For avid outdoorsmen, Park City is a must-visit mountain destination replete with outside activities: mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, skiing… you name it, Park City has it. Situated east of Salt Lake City, the year-round destination is one of the most approachable places to visit — just a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, visitors can hop off the plane and be on Park City Mountain Resort’s pristine snow-packed slopes within a remarkably short time frame. Read below to find out more about the best boutique stays, upscale restaurants, wild west watering holes, and sites to visit in this sought-after Mountain West city.
Where to Stay:
Dating back to the mountain town’s origins as a silver mining hub, Washington School House is one of Park City’s landmark boutique hotels. Interiorly, the foyer leading to the 12 luxe guestrooms reflects a chic, alpine lodge design: soaring ceilings, gilded French mirrors, and a large white lacquered chandelier adorn each space. Slinking into its heated piscine after a day of hitting the slopes is our idea of an ideal après ski activity.
Ideally located within the heart of Canyon’s Village, Lift Park City is a luxurious mountain lodge residence that combines the luxe amenities of a boutique hotel with the intimacy of staying in your own home. The 61 one-to-five-bedroom penthouses are equipped with sleek contemporary alpine design: oak wood flooring, plush furnishings, in-room fireplaces, expansive kitchens, and oversized windows fill spaces with adequate natural light and allow guests to take in sweeping mountain views. Quickly get on and off the chairlift with help from the very friendly on-site ski concierge.
Where to Eat:
Nestled in Downtown Park City’s Main Street, the High West Distillery Saloon is the town’s refined ski-in gastro distillery. Serving upscale alpine fare and a curated selection of High West Whiskey, this sought-after restaurant is one of the area’s most popular dining establishments. (Skipping straight to dessert here, the Grillswith comprising cinnamon roasted Krispy Kreme Donuts, vanilla ice cream, & Rendezvous Rye Caramel is a mouth-watering sweet treat.)
Housed in a circa-1895 brick building, Purple Sage is an American eatery in the heart of Park City’s historic Main Street. Whimsical ceiling and wall paintings of the Rocky Mountains accompanied by a tinted lavender-hued light dress the seemingly rustic space. The refined, casual western menu highlights its house specialty, Purple Sage Meatloaf, as the restaurant’s must-try dish.
For an ambiance that imbues the perfect après chic vibe, head to the KITA at Pendry Park City. This modern restaurant serves Japanese grill-style fare spotlighting fresh sushi, Japanese steakhouse favorites, and delicious ramen bowls along with a curtailed sake menu to pair with every meal.
Where to Drink:
Recommended by Park City locals, the No Name Saloon is famed for its lively saloon aura. The original 1959 Main Bar boasts a unique, arch-bricked ceiling detailed with quirky decor and wild west motifs scattered throughout the bar. Head upstairs to the Mezzanine for a cozy, quieter drink setting along with the year-round heated rooftop area.
Set right off the lobby of the Pendry Park City, Après Pendry is a sleek lobby lounge located right off the Canyon’s Village chair lift — an easily accessible sipping spot. Snuggle up to the dimly lit cocktail bar surrounded by contemporary furnishings and roaring fireplaces. (We’re intrigued by the Hannah’s Choice libation comprising Empress Gin, St Germain, lemon, and mint.)
Where to Ski:
Just a 35-mile drive from the Salt Lake City Airport, Park City Mountain is an iconic ski resort known for its expansive slopes and snow-covered peaks. Connecting two mountains — Canyon’s Village and Park City — this is the largest ski resort in America replete with lively restaurants and pubs at the mountain’s base.
As Park City’s skier-only resort, Deer Valley has a reputation for its exclusivity and pristine ski trails.
Where to Visit:
Walk around Park City’s Historic Main Street
Strolling the historic Main Street lined with 19th-century buildings built during the town’s silver mining boom is a must-do activity when visiting Park City. Before heading to an evening dinner, take some time leisurely popping into Dolly’s Bookstore followed by Overland Sheepskin Park City and The Collective for upscale outerwear.
Book a Spa Treatment
After a long day of skiing, or simply if you just want to channel your most relaxed self, booking a spa treatment at the Rock Resorts Spa or The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge will ensure the utmost tranquility.
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