Play: Park City is a celebrated playground where the only thing that’s difficult is deciding what to do. Our trip coincided with the Park City Wine & Food Classic. We savored incredible food and wine tastings and witnessed amazing cooking demos. There are even outdoor adventures (like group hiking and biking) followed by events with top chefs and winemakers. The Stroll of Park City took us up and down Main Street (including to restaurants with second floor balconies) for delicious taste treats, cocktails and wine.
You’ll discover the town’s past from mining to skiing at the Park City Museum. Kimball Art Center is the place for exhibits, classes and tours.
Get up to speed about the 2002 Winter Olympics at Utah Olympic Park. See the memorabilia on display then take an up-close guided tour of the Olympic luge and ski jump runs. If you’re daring, race down the bobsled track. Today, the 400 acres are used for competitions and training.
Park City has over 400 miles of public trails so hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are hugely popular. In Deer Valley, we met our guide at Snow Park Lodge and had an invigorating half-day hike across meadows full of wildflowers and through Aspen forests. The views are stunning.
At the Canyons, we took off with our guide on the Lookout Ridge Trail. A number of hikes are available from easy to strenuous with one thing in common – breathtaking scenery.
When it was time to revitalize, we headed to the luxurious Spa Montage at the Montage Deer Valley. Meditation areas, hydrotherapy, herbal mineral baths, deep tissue massages and other treatments are available – they cater to your every desire.
Additionally, the Remède Spa at the St. Regis fully services your needs and in-room massages are available at the Washington School House Hotel. All the hotels have pools.
In the summertime, the Utah Symphony and Opera team up with the Deer Valley Music Festival. In the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (just steps from the St. Regis), we enjoyed a patriotic celebration of music and ordered a gourmet picnic dinner delivered to our blanket on the grass.
For late night entertainment, the scene is at the bars and cafes along Main Street. The Sidecar should be the last stop.
Find lots of outdoor gear at each of the resort shopping areas (Canyons and Deer Valley) and along colorful Main Street. For a local favorite, try the cosmic deli and mud bar at Mountain Body Spa. And for cowboy classics, it’s Burns Cowboy Shop. Explore charming galleries, book stores, boutiques and don’t forget the museum and park shops.
OTHER ESSENTIALS: Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau
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