My husband is a mountain lover. So, we decided to use our Hilton Grand Vacation points and stay in Park City @ The Sunrise Lodge. It’s a great resort! I imagine it’s even more amazing during ski season, it’s a ski in ski out resort at The Canyons. You don’t have to be a Hilton Grand owner to stay here, you can book through Hilton’s website. We stayed in a 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit with a full kitchen, laundry and 2 balconies. The resort has a pool and 2 hot tubs. BBQ grills are also located by the pool area. They have a shuttle that will take you to Main Street or Kimball Junction. This was super convenient! The hotel has a couple fantastic complimentary coffee machines in their lobby. You can make espresso, latte’s, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. This was a hit with us and imagine it will be even more when we come back in the Winter. There isn’t an on site restaurant. Within a very short (2 – 3 minute walk) there are a few places to eat with a great mountain view at the base of The Canyon’s.
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We flew into Salt Lake City, got a great deal with Fox Rent A Car. This is off site, but for a quarter of the price, I can’t complain. They had a shuttle that picks you and your luggage up just outside the rental car building. It was a quick and scenic 30 minute drive to Park City from here. My Mom flew in later and took an Uber to the hotel for around $40. This is an option as well if you do not plan on going on day trips like we did. There are a lot of ski in ski out resorts (including where we stayed) so a car isn’t needed.
The first day we had time before our room was ready, so we drove down to Main St. They have so many cute shops & restaurants. The kids loved the free trolley you can take up and down Main Street. We had lunch at 501 on Main, My husband wishes we went back before we left Park City for another one of their Bison burgers. I had the tempura shrimp and enjoyed it as well.
There is a great ice cream/coffee place called Java Cow. We parked in the free garage directly behind here. I was amused to find this on a building and then even more amused when I realized it was a liquor store.
Finally, we ventured to Kimball Junction. Went to Wal-Mart to pickup a few things and then to Smith’s to get the remaining groceries we needed. FYI….If you want anything other than beer, you must go to a liquor store. There is one in the Smith’s plaza. 🙂 There is a ton in this area. Sadly, we didn’t end up going there again. I should have gone to the Orange Theory Fitness since I am a member, but felt we hiked enough so never got there. We did have pizza delivered from Maxwells and it was a big hit.
The next morning we ventured to The Olympic Park. It was amazing to see the Olympians and future Olympians practicing. They have a museum that is free of charge. If you go to Park City, you must make a day trip. There are a lot of activities, but they weren’t age appropriate for a 4 year old. We still enjoyed our day here and would love to go back again. Utah Olympic Park
Our third day we went to The Park City Alpine Slide. We bought tickets on line ahead of time and that saved us 10%. Majority of the rides were $24/ride so for $72 we had unlimited passes. If it wasn’t so hot the day we went we would have gotten more out of our money, but we definitely didn’t feel it was a waste. The kids LOVED the gem panning, Alpine Slide & Alpine Coaster. They have a kids rope course which was a bit of a struggle for my 4 yr old son, but the employee helped guide him. He finished with some tears and he tells me often that he was nervous, but so proud that he finished the course. This pass is good all day for 4 of the lifts in town. Including the one off of Main Street.
I didn’t think I would love Park City. I knew it would be enjoyable, but now I could see myself living there. I always thought I preferred the beach. Bu, with the large lakes they have and all the outdoor activities I didn’t feel landlocked at all. Every single person we met there was pleasant. The lack of humidity was great for my hair too. We are considering going back next Summer since we didn’t see all that the area has to offer.The 4th day we were planning to go to Antelope Island at the Great Salt Lake. One of my favorite bands (Band of Horses) has a song called The Great Salt Lake, so that made it even more appealing to me. When asking advice, every local we asked said not to go because it was mosquito infested. We decided to take the scenic drive up Mirror Lake Highway and we were not disappointed. We saw the Jordanelle Reservoir from a distance and plan to go on our next Summer trip. About 21-23 miles up the highway we found the Provo Falls. We had packed a lunch so sat on a big rock and ate our lunch while admiring the beauty. It was as peaceful as it can be with a curious 4 year old.After enjoying the Falls, we kept going until we reached the Summit of the mountain. We saw a patch of snow so we hiked up to it so the kids could touch snow. They even made snowballs and threw them. It was the first snow ball my son had ever thrown and the first my stepdaughter remembers throwing. Neither remember ever touching snow, even though both have before.
I highly recommend taking a trip with or without kids to Park City. I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it in any season. Different seasons offer many activities.