Park City Local Guide, Part Two

To start, Main Street in Old Town, Park City, is booming with local art galleries featuring everything from trinkets to oversized originals. In addition to the art scene, right in the middle of Main Street sits the Egyptian Theater where you can catch a live show or movie depending on the day. If you find yourself in town the third week of January, you’ll be bumping elbows with A‑Listers during the Sundance Film Festival. Which, by the way, is the quietest time on the slopes if you are looking to avoid lift lines. If you want a unique look into the impact the Olympics has had on the region, head up to the Utah Olympic Park in the Kimball Junction neighborhood. On any given day you will see aspiring Olympians training for the next Games. This includes those who compete in aerials, racing, jumping, and even bobsled. The best part of the UOP is being able to experience a ride in the bobsled with an actual driver- it’s worth every penny.

If you are looking for a different thrill, there are snowmobile tours offered in the Uinta Mountain Range, Browns Canyon, and out of Midway, Utah. Snowshoeing is a popular way to keep the legs moving albeit at a much slower pace. Try White Pine Touring for a guided snowshoe excursion.

With seemingly endless terrain and activities to keep you busy in Park City, it should come as no surprise that the dining scene is equally as robust. Wake up in the morning and head straight to Albertos to get your breakfast burrito- the best in town. Once you’ve gotten a few runs in on-mountain at Park City, make sure to stop in Mid-Mountain Lodge for a unique menu and a great pub atmosphere. Head towards the Quicksilver Gondola and Silverlode Express to grab a drink on the deck at Miner’s Camp, the flagship lodge of the resort. Work your way over the Gondola to Canyons Village and make sure to grab some wings and BBQ at the base of the Tombstone Lift. Once back in the village, stop at Umbrella bar for the best apres on the Canyons’ side. If you start at Canyons and end up at Park City village for apres, head to the locals favorite Corner Store for a drink and a quick bite- we recommend the waffle fries. If you find yourself a bit hungry at Deer Valley- the breakfast buffet at Stein Eriksen Lodge’s Glitretind is second-to-none. Work your way towards the St. Regis and head up onto the deck for a 7452 Bloody Mary. After a bite and a bloody, work your way up to the Montage and head to Apex for a plate of their famous Nachos.

If you are enjoying a day on Main Street, check out The Eating Establishment for breakfast or brunch and then No Name Saloon for a famous Buffalo Burger. Craving breakfast all day? The Spur, a local favorite, serves its breakfast options from 10am-1opm. Ask for the Jazz Hands,” featuring a belgian waffle and fried chicken. If you are exploring Kimball junction, make sure to grab a slice of pizza at the best sports bar in town, Maxwells, which was one of many local eateries featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” on the Food Network.

Looking forward to a sit-down meal after a long day on the slopes? Once you have allowed yourself a good soak in the hot tub, get dressed and start your night with a drink at Butcher’s Chop House, located just next to the Town Lift, in-between Park Ave and Main Street. From local beers to craft cocktails, Butchers has it all. Head up to Riverhorse on Main St. for our favorite (and always changing) menu in town. Some highlights are a Macadamia Nut crusted Alaskan Halibut and a Trio of Wild Game featuring Buffalo, Venison, and Elk. They also have a wine list to impress any sommelier. Deer Valley offers some of the best restaurants in town, highlighted by the Seafood Buffet at Snowpark Lodge, Mariposa at Silver Lake Lodge, and our favorite, Fireside Dining at Empire Lodge. Fireside showcases four courses of European alps-styled dishes, prepared and served in front of five roaring fireplaces. A truly unique dining experience, Fireside even offers horse-drawn sleigh rides before, during, or after your meal. Our advice? Take it slow and try everything, including two plates of Raclette cheese. Wash it down with a carefully selected wine pairing or an Espresso Martini. An added tip would also be to book any of your Deer Valley meals early- especially that Fireside Dining reservation. That mouth-watering raclette has been known to sell out reservations quickly!

After your meal, wherever it may be, check out the nightlife by starting at The Spur. The Spur has live music seven nights a week and three separate bar areas, you’ll find an all-ages dance party here most nights. Work your way down Main Street to the famed No Name Saloon. They may be famous for their burgers, but No Name’s heated upstairs patio is the star of the show. If you are lucky, you’ll catch it during a snowstorm, an amazing way to spend an evening in Park City. To top off your night, walk further down Main Street and make a decision: do you head one block over to Park Ave and hit up famed High West Distillery for a nightcap with a view of the town lift? Do you head to Downstairs for a club-like” experience? Or do you hang with the locals at Collies or The Cabin? Either way, you can’t go wrong.


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