I'm a resident and absolutely love living in Park City! I also love staying in vacation rentals when I travel. My most memorable trips exist because the owner personalized their home thoughfully, infused local culture and helped me see their town through their eyes. With that being said, I thought it manditory to include a few of my favorites for you to explore. I hope you have one of your most memorable trips while staying at Casa Blu!
Food & Drinks
No Name Saloon & Grill: It’s worth grabbing a pint just so you can gawk at the brick barrel-vault ceiling of this 1905 Mission structure, originally the Utah Independent Telephone Company. Now, the décor is more “random vintage crap,” so take in the mix of taxidermy, rusty outboard motors, old sleds, and full-size motorcycle. It is crowded and noisy, but you don’t come here because you want a quiet dinner. Try the Artichoke Jalapeno Dip, burgers, and sandwiches (the Corn Beef Panini is a town classic), and enjoy the show.
High West Distillery & Saloon: Is an award-winning distillery best known for its small batch whiskies and has become the belle of Park City, liquor laws be damned. A reservation for dinner is a must, or you won’t get in. But you can pass time in the adjacent Saloon drinking lethal libations like the Rusty Miner or Bandit Queen. For lunch, consider the Skier’s Special or the fondue with fingerling potatoes and Granny Smith apples (High West is just across the street from the Town Lift). Dinner means hearty fare like Whiskey Braised Short Rubs and Black Cod with a Red Cabbage Slaw. You’ll stumble out of here, but in the best way possible.
Atticus Coffee, Books and Teahouse: This sweet little indie book store/coffeehouse/tearoom is a favorite with locals, not least of which because the baristas, beans, baked goods and breakfast bagels are awesome. The emphasis on fresh and healthy stuff carries over to lunch, which features tasty wraps, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Cozy armchairs and couches make snacking on the slow fun; be sure to check out the great selections on ski town lifestyle and snow stuff in the “outdoor recreation” section.
El Chubasco: While some may hate on slightly white-boy (read: lard-free) versions of Mexican classics, this clean, friendly joint is beloved by locals of all stripes and is one of our fav’s. The bomber-size Smothered Burritos, Chile Rellenos, Tacos, and Specialty Plates are spectacular. All of that pales, however, in the face of the giant Salsa Bar, packed with house-made condiments, including charred jalapenos, escabeche, mole, and spicy crema.
Silver Star Café: At the base of the Silver Star chairlift, this inviting cafe serves up delicious burgers (try the Silver Star or the Northwest Burger), a great Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Wrap, and tasty salads. A great place to wait out a lift wind-delay in Park City. Also, it’s one of our favorite music venues in the summer (see below).
Whole Foods Market: Fresh produce all around. We particularly like eating at the deli (seating offered) for a quick, healthy bite. Park City has three great groceries (Fresh Market or The Market are the closest to Casa Blu). Love us some Whole Foods.
(Above descriptions originally posted in Curbed. I selected those I personally love!)
Park City Museum: I’m a bit of a history nut and lost hours digging through PCM’s extensive photo archives when decorating Casa Blu. If you are in need of a ski break (wobbly legs anyone?), peruse their latest display. Park City has a very interesting history! http://www.parkcityhistory.org/
Ghost Tours: Wether you believe in ghosts or not, it’s worth an evening stroll around Old Town with a quirky tour guide. Between spooky stories and learning about Park City’s sordid past, you will surely laugh and meet new people. http://www.parkcityghosttours.com/
Montage Deer Valley: MDV is a lovely craftsman retreat with an amazing view! They do an outstanding job of inviting locals and tourists to enjoy their grounds, even if we aren’t paying the hefty price to spend the night. Gobble up FREE homemade s’more (offered daily from 4-5 pm on their Vista Terrace during the winter, 8-9 pm during the summer), delicious apres drinks (mulled wine and the like) or throw stones at Daly’s (be sure to try their Montage Mountain Ale, mac n’ cheese, onion rings and brussel sprouts while you bowl. Yup, brussel sprouts!). A must. Tip: if you visit Daly’s during peak winter weeks, bowl on ‘off’ hours (exactly at 11:30 am opening or 3-5 pm ish); otherwise, you will wait forever.
Dog sledding: Flipping awesome! The dogs are adorable and enchanting to watch and the owners love what they do; both will give you an experience of a lifetime. Not cheap, but worth it... http://lunalobos.com/
The less popular summer/fall months are actually our favorite time of year. Robust activities continue, the weather is outstanding and there are fewer people. If you have yet to visit Park City in the warmer months, start planning your vacation now. June through September are perfect (low 80’s, sunny and zero humidity). October is also fantastic and I love that the nights start to get chilly (must be the Minnesotan in me... bring layers!).
Free outdoor concerts: Are offered almost every night of the week, complements of Mountain Town Music http://www.mountaintownmusic.org/venues/ and Silver Star Cafe (one of our favorite spots)! http://www.thesilverstarcafe.com/
*be sure to get to any location early... and pack a picnic with wine to share!*
It’s cheaper! Restaurants and businesses drop their ‘tourist pricing’. Check the Park Record to get ‘buy one, get one’ coupons for Park City’s top (and most expensive) restaurants. It’s the best way to sample the amazing food this tiny town has to offer.
PCMR has a ton of trails for hiking, site seeing and mountain biking. The ‘Town Lift’ remains open! It’s a scenic ride and easy to access when you stay at Casa Blu. PCMR also has a great outdoor park that offers music, alpine slides/coasters, zip lines and a kid-friendly adventure zone.
Guardmans Pass is a backcountry road that connects Park City to Brighton. It is closed during winter months, but is open during the summer and fall. Simply breathtaking views the entire drive. We usually drive over the mountain, stop at the Silver Fork Lodge for some grub (http://www.silverforklodge.com/) and continue on with a hike at Snowbird (Oktoberfest at Snowbird is also fun).
The Mirror Lake Byway is also fantastic. http://www.utah.com/parkcity/byways.htm
Sunday Silly Market! Of course there is music and food at the Silly Market (a common theme in Park City during the summer) as well as a perfect selection of local artists and a farmers market. I bring my kids every. single. Sunday.
Weekly outdoor movies at City Park and PCMR!
Red Butte Garden summer concert series in SLC. Their lineup never seizes to amaze me: http://www.redbuttegarden.org/
If you haven’t had your fill of music yet, check out the Twilight Concert Series (also in SLC). Ticket admission is only $5! Again, another venue with a really great lineup (I don’t know how Utah does it!).
Halloween boasts the most spectacular kid-friendly (both the bipedal and quadruped kind) celebration you will ever see. All of Main Street closes down. Local businesses host music, food and trick-or-treating for little tykes, where parents and kids alike dress festively. Bring at least 4 pillow cases to hold your kids candy- if you manage to make it all the way down Main. No kids? No worries... it’s still super fun!