Four Seasons of Fun

It’s home to the U.S. Ski Team as well as to the largest independent film festival in the country, yet even those who don’t ski or care about Sundance will find plenty to do in this mountain town, year-round. Most activities center on the outdoors: Park City has more than 400 miles of hiking trails, was recently named the first gold.level ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, and is the site of three notable ski resorts. But high.altitude adventure comes in many forms, including sampling bison steaks and power shopping.

STRANGE BREW
Wasatch Brew Pub pours more than a dozen house.made beers with names like Polygamy Porter and 1st Amendment Lager. To accompany them, there’s a menu of bar foods, like nachos, burgers, and an Over the Top Mac n’ Cheese made with bacon, chorizo, jalapeño, and crispy onion. High West, Utah’s first legal distillery since the 1870s, is known for craft whiskeys and vodkas. Sign up for a tour and later sit down to a dinner of nouvelle Western fare. Whiskey is a common ingredient in dishes such as the onion soup and whiskey-cider-braised short ribs.

GRUB STREET
Talisker on Main remains a foodie favorite for its ever.changing menu, which incorporates vegetables and herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop gardens. Windy Ridge Café, a popular spot off Main Street, offers soups, salads, pastas, and entrées like Utah red trout and a killer meat loaf. There are also many gluten free options. El Chubasco is the place for traditional Mexican fare at very reasonable prices.

OUTDOOR FUN
In warm weather months, the trails around Park City are filled with hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. (For a complete listing including maps, go to mountaintrails.org.) Come winter, the same trails are used for snowshoeing. The latest low.impact craze is snow tubing—speeding down the slopes on inner tubes—and Gorgoza Park has seven lanes for people of all ages.

If you want to fish, you’re in luck: They say that the trout here are hungry year.round, so the area is a big draw for anglers, who come to fish the Provo and Weber Rivers. Park City Anglers offers half. and full.day guided trips with all equipment, instruction, and snacks included.

HISTORY LESSON
The Park City Museum, which has exhibits on Park City’s history, also offers historic walking tours. Take some time afterward to explore the two dozen or so shops on Main Street, many in wooden buildings that date from the early 1900s.

THE DETAILS

Wasatch Brew Pub: 250 Main St.; 1.435.649.0900; wasatchbeers.com

High West: 703 Park Ave.; 1.435.649.8300; highwest.com

Talisker on Main: 515 Main St.; 1.435.658.5479; taliskeronmain.com

Windy Ridge Café: 1250 Iron Horse Dr.; 1.435.647.0880; billwhiterestaurantgroup.com/windy.ridge.cafe.html

El Chubasco: 1890 Bonanza Dr.; 1.435.645.9114; elchubascomexicangrill.com

Snowshoeing in Park City: www.visitparkcity.com/things-to-do/

Gorgoza Park: 3863 W. Kilby Rd.; 1.435.658.2648; gorgoza.com

Park City Anglers: 1.435.658.3474; parkcityanglers.com

Park City Museum: 528 Main St.; 1.435.649.7457; parkcityhistory.org

NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.

Fun Fact: Harrisonburg is less than 20 minutes from Massanutten and is home to many restaurant, breweries, and other great spots to check out, some with very interesting histories. During our exploring we found out that Rocktown Kitchen is located in a building that was once the ice house for Harrisonburg and supplied the local area with ice!
Day 2
After a quick breakfast at a local café we were off on a mission to gather supplies for our kitchen so that we could cook in our unit during our stay. There are plenty of markets nearby and all easily accessible. If you are driving to Massanutten as we did, feel free to leave the groceries at home and do a quick food shop once you arrive in the area – the valuable car space can now be used to transport your skis! While we were out we luckily came across a ski shop where Juliet could pick up some mittens for our skiing adventures we had scheduled for the next day; can’t go to Snow Moon Festival unprepared!
Pro Tip: The areas surrounding the resort are home to several markets including a Target and Aldi. If you need to stock up your unit’s kitchen for the week or if you forgot something at home these stores have you covered!

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