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While Park City is known for its world-class skiing and heavy winter snowfall, the charming Utah town also makes for a great summer destination. With the lush, green mountains as your backdrop, touring the city in warm weather is quite the experience. The area’s three expansive winter resorts transform into a verdant paradise with tons of unique attractions. You won’t be missing the powder when you’re screaming down a zip line at 55 miles per hour! Visitors who prefer a slower pace can catch a hot air balloon ride over the Wasatch Mountain Range.
From your Innkeepers from Old Town Guest House, Park City’s only B&B, here are our favorite four things to do in during summer in Park City!! Bonus!! You can walk to all of them from Old Town Guest House.
1. Take a Joyride on Utah’s Only Alpine Coaster
In 1963, Park City Mountain Resort (then known as Treasure Mountain) was the first ski resort to open in the area. PCMR, which famously hosted several events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, also happens to be home to Utah’s only Alpine coaster. Climb aboard one of the toboggan-style cars and admire the stunning Wasatch mountain scenery as an automated lift pulls you up the track. Once you reach the top, the coaster takes you down nearly 4,000 feet of exhilarating curves. You don’t need to be a speed demon to enjoy this ride — each car is equipped with a hand-brake allowing you to regulate your own speed. The Alpine Coaster is accessible from the PCMR’s main trail area, making it a memorable finish to a long day of mountaineering.
2. Deer Valley’s Lift-Served Mountain Biking Trails
Every summer, mountain-bikers from around the world flock to the Deer Valley resort in order to experience its world-class trails. Deer Valley has nearly 70 miles of singletrack, allowing you to spend your day riding through a seemingly endless montage of panoramic views and Heidi-esque Alpine scenery. The cherry on top? All of the biking trails are accessible by chairlift. If you’re in the mood to venture further afield, many of their trails connect with the Park City network of singletrack, providing access to over 400 miles of terrain. Deer Valley also offers a line of full-suspension, high-quality mountain bikes for rent. If you are wary about setting out on your own, you can always book one of their guided biking tours.
3. View the Canyons Resort From Above
The largest ski and snowboard resort in Utah, Canyons Resort has plenty to keep you occupied come summer. Thrill seekers won’t want to miss the pulse-quickening Lookout Zip Tour. The longest zip line in the state, it flies you 2,111 feet across a deep gorge at speeds of up to 55 mph. Although not for the faint of heart, it’s an unforgettable way to take in the resort’s 4,000-acres of terrain and dramatic mountain views. The uninitiated may want to begin with the shorter Red Pine Tour, which takes you on an 800-foot long tree top ride over a steep canyon at speeds of “only” 35 mph. If you’re feeling ambitious, opt for the deluxe package, which buys you two rides on each zip tour.
4. Park City Museum
These two things go together!! Walk to Park Silly Market from Old Town Guest House and enjoy a Sunday of fun!!
Mention Park Silly Market when you make your reservation and save 10% off your lodging total.
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, your only a day away!! Historic Main Street – Park City Utah See you at 10am!! The weather is going to be beautiful! Pack sunscreen, a water bottle (we have refill stations) and comfy shoes! Ride your bike, take the bus or walk to the market.
Ski Utah Gold Pass:
Ski Utah Silver Pass:
|The Ski Utah Gold Pass is a fully transferable pass so your friends and family can enjoy your same privileges on the days you’re not using the pass. The Ski Utah Gold pass offers the purchaser 50 days of skiing at each Utah Resort! $4850. Gold Pass. Only 135 Gold passes are available.||The Ski Utah Silver Pass which allows the holder to ski for 30 days at each Utah Resort! (30 days at Alta, 30 days at Deer Valley, 30 days at Sundance etc.). Ski Utah Silver Passes are also honored during the summer months for lift access. $3150 Silver Pass. Only 55 Silver passes are available.|
2016-17 Season Pass Prices for all 14 of Utah Resorts
*Prices and Benefits are Subject To Change
|Alta Ski Area||Beaver Mountain||Brian Head||Brighton|
|Cherry Peak||Eagle Point||Deer Valley Resort|
|Park City||Powder Mountain||Snowbasin Resort||Snowbird|
|Solitude Mountain Resort||Sundance Resort||Nordic Valley|
Season Pass Benefits– A list of the perks for each of the following season passes: Mountain Collective, Epic, Powder Alliance, M.A.X., Super Pass, Ski3 Pass and more.
For more information please visit: www.alta.com
Time to tee off this summer with Canyons Golf. Back for it’s second season, this 18-hole, 6,256-yard, Par 69 course will debut several improvements for the upcoming season. New for this season is improved playability on the first, third, sixth, 10th and 17th greens; and an upcoming transformation of the 11th hole, resulting in a par-5 hole and a par 70 course.
Aside from the new course improvements, two new different season pass optiontions will also be available this summer. The complete season pass is available for $1,000 and offers several benefits including a 15% discount on PGA instruction, Golf Shop retail and an option to extend the season pass to additional family members for $500 per person. Other benefits include a one-hour introduction to Canyons Golf class and discounted rates for guests! Additionally the season pass will include a 15% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased on the Golf Course, Beverage Cart, Red Tail Grill and The Farm. Better hurry on this deal as all passes must be purchased no later than June 1, 2016.
“We’re eager to open Canyons Golf for the 2016 season,” says Justin Johnson, director of Canyons Golf. “We listened to guest feedback throughout the inaugural season and are excited to announce new improvements to enhance guest experience. We’re dedicated to offering pristine conditions and amazing service at Canyons Golf’s distinctine and challenging course that can be played time and time again.”
This special golf course winds through 97 acres in the heart of the Park City Mountain footprint near Canyons Village. Designed by renowned course architects Gene Bates and Casey Bates, the course begins near the Orange Bubble Express lift and winds through the Willow Draw area and surrounding hotels before finishing back by the Orange Bubble Express.
To reserve tee times and for more information:
Are you Running with Ed?? Stay at Park City’s only Bed & Breakfast in Park City! Old Town Guest House and enjoy your run.
Tour and Taste
The whiskey experience, distilled, at High West’s new destination digs
If you’ve been around these parts the past few years, you may know that Park City–based High West Distillery and Saloon made history as Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. High West’s bourbons and ryes routinely receive glowing national and international reviews and are proudly poured by bartenders from San Francisco to New York. Pretty impressive for a relatively small, fairly new distillery that (as is common) has purchased and blended more product than it has produced and released to date. Small until summer 2015, that is. When High West opened its 30,000-square-foot destination distillery at the Blue Sky Ranch just east of Park City, it was clear that, as the old Bachman Turner Overdrive song goes, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
The focus at High West at Blue Sky—headquarters for almost all of High West’s distilling and bottling operations—is squarely on educating the interested about the whiskey-making process. “We built this place because whiskey matters!” says High West founder David Perkins. “It’s why we get out of bed in the morning; we want to share the experience.” All of High West at Blue Sky—spanning the distillery, bottling facility, restaurant, tasting room, private meeting rooms, and general store—is housed in rust-colored, metal roof–topped buildings reflecting a decidedly upscale version of Park City mining style. Each is detailed to perfection, down to the leather-stitched door handles. A vaulted hallway ceiling made of charred barrel staves leads into the communal dining area, dubbed the refectory.
Tours walk visitors through the process of converting grain to mash, fermentation, and distilling the magic in the 25-foot-tall, 1,585-gallon-capacity copper pot still. The entire experience is a feast for the senses, with sweet, yeasty aromas of rye and barley malt tickling the olfactory, beckoning you to head straight for the tasting room to purchase flights of the finished product. The refectory offers whiskey-friendly small plates: charcuterie and cheeses, house-made breads, crackers, and pickled vegetables. An ideal end note to a destination experience embodying the pioneering spirit—and spirits—of the new High West.
Celebrate the New Year, High West style
Since its inception, High West has expertly blended and aged some of the country’s top sourced whiskies. Their success can be attributed to the fact that Perkins and his team just happen to be blending savants. But because age is key when it comes to whiskey, they have yet to release a 100 percent in-house blend. So, time will tell what effect Utah’s dry climate has on High West’s original creations when those barrels are tapped over the next few years. Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to sipping some Yippee Ki-Yay, a new blend of straight rye whiskeys finished in vermouth and syrah barrels, released in Utah in November and slated for nationwide distribution in early 2016.
|Shred the slopes this weekend in Utah|
Here it is !! The Summer Concert Series.
Book your lodging at Old Town Guest House and save 10% off your lodging total! Park City’s only Bed and Breakfast.
Walk to the concerts!!
CONCERT LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR DEER VALLEY
Park City Institute announced the lineup for its 13th summer season of St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts at Deer Valley Resort. The 10 concerts range from country stars Emmylou Harris and Trace Adkins and banjo virtuosos Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn to trumpeter Chris Botti and chart-topper Mike Posner… All concerts are slated to be held rain or shine at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.
Early-bird tickets go on sale to Park City Institute Members on Monday, April 4 at 10 a.m. (via phone and box office only). Tickets are available for purchase by the general public on April 11. For information: 435-655-3114 www.BigStarsBrightNightsConcerts.org
The 2016 St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Line-Up:
Squirrel Nut Zippers
July 3, 2016
The retro-hip band that “bows at the feet of Cab Calloway and the Harlem Renaissance” (Jazz Times), Squirrel Nut Zippers launched into the mainstream with its hit ’90s tune “Hell.” Fusing southern roots and swing, SNZ cuts loose with the big band must-haves: charismatic frontman (guitarist/vocalist Jimbo Mathus) and sassy frontwoman (singer Katharine Whalen) plus indispensable horns, percussion, bass and piano. The Zips dabble in hot jazz, Cuban tempos, rock and soul, dispensing plenty of zip and a dash of playful nuttiness.
Emmylou Harris & Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
July 14, 2016
Country Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris and four-time, Grammy winner Lyle Lovett (and His Large Band) deliver country-folk-rock-Americana-blues-gospel in powerhouse back-to-back sets. “A truly venturesome, genre-transcending pathfinder” (Billboard), Harris dazzles audiences with her crystalline vocals. Known for his trademark yearning vocal ache, wit and down-home showmanship, Lovett is “the real deal… a man who not only delivers your money’s worth but who you suspect would be genuinely ashamed if he didn’t” (Esquire).
Chris Botti & Lucia Micarelli
July 21, 2016
Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti has proven over and over again that he is an exceptional balladeer – whether performing the “Star Spangled Banner” in the New York Giants’ stadium or captivating audiences at the Blue Note Club. He’s sold more than four million albums, won Grammy awards, and played with A-list pop collaborators – most notably Paul Simon, Sting, Herbie Hancock and Yo-Yo Ma. And, above all, his trumpet “emits unabashed beauty” (The New York Times). Lucia Micarelli – the “mind-blowingly talented” (Portland Examiner) violinist – lends her bow to a range of genres, from her concerto roots to no-holds-barred rock. She’s toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Josh Groban and made her acting debut in HBO’s “Treme.” As All About Jazz puts it, “Her playing is elegant, and runs the gamut of emotions from brooding to joyous.”
July 24, 2016
Gravel-voiced Kip Moore dominated country airwaves with his debut hits, “Beer Money,” “Hey Pretty Girl,” and “Somethin’’Bout a Truck.” This “unapologetic badass with a touch of Springsteen” (The Guardian) delves deeper into grittier rock with his sophomore release “Wild Ones,” one of Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Country Albums of 2015. The Georgia native walks the line between modern country and arena rock, delivering dynamic, interesting tunes – most of which the multiplatinum singer/songwriter pens. As one AP reviewer puts it, “Of all the backward-ball cap-wearing male country singers, Kip Moore takes the dirt road less traveled.”
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
July 28, 2016
“Two monsters of the banjo,” (NPR), Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn join forces in a pickin’ party that traverses the acoustic landscape, from murder ballads to gospel. Washburn’s old-time style and Fleck’s bluegrass-jazz-and-beyond virtuosity blend seamlessly on stage. The Grammy-winning duo, riffs off of each other’s remarkable talent with tunes such as the traditional “Railroad,” fan favorite “Banjo Banjo” (written for their son) – and even an acoustic foray into ’80s rock, covering Europe’s “Final Countdown.”
August 7, 2016
After topping the charts in 2010 with “Cooler Than Me,” singer-songwriter Mike Posner detoured from the popstar fast-track, touring the country in a van and writing tunes for the likes of Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and Big Sean. His soon-to-be-released sophomore album “At Night, Alone” with the self-reflection-imbued pop hit “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” returns the multi-platinum performer to the spotlight, topping charts with a grown-up dose of humility. The now 28 year-old artist has departed from his flashy hip-hop style, developing performance that is “raw, real and no-frills” (The Detroit News).
Andy Garcia and the CineSon All Stars
August 20, 2016
The godfather of rhythm. Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor, Andy Garcia (“The Untouchables,” “Stand and Deliver,” “The Godfather: Part III,” “Ocean’s Eleven”…) isn’t just another actor-turned-musician. The multi-talented, Cuban-born Garcia is a Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning music producer and performer who has collaborated with the likes of legendary Afro Cuban bassist Cachao and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Garcia and the CineSon All Stars (some of whom are borrowed from members of Cachao’s original band) are “captivating” delivering “exemplary classic Cuban jazz and mambo” (JazzTimes.com).
August 25, 2016
Country star Trace Adkins worked his way from oil rigs to the top of the charts. He’s graced the Grand Ole Opry, won NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and appeared on the big screen. “A real deal son of the South who knows how to command a stage just by walking on to it,” according to the Chicago Tribune, Adkins’ baritone has become a modern country fixture with hits such as “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Every Light In The House” blazing into contemporary cowboy lore.
September 3, 2016
“A folk powerhouse,” according to NPR, Jewel comes to the stage with guitar, poetry and a pure – sometimes haunting – voice. The Grammy-winning, singer-songwriter, who fearlessly worked her way into stardom with the ’90s hit “Who Will Save Your Soul,” has released 12 studio albums, sold more than 27 million records, toured with Bob Dylan, performed for the Pope and starred in television roles. As The New York Times puts it, the Alaskan-born Jewel is “bursting with talents.”
“These shows – 12 bands in all – are a cross-section of the biggest names in music, young stars just hitting their stride as well as legends and performers who know how to entertain and push the limits of their respective genres,” says PCI executive director Teri Orr. “As always, we can’t imagine a better spot to present these big stars, than outdoors on the slopes of Deer Valley Resort.”
All St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts take place at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Shows start at 7 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) As of 10 a.m. on April 4, Park City Institute members may purchase lawn and reserved tickets as well as summer season punch cards (available to members only) at the Box Office of The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1700 Kearns Blvd., Park City) or via phone at 435-655-3114. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 11 and will be available at the box office, via phone, online and at several partner locations. General Admission tickets start at $40. Reserved seats start at $55.
Gates open 90-minutes before show time. Coolers are permitted and a nine-inch chair height restriction (i.e. you shouldn’t be able to roll a basketball under the seat) is enforced. Concerts will be held rain or shine.