Random acts of kindness happen all throughout a typical Utah day. A stranger may let you break in front of him in the store line. A posted sign in a parking lot might remind you to smile. Locals probably call these instances common courtesy, but we prefer to refer to them as “Utah moments.” And around Park City, you don’t have to go very far to experience them.
One clear instance is how a ski town of 8,000 full-time residents that welcomes winter guests from all over the world to ski also makes sure that those who have no intention of hitting the slopes have a great time, too.
For the budget vacationer
There are so many luxurious lodging possibilities. But… If you are a budget minded traveler, Old Town Guest House…. Park City’s only B&B is your place. There are four rooms to choose from. Each with a queen bed. Rate are about 1/2 of what you will find in this otherwise high priced area of old town. Walk to Main Street, shops and lifts. Rates include breakfast! You can book online at www.oldtownguesthouse.com.
For the culture-thirsty visitor
Two of the city’s busiest times of year are mid-January (Sundance Film Festival, January 19 to 29, 2017) and early August (Kimball Arts Festival, August 4 to 6, 2017). If you’re not in town while either event is going on, you can still get your fill of film and fine arts in other ways.
With regards to cinema, the Park City Film Series keeps the reels rolling at the Jim Santy Auditorium with a schedule that includes crowd favorites (The Iron Giant, November 5), international treats (Asterix and Obelix: The Mansions of the Gods, November 12) and independent features (Aspen Extreme, December 7).
As for the visual arts, stops along Main Street (the central thoroughfare during Sundance and Kimball) like Prewitt Gallery, Mountain Trails Gallery and Gallery Mar have long established themselves as fine exhibitors for locally, regionally and world-renowned artists. Pop into these addresses and others during Park City’s monthly gallery stroll (November 25, December 30).
Of course, if you ever feel inspired to grab a brush yourself, one-day classes on clay painting, portrait drawing and other disciplines occur throughout winter at Kimball Art Center.
If you are interested in trying the outdoors
Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort merged in 2015, creating a 7,300-acre playground that is now the largest ski resort in America. It would be a shame to trek so close to it and not play around a little. We won’t ask you to grab your poles and goggles, but if you’re willing to at least try your hand at zip-lining or hopping aboard the 4,000-foot, twist-filled Alpine Coaster, we promise you won’t be disappointed. (We’ll just call it a bonus if you catch a glimpse of a moose below while riding the gondola up to the zip.)
At Deer Valley Resort, activities range from hot-air balloon tours to sleigh rides. If you’re already thinking about the great Instagram shots you’ll take then, just imagine the cool snaps you’ll get watching some of the planet’s top winter athletes during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup on February 1 to 4, 2017.
Your Innkeepers will be glad to help you plan non skiing activities. From snowshoeing and dog sledding to a host of other non-skiing adventures in between, if there’s excitement to be had anywhere on the Wasatch Mountains.
There you have it!! Park City is amazing!! Book your lodging at Old Town Guest House!!