It was our first morning in Park City (read our full city guide here) and Cori Sue and I were ready to hit the ground running for a weekend of exploring and indulging. The first major excursion on our agenda was a two-hour hiked guided by White Pine Touring so we needed some proper sustenance.
Luckily, the great folks at the Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau had arranged an early morning brunch at the Washington School House, a gorgeous bed and breakfast right in town.
As one could discern from the name, the building was one of the three original schoolhouses in Park City back in the 1880s. After it was abandoned as a school, it was taken over as a VFW headquarters until it was restored into a bed & breakfast.
The building retains its traditional exterior, as protected as a historical landmark, while the interior is tastefully renovated with classic whitewashed wood, beautiful marble bathrooms, a relaxing rooftop pool, and a modern ski valet at the bottom of the building, which includes a lounge, gear storage, and even boot warmers.
We were lead to a stunning and utterly serene dining room, which was spilling with light bouncing off of unique chandeliers, classic china, and old-fashioned silver sets. All of the breakfast is made to order and included as an amenity for hotel guests.
In typical fashion, we started with a round of coffee. Cori Sue took hers black while I opted for an almond milk cappuccino and Christiaan, our host from the Park City Chamber Bureau, selected a macchiato. I was impressed with their espresso drink selection and they kept the hot coffee coming throughout the meal.
The brunch menu features an array of American classics such as scrambles, waffles, and Benedicts. We were all tempted by the chocolate chip banana pancakes, but made the adult decision to forgo and opted for healthier options to fuel our impending hike.
I selected the housemade granola served with a choice of non-fat plain or vanilla yogurt and fresh berries. I was surprised by the presentation; I received a huge bowl of granola with a rather skimpy side of plain yogurt. I would have preferred a more significant yogurt to granola ratio, but the granola was delicious and definitely the star of the show. It had a great balance of salty and sweet with a variety of roasted nuts and seeds.
Keeping paleo was relatively easy for Cori Sue in Park City, as the city is filled with healthy, delicious, gluten-free options. To accompany her black coffee, which was smooth and palatable, she ordered a glass of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, as well as a plate of fruit. The grapefruit juice was fresh, lovely, and gone in a few minutes. The fruit plate was filled with all the good stuff: pineapple, blackberries, strawberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe.
For her entree, CSM opted for the traditional breakfast, choosing her eggs fried over medium, opting house-made sausage in lieu of bacon, and forgoing the bread. The hash browns were lackluster—the square cubes of potatoes—which wound up being a trend in Park City. The eggs were perfectly fried, and the sausage was really, really good. Hearty, spicy, and sweet, these enormous sausage links were polished off.
Christiaan also went with the traditional breakfast, but opted for the crispy bacon and included the carbs. Washington School had many choices of fresh bread (toast, gluten-free, English muffins, croissants) so there was a little something for everyone.
None of the menu items at Washington School House were particularly unique, but they were all well executed and hit the spot. The dining room was stunning and was a lovely ambiance to enjoy some classic eggs and hot coffee before hitting the mountains.
The Bitches say: B. A lovely way to start your day in this charming bed and breakfast that houses an impressive piece of Park City’s history.
Washington School House
543 Park Ave.
Park City, Utah
Washington School House serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays and breakfast every day of the week.
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.