Stein Erickson Lodge
Named one of the top 20 prettiest cities in America, Park City, Utah has evolved from mining town to millionaire’s playground.
The high-elevation city of Park City, Utah arrived on the map as a mining town when prospectors tapped into a rich silver vein in 1872 creating a boom town. In 1884, Park City was incorporated as a town, and today, the boom is back. Named one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S. by Forbes magazine, Park City is once again the site of a rush due to the rise of luxe amenities like five-star dining and accommodations, and majestic mountains that inspire outdoor enthusiasts with wonderful things to do in Park City, Utah.
Washington School House Hotel
Park City’s playful, western character has been shaped by visionary developers, the 2002 Winter Olympics, local artisans, the Sundance Film Festival and the legendary ski industry thriving in Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort.
In 2015, Park City Ski Resort and Canyons Resorts merged, creating the largest ski area in the U.S. The resort boasts 17 slopes, 14 bowls, 300 trails and 22 miles of lifts. Park City is the home of the United States Ski Team, and the 2002 Olympic bobsled, skeleton and luge track at the Utah Olympic Park. The stunning topography offers nearby reservoirs, hot springs, forests, and hiking and biking trails.
And during the summer, that mountainous terrain in Park City and nearby Deer Valley is a warm-weather playground so worthy of exploration—with so many things to do in Park City in summer–sans snow.
WHERE TO STAY
Park City has found its luxe side with notable luxury brands like Montage and St. Regis, and independents with a mountain-luxe feel. While the dress code remains casual, the service is all five-star.
Washington School House Hotel
WASHINGTON SCHOOL HOUSE HOTEL
The Washington School House Hotel is an iconic historic landmark located in Park City. After the completion of a total interior renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone gem reopened as an intentional boutique hotel with an “unavoidable” morning breakfast. Chic sophistication is found in a re-purposed, architecturally revered building.
ICONIC TIP: Take high tea in the library late afternoon with baked goods made in house after your day of fun things to do in Park City.
Montage Deer Valley
MONTAGE DEER VALLEY
Unrivaled ski-in/ski-out access to one of America’s premier ski resorts paired with the Montage experience makes for a decadent mountain, sporting experience. There’s a 35,000-square-foot spa sanctuary, world-class dining and year-round things to do in Park City, Utah from mountain biking to fly fishing, plus a bowling alley on site.
ICONIC TIP: Apex and Yama Sushi at Montage are considered among the top dining reservations in town. When was the last time you had fabulous sushi in the mountains?
Stein Eriksen Lodge
STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE
As the Director of Skiing at Deer Valley for more than 35 years, Stein Eriksen became a local celebrity, and his fervent passion for skiing as a former Olympian inspired a luxury hotel named after him. The resort, Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel and spa, recently underwent $14 million-dollar renovations including an outdoor pool and a movie theatre that warmly welcomes luxe travelers. Minus snow, its mountain location is perfect for the hiking and mountain biking enthusiast with a luxe place to lay your head at the end of the day.
ICONIC TIP: Don’t miss the mile-long breakfast buffet at the Stein daily.
St. Regis Deer Valley
ST. REGIS DEER VALLEY
This mountainside resort hotel redefines luxury with convenient ski-in, ski-out access that makes for great hiking and biking via the resort’s very own Funicular that transports hotel guests to the top of the slopes, or the resort’s infinity pool and private dining patio. Dog-friendly and committed to luxury, each suite offers private butler service.
ICONIC TIP: Dine at RIME with local Chef Matthew Harris at St. Regis with wicked fresh seafood. Order the market crudo with jalapeños with brut bubbles.
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In 1969, Robert Redford bought the land now known as Sundance Resort and envisioned the careful growth of a property committed to the balance of art, nature and community. Travel & Leisure has named the destination Top 15 Resort Hotels in the West for its commitment to the environment and the arts, and it’s certainly one of the fun things to do in Park City, Utah. The resort commemorates the history of making Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, an on-property Sundance boutique—the internationally acclaimed catalog is epic—and a conservation center, all easily accessible by tree-lined walking pathes from your mountain-style suite.
ICONIC TIP: Since Sundance Resort is a little less than 30 minutes away from Park City, a fave of ours is the Tree Restaurant in a super quaint setting. It’s worth the drive and the scenery is majestic.
WHERE TO DINE
The world-class ski scene drove the development of world-class resorts boasting fabulous fine dining. When you come to Park City, plan to experience the best of the best and the most local of the local. On Main Street, you’ll find cuisine with a casual environment.
Grappa Italian country farmhouse offers fine American cuisine on historic Main Street featuring classic Italian fare we love. Dine on the second-story patio for views of Main Street and a breath of mountain air.
501 Main has been family owned for 10 years and offers a diverse menu of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian selections with an artistic flair with locally sourced ingredients. 501 Main offers a wine list with organic, low-sulfite, sustainably sourced wines and hand-shaken craft cocktails. We love this spot for an elevated lunch on a day shopping Main Street as one of the fun things to do in Park City, Utah.
Riverhorse on Main
RIVERHORSE ON MAIN
Enjoy iconic cuisine at Riverhorse on Main with uncomplicated, seasonal dishes created by award-winning chef and co-owner Seth Adams. Riverhorse on Main is one of the oldest and most distinguished restaurants on park city’s historic Main Street. As a 16-year recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award, Riverhorse on Main is Park City must-dine.
Goldener Hirsch is a must-visit, dining destination and a recipient of the AAA-Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Goldener Hirsch offers exquisite contemporary cuisine paired with wine from an extensive wine cellar. Enjoy award-winning menus created by Executive Chef Ryan Burnham who crafts old world cuisine.
High West Distillery
HIGH WEST DISTILLERY
Bourbon is having a moment, and High West Distillery, sitting high in the Wasatch-Uinta mountains just 25 minutes outside of Park City offers a tasting room for its internationally recognized brand with four locations. In 2016, Whisky Advocate, named High West its “Distiller of the Year,” and it’s one of the top things to do in Park City, Utah. The experience gets even better when you pair whiskey with the flavors of their Western mountain cuisine, like pan-roasted Mt. Lassen trout, elk Bolognese and Niman Ranch sirloin tacos—foods with enough substance to pair well with the proof.
WHAT TO DO
Beat the heat this summer with some high-mountain high-adventure activities as there are so many things to do in Park City during the warmer months. Adrenaline flows all year long with a plethora of warm-weather activities so fun you’ll forget about snow season. Whether you’re flying through the sky on a zipline or flying down chutes on your bike, the mountains are made for speed.
EXTREME SPORTS Olympic Park
Extreme sports lovers can reach for the gold at Olympic Park, an active Olympic training site. Experience the thrill of bobsled, zipline and Alpine slide rides, or test your limits on the adventure courses, drop tower and extreme tubing. There’s fun for every level of adventure with summer passes available.
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Big Foot Balloons
UP, UP, UP IN THE AIR
Enjoy scenic Park City from above with a hot air balloon adventure with Big Foot Balloons. Drift 3,000 feet above unexplored buttes and see the Canyonlands from above. Mother Nature guides your trip, and the pilot controls your direction by changing altitude. Pack some bubbles for celebration and a fun thing to do in Park City, Utah.
ON THE WATER
Travel down the local rivers in a raft, tube or kayak and soak in nature. Paddleboard on the nearby reservoirs, tube down the Provo, head to the floating AquaX waterpark or raft down family-friendly rapids on the Weber.
ON THE MOUNTAIN
Ride hundreds of miles of cross-country trails on two fat wheels or ATVs with rentals and tours from Midway Adventures. Park City Resort turns its ski runs into lift-served downhill bike trails in the summer and bike haul passes are available.
Park City Flyfishing
GET OUT FOR TROUT
Feeling fishy? The nearby Weber and Provo Rivers are packed to the gills with trout, and Park City has fly-fishing outfitters like Park City Flyfishing who can guide your trip. Ask for our friend Gene Gautieri, a lifetime resident of the area who doubles as ski instructor in the winter.
Boulder Mountain Ranch
Put some giddy up in your summer plans? Head to Deer Valley’s Boulder Mountain Ranch, where you can saddle up and wander through mountain wildflowers or ride to the top of sweeping overlooks by horse.
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BY THE LAKE
One of our favorite drives and meets a great hike at Mirror Lake at 10,400 elevation. The beauty and altitude will take your breath away in the Uinta Mountains. There are waterfall stops along the way, making it a must-see thing to do in Park City, Utah
Park City Mountain
Eek out some final warm-weather fun with a trip to Park City’s Mountain Village. Coast on the Alpine Coaster with a raised sled track, zip down the ziplines, and don’t forget to pan for gems.