Established as a silver mining town in the 1870s, Park City, Utah, nearly faded away into ghost-town oblivion before being reinvented as the world-class ski destination it is today. But this charming mountaintop community isn't only worth a visit in the winter when the nearly 10,000-foot mountains of Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resorts are blanketed in snow. Teeming with luxurious resorts, fine dining restaurants, more than a dozen first-rate art galleries and stunning views for miles, the picturesque destination beckons visitors year-round. With a base elevation of 7,000 feet, Park City has a mild climate in the summer and fall, breathtaking scenery, sophisticated arts and culture offerings, upscale shopping and dining and a multitude of outdoor activities to enjoy. From mountain biking to fly-fishing, classic concert series to art gallery tours, there's a world of adventure and excitement to explore in this idyllic mountain town.
Stein Eriksen Residences
The newly built Stein Eriksen Residences offer a truly authentic and luxurious Park City experience. In addition to stunning views, the ski-in/ski-out property boasts accommodations ranging from one to six bedrooms, each flawlessly designed with fine furnishings, unique art and premium finishes. Guests have access to the community’s top-notch amenities, including ski valets and locker rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, daily laundry and dry cleaning services, concierge, and a pool terrace with indoor-outdoor infinity pool, kids’ splash pad, hot tubs and fire pits. The property also has an on-site signature spa and a full-service restaurant. 6702 Stein Circle, Park City, steineriksenresidences.com.
Embrace the charms of Historic Main Street at the Imperial House, a chic four-bedroom condo situated above a cafe and gourmet market. The building, constructed in 1904, dates back to Park City’s silver mining days when it originally served as the Imperial Hotel, a boarding house for miners. The structure has been masterfully renovated and reopened as a rental property, blending the comforts of home with the personalized services of a hotel. In addition to world-class accommodations, the Imperial House offers a private staff of concierges, drivers, chefs and bartenders to customize and enhance your stay. 221 Main St., Park City, imperialparkcity.com.
Montage Deer Valley
Nestled in the heart of the Deer Valley Resort, the Montage welcomes guests to enjoy the elegant sophistication and impeccable service that is synonymous with the brand. The hotel’s 220 guest rooms, suites and residences are tastefully decorated and feature heated bathroom floors, soaking tubs, fireplaces, and private balconies or patios overlooking the surrounding mountains. With five on-site restaurants (including a gastropub with its very own bowling alley), the largest spa in Utah and a roster of year-round family-friendly activities ranging from ice skating to archery to stargazing with a constellation concierge, the Montage is the ideal mountain retreat to enjoy winter, spring, summer or fall. 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City, montagehotels.com/deervalley.
Not only is Firewood a beautiful space — with exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood enveloping the dining room and rich leather seats — the food is exceptional. From the very first cocktail to the last bite of dessert, it’s obvious a great deal of care and craftsmanship goes into every offering on the menu. Exquisite dishes, ranging from octopus salad to smoked pork chops with a homemade tomatillo salsa, are cooked over the open flame of a 14-foot-long wood stove and plated with precision. Windows line the open kitchen allowing patrons to watch chef John Murcko and his team work their magic over the blazing fire. 306 Main St., Park City, firewoodonmain.com.
Red Tail Grill
For casual fare with a side of spectacular views, Red Tail Grill should definitely be added to your Park City itinerary. Located in the Resort Village of Park City Mountain, Red Tail Grill sources local meat and produce for its hearty gastropub fare. The outdoor deck offers breathtaking views of the nearby golf course and pine tree-lined mountains in warmer months and is home to the “ski beach” — a place for skiers to relax in lounge chairs at the base of the mountain — in the winter. 3855 Grand Summit Drive, Park City, parkcitymountain.com/activities/dining.
The Bridge Cafe & Grill
Breakfast with a Brazilian twist is served all day at this relaxed cafe, planted at the base of Main Street's pedestrian bridge (which is skiable in winter). Fuel up for a day of activity with options running the gamut from the light and healthy açai bowl with fresh fruit and granola to the robust and packed-with-flavor burrinho, loaded with eggs, black beans, red peppers and cheddar cheese. As an added bonus in warmer months, you can step out of the restaurant's front door and hop on the Town Lift for a scenic chairlift ride as you settle into a state of post-breakfast bliss. 825 Main St., Park City, thebridgecafeandgrill.com.
The coffee shop, restaurant and specialty market is a gourmand's dream, filled with decadent treasures to satisfy any craving. Grab an espresso and pastry on the go, or sit and savor the fresh flavors populating the breakfast and lunch menu in creative concoctions like brisket polenta hash with poached eggs, braised pork belly BLT or a rotating selection of poutine dishes. 221 Main St., Park City, riverhorseprovisions.com.
Admire the awe-inspiring views of Deer Valley Resort as you indulge in a four-star dining experience at Glitretind, located at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. For the seasonal menus, executive chef Zane Holmquist sources ingredients from the best purveyors in the country, whether it's freshly caught snapper from Hawaii, Iberico pork from the Iberian Peninsula or tender filets from Double R Ranch in Washington state. Whatever you order, be sure to ask one of the restaurant's sommeliers for a pairing from the 10,000-bottle cellar. 7700 Stein Way, Park City, steinlodge.com/dining.
High West Saloon
Bottoms up at Utah's first legal distillery since 1870 and the only ski-in/ski-out distillery in the country! Located on Main Street in a historic Victorian house and livery, the Saloon serves their premium whiskey straight up or blended into clever, handcrafted cocktails. However you take it, it's the perfect complement to the menu of Western Mountain cuisine that includes light bites like baked brie and tempura-fried shishito peppers alongside heartier dishes like grilled pork tomahawk or chicken pot pie. 703 Park Ave., Park City, highwest.com.
There's no shortage of great coffee shops in town, but Atticus doubles as a charming bookstore as well, giving it a slight edge over the competition. Tea and coffee lovers will swoon over the menu of classic and unconventional beverages (red velvet mocha, anyone?), but the cafe also serves healthy breakfast, lunch and snack options to keep you moving all day. 738 Main St., Park City, atticustea.com.
Canyons Golf Course
Skiers braving the terrain of Park City Mountain have no clue they're gliding atop one of the most spectacular 18-hole golf courses in the state. Designed by Gene and Casey Bates, the Canyons Golf Course covers 97 acres with 550 feet of elevation change, offering golfers an unparalleled experience and views to match. 3720 N. Sundial Court, Park City, parkcitymountain.com/activities/golf.
There's no better way to relish the beauty of the area than on a fly-fishing excursion in the Provo River. Set against the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, the outings with All Seasons Adventures include all of your equipment and personal instruction from guides who are both incredibly knowledgeable and fun. Plus, with half-day and full-day options available, you'll have ample time to perfect your casting and snap plenty of postcard-worthy photos to show your family and friends back home. allseasonsadventures.com.
Escape Room Park City
If you're looking for a family-friendly activity regardless of the weather, check out the Escape Room Park City. Explore Utah's mining past with The Mine Trap, an hour-long interactive game that requires complex puzzle-solving skills and teamwork. 136 Heber Ave., Suite 207, Park City, escaperoomparkcity.com.
Spa Montage Deer Valley
Whether you stay at the Montage Deer Valley or not, make it a point to schedule an appointment at the alpine-inspired spa, the largest in the entire state. A 35,000-square-foot sanctuary for the mind, body and soul, some of the spa's highlights include eucalyptus steam rooms, private whirlpools, cold deluge showers, a 25-meter lap pool, and relaxation areas with fireplaces and meditation spaces. Choose from over 50 unique treatments and packages from the spa's comprehensive list of services that encompasses massage, facials, nail care, therapeutic mineral baths and body scrubs. 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City, montagehotels.com/spamontage/deervalley.
Deer Valley Music Festival
The summer home to the Utah Symphony and the Utah Opera, Deer Valley transforms the base of the resort into an outdoor amphitheater for a summer concert series. Pack a picnic or purchase a gourmet basket from the on-site concessions stand for an unforgettable night of music under the stars. 2250 Deer Valley Drive S., Park City, deervalleymusicfestival.org.
Photographs courtesy of Firewood, High West Distillery, Imperial House, Montage Deer Valley, Riverhorse Provisions, Stein Eriksen Lodge and Residences and Visit Park City