Susan Kime

Correspondent

  • Northern Utah, USA

correspondent Susan Kime is based in Northern Utah and covers Salt Lake City and Park City for Forbes Travel Guide. Kime has written for luxury outlets including Robb Report, Stratos, Caviar Affair, JustlLuxe, LuxurySociety, Luxist and Pursuitist. She has covered experiential travel, hotel restorations and renovations, vacation clubs and food and wine. Though a native Californian, Kime has lived in the White Mountains of Northern Arizona, Nova Scotia, New York and Tucson. She now lives in high-altitude Utah ski country with her husband and beagle.

  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best restaurants in Salt Lake City?

    The Roof Restaurant - This spot is located at 15 Temple Square on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, what used to be the old Hotel Utah. It is a buffet restaurant — we have been there many times. The food is exceptionally good, and the dessert table is, well, unbelievable.  Actually it's one of the largest and most complete we have ever seen anywhere. The view is also amazing, in that it is right across the street from the Temple, the view of the Temple spires is breathtaking. The only thing that might be an issue to some is they do not serve wine, liquor of any kind or coffee. $40.00 prix fixe adults, $18.00 for youth 7-11, $9.00 for children.

    Red Iguana and Red Iguana 2 - Both Red Iguanas are in mid-town, and both have sensational Mexican food. Their specialty is Mole, a handmade sauce that can be used in rice and with tortillas, or on chicken or pork. There's Mole Verde, Coloradito, Negro (with Mexican dark Chocolate) Red Pipian (pumpkin seed sauce) and Mole De Almendras (almonds, two types of chiles, yellow zucchini). You can have a smaller sample plate of all of them with a plate of warm tortillas.

    Plum Alley - The Southeast Asian fusion cuisine has been sourced from local and regional farms that grow vegetables, fruit and meats. The owners and Executive Chef of another excellent SLC restaurant called The Copper Onion, opened Plum Alley recently — and communal dining is what happens here. Some like this, some don't. We did! The food is exceptional: kimchi stew, house steamed buns, Plum Alley ramen and green curry, can make the most diffident person very friendly indeed.
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best attractions in Salt Lake City?

    The Mormon Temple/Salt Lake City CVB The most visited attraction in Salt Lake City is the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square.  The Temple was built from 1853 to 1893, and is, by reputation, the most visited location in Utah, with more than 5 million visitors a year.  It is also the 16th most visited place in the United States. Right now, it is the largest Mormon Temple in existence, at 253,000 square feet. For those who like to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and not on Sundays, the general public can hear the choir rehearsing on Thursday evenings. There is no particular dress code and they can take as many pictures as they want.

    The Salt Lake City Library is an architectural masterpiece, as it was designed by Moshe Safdie, an internationally known, multiple award winning architect. The Library cost $78 million dollars, and it is now ten years old. Mr. Safdie believed that a library is far more than a place where books  and computers are kept, so he and his team conceptualized a building that truly stands alone. The building is 240,000 square feet that houses now more than 500,000 books and other materials. It is a six story, curving building with a walkable wall that encloses a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium enclosure also. It has roof garden, and by walking the crescent wall or  going up the elevators, you can get a 360 degree view of the Salt Lake Valley.
    www.slcpl.lib.ut.us

    Abravanel Hall is the concert hall in Salt Lake City, the one that is home to the Utah Symphony,  and The Salt Lake City Theater.  It is also  part of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts. The hall is an architectural landmark and is adjacent to Temple Square on South Temple Street. The hall is actually a concrete building within a brick building. The building was designed by FFKR Architects and acoustical design services were provided by Dr. Cyril M. Harris, who was the acoustical consultant for the remodeled Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

    The Natural History Museum of Utah is housed in the Rio Tinto Center, to serve as the state's new natural history museum building.  Located in the foothills above Salt Lake City, the building sits on a series of terraces that follow the contours of the Wasatch foothills. The building is located along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a popular location for hiking and mountain biking. The Museum's exterior is wrapped with 42,000 square feet of copper, mined from Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, and is installed in horizontal bands of various heights so that it resembles the red rock layers and formations as seen throughout Utah, especially in the South. 
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best attractions in Salt Lake City?

    The Mormon Temple/Salt Lake City CVB The most visited attraction in Salt Lake City is the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square.  The Temple was built from 1853 to 1893, and is, by reputation, the most visited location in Utah, with over 5 million visitors a year.  It is also the 16th most visited place in the United States. Right now, it is the largest Mormon Temple in existence, at 253,000 square feet. For those who like to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and not on Sundays, the general public can hear the choir rehearsing on Thursday evenings. There is no particular dress code and they can take as many pictures as they want.
    www.ldschurchtemples.com/saltlake/‎

    The Salt Lake City Library is an architectural masterpiece, as it was designed by Moshe Safdie, an internationally known, multiple award winning architect.  The Library cost $78 million dollars, and it is now ten years old. Mr. Safdie believed that a library is far more than a place where books  and computers are kept, so he and his team conceptualized a building that truly stands alone. The building is 240,000 square feet that houses now more than 500,000 books and other materials.  It is a six story, curving building with a walkable wall that encloses a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium enclosure also.  It has roof garden, and by walking the crescent wall or  going up the elevators, you can get a 360 degree view of the Salt Lake Valley.
    www.slcpl.lib.ut.us

    Abravanel Hall is the concert hall in Salt Lake City, the one that is home to the Utah Symphony,  and The Salt Lake City Theater.  It is also  part of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts. The hall is an architectural landmark and is adjacent to Temple Square on South Temple Street. The hall is actually a concrete building within a brick building. The building was designed by FFKR Architects and acoustical design services were provided by Dr. Cyril M. Harris, who was the acoustical consultant for the remodeled Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
    http://www.salt-lake-city-theater.com

    The Natural History Museum of Utah is housed in the Rio Tinto Center, to serve as the state's new natural history museum building.  Located in the foothills above Salt Lake City, the building sits on a series of terraces that follow the contours of the Wasatch foothills. The building is located along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a popular location for hiking and mountain biking. The Museum's exterior is wrapped with 42,000 square feet of copper, mined from Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, and is installed in horizontal bands of various heights so that it resembles the red rock layers and formations as seen throughout Utah, especially in the South. 
    www.nhmu.com
  • On May 18, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best restaurants in Park City?

    The Apex Restaurant at Montage Deer Valley/ Courtesy Montage Hotel & Resorts SLOPES by Talisker
    This restaurant, the fine dining component of the Waldorf Astoria Park City and a Forbes Four Star recipient, is an exceptional dining experience due to Executive Chef Clement Gelas. The menus are seasonal, and much of the food is locally sourced and personally chosen by Chef himself.
    Taste combinations like mushroom ravioli with shaved truffles and sage brown butter, and a seared filet with mushroom and something we had never seen or conceptualized before-- bacon jam. Live and learn!
    www.parkcitywaldorfastoria.com

    Talisker On Main
    Talisker On Main has been considered one of the culinary meccas in Park City, partly because of the many awards it has garnered -- from Wine Spectator, Salt Lake City Magazine and City Weekly. It has been well reviewed in Zagat also.  The menu changes seasonally and many ingredients are locally sourced.  As an example, their Spice Chicken has Slide Ridge Honey from Mendon, Utah, locally grown greens, along with the chicken and biscuits. The Brussel Sprouts recipe contains bacon from Tuhaye, a local area, and the hazelnuts, high desert Goji berries and pomegranate that are also locally/regionally sourced.
    www.taliskeronmain.com

    APEX at Montage
    The Montage is the highest resort/hotel in the Park City -- about 9200 feet at Empire Pass. The Montage's signature restaurant, Apex , is a Forbes Four Star recipient, due to its exceptional food preparations and sweeping views.  Like it's name, Apex has a perfect top-most view of Aspen groves, and apexes of the Unita/Wasatch mountain range. This restaurant, also with farm-to-table ingredients, specializes in classic hearty meals, so often needed by skiers and snowboarders in Winter, and hikers, and Zip-Liners in the Summer.  ON the menu, we had Elk Loin with Black Trumpet mushrooms, and fresh, locally caught Trout Amandine. 
    www.montagedeervalley.com

    The Bistro
    Located at the  Silverado Lodge at Canyons Resort, this restaurant serves modern American Kosher cuisine, as well traditional Sabbath fare for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. The Bistro offers an extensive menu, that includes, of course, exceptional pastrami sandwiches, with house-made pastrami, pickled slaw, sweet onions, and grain mustard on dark rye.  All meals are certified Kosher by not one, but two Rabbis.
    www.canyonsresort.com/bistro
  • On May 17, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What is the best shopping in Park City?

    Just as there's great skiing in and around Park City, there is great shopping also, and on all levels: high end, mid-level and quite artistic/funky. The shopping areas, in general, are on Park City's Historic Main Street, in the Kimball Junction, and the Prospector Square neighborhoods, all within minutes of downtown. There is also the Tanger Outlet Mall, located right off Interstate 80, a few miles outside of Park City. Here are some favorites:

    Jewelry

    O.C Tanner
    Fine, exclusive watches, jewelry and crystal gathered from around the world, lines include Rolex, Patek Phillip, Cartier, David Yurman, Picchiotti, Baccarat and Lalique, just to name a few.
    www.octannerstore.com

    Designs by Knight
    Designs by Knight Custom Designed Jewelry. Graduate Gemologist. Estate jewelry, diamonds and colored stones. 14K & 18K & platinum.
    www.bkjewels.com

    Crosby Collection
    Native American Jewelry, Pueblo Pottery, Navajo Rugs, Hopi Kachinas, Zuni Fetishes; Antique to Contemporary.
    www.crosbycollection.com

    Southwestern Expressions
    Southwestern & Western-style home furnishings & accessories. Contemporary Southwestern silver and gold jewelry.
    www.southwestshop.com

    Clothing

    Burns Cowboy Shop
    Shoppers can personalize their wardrobe from head to toe with hats, exotic leather boots, tailored shirts, fine leather outerwear, belts, buckles in their Custom Design Shop.  Each product is handcrafted from the finest artisans. Family owned and operated, serving the western lifestyle since 1876.
    www.burnscowboyshop.com

    Mary Jane’s
    Mary Jane's is, by word-of-mouth,  one of the hottest boutiques on Park City's Main Street. It features women's shoes, accessories and clothing from on trend designers, locally and nationally.
    www.maryjanesshoes.com

    Hilda
    Originally selling sweaters for men and women, now offering a wide range of clothing and accessories with unique attention to details. Specializing in quality natural fabrics and "off the beaten path" designers.
    www.hildaparkcity.com

    Paisley Pomegranate
    Unique local art, furniture, home accents, jewelry, fresh blooms and a children’s corner.
    www.paisleypomegranateut.com

    Panache Park City
    After 31 years of providing the residents and visitors of Sun Valley, ID, with the latest fashion trends, Panche has recently expanded to Park City. Offering contemporary women's clothing by Brunello Cucinelli, Current/Elliott, Diane von Furstenburg, Elizabeth and James, Equiptment, Goldsign, Haute Hippie, Henry Cuir, Mille, Mother, TSE and Thomas Wylde.
    www.panachesunvalley.com

    Tanger Outlets
    Over 60 brand name outlet stores located six miles north of Park City on SR 224. From I-80, take Kimball Junction exit #145, turn west on Ute Blvd. 
    www.tangeroutlet.com

    Miscellaneous, but worthwhile:

    Mountain Town Olive Oil
    This is a specialty store that features over 40 different flavors of olive oil and vinegars from around the world. There are truly unusual tastes here, that range from a chocolate balsamic, a basil or Tuscan Herb Olive oil, to an 18 years old Balsamic Vinegar.
    www.moutaintownoliveoil.com

    Skullcandy
    This is a well-known audio technology company whose headquarters are in Park City. Skullcandy designs headphones, mp3 player watches, audio accessories and other audio-enabled lifestyle products. The company has also partnered with other brands to integrate its technology into gaming products, snow helmets, outerwear, bags.
    www.skullcandy.com.
  • On May 17, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What is the best shopping in Park City?

    Just as there's great skiing in and around Park City, there is great shopping also, and on all levels: high end, mid-level and quite artistic/funky. The shopping areas, in general, are on Park City's Historic Main Street, in the Kimball Junction, and the Prospector Square neighborhoods, all within minutes of downtown. There is also the Tanger Outlet Mall, located right off Interstate 80, a few miles outside of Park City. Here are some favorites:

    Jewelry

    O.C Tanner
    Fine, exclusive watches, jewelry and crystal gathered from around the world, lines include Rolex, Patek Phillip, Cartier, David Yurman, Picchiotti, Baccarat and Lalique, just to name a few.
    www.octannerstore.com

    Designs by Knight
    Designs by Knight Custom Designed Jewelry. Graduate Gemologist. Estate jewelry, diamonds and colored stones. 14K & 18K & platinum.
    www.bkjewels.com

    Crosby Collection
    Native American Jewelry, Pueblo Pottery, Navajo Rugs, Hopi Kachinas, Zuni Fetishes; Antique to Contemporary.
    www.crosbycollection.com

    Southwestern Expressions
    Southwestern & Western-style home furnishings & accessories. Contemporary Southwestern silver and gold jewelry. www.southwestshop.com

    Clothing

    Burns Cowboy Shop
    Shoppers can personalize their wardrobe from head to toe with hats, exotic leather boots, tailored shirts, fine leather outerwear, belts, buckles in their Custom Design Shop.  Each product is handcrafted from the finest artisans. Family owned and operated, serving the western lifestyle since 1876.
    www.burnscowboyshop.com

    Mary Jane’s
    Mary Jane's is, by word-of-mouth,  one of the hottest boutiques on Park City's Main Street. It features women's shoes, accessories and clothing from on trend designers, locally and nationally.
    www.maryjanesshoes.com

    Hilda
    Originally selling sweaters for men and women, now offering a wide range of clothing and accessories with unique attention to details. Specializing in quality natural fabrics and "off the beaten path" designers.
    www.hildaparkcity.com

    Paisley Pomegranate
    Unique local art, furniture, home accents, jewelry, fresh blooms and a children’s corner.
    www.paisleypomegranateut.com

    Panache Park City
    After 31 years of providing the residents and visitors of Sun Valley, ID, with the latest fashion trends, Panche has recently expanded to Park City. Offering contemporary women's clothing by Brunello Cucinelli, Current/Elliott, Diane von Furstenburg, Elizabeth and James, Equiptment, Goldsign, Haute Hippie, Henry Cuir, Mille, Mother, TSE and Thomas Wylde.
    www.panachesunvalley.com

    Tanger Outlets
    Over 60 brand name outlet stores located six miles north of Park City on SR 224. From I-80, take Kimball Junction exit #145, turn west on Ute Blvd. 
    www.tangeroutlet.com

    Miscellaneous, but worthwhile:

    Mountain Town Olive Oil
    This is a specialty store that features over 40 different flavors of olive oil and vinegars from around the world. There are truly unusual tastes here, that range from a chocolate balsamic, a basil or Tuscan Herb Olive oil, to an 18 years old Balsamic Vinegar.
    www.moutaintownoliveoil.com

    Skullcandy
    This is a well-known audio technology company whose headquarters are in Park City. Skullcandy designs headphones, mp3 player watches, audio accessories and other audio-enabled lifestyle products. The company has also partnered with other brands to integrate its technology into gaming products, snow helmets, outerwear, bags.
    www.skullcandy.com.
  • On May 17, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What is the best shopping in Park City?

    Just as there's great skiing in and around Park City, there is great shopping also, and on all levels: high end, mid-level and quite artistic/funky/ also. The shopping areas in general, are on Park City's Historic Main Street, in the Kimball Junction, and the Prospector Square neighborhoods, all within minutes of downtown. There is also the Tanger Outlet Mall, located right off Interstate 80, a few miles outside of Park City. Here are some favorites:

    Jewelry

    O.C Tanner
    Fine, exclusive watches, jewelry and crystal gathered from around the world, lines include Rolex, Patek Phillip, Cartier, David Yurman, Picchiotti, Baccarat and Lalique, just to name a few.
    www.octannerstore.com

    Designs by Knight
    Designs by Knight Custom Designed Jewelry. Graduate Gemologist. Estate jewelry, diamonds and colored stones. 14K & 18K & platinum.
    www.bkjewels.com

    Crosby Collection
    Native American Jewelry, Pueblo Pottery, Navajo Rugs, Hopi Kachinas, Zuni Fetishes; Antique to Contemporary.
    www.crosbycollection.com

    Southwestern Expressions
    Southwestern & Western-style home furnishings & accessories. Contemporary Southwestern silver and gold jewelry. www.southwestshop.com

    Clothing

    Burns Cowboy Shop
    Shoppers can personalize their wardrobe from head to toe with hats, exotic leather boots, tailored shirts, fine leather outerwear, belts, buckles in their Custom Design Shop.  Each product is handcrafted from the finest artisans. Family owned and operated, serving the western lifestyle since 1876.
    www.burnscowboyshop.com

    Mary Jane’s
    Mary Jane's is, by word-of-mouth,  one of the hottest boutiques on Park City's Main Street. It features women's shoes, accessories and clothing from on trend designers, locally and nationally.
    www.maryjanesshoes.com

    Hilda
    Originally selling sweaters for men and women, now offering a wide range of clothing and accessories with unique attention to details. Specializing in quality natural fabrics and "off the beaten path" designers.
    www.hildaparkcity.com

    Paisley Pomegranate
    Unique local art, furniture, home accents, jewelry, fresh blooms and a children’s corner.
    www.paisleypomegranateut.com

    Panache Park City
    After 31 years of providing the residents and visitors of Sun Valley, ID, with the latest fashion trends, Panche has recently expanded to Park City. Offering contemporary women's clothing by Brunello Cucinelli, Current/Elliott, Diane von Furstenburg, Elizabeth and James, Equiptment, Goldsign, Haute Hippie, Henry Cuir, Mille, Mother, TSE and Thomas Wylde.
    www.panachesunvalley.com

    Tanger Outlets
    Over 60 brand name outlet stores located six miles north of Park City on SR 224. From I-80, take Kimball Junction exit #145, turn west on Ute Blvd. 
    www.tangeroutlet.com

    Miscellaneous, but worthwhile:

    Mountain Town Olive Oil
    This is a specialty store that features over 40 different flavors of olive oil and vinegars from around the world. There are truly unusual tastes here, that range from a chocolate balsamic, a basil or Tuscan Herb Olive oil, to an 18 years old Balsamic Vinegar.
    www.moutaintownoliveoil.com

    Skullcandy
    This is a well-known audio technology company whose headquarters are in Park City. Skullcandy designs headphones, mp3 player watches, audio accessories and other audio-enabled lifestyle products. The company has also partnered with other brands to integrate its technology into gaming products, snow helmets, outerwear, bags.
    www.skullcandy.com.
  • On May 17, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What is the best shopping in Salt Lake City?

    City Creek Center/Taubman Associates City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City, opened on March 22, 2012.  The $1.5-2B City Creek Project is one largest mixed-use developments in the U.S. City Creek is a sustainably designed, walkable, urban community of residences, offices, and retail stores on 20 acres of land spread across three blocks in downtown Salt Lake City. City Creek Center has been Silver LEED Certified.  City Creek Center is south of Temple Square, and features more than 90 stores and restaurants, one third are new to Salt Lake.  Porsche Design, Tiffanys, The Apple Retail Store, Michael Kors, Anthropologie, and Brooks Brothers are just a few. City Creek has a fully retractable skylight roof, a skybridge over Main Street connecting the east and west sides of the Center.  There are six acres of green space,  two 18 foot waterfalls, the  1200-foot namesake creek, three electronically controlled fountains, and a 5000-space underground parking structure.  Shops and restaurants are closed on Sundays, with the exception of the Cheesecake Factory and Texas de Brazil restaurants.
    www.shopcitycreekcenter.com

    The Gateway is another excellent shopping center, with 125 retail shops and 23 restaurants.  It also has the Clark Planetarium, a 12 screen multiplex theater, and the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum.  The East entrance to the Gateway is the historic Union Pacific Depot, built in 1908-1909. It still has high arched ceilings and a Grand Hall. The Depot opens out to the Gateway, that also features The Olympic Plaza and Olympic Fountain, commemorating the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  The fountain has water jets that shoot different size streams, often choreographed to music. Children love this in the Summer.
    www.shopthegateway.com

    Here are some excellent specialty stores, not in shopping centers or malls.

    The Chalk Garden Co-Op
    Right up the street from City Creek, still on the Main Street block is The Chalk Garden Co-Op. This store sells unusual one of a kind antique and designer jewelry, art prints, clothing, and shoes -- It is a 5600 square foot store,  that was formerly a bank. It as, 16 foot ceilings, marble floors and if you want to try clothes on, go into dressing rooms that were once bank safes. 
    www.ChalkGardenCo-op.com


    TP Gallery
    The T.P. Gallery first opened in 1974, and carries only authentic Native American items. Most of the items in the gallery are from local Utah artists, and other Native American artists from neighboring states. The Gallery carries turquoise jewelry, sand paintings, baskets, rugs, beadwork.  No website, just a address and phone #. 252 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-2961

    The Old Flamingo
    This shop is an actual artists collective, with 17 local artists showing their specialized work in furniture and home accessories.  Each piece of furniture is a work of art in itself, and if there is a piece of furniture at home that you just can't get rid of, you can commission one of these artists to transform or refurbish it. 
www.TheOldFlamingo.com



    Roundy Boots
    Don Roundy has been crafting hand made leather boots, dress shoes, and sandals for over 30 years. He custom builds the boots, et al. to your feet,. He also makes saddles, No matter how your foot is shaped, Roundy can make a comfortable, colorful ( or not) pair of boots, that will last a very, very, long time.  www.RoundyBoots.com 
  • On May 17, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What is the best shopping in Salt Lake City?

    City Creek Center/Taubman Associates City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City, opened on March 22, 2012.  The $1.5-2B City Creek Project is one largest mixed-use developments in the U.S. City Creek is a sustainably designed, walkable, urban community of residences, offices, and retail stores on 20 acres of land spread across three blocks in downtown Salt Lake City. City Creek Center has been Silver LEED Certified.  City Creek Center is south of Temple Square, and features more than 90 stores and restaurants, one third are new to Salt Lake.  Porsche Design, Tiffanys, The Apple Retail Store, Michael Kors, Anthropologie, and Brooks Brothers are just a few. City Creek has a fully retractable skylight roof, a skybridge over Main Street connecting the east and west sides of the Center.  There are six acres of green space,  two 18 foot waterfalls, the  1200-foot namesake creek, three electronically controlled fountains, and a 5000-space underground parking structure.  Shops and restaurants are closed on Sundays, with the exception of the Cheesecake Factory and Texas de Brazil restaurants.
    www.shopcitycreekcenter.com

    The Gateway is another excellent shopping center, with 125 retail shops and 23 restaurants.  It also has the Clark Planetarium, a 12 screen multiplex theater, and the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum.  The East entrance to the Gateway is the historic Union Pacific Depot, built in 1908-1909. It still has high arched ceilings and a Grand Hall. The Depot opens out to the Gateway, that also features The Olympic Plaza and Olympic Fountain, commemorating the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  The fountain has water jets that shoot different size streams, often choreographed to music. Children love this in the Summer.
    www.shopthegateway.com

    Here are some excellent specialty stores, not in shopping centers or malls.

    The Chalk Garden Co-Op
    Right up the street from City Creek, still on the Main Street block is The Chalk Garden Co-Op. This store sells unusual one of a kind antique and designer jewelry, art prints, clothing, and shoes -- It is a 5600 square foot store,  that was formerly a bank. It as, 16 foot ceilings, marble floors and if you want to try clothes on, go into dressing rooms that were once bank safes. 
    www.ChalkGardenCo-op.com


    TP Gallery
    The T.P. Gallery first opened in 1974, and carries only authentic Native American items. Most of the items in the gallery are from local Utah artists, and other Native American artists from neighboring states. The Gallery carries turquoise jewelry, sand paintings, baskets, rugs, beadwork.  No website, just a address and phone #. 252 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-2961

    The Old Flamingo -
    This shop is an actual artists collective, with 17 local artists showing their specialized work in furniture and home accessories.  Each piece of furniture is a work of art in itself, and if there is a piece of furniture at home that you just can't get rid of, you can commission one of these artists to transform or refurbish it. 
www.TheOldFlamingo.com



    Roundy Boots
    Don Roundy has been crafting hand made leather boots, dress shoes, and sandals for over 30 years. He custom builds the boots, et al. to your feet,. He also makes saddles, No matter how your foot is shaped, Roundy can make a comfortable, colorful ( or not) pair of boots, that will last a very, very, long time.  www.RoundyBoots.com 
  • On May 15, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best activities to do in Park City?

    Comet Bobsled/ Courtesy Utah Olympic Park Here are a few of our favorites. 

    Utah Olympic Park 
    Built for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Utah Olympic Park (3419 Olympic Parkway; 435-658-4200; olyparks.com) is still an active training center for Olympic-class skiers. The Park now offers ski clinics for ski jumping, or mogul skiing.  But those who love speed can go on the Comet Bobsled (see image).  The track is a mile long, and can move along at 80MPH, and it is said, up to five G's of force. The Winter ride cost is $200 a person, the Summer cost is about 1/2 that. But in Winter, ice propels you along, whereas in Summer, there are wheels on the sled, so you are a LITTLE more in control, and it goes a little slower -- about 70MPH -- but not for the faint of heart, no matter what the season.  In the Summer, you can take their Quicksilver Alpine Slide,  go on two Zipline tours, one less intense than the other, or go swimming in their 750,000 gallon pool. While at the Olympic Park you can see the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games Museum.  The Utah Olympic Park is adjacent to the Canyons Resort. 
    www.olyparks.com

    Canyons Resort
    This resort is north of Park City, and now has over 4000 acres of skiable terrain, and at the base of the trails is their one-of-a-kind Orange Bubble Express  ---  a heated, covered chair lift with seats that can warm to about 55 degrees.  The bubble shield keeps the wind and snow away from the skiers as they go 3/4 of the way up the mountain in nine minutes.  In the Summer, you can take two Zip Tour adventures at the Canyons. One is the Red Pine Zip Tour, that goes over the trees at 800 feet, through the Red Pine Lodge area, and the other, the Lookout Peak Zip Tour, spans 2111 feet, where you go between Lookout Peak and Red Pine Lodge.  Again, NOT for the faint of heart, but it is a lot of fun. 
    www. canyonsresort.com

    Park City Mountain Resort
    This resort has the famous Alpine Coaster, which is a roller coaster, that has a looping curves, up and down, 4000 foot track. You can control the speed, but it is best to let the operator do this. www.parkcitymountain.com

    High West Distillery And Saloon
    This is Utah’s first legal distillery, founded  in 1870. It is downtown, within a few steps of the Town Lift,  a tram that goes between downtown and The Park City Mountain Resort.  There are interesting tours that describe the history of High West and of Utah's relationship with liquor.  The tour also includes seeing the 250-gallon copper pot still, where you can taste the spirits distilled in it.  It must also be said that this Distillery and Saloon has a very family-friendly environment. Chef James Dumas is currently a James Beard Award semi-finalist and his menus include buckaroo plates and mocktails for the kids.  www.highwest.com
  • On May 12, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best attractions in Park City?

    Park City at night/Courtesy Park City Chamber Of Commerce Park City is a Winter paradise, where skiing, snowboarding and all other things that demand snow are here for the asking in the Winter Months -- and those months can go often from the end of October until May. This year, 2013, the snow finally ended during the first week of May.  The snow in Utah is dry and powdery, which makes for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the United States. This is no doubt the reason why Park City was the home to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  That said, other great attractions are:

    The Sundance Film Festival,  a festival that takes place annually, where most of the films are shown in Park City.  The festival started to being low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now...is a media spectacle for Hollywood celebrity, and semi-celebrity actors, producers, directors, paparazzi, and multiple entourages.   In 2012, there were 46,731 attendees, making it one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. Held in January in Park City,  the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers, who debut American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films. Group of out-of-competition films are also shown. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival was held on January 17 to January 27, 2013, and will be held January 16-26th in 2014.
    www.sundance.org

    Utah Olympic Park
    The Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center.  Things yu can do at the Park include Zip Line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST!  In Winter, the bobsled track is the same one that was used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  It is one minute in duration, but it is not for the faint of heart and the  ride can go up to 80 mph.  In Summer, the bobsled  still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along But is still garners speeds up tp 70 mph.  There is s a ski museum, shops and theater.
    http://olyparks.com/uop/about_us.asp

    Main Street Park City
    The thing is, Park City used to be a substantial mining town in the 1880's, where over $400 million of silver, it is said, was taken from the silver veins in the mountains close by.  AND…in the evenings, miners and their friends, would carouse until the light of day.  Now, the history and the memories of that time are symbolized by historic Old Town Main Street.  Many buildings on Main Street are part of the National Historic Register. Main Street is the heart of Park City, and, though Winter is the busiest time -- there are three world-class ski resorts within minutes of Old Town -- there are still many things to do that don't involve snow. There are art galleries, boutiques and antique stores.  One word of caution, remember the altitude: it is about 7000 feet, so take water and maybe a piece of hard candy with you. Another good thing to remember is that the bus system is free as is the free Historic Main Street Trolley. 
    www.utah.com/parkcity/mainstreet.htm

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the Summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater hosts to the Deer Valley Music Festival, that often includes the Utah Symphony.  Three  parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. With the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage.  Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
     www.deervalleymusicfestival.org
  • On May 10, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best activities to do in Salt Lake City?

    Salt Lake City CVB The largest attraction in Utah is Temple Square, home to the World Headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, AKA the Mormons. There are many activites to do at Temple Square,  in addition to admiring the Great Mormon Temple. The Tabernacle, right next to the Temple, is where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings on Sunday, and rehearses on Thursday nights at 8:00PM.  The public is welcome. The Church History Museum has an interactive exhibit for children, and tours can be taken of the historic Beehive House, home to one of the famous 19th century Church leaders, Brigham Young.  The Family History Library is also a fascinating place, where you can actually discover more of your personal family history, through their voluminous collections of birth and death records.  In the Spring and Summer, you can walk around the gardens that surround the 35 acres of Temple Square. There are 250 flowerbeds, with over 700 varieties of plants that have collected from all over the world. If you visit around Christmas, during the Christmas season, the light and nativity displays are dazzling. 
    www.visittemplesquare.com

    Tracy Aviary and Liberty Park
    This is a place where you can be educated about birds, though it is occasionally a bit noisy with birdcalls. With eight acres of aviary home to 135 species of birds, peacocks walk through the public areas, as if they owned the place. Oh, wait -- they do!  Liberty Park is where Tracy Aviary is located, and many activities available in its 80 acres.  The children can enjoy the water features, or play in one of the parks.  There are some live shows that include some of the birds, also, and also a lake with paddleboat rentals.  www.tracyaviary.org

    The Hogle Zoo
    More than 800 animals live at the Hogle Zoo, on 42 acres, at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Some great exhibits are the Elephant Encounter, featuring a family of elephants and Asian Highlands, home to leopards, tigers and other large cats.  There is a carousel ride and interactive animal shows for children, also.
    www.hoglezoo.org

    Mill Creek Canyon
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    For those who like to hike, there are trails at Mill Creek that suit professionals, beginners and families of hikers. The Pipeline Trails is an easy hike, about 6 miles, and great views. In Winter, there is exceptional skiing and snowshoeing. There is also Grandeur Peak, that rises to 8299 feet, and at the end, has a panoramic view of the Salt Lake Valley. Mill Creek Canyon is dog friendly: even numbered days dogs can be on leash, odd numbered days, dogs can be off-leash on trails only. There are 10 major picnic areas, and a mountain Yurt. In Winter, The Yurt can be rented, and proves a primitive Winter camping experience for between 4 and 8 people.
    http://parks.slco.org/MillcreekCanyon/
  • On May 10, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best activities to do in Salt Lake City?

    Salt Lake City CVB The largest attraction in Utah is Temple Square, home to the World Headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, AKA the Mormons. There are many activites to do at Temple Square,  in addition to admiring the Great Mormon Temple. The Tabernacle, right next to the Temple, is where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings on Sunday, and rehearses on Thursday nights at 8:00PM.  The public is welcome. The Church History Museum has an interactive exhibit for children, and tours can be taken of the historic Beehive House, home to one of the famous 19th century Church leaders, Brigham Young.  The Family History Library is also a fascinating place, where you can actually discover more of your personal family history, through their voluminous collections of birth and death records.  In the Spring and Summer, you can walk around the gardens that surround the 35 acres of Temple Square. There are 250 flowerbeds, with over 700 varieties of plants that have collected from all over the world. If you visit around Christmas, during the Christmas season, the light and nativity displays are dazzling. 
    www.visittemplesquare.com

    Tracy Aviary and Liberty Park
    This is a place where you can be educated about birds, though it is occasionally a bit noisy with birdcalls. With eight acres of aviary home to 135 species of birds, peacocks walk through the public areas, as if they owned the place. Oh, wait -- they do!  Liberty Park is where Tracy Aviary is located, and many activities available in its 80 acres.  The children can enjoy the water features, or play in one of the parks.  There are some live shows that include some of the birds, also, and also a lake with paddleboat rentals.  www.tracyaviary.org

    The Hogle Zoo
    More than 800 animals live at the Hogle Zoo, on 42 acres, at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Some great exhibits are the Elephant Encounter, featuring a family of elephants and Asian Highlands, home to leopards, tigers and other large cats.  There is a carousel ride and interactive animal shows for children, also.
    www.hoglezoo.org

    Mill Creek Canyon
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    For those who like to hike, there are trails at Mill Creek that suit professionals, beginners and families of hikers. The Pipeline Trails is an easy hike, about 6 miles, and great views. In Winter, there is exceptional skiing and snowshoeing. There is also Grandeur Peak, that rises to 8299 feet, and at the end, has a panoramic view of the Salt Lake Valley. Mill Creek Canyon is dog friendly: even numbered days dogs can be on leash, odd numbered days, dogs can be off-leash on trails only. There are 10 major picnic areas, and a mountain Yurt. In Winter, The Yurt can be rented, and proves a primitive Winter camping experience for between 4 and 8 people.
    http://parks.slco.org/MillcreekCanyon/
  • On May 9, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best bars in Salt Lake City?

    Zest Organic Cocktails from Zest Kitchen & Bar The Zest Kitchen And Bar
    One of the newer eateries in downtown Salt Lake City. It is an interesting combination of organic, locally and regionally sourced lunches and dinners, and has a farm to table mission/vision. It also has one of the largest selections of organic wines in Utah, and has unusual, great tasting cocktails.  Here are a few below: tried and tested!
    Jalapeño Margarita- cucumber with jalapeño, Patron, Patron Citronage and Agave 
    Prosecco with fruit and rosemary
    The Nutty X - almond milk, Vanilla vodka, frangelico and coffee liqueur. 
    www.ZestSLC.com

    The Speakeasy at the Avenues Bistro On Third

    The Speakeasy is in the basement of the Avenues Bistro on 3rd Avenue in Salt Lake. It is an intimate, slightly gritty, small place that was originally constructed in 1905, and the story goes, used to really be a Speakeasy. Drinks are excellent, the The Blues Jam on Monday Night is fun…and the Bee Hive Martini is fabulous. It doesn't have a website, but it does have a Facebook page:
    Facebook.com/AvenuesBistroOnThird

    The Red Door

    This is a non-smoking lounge that serves wine, aperitifs, whiskies, and martinis, and the last in Medium and High Octane.  We had never seen these Martini strengths described this way on a menu. The experience was unique and fun, as were the martinis.  Here are some samples:  under the High Octane nomenclature, there is the  Pomegranate Martini, the Carmel Apple Martini, the Antifreeze Martini (!!); under the Medium Octane, there is the Carrot Cake Martini, the Death By Chocolate Martini and the one-of-a-kind Butterscotch Sundae Martini.  There are many, many more flavors and colors. 
    www.behindthereddoor.com
  • On May 8, 2013
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