If you think of skiing and mountain-climbing as the main activities in Park City, Utah, you're right. But that's not all that draws couples to this cool, easy-going town less than an hour outside of strait-laced Salt Lake City. Find reasons here to head for the hills (and activities for when one of you skis, the other doesn't).
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Photo courtesy Park City Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.
Scope out beautifully renovated historic buildings along Park City’s Main Street in the afternoon or enjoy the byway’s vibrant scene in the evening; colorful Christmas lights adorn the street all winter long. A free trolley runs until 10 pm daily to shuttle people up and down Main Street, making frequent stops beside some of Park City’s favorite boutiques.
Park City’s largest art gallery has three showrooms plus active art studios and education classes for the aspiring artist. The Kimball Art Center also hosts the West’s longest-running annual art festival that takes place the first full weekend in August. The Art Center is among the 20+ galleries in Park City that participate in the free monthly gallery stroll on the last Friday of every month (except January).
The four-hour Suite Escape at the new Golden Door Spa at the Dakota Mountain Lodge (opened July 2009) entitles couples to relax with up to eight 50-minute treatments, a spa lunch, and luxurious amenities including a private whirlpool, Japanese-style shower, and tea service.
Enjoy a serene horse drawn sleigh ride in the heart of Park City’s mountains, followed by a hearty and warming dinner inside a log cabin. Rocky Mountain Sleigh Company takes guests on a round-trip sleigh ride through meadows and woods, and far away from housing developments, to its log cabin for a cozy dinner.
Sit back at the Glitretind Restaurant in the Stein Eriksen Lodge to savor a four-star slopeside dinner. Accompany dinner with a glass of wine from their 10,000-bottle wine cellar — or even take a 45-minute private wine seminar from Stein Eriksen’s top-rated sommelier inside the wine cellar. To delight a sweet tooth, enjoy decadent desserts or chocolates made at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in exotic flavors including curry, mango cardamom, sea salt, lemongrass, champagne, and cinnamon cognac.
On another night, take the hourlong guided moonlight snowshoe tour through Deer Valley Resort’s Empire Canyon prior to dinner at Fireside. After working up an appetite, fill up on food, drink, and romance at Fireside. You'll have a four-course European dining experience where each course is cooked over an open fireplace. Begin with the Swiss raclette cheese station, move to the hearty soups and stews, enjoy a savory cut of fire-roasted leg of lamb, and end with a spread of chocolate fondues.
This historic landmark theatre on Main Street is one of the main venues for Sundance Film Festival screenings. Beyond independent films, Egyptian is known for its outstanding community plays, musicals and special events. Cuddle up together in traditional theatre seats or splurge on cabaret seating.
Take in panoramic views of Main Street and Park City Mountain Resort from the indoor/outdoor Sky Club lounge at The Sky Lodge. Stay warm on chilly winter nights on the outdoor patio with radiant heating or rest inside on a plush, modern couch. Fine wines, cognacs, and cigars are available.