housing addition out on the road to the slopes and the residents do not want tourists driving through to see the house. The access road is on private property. During Ernest and his widow Mary's lifetimes, the owners allowed them access, but they've revoked it for the public. They want the foundation and the library who administer the house to move it. But the location is so important to understanding Hemingway's life at this time. It faces the Big Wood River and the back, where Hemingway wrote, looks out on a mountain. THAT's WHAT WE NEED TO SEE!!!
Anyway, so there we were in Ketchum, Idaho. We'd driven a long way to see this. It's a long way from anywhere!
We visited his grave site. We walked down through town in a light rain. You know, it's named Sun Valley because it hardly ever rains there, but we hit it on a rainy day.
When you arrive at the Ketchum Cemetery, look out, slightly to your left and back a little way. His grave, and Mary's and Jack's are all under two pine trees. We were not the only ones who visited that day, and mementos had been left on his grave, including a book of his stories in Russian.