Park City Stops and Shops

I figured that since we are headed up to Park City/ Deer Valley for wine tasting tonight, that it would be a good time to share some of my favorite little places in the village.

Park City is actually rather large, extending from the highway, passing by the Olympic Park, up into Main Street –¬†which is old town Park City and has the historic buildings (and several mining tunnels throughout the neighboring hills).

Since we first flew out to Utah to look for a house and now living here full time – we have ventured up to Park City probably twenty or so times. It’s an adorable town and we can’t seem to get enough. I’ve put together some of our favorite places – while by no means comprehensive – that will give you a good feel for the town.

Starting from the highway and moving closer to downtown:

  • Tanger Outlets. I love a good outlet mall and this one is especially nice. Set against the backdrop of the mountains and ski town, the atmosphere is stellar. I like Adidas, Old Navy (for the kids), Banana Republic and BCBG – Nick is a big fan of the Van Heusen shop and Nike.
  • Hyatt Escala Lodge. Nick and I had the opportunity to stay at this beautiful lodge back in October and loved it. The rooms are breath-taking-ly large and have all the amenities, from a full size kitchen (full as in, bigger than the kitchen in my house) and the service is fantastic. I would love to do a large family gathering here. Photo from website.

  • Olympic Park. Here you can ride a zip line over the ski jump, ride down the bobsled track, or try out the ski jump over a large pool.

  • Main Street: This is the historic portion of the city and by far my favorite.

    • Shabu. The best sushi in Utah. Hands down. Go in the summer and enjoy $5 rolls during happy hour. Our favorite: “the death roll”

    • No Name Saloon. A great old building with a roof top bar service. Downstairs is definitely a biker gang but head on up and enjoy the view – in summer, its hot and you can people watch the shoppers on main street. In winter, they have outdoor heaters and you can watch the skiers coming down a run directly behind the building.
    • Cake Boutique. A teensy little shop with beautiful clothes and a small selection of jewelry.

    • Olive and Tweed. A two story shop completely filled with fun, flirty clothing and a whole slew of accessories. They even have a small children’s boutique upstairs. Trust me, walk in this store and you won’t want to leave.

    • Java Cow Creamery. A joint coffee shop and ice creamery, you can get anything from a mocha to a quinoa salad to an ice cream cone to an √©clair. Some of the best coffee I’ve found in Utah.
  • Deer Valley and Beyond:
    • Fox School of Wine. If you’re not skiing, this might be the only reason to go up to Deer Valley. Kirsten is knowledgeable about her wines and presents the tasting in the most fun and educational manner I’ve ever experienced. Yes, that’s where we are headed tonight.
    • Guardsman Pass. Only open in the summer, this pass offers the most incredible view of the valley and heads over the mountain into Brighton. You can see photos from our excursion over the hill in this post.

If you are heading up to Park City, be sure to check out Visit Park City as well as Park City Week to see what’s going on around town.

You can read about the history of Park City here.

Enjoy!

**Nick and I will be celebrating our anniversary with a weekend getaway to Park City in the next few weeks and have lots of new places in mind to check out while we are there – new restaurants, a mining tour, and more. Hopefully we’ll find some new favorites to add to the above list!

Do you have a favorite place to add to the list?? We’d love to check it out! Share your favorites in the comments section below :)