Wanderlust: Escape to Park City, Utah—a must-see destination year-round

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If you’re looking to get out of the Queen City for a fresh perspective, Park City, Utah should be at the top of your list. It’s no wonder Jetsetter named it the 2017-2018 No. 1 “Best Mountain Town in America”.

Park City Mountain Resort

The old mining town has a population of 8,000 locals, while boasting an impressive 2 million annual visitors, and for good reason. At an elevation of 7,000 feet, the town is a cold-weather playground for winter getaways. But it’s also got plenty for visitors year-round, whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, Hollywood cred (Park City is the home of the Sundance Film Festival) or just to disconnect.

Main Street in Park City, UT

If you’re looking to get out of the Queen City for a fresh perspective, here’s where you need to stay, eat, drink and play in the West Coast ski town—with not a bad view in sight.

Stay

A trip to Park City wouldn’t be complete without staying at the Westgate Park City Resort & Spa. Built in 2001, the four-star resort is located at the bottom of Canyon Village at Park City Mountain and offers ski-in/ski-out accommodations and access to America’s largest ski and snowboard resort, with more than 7,300 skiable acres, 300 ski runs and 38 lifts.

Westgate Park City Resort & Spa

Westgate Park City has 488 cozy rooms ($100-$200/night in the offseason, $400+/night in peak season), divided among four different buildings: Elk Lodge, Bear Lodge, Moose Lodge and Bison Lodge. The Elk and Bear lodges consist of only timeshare suites and villas, while the Moose and Bison lodges make up whole ownership condos and bookable getaways.

Grab your partner or a small group of friends and book the Signature One-Bedroom Villa ($180/night in the offseason, $500+/night in peak season). Every night you’re promised a daily dose of breathtaking sunrises and picture-perfect starry nights.

Westgate Park City truly has something for everyone.

Looking to lounge around? The resort has the state’s largest outdoor pool and an indoor adult relaxation pool (for ages 18+), which includes a steam room, sauna and waterfall feature.

Adult Relaxation Pool

For someone a little more on the active side, get your zen on at the resort’s yoga studio, rent a racquet to play on the tennis court, check out a basketball to shoot hoops, play arcade games at the Gold Mine, or head to the resort’s fitness center for your own workout.

Suffering from jet lag? Treat yourself to a hydrating facial or massage at the resort’s world-class Serenity Spa.

Eat & Drink

There’s no need to stray far from Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, which has a dining experience for every taste. For a casual and relaxing gastropub atmosphere, head to the seventh floor of Elk Lodge to Drafts Sports Bar & Pub. Sit on the outside deck and order the I <3 Garlic Burger.

For dinner, prepare for a cutting-edge dining experience at the resort’s Edge Steakhouse. Inside the swanky steakhouse, order a 7000 Blackberries cocktail or two, along with the life-changing 10-oz. Eye of Ribeye, paired with the Black & White Truffle Mac & Cheese.

Edge Steakhouse

With 150 restaurants to choose from, finding the best place to dine out in Park City can seem daunting. Try The Handle, an ingredient-forward, creative eatery located just off of Main Street. Serving up seasonal American small plates, we suggest ordering the General Tso Cauliflower, which is so popular that it stays on the menu all year long.

You can’t leave Park City until you’ve dined at Stein Eriksen Lodge’s Glitretind Restaurant, a Forbes four-star restaurant inside the state’s only five-star property. Order the Rabbit Porchetta—a delicacy of braised rabbit let, foie gras, carrots and mushrooms, and apple mostarda.

A few other outstanding foodie gems throughout the city include Deer Valley Grocery Café, a gourmet bakery; Vessel Kitchen, a chic cafe focusing on farm-fresh menu items; and Silver Star Café, a cozy space with a stunning patio offering New American fare with global accents.

Vessel Kitchen

Finish your evening soaking in the spirits at 350 Main with Alpine Distilling for an unforgettable gin tasting. Did we mention you’ll be creating your very own gin to take home by the end of the night? Cheers.

Play

Park City has a reputation for big-time adventure, and you’ll want to go all in. In the winter months, fresh powder activities include everything from skiing to snowmobiling, tubing to ice-skating.

For the skier or snowboarder, the Aloha Ski & Snowboard Rental will be your go-to spot to rent equipment (including mountain bikes in the summer) and store winter gear. As a guest of Westgate Park City, you’ll also receive complimentary ski valet. Winning.

PCMR Ski Snowboarding / © Dan Campbell Photography
dan@dancampbellphotography.com 435-901-8830

Ready to see some real Olympic talent? You’re in luck. Utah Olympic Park, the 2002 Winter Olympic venue, offers a multitude of activities, including extreme ziplining, advanced-level ropes courses and guided tours of the facility and museum. It’s a must-do activity while you’re visiting.

For more even more excitement, head out to experience Adventure Park, which has Utah’s largest alpine roller coaster on Park City Mountain, plus a relaxing alpine slide and scenic chairlift rides.

And last but not least, try your luck out with fly-fishing on the Provo River with the Park City Fly Fishing Guides. This year-round activity is for beginners and even the most veteran fly-fishers.

Getting there:

Ready to book your flight? Grab your direct 4.5-hour flight from Charlotte to the nation’s second-largest Delta Hub at Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, a 31-mile car ride is all it takes to arrive at your destination. Take a look around, you’re going to want to get used to the golden aspen forests and magical mountain views.

Park City, UT

Photos courtesy of Visit Park City and Westgate Park City Resort & Spa

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