I was desperate to escape NYC in the summer, so my mom and I headed to Park City, Utah for a fun girls’ weekend.
I had driven through Utah but never spent time there, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Friends of mine have a house in Park City, and when I found out, my first thought was “why not Colorado?” I couldn’t understand why someone would choose Utah. Now that I’ve been, however, I get it. Utah is heavenly, and even better than Colorado (yes, I said it!). When the weekend was over I left wishing that I had more time. Maybe I’ll get a house too! Right next door. Hi friends!
The drive to Park City from Salt Lake’s airport only takes about 45 minutes, and the views are worth every minute of the drive!
Park City is a quaint town in the heart of the mountains. It almost feels like a movie set, or a Disney village, it’s that perfect.
When we arrived, my mom and I spent some time exploring the town and meeting some of the locals.
If you’re visiting Park City in the winter, staying at a ski in and ski out resort is most convenient, because a majority of your time is spent skiing. However, if you’re visiting in the summer, proximity to town is best, because that’s where all of the fun restaurants and bars are.
We stayed at Main & Sky, a hotel in the heart of town with a unique, modern aesthetic.
Our suite was huge, with three beds in two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living room and even a pool table!
The master bathroom is especially gorgeous, and I love how the bathtub water flows down from the ceiling!
That evening we had our first Park City meal, which was easily one of the best meals of the trip (or of my life, to be honest!). It’s rare that every dish at a restaurant is amazing. Usually there’s a least one that needs improvement. Well, not at Handle! Everything was phenomenal! The chef, Briar Handly, uses local ingredients like cheese, vegetables and fruit when creating his masterpieces.
Here are my favorites:
Oysters served with a grilled lemon.
Cauliflower in a buffalo hot wing fashion with blue cheese. I’ve never had a better cauliflower dish!
Tater Tots with salt and malt vinegar, ranch and crème fraîche.
Meat & Cheese served with pickles and condiments.
Peaches mixed with avocado and green coriander seeds. This dish was so incredible that we talked about it all weekend!
Burrata Toast with english pea hash and sorrel.
Diver Scallop and Clams with ‘nduja sausage broth and grilled bread.
Risotto served with a smoked onion soubise and summer vegetables.
Beignets served with rice krispies, chocolaté crème anglaise and marshmallow.
And finally, Caramel Pudding served in a mason jar with whipped mascarpone chex mix cake crumb. This dessert is absolutely fabulous! I just wanted to screw on the lids and take a few home with me. It’s no wonder that it was awarded the best dessert in Utah!
After that amazing meal, we ended the night at a Park City institution, the No Name Saloon.
The atmosphere is fun, and has a rustic, western vibe that we loved.
Plus, the rooftop offers gorgeous views of Park City’s historic main street.
It was a great start to the trip, and it only got better from there!