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As Southern and Midwestern girls respectively, Cori Sue and I couldn’t have been more excited to trade in our infinity fur scarves and stilettos for bandanas and booties for our recent trip to Park City, Utah. We were graciously invited by the Park City Chamber Bureau for a long weekend in the mountains to experience a taste of this beautiful western town.

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We were both first timers to Park City, and the state of Utah in general. The destination had been on my radar from my skier friends who had raved about the city as a sporting destination with amazing snow and from my celebrity radar of sightings and happenings during the famous Sundance Film Festival.

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Park City is a convenient 30 minute drive from the Salt Lake City airport, a great selling point as many of the other major ski towns are a bit of a hike from major cities and airports. We were treated to gorgeous mountain views during the easy drive and settled into a posh hotel right near Main Street, the epicenter of the small town spanning about eight or nine blocks.

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We successfully hiked, shopped, ate, drank, and of course brunched our way across town over the course of a weekend. Below is our guide of the ultimate to-do list in Park City, Utah.

Where to Stay

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Main & SKY: We spent our weekend at Main & SKY, a modern, luxurious boutique hotel right off of Main Street. The location was extremely convenient—we could easily walk into town—and the hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle for guests to shuttle you to further destinations. The service was extremely prompt and friendly and our two-bedroom suite was spacious and well-designed. We enjoyed amenities such as a full kitchen, an expansive balcony with private hot tub, in-suite bathrooms with bathtubs and dual-headed showers, and multiple fireplaces. 201 Heber Avenue, Park City, Utah

Washington School House Hotel: We enjoyed a lovely brunch at Washington House, which is complimentary for guests at the bed and breakfast. The property is historic, in fact it was one of the town’s original schoolhouses in the 1800’s, but it was recently renovated with moder amenities while still respecting the history of the building. We were impressed with the gorgeous whitewashed details, beautiful rooftop pool, ski valet including boot warmers, and of course a delicious brunch spread for guests. We personally enjoyed the housemade granola and classic egg breakfast spreads, read the full review here. 543 Park Ave., Park City, Utah

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St. Regis Deer Valley: This posh spot is perfect for drinks, dining, weddings, or staying—you really can’t go wrong with the St. Regis. 2300 Deer Valley Dr E, Park City, Utah

Where to Eat

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Riverhorse on Main: Riverhorse is one of Park City’s crown jewel restaurants having received numerous accolades from the culinary world including a four-star rating from Forbes. This restaurant is right on Main Street and is on the fancier side. We got the vibe that it was very “seen and be seen” from our fellow diners and we even returned the night after we originally dined there for a nightcap. We particularly loved the nightly live music in the main dining room and the outdoor seating option with heaters that overlooked Main Street. Standout dishes included the buffalo tartare, the macadamia nut crusted halibut, and the goat cheese cheesecake. 540 Main St, Park City, Utah

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Silver Star Café: This adorable family-owned café is tucked inside of the xx resort and is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Diners have the option to eat on an expansive patio overlooking the mountains or inside a cozy cabin-like dining area. The restaurant regularly brings in live music performances, which further contributes to its warm and lively ambiance. We loved the smoked salmon hash, granola, and caramelized grapefruit dishes; read the full review here.  Also, save room for dessert; the flourless chocolate cake with a glass of cold milk was as tasty as it was photogenic, read our full brunch review here. 1825 Three Kings Dr, Park City, Utah

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Good Karma: Good Karma is a charming neighborhood restaurant with an Indian flair. It’s a bit outside of the primary downtown area, but worth the quick five minute drive. The interior looks the part of a hippie-dippie ski town café with plenty of beaded tapestries, candles, and ethnic patterns. The affable chef NAME flitted around the restaurant helping with front of the house service and checking in on his tables, many of which were regulars who he knew on a first-name basic. The Punjabi eggs Masala and Challah French toast were can’t miss items. Read our full brunch review here1782 Prospector Ave, Park City, Utah

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Deer Valley Grocery Café: The perfect spot for lunch, Deer Valley Grocery is a laid back, order-at-the-counter deli with delicious, healthy options and a spectacular waterfront patio.You’ll be treated to unbeatable waterfront views from the outside deck and it’s the perfect place to kick off your shoes in between ski runs or hikes. The menu is loaded with fresh salads, house-made, original soups and sandwiches, and delicious desserts. Don’t miss the beet hummus, served with sugar snap peas, gluten-free crackers, the chicken curry salad, and the fresh vegetable chips. 1375 Deer Valley Dr, Park City, Utah

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The Brass Tag: We spent one of evenings dining at the Brass Tag, inside of the Deer Valley Resort. The impressive fireplaces and rustic décor at the entrance of the resort were picturesque and this eatery was a pleasant casual dining experience away from the hustle and bustle from Main Street. As city gals, we opted to eat on the later side (8:30 p.m.) and pretty much had the restaurant to ourselves, a combination of the city’s propensity towards eating on the earlier side and the fact that we were visiting during the slow “shoulder season.” Key dishes included a baked crab Rangoon special and the seasonal veggie and mushroom hash. 2900 Deer Valley Dr E, Park City, Utah

Where to Drink

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High West Distillery & Saloon: We kicked off our trip with dinner and drinks at High West Distillery and it was easily one of our favorite destinations. The restaurant is adorably Western and includes an attached saloon and distillery equipment. You’ll have to have some whiskey cocktails—we recommend the Old Fashioned, the High West Lemonade, or the Treasure Mountain Fizz, made with Rye whiskey, St. Germaine, strawberry, basil and fig Balsamic vinaigrette. When dining, be sure to order the pretzel board with beer cheese, and the candied bacon deviled eggs. Don’t forget to pick up some whiskey or a barrel aged Manhattan mixture for your friends back home on the way out. 703 Park Ave., Park City, Utah

No Name Saloon: No Name Saloon came recommended by various neighborhood authorities as the top bar on the weekends to mix with locals and tourists. The bar was lively on a Friday night and included blaring music, bar games, and a big rooftop with heaters, which was perfect as the temperature started to dip at night.  Come here to get a little rowdy and sing along with classic bar tunes. 447 Main St, Park City, Utah

Where to Shop

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Rootd: Cori Sue works for Havenly, a home décor start-up, so she beelined it for this chic home furnishings store on Main Street. Most of the inventory was inspired by luxe mountain living and we oogled over metallic antler accessories, geode goods, faux fur throw pillows, and an impressive designer candle assortment. 496 Main Street, Park City, Utah

Flight: We were intrigued some familiar names (Parker, Cynthia Vincent, The Fifth) and a big sale rack at this adorable shop. The inventory is on-trend and seasonally appropriate for the fashionable ski bunny set. 545 A Main Street, Park City, Utah

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Mary Jane’s: This store has affordable shoes, trendy pieces, fitness apparel and jewelry. While not everything was our style—it’s more fit for college gals—it’s worth sticking your nose inside in case there’s something that catches your eye. 613 Main Street, Park City, Utah

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Cake Boutique: We could tell we’d like this boutique by the typography of the sign alone. Inside, the store is filled with chic, minimalistic fashion brands like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, See by Chloe, and others. If we lived in Park City, we’d shop here all the time. 577 Main Street, Park City, Utah

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Prospect: This boutique has a well-curated assortment of urban street wear inspired by snowboarder culture like Nike kicks, Hershel backpacks, and RVCA flannels. Ally picked up a colorful, 80’s inspired knit Coal headbank and had to tear Cori Sue away from the patterned beanies. 509 Main Street, Park City, Utah

Olive & Tweed: This boutique is Bohemian and affordable—decorated in a shabby chic style and filled with loose knits, sweaters, scarves and affordable jewelry. Brands include Jack, BB Dakota, and Free People. 608 Main Street, Park City, Utah

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Dolly’s Bookstore: This iconic local bookstore has been around for decades and features an impressive selection of books in a charming corner store. A few cats roam the premises (all named Dolly) and the staff is quite knowledgeable about literature and forthcoming with recommendations. 510 Main Street, Park City, Utah

Atticus Books: Atticus is another charming local bookstore, but more of a café than Dolly’s. The shop has a limited assortment of used books, but a wide variety of housemade teas and health-conscious snacks. 738 Main Street, Park City, UT

What to Do

White Pine Touring: Easily a highlight of our trip was our two-hour guided hike from White Pine Touring. We loved our tour guide Shaun Raskin who tailored our hike to our fitness levels and narrated our challenging hike with a fascinating dialogue about the history of the area and current lay of the land. It was the perfect way to get a great workout, take in the stunning scenery, and gain a greater appreciation about our surroundings. 1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City, Utah

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Cooking class at Inspired Summit Adventures: For a unique, local experience, try a cooking class at Inspired Summit Adventures. The class is led by Shaun Raskin, an ex-pro skier and wellness expert who focused on the togetherness aspect of cooking healthy and quality food together. Our plant-based menu was cooked in a gorgeous local home with stunning views of the mountains and roaming horses; you couldn’t beat that view. Our class was hands-on, yet manageable – Shaun equipped us to replicate and put our own spin on her recipes back home in our tiny urban kitchens. www.inspiredsummit.com

Sugati Spa: Indulge in some pampering at Sugati Spa, located inside the Main & Stay hotel. The spa is inspired by Eastern medicine and includes traditional Japanese soaking baths, a relaxing tea room, a zen room with sand gardens, and a luxe locker room with a sauna. The Japanese baths and tea room allowed us to get in a meditative set of mind before we began our 60 minute full-body massages. This was the perfect treatment to ease our aching muscles from the hike the day prior and was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. 201 Heber Ave, Park City, Utah

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Park City Museum: It sounds a little dorky, but the Park City Museum was a charming and educational way to spend an hour during one afternoon. The museum is a manageable three floors and highlights the history of Park City, including the silver mines, transportation, and trade culture. The basement of the museum is the original town jail with cells and gates, the perfect spot for some silly Snapchat selfies. 528 Main Street, Park City, Utah

Bitch tip: Utah has some restrictive liquor laws so the locals advised that we stick to wine, bottled beer, or simple mixed drinks to get the best bang for your buck when seeking to get buzzed. Tap beer is often lighter in alcohol content and no mixed drinks can be free poured.

BitchBiz: We were hosted by Visit Park City. That means this visit was on the house. While we did receive a complimentary visit to Park City, this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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