Park City’s all about mountain adventure and Victorian small town charm and the glamor of Sundance, but we gotta’ tell ya’, the FOOD is out of this world. We were at the locals’ free concert (there’s one just about every night) shortly after we arrived. The jazz was great. Sitting on Deer Valley Resort’s sunny slope with Park City families and their dancing kids and frolicking dogs, we had the best picnic ever. No hot dogs for us—how about smoked salmon, French brie, antipasto, and chocolate raspberry tartlets? Every meal that followed was just as good as the last. Come for the hiking, biking, skiing, art, history, scenery, and shopping but stay for the food.
Park City was once labeled a ghost town after the silver bust. Hard to believe when you see it today. We learned about mining history at the Park City Museum where we checked out the old jail.
The three ski resorts that circle the town, Deer Valley, Canyons, and Park City Mountain Resorts, offer a surprising variety of summer fun. We sampled the zip line, alpine slide and alpine coaster at Park City Mountain Resort, with scenic chairlift and gondola rides at each! While having another great meal mid-mountain we saw folks horseback riding and mountain biking.
We loved watching daring athletes training on the ski jumps at Utah Olympic Park. Jules wanted to jump right in! Instead, we did the longest alpine coaster around (a whole mile long!) and the steepest zip line in the country! We wished we had a little more time at the Olympic Museum with its fun interactive exhibits. Care to try out a slalom course simulator?
Another free high quality music event, Patio Palooza was lots of fun in spite of a little drizzle. Park City sure knows how to have a good time! There are TONS of events here!
Interviews on at Park City TV and KPCW Radio’s “Fun Friday” show were relaxed and fun. We found out we made the front page on Glenwood Springs Saturday newspaper. Best of the Road sure attracts the media.
Next, we strapped on our helmets and pedaled past the landmark McPolin Farm (the famous white barn) and Swaner Nature Preserve. Our leisurely bike ride was followed by an evening at the historic art nouveau Egyptian Theatre. It was opening night for the musical Gypsy and it was fabulous!
It’s hard to say goodbye to Park City’s lovely people, great adventure, spectacular setting and gourmet food, but our final fun small town, Vacaville California awaits. Thanks for all the FUN times, Park City!
GO PURPLE TEAM!!