The first thing you might notice about Park City is the snow-covered hills that give way to frosty mountains, or the 19th-century buildings that line historic Main Street.
It’s a town that’s described as beautiful, historic, and bustling. But look deeper and you’ll quickly learn that the city is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, or communities, that come together to create the mountain town we all love.
Arguably the heart of Park City, Old Town (also called Historic Park City) is likely what comes to mind when you think of the mountain town. With a Main Street that’s lined with mining-era buildings and a mountain backdrop that will make you stop dead in your tracks, Old Town is the place to be if you want to stay and play in the center of the action. From here, it’s just as easy to shop and gallery hop as it is to put on your skis and let the Town Lift whisk you onto Park City Mountain.
Guests who opt to stay and play in Old Town will find themselves in a maelstrom of activity and options. Live music, art galleries, and high-end cocktails are steps away, and the winter-season energy is palpable. Grab a casual hand-tossed pie and beer at Red Banjo Pizza or settle in for a bowl of ramen and a roll at Yuki Yama Sushi. If you just wrapped up a chilly ski day, join the locals at No Name Saloon to share the day’s highs and lows.
No matter where you find yourself, enjoy the undeniable charm of Old Town, the heart and soul of Park City.
When you think of Deer Valley, chances are you think of the renowned ski resort. And while the ski area definitely takes center stage — especially in the winter — the Deer Valley community has no problem standing on its own. With plenty of luxury lodging and enough shops and restaurants to keep you entertained for days, you’ll want to start at the resort’s base area and work your way up the mountain on skis, exploring Deer Valley’s off and on-mountain haunts.
Perhaps most notable for its luxurious ambiance and dedication to service, which is arguably unparalleled in the ski industry, Deer Valley is the place to be when you’re craving a relaxing, ski-filled vacation with high-end dining and beautiful mountain views.
That on-mountain tranquility paired with Deer Valley’s five-star standard makes for a leisurely ski vacation that’s hard to top. (Just keep in mind that the slopes are snowboarder-free and only a limited number of lift tickets are sold each day.)
If you’re not a skier, spend the day exploring the area’s high-end shops or hole up in a cozy cafe with a hot toddy watching the snow fall.
Canyons Village exudes ease and convenience — two qualities that are apparent the moment you land at the airport. From there, the village is just over 30 miles, or 35 minutes by car, making the door-to-door effort completely doable. And the convenience doesn’t stop there. The notoriously family-friendly village has everything you need for a stress-free ski vacation: ski-in, ski-out properties; a centrally located ski school; restaurants, shops, and bars within walking distance; and a heated and covered chairlift for those exceptionally cold mornings.
Spend the day traversing Park City Mountain on skis or snowboard, riding the Quicksilver Gondola, or exploring the village on foot. At the end of the day, meet back in the village for a local beer at the Umbrella Bar fire pit while live music plays in the background. Then, settle in for a chef- driven dinner at The Farm, a bistro-style restaurant with an attached heated yurt (kids will love it).
KIMBALL JUNCTION & QUARRY VILLAGE
Less than 15 minutes north of Park City is Kimball Junction, and just beyond that is Quarry Village. In addition to being the home to many of the area’s full-time, local residents, the two communities boast their own take on outdoor activities and entertainment. You can walk for miles in the peaceful Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, test out a new ski trick at Woodward Park City, or zipline and bobsled at Utah Olympic Park.
When hunger strikes, pick up a pizza at Maxwell’s or order a round of gyoza and truffle mac and cheese at Hearth and Hill. When the sun sets, grab a table at the new Sterling Steak & Lounge for a steak dinner paired with live music — it’s not every day you get dinner and a show! Let the musical momentum of the night build by catching a show at Newpark Amphitheater, which just so happens to be next door to Sterling Steak & Lounge.