Any time of year is ideal for a weekend away with your best girl friends. But we have a soft spot for early summer, when the outdoor activities are endless and the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. However, with those endless options comes a lot of indecision. Luckily, we have you covered.
Whether it’s a bachelorette party, birthday celebration or just a much-needed vacation, here’s the Dishing guide to planning a memorable girls’ getaway to Park City.
What to do
There are plenty of fun and accessible hikes for all levels in Park City. One good option is PC Hill
, the hill just outside Main Street that has the large, white “PC” letters at the Summit. It’s about a 40-minute, moderate hike up and offers great views of town.
Another popular trail just outside town is the short-but-steep Iron Mountain.
You’ll hike through gorgeous Aspen tree groves before reaching the summit with spectacular views of Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Plan for about an hour up — it’s not for the faint of heart!
For more options, check out Deer Valley’s hiking trails
, which can also be accessed via chairlift. That’s a great option for people who prefer to ride, rather than walk, up or down. Prefer to let the pros guide? Book an experienced hiking guide from White Pine Touring
, or sign up for a guided hike at Deer Valley.
Another outdoorsy activity for a girls’ getaway is to rent bikes (White Pine is a great option!) and ride along the Rail Trail that starts at the bottom of Main Street and goes on for miles outside of town. Feeling brave? Sign the group up for mountain biking lessons with a guide from White Pine or Jans
Every Sunday in the summer, the Park Silly Market takes over Main Street.
We also suggest strolling through the 20+ galleries on Main Street or visiting the Kimball Art Center. If you’re in town on the last Friday of the month, check out the free Gallery Strolls, when the galleries open their doors to the public and serve refreshments. In town on a Sunday? Don’t miss the Park Silly Sunday Market, a huge outdoor market with live music, food, drinks and lots of local arts and crafts.
Finally, if you all are foodies like we are, we highly recommend scheduling a cooking class with two of Park City’s finest: Mindful Cuisine
, where Chef Linda hosts private events in her home kitchen, or sign up for one of Mountain Town Olive Oil’s “The Next Course” cooking classes
Where to eat
Speaking of fueling up, now we get to talk about our favorite topic: FOOD!
Park City Provisions offers a cozy ambiance and delicious, healthy food.
For breakfast, head to Park City Provisions
at the top of Main Street, which has an excellent array of breakfasts to choose from, or Harvest
, an Aussie-inspired cafe located at the bottom of Main. We also recommend Five5eeds,
another Aussie cafe, which recently expanded its location off Snow Park Drive.
At lunchtime, Deer Valley Grocery Cafe
is a great spot for gourmet salads, sandwiches and more with a lovely lakeside view. On Main Street, Bridge Cafe, Harvest, and Provisions also have a great lunch selection. Down in Kimball, Vessel Kitchen
is another awesome lunch spot with plenty of fresh and healthy options.
Cocktails at High West Distillery
With so many award-winning restaurants to choose from in Park City, making the dinner decision is going to be tough. On Main Street, we love Yuki Yama for fantastic sushi and a fun atmosphere; Riverhorse for an elevated and delicious dining experience; or Tupelo for local cuisine with a Southern twist. High West Saloon is another must — it’s the only ski-in/ski-out distillery in the country with good food and an excellent cocktail list.
If you and your girl gang are craving steaks (you are in Utah, after all), we recommend the Edge Steakhouse in the Westgate Resort, or Lespri Prime Steak and Sushi Bar. If Italian dishes are more your style (bring on the pizza and pasta!) head to Versante in the Park City Peaks hotel, or the newly opened Bartolo’s in Kimball Junction.
Where to drink
Of course, no girls’ trip is complete without some drinking and dancing. Head to The Spur
, a fun hangout with live music every night of the week and three bars serving up drinks. No Name Saloon
is THE classic Park City Bar, with an expansive rooftop overlooking Main Street.
For something more mellow, go to Old Town Cellars, a cute, casual winery and lounge on lower Main Street. If you’re really wanting to step it up, definitely head up to the Montage Deer Valley, Stein Eriksen Lodge or the St. Regis for a drink (or two!). These are the higher-end hotels in Deer Valley, and offer stunning mountain views to take in as you enjoy your drinks. Pro tip: the St. Regis has a celebratory champagne sabering ceremony, every night at sunset.
Where to stay
Park City offers tons of hotels to choose from. The luxe Waldorf-Astoria, at the base of the Canyons Resort, has all the amenities you could ever need, including an award-winning spa and restaurant, Powder, on premises. The Montage Deer Valley also offers tons of amenities and dining options. Also in Deer Valley, the Stein Eriksen Lodge is a classic ski lodge that’s been nicely updated — and has the only Forbes five-star spa in Utah.