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.
The Perfect Itinerary – From a Local’s Perspective
I’ve been in Park City for over 20 years and I enthusiastically welcome visits from friends and family (most of them, anyway…) Each time someone visits, especially for the first time, I get to weigh in on the best things to do, eat and see. I am very careful to suggest itineraries that I would really enjoy, because hopefully I’ll get to go along and, once again, vacation in my hometown.
My brother-in-law, Ed, and his wife, Catherine, make a perfect example. Being a lapsed avid skier, Ed, who lives in the eastern US, comes out every few years in the winter to dust off the boards and enjoy a few reset runs with his brother. But Catherine has never been to Utah. Not even once! So, here’s an itinerary I would put together for Ed and Catherine, to make sure Ed has fun again, and Catherine has a blast (and so do I!):
Since they’re flying in from the east they’ll catch an early morning flight and they’ll get here in time to ski in the afternoon. Ed appreciates and likes to ski on top-of-the-line equipment, and since he skis infrequently he demos every time he comes out. We take him straight away to Park City Sport, either at Town Lift on Main Street or the base of Park City Mountain; either location will have him on Park City Mountain’s slopes in minutes. Catherine doesn’t ski much, like, at all, so she and I will get them checked into their Park City Lodging condo (they’d stay with us at our house, but dog hair). Because she’s fit and health conscious (and because I want to impress her right out of the chutes) I’d take her to Park City Provisions for lunch. I know she’d love their selection of bowls and salads, and I may just twist her arm to share some of my Provisions fries. From there we’d walk around Main Street and I’d show her the Banksy and tell her amusing stories about celebrity sightings and craziness during Sundance and help her shop for cute boots. When the guys are done skiing we’ll meet up with them at Old Town Cellars for a few glasses of wine and some fancy and delicious charcuterie and chocolate. As usual Ed will claim he didn’t have too much trouble keeping up with his brother on the slopes, even after so much time off; my husband will just shake his head and sip his wine.
Since yesterday was a travel day, and they’ll be dealing with the time change and Ed’s sore muscles, they’ll be moving kind of slow. We’ll meet up at Deer Valley Grocery Café for a hearty breakfast – having guests in town in a great excuse to indulge in a Dutch Baby, am I right? The guys are going to ski Deer Valley today, and while Catherine will be thinking about it, she still won’t be quite ready to give it a shot. No problem, lots of other fun stuff to check out. I bet she’ll be ready for a work out and I’m pretty sure she’ll be game for trying out Fat Biking. No, it’s not biking while fat (although after that Dutch Baby…) it’s bikes with big fat tires on which you can ride miles of snow covered trails. I’ve never done it before and it looks like fun, so off we’ll go to White Pine Touring. Local guides are included in Fat Bike rentals there, so I won’t even have to pretend I know what I’m doing. After the ride, we’ll grab a quick healthy lunch at Fairweather Natural Foods, then over to Align Spa for some pampering, maybe a soothing massage for her and hydrating facial for me – the air is really dry here! Meanwhile, the guys will have been cruising the award-winning groomers at Deer Valley, with a break for Turkey Chili and beer. For dinner we’ll treat them (and ourselves) to some local flavor, at the quintessential locals hang out, the No Name Saloon. Catherine might be a little reluctant, it’s pretty casual for her taste, but we’ve taken Ed there before and he loves the buffalo burgers and vibe as much as we do. I’m certain Catherine will come around. After dinner, we’ll go to Paint Mixer. Ed and Catherine aren’t particularly artistic, but they don’t have to be to have a blast with us, having a few bevs and creating a unique souvenir. My husband and I have done it a few times and we want to add to our collection of, ahem, fine art.
Catherine will be ready to ski. After breakfast at Bridge Café & Grill we’ll take her back to Park City Sport and get her geared up. While Catherine brushes up with a lesson, Ed, my husband and I will ski a few runs and we’ll meet up for lunch at one of Park City Mountain’s on-mountain restaurants, probably the renovated Mid-Mountain Lodge – tuna poke and crispy brussels sprouts? Yes please. In the afternoon we’ll make our way over to the Canyons side of the mountain. When we’re done skiing we’ll apres on the deck at the Umbrella Bar which usually has live music and always a fun scene. For dinner, I really want to have them over to the house, but I really don’t want to cook-to-impress. So, since I’m on vacation too here, I’m going to ring up my friends at Epicurean Chefs and let them do the cooking for me. They do these terrific sous-vide entrees that will amaze Ed and Catherine, AND we’ll have a clean kitchen and leftovers.
Ed and Catherine’s last full day, and a lot to pack in. We’ll get up pretty early, grab coffee from Atticus Coffee & Teahouse and head over to Daniels Summit for snowmobiling. My husband and I don’t do a lot of snowmobiling, but we have so much fun every time we do we wonder why we don’t do it more. We’ll have a great morning careening around the trails and then by golly, for more adrenaline rush we’ll head to the Utah Olympic Park and do Comet bobsled rides. We feel so justifiably proud of our town’s – our – Olympic legacy, and we love sharing it. You can still feel the excitement of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games at the UOP, and now, the electric anticipation of possibly hosting another Games here in 2030 – fingers crossed! Ed typically hosts us for his last night in town, so they’ll ask us about doing something special that we usually don’t get to do – score! Sleigh ride, here we come. Rocky Mountain Outfitters over in Midway has romantic, horse-y, sleigh-bells-jingling sleigh rides that are just plain great fun. After that we’ll go to one of our favorites for dinner – Sammy’s Bistro. Sammy’s was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, even though it is neither a diner, nor a drive-in, and certainly not a dive. Normally I’d share my mahi mahi tacos, but after the day we’ve had, hey, get your own.
Ed and Catherine’s flight isn’t until later in the day, so there will be time for a few final runs. We’ll get them out on the mountain again, or maybe Ed will want to go fly fishing – Ed really, really likes to fish. My husband likes to fish with him, especially when he catches bigger fish. My husband doesn’t have gear so we’d grab a guide with gear from All Seasons Adventures to take them out to some blue ribbon waters. Catherine and I can get ready to cook the fish they catch for lunch. Kidding. We’ll go out for sushi lunch at Flying Sumo. We’ll all be sad when they have to leave later on in the afternoon. But Ed will have had another great experience, Catherine will have been impressed to the point that she’ll come back again, and again. And my husband and I will be happily exhausted. Thanks Ed and Catherine, come back soon!
Park City Lodging, Inc. is a champion of social responsibility and sustainability within the Park City community since its debut in 1984. In 2015 when Recycle Utah invited Park City Lodging to be an inaugural business in their newly developed Green Business program, the invitation was enthusiastically accepted. Since joining the program, Park City Lodging has furthered its commitment to the environment with various initiatives, including installing chemical automation systems in hot tubs to conserve water; giving each guest a reusable grocery bag; and initiating a bulk amenity program to eradicate single use packaging. Looking toward the future, Park City Lodging is excited to explore the potential bio-remediation effects of mushroom species on contaminated soils.
Rhonda Sideris, President and Owner, truly believes in bettering the community and the environment we live, work and play. In 2016 she realized a dream long in the making, constructing a green building to house all of Park City Lodging’s operations. Included in the new building are 52 solar panels, a green organic rooftop that supports native plant species, employee housing, and an innovative ozonating system within the laundry operation to save both water and energy. Rhonda also received the prestigious Conservationist of the Year award in 2016 as well as Park City Board of Realtors Affiliate of the Year for her efforts in sustainability.
About Recycle Utah
The Park City Conservation Association dba Recycle Utah is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that has served residents of Summit County since 1991. They are committed to reducing waste and preventing ground water pollution in our community. They do so by offering a variety of collection programs, education programs, workshops, and events. As long as the health of our local and global environment is a concern, they will strive to offer community-based resources and solutions.
To learn more about Park City Lodging’s intiatives: https://www.parkcitylodging.com/about-us/social-responsibility/
Park City is a winter wonderland. While many come to Park City for the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” Park City Lodging understands that not everyone wants to ski or snowboard. We have compiled a list of some our favorite Park City winter activities that aren’t skiing or snowboarding.
1) Snowshoe Tours: Get the heart rate up and enjoy some aerobic exercise. Take in the scenic snowscapes of the backountry. Enjoy the quieter side of Park City’s mountains.
2) Winter Fly Fishing: For the avid angler who wants it all, why not add a day on the fly to your ski vacation? Explore one of Utah’s many blue ribbon fisheries and enjoy the sanctuary of uncrowded banks on a peaceful winter day.
3) Trap Shooting: Just 20 minutes from Park City, enjoy an afternoon of shooting clay pigeons from a rustic trap.
4) Dogsledding: A once in a lifetime experience for the whole family. Learn the ropes of dog sledding, meet the friendly (and furry) sled team, and take in the stunning mountain landscape. Hurry and book today, this highly sought after activity will sell out soon!
5) Sleigh Rides: Complete your mountain vacation with a classic horse-drawn sleigh ride.
6) Snowmobiling: Experience snowmobiling at its best in the Uinta National Forest. Explore on your own or take advantage of a guided tour on an almost unlimited amount of trails and meadows.
Utah Olympic Park was built in 2002 for the Olympics. It is still being used today to train future Olympians. Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking a ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all. 7) Bobsledding: Experience the thrill of a lifetime in a bobsled on the 2002 Olympics Sliding Track. A professional pilot will take three passengers on a thrilling ride down the track.
Utah Olympic Park was built in 2002 for the Olympics. It is still being used today to train future Olympians. Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking a ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all.
7) Bobsledding: Experience the thrill of a lifetime in a bobsled on the 2002 Olympics Sliding Track. A professional pilot will take three passengers on a thrilling ride down the track.
8) Ropes Course: Utah Olympic Park offers several ropes courses. Test your abilities across the traverses that include swinging elements, wire, logs, and other problem-solving features. Their advanced course will have participants 55 feet in air!
9) Zip Lining: Ever wondered what it was like to be an Olympic ski jumper? Strap in to the Extreme Zipline and go for an exhilarating ride above the K120 nordic jump. Take a friend or family member and fly alongside. This is one of the steepest ziplines in the world!
11) The Paint Mixer: The Paint Mixer is the newest venue for art entertainment and wine instruction located on lower Main Street. Bring your friends and family to follow step-by-step instruction to recreate a featured painting. It’s stress-free and absolutely no experience is necessary! Park City Lodging guests enjoy $5 off using code “PCLODGE”
12) Shop ‘Till You Drop:
13) Gorgoza Tubing Park: Offering seven lift-served tubing lanes; kid-friendly mini-snowmobiles; and the Fort Frosty play area, Gorgoza helps provide family adventures and memories that will last a lifetime.
14) Park City Film Series: Enjoy Park City’s only Art House Theater, presenting the best of independent feature, documentary, world, and local cinema.
Our Concierge Service team would love to help customize your stay here in Park City, Utah. We have partnered with the best in Park City to offer our guests fantastic activities, services and discounts.
From ski rentals and snowshoe tours to grocery delivery and dining reservations, we can help ensure you don’t miss a single exciting moment during your Park City vacation. For more concierge opportunities explore our website or mobile app. With so many possibilities let our experienced concierge team help make your vacation unforgettable!
Before Park City was a premier ski town with a thriving economy and a bustling downtown; Park City was merely a mining boom town, complete with 27 bars and a red light district. The houses were little more than shacks lining Daly Canyon at the top of modern day Main Street. Many miners began their days before the sun rose and ended them long after the sun had set. It was a close-knit community consisting of the strong willed and tough. At the height of Park City’s mining days, it was said that Park City was the greatest silver camp in the world.
Alas, all booms eventually bust and the end of an era came with the closure of the Ontario Silver Mine. It’s easy to imagine the difficult transition in Park City during this time, with many fighting tooth and nail to hold on to what they knew. With the fall of the mining boom, town was quickly transitioning to a ghost town. Change was needed and the arrival of the first ski lift in 1946 began the journey that Park City finds itself on today.
With such a rich history beneath present day Park City, Miners’ Day has become an important nod to our mining heritage. Each year on Labor Day, the Miners Day celebrations sweep Park City, offering fun for all ages (especially if you know nothing about mining!). The signature event of the day, the Mucking & Drilling Competition, is sure to be one of the most unique experiences in any ski town. People gather from all around the mountain west to compete in events that simulate the demands of silver mines.
Start the day with a pancake breakfast in the park and the Miners’ Day 5K, a fundraiser for local non-profits, funky costumes encouraged! Prior to the parade on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. the infamous Running of the Balls event takes place. Vying participants purchase tennis balls and release them on Main Street in a mad race to the bottom where winners win valuable prizes such as ski passes. Finish the day with live music in the park, Bar-B-Que lunch, and a skateboard bowl jam.
We invite everyone to come out, celebrate and enjoy Park City’s vibrant history on September 4th all over the downtown Park City area. For a complete list of events and times please visit the Miners’ Day website. Official site: http://parkcityminersday.org/
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