Salon 615: J.R. Ward
J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and The Fallen Angels series. A graduate of Smith College, she worked as a lawyer
With some of the top ratings in the world for championship skiing, Park City, Utah is well-traveled territory for mountain adventurers. But, if you’re more of a social traveler and like to choose a spot based on hot travel deals you may be less acquainted with this mesmerizing mountain retreat. I’ve been to Aspen, Vail, Tahoe and other top ski destinations but have never fallen in love with a locale that has anything to do with snow. Until now.
The discovery of the newly opened Montage Deer Valley resort (with sister properties in California) and I was ready to book my trip.
Like most of Park City, Montage Deer Valley is built for families. There’s a gourmet hot chocolate bar in the lobby every afternoon and you’ll find folks roasting s’mores around the outdoor fire pits most nights. Compass Sports is an onsite sports store that will take care of everything from outfitting you in the perfect gear to collecting and cleaning your skis while the resort’s discreet yet professional team of concierges are on hand to book dinner reservations or any other services you need. The staff knows their stuff and immediately had us feeling at home upon check in. After scoping out our immaculately decorated condo, the promise of a grand time on the town had us out and ready to explore.
A visit to the No Name Saloon
Even those looking beyond a thirst-quencher will enjoy browsing two floors of memorabilia hanging from the walls, ceilings, and on the patio. nonamesaloon.net
Dinner at Talisker’s on Main
Take a seat in one of the custom armchairs at a signature table and dine on local game and farm fresh ingredients from a creative menu of contemporary American cuisine. taliskeronmain.com
Shopping at Pique Boutique
I found some of the most amazing deals from top designer names in this posh but super-friendly boutique inside the Montage resort. It is a favorite of fashionable locals for good reason. montagedeervalley.com
Belly up to the reclaimed wood bar at High West Distillery
Sample an inventive cocktail made with their latest spirit, Campfire Whiskey, along with their whiskey cheese fondue. highwest.com
Brunch with the locals at the Glitretind Restaurant at Stein Eriksen Lodge
Every Sunday, the cozy stone dining room is lined with buffet tables loaded with every imaginable delicacy, so come hungry. steinlodge.com
Warm up late night with Apex’s version of the Hot Toddy
Green chartreuse, clove, lemon, and local honey — or their signature Spanish Coffee. parkcityrestaurants.com
Take a short drive to Sundance
Grab a pint at the Owl Bar, a bite at the Tree Room or take a pottery class in this artist’s haven. Robert Redford’s famed resort encompasses 5,000 acres of lush terrain. sundanceresort.com
Taking a daily (free) tour of the U.S. Olympic Competition site
You’ll see super-fast bobsledders and athletes in training for the world’s highest altitude ski jumps. visitparkcity.com
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, jump on a bobsled with a professional driver for a thrilling 80-mph ride that crosses the finish line in less than a minute. olyparks.com
Ride the St. Regis Deer Valley finicular
Venture to the top of the hill for afternoon tea or fireside drinks at Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Grille. The glass-enclosed shuttle is an experience in and of itself and the views from the top are mind-blowing. stregisdeervalley.com
Just like Nashville, Park City loves its music
If you’re lucky enough to visit during “Spring Gruv” you might be swaying along to Los Lobos and other famous acts. But, there’s live entertainment almost every night during the winter and serious talent on hand for their lineup of summer music festivals. utah.com/parkcity/arts.htm
Why Park City?
Getting there is easy!
Jump on a Southwest Airlines flight to Salt Lake City and rent a car for the easy 30 minute drive into the mountains. There are three distinct ski resorts, each with their own ski lifts. Choose from Deer Valley, Park City Ski Mountain Resort, or The Canyons. Each one has it’s own dining and lodging options. No matter where you choose to stay, definitely take the time to explore all three.