Our first visit to Park City was a trip with college friends. We instantly fell in love, and decided we would pack up our future kids every year – no matter what age – and fly them out from the East coast for our yearly vacation.
Fast forward to having three kids in four years, then a break before the 4th came along. We followed through on that idea of ours, and indeed religiously booked our trip. Nothing got in our way. Sometimes the task seemed daunting, especially bringing babies and toddlers. While it didn’t always translate into full on ski days for my husband and I, we found staying in the heart of Historic Old Town offered the balance needed in a perfect vacation destination. With access to everything, both on and off slope, for not only us, but more importantly, our kids, our early idea to come back every year was spot on.
With babies and toddlers, it was easy to navigate the sidewalks with a stroller. They loved to head out for ice cream or hot chocolate at Java Cow, ride the free Trolley up and down Main Street, and have lunch at the Eating Establishment or the Main Street Deli. They could run or play in the snow in the plaza by the Marriott Summit Watch at the base of Main Street, and roast s’mores at night by the fire pits.
Once they could start skiing the intermediate runs, about the age of five thanks to the incredible ski schools at the resorts in Park City, we could grab our ski passes at the Town Lift plaza and hop on, landing us almost to mid mountain and avoiding the parking and crowds at the base. Sometimes we would head to Deer Valley, which was just as convenient thanks to the Transportation Center one block off Main Street.
Three years ago, we were lucky to make Park City our home year round. Through the years, the old favorites stayed the same while we discovered new things to do. Now ages 8-18, our four kids would give you quite the assortment of favorites.
Perhaps the biggest surprise has come with the seasons, especially summer and the events in town. A weekly favorite from late spring through early fall is Park Silly Sunday, where Main Street is closed to traffic and the street is lined with vendors for food, shopping, and entertainment. Much anticipated parades held throughout the year include the Annual Independence day Parade as well as Miner’s Day and the infamous Running with the Balls. In December, watching Santa arrive via the Town Lift is a magical sight not to be missed.
Aside from events, we’ve discovered new favorite dining spots, which are even more special in the summer as tables spill out onto patios into the sunshine. My older teens love Atticus for a latte, while my younger ones love to peruse books at Dolly’s Bookstore. When friends come to town, some of our favorite activities include a morning at the Park City Museum, or a night painting on canvas at The Paint Mixer.
Whether you live here or are visiting, the only downside is never having enough time to all of the amazing things that Historic Park City has to offer. A pretty great problem to have, right?