Utah’s Park City is known for its amazing ski resorts, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. But summer is its best-kept secret. Here are four reasons to stay in this gorgeous town.
Luxury for Less
Summer is the time to stay in the town’s stunning, high-quality hotels. With prices 50-70 percent lower than winter, sleep like a queen and king without draining your wallet. Stay within a two-minute drive to the Utah Olympic Park in a Newpark Resort townhouse that’s near Whole Foods and Tanger Outlets stores. For mountain-side access, head to Grand Summit Hotel at Canyons Village. For a taste of luxury, indulge yourself at the five-star Montage Deer Valley where a room for four in the summer is a fraction of what it costs in winter.
Music in the Mountains
This mountain town moves to music, and you’ll find live music every night of the week in the summer, most of it free. All you need is a picnic blanket or foldable chairs to enjoy the town’s family friendly outdoor concerts. Deer Valley Resort offers concerts multiple nights a week and Canyons Village on Saturdays. Deer Valley is the summer home for the Utah Symphony, which plays at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. In addition, experience the Park Silly Sunday Market featuring unique and eclectic local and regional arts and crafts, music and performance art and a variety of food vendors.
Silver, Celebrities and a Skier Subway
Park City was founded as silver-mining town, nearly faded into history as a ghost town and reinvented itself into a world-class, year-round destination. Start your day with breakfast at The Eating Establishment, a local favorite now owned by Modern Family actor Ty Burrell. Then head to the Park City History Museum and climb into an original car from the world’s only “Skier Subway.” Hop on a town e-bike to explore the historic downtown. Don’t miss the High West Distillery and Saloon, Utah's first legal distillery since 1870 and the world's only ski-in distillery. If you're more of a beer drinker, head to the Wasatch Brew Pub, Utah's first brewery. In 1986 former Milwaukee resident Greg Schirf opened it.
Olympian for a Day?
Experience what it’s like to be an Olympian at the 400-acre Utah Olympic Park just outside of Park City. Home to a number of events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, the center has two free museums, adventure courses and the bobsled ride, which sends you 65 miles per hour (on wheels in the summer) down the Olympic luge, bobsled and skeleton course. Watch for winter freestyle athletes launching off ski jumps and landing in the center’s pools. Looking for more outdoor fun? Head to Park City Mountain to ride Utah’s longest alpine coaster.
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