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 7, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best kids’ activities in Salt Lake City?

    Clark Planetarium Exterior/Courtesy Clark Planetarium The fact is, Salt Lake City is one of the most child-friendly cities on Earth.  The activities described below are all those my children loved.  These places provide activities where children can learn while they play, and, as regards Taffy Town, well, they can learn the history, as well as how to make (and eat) Saltwater Taffy.  The best of all possible worlds!

    The Hogle Zoo
    This Zoo has been in Salt Lake since 1931, and is at the mouth of historic Emigration Canyon. It covers 42 acres, and has more than 800 animals.  The Zoo's most memorable exhibits are the Elephant Encounter, the Zoo Train and the Conservation Carousel.   Their Primate collection is impressive also. www.hoglezoo.org

    The Leonardo
    The Leonardo is a contemporary science/technology museum that explores the connections between science, technology and art, all the while making these connection interesting and relevant to kids. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, The Leo is a great place for kids to see one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibits and participate in programs, workshops, and classes.  Recent exhibits include Mummies Of The World,  and the Science And Art Of Soapmaking. www.theleonardo.org

    The Clark Planetarium
    This planetarium is a great educational experience for kids -- it has many hands-on displays and educational exhibits, but a very unique thing is the Lunar Gravity Simulator, which starts with a 10-minute lesson followed by 3 minutes of gravity defiance (for kids of all ages up to 250 pounds). There are telescopes than can be tried out, the  Hubble Spacecraft can be learned about and the kids can walk on simulated displays of Mars and the Moon.  Also, on interactive computers you can test knowledge of outer space.  However the two main attractions are the Planetarium and the IMAX shows. The IMAX films are shown on a screen that is 5 stories high, with 3D imagery. www.clarkplanetarium.org

    Taffy Town
    Large, colorful letters let kids and family know they have indeed arrived at the TAFFY TOWN factory store. The Glade family has been in business of making Salt Water Taffy since the turn of the century. There is an interesting, partially animated video that the kids can see abut how this candy is actually made.  And there are free samples to be had, in truly unique flavors and designs.  www.taffytown.com

    Lagoon
    Lagoon is a large amusement park about 15 miles north of Salt Lake City near the town of Farmington. Lagoon has a lot of history, as it is been operating since 1896; the carousel since  1906, and the wooden roller coaster since 1921.  Spread over six acres, it has everything from classic children's waterpark rides, as well as tube rafting and water slides. There are also serious roller coasters, plus many  arcade games and food vendors. There is also a replica Pioneer Village, and often there is live music in the pavilions and in the Lagoon Opera House.
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  • On May 7, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best kids’ activities in Salt Lake City?

    Clark Planetarium Exterior/Courtesy Clark Planetarium The fact is, Salt Lake City is one of the most child-friendly cities on Earth.  The activities described below are all those my children loved.  These places provide activities where children can learn while they play, and, as regards Taffy Town, well, they can learn the histroy, as well as how to make (and eat) Saltwater Taffy.  The best of all possible worlds!

    The Hogle Zoo
    This Zoo has been in Salt Lake since 1931, and is at the mouth of historic Emigration Canyon. It covers 42 acres, and has more than 800 animals.  The Zoo's most memorable exhibits are the Elephant Encounter, the Zoo Train and the Conservation Carousel.   Their Primate collection is impressive also. www.hoglezoo.org

    The Leonardo
    The Leonardo is a contemporary science/technology museum that explores the connections between science, technology and art, all the while making these connection interesting and relevant to kids. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, The Leo is a great place for kids to see one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibits and participate in programs, workshops, and classes.  Recent exhibits include Mummies Of The World,  and the Science And Art Of Soapmaking. www.theleonardo.org

    The Clark Planetarium
    This planetarium is a great educational experience for kids -- it has many hands-on displays and educational exhibits, but a very unique thing is the Lunar Gravity Simulator, which starts with a 10-minute lesson followed by 3 minutes of gravity defiance (for kids of all ages up to 250 pounds). There are telescopes than can be tried out, the  Hubble Spacecraft can be learned about and the kids can walk on simulated displays of Mars and the Moon.  Also, on interactive computers you can test knowledge of outer space.  However the two main attractions are the Planetarium and the IMAX shows. The IMAX films are shown on a screen that is 5 stories high, with 3D imagery. www.clarkplanetarium.org

    Taffy Town
    Large, colorful letters let kids and family know they have indeed arrived at the TAFFY TOWN factory store. The Glade family has been in business of making Salt Water Taffy since the turn of the century. There is an interesting, partially animated video that the kids can see abut how this candy is actually made.  And there are free samples to be had, in truly unique flavors and designs.  www.taffytown.com

    Lagoon
    Lagoon is a large amusement park about 15 miles north of Salt Lake City near the town of Farmington. Lagoon has a lot of history, as it is been operating since 1896; the carousel since  1906, and the wooden roller coaster since 1921.  Spread over six acres, it has everything from classic children's waterpark rides, as well as tube rafting and water slides. There are also serious roller coasters, plus many  arcade games and food vendors. There is also a replica Pioneer Village, and often there is live music in the pavilions and in the Lagoon Opera House.
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  • On May 6, 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 6, 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 resembles the red rock layers and formations as seen throughout Utah, especially in the South. 
    www.nhmu.com
  • On May 6, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, The Montage (at about 9200 feet high -- the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at the Canyons are all excellent hotels and resorts, with great spas and winter/summer activities. I have stayed at all of those, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door and Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

    Washington School House 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed. www.washingtonschoolhouse.com

    The Sky Lodge
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is the only all-suite, luxury hotel right IN TOWN, at the corner of Heber and Main.  There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1200 – 2700 square feet each.  It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort. And 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport.  It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu.  This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself.  The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 
    www.theskylodge.com

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    The Waldorf Astoria Park City is the first ski resort added to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and is a Four Star Forbes award winner.  Located at the base of Canyons Resorts in Park City, Utah, the Waldorf has 175 guest rooms, suites, and wholly owned residences, all with exceptional views of the ski slopes and the Wastach mountain range.  The Waldorf is a ski-in/ski out resort, with a dedicated Waldorf Gondola that provides year 'round access to 4000 acres of hiking and skiing terrain. The Resort is also home to the exceptional Golden Door Spa, only one of five in the world.  The food is also sublime -- especially at Slopes, the Waldorf's awards-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 
    www.parkcitywaldorfastoria.com

     
  • On May 6, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, The Montage (at about 9200 feet high -- the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at the Canyons are all excellent hotels and resorts, with great spas and winter/summer activities. I have stayed at all of those, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door and Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

    Washington School House 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed. www.washingtonschoolhouse.com

    The Sky Lodge
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is the only all-suite, luxury hotel right IN TOWN, at the corner of Heber and Main.  There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1200 – 2700 square feet each.  It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort. And 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport.  It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu.  This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself.  The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 
    www.theskylodge.com

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    The Waldorf Astoria Park City is the first ski resort added to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Located at the base of Canyon Resorts  in Park City, Utah, the property has 175 guest rooms, suites and wholly owned residences, all with exceptional views of the ski slopes and the Wastach mountain range.  The Waldorf is a ski-in/ski out resort, with a dedicated Waldorf Gondola that provides year 'round access to 4000 acres of hiking and skiing terrain. The Resort is also home to the exceptional Golden Door Spa, only one of five in the world.  The food is also sublime -- especially at Slopes, the Waldorf's awards-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 
    www.parkcitywaldorfastoria.com

     
  • On May 6, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, The Montage (at about 9200 feet high -- the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at the Canyons are all excellent hotels and resorts, with great spas and winter/summer activities. I have stayed at all of those, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door and Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

    Washington School House 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed. www.washingtonschoolhouse.com

    The Sky Lodge
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is the only all-suite, luxury hotel right IN TOWN, at the corner of Heber and Main.  There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1200 – 2700 square feet each.  It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort. And 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport.  It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu.  This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself.  The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 
    www.theskylodge.com

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    The Waldorf Astoria Park City is the first ski resort added to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Located at the base of Canyon Resorts  in Park City, Utah, the property has 175 guest rooms, suites and wholly owned residences, all with exceptional views of the ski slopes and the Wastach mountain range.  The Waldorf is a ski-in/ski out resort, with a dedicated Waldorf Gondola that provides year 'round access to 4000 acres of hiking and skiing terrain. The Resort is also home to the exceptional Golden Door Spa, only one of five in the world.  The food is also sublime -- especially at Slopes, the Waldorf's awards-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

     
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  • On May 6, 2013
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    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, The Montage (at about 9200 feet high -- the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at the Canyons are all excellent hotels and resorts, with great spas and winter/summer activities. I have stayed at all of those, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door and Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

    Washington School House 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed. www.washingtonschoolhouse.com

    The Sky Lodge
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is the only all-suite, luxury hotel right IN TOWN, at the corner of Heber and Main.  There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1200 – 2700 square feet each.  It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort. And 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport.  It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu.  This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself.  The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 
    www.theskylodge.com

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    The Waldorf Astoria Park City is the first ski resort added to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Located at the base of Canyon Resorts  in Park City, Utah, the property has 175 guest rooms, suites and wholly owned residences, all with exceptional views of the ski slopes and the Wastach mountain range.  The Waldorf is a ski-in/ski out resort, with a dedicated Waldorf Gondola that provides year 'round access to 4000 acres of hiking and skiing terrain. The Resort is also home to the exceptional Golden Door Spa, only one of five in the world.  The food is also sublime -- especially at Slopes, the Waldorf's awards-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

     
  • On May 6, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, The Montage (at about 9200 feet high -- the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at the Canyons are all excellent hotels and resorts, with great spas and winter/summer activities. I have stayed at all of those, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door and Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

    Washington School House 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed. www.washingtonschoolhouse.com

    The Sky Lodge
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is the only all-suite, luxury hotel right IN TOWN, at the corner of Heber and Main.  There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1200 – 2700 square feet each.  It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort. And 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport.  It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu.  This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself.  The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 
    www.theskylodge.com

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    The Waldorf Astoria Park City is the first ski resort added to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Located at the base of Canyon Resorts  in Park City, Utah, the property has 175 guest rooms, suites and wholly owned residences, all with exceptional views of the ski slopes and the Wastach mountain range.  The Waldorf is a ski-in/ski out resort, with a dedicated Waldorf Gondola that provides year 'round access to 4000 acres of hiking and skiing terrain. The Resort is also home to the exceptional Golden Door Spa, only one of five in the world.  The food is also sublime -- especially at Slopes, the Waldorf's awards-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

     
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  • On May 5, 2013
    Susan Kime posted:

    Just wanted you to know that the image of me on the Correspondent page above is of me in the Dolphin Pool at the Mirage in Las Vegas just a few weeks ago. The mammal to my left and who was cropped from the image was Oswald, the Bottlenose Dolphin. When I have my picture taken for a website, I usually don't have a wet suit on or a 350 pound animal to my left. Oswald was very happy, though, in that I had just fed him his breakfast: jello cubes and fresh herring! To each his or her own, as my mother would say.

  • On May 5, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, The Montage (at about 9200 feet high -- the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at the Canyons are all excellent hotels, with great spas and winter/summer amenities. I have stayed at all of these,  But my choices for the best hotels are those that are quite unique, historically and environmentally.  

    Washington School House, 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed. www.washingtonschoolhouse.com

    The Sky Lodge:
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is  the only all-suite, luxury hotel right IN TOWN, at the corner of Heber and Main.  There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1200 – 2700 square feet each.  It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort. And 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport.  It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu.  This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself.  The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 
    www.theskylodge.com


    The Canyons Grand Summit Hotel Park City

    The Grand Summit Hotel, a AAA Four-Diamond resort, sits majestically in the heart of the The Canyons Resort Village. This property is a ski/in – ski/out with 350 lodging options including hotel rooms, studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites and luxury penthouses.  After checking in, you can take the elevator or go up the grand staircase, and then put our your skis and ski out the door, or get on the Orange Bubble Gondola that will take you to more exceptional mountain skiing.  The outdoor heated pool is the place to relax, and their Canyons Resort Spa and Health Club is right down the hall from the main lobby.
    http://www.canyonsresort.com/grand-explore.html
  • On May 5, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best restaurants in Salt Lake City?

    The Roof Restaurant -- at 15 Temple Square is 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. http://templesquarehospitality.com/restaurants/roof.php

    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 use 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. www.rediguana.com

    Plum Alley - This is an establishment where we love to eat Southeast Asian fusion. The food has been sourced from local and regional farms that grow vegetables, fruit and meats. The owners and Executive Chef of another excellent SLC restaurant (reviewed in Forbes) 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, green curry, can make the most diffident person very friendly indeed.
    www.plumalley.com