This historic mining town is now world-renowned for skiing and snowboarding. Three major ski areas and the Utah Olympic Parks surround the city while the stunningly beautiful Wasatch Mountains provide a backdrop for an array of other winter activities as well. Enjoy a romantic weekend getaway at one of our many fine lodging establishments, dine at dozens of acclaimed restaurants, visit the galleries and boutique shops, or enjoy snowmobiling, fishing, snowshoe adventures, bobsled, luge, horseback, or sleigh rides.
In the summer, relax at one of the Park City, Utah resorts when the snow-covered slopes give way to cool mountain breezes, wildflower-covered hillsides and over 400 miles of wooded trails for mountain biking and hiking, over 100 restaurants, world-class events, and much more. (From Parkcity.org)
Sissy: Park City is our go-to getaway when we need a quick escape and can’t go far. It pleases my husband to be in the mountains close to hiking and pine trees and it pleases me for the same reasons plus great shopping, dining, family activities, and relaxing! Bubby and I have been there so many times separately and together, we are truly qualified to give you the lowdown on our favorite lodging, dining, shopping, and playing picks in that beautiful locale.
Bubby: Let’s start with our top Park City dining picks, cuz ya gotta eat, right? The number one pick for me is Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge. Everybody knows I’m a food snob, and this restaurant makes me feel like a Food Network Star every time. It’s upscale, gourmet cuisine (with a price tag to match), but for that special anniversary or event, it’s perfect! For a slightly more casual palate (and slightly cheaper), try Troll Hallen, also at Stein Eriksen Lodge. For family dining on an affordable budget, nothing beats Red Rock Brewery, which serves delicious American comfort food. I’m not a drinker, but my friends who are say the house ales are amazing. They have great desserts, too, but to be honest, we popped down the street and had ice cream at Cold Stone!
Sissy: How about a great place to stay? I have stayed in various condos and hotels in all the ski resorts and other parts of town and hands down my favorite place to “glamp” is Deer Valley. There are so many choices within Deer Valley including the Stein Eriksen Lodge, the Black Bear Lodge, The Village at Empire Pass, and Shooting Star lodge, just to name a few. All the condos I’ve rested my short body in there have shared a divine rustic lodgy feel infused with the smell of wood and leather. Balconies with pine tree and mountain views and quiet locations abound in Deer Valley. I was just there recently, and one slightly stormy night my son and I went hot tubbing. Relaxing in the warm water with a fine misting of pine scented rain falling upon our heads was simply heavenly!
Bubby: I am a huge fan of quirky, one-of-a-kind jewelry and apparel, and there’s no better place than Park City’s Main Street to find eclectic, hand-made everything. Last year Sissy brought me back a fabulous skirt made of vintage Indian sari silk that she found at a stall during a summer street market. On the other hand, I’ve found some of the most amazing bargains at the Tanger outlets, which are on the opposite side of town. Forgot your swimsuit (beanie, gloves, sweater…)? You can find everything you want at the outlets and still have money in your wallet for fine mountainside dining afterwards!
Sissy: If you are a snow bunny then you’ll know that Park City is synonymous with world-class skiing and snowboarding. Because of the excellent venues built for the 2002 Olympics held here, Park City is a wonderful winter sports training venue as well. I don’t ski anymore (or mountain bike) due to a knee injury, so what do I do in this historic mining town when not eating, sleeping, or hot tubbing? My family likes to go on the luge and bobsled tracks in the summer using wheeled “sleds”. I took one of my besties from California, Lori, on the zipline, and we screamed our heads off (with joy? fear? I’ll never tell..). The summer concerts are great, the mining museum totally interesting, and the Main Street markets and festivals (including the BIGGIE–Sundance Film Festival) are fantastic. During my last visit I went to the Kimball Arts Festival, which showcased magnificent works in many different media. So…there is no lack of fabby things to do!
Bubby: Of all the myriad things to see, do, and eat in Park City, my favorite is to curl up in front of the fireplace (or on a deck surrounded by pine trees) with a good book. My husband with usually get up very early and head off to the wilderness, leaving me in quiet serenity, just me and my beloved characters. I feel more relaxed just thinking about it! Regardless of the season, the Park City area has something for everyone.
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