Park City Travel Guide

My husband and I recently went to Park City and with the Sundance Film Festival going on for a couple more days, I felt like now was the perfect time to put together a travel guide for you guys! In this post, I’ll be sharing what to do in Park City, where to eat and where to stay! We planned a semi-impromptu holiday getaway with a couple of our best friends over Thanksgiving weekend last year and it turned out to be the best idea ever. Apparently that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the start of prime ski season and the prices everywhere shoot up. BUT, if you go over actual Thanksgiving weekend, it’s way less crowded and prices are surprisingly low. Plus, it’s usually opening weekend for most of the mountains and ski resorts, so it’s a great way to kick off snow season. We got lucky when we went because we got tons of fresh snow the night we landed. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for a little holiday getaway!

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Where to Stay

If you’re going to go to Park City, The Montage Deer Valley is truly not to be missed. Although it is a bit of a splurge, I can promise you that every second of your stay will be well worth the investment. Everything from the spacious rooms, the heated bathroom floors (amazing after coming back from the cold), the incredible hospitality and the happy hour hot chocolate + smores bar (you heard that right), will have you wishing you never have to leave. Our room had floor to ceiling windows that looked out to tons of trees and fresh snow - it was the most beautiful view to wake up to! We obviously had to visit the complimentary smores + hot chocolate bar every evening…and we even managed to squeeze in some time in the outdoor hot tub one night! If you go around the holidays like we did, they have a bunch of fun events, like pictures with Santa by the fireplace in the Vista Lounge, a huge gingerbread house unveiling (complete with Christmas carols and more hot chocolate + smores) and the official tree lighting at the front of the hotel. All the hotel employees are so helpful and friendly. They even have a complimentary shuttle service that runs all day that will pick you up/drop you off anywhere in Park City for free! Seriously, they’ve thought of everything at this hotel—the hospitality is all in the details. We can’t wait to go back!

What to Eat

This was actually my second time in Park City. We’d done a quick day trip a couple years ago while in Utah visiting family, so I’ve been able to try out a few different places. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Harvest - cozy little cafe in downtown Park City. Super tiny spot so not recommended for big groups. Great brunch option or somewhere to grab a coffee + snack

  2. 5 Seeds - great spot to stop at either on your way in or out of PC, although not far from Main Street so it would be a quick uber ride there. Another really great option for brunch/lunch (their eggs Benedict is delicious)!

  3. Riverhorse Provisions - This is the “on-the-go” version of Riverhorse, one of the top-rated restaurants in Park City. This is a great option because not only do they have a great sampling of some of the best Riverhorse dishes, they also have a to-go market/deli upstairs. I unfortunately haven’t had a chance to try Riverhorse, but I’ve heard incredible things about it (especially their Black Salt Margaritas) so I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

  4. Handle - My husband and I came here the first time we were in PC and we loved it. It’s perfect for date night or a group of friends! Tons of options on the menu to choose from, so everyone will be happy.

  5. Davanza’s - If you’ve been out on the slopes all day and you just want some easy, good food while you relax, this is the place to go. They have the best pizza…and don’t even get me started on their garlic bread!! It’s a causal spot, super affordable and honestly, if we were there one more night, I would have 100% gone back for more.

  6. 710 Bodega - We kind of stumbled onto this spot but it ended up being really great. It’s all tapas, so it’s great for going in a group where everyone wants to try a little bit of everything. We had a lot of fun hanging out here and talking over good food and sangria!

What to Do

Skiing/snowboarding - This is a really obvious choice, I know. But I think it’s worth mentioning for all the people who have not ever been or are considering going and might be too scared to try skiing/snowboarding for the first time. We went to Park City Mountain and had so much fun! They have a bunch of different runs so the lifts won’t be too crowded and good bunny slopes for beginners. There were lots of food options within walking distance too. If you have any first-timers or beginners, they also offer classes. All the people who work there were so friendly. One woman offered to take a photo for us when she saw me struggling to get my big gloves off and another instructor helped me off the ski lift and even gave me a little push when I got stuck. I’m not that great of a snowboarder as you can probably tell by now, haha. We used a service that our friend found, called Ski Valet. They come to your hotel the night before, get all your measurements and drop off all your equipment so in the morning, you can head straight to the mountain. When you’re all done the next day, you just give them a call and they’ll meet you at the base of the mountain and pick up all your equipment. So simple and easy—way better than lugging all your stuff back and forth!

Drinks at the St. Regis - We headed to the St. Regis straight from the slopes for some après-ski cocktails. Apparently the St. Regis has a signature Bloody Mary they make at every location (fun fact that our friend told us about!) so you should try it out if you happen to go. They have a big outdoor patio with a fireplace, and a full menu of cocktails and food. The views are stunning from up there, the cocktails are delicious and it has a very warm and unpretentious vibe.

High West Distillery/Saloon - This is actually a good place to go for dinner also, but I think they’re better known for their whiskey. You can enjoy their flights, go on a tour of the distillery, or just hang out and enjoy drinks + snacks (their house made chips are great). This is a great spot if you and/or your companions are a whiskey lovers. They’ve also got wine, beer and cocktails if whiskey isn’t your thing. The atmosphere is really fun and you definitely feel like you’re in a saloon from an Old West movie!

No Name Saloon - This is another great hideout from the cold. They have the most eclectic decor, which makes for a really fun environment. It’s super casual and open until 1am (with a year round heated rooftop patio), so it’s the perfect place to go at any time during the day.

Daly’s Pub & Rec - This is actually located in the Montage, not on Main Street, but it’s worth checking out if you’re at the hotel! We stopped in here for a snack after checking in on our first day. They had yummy pub food (pizza, nachos…all the good stuff), tons of space to sit either at a table or the bar, and of course big TVs that were playing sports. They also had some vintage video games, shuffleboard, darts and even bowling lanes. It’s great place to hang out and entertain the kids and husbands/boyfriends alike!

Atticus - This is one of my favorite spots in Park City because it combines two of my great loves: coffee and books! Atticus, cleverly named after Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird, is a book store with a coffee bar located in the middle. They carry coffee, tea, healthy snacks and to-go food. They’ve got books of every kind and some other fun souvenirs to browse through. Books stores are so rare to find nowadays, so I was really happy to find this little gem. And p.s. their lattes are gooooood.

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Shopping in Park City - Main St. is easily walkable, so you can definitely stop in at the majority of the shops in one day. Among my favorites are

  • Cake Boutique - high-end clothing, jewelry and beauty products. They have an adjoining store, c|two by Cake where you can stock up on all your skincare essentials and some luxury fragrances.

  • Prospect - This one is great for the guys (they like to shop too, I guess haha). They have a small selection of women’s clothing as well. My favorite part of this shop are the little hidden gems: a barber chair tucked away in the back and the juice/coffee bar upstairs. You can sip on a drink of your choice while your dude gets his shop on or gets a quick shave! Win win.

  • Flight Boutique - They’ve got tons of clothing and accessories in a wider price range so it’ll be easier on your wallet. If you packed too light, forgot some essentials, or just want a new outfit (because #vacaymode), highly recommend stopping in here!

  • Park City Mercantile - This is a great store for accessories and gifts if you’re looking to pick up a souvenir for yourself or someone else…or if you’re just browsing and aren’t looking for anything specific. It’s a cute little store that reminds me of something you’d find in Silverlake or Atwater Village.

  • Root’d - Hands down one of my favorite stores in Park City, although I have yet to buy anything from there. It’s home decor store with the most beautiful stuff. They have everything from furniture to decor to coffee table books. They even have some fine jewelry showcased in the back. If nothing else, this is a great place to escape the cold and make a mental Pinterest board for your future dream home.

If this post inspired you to take a trip, or helped you plan your trip while in Park City…let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you guys!

xox

A.