All the shops in the area are well kept and some are just elegant but all have friendly help and a large variety of items for sale. We hit the jackpot, so to speak, and came home with some nice Fostoria glassware. We met one group of ladies who found a Tyco Beanie-Baby jackpot of their own.
People everywhere !
We found it less crowded during the Sundance FIlm Festival. We were here in September, during the off season also. We found it to be an uncrowded, relaxed, layed-back atmosphere. Lots of things to see and do. The downtown restraunts are most casual. You can find a variety of fares from fajitas to haute cuisine, along with a tall margarita or a cold beer to wet your whistle. If you get the chance, mingle with the locals they are friendly and can lead you to many out of the ordinary things to see and do. After all, they are here year round !
We had an interactive Murder Mystery Dinner. The whole cast sat down with us to a luscious five course meal. They were all in period clothing and never broke from playing their roles until the night was over. It was a suspenseful evening of love, mahem amd murder. ????Was that a gunshot ???? Right before our eyes, there was a murder..........but who done it ? The jealous lover ? The husband ? Oh crud there are two people dead ! One was poisoned. One was shot. Where'd the butler go ? I'll never tell !
Book an evening for yourself and find out who dies at your party.
"the crown jewel" of Park City is considered by some to be the Historic Old Town Main Street. This is the life center of Park City and business is booming. Tourists are finding out that all the seasons are the right reason to be in Park City. Winter is the busiest time with 3 world-class ski resorts within minutes of Old Town. Many things to do off the slopes as well with all the art galleries on Main Street. But don't just go for the art galleries. I must have walked a mile up and down the hill called Main Street and at over 7,000 feet, you can start to huff and puff if you are not use to the altitude. There is so much to see in the many boutiques and tourist gift stores, that something will catch your eye to buy. If you do get winded walking the street, a free bus system and the free Historic Main Street Trolley can get you to where you are parked or to another area of town.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the best and most crowded seasons is winter. Not only are the ski slopes filled during the day, but the night life is full of excitement, especially during the Sundance Film Festival that is held in late January each year. The other seasons are just as nice for you can drive around and view things without the snow and the heavy tourist population of winter. The boutique shops and tourist gift stores are open year round. The many restaurants are lined up and down Main Street, preparing every type of dish from hamburgers to the most gourmet concoctions to quench your palate. There are resorts, hotels and B&Bs to chose among, if you plan to stay overnight or a few days. So, if you are heading to Salt Lake City, remember that Park City is only about 35 minutes by car and a world apart.
Park City, Utah was once a mining town....now it is a hot trendy spot for the skiing and skateboarding enthusiast....but much more, it is the home of the famous Robert Redford Sundance Film Festival.
The Film Festival was going on during my visit there. The main street was sectioned off at some points, and tents, film trucks, media, and lots of people were like a bees nest in this small city. You could very easily bump into a famous actor or actress or director or even a new film maker excited with his debute. It was also the height of the ski season so there was a mix of the snow bunny or Bohemian type.
I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend who just purchased a huge mountain home that sat on the side of Aire Drive that overlooked the city and other mountains. Traffic was tough and restaurtants so croweded....so it was nice to stay home and sit by one of our own fireplaces.....and then we would sneak out of town to visit others parts of Utah.
Park City in the summer is just as wonderful, ski lifts operate to take rides and see the beautiful mountains, hot air balloons can be rented also. And the Olympic Park gives rides on the luge and bobsled runs. What fun for the whole family.
The Park City Egyptian Theater is a wonderful, intimate little theater. My husband and I have been to many wonderful performances there. Some have been comedians that have come in from outside and they have been very good but my favorite performances are the plays that they do. The actors are very good. When they do a musical I'm always impressed with the singing ability of the performers. This isn't always the case when attending a community theater.
It's a fairly small theater so there really isn't a bad seat. I enjoy it more than the large theaters because it's just such an intimate setting. You really feel that you're almost a part of the show. I highly recommend attending any show that they may be presenting. My husband and I are season ticket holders and love every chance we get to run up there.
These two story shops are the nicest I've ever seen. Run by friendly people, who usually reside above or below the establishment. You can find everything from expensive collector items to .99 cent novelty items.
Here you can see the train as it pulls us over the roads and countryside. You may notice that as it crosses the road, there is NO barriers. The soot from the coal buring was quite intense when the wind was coming from the WRONG direction, but it was worth it to experience a little of what we would have had to put up with if we had been born only 50 years earlier.
Free and frequent buses connect Park City to the nearby Deer Valley ski resort. The 10-minute bus ride is well worth the trip for a different experience. The resort is designed for the well-healed and is only open to skiers, i.e. no snow boarders allowed. If you are a skier, this could be heavenly! Deer Valley grooms trails much more than Park City, and with few exceptions, I found the trails to be slightly less challenging. Much like Park City, Deer Valley benefited greatly from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Its base is at 2000 metres, and the highest elevation is 2920 metres.
I went to Park City (Deer Valley) the last week in March, and it was soo hot that people were skiing in shorts and T-Shirts---some even went as far as putting on bathing suits....Its quite a site, snow and bathing suits, go figure! Also if you go during Spring Break its extremely crowded, and full of teenagers!
Ski the neighboring resorts as well, such as Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird. They are all within an hour drive from Park City. You'll be amazed at how open and long the runs are. I come from California, so we don't see much of that here.
Park City offers excellent skiing with state-of-the-art facilities having benefited from the 2002 Olympic games. The base of the resort lies at 2100 metres, while the peaks rise to just over 3,000 metres.
Main Street is the business centre of Park City where you'll come across many art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. It becomes lively on weekends at night when skiers, including many from neighbouring resorts, head for après-ski and dinner. The street is also the historic centre of the town, with many preserved early 20th century wooden buildings. It is also where the Town Lift picks up and drops off skiers... quite convenient if you are staying in town or if want to go shopping in the middle of your ski day!
GORGOZA PARK - Inner Tubing Park.
Several tracks of inner tubing available for the whole family. Although I don't have any kids, I managed to have fun anyway. They've got a tow rope which takes you up to the half point, or all the way up to the top. PLug little igloos with latte's and other good warm me uppers. It's great, pay by the hour -I had plenty of fun!
Ride the Heber Valley RR in Soldier Hollow
This is a great activity no matter what time of year it is. We happened to ride it on Christmas Eve. The snow was deep, and nature was at its finest. Santa Claus even showed up for the ride. We saw many different types of wildlife from the train, including bald eagles. The train itself is pulled by a very large steam engine that sends puffs of smoke high up in the air.
There are numerous companies in the area that conduct sleigh rides. We happened to go on one at night with the Snowed Inn Sleigh Company. It was very cold, but the stars were shining bright. It was quite romantic. Afterward we had dinner in the sleigh house. The food was great, and the cobbler for dessert was unbelievably good.