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Need some non-skiing advice for Park City

post #1 of 17
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I'll be going to Park City for the first time the second week in January with my family. My mom and dad - both mid 50's, myself - 24, and my younger brother - 18. My brother and I plan on skiing all day, every day, pretty much making the most out of the trip. Most father will ski with us probably half that amount of time. My mother doesn't ski at all. This is the main reason we will be going to Park City instead of Alta/Snowbird. I want her to have a nice trip as well.

I'm sure she will enjoy walking up and down main street. It seems like there are a lot of different things to do. But I am wondering what else there is for her. Any activities, events, shows, things like that.

I also would like some restaurant advice. It's a little difficult to look at a list of 100 restaurants or so and try and decide which one's to go to. I'm sure the concierge at the Marriott where we are staying will have some recommendations, but I wanted to get some local opinions. For most nights, I'm not looking for anything over the top, just good food, and not rediculously high prices. Maybe $150 for a meal for the four of us. On one night though, I would like to take my parents to Maripossa. As kind of a thank you for the vacation.

I guess as you can see, I am one of those crazy, I need to have everything planned out ahead of time, kind of people. I really just want to make the most of my trip. I haven't been out west in a long time, and I don't know how often I will be able to in the future.

I guess this will be a skiing related question. I'm arriving Friday the 6th. I may ski that day depending on if I feel up to it. On the first Saturday and Sunday, is it a good idea to head over to Deer Valley, considering they limit the crowds somewhat? Or will the difference be pretty much unnoticeable?

Any other advice is greatly appreciated, and if anyone does read this whole post, I apologize for the length.

Thanks.
post #2 of 17
Hey vindog--

Agreed, the main street is nice, but it'll occupy your mom for maybe a day or so and that's it. There's not that much else around there. Will she have a car? There are a lot more sightseeing opportunities in Salt Lake City.
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Originally Posted by chickadee
Hey vindog--

Agreed, the main street is nice, but it'll occupy your mom for maybe a day or so and that's it. There's not that much else around there. Will she have a car? There are a lot more sightseeing opportunities in Salt Lake City.
Nah, we aren't renting a car. But I hear the bus service is great there even though I'm not sure she will be up for that. Maybe if she and my father go together.
post #4 of 17
Plays at the Egyptian Theater makes a nice evening's entertainment. The Eccles Center houses two live stages and is a year-round focal point for the performing arts in Park City.

The Park City Museum on Main Street details local history, and is excellent. Admission is by donation, and it is open every day, at varying times.

I would hope you'll arrange a spa treatment for her. There are quite a few to choose from. Hopefully a local will see this and recommend the best ones to consider.

The Utah Olympic Park is in Park City. It has a great museum. And you and your brother could do the bobseld run, go to the top of the ski jumps, etc.

If she's into art, there are some excellent art galleries. The Kimball Art Center has rotating art exhibitions.

There are not only shops in town, but an outlet center at the edge of town (free shuttles will take here there).

Your dad could ski in the morning one day, then take her over to Deer Valley in the afternoon for lunch and checking out the shops (free shuttles). Having lunch at Deer Valley is a real treat, and more affordable than dinners. The buffet lunches at the resort and nearby lodges are not your ordinary buffets. She'll feel like a queen.

By the way, the free shuttle system is really quite good. She can get around easily.

Other activities: sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing.

Check out www.parkcityinfo.com for ideas. It's the offical site for the chamber/visitors bureau. They also have a calendar of events so you can see what's going on during the time you'll be visiting: www.parkcityinfo.com/events/calendar/arts.asp

Hope that helps some.

Thatsagirl
post #5 of 17
Vindog
I seem to remember sitting in the front window of the No Name Saloon , having a buffalo burger, sipping a cold beer and watching Main street walk by.....now, one can stretch that out a few hours
....or the seafood buffet up at Deer Valley (Sat nite I think) . over the top .
post #6 of 17
There's been quite a lot written about PC in the past, do a search- also check out the gathering threads. There is nice cross country skiing in town, and all the above mentioned stuff. The Snow Park lodge in Deer Valley is an awful nice place to spend a day by the fire with a good book looking out at the skiers- We go there for breakfast , put the kids in ski school and ski all day. When we get back, many of the same people we saw at breakfast are still there looking relaxed and happy. You could book her a spa day at Stein's, then she could walk over and meet you or hang out in Silver lake lodge. Best in room massage is Massage Express. Beware spa masseauses because the good ones don't stay as they're underpaid. Stein's is good and Hotel Park City is good but pricey. They have a nice gym that you can use for $20 a day.
My favorite restaurants;
River Horse
Taste of Saigon
Morning Ray
Zoom
Wasatch Brew pub
Worst- Cicero's, Eating Establishment, Hungry Moose (good bar)
post #7 of 17
Go look at the "ydnars free ski week" thread....He's throwing a party while you are there.

You can ski with some other Bears and maybe get a free ticket to Deer Valley !

Check it out !

There is also a WAY cool hot spring in Midway by Heber City I found online....that could be some fun.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab
Worst- ..., Eating Establishment, ...
Why don't you like the eating establishment? I love going there on sunday mornings for a relaxing breakfast.
post #9 of 17
During the first weekend in January you won't have much trouble with crowds on the slopes, I don't recall hearing DV selling out at all throught the entire month of January, so don't fret about crowds - go where you want!
For $30-35 a person you can visit most restaurants in town and get a good meal, I'd recommend looking outside of Main Street for a meal or two, maybe event catch a cab to Kimball Junction, there are some solid options out there these days like Hapa Grill and Red Rocks.
post #10 of 17
We had a great steak meal downtown at, I think, the Butcher Shoppe.
post #11 of 17
http://www.kimball-art.org/

http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org/

http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com/

http://www.ecclescenter.org/

Go to the Red Banjo to get Pizza.

Ciseros is fun downstairs.

Most of the restaurants are good.

Spend a day with your mom in SLC checking it out.
post #12 of 17
Here are some of the best inexpensive places to eat In the prospector area isa good Mexican Restaurant El Chubasco, another in Nacho Mamas, Grub Steak is good and not to expensive. In Old town Taste of Saigon and Wasatch Brew Pub are at the top of my list. I have had a good meal or two at Bandits on Main st Going out toward Deer Valley The Stew Pot is a locals favorite. Then there is always Pizza Hut, Dominos, Pier 49 Pizza, Davanza's Pizza. If you like Indian food there isa new place right across the St from Davanza's call Good Karma. and Burger King More expensive is Butcher shoppe. In the high end dinning places there are almost too many to list. Wahso, Blind dog, Cafe Terigo, Chimayo, and Grappa are all expensive but worth the money. You may also want to try The deer Valley Sea Food Buffet I try to do that at least once a season.
post #13 of 17
There are some pretty good eats out at Kimbal Junction in the new Redstone shopping area. Not bad to head out and get a reasonable bite of food then catch a movie. After the movie go to Cold Stone for some ice cream.
post #14 of 17
Is the silver mine museum still there -the one with the underground mine train ride?
post #15 of 17
no, they closed that down

It would be fun to rent a car-and get around a little. Drive through Heber Valley and see Sundance. That's a pretty trip. Snowbasin is an amazing drive if you take 84 and the lodge is so over the top chi chi it's a scream. She could do much worse than hanging out there with a book. The sceanery in Utah is really special. anything, east, north or south of PC is amazing. SLC is fine too, but it's just another city until you go into the Cottonwood Canyons.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by crank
Is the silver mine museum still there -the one with the underground mine train ride?
The Silver Mine Adventure (or something close to that) closed down a few years ago and now that the Mining Co. was bought by a development company I would be amazed to see that reopen - it was pretty cool though.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by sphrrt
The Silver Mine Adventure (or something close to that) closed down a few years ago and now that the Mining Co. was bought by a development company I would be amazed to see that reopen - it was pretty cool though.
I was talking to the mayor the other, and he said that they have been in talks about whether or not to reopen the silver mine. We'll have to see what happens.
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