Park City, Utah: A destination for any season

Park City, Utah, at sunset.

If you’re ready for adventure, if you’re ready for serendipity,
if you’re ready to be entertained, fly, drive or run to Park City,
Utah. It has everything rolled up in one fine, classy package with
something for everyone. For those of you that might say Park City
where? Think the 2002 Winter Olympics, considered one of the most
successful Winter Olympics in the history of the event.
If you’re ready for adventure, if you’re ready for serendipity, if you’re ready to be entertained, fly, drive or run to Park City, Utah. It has everything rolled up in one fine, classy package with something for everyone. For those of you that might say Park City where? Think the 2002 Winter Olympics, considered one of the most successful Winter Olympics in the history of the event.

Think summer and winter

But don’t think just winter – definitely think summer. Utah Olympic Park is 389 acres that covers the area where Olympic skiers competed in ski jumping, and competitions like bobsledding, skeleton and the luge occurred.

During summer, visitors can take a bobsled ride (on wheels) careening down the actual 15-curve track with a former Olympic contender. Trust me, this is more exciting than any roller coaster ride anywhere! There is freestyle aerial ski jumping into a 750,000-gallon pool, an amazing fete, and a sight that must be seen to really appreciate and understand.

Park City was a former silver mining town idyllically nestled into the mountainside and can be found in an easy 35-mile ride east of Salt Lake City’s International Airport.

This delightful town has the charm of a relaxed village with a subtle tempo of being completely with it. There are all the amenities, outdoor recreation and entertainment of a big city with a laid back feeling. This is a spot on the planet one might enjoy visiting, and then wonder, “How do I get to live here?”

Just think: no earthquakes, no floods, no hurricanes. All this and some of the most fantastic restaurants and entertainment anywhere. What more can anyone ask?

Gourmet heaven

A visit to Jean Louis Restaurant is a gourmet experience that matches The Four Seasons in Paris. The glorious menu offers mussels in a unique wine sauce that are to die for. Traditional Moroccan Tajine (spicy lamb sausage, lamb chop in a saffron, cumin and turmeric broth) gives lamb a new vision. Peruvian Escabeche is marinated sea bass with a touch of Peruvian aji broth. Add an extended, excellent wine list and flawless service, and you have a restaurant of perfection. If Zagat hasn’t found Jean Louis Restaurant and Chef Perret they don’t know what they are missing.

Lunch at the Windy Ridge Café is an adventure. Their wraps and salads are tasty and filling. Their outdoor dining area is charming and comfortable.

If you are looking for breakfast or lunch, visit the Morning Ray Café, which offers everything from a generous platter of lox and bagels, to omelets and eggs as you like them. Great sandwiches, salads, freshly squeezed orange juice and a superb coffee makes this place a real winner.

Glorious spas

There are spas galore available for you to rejuvenate after a day of skiing in winter or horseback riding, biking, swimming, hiking or flying down a bobsled in summer.

The Deer Park Resort offers concerts in a beautiful natural amphitheater with the Utah Symphony and artists like Kenny G. or a jazz festival, all while enjoying quail or filet of beef in a gourmet picnic basket with all the trimmings from the Royal Street Café. And for the cherry on top of the sundae, Park City hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival every January. For information, go to www.visitparkcity.com.

Prices range by season and accommodation location, and the city is very kid- and dog-friendly. Park City is a destination that no one should miss during winter or summer.

 

– Salt Lake City’s Airport services Park City from San Jose andSFO. Pick up All Resort Express for a limo or shuttle for a shortride to Park City. Call 1-877-658-3999 for reservations. Once inPark City, easy and free transportation is available if you don’trent a car. Check with your travel consultant for the best ratesand accommodations.
– AAA has detailed maps for campers and automobiles.
– The Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau can be reached at(800) 453-1360 or www.parkcity info.com.

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