Top 5 Tuesday: Park City, UT Experiences
For those of you keeping score at home, there are only 97 days left until that wonderful winter day. All year we look forward to this, and I cannot believe it’s almost here. Just three more months until your loved ones gather round the feasting table. Just five more Fridays and it will be here, I can almost taste it! Wait–I’m sorry. Did you think I was talking about Christmas? I could see how that might be confusing. People, I’m talking about Red Lobster’s Lobsterfest here, one of America’s most time honored traditions! When men are men, and women are women. Where safe harbor can still be found inside the deliciousness of a Cheddar Bay Biscuit.
But if you’re like me, then the cold weather also has you yearning for that perfect winter vacation. Well, I’m mean as long as it isn’t too far from the comfort of a Red Lobster restaurant. This week’s blog post explores the Top 5 Experiences in Park City, UT. It’s not hot buttered seafood, but it’s pretty damn close.
World Class Skiing
Look, I’ll cut right to the chase here. Above anything else, Park City was, is, and always will be a ski town at heart. The past, present, and future tense of this town are backed by some impressive summits, and some even better ski conditions. Park City sits at about 7000 feet above sea level, and receives a generous 300 inches of snow each year. Add to this, the three world-class ski resorts, and you have an unbeatable winter adventure combo. Canyons Resort is not only the largest ski resort in Utah, its size also places it among the top five resorts in the country. Visitors come to Canyons for its wide variety of terrain, ample challenge, and blend of luxury and adventure. After a long day hitting the slopes, a relaxing visit to one of their three spas will pretty much be heaven. Deer Valley Resort consists of six majestic mountains, all groomed for the perfect run. In fact, Deer Valley Resort played host to a large number of major skiing events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Lastly, Park City Mountain Resort offers prime skiing with unmatched accessibility. Ranked as “North America’s most accessible mountain” by SKI Magazine, there is enough winter fun here for the whole family. Challenging courses combine with kid friendly activities such as a magical sleigh ride (full disclosure: not really magic) and a 4,000-foot long toboggan ride.
Food. Am I right? Well if you like good food, then you’re in luck. Sure, Park City is noted for alpine adventures, fur lined parkas, and Patagonia half zips, but the food scene here is just as vibrant. Whether you seek that casual restaurant feel, or you’re looking for that top-notch, fine dining experience, Park City has you covered. Mariposa offers the best in New American dining. Sorry Old American, looks like you can go pound salt. Do you crave the finest in rustic Italian dining? Then you definitely need to check out Grappa. Set in a romantic Italian farmhouse, Grappa’s menu is full of Mediterranean classics such as Spaghetti Arrabiatta and trendy fare like Crispy Pork Belly. But guys, if you really want to throw down some significant game on your significant other, try the ultra cozy Fireside Dining at the Deer Valley Resort. This exclusive spot features a fixed four-course menu of European delicacies in perhaps the most romantic spot around. Reservations here are absolutely needed, but your wrinkle free Dockers are definitely discouraged.
High Country Culture
You’re not a kid anymore; so hanging posters around your pad no longer counts as décor. So its time to ditch that 2007 Ansel Adams wall calendar, the one you’ve been passing off as fine art for far too long. I know this is a big change in your life, but relax, because Park City has 17 art galleries ready and willing to help. At bare minimum, you can get some free wine and cheese out of the deal during the monthly Park City Art Walks. Guys, get your mind out the gutter, it’s just like a regular walk, but with art. This event happens the fourth Friday of every month, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Park City galleries along Main St. open their doors for special exhibits, and highlight locally and nationally recognized artist. Artworks Gallery is the Utah’s first artist-owned fine craft gallery, specializing in fine handmade craft by local and national artists. Another great stop along the stroll is Old Towne Gallery, which proudly displays works by masters such as Picasso, Matisse, and Renoir, along side popular up and coming artists. So go ahead, grab a passing hors d’oeuvre, and pretend like you can afford this stuff. On second thought, maybe don’t toss those posters just yet. If your budget makes a real Ansel Adams impossible, don’t worry because I can help. Just send me your wall calendar and I will write Ansel Adams’ name on the bottom of any page for $50. In cursive. Obviously shipping will be extra.
Train like an Olympian
Are you a world-class athlete? Of course you’re not. A real Olympian probably would be drinking raw eggs, lifting horse drawn carriages full of people, and conquering the cruel Russian winter, not reading about other Olympians. Actually, I might be thinking of Rocky Balboa’s regime from Rocky IV. But you get the idea. Park City, UT played a major role in the 2002 Olympic games, and as such, winter athletics remain a huge part of the Park City culture. Look no further than the Utah Olympic Park. Built as both a venue for athletic competition and as a world-class training facility, this park lets you set your inner-athlete free. Zip, climb, or slide the day away on the multiple adventure stations. The park has the steepest zip line in all of Utah. Multiple challenge courses are designed to test your limits and show you how painfully real your limitations are. The Mountain Challenge course is like American Ninja Warrior meets your out of shape body; not pretty, but loads of fun. Is Cool Runnings your favorite movie? I hope not, because that would be totally depressing. But there are enough bobsled runs and skeleton courses to scare the Olympic dream right out of you.
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So obviously Park City should be on your short list for winter vacationing. But that does leave you with one last question to answer, where to stay. Well if you want to experience all that this gorgeous getaway has to offer, then you need to book a stay at the Wyndham Park City Resort. Just a mile away from the slopes of the Canyons Ski Area, the Wyndham Park City sets you up for the best in skiing, while, giving you awesome access to all the other alpine attractions in the area. The resort boasts spacious one and two bedroom condominium style units, complete with all the comforts of home. Fully equipped kitchens and in suite laundry facilities give you the flexibility to enjoy your vacation while saving you money. On top of this, the Wyndham Park City features a long list of resort amenities such as an outdoor pool and hot tubs. Whether you came for the skiing, or just want to explore the area, the Wyndham Park City is the perfect place to start your vacation.
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