What is the best time to visit Park City?

Park City’s prime time is the winter. The best time to visit is from December to April, when the city’s famed mountains are chock full of fresh powder, and the city is crawling with skiers and snowboarders. Snowmobiling, sleigh rides and dog sled tours are other popular draws during the coldest months. During the holidays, the city is aglow in lights and flush with festivities, while in January, the city is at its busiest when it hosts the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival and celebrities and filmmakers descend upon the resort town.

Although winter may be the favored time to visit Park City, it isn’t the only time. Those who want to enjoy Four-Star accommodations on a two-star budget would do well to visit during the summer season, when rates are slashed at most area resorts and hotels. Restaurant tables are easier to come by and streets are less crowded, but there are still activities aplenty.

  • On June 2
    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 Powder
    This restaurant, the fine dining component of the Waldorf Astoria Park City and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star recipient.The menus are seasonal, and much of the food is locally sourced and personally chosen by the chef himself. Taste combinations include mushroom ravioli with shaved truffles and sage brown butter. We ate something we had never seen before — bacon jam. Live and learn!

    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. The menu changes seasonally and many ingredients are locally sourced. As an example, the 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.

    APEX at Montage
    The Montage is the highest elevated resort/hotel in the Park City — about 9,200 feet at Empire Pass. The Montage's signature restaurant, Apex , is a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, no doubt 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. 

    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.

  • On June 2
    Stephanie Nitsch answered the question: Stephanie Nitsch

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Courtesy of The St. Regis Deer Valley Sultry and splendid, the Waldorf Astoria Park City exudes mountain elegance within each of its 174 rooms and residences. The Four-Star property has aligned itself with neighboring Canyons Resort, which touts 4,000 acres of mountain adventures, to offer a dynamic, four-season getaway. Relax at the hotel’s Golden Door Spa and surround yourself with the tranquil Living Green Wall between customized treatments, or head to Powder restaurant for a modern mountain menu, which often utilizes farm-fresh ingredients from the nearby Farmer’s Market in the summer.

    Butlers and privacy await at The St. Regis Deer Valley, making the slopes feel like your own personal mountains. Visitors come here for the high-caliber service and undivided attention, which is reinforced by considerate amenities like a nightly champagne toast, après ski vittles and Four-Star spa amenities. Outdoor adventure tours are available from the on-site recreation guides, and the savory cuisine at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Grill will quell your appetite after hiking/biking/skiing up an appetite.

    Influenced by contemporary mountain craftsman design, Montage Deer Valley feels more home than hotel. Artifacts from the Park City Museum and more than 200 original pieces of artwork are decorated throughout the Four-Star hotel, paying tribute to Park City’s historic past and scenic beauty. Outdoor adventures are mere feet away, with spectacular skiing, hiking and biking trails straight out the door. Inside, gastronomical delights at four separate restaurants and a 35,000 square foot spa welcome visitors to relax in the comfort of flawless service.

    Its Forbes Five-Star rating aside, Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley is one of the most revered hotels in Utah. This classic ski lodge borrows design aspects from Norwegian mountain culture for a stunningly classic and comfortable luxury hotel. The rustic lobby is accented with large stone fireplaces and rich wooden beams; its rooms and suites offer exquisite views and private outdoor hot tubs. The Five-Star Spa at Stein Eriksen and the Four-Star Glitretind Restaurant, known for its gourmet breakfast and weekend brunch buffets, are elegant amenities not to be missed.
  • On June 2
    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, Montage Deer Valley (at about 9,200 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 these, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities mentioned plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, a larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, and The Golden Door spa.

    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.

    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 1,200 to 2,700 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. 

    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 Travel Guide award winner. Located at the base of Canyons Resorts in Park City, 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 4,000 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 Powder, the Waldorf's award-winning fine dining restaurant.

     
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  • On June 2
    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, Montage Deer Valley (at about 9,200 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 these, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities mentioned plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, a larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door spa 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.

    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 1,200 to 2,700 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. 

    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 Travel Guide award winner. Located at the base of Canyons Resorts in Park City, 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 4,000 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 Powder, the Waldorf's award-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

     
  • On December 19
    Dan Howard answered the question: Dan Howard

    What are the best things to see at Sundance Film Festival?

    While Main Street is absolutely the 'hub' of activity, guests looking for a more exclusive scene may want to check out the Acoustic Music Cafe located in the Vista Lounge at Montage Deer Valley.  Nightly 'pop up' concerts will include A-list headliners from the 18th to the 22nd of January including O.A.R., John Popper, KT Tunstall, Matisyahu and Luke Bryan.  There are no tickets to be sold or given out - it is just for festival attendees 'in the know.'  Montage Deer Valley has five restaurants on property, so guests joining the apres scene from 4 - 7 can dine in one of the venues (from sushi to burgers) and stick around for the celebrity-studded music scene.
  • On May 27, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best bars in Park City?

    Similar to many other attractions and activities in Park City, the best bars are really determined by your age and how you define, “best.”  Some like loud, live music where you can toss peanut shells on the floor, others like refinement, where you can sip cocktails in relative peace. The good news is that Park City runs the gamut.  Here are some of the best to choose from.

    High West 
    High West Distillery and Saloon is Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. Located at exactly 7,000 feet above sea level in historic Old Town Park City, High West is the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. What this means is you can ski into the area, and eat there as well as drink. Distillery visitors can eat western bar food next to a hand hammered copper pot still. This venue is in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable and Victorian mining-era home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The High West Saloon is adjacent to the distillery. 

    Butchers Chop House & Bar
    Butcher's is located at the base of the town ski lift, and offers great food and bar service.   Their signature cocktails are wonderful: for summer, there is the Washington Pear, The Raspberry Cosmo, and our favorite the Blueberry Lemon Drop.

    No Name Saloon
    No Name Saloon has exceptional bar food, the Buffalo Burger especially good, and there are many types of draft beer. In summer, the rooftop affords great views. Their motto? “Helping People Forget Their Names since 1903."

    St. Regis Bar And Lounge
    For the more quiet and elegant, there is the St. Regis Bar And Lounge, located at the St. Regis Deer Valley. Their Signature Bloody Mary (most the major St. Regis Resorts have different variations) is called the 7452 Mary, a blend of their famous Bloody Mary mix as well as  the oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from the local High West Distillery. It is served with a salt rim and wasabi-celery foam.  In addition, are two St. Regis Wine Vaults, where you can drink exceptional wine by the bottle or glass.  You can enjoy winemaker dinners, or use the Vaults for intimate parties and receptions.
  • On May 27, 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 Travel Guide 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 include mushroom ravioli with shaved truffles and sage brown butter. We ate something we had never seen before — bacon jam. Live and learn!

    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. The menu changes seasonally and many ingredients are locally sourced. As an example, the 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.

    APEX at Montage
    The Montage is the highest elevated resort/hotel in the Park City — about 9,200 feet at Empire Pass. The Montage's signature restaurant, Apex , is a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, no doubt 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. 

    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.

  • On May 27, 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. Most of the films in this annual festival are shown in Park City. The festival started out as a low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now it is a media spectacle for Hollywood 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.

    Utah Olympic Park
    Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center. Things you can do at the Park include zip line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST! In winter you can shoot down the bobsled track, which is the same one 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 80mph. In summer, the bobsled still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along (it still garners speeds up tp 70mph). Check out the ski museum, shops and theater.

    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 nearby mountains. 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 7,000 feet here, 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 Historic Main Street Trolley. 

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival. There are three parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. On the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage. Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
  • On May 27, 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. Most of the films in this annual festival are shown in Park City. The festival started out as a low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now it is a media spectacle for Hollywood 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.

    Utah Olympic Park
    Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center. Things you can do at the Park include zip line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST! In winter you can shoot down the bobsled track, which is the same one 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 80mph. In summer, the bobsled still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along (it still garners speeds up tp 70mph). Check out the ski museum, shops and theater.

    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 nearby mountains. 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 7,000 feet here, 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 Historic Main Street Trolley. 

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival. There are three parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. On the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage. Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
  • On May 27, 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. Most of the films in this annual festival are shown in Park City. The festival started out as a low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now it is a media spectacle for Hollywood 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.

    Utah Olympic Park
    Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center. Things you can do at the Park include zip line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST! In winter you can shoot down the bobsled track, which is the same one 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 80mph. In summer, the bobsled still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along (it still garners speeds up tp 70mph). Check out the ski museum, shops and theater.

    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 nearby mountains. 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 7,000 feet here, 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 Historic Main Street Trolley. 

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival. There are three parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. On the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage. Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
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