36 Hours in Park City – Summer Edition 2019

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As much as we would all love to travel for long periods of time, life doesn’t alway give us that luxury. Short vacations are in. Park City is only 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airpot, and because of that, it makes it a perfect spot to have a quick weekend getaway, 36 hours to be exact. Heading to a new city can sometimes be overwhelming, and with so much to do in Park City, we are here to help you make the most of your time. Most people think of coming to our mountain town in the winter to ski, but some may say the summers rival the winters. You’ll just have to come and find out for yourself. If you don’t have a car, our town is very accessible. Most hotels have shuttles to bring you to and from main attractions, and we have a free public bus systems that takes you all over. There is also Lyft, Uber and local taxis.

Friday

5 P.M.: Afternoon stroll

After settling into your hotel, condo or Airbnb, head to Historic Main Street. It’s as picturesque as you’ve imagined, with shops, restaurants and galleries lining the street and mountains as far as you can see. Take a stroll up to the top, popping in and out of shops. Don’t miss Gallery Mar for some fresh and inspiring pieces. Head back down the other side of the street and stop into Park City’s local wine bar, Old Town Cellars, for a glass of wine before heading off for dinner. They source their grapes from top growing regions, but blend and bottle their wines here.

Black truffle pizza

7 P.M.: Dinner

Deer Valley is amazing, and even if you’re not staying there you still need to go to take in the views and delicious food. We love going to the St. Regis for its elegant decor and mountain town vibes. Once you get there, take the funicular up (which is half the fun) and head to J & G Grill. Everything is good, but we really love the black truffle pizza, burrata and strawberries, and Snake River Farms’ Kurobuta pork chop. Make sure to walk out on the patio to watch the evening sun on the mountains.

9 P.M.: Nightcap

After dinner, head back to Main Street and go to No Name Saloon. No trip to Park City is complete without stepping into this iconic bar with old timey pictures, Christmas lights, taxidermy and even a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling. Go upstairs to the patio and enjoy the last bit of sunlight before heading home for the night. Tomorrow will be a big day.

Saturday

Avocado toast

8 A.M.: Breakfast

We love fueling up for a big day at Harvest on Park Avenue, adjacent to Main Street. It’s an Australian run cafe that focuses on fresh and tasty food; think açaí bowls, a Mediterranean plate and avocado toast. For coffee, get the cappuccino, it rivals some of the best.

9 A.M.: Get outside

Mountain biking: Park City is known for its vast mountain biking trails. With 450+ miles of trails, it’s hard to decide what to do. We suggest getting a guided tour from White Pine Touring. Each tour is designed specifically for your group and includes the gear.

Hiking: Head to Gaurdsman Pass for some light hiking, aspens for days and unbelievable views. A local favorite and easy hike to a lake is Blood’s Lake trail. If you’re looking for something a bit harder, head up Clayton’s peak. White Pine Touring also offers guided hikes HERE.

Fly fishing: Utah has many rivers and fly fishing is a great way to enjoy nature and have some relaxing fun. Jans offers half day fly fishing trips HERE.

Italian deli sandwich

1 P.M.: Refuel

After a long day outside, grab lunch at Riverhorse Provisions at the top of Main Street. We are obsessed with their Italian deli sandwich and tofu super food bowl with kaffir lime coconut broth. Sit outside on their patio under the umbrellas and relax.

3 P.M.: Relax

Depending on where you are staying, take this time to relax and sit outside on a terrace or porch, preferably with a cold beer in one hand and a book in the other. If that’s not available, head to City Park and bring a blanket or just lie in the grass and enjoy the mountain views.

Sushi platter

7 P.M.: Dinner

Sushi in Utah? Yes, and it’s fresh, innovative and fun at Yuki Yama. Try one of their new summer menu items, like the seared scallops with pickled jicama, salted grapes, mushroom nikiri and fresh herbs, and get the staple Wagyu beef tataki served with a sizzling himalayan sea salt block, cilantro red pepper and citrus soy dipping sauces. Make sure to make a reservation as tables fill up quickly.

10 P.M.: Out on the town

You can always expect live music in the back room at The Spur Bar & Grill. They host musical acts ranging from rock, country, Celtic, folk, bluegrass, cover bands and blues. This is the bar for everyone to let loose and shake it on the dance floor. And since you’re in a ski town, make sure to take a shot ski while you’re there.

Sunday

Pork Benedict

7:30 A.M.: One last meal

After a night out and before you catch your flight, breakfast is in order. Five5eeds’ shakshouka with Moroccan baked eggs, feta and dukkah is exactly what you need to wake up. Make sure to add spicy sausage for an added punch. In the mood for something sweet? The hotcakes with mixed berries, lemon-infused marscapone, nuts and seeds is the pancake of your dreams. It’s one big fluffy cake that’s almost too beautiful to eat.

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Aliza is the person who has the menu memorized before walking through the door of any restaurant. Her favorite necklace says, "Feed Me". Lover of all things food, she's been working in restaurants for the past 16 years and attended the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC for Culinary Management. Her passion for the outdoors brought her to Park City from NYC and she's never looked back!

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