Far from being a typical ski destination, Historic Park City offers visitors and locals abundant and varied diversion off the slopes. Whether you need a break from carving turns, some entertainment following a day on the hill, or you don’t even ski or snowboard (gasp!), we have plenty to keep you occupied and coming back for more. Historic Park City is a haven for art, theatre, food, shopping, spa, history and nightlife enthusiasts. In fact, the only thing we may be missing is a beach.
Begin by discovering Park City’s varied and colorful history and heritage at the Park City Museum (528 Main Street). The family-friendly museum features exhibits that tell the story of Park City’s silver mining days, the ghost town era that followed, how we transformed into skiing to ultimately become a world-class destination, the legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and much more. Don’t miss the current exhibit: Park City Pets: Our Lives with Animals chronicling the obsession Parkites have with their four-legged companions which has led to Park City being affectionately dubbed “Bark City.”
From contemporary to Western to fine art, art aficionados will find every style and genre with impressive collections offered by more than 20 art galleries along Main Street. The Kimball Art Center (638 Park Avenue) is the non-profit heart of Park City’s visual art community, which features rotating exhibits. A fascinating, current exhibit through January 8 is Park City Collects – the stories behind eclectic, signature pieces in the collections of various art aficionados in the Park City community. The gallery scene is just as varied. Western and nature art enthusiasts should visit Mangelsen Images of Nature (364 Main Street) and Mountain Trails (301 Main Street) galleries. Those seeking contemporary collections and unique jewelry will enjoy Silver Queen Fine Art (577 Main Street), Gallery MAR (580 Main Street), Terzian Galleries (309 Main Street) and J GO Gallery (408 Main Street). Be sure to explore the free Gallery Stroll during the last Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m.
The historic Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) is an intimate, unique live entertainment venue with regular programming throughout the year. Professional-caliber performances include musicals, concerts, plays and stand-up comedy. Upcoming engagements include stand-up comedian Steve Mittleman, Jan. 6 and 7; LMNOP (live performances by Local Musicians Network of Park City), Jan. 8; Satisfaction – Rolling Stones Experience, Jan. 12-14; renowned folk singer Judy Collins, Feb. 6-7; Spencer the Hypnotist, Feb. 10-11; and The Kingston Trio, Feb. 16 to 17. For tickets and more info, visit ParkCityShows.com.
There’s no better way to unwind after some hard core skiing than with a bit of spa time. Aura Spa (405 Main Street), Mountain Body Spa & Herbal Cosmetic Deli (825 Main Street) and Amatsu Spa at the Sky Lodge (201 Heber Ave.) provide relaxation, rejuvenation and relief for sore muscles in the heart of lively Historic Park City.
Stay current on the latest fashions and shop ‘til you drop at Park City’s cutting-edge boutiques like Flight (562 Main Street), Cake (511 Main Street), Mary Jane’s and the Denim Bar (613 Main Street), Prospect (509 Main Street) and Hilda (541 Main Street). Sports-oriented apparel can be found in several shops, including Marmot (540 Main Street), Quiksilver/Roxy (570 Main Street) and Bahnhof Sports (693 Main Street),
There’s no shortage of restaurants and bars in Historic Park City that feature cuisine, spirits and atmospheres that cater to every taste, budget and whim. Newcomers include SILVER Restaurant and Lounge (508 Main Street), a tri-level, cosmopolitan-style eatery and bar with DJ-spun dance music and Al Dente (136 Heber Ave.), serving traditional Italian fare with a lively bar scene and warm, modern decor. Other popular staples of the Park City dining scene include Riverhorse on Main (540 Main Street), which just completed a massive renovation with the addition of a bar and new kitchen, Prime Steak House & Piano Bar (804 Main Street) for quality meats and festive bar atmosphere favored by sophisticated locals; Shabu (442 Main Street) for inventive Asian fusion cuisine and sushi in an intimate space; the Robert Redford/Sundance-owned Zoom (660 Main Street) serving contemporary Western fare; the romantic, Tuscan Grappa at the top of Main Street (151 Main Street); and High West Distillery (703 Park Avenue) for local-distilled whiskey and vodka, as well as small and large plate options, many of which feature – you guessed it – whiskey as an ingredient.
In addition to High West Distillery, Historic Park City is home to an array of watering holes, lounges and nightclubs for the over-21 set. Many feature DJs or live music and atmospheres conducive to sharing the day’s adventures over a cocktail, beer or glass of wine. Hot spots to try include The Sidecar (333 Main Street, 2nd floor) for a full bar, New York-style pizza and live music; Downstairs (625 Main Street), which features nationally-known DJs and a jam-packed dance floor on Saturday nights; Cisero’s Nightclub (306 Main Street) for live music, DJs and Wednesday drink specials; No Name Saloon (447 Main Street), a rollicking bar and grill that is reliably busy every night of the week; Bistro Bar (upstairs at 412 Main Street), which draws a younger, ski bum crowd; and The Spur Bar & Grill (352 Main Street) for a western atmosphere, more mature demographic and local bands. Wasatch Brew Pub (250 Main Street) serves inexpensive, family-friendly fare and their signature, Utah-crafted brews.
Clearly, much of Park City’s broad appeal relates to its varied offerings that truly make a ski vacation complete and memorable for all family members. All this activity makes it easy to see why visitors may require a vacation following their vacation and why many locals head out of town in May to recover following a winter season of mountain recreation and revelry.