The allure of Park City, Utah, is currently so strong that travel writers from New York to California are extolling its attributes in publications like the New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.
According to Denny Lee, the New York Times travel writer who recently spent a blissful 36 hours in this luxurious destination, Park City offers a unique combination of world class skiing and apre skiing. Lee claims that there is so much to do in Park City that even non-skiers should book a flight, buy some flight insurance, and embark on this trip.
Park City Beyond the Slopes
On Historic Main Street, remnants of the town’s mining past are nestled between upscale eateries, hip delis, and fashionable boutiques. According to Lee, the following places should not be missed on your next trip to Park City:
- When not in use for Sundance premieres, the 1926 Egyptian Theater plays host to concerts, comedians, and more.
- At Talisker on Main, you can enjoy hipster fare in a setting of vintage tin ceilings and checkerboard flooring.
- Zoom is the perfect place to enjoy high class food in a casual environment.
- SkyBlue is the bar on the roof of the Sky Lodge, the town’s coolest hotel, and here, you can sip cocktails while sitting in the rooftop hot tub.
- Spa Montague is an amazing blend of massages, hot tubs, and relaxation.
- Downstairs, owned by Danny Masterson of That ‘70s Show fame, offers disco beats and a young crowd.
- The High West Distillery and Saloon has unbeatable small batch whiskey. For a real treat, try the five course tasting menu with the whiskey pairings.
- Sliver, a three story restaurant, is known for its martinis.
Park City: The Fun Does Not Stop
In her recent review of the Utah skiing scene that was published in Food and Wine, Vicky Lowry offered even more must-try places in Park City:
- At Royal Street Cafe, you can try anything from duck confit to warmed brownies.
- Bacchus Wine Bar is a basement gem with a luxurious decor and a long wine list.
- Ghidotti’s is like a Roman villa where you can order from a menu that makes you feel like you are sitting in an Italian family kitchen.
Getting to Park City
Once you arrive in Park City, you will be able to experience everything the snowy city has to offer. This convenient ski in/ski out town will give you the chance to take the triple lift from Main Street to your favorite slopes.
According to Lowry, you can leave New York in the morning and be on the slopes by the afternoon. If you are traveling from the West coast, you can reach the Utah slopes in a mere four hours or less.
Once there, you can easily buy anything that you may have forgotten as well as a few gems that you may not be able to find anywhere else. However, although you can forget your toothbrushes or ski goggles without incident, you should not forget to pack your flight insurance. With flight insurance, you can rest assured that you can recoup your funds even if your flights are canceled due to the inclement weather that is common in this snowy region.
Whether you head to Park City to enjoy the challenge of the Olympic skiers training grounds or just to hit the bunny slopes, you will not be disappointed. If you plan your trip during the annual Sundance Film Festival, you will find that the streets are packed with fur-clad film stars and directors. A destination not to be missed, Park City is one that must be added to your travel list.
Right on! We started visiting Park City about 7 years ago, falling in love with it on our first visit. We looked for a location that would be easy to get to, family friendly, low chance of altitude issues (I had experienced that once), great skiing and a fun town! We struck gold in Park City! Park City is so easy to reach from the airport! I had read it was only a 40 minute drive, but I was skeptical. I figured at least 39 miles were on a forest service road. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a two and three lane highway most of the way! Once you arrive, there are three world class resorts within a 5-10 minute drive of one another. Main Street is also close by all three resorts, providing shopping, fantastic meals, & ski repairs if you need them! The altitude is plenty high enough to have great snow, but low enough to decrease chances of altitude issues. Park City is even better than advertised!
Park City Guide says
Melissa, glad you have discovered Park City and all its perks! I’m biased, but as you have mentioned, there really isn’t any other ski resort towns like it.