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Park City, Utah

Episode 008

Park City isn’t just all about skiing and the mountains! Next Destination shows you how to explore this mountain town, with plenty of food, artsy stops, perfect hotels and drinks in our Park City travel guide.

When it comes to mountain towns, you don’t get many that are more perfect than Park City, Utah. It’s known for having some of the best skiing opportunities in the United States. It’s famed for its laid-back, star-studded Sundance Film Festival. And, more recently, it’s known as the stomping ground for the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s cast to party, gossip and party some more. But one thing that never leaves Park City is its sense of self–history runs deep in this ski and mountain town, and while some of the shops, hotels and restaurants may change as quickly as the current stars at Sundance, Park City sticks to its roots as a mining town. From breweries and distilleries that have been mainstays for decades, to family-run cowboy shops in business since 1876 and a boom in the food scene (yes, you can even find authentic Mexican here), and a Main Street that is the epitome of the all-American town, Park City has so much more to offer off the slopes–and all year long. 

Get beyond the ski season with our Next Destination Park City travel guide for your essential stops, must-sees and must-dos. 

Book a chic stay at the newly opened Pendry Park City

Most book a stay in the nearby Deer Valley region (where there is no shortage of stays from budget to luxe), but tucked into the Canyons Village just on the other side of town is a refreshingly chic stay at the Pendry Park City. Canyons Village comes with everything you need to or want from easy ski access if that’s your thing, to amazing restaurants, cozy fireplaces in common spaces, a ski-lodge style lobby bar and minimal, but sophisticated rooms. Add in a rooftop pool and bar that offers views all year long, and you might never really leave (but you will because you’re following our Park City travel guide!). Don’t forget to ask for a s’mores kit at the front desk to enjoy over one of their many outdoor firepits.

Go to Alpine Distilling for the cocktails and the pie

Yes, we said pie. You might not expect to find a distillery on Main Street that serves up Kentucky-style bourbon (thanks to one of the co-owners who is from Kentucky) and gin-based cocktails (the other co-owner distills gin), but at Alpine Distilling Social Aid & Pleasure Club, you’ll get all that–and a slice of pie. Alongside their handcrafted cocktails, you can dig into homemade pie selections–think about pairing your Old Fashion with a slice of pecan pie. Or a Gin and Tonic with a seasonal berry pie. Or keep it classic with apple pie with cheddar and a whiskey sour.

Take a side trip to Mexico at Dos Olas

Believe it or not, this Park City travel guide will also have you visiting a rather far-off place–Mexico. At Dos Olas, you can dive into rich moles, tacos, seared cauliflower, salsas and margaritas in a fun, vibrant open setting with colourful Mexican tiles and hanging lights, all in Canyons Village at the Pendry Hotel. The name references “two waves,” a nod to the waves of the mountain and the sea that inspired the menu by executive chef Carlos Segura who hails from Mexico City, but now calls Park City home. So if you’ve hit the slopes or just wandered around town in the chill, this might be the best spot to warm up with some spicy guacamole and margarita.

Make Main Street your main event

One of the best things about Park City is that it’s small and compact and almost everything you’ll want to see and do (apart from mountain activities) can be found along Main Street. From breweries and distilleries like Alpine, to coffee shops that also have a bookstore and a gift shop built in like Atticus, art galleries, cowboy shops, theaters, museums and restaurants, this Main Street is truly the main attraction. Grab the free trolly to get up and down the hilly street in the snow and hit up the many aprés options for a bevvy.

Get you mountain time in at Deer Valley

The mountains will be calling you, whether you’re a skier or not. It’s impossible not to catch some mountain vibes with our Park City travel guide. Head to nearby Deer Valley Resort at any time of year to get your mountain fix–hiking and biking in the summer and the fall, skiing, snowshoeing, skating and snowboarding in the winter and spring. Throw in some great dining and some great spas as well, and you can relax just as much as you adventure.

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