Sometimes the best time to visit a winter resort is in the summer when hiking and different outdoor entertainment abound. In Park City, UT we found warm days, beautiful terrain, gorgeous sunsets and great fun. In just under two hours, fly from SFO to Salt Lake City. Rent a car or take a shuttle to travel the additional 30 minutes to Park City.
At 7,000 feet, Park City sits in the Wasatch Mountains. It is best known for the 2002 Olympics, the Sundance Film Festival and (over 130 years ago) silver mining. Many buildings are part of the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a laid back town with a hip vibe and lots to do.
Stay: The Washington School House Hotel is a luxe boutique property conveniently located off Main Street. Built in 1889, the historic limestone school was transformed with plush interiors and a heated pool on an Aspen and Spruce-filled hillside. With only 12 rooms/suites and friendly and attentive service, the hotel provides an intimate place to enjoy Park City.
Each evening, wine and hors d’oeuvres are served in the living room with its stunning 10 foot tall antique mirror and antler chandelier. In the morning, the private chef serves a luscious fare that energizes you for the day. This hotel knows how to provide a great experience.
Across town, you’ll find The St. Regis Deer Valley set in the Wasatch Mountains. Ride the funicular from the street up their spectacular multi-level resort. Guestrooms and bathrooms are oversized boasting comfortable rustic furnishings with all of the amenities. Take in the views from your room or mellow out by the fire garden.
Each evening, delight in sabrage, opening a bottle of champagne with a saber, and join other guests as you sip the bubbly and breathe in fresh mountain air. If money is no object, indulge in the St. Regis butler service – now that’s luxury.
High West Distillery & Saloon, a hot spot in town, is a refurbished livery stable. They distill some of the best spirits around and it’s a terrific place to enjoy a meal and fantastic cocktails. One lunch included pan seared Utah Trout salad and whiskey cider braised short ribs. We paired it with the Campfire whiskey (one of nine distilled by High West) and a mule made with High West Peach Vodka.
After hiking in Deer Valley, we hit the Royal Street Café. With a huge outdoor patio and expansive views of the mountains, it’s great for kicking back. The Deer Valley turkey chill was spicy and good with the RSC blueberry mojito, one of several award winning cocktails on the menu.
The Red Tail Grill is located at the base of the mountain at the Canyons Resort, near where the hike began. Soak up the sun and the sights; relax outside on the deck, and relish a jalapeño margarita with their delicious guacamole and chunky gazpacho. (435-615-8068)
The signature restaurant at the St. Regis is J & G Grill from Jean-George Vongerichten with menu favorites culled from his years as a chef. It’s a great dining experience with knock-out views, a casual chic vibe, and food, wine and cocktails that are hard to stop talking about. Try the Bloody Mary topped with wasabi celery foam and served with an individual dispenser of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. The chilled corn soup and grilled Tai snapper are tasty choices from a menu that doesn’t disappoint.
OTHER ESSENTIALS: Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau
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