John and I traveled to Park City, Utah with a couple friends on a five day skiing and snowboarding trip the last week in February. We flew into Salt Lake City International Airport on Wednesday which is about a 3.5 hour flight from Chicago and a 35 minute drive to Park City. Renting a car is definitely your best bet if you want to venture off the resort since there is quite a bit to do and see in or around Park City.
We lodged at the Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, a fairly large ski resort sitting at the base of the Canyons ski area and about 5 miles from Downtown Park City. Upon arriving, we were greeted by a friendly and accommodating staff with homemade cookies and bottles of water. We reserved a luxury suite through Expedia averaging around $400 a night, but we were pleasantly surprised to walk into what looked more like a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo with a kitchenette, dining area, balcony, living room, fireplace, whirl pool, 2 flat screen TVs and a steam sauna shower. It was spacious and comfortable for two adults. Being that it was just the two of us and we didn’t spend a lot of time at the resort, I would have preferred to stay in a smaller boutique hotel, but this is a great resort for families and large groups. We ate a late lunch at Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, one of the resort’s two dining options with a variety of pub food and appetizers to choose from ranging from hand-crafted burgers, pizzas, tacos, chili and desserts. It was a favorable choice on an empty stomach.
On our first night, we went into town and walked up and down Park City’s historic Main street until we decided to go into No Name Saloon & Grill. It’s a two-story bar and restaurant with an outdoor patio on the second floor, perfect for those warm, summer nights. The interior gives you a laid back, biker-type feel to it with a mixed crowd of people, men and women between the ages of 30 and 60. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere with high energy, upbeat music and don’t mind a crowd, you should definitely check it out if you’re ever in the area.
Thursday was our first day out on the mountain. We had beautiful weather all weekend with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50’s, low 60’s which is unusual for this time of year. We spent all morning and early afternoon on Park City Mountain with over 7,300 skiable acres ranging from beginner,intermediate and advanced terrain. I am not a strong skier and I don’t own skis so if you need to rent your gear, we rented my skis and boots from Cole Sport for $32 for the day. The staff was helpful and there were only a couple people in front of me so I was in and out within 45 minutes. They don’t rent helmets so we walked a few doors down to Breeze Ski Rental where I was able to rent one for $11. Ski lift tickets through Park City Mountain were roughly $100 a dayThursday evening we had dinner reservations at Apex at Montage Deer Valley Resort. Apex is an upscale restaurant in a high-end, luxury resort located atop Empire Pass, 4 miles from Park City. The trees leading up the driveway to the resort were strung with clear lights giving you a warm and welcoming entrance with a Christmas time feel to it. We had 7:00pm reservations, but surprisingly the restaurant was uncrowded and we appeared to be the youngest diners. The menu included steak and seafood options, handcrafted cocktails and an extensive wine list to choose from (we were introduced to our own private sommelier to give us her recommendations.) If you want a cool and refreshing cocktail, I would suggest their Park City Mule, but if you are a wine drinker, we ordered a couple bottles of Machete by Orin Swift and Saldo by The Prisoner Wine Company. Superb options to quench your palette. After a few appetizers, three entrees, wine and dessert, our dinner totaled $400 a couple.
P.S. What do you think of the distinct label on the Machete?
The next day, we went on a 4 hour guided snowmobile tour through Thousand Peaks which cost $300 a person. It was one of the most memorable and exhilarating activities I’ve done and is a must if you ever get out west. They offer 2, 3 and 4 hour tours to choose from and our tour guide, Doug, made you feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease, making our tour that much more enjoyable. The skies were the bluest blue without a cloud in sight and the views from the summit overlooking Utah were spectacular. For dinner that evening, we stumbled upon Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi. We didn’t have reservations booked, but we were able to get right in. The food was appetizing and superior over our dinner from the evening before and the menu options ranged from sushi, seafood, premium steaks and burgers, a wine, sake and cocktail list.
When we decided to book our trip, I had reached out to our wedding photographer/videographer, Bethany Petersen from BP Film and Photo since she happens to live an hour away from Park City. She was awesome to work with and captured our wedding day in such a fun and creative manner that I just had to see her during our trip and hire her for a lifestyle shoot. John and I never booked an engagement session before we were married so this was the perfect opportunity to make up for it with a couples shoot and we were able to do so on Saturday. You can view the photos on the Lifestyle page.
One of my greatest faults is procrastinating. I didn’t consider finding a makeup artist for the day of the shoot before our trip, so of course, I scrambled a few hours before and made a couple calls until I was referred to Splendor Beauty Emporium. It was one of three convenient options from our hotel and the only one that was able to get me in on such late notice. I feel fortunate to have been able to discover such a pretty, feminine and charming little shop decorated with pink colored walls, a ceiling strung with crystal and white chandeliers and be enchanted upon entering by sweet smelling candles, fragrances, skin-care and cosmetic products galore. Some of the fabulous brands they carry include Nars, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, St. Tropez, L’Occitane and Dermalogica, to name a few. The staff was exceedingly knowledgeable, welcoming, and I was paired with the talented Jude Mallory Marsh who did a beautiful job applying my makeup, exactly the way I wanted. A makeup application at Splendor Beauty Emporium costs $40 worth of product purchase. You can’t beat that! They are located in Park City’s Redstone Center, only 10 minutes from our resort and is a go-to for all beauty seekers.
On our last night in Park City, we dined at Oishi Sushi and Grill, an unpretentious ma and pa restaurant. It was noisy, crowded and the service was subpar, but the food was tasty with a variety of Maki rolls to choose from. We concluded our evening indulging in s’mores and sipping on wine at our friends’ hotel, Waldorf Astoria, an ideal ending to our adventurous and action packed getaway.
Please feel free to leave a comment or email me. I would love to hear your thoughts!