As “Winter’s Favorite Town”, Park City is ideal for a family holiday celebration. The twinkling lights on snow-dusted trees, the festive displays in the shops and galleries on Main Street, the cozy warmth of the fireplace and of course, the limitless options for delectable food and drink, all come together to delight and refresh the whole family.
Park City Lodging’s concierge services team is friendly, savvy, and standing by to help with local insight. You can call ahead and book dinner reservations, transportation, childcare, grocery delivery, you name it. If Christmas Eve services or Chanukah observance are part of your family’s tradition, our concierge team can provide all the resources you need. To help jump-start your Park City vacation planning, check out the sample itinerary below.
There is no need to rent a car when you book a ski in/ski out property near Main Street, such as 820 Park Ave. With shopping, dining, night life and skiing right out your front door what’s not to love? Enjoy the free area-wise shuttle to access the greater Park City area.
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There are limitless options, and we’re standing by to help you put together your custom itinerary. Give us a shout!
One of the most memorable aspects of any Park City vacation is its world-renowned variety of amazing restaurants. And one of the best reasons to visit Park City in the fall is the Park City Area Restaurant Association’s annual event – Dine About Park City. For two weeks, from October 6 to October 20, you can “Eat More, Pay Less” at 30 of Park City’s most popular eateries. Participating restaurants are offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus; lunch menus for $10 or $15 per person and dinner menus for $20 or $40 per person.
Check out the Dine About menus from some of our favorite restaurants:
Bill White Restaurant Group’s distinctive restaurants all have tempting and affordable menus. For lunch there’s Billy Blanco’s – $10 Lunch and Sushi Blue – $10 Lunch, and for dinner head to Chimayo – $40 3 Course Dinner, Ghidotti’s – $40 3 Course Dinner or the venerable special occasion spot Grappa – $40 3 Course Dinner.
Park City Lodging has terrific pricing during the fall, so come visit and Dine About town!
Jill Johnson believes in the power of creativity and play, and as the owner of the popular The Paint Mixer studios in Park City and Salt Lake City’s Sugarhouse neighborhood, she frequently witnesses that power. With a background in art therapy and “a solid appreciation for the art of wine and a great cocktail,” Johnson says, “I love when people arrive in our studio and have not painted since they were a kid. It is amazing to see any individual let go and create.”
Self-described as “the ultimate creative and social venue”, The Paint Mixer offers the opportunity to get together and enjoy painting and sipping wine (21 and over events). All the necessary supplies are provided – canvases, paint, brushes, and aprons! – and skilled instructors guide you step by step through to completion of your own work of art. The Park City studio is conveniently located on lower Main Street and has a changing schedule of painting experiences open to the public, and it’s also available for private parties. Their Van-Go Mobile Studio allows them to go anywhere, for groups of all sizes and ages.
While their team of local artists is continually creating new paintings and projects to offer, some paintings have turned into perpetual favorites. Johnson says, “Our Elephant painting is by far the most popular; we always joke about its ongoing allure to our clients. Following that our Utah landscapes, Cosmos and Van Gogh Starry Night-themed paintings are also sought out. Recently, we added the Big 5 National Utah Parks and those are gaining momentum. Our new acrylic pouring classes are popular as well.”
Their fall lineup just started and includes weekly fall-themed paintings, Halloween-inspired mandala rocks, and flow classes. They have everything from fall mountain scenes to an especially exciting all-ages Halloween Bash the week of Halloween. “Regardless of your age or skill set, we have the perfect creative adventure for you this fall season!” said Johnson.
To check out their schedule and book your next creative adventure go to The Paint Mixer
In nearly every corner of the state, Utah’s rivers, lakes, and streams have excellent fishing that any angler would appreciate. From high alpine lakes to unassuming desert waters, a variety of species can be caught and admired year-round. In fact, Utah is home to 40 Blue Ribbon fisheries. The term “Blue Ribbon” refers to waters with healthy fish habitats that provide superb outdoor experiences and exceptional fishing.
Around Park City, the most common fish are trout. The Blue Ribbon Provo and Weber Rivers are full of Rainbow and Brown trout along with the Mountain whitefish. Cutthroat and other trout species can also be found just outside of town or in the nearby Uinta Mountains. The Bonneville cutthroat, an endemic species, is historically found in the tributaries of the Great Salt Lake. It is pretty rare to find and catch one, as they were victim to over fishing and habitat degradation. In recent years, populations have been improving thanks to many conservation efforts and regulations promoting healthy fisheries.
The High Uinta Mountains are home to many fish species that are much rarer to the state. Golden trout, Brook trout, Colorado River cutthroat (native), Yellowstone cutthroat (native) and even Arctic grayling, a beautiful, silvery sport fish with a large dorsal fin, are found in the high-elevation alpine lakes. Fishing trips into the High Uintas often require hiking or backpacking to remote locations. South of the Uintas lies Strawberry Reservoir—a consistently excellent and pristine source for big trout and Kokanee salmon.
Other popular fishing spots in Northern Utah include Bear Lake, where you can catch a heavy lake trout, or the Bear River, filled with everything from Largemouth bass, Green sunfish, Carp, and Channel and Black Bullhead catfish, among many other species. The Green River, a world-class fly fishing destination, is home to many types of fish and stunning scenery.
Central and Southern Utah also boast renowned fishing locations. Lake Powell and Sand Hollow Reservoir claim fame for big Striped bass. Fish Lake, just outside of Richfield, Utah, is popular for mackinaw. Utah is also home to many hybrid species. Tiger trout, Splake, Wipers, and elusive Tiger muskies are stocked into streams, rivers, and lakes all over the state.
For assistance in catching beautiful fish along Utah’s prized rivers, All Seasons Adventures offers year-round guided fish trips on the Provo and the Weber River. Call All Seasons Adventures at 435-649-9619 or book your next fishing excursion online for the experience of a lifetime and more information on half and full day fly fishing trips.
Rafting the Weber River is a staple summer adventure in Park City and the best white water within a 3 hour drive. Located about 45 minutes from Main Street, the trip out to All Seasons Adventures private launch site is a beautiful canyon drive along I-80. You will pass the Echo Reservoir and lots of farmland while following the Weber all the way to the town of Henefer, Utah. There, you can park your car, meet your guides, and get going on the water!
After you meet at their launch site, you will be thoroughly briefed with safety instructions and grouped onto All Seasons Adventures’ rafts. Each boat can hold 6 people (maybe even 7 if very small children are present), and sometimes they combine groups. You can also kayak the Weber if you have previous rafting or kayaking experience. When either rafting or kayaking, expect to be on the water for about 2 hours and 15 minutes, although the trip length can vary slightly depending on the water speed and any present winds. After you have traveled just over 8 miles, you will reach the takeout where we will shuttle the group back to the launch site. From there, you can either return to your Park City Lodging home or stay and enjoy some lunch and lawn games in their shaded picnic area.
The Mighty Weber is a Class II river according to the whitewater classification system. The Class II river has sections of calm, flat water and sections of fun, splashy rapids perfect for families and those looking to have an exciting day outdoors. Summer rafting is usually warm and enjoyable with average highs between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter how hot the air temps, the water is usually cooler and roams around 55 degrees. With the sun shining and your hearts racing, the brisk splashes are a great refresher for a summer day!
For us to safely raft, the river needs to be flowing above 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). We are usually able to begin rafting by late May, although it can change from year to year. Because the Weber River is not only used for all sorts of outdoor recreation like rafting and fly fishing, but also used to provide irrigation to nearby agricultural land, water flows are not directly affected by snow melt and heavy rains. The Bureau of Reclamation controls the release of water from the dam when the spring rains are no longer sufficient to irrigate the land. When we have a wet spring season, the water gets released later in the year. Alternatively, the rafting season typically ends sometime in the beginning of September after farmers can no longer grow their summer crops in the summer, which reduces the flows below 300cfs.
Don’t wait too long to enjoy the Mighty Weber! At All Seasons Adventures, they can introduce you to the best white water in town and give your group an experience they will never forget. Their personable and witty guides will show you the ropes of rafting and teach you about the unique geography of Utah. Book online or call 435-649-9619 to reserve your spot rafting or kayaking the Weber River today!
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