With Winter increasingly becoming the new peak travel season, our next blog is a definite must! This location appeals to both couples and families, skiers and non-skiers alike. Park City, a 19th-century silver mining boom town, sits on the south face of the Wasatch Mountain Range, and is the largest ski resort in the United States. It includes both Park City Mountain/The Canyons and Deer Valley Resort. (But please take note, Deer Valley is a ski only area; no snowboarding allowed). Park City also offers tons of off slope activities to choose from and is obviously one of our favorites places on earth as it was also the birthplace of DELYX LTD (see About Us for more details)!
Located just 20 miles from Salt Lake City, Park City is one of the easiest mountain resorts to access. No matter if you rent a car or elect to use a shuttle service, getting to the mountain is a piece of cake. A short 45 minute drive from the Salt Lake City Airport to the base (with no treacherous curves or steep roads), and you are there!
Lodging options are abundant in the Park City area. Choices range from ski in-ski out 5 star resorts to more economical condos. If you’re wanting access to Park City Resort base, a great ski in-ski out option is the Marriott Mountainside (where we stayed), located just a few feet away from the slopes. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy secluded, tranquility, you can’t go wrong with either the Montage in Deer Valley (be sure to say hello to Monty, their Canine Ambassador!) or the Waldorf Astoria in the Canyons.
There is no shortage of dining options in Park City. Phenomenal gastro creations abound from cafe inspirations to upscale gourmet restaurants. Looking for a local, off the beaten path lunch? Try the winner of The World’s Best Lobster Roll competition! Freshies Lobster Park City, delivers relaxed counter service with their specialty menu items (lobster rolls in various sizes, clam chowder, and lobster bisque, just to name a few)!
With its laid back Mediterranean atmosphere, another cozy lunch choice is Cafe Terigo. The lightly fried onion rings and blackened salmon salad were delish! A few other highly recommended options are the calamari and marinated filet steak sandwich. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed!
One of our dinner favorites is the Prime Steakhouse and Piano Bar, an upscale, friendly atmosphere with a great bar and live piano entertainment. While you could easily make a meal from the items listed on their starter menu (the jumbo crabmeat cocktail is to die for!!), you’ll want to revisit often to work your way through their many delicious entree selections. Or, if you’re looking for a great place to cozy up to the bar and watch your favorite sporting event, Brad, the bartender, will greet you with a warm smile and a quick cocktail of your choice.
In the mood for sushi? Let Chef Kirk of Yiki Yama (translated means “snowy mountain”) take you on a magnificent journey of Japanese inspired cuisine. Creative sushi and noodles bowls anchor the selections, but sashimi, hot plates and special sakes leave little else to be desired. Be sure to say hello to Matt (the Owner), and ask to be seated in Stacy’s section!
Lastly, the elegant Riverhorse on Main is one of the country’s top restaurants and winner of many awards and accolades. A stunning, trendy vibe, set in a restored Masonic Hall with local live music, it is the perfect backdrop to explore the eclectic American cuisine offered on their menu. With world class service and extensive wine selections, you are guaranteed to enjoy a perfect evening. Reservations are highly recommended.
Whether you decide to stay slopeside, downtown, or in the canyon, access to all of the area mountains is super easy with the town’s close layout and complimentary bus system which operates 7:00 AM to Midnight daily.
Obviously there are several restaurants that will keep you busy, however, Park City is full of all kinds of activities. If you’re interested in other winter sports outside of skiing/snowboarding, here you can also try snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, or take a spin on the fat tire bikes. Olympic Park continues to be a huge draw for visitors as well. Or, if you prefer to engage in a few indoor activities, Main Street is an ideal location for shopping or visiting the local art galleries. There is even a bowling alley approximately 15 minutes just outside of the village.
One of the activities we chose included the Spa Montage where we enjoyed a relaxing day and spectacular views! In addition to your standard spa treatments, here you can experience the serenity of a spa overlooking the picturesque Wasatch Mountains, or take advantage of the various amenities this spa has to offer; the steam rooms, saunas, indoor swimming pool, hair salon, and wellness center, just to name a few. Please make sure you ask for to Cass…she’ll take good care of you!
After a full day of skiing, snowboarding or any other activity, head downtown to the local watering hole for some refreshments and rehydration. You can choose either saloon style or a more trendy, urban ambiance. Two popular spots are the High West Distillery and The Spur Bar and Grill, but the options are numerous. Are you a bourbon/whiskey drinker? If you choose to visit High West, ask for Nick and request the off menu Spaghetti Western, a unique twist on the old fashioned cocktail. Or, if you prefer the ambiance of live music performances, try The Spur Bar and Grill!
Finally, though the silver is long gone, winter skiing and snowboarding, spring movie festivals, summer cycling and hiking keep this town buzzing year round. Take a chance on Park City…like us, we’re sure you’ll fall in love!
- For you seasoned skiers/snowboarders, Park City Resort accepts the EPIC pass (allows repeated usage of a mountain within a day/season)
- The Sundance Film Festival, held in January, is a huge draw and will affect cost/availability of accommodations.
- Many of the restaurants/stores close depending on the time of season, however, peak ski season generally runs from mid December through March.