After a busy winter with masses of visitors coming to enjoy our little town, we decided it was time to get off the beaten trail and go try a new and adventurous Park City dining experience. Tucked in the middle of The Colony, on the north end of the Quicksilver Gondola is The Colony Yurt.
The Yurt is normally exclusive for residences of The Colony, but lucky for the rest of us, it is open for lunch 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and dinner starting at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Joe Saladyga, owner and founder of Savoury Kitchen, a business that has been operating in Park City for 10 years, has paired up with The Colony to bring a carefully crafted cuisine. Joe’s expertise, promise of excellent service and unique mountain setting is a combination to ensure the evening is one to be remembered.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the welcoming and warm staff, one which gave us a quick tour of the premise. Cocktail hour started right away and beverages were poured as we walked around. It is B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Beverages) but conveniently there are no corkage fees. Appetizers start rolling out as we were still in awe, soaking in the quiet serene mountainsides and alpine glow.
After mingling on the patio with other guests and having enjoyed the appetizers for an hour, we were asked to come inside for dinner. The Yurt is cozy and comfortable with a wood burning stove, sheep hides, pillows and blankets. Tables are arranged by reservations so you are able to dine with privacy or sit at a larger table to share the meal with other guests.
Dinner is served family-style with a menu that changes weekly. Our meal consisted of four-courses: apple fennel salad, pork braised short ribs with creamy polenta, pan-seared sea bass with root vegetable medley and Savoury’s bread pudding for dessert.
After dinner concluded, we left with happy bellies and feeling that we had experienced a mini getaway even if for just a few hours. Best way to book this experience is through Open Table. Grab your spots fast, the season is near the end and the intimate yurt setting fills up fast!
Cost: varies by weekly menus. Our experience was $95 per person.
Where: Drive to the gate at The Colony and they will direct you where to go.