Remember and honor our country’s leaders, and have fun doing it with these seven ideas
This Presidents Day in Park City you can have M.A.G.A in your life – More Alpine Games and Activities. Remember and honor our country’s leaders, and have fun doing it with these seven ideas:
President Dwight David Eisenhower – “Ike” – served as the 34th president from 1953 to 1961. He was a five-star general and enjoyed skeet shooting, so much so that he installed a skeet shooting range at Camp David to practice his marksmanship. While we don’t know if he ever tried the sport of biathlon himself, we’re pretty certain he would enjoy the 2019 BMW Biathlon World Cup at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, and so would you. Held February 14 – 17, this exciting international event features over 180 athletes from 28 nations. Arguably the most popular winter sport in Europe, biathlon combines cross country skiing and shooting skills. Spectator crowds are typically animated, sometimes costumed, sometimes raucous. Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Nordic venue, is rising to the occasion, hosting the Legacy Winter Fest – Free admission (and hot chocolate!) to enjoy activities such as tubing, live ice sculpting, a mechanical bull and a petting zoo, food trucks, beer garden, vendor and sponsor village and live music. Come on out and party like Ike!
Gerald R. Ford is the only person to have served as both vice president and president without being elected to either office. Known for his athleticism, having been a standout center, linebacker and long snapper for the University of Michigan, he was also an avid skier, spending a lot of time with his family in Vail, Colorado. We know he really would have appreciated the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour. Designed for expert to advanced skiers, the tour “is not designed for the timid”. Two professional guides go with every tour and groups are limited to 12 or fewer people, so you can be confident and safe as you experience Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and the backcountry terrain between these resorts. This tour covers an average of 25 miles, requires good physical condition and the ability to ski variable conditions.
Presidents have to eat, and everyone has their favorite foods. Park City offers a wide variety of options where you can “eat like a president”. While we can’t point you in the direction of restaurants serving Martin Van Buren’s favorite boar’s head, or James Garfield’s beloved squirrel soup, William McKinley just might be able to find his special hot lobster salad at Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet. William Howard Taft reportedly favored steak, and more steak – he’d be a happy camper at Grub Steak. Bill Clinton and Harry Truman could split and share variations of their fave chicken enchiladas and fried chicken at Chimayo. George W. Bush also had a fondness for Mexican food, specifically huevos rancheros – if that sounds good to you, too, head on over to Squatters. Known for “carousing”, our seventh president, Andrew Jackson a.k.a. Old Hickory, would enjoy the spirits and the food at High West Distillery. Somebody get that man a drink!
Some presidents are very artistic – drawing, writing poetry, painting. President Jimmy Carter, a painter, established the Carter Center at Emory University, which regularly hosts auctions to benefit the foundation advancing human rights. One of Mr. Carter’s paintings brought in $250,000. We’re certain he would enjoy the film Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy showing at Park City Film Series. Creating community through film, Park City Film Series is “art house cinema”, screening thought-provoking and engaging films that you might not find at your local Cineplex. Leaning into the Wind profiles artist Andy Goldsworthy’s distinctive life and medium.
Theodore Roosevelt was well known for his appreciation for animals, and his vast collection of pets including lizards, ponies, dogs, rabbits, an owl and a one-legged rooster. Surely he’d be fascinated with the Nature’s Ninjas exhibit at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. The exhibit includes live animal shows with some of nature’s most misunderstood animals including geckos, porcupines and others known for their wild defensive adaptations. The exhibit runs from February 1 – April 28, 2019.
Speaking of animals, it’s a well-known fact that Ronald Reagan really loved horses and enjoyed spending time on his ranch in California. Those who knew him well disclosed that he always rode English until he (or his campaign manager…) decided that his image needed to be more “rugged cowboy”, so he switched to western. Regardless, his famous quote, “I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse” leads us to believe he’d really love Park City Horse Experience. Park City Horse Experience guides you through partnering with a horse to explore self-awareness and gain new perspectives on life.
Presidents don’t really shop, since they have other people to do their shopping for them. Did you know the White House operates like a luxury hotel in this regard? They get the bills sent to them at the end of each month for their food and incidental expenses, like clothing. But if they did shop like the rest of us, chances are they’d really love Tanger Outlets at Park City. While winter isn’t nearly over, the shops at Tanger Outlets will be clearing the racks for spring and summer merchandise, so you can take advantage of fantastic sales.
Super Bowl LII is upon us. It will see the reigning champions, the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolois. Justin Timberlake is performing the halftime show, so there could be another major cultural incident (Left Shark, Janet Jackson.) Being in Utah, we have little stake in the game, but we can certainly get behind snacks, beverages, & silly commercials.
While Park City has an array of watering-holes (See our Complete Guide to Après skiing in Park City) with some decidedly better than others for taking in the big game.
Whether you are staying in your vacation home or condo to watch the game, or are wanting to mix it up at a sports bar, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots to take in Super Bowl LII in Park City, Utah.
Collie’s Sports Bar & Grill is a family owned and operated bar and restaurant on lower Main Street in Historic Downtown Park City. The name says it all. They are the only true sports bar in Old Town. They have 25 TV’s and we can guarantee they will all be playing one game on Sunday evening. As you can tell by the photo, this is a very friendly bar for those looking to cheer on the New England Patriots. Collie’s also has all the perfect food for a Super Bowl game: smoked hot wings, chips and queso, pulled pork nachos, & fried pickles. Located at: 738 Main Street.
Butcher’s Chop House is just across the way from Collie’s on Park Ave. (catty-corner from the world famous High West Distillery). If you are wanting bar food with a steakhouse twist, this is the one for you. They have lobster nachos, buffalo chicken dip, classic shrimp cocktail, bleu cheese stuffed dates, and more. Grab a seat early in the bar area if you are wanting to watch the game! Located at: 751 Main Street.
If you are looking for something off Main, head over to Boneyard Saloon & Kitchen. With an extensive beer list and great food this place will be hopping on Sunday. With plenty of TV’s there isn’t a bad seat for viewing the game. We recommend their colossal yardbird wings, fried Brussels sprouts Caesar, jambalaya, or any of their delicious sandwiches. Located at 1251 Kearns Blvd.
Not feeling the bar scene? No worries! Grab a slice and a beer at Este Pizza to enjoy the game while dining in, or give them a call to order out for some of the best pizza west of the Mississippi. We recommend: Lasagna pizza, The Ol’Vortman, and the buffalo chicken, because what Super Bowl is complete without some form of buffalo chicken? Located at 1781 Sidewinder Drive.
If you are looking to ski all day and watch the game from the comfort of your home, let our partners at Cuisine Unlimited take care of all the Super Bowl fixings. They will happily cater or deliver fan favorites like: trio of wings, beer cheese Soup, short rib sliders, and bacon-wrapped potato bites. Order online or give them a call!
Super Bowl LII starts at 4:30 pm mountain time, Sunday Febuary 4th! The game will be broadcast on NBC.
There’s always a party in Park City, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. With great skiing, outstanding restaurants and fun activities, Park City is the perfect place to ring in the New Year. Here are our five tips on how to have the perfect Park City New Year’s Eve.
As you plan your Park City New Year’s Eve, visit ParkCityLodging.com to find the perfect place to stay. We have options available at both resorts and in the Main Street area. We look forward to having you join us for a fun Park City New Year’s Eve celebration!
Utah might be an unexpected place to find one of the best craft distilleries in the country, but High West Distillery, located in the heart of downtown Park City, has made its mark nationwide with its exceptional array of high-quality spirits. During your stay,
enjoy this throwback to Old West times by taking one of the High West Distillery tours and then grabbing a delicious meal at their on-site saloon and restaurant.
Utah was home to an abundance of distilleries in the 1800s, many of them owned by Mormons including Brigham Young, but by 1870, all of them had closed their doors, leaving the Beehive State without a legal distillery for over a century.
That all changed in 2007 when distiller David Perkins opened High West in Park City, with the goal of creating the perfect Rocky Mountain whiskey. Hundreds of people visit its location in the historic Beggs House and National Garage on Park Avenue every year to take the High West Distillery tours and get a taste of Park City’s signature spirits.
Go behind the scenes at Utah’s only legal distillery with one of the High West Distillery tours. The tours, which are offered at 12:00, 1:15 and 2:30 daily, give visitors a chance to see how High West’s small batch spirits are made, including a look at their 250 gallon copper still and a sample of some of their offerings.
Space on the High West Distillery tours is extremely limited, and reservations are highly recommended. For availability, call 435-649-8300.
High West offers more than a dozen of its famous whiskeys, each one with a slightly different flavor. Ranging from their Rendezvous Rye blend to their Campfire Whiskey – possibly the world’s only blend of Scotch, bourbon and rye whiskeys – there is something to fit every palate. For those with a preference for lighter spirits, High West also offers its 7000’ Vodka, named for the exact elevation of the bar in their saloon.
There’s more than just spirits at High West Distillery as the attached saloon and restaurant provide a tasty Western inspired gastropub experience. Try their cottage pie, made with bison, or their three bean and bourbon chili. You waiter will be happy to suggest a perfect whiskey pairing for your meal.
As you prepare for your trip to Park City and make plans to go on one of the High West Distillery tours, use Park City Lodging to find a convenient place to stay. We offer properties in downtown Park City, within walking distance of the High West Distillery tours, as well as at all three resorts. Let us help you plan a great vacation!
In addition to the acres of outdoor playgrounds in the surrounding mountains, the town of Park City, Utah offers one of the most vibrant dining scenes in the West. Whether you’re looking for a quiet gourmet dinner or a lively place to refuel, Park City has an amazing restaurant to fit almost every taste. As you plan your visit with Park City Lodging, take a look at our picks for the 7 Best Restaurants in Park City, Utah!
Rated as one of the best restaurants in Park City, Utah, Riverhorse on Main offers a gourmet menu with mouthwatering entrees like their classic macademia nut crusted Alaskan halibut, as well as an expansive wine list. Located on Main Street in the center of downtown Park City, Riverhorse on Main is the perfect spot for a romantic evening.
Opened in 2007, High West became Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, but beyond the flavorful craft whiskeys, it features a “gastro-saloon” that offers Western inspired cuisine and hospitality. Try their chicken pot pie or 3-bean bourbon chili and finish things off with a dark chocolate moose. The enthusiastic wait staff will be happy to help you select the perfect whiskey to compliment your meal.
An upscale slopeside lunch spot during the day, Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley offers a unique fireside fine dining experience at night. This prix fixe four-course meal features dishes that are literally served from stone fireplaces in front of an open flame. Enjoy warm Swiss raclette cheese, cured meats, salads, specialty entrees, hearty sides, fire-roasted leg of lamb, fresh baked breads and dessert fondues. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are available for hire, and the more adventurous can go on a snowshoe trek before or after dinner. Reservations are required; to make yours call (435) 645-6632.
Don’t be fooled by its strip mall location, Sammy’s Bistro is a local secret that offers some of the best food in Park City at a bargain price! Relax in its casual environment with a cold draft beer and enjoy a signature dish like their mahi mahi tacos or a spicy veggie burger. The outdoor patio is perfect place to soak up the sunshine after a bluebird day on the slopes. Sammy’s Bistro is proof that you don’t need a big budget to enjoy a fantastic meal during your vacation.
Named Utah’s Best New Restaurant in 2012 by Salt Lake Magazine, The Farm features fresh food made from scratch, with an emphasis on sourcing ingredients from local farms. Located in the resort village at the base of The Canyons looking out on the mountains, the Farm is a great place to enjoy a hearty meal after a long day on the slopes. Recent favorites have included parmesan braised Idaho sturgeon or their Sugar House Tomahawk Pork Chop. The menu changes frequently, so check out their website for the most up-to-date information.
Enjoy classic Italian food in the heart of downtown Park City at Buona Vita. Located less than a block from the Town Lift, this quaint restaurant serves all of the favorites at a reasonable price. Start off with a ceasar salad, featuring their delicious homemade dressing, and pick from a wide array of entrees that include pastas and pizzas or heartier fare like chicken parmagiana or lasagna.
The flavor of Japan comes to the mountains at Oishi Sushi Bar and Grill, picked by many as one of the best restaurants in Park City, Utah. With a wide array of specialty rolls in addition to classic sushi and sashimi, there’s something for every kind of sushi lover. For a unique local specialty, try the Wasatch Roll, which features salmon, yellow tail, cucumber and spicy mayo. For those looking for a more substantial meal, Oishi also offers a number of chicken, beef, fish and shrimp entrees.
As you plan your trip and look forward to enjoying some of the best restaurants in Park City, Utah, make sure to use Park City Lodging to find the perfect rental property for your vacation. Whether you’re planning a family ski vacation, girls/guys trip or a couple’s getaway, our team will help you find great accommodations in all areas of Park City.
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