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Park City….the birthplace of DELYX LTD…

Park City….the birthplace of DELYX LTD…

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!

Where to Stay

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.

Where to eat

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.

Getting around

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.

Things to do

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!

Tips
  • 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.
Eleuthera, Bahamas – A Flawless, Quiet Paradise…so pack light!

Eleuthera, Bahamas – A Flawless, Quiet Paradise…so pack light!

Interested in a quiet vacation in the Bahamas, but not sure exactly where to go? Consider Eleuthera, a quiet little island, just 73 miles to the east of Nassau. Eleuthera is about 110 miles long and at some points only 1.6 miles wide, surrounded by the Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans. While some choose to do a day trip from Nassau to Eleuthera, in order to feel the true essence of the island, we suggest you fly directly into this little slice of paradise and spend a few days. There are two airports to choose from-North Eleuthera and Governor’s Harbor, depending on where you decide to stay.

Where to stay

Unlike other island destinations, Eleuthera is a very quiet island, void of the usual miles of hotel lineups along the beach. While there are hotels available, you also have various VRBO and Airbnb options. When choosing where to stay, you should first decide which side of the island you will prefer…the sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of the Caribbean or the pink sand beaches and dark blue waters of the Atlantic?

We decided to fly into the North Eleuthera Airport and chose to stay at The Cove, a small 57 room hotel that boasts seaside rooms and cottages, all with awesome views of the Caribbean Ocean.(www.thecoveeleuthera.com). We contacted the hotel prior to our arrival to arrange for transportation to and from the airport. Upon arrival to the hotel we were greeted by the ever so friendly hotel staff, along with refreshing Bahama Mamas as we approached the front desk/check in! <

Where to eat

The Cove has two restaurants on property. The first is the Gregory Town Grill, which is going to be your best choice for lunch. The second, the Freedom Restaurant and Sushi Bar, is great for breakfast and dinner. If you’re interested in having a drink and watching the breathtaking sunset over the Caribbean, The Point Bar is the place to be. Feel like venturing out? Daddy Joe’s was one of our favorites! Located just a short 5 minute drive away from the Cove, this little spot is known for its fresh fish and trademark conch.

Getting around

On the mainland of Eleuthera, you may choose to rent a car or scooter, but taxis are readily available by phone and are usually stationed at the airports, docks, and hotels.

Things to do
Glass Window Bridge

Witness one of nature’s beautiful creations, The Glass Window Bridge.  In addition to being one of the narrowest land areas on Earth, it’s also the point on the island where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Ocean meet. Here, you’ll see the stark contrast of the dark blue waters of the Atlantic with the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. The bridge is located on the Northern end of Eleuthera, just north of Gregory Town (and the Cove). Although previously destroyed by a hurricane, this now man made bridge was originally formed by rock. However, use extreme caution as the  waves of the Atlantic have been known to wash away both people and vehicles!

Harbour Island

Eleuthera is the island of relaxation and for that reason, we spent quite a bit of our time both beach and poolside at the Cove. However, we did venture over to Harbour Island, located just 25 minutes away. After a quick 15 minute ride to the docks and  another 10 minute water taxi jaunt, you’re there! Upon arrival, you are greeted by several vendors eager to rent their best golf carts, the main mode of transportation.  Because of the island’s small size (3 miles long by 1/2 mile wide) and narrow streets, you’ll find touring via golf cart is your best option!

Harbour Island offers many of the activities you would expect on an island, including shopping, diving, fishing, bike/boat rentals, and of course lounging on it’s pink sand beaches. Unlike Eleuthera, Harbor Island also offers a relaxed nightlife for those of you looking for a little nighttime fun!

Beaches

White or Pink? The choice is yours. In speaking with the locals, the best Atlantic Beaches are French Leave, Tay Bay, and Lighthouse; while the Caribbean side boasts Gaulding Cay, Ten Bay, and Rainbow Cay. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Eleuthera has quickly become one of our favorite destinations! The beauty and serenity of it’s beaches helped to inspire this season’s collection, and we hope you are feeling inspired to visit the island yourself! Grab your DELYX essentials and passport, and prepare for one of the most relaxing vacations you’ll ever take!

Tips

 – If you decide to rent a car, consider an SUV for easier access to the island’s hideaway beaches.
– Eleuthera’s busiest season runs from December through April, so plan accordingly.
– There are several festivals (Junkanoo, Pineapple, Conch Fest, etc) held throughout the year so be sure to inquire before booking your trip.
– Don’t forget, in Eleuthera, the right side is the left side! (The natives drive on the left side of the road.)
– Pack your insect repellent for those evenings and late night outings!