Utah's peaceful mountain retreat

35 Rooms / 55 Suites / 10 Mountain homes

There aren’t many places where you can truly get away from it all, but Utah’s Sundance Mountain Resort is one of those places. Situated on 5,000 acres of wilderness at the foot of the 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Mountains, Sundance began as (and continues to be) a place set apart.

Purchased by Robert Redford in 1969 to conserve the stunning alpine landscape, the resort village and its rustic cabins seamlessly blend with pine trees so that lofty mountain views are the focal point anytime you step — or look — outside. A continued focus on preservation is apparent in details throughout the resort, such as the bar soap in the rooms that is handmade onsite and the chargers at the restaurants made from recycled glass and hand-blown at Sundance by artists in residence. Wood-planked walls and floors, woolen blankets, stone-clad fireplaces and exposed beams give spaces around the property a comfortable mountain lodge feel.

Yet even with one hiking boot firmly planted in nature, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel also has a refined side, especially when it comes to the fine dining at the nationally renowned restaurant The Tree Room, the luxurious treatments at Spa at Sundance and the 144-seat, onsite screening room. The latter is only fitting, as the resort was where the Sundance Film Institute began (the nonprofit group later created the Sundance Film Festival, and the hotel remains a venue for the noted event).

The property is still owned by the Redford family, and there are touches reminiscent of the famed actor throughout the property, from Native American artifacts from his personal collection to the Bearclaw Cabin used in the 1972 film Jeremiah Johnson that sits at the summit of the onsite ski resort.

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