Kimball Junction offers a welcome escape from the bustle of downtown Park City. Here, there’s abundant parking, both big box and locally owned businesses, and a growing number of restaurants. It boasts all the comforts of a much larger city but with a small-town feel and easy access to the outdoors.
In addition to myriad hiking and biking trails, Kimball Junction sits adjacent to the Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter, a 1,200-acre wildlife refuge that welcomes the migrating sandhill crane every summer.
To provide insight on a typical day in Kimball Junction, we talked with resident Erin Hirtle who has lived in the area for 22 years and goes out of her way to support local Kimball Junction businesses.
Name: Erin Hirtle
Work: Talent Acquisitions Leader for 3M Health Information Systems
Park City History: Originally from Canada, but moved to the Kimball Junction area in 2001
Park City Coffee Roasters is where we like to go for coffee. We can walk there from our house on the Newpark Connector Trail. Their lavender lattes are lovely and they have delicious breakfast burritos.
After a bike ride, we’d stop by Park City Brewing. They have great food and an easy atmosphere. The croquettes and tater tots are a must. I like to wash it down with their Powder Bouy Pilsner.
Hearth and Hill is a great place to go for cocktails. Their mixologists are creative, and the staff is super friendly and professional. I love their atmosphere. We’ll either stay there for dinner or have small plates and go over to Sushi Blue for dinner.
Typically we go for a mountain bike ride and ride Flying Dog or go for a road bike ride and do the Royal Street Loop. If we have our dog, we’d probably take her for a longer hike over in Round Valley and do Happy Gilmor.
Mornings without my dog, I’ll often go to PC Yoga Collective and then go get coffee with girlfriends.
Indigo Highway. It’s the best place to go if you want to spoil yourself or your friends. The owners, Jen and Dean Tutor, travel all over to find local artists who make fun and inspiring products (clothes, jewelry, home decor, etc.). They bring them back to the community and keep the global connection.
Minnows and JW Allen & Sons Toys & Candy are great stops for baby and kid gifts. Splendor Beauty Emporium is another place to put on your radar. It’s a boutique beauty shop that offers skin and hair care, and they have great gifts as well. Delilah, the owner, is passionate and the shop does a fantastic job showcasing new trends and locally made jewelry.