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 and not drain 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 a ski chalet-type feel, head to Westgate Park City Resort and Spa at Canyons Village. For a taste of luxury, head to the five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge 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, stroll the 19 galleries that have given Park City an artsy reputation.
Silver, Celebrities and a Skier Subway
Founded by silver miners, Park City grew up differently than the rest of Utah, which was founded for religious reasons. Hop on a town e-bike to explore the historic downtown. Start 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.” Don’t miss 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 Comet Bobsled Ride, which sends you 70 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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