Those who travel to Park City in spring and summer (after the winter season officially ends April 17) usually come to explore the old silver-mining town and its cinematic landscape. Instead of skiing, they stroll the charming stretch of Main Street with its urbane restaurants, hip bars and boutiques and a nightlife that draws the Hollywood glitterati.
In Park City, the bar is set high for tantalizing cuisine and cool cocktails—this is one of the wealthiest towns in the country. The rustic High West Distillery & Saloon , lists potent cocktails and killer game dishes such as Idaho elk and bison rib eye. The restaurant’s own micro-distillery makes the whiskey and vodka served here. A rejuvenating pit stop is key when you’re biking or hiking the Mid Mountain Trail, which stretches from the Canyons Resort up and over Park City Mountain Resort and through Deer Valley. Take the Silver Lake chair lift to the Royal Street , where you can sit on the deck and dine on shrimp spring rolls and house-smoked pulled pork. It's easy to indulge when you've got more trail to go. If just for the photo op, stop by the No Name Saloon, then stay for a little shuffleboard and a Polygamy Porter—the ale with the cheeky tagline, “Why have just one?”
BEYOND SKI-BUNNY CHIC
Every small town has a Main Street, and Park City’s doesn’t disappoint. The boutiques along a few downtown blocks offer clothing, accessories, art, furniture and western antiques. Check out these favorites: Burns Cowboy Shop for cowboy boots and hats; Bunya Bunya, with racks of cute summer dresses; Lanny Barnard Gallery for works by the local painter of the same name; and Mary Jane’s for funky footwear.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Tucked in the hills that surround Park City are 350 miles of hiking and biking trails. Deer Valley Resort serves up lift-accessible mountain biking for thrilling downhill rides. The Park City Town Loop, Tour Des Suds and Snow Park Loop each offer an 8-mile route for all levels of bikers. The fly-fishing on the Weber and Provo Rivers is said to be as good as that in Montana or Wyoming. And the Deer Valley Ponds offer free fly-fishing clinics to sharpen your skills before making a full- or half-day trip of it.
Teeing off at 18-hole courses surrounded by mountain vistas and Olympic ski runs makes for an unforgettable game of golf. Glenwild is a Tom Fazio–designed, 950-acre golf sanctuary that’s the crème de la crème. Park City Golf Club claims a summer-friendly temperature that’s 10 to 15 degrees cooler than most other courses in the area and an elevation of 6,700 feet, which is said to add distance to a stroke (because the air is thinner and less resistant at higher elevations).
Park City is well equipped to help visitors unwind at day’s end. Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort is a Sioux-inspired refuge with a spa designed to restore and heal the mind and spirit. The Golden Door Spa, at the Waldorf Astoria Park City, has its own naturopathic physician and man-friendly treatments such as the Mountain Master Tune-Up.
High West Distillery & Saloon: 703 Park Ave.; 1.435.649.8300; highwest.com
Deer Valley Resort: 1.435.645.6724
No Name Saloon: 447 Main St.; 1.435.649.6667; nonamesaloon.net
Burns Cowboy Shop: 363 Main St.; 1.435.649.6300; burnscowboyshop.com
Bunya Bunya: 511 Main St.; 1.435.649.1256
Lanny Barnard Gallery: 577 Main St.; 1.435.658.3130; lannybarnardgallery.com
Mary Jane’s: 613 Main St.; 1.435.645.7463; maryjanesshoes.com
Deer Valley Ponds: 1.435.649.4949; jans.com/fish.php
Glenwild: 7600 Glenwild Dr.; 1.435.615.9966; glenwild.com
Park City Golf Club: 1541 Thaynes Canyon Dr.; 1.435.615.5800