72 Hours in Park City with Heather
This is my 72 hours of Park City for friends who want to pay me a visit during the magical winter months.
Since this is a ski town, we start our first day with just that. It seems as though this day is filled with the most energy and excitement to get on the slopes so we hit it hard. We are up early with a good hearty breakfast, plenty of H20 and a Tram Bar in a pocket. We eat our first breakfast at home but I suggest heading to The Corner Store if you need to eat out. Located right at the base of Park City Mountain Resort in the main plaza, it is central to picking up rental gear, the ticket window, and ski school for the little ones. Known for its great apres ski and live music, the Corner Store is often overlooked for breakfast fare. Our kids usually choose the pancakes and bacon while the grownups enjoy a delicious breakfast scramble.
Once on the snow, I choose a ride up PayDay then Bonanza to start their ski vacation with a nice groomed 3.5 mile ski down Homerun. During the day I make sure to bring my visitors up McConkey's Lift to get an outstanding view of the surrounding area. The lift puts you right on top of a ridge with incredible views while giving you access to powder tree skiing, groomed runs or steep bumps all converging to the same spot.
Lunch has it's options. I have come to learn that, when skiing and with kids, remain flexible. On the mountain there are many lunch options within one or two lift rides I however, lead them down Quittin' Time run at the base of Town Lift before they get too hungry. Here you will find High West Distillery, Utah's first distillery since the 1870's. Open daily at noon it serves whiskey (of course), upscale western fare and a good kids menu all with easy access to get right back on the mountain.
By 2:30 we are heading back to the main lodge, gathering our gear, grabbing coffees, hot cocoas and the kids who have spent the day in ski school.
3:45 - Arrive at the Utah Olympic Park.
The Utah Olympic Park was a competition venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and now is a busy training center for athletes. I love the interactive Ail Engen Ski History museum and the 2002 Winter Olympic museum, great for all ages. Admission to the museums are free (donation suggested). There are also tours available with the last one of the day heading out at 4:00. This tour will take you to the top of the worlds highest altitude ski jump, and to the bobsled, luge and skeleton tracks. The UOP remains open until 8:00pm.
For dinner, head to the nearby Maxwell's East Coast Eatery at 1456 NewPark Blvd. Known for it's NY style pizzas, it is family friendly with a really nice atmosphere. Try and get one of the big corner tables! Portions are large, especially on the kids menu, and the single slices are bigger than your head.
Day Two tends to start a little more slowly then the first so we head to Main Street in Old Town. We pack our ski gear into the car, put on ski pants and a light layer on top. This morning is all about Main Street. The Eating Establishment is the oldest full service restaurant in Park City. Voted as Park City's Favorite For Breakfast, the Eating Establishment has great food, cozy atmosphere, big portions and friendly prices. I like to park near the bottom of Main St. to walk up to its location near the top. A meal this big should be earned. Big appetites should order the Hungry Miner, I get the Huevos Rancheros. Don't overlook the oatmeal or delicious crepes.
After breakfast stroll Main St. and discover it's great little shops. Visit the Kimball Art Center, a world class community art center. There you will discover some of the great local talent as well as nationally recognized exhibits. Entrance to the Kimball Art Center is free.
The Park City Museum opens at 11:00, you must stop here. I easily spend an hour every time I go. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children with under six free. Go down to the basement to show your children the jail, sit in an original ski subway car to watch a movie and explore the two story tall model of a mine and its underground workings. Lots of great history here.
Half day Park City Mountain Resort tickets are valid at 12:30 so we stop at the little locals favorite spot Davanza's to fuel up for an afternoon of skiing. It's usually pizza for the kids and tacos for the grownups. It is hard to miss, right around the corner from the Kimball Art Center. Expect walls lined with old beer cans, fun photos, and bring quarters for Pac Man.
The Town Lift is how we begin our afternoon of skiing. It is a must do as Park City is the only resort town with lift service directly to and from its historic Main Street.
This night is a simple spaghetti dinner at home and a night out for the adults. I have my neighborhood sitters but for out of towners give Guardian Angels (435-640-1229) a call for in house/condo childcare. It is like having your own personal mary Poppins!
If there is only one night I can take my friends out in Park City we go to the No Name Saloon smack dab in the middle of Main Street. No Name likes to go by the philosophy that "Beer makes you smart" and their motto is "helping people forget their names since 1903." The rustic atmosphere, (imagine an old motorcycle hanging from the ceiling) the noise, and low key vibe give it a real ski bum sort of feel. They are known for some pretty good buffalo burgers, homemade chips and stumbling patrons late at night. Make sure you have a seat on the outdoor heated bench and check out the really cool bathrooms.
The Last day is a full ski day. I head to Wasatch Bagel Cafe with my friends so I can pick up my weekly stash of the closest thing to a NYC bagel I can find here. This is a cozy locally owned cafe. It's not just bagels, fill up with a breakfast burrito and great coffee.
Since my friends vacation is not always my vacation sometimes I drop them off at Park City Mountain Resort and suggest the Mountain Tour. This tour meets at the Eagle Statue at 10:00. It is a great way to see the mountain and learn about the history of this mining town. Another great option is the My Mountain Planner on the Park City Mountain resort website if you prefer to plan your own ski day.
Make sure as you plan your day on the mountain you leave room for lunch at the Mid-Mountain lodge. It is a cozy lodge with a tucked away in the mountains feel. If the weather is sunny and you want to go home with a tan have a seat outside on the deck and kick your feet (boots) up. It really is a lovely spot with great food.
Dinner on this last night is at Squatters. In 1989 Squatters poured their first beer. They are a business which cares as much about their community and environment as they do about their profit. Squatters works to build local relationships with farmers and suppliers and to reduce their carbon footprint. They are really good at brewing beer and making delicious food too!
After dinner we head back home and relax fireside chatting about plans for the next adventure Park City.
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