A few weeks ago my husband and I took a trip out west to Park City, Utah. This was our first trip since we went to Jackson Hole last year in March. This was also our first trip post covid and there were a lot of emotions associated with traveling. We are both fully vaccinated now and I will say that had we not been vaccinated, we likely would not have taken this trip. With all that being said, it was one of the best trips that we have taken in awhile. I have now been to Park City twice and definitely plan on returning. Here are my favorite places to ski, see, shop and eat (and where to stay).
// ski //
Skiing in covid times was a bit different (and expected) as masks are required in all lift lines and all areas of Park City. Park City did an amazing job of mask enforcement in shops, restaurants and overall covid safety for that matter—major shout out! The three most popular places to ski in Park City are Park City Mountain, the Canyons and Deer Valley. There are over 7,300 acres of skiable terrain at Park City Mountain so there is something for every type of skier. I am an average skier and felt comfortable skiing in the Canyons on all greens and blues. I stay away from black trails because there is no shame in my game and I’m not trying to get injured. If you snowboard (my husband does), then be mindful that you cannot snowboard at nearby Deer Valley (it’s only for skiers).
// eat //
Ahh yes—my favorite part, the food. There are so many great restaurants in this town and we had so many amazing meals. To start, my favorite restaurant is Fletcher’s. I have now been there twice and will go back every single time I’m in Park City. Be sure to order the fries! Another spot that we loved was Riverhorse on Main. It is on the pricey side, so just be ready for that, but the food was absolutely fantastic. Handle is also a lovely restaurant and I highly recommend it. Yuki Yama is amazing sushi and right on Main Street. As always with any trip, make reservations in advance especially for these restaurants. Another thing to note when traveling now during covid is that capacity is limited everywhere, so make a reservation for everything and anything that you want to do.
We got an early lunch on our way out of town and loved 501 on Main. If you are looking for brunch specifically, I would check out the Eating Establishment. Be sure and get there right as they open or you will wait for a table (they do not take reservations). We actually tried to eat here, but the wait was pretty long so we had to bail.
// see //
High West is a ski-in distillery in Park City that offers tours, food and amazing whiskey. It’s a really cool spot and one of the best places to get a drink in Park City. The actual distillery is located ~25 minutes from Park City and has amazing views. I have not had a chance to see the distillery yet, but it’s on my list! High West is known for their whiskey and they have received numerous accolades so if whiskey is your thing, don’t miss it.
// shop //
I love roaming all the boutiques on Main Street before dinner. My favorite women’s boutique is Cake. They carry all the best brands and even have a gorgeous skin care space right next door.
// stay //
We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Park City and it exceeded all our expectations. We stayed here a few years ago and were excited to return for a second time. The property is gorgeous and located just steps from the Frostwood Gondola which takes you right to the Canyons Village. The spa is also worth noting as I had one of the best post ski massages that I can remember.
We booked this trip using Getaway Guild which is a modern travel agency, offering travelers an upgraded experience from the start of the planning process to the end of your trip. Beth Washington is our go-to planner and she is also the founder of Getaway Guild and a total guru in luxury travel. If you are planning a serious trip with five star accomodations, it makes so much sense to use a travel agency. We love Getaway Guild because of the relationship that we have with Beth and also their relationship with Smart Flyer (an NY-based luxury agency). We have experienced so many travel benefits including our killer room upgrade at the Waldorf and so many other un-Google-able experiences on previous trips. Reach out to me if you want contact information or have any questions.