Just about 25 minutes from downtown Park City, the DeJoria Center is a true hidden gem. (Although we suspect as more and more people visit, it won’t stay under-the-radar for long!)
Located on the stunning 1,100-acre High Star Ranch in Kamas, this three-year-old venue blends modern comfort and amenities with classic western charm. It’s named after one of the original investors in High Star Ranch, John Paul DeJoria, an American entrepreneur best known as one of the co-founders of Paul Mitchell and former owner of Patron Tequila.
You may have heard of the DeJoria Center as a music venue. The center hosts ticketed concerts all year long (upcoming acts include Scotty McCreery, Wynonna and the Big Noise, and UB40); a free summer concert series on the grassy lawn; and complimentary evening shows featuring local singer-songwriters in the tavern. Find the upcoming show schedule HERE.
In addition to live music, the DeJoria Center’s two dining options are also worth a trip. The State Road Restaurant on the ground floor serves country-inspired cuisine in an upscale yet comfortable setting, while the 21-and-up State Road Tavern is an upstairs bar and dining space with outdoor seating overlooking the gorgeous grounds. (Find more outdoor dining ideas around Park City HERE.)
Want to work up an appetite before you eat? You’re in luck. The grounds include 20 miles of professionally designed mountain biking trails, ranging from beginner-friendly single track to cross-country trails. Make a “Sunday Funday” out of it by going for a ride and finishing up with a delicious brunch, served from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays.
Back to the food. The State Road Tavern recently updated their menu for summer. With fire-roasted tomatoes, diced onion and avocado tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette, the avocado bruschetta makes a summery starter to share.
Top any of the salad options with salmon, chicken or shrimp for a nice and light entree, while the burger is always a solid choice if you’re looking for something a little heartier. And if you’re looking to go full country, go for chicken-fried steak or the bone-in rib-eye. (Find the full menu HERE.)
Pair your meal with a drink from the extensive wine list or the 20+ beer selection, and finish it off with a seasonal fruit cobbler a la mode. As you enjoy your meal and listen to live music, you can watch the sun set behind the Wasatch mountains — and you’ll see why it’s worth it to leave the Park City limits for a while.