If you’re planning a trip to Park City, UT, your first instinct is to look up the best places to stay, where to eat, what to do (besides skiing), and, of course, the best spots to enjoy some good whiskey. Thing is, Google’s list of recommendations can be down-right exhausting.
So, after a four-day jaunt in Park City and many chairlift chats with locals, we’re taking all the guesswork out of the equation. From exploring the best bars to lounging in top-rated resorts and boutique hotels, here’s everything you need to know to have the best trip out west.
A 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City, Montage Deer Valley (pictured) is palatial without any hint of stuffiness. Guests are free to mosey through the resort’s cozy wood- and leather-adorned Vista Lounge—sit by the fireplace, shoot some pool, nurse a cocktail—then head to Spa Montage’s serene sauna, steam room, and hot tubs, all while rocking a plush robe. The ski-in, ski-out hotel boasts daily s’mores (with homemade marshmallows), impeccable service (the staff refills your humidifier each night!), and impressive restaurants (the Apex breakfast buffet is spot-on). Oh, and its enormous mascots, if you will, Monty and Parker (Bernese mountain dogs), make Montage feel even more like home.
This boutique hotel is in the heart of downtown Park City, offering historic charm (it was formerly a school, as the name infers). Hundred-year-old crystal chandeliers, antique French tables, and sumptuous white Pratesi linens and down-feather pillows are just some of the mainstays in the 12 rooms and suites. There’s a heated pool carved into the hillside with aspens and blue spruce peppered around the space, a tucked-away spa, and a ski lounge ripe for some après-ski boozing and noshing.
Fancy yourself a condo or a private home for your stay in Park City? Deer Valley Resort’s property management company has over 15 properties with more than 500 units, including hotels and full houses, for rent. This is a stellar option for big parties, whether you’re traveling with your extended family or vacationing with loads of friends. The company can even help book your itinerary, from lift tickets to transportation. Inquire about online packages.
A prime location on Main Street, O’Shucks is a true locals dive bar. Get the garlic burger and wash it down with an IPA; this hole-in-the-wall joint has reasonable prices, plus shuffleboard and pool tables.
You can do a tour of the distillery in Wanship, UT, (pictured; about 20 minutes from Park City) to taste some of its craft whiskey blends. Or, head over to the saloon (in Park City) for some elk chili and a cocktail made with High West’s signature spirits. The saloon has a more relaxed vibe—sporting a rustic interior and exterior; you can chat with locals on the heated outdoor patio space.
Get the St. Regis specialty: Winter Dream hot chocolate. You can dress it with homemade whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and toffee. Sip while you sit by the outdoor fire. The space offers panoramic views and comfy Adirondack chairs. The hotel also offers complimentary rosemary truffle popcorn.
Rack your skis and head over to Montage Deer Valley’s Vueve Clicquot yurt. You can lounge in flannel-upholstered chairs fireside while you sip on some bubbly and snack on local cheeses and truffle popcorn. (Open noon to 4p.m.)
What to get: The Avocado Beet Toast features beet hummus, goat cheese, micro greens, and black Hawaiian sea salt on wild rice harvest bread. Pro tip: Add a fried egg on top. In the summer, this is the best deck for outdoor dining in town.
What to get: The Buddha bowl is loaded with nutritious foods, including brown rice, butternut pumpkin purée, oven-roasted tomatoes, fermented cabbage, pickled onions, and herb ricotta. Their coffee bar menu is also a must-try.
What to get: The house specialty is a Mexican Mocha—spicy dark chocolate—hot chocolate, but there are plenty of tea, coffee, and espresso options to help you get your buzz on. This is a quick-stop if you want your beverage on-the-go; it’s also a local favorite on Main Street.
What to get: The Aussie-style Iced Coffee; it’s made with ice cream and has just the right amount of decadence. This is a solid spot for healthy fare—shakshuka, superfood grain salads, and steel-cut oatmeal.
What to get: Order the Prospector to start (unagi, hamachi, cucumber, avocado, sweet soy glaze, spicy aioli) with a Mountain Derby cocktail (Woodford Reserve, grapefruit, lavender chamomile honey). Then feast on specialty sushi rolls and Yama’s signature Wagyu Beef Hot Rock. You’ll dip the beef in a garlic soy butter, sear on the rock, then dip in salt seasoning.
What to get: The spicy margarita is irresistible (seriously, these suckers go down fast), but there’s also an impressive wine list. To start, try the Ahi Tuna Tartare Trio, Riverhorse Potstickers, and Caramelized Onion, Herb, and Garlic Perogies. Then choose any of the Riverhorse classics for your main course: Macadamia Nut Crusted Alaskan Halibut, “Low and Slow” Durham Ranch Buffalo Short Rib (with crispy burrata ravioli), and the Trio of Wild Game (buffalo, venison, and elk). This is an unforgettable meal.
What to get: Pace yourself through the four courses, all served from stone fireplaces. The standouts include: raclette cheese with housemade Fireside fig mustard and strawberry chutney; Mountain Macaroni (mac & cheese); roasted leg of lamb; and the chocolate and caramel fondue, of course. Pro tip: You can add a sleigh ride to your meal via All Seasons Adventures.
What to get: Order the White Bear cocktail (Outlaw Distillery spiced rum, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, demerara syrup, cream, and nutmeg). Rosemary and Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Boneless Short Ribs and Mary’s Organic Chicken with caramelized shallot and parsnip mashed potatoes are excellent entrées. And if you’re not too stuffed, dig in to the chocolate chip cookie skillet for dessert.
What to Do
1. Ski and snowboard: Deer Valley Resort is for skiers only, but snowboarders can shred in Park City Mountain Resort.
2. Montage Spa: Book a full-body massage at Montage Deer Valley’s sprawling spa. Then, soak in one of their many hot tubs; swim laps in the pool; or sit in the sauna or steam room to fully unwind and relax.
3. Snowmobile: Go through Summit Meadows Adventures Snowmobiling on Garff Ranch. It has 7,000 acres of pristine mountain scenery to explore.
2. Snowshoe: Book with All Seasons Adventures for a one-of-a-kind lung-busting, leg-burning workout.
3. Fly-fishing: You can also book a little winter fishing excursion with All Seasons Adventures (for reference, they offer a wide range of activities from dog sledding to fat biking.