The true heart of Park City is found in Old Town, a little strip of land bordered by two massive ski areas — Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain — that evolve into summer adventure hubs when the snow melts.
Old Town isn’t the largest neighborhood, but it’s by far the most historic. It was here that miners laid their heads after a day working in the hills and that early Utah ski culture made its first steps forward.
These days, Old Town (also called Historic Park City and “Main Street”) is home to over 200 businesses, including high-end boutiques, one-of-a-kind restaurants (often with view-studded patios) and relaxing spas. From Old Town, you can hop on a hiking or biking trail, enjoy one of the many summer festivals or head to the Park Silly Sunday Market.
With an overwhelming number of things to do, we got some local recommendations from Laura Montecot-Fruth, who has lived in Park City for 27 years and has been a business owner in Old Town since 2014.
Name: Laura Montecot-Fruth
Work: Owner of Grace Clothiers on Main Street
Park City History: Originally from Peru, but has been in Park City for 27 years
I like to start my day at Harvest with an avocado toast and a poached egg along with a latte. I like to sit outside facing the mountain. For lunch, I recommend Café Terigo, and again like to sit on their patio and order a salmon salad topped with fried onions. They also make the best bread pudding in town. For an afternoon drink, I would go to the No Name Saloon rooftop. While it has more of a Western feel it is a staple of Park City. For dinner, Riverhorse on Main is great — the macadamia crusted halibut is incredible and best finished with the hot apple cake served with butterscotch ice cream.
Starting on Daly Avenue you can take a trail that is about 3 miles roundtrip into Daly Canyon. It is a great hiking area for every level. I prefer afternoon hikes with my dog as the light breaks on the leaves and iPhone pictures look like pieces of art.
For shopping, I recommend Grace Clothiers for their selection of European brands. Panache has a great inventory, as does Gorsuch and Chamomille. As far as galleries go, I love Gallery MAR and Mountain Trails Gallery.