The ultimate travel guide to Park City, Utah. I’ll tell you where to stay, what to eat and how to burn it off!
Earlier this month I headed back to Utah to visit one of my favorite ski towns: Park City! While this wasn’t my first visit to the area, there’s a reason I keep going back to Park City.
If you’re new to my wellness travel series, What to Eat & How to Burn it Off, Park City is the 16th destination to be featured!
Be sure to check out previous travel guides to the following cities: Key West, Palm Springs, Whistler, Vancouver, Chicago, Denver, Charleston, Tucson, New Orleans, Grand Rapids, San Diego, Vail, Miami, Utah and Banff.
Located just 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport, you can’t beat the accessibility of the mountains. What’s better than hitting the slopes the same day you arrive?
Home base for my stay in Park City was the beautiful Waldorf Astoria. The largest ski and golf resort in the US, you’re just a short gondola ride away from Park City Resort and Park City Mountain.
Featuring luxurious accommodations with cozy fireplaces, perhaps what stood out most about my stay at the Waldorf was the high level customer service throughout my entire stay. Having spent many years working in the hotel industry myself, I know how important it is to take care of your guests and this hotel has that down.
The best part? Every evening they offer complimentary s’mores at their outdoor fire pits. Not going to lie, I love me some s’mores.
Now that we’ve covered where to stay in Park City, let’s get started with what to eat! While I always knew Park City had a world class food scene, this trip surpassed every expectation.
Park City is an active town so you want to start your day with food that will fuel your body. For a healthy and hearty breakfast, look no further than Harvest.
Their motto is: food, people and coffee. I’m happy to report, they didn’t disappoint on any of those levels. My personal favorite? The green smoothie topped with homemade granola.
For more great coffee and delicious made-from-scratch food, head to five5eeds. Open for breakfast and lunch, every bite of food was flavor-packed and had you wanting more.
The spicy shakshouka, Moroccan baked eggs in a tomato sauce with feta, was one of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted. It’s not to be missed when you’re in Park City.
One of my favorite meals during our trip took place back at our hotel in the Waldorf Astoria’s very own Powder restaurant. While I’m sad to say we didn’t get any fresh pow during our visit, Powder did not disappoint. Inventive salads, hearty sandwiches, gourmet soups and more, there’s a little something for everyone on both the lighter and heartier side.
If you’re looking for tasty food on Main Street, head to Riverhorse Provisions. A specialty market, deli and coffee shop, I was pleasantly surprised to taste the aromatic vegetable ramen and street tacos.
If you love a good Bloody Mary as much as I do, head to the St. Regis Deer Valley. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a funicular which will take you up to the bar. Fun Fact: Every St. Regis around the US has their own signature Bloody Mary. You’re going to love the Park City version, I promise.
Another hot spot for lunch or dinner is Twisted Fern. Order the garlic and sesame crispy chickpeas – they were some of the best I’ve ever tasted. The blackened octopus with crispy pancetta bites was out of this world as well.
For an unforgettable dinner, head to Handle. Offering a menu driven by the seasons and featuring ingredients from local farms, I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. Pro Tip: Order the fried chicken. You’ll thank me later.
For a quintessential ski-town dining experience you’ll never forget, be sure to carve out time for Fireside Dining at Deer Valley the next time you’re in Park City. The four course meal is prepared entirely fireside including my favorite course of all: the raclette cheese pictured above.
The best part about Fireside Dining? Horse-drawn sleigh rides are available for hire for you and your friends. In fact, you can even snowshoe to dinner which is exactly what we did! More on that to come.
If you’re looking for craft cocktails during your visit to Park City, check out High West Distillery Saloon downtown. Not a fan of whiskey? Don’t worry, they feature a variety of liquors on their menu.
If craft chocolate is more your speed, stop by Ritual Chocolate. This small batch chocolate company is a great place to stop for a sweet treat, a cup of coffee or goodies to bring home.
Now that we’ve covered where to stay and what to eat in Park City, let’s get to the fun stuff: How to Burn it Off!
Fortunately, there are no shortage of opportunities to stay active anywhere in Utah, let alone in Park City.
Of course, skiing is always on the agenda during a winter visit to the area. For that, look no further than Park City Mountain, a top ranked mountain for both skiing and boarding.
The largest ski resort in the US, it can be a bit intimidating to navigate for first time visitors. Be sure to check out this helpful guide to Park City Mountain with FAQs.
One thing is sure: you can’t beat the breathtaking views in every direction, no matter where you are on the mountain,
Downhill skiing is a killer workout and for that reason, it’s first on our list for How to Burn it Off.
Not a skier? Not problem! Park City has plenty of ways to stay active for both skiers and non-skiers alike which leads me to my second way to burn it off: snowshoeing!
All Seasons Adventures led us on a guided snow shoe trek which led us directly to Fireside Dining at Deer Valley which I mentioned above. Ideal for small groups, I can’t wait to come back with my kids to snow shoe as a family!
My third way to Burn it Off takes place back at the Waldorf Astoria Park City in their state of the art spa and fitness facility. Their custom-designed fitness center features Technogym Kinesis, strength-training equipment, treadmills and more.
If you’re a group exercise junkie like me, be sure to check out their weekly schedule of classes include cycling, yoga, kickboxing, mat Pilates, Tabata and more.
During my visit, I did a private Kinesis strength training lesson with the Fitness Manager.
If you’ve never tried Kinesis before, I highly recommend this form of resistance training. It’s a great way to strengthen muscles that will make you a better skier and keep you safe on the mountains!
What are your favorite places to eat and things to do in Park City? What other ski towns would you like me to feature? I’m all ears.
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Disclosure: Visit Park City and Waldorf Astoria Park City paid for my travel and hosted me while visiting Park City. Photography by Alejandro Photography. I was not compensated to write this post and all thoughts are my own.
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