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Park City, UT City Guide {UPDATE}

by Grace Bonney

Today’s Park City, UT Update comes to us from Eva Jorgensen, the founder of Sycamore Street Press. Eva has lived in and loved the Park City area for some time now and today she shares with us some of the lovely treats this regions has to offer.  From the charm of the old town drag, to the outer-lying areas of the Heber Valley, she shares her favorites and must-sees of this mountain city. Thank you, Eva, for this wonderful update! —Stephanie

Read the full guide after the jump…

photos by Brendan Bybee

Park City became my home at the age of 15, when my parents uprooted our family from Southern California and moved us up to this resort town nestled in the Wasatch Mountains. Although the middle of high school isn’t an ideal time to move (let’s just say I could relate to Angela Chase’s teenage angst, ha ha) I quickly grew to love Park City and all it has to offer. Of course, three amazing ski & snowboard resorts draw people to this place from all over the world. But Park City is also home to many other outdoor activities, great restaurants, fun boutiques, a thriving arts community, a historic downtown, and the Sundance Film Festival. Whether you end up here for a short getaway or the long haul, it’s a wonderful place to be.

Park City, UT photo by Jonathan Canlas

Old Town / Main Street:

See and Do:

Banksy piece – My friend Veeda Bybee was the first to discover and report (http://whitelotuscooks.com/2010/01/banksy-in-park-city/) this while working on the original D*S Park City guide back in January 2010. You can still see it on the wall of the 4th Street alley just off of Main Street.

Egyptian Theatre (http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org/) – This small, historic theater hosts a variety of shows — everything from dramatic plays to stand-up comedy to touring bands. 328 Main Street, Park City, UT

Kimball Art Center (http://www.kimballartcenter.org/)  – This non-profit art center on Main Street hosts art talks, workshops, artist residencies, and rotating exhibitions. 638 Park Ave, Park City, UT

Park City Film Series (http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com/)  – Serving as the local art house cinema, this series is housed in the Park City Library, and usually has one showing a night Friday – Sunday. 1255 Park Ave, Park City, UT

Park City Kimball Arts Festival ( http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org/ ) – Artists line Main Street with their wares one weekend in August every year. There’s also music, good food, activities for the kids, and more.

Park City Mountain Resort (http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/index.html)  – World famous destination for skiing & snowboarding. In the summer, fly down a cement track on the alpine slide, go mountain biking, ride a lift for the scenery… the list goes on. 1345 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT

Sundance Film Festival (http://www.sundance.org/festival/) – Every January, Hollywood descends on our small mountain town in a flurry of screenings, parties, and other events. Getting tickets can be tricky. But when you’re among the first to see the the next big indie hit and are able to ask the director and actors questions afterwards, it’s all worth it.


Atticus (http://www.atticustea.com/) – A cozy little spot to grab a cup of tea and browse the shelves of magazines and used books for sale. 738 Main St, Park City, UT

Cake Boutique (http://shopcakeboutique.com/index.php/)  – A women’s clothing boutique where you can find things like Vince silk shirts, Citizens of Humanity jeans, and more. 511 Main St, Park City, UT

Crosby Collection (http://www.crosbycollection.com/) – Head upstairs for a great selection of vintage and antique turquoise jewelry. 419 Main St, Park City, UT

Davies-Reid (http://www.daviesreid.com/Welcome.html) – Gorgeous kilim rugs and other decor items from around the world. 312 Main Street, Suite 2, Park City, UT

Dolly’s Bookstore (http://www.dollysbookstore.com/) – This charming shop is a Main Street institution. 510 Main Street, Park City, UT

Flight Boutique (http://www.flightclothingboutique.com/) – Carrying women’s clothing labels like Elizabeth and James, J Brand, and Dolce Vita, you don’t have to go to the big city for chic finds. 562 Main St, Park City, UT

Mary Janes (http://maryjanesshoes.com/)  – A cute clothing boutique specializing in designer shoes. 613 Main St, Park City, UT

Mountain Town Olive Oil Co. (http://www.mountaintownoliveoil.com/) – Quality extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars carefully sourced from around the world. 605 Main St, Park City, UT

Olive & Tweed (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olive-Tweed/179262148321) – An artist driven boutique with clothing, jewelry, gifts, and more. 613 Main St, Park City, UT

Panache (https://www.facebook.com/Panache.ParkCity)  – High end but easy clothing with labels like DVF. 738 Main Street, Park CIty, UT

Prospect (http://blog.prospect509main.com/blog/)  – Mens’ and womens’ clothing boutique focusing on cool, casual style. 509 Main St, Park City, UT

Prospect Youth (https://www.facebook.com/prospectyouth)  – Great place to pick up hip, modern eco friendly kids’ clothes, shoes, & toys. 523 Main St, Park City, UT

Root’d (http://www.rootdhome.com/index2.php#!/HOME) – Eclectic home decor shop with finds like zinc topped tables, twig chandeliers, and faceted brass vases. 577 Main St, Park City, UT


Cafe Terigo (http://www.cafeterigo.com/)  – A favorite with locals, try the Terigo chicken salad and shoestring onion rings. Kid friendly. 424 Main St, Park City, UT

Chimayo ( http://billwhiterestaurantgroup.com/chimayo.html) – Creative food with a Southwestern flare. 368 Main St, Park City, UT

Grappa (http://billwhiterestaurantgroup.com/grappa.html) – Rustic (yet upscale) Italian fare. 151 Main St, Park City, UT

High West Distillery and Salloon (http://www.highwest.com/) – Traditional food with a twist and interesting mixed drinks. 703 Park Ave, Park City, UT

Riverhorse (http://riverhorseparkcity.com/)  – Upscale American cuisine. In the summer, eat on the balcony overlooking Main Street. 540 Main St, Park City, UT

Talisker on Main (http://taliskeronmain.com/) – Named “best restaurant in Park City” for 3 years in a row, expect fresh, seasonal cuisine served in a beautiful alpine bistro style dining room. 515 Main St, Park City, UT

Vinto (http://www.vinto.com/park_city_location) – Wood-fired oven pizzas, salads, and pasta. Kid-friendly. 900 Main St, Park City, UT

Wahso (http://billwhiterestaurantgroup.com/wahso.html) – Asian cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques. 577 Main St, Park City, UT


Washington Schoolhouse Hotel (http://www.washingtonschoolhouse.com/) – A luxury boutique hotel in a historic schoolhouse. Chic ski lounge, heated mountainside pool, high ceiling, impeccably decorated rooms. Wish I wasn’t a local so I had a good excuse to book a room. 543 Park Ave, Park City, UT

The Sky Lodge ( http://www.theskylodge.com/index.php) A modern, upscale hotel right off of Main Street.  201 Heber Ave,  Park City, UT

Park City , UT photos by Eva Jorgensen

Elsewhere in Park City:

See and Do:

Canyons Resort (http://www.canyonsresort.com/#&panel1-3) – This ski and snowboard resort is the largest in Utah and among the top 5 in the US. The terrain is vast and varied — something for everyone. Other activities include dog-sledding, snowshoeing, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr, Park City, UT

Deer Valley Resort (http://www.deervalley.com/) – If you enjoy a good meal as much as hitting the slopes, this resort is for you. They also limit the amount of guests per day, so it never gets too crowded. Biking and hiking in the summer. (No snowboarding allowed.) 2250 Deer Valley Dr S, Park City, UT

Rail Trail (http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/historic-union)  – A popular trail for jogging, biking, and cross-country skiiing, the rail trail begins in Park City and continues for 28 miles through the countryside and smaller towns.

Spiro Art Center (http://www.spiroarts.org/) – Located in a historic mining site, this arts center serves as headquarters for the Sundance Film Festival. It also houses artist residencies, a summer workshop series, public lectures, and more.

Utah Olympic Park (http://utaholympiclegacy.com/) – Try out the bobsled, slide down the zip line, or watch a show put on by the freestyle jumpers. 3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, UT


Baby Nee Nee (http://babyneenee.com/) – The place in town to find high end, traditional baby clothing and toys. 1400 Snow Creek Dr, Park City, UT

Cole Sport (http://www.colesport.com/) – Upscale ski shop with a rustic, alpine style. In addition to ski equipment, find clothing and accessories. 1615 Park Ave, Park City, UT

J.W. Allen & Sons (http://www.parkcitytoystore.com/) – Every nook and cranny in this shop is packed with delightful toys. A go-to stop for birthday party and baby shower gifts. 1675 W Redstone Center Dr, Park City, UT

No Place Like Home (https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Place-Like-Home/93566424321) – Find all your kitchen needs, from Le Creuset pots to locally made preserves. 1685 Bonanza Dr, Park City, UT

Right at Home (http://rightathomedesigns.com/) – I’ve found hand knotted Persian rugs, brass sconces, and throw pillows made from vintage kilims in this packed-to-the-brim consignment shop. 1745 Bonanza Dr, Park City, UT

The Warehouse Thrift Store (http://www.recycleutah.org/construction.html) – The focus is on upcycled sinks, doors, appliances, furniture, etc… for a steal. 1951 Woodbine Way, Park City, UT


Deer Valley Grocery & Cafe (http://www.deervalley.com/Dining/WhereToEat/GroceryCafe)  – A great lunch spot with gourmet sandwiches and salads in a casual atmosphere. In the summer, you can eat out on the deck overlooking the duck pond. Kid friendly.

El Chubasco (http://elchubascomexicangrill.com/) – My family’s favorite go-to eating establishment in Park City. The best salsa bar I’ve seen, and delicious cheap tacos, sopes, etc… Kid friendly.

Fairweather Natural Foods (http://www.fairweathernaturalfoods.com/) – A locally owned natural food market and cafe. Stop in for lunch or pick up supplies for later. Kid friendly.

Maxwell’s (http://www.maxwellsece.com/) – New York style pizza in a friendly atmosphere. Kid friendly.

Sammy’s Bistro (http://www.sammysbistro.com/) – Simple fare at affordable prices. I love the BLT burger and hand-cut fries.

Silver Star Cafe (http://www.thesilverstarcafe.com/)  – In the summer, it’s fun to sit outside at a table with a view of the valley before (or after) a hike on the nearby trails. Kid friendly.

Windy Ridge Cafe (http://billwhiterestaurantgroup.com/windy-ridge-cafe.html) – Where the locals go to get a taste of local restaurateur Bill White’s popular eats at a lower price point. Kid friendly.

Windy Ridge Bakery (http://billwhiterestaurantgroup.com/windy-ridge-bakery.html)   – Artisinal breads, French-inspired pastries, homemade soups, salads, and quiches. My favorite is the ham and cheese croissant. Great place to pick up food for a picnic. (No seating)


Goldener Hirsch Inn (http://www.goldenerhirschinn.com/)  – Decorated in elegant Austrian style, this high end boutique hotel is close to the slopes and known for its service.

Hotel Park City (http://www.hotelparkcity.com/accommodations-en.html) – Skiing, golfing, swimming, and a spa are all easy to arrange at this luxury mountain resort.

Stein Erikson Lodge (http://www.steinlodge.com/lodge) – One of the top rated hotels in the state, it’s just steps from the lifts of the Deer Valley Resort.

photos by Eva Jorgensen

Heber Valley

Just 20 minutes away from Park City, this old farming community is where my family and I now live and work. It has a certain small-town American charm, and is situated in a gorgeous, mountain valley setting.

See and Do:

Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair (http://www.hebercitycowboypoetry.com/) – Celebrate cowboy culture through music, poetry, arts, and crafts at this annual event.

The Crater (http://www.homesteadresort.com/utah-resort-activities/the-crater) – The Crater is a geothermal spring hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock. You can swim, soak, or take a paddleboard yoga class. It is the only warm water scuba diving site in the continental US, and people come from all over to get certified here. 700 Homestead Dr, Midway, UT

Deer Creek (http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/deer-creek) – Located in a spectacular setting — surrounded by mountains — this is a popular year-round fishing spot. Also great for swimming and boating.

Heber Valley Railroad (http://hebervalleyrr.org/) – Live out your wild west dream by taking a ride on one of the only remaining steam engines in the country. If you’re in the mood, they also offer special themed rides: Thomas the Train, steam punk, cheese tasting, and more… 450 S. 600 West, Heber, UT

Holiday Lanes Bowling Alley (http://www.yelp.com/biz/holiday-lanes-heber-city) – This charming bowling alley hasn’t changed much in the past half-century — from the sign out front to the hand formed hamburger patties and pies served up at the cafe. I came here for the first time as a 7 year old while on vacation with my family, and have been a loyal fan ever since. 565 N Main St. Heber, UT

Jordanelle (http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/jordanelle) – A beautiful lake in between Park City and the Heber Valley, this is a great summer spot for swimming, boating, fishing, and camping.

Mountain Valley Stampede (http://www.gohebervalley.com/Mountain-Valley-Stampede-PRCA-Rodeo-39661) – Come watch the bull riders, calf ropers, barrel racers and others show off their skills at the annual Heber Valley rodeo. 415 S Southfield Rd. Heber, UT

Soldier Hollow (http://www.soldierhollow.com/) – Built for the 2002 Winter Olympics, you can cross country ski, go tubing, mountain bike, golf, and more at this resort. My family and I love the Sheepdog championships held here every Labor Day weekend. Trainers and their dogs come from all over the world to compete, and there are plenty of booths full of food and games to keep everyone happy.


Midway Mercantile – Beautiful antiques, estate jewelry, Americana, etc…. 99 E Main St, Midway, UT

St. Lawrence Thrift Store (http://www.stlawrencethriftstore.com/) – A local spot for hidden treasure. Wealthy Park City residents donate brass boxes, leather couches, classic childrens’ books, etc… and my fellow Heber residents and I scoop them up. 84 South 100 West, Heber, UT


Café Galleria (http://www.cafegalleriapizza.com/)  – A local spot for wood fired oven pizzas, simple salads, and house made bagels. Kid friendly. 101 West Main St., Midway, UT

Chic’s Café – This classic diner has been around for generations and is a favorite with the local cowboys and farmers. Sit down at the counter and try a Utah-style fried scone topped with butter and honey. Kid friendly. 154 S Main St, Heber, UT

Dairy Keen (http://www.dairykeen.com/)  – Also known as “The Home of the Train” this family-owned local burger joint is a favorite with everyone in town. Kids love the miniature train that rolls around the track near the ceiling, adults love the thick shakes, homemade soups and bread. Kid friendly. 199 S. Main St. Heber, UT

Spin Café (http://www.spincafe.net/) – Kirk loves the classic buffalo burger, I love the award winning gelato. Kid friendly. 220 N. Main St., Heber, UT

Snake Creek Grill (http://snakecreekgrill.com/) – Started by a noted Park City chef, this is the place in town for that special night out. Located in Heber’s Old Town, it serves up locally caught trout, gourmet onion rings, and other tasty American fare. 650 W. 100 South, Heber, UT

Tarahumara (http://www.tarahumara.biz/)  – I could fill up on the homemade tortilla chips and salsa bar alone. Kid friendly. 380 E Main St., Midway, UT


Blue Boar Inn (http://www.theblueboarinn.com/) – An award winning, European style bed and breakfast. I hear the breakfast is delicious. 1235 Warm Spring Dr, Midway, UT

The Homestead Resort (http://www.homesteadresort.com/) – A historic hotel perfect for conferences, family gatherings, and events. Many activities available, including golf, summer concerts, and the crater (see above). 700 Homestead Dr, Midway, UT

Zermatt Resort (http://www.zermattresort.com/) – A Swiss and German themed resort tucked against the base of the mountains. 784 W Resort Dr, Midway, UT

A special thanks to Veeda Bybee (http://whitelotuscooks.com/), who wrote the original Design*Sponge Park City Guide, and to Christine Phillips, and Christine Pollock who added a few of their favorites to the list.

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  • How fun to see my old home town as a city guide today! Flight is the cutest boutique ever. I got such great pieces for a steal there! And don’t forget Pizza and drinks at Maxwells…a Park City staple! xo

  • Grace, I don’t know if you knew, but the Sundance Film Festival is happening in Park City for the next ten days. It will be overrun with Hollywood types and tourists, which is definitely fun, but you may not get get the true Park City experience! Just fyi! :)

  • Or I could just have read the whole article and seen that you most likely DO know that! Sorry!

  • Hi! I live in downtown SLC and highly recommend a couple of my favorite shops very close to the conference: Now & Again (vintage consignment shop at 5th E & 3rd S) and the Green Ant (mid-century resale at 2nd E & 3rd S). And try to check out the main library too! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want other recommendations for things to do while in Salt Lake!

  • Well, thank you very much for your post! I did not know this is happening right here in my backyard—I live just blocks away from the location of the conference in SLC. It looks like a good agenda. If you make it to Park City, Paisley Pomegranate is a fun shop with a mix of items designed/made by local artists and others; they also have a Salt Lake City location in the Sugar House neighborhood. Some of my work is at both stores!

  • Thanks Grace! So perfect, since the hubby and I are headed to Alt this week also. Looking forward to your panel :)
    Does anyone know if there is any kind of transportation from SLC to Park City? Or do you need to rent a car? We are planning to check Park City on Saturday. Thanks!

  • Hey All,
    I am a Park City local, and will be on one of the panels for the Alt Conference on Friday about Blogging Etiquette. I am the architecture editor for a green design blog called Inhabitat.
    A couple people asked about cars to get to park city. You don’t need to rent a car at all to get up here, FYI. Park City Transportation has shuttles and pick up service if you wanna get up here for the day. Also, once you get to town, the bus system is completely free. Besides during Sundance, you don’t want to have a car here at all. Parking is madness.
    Grace, I hope we can get a chance to meet on Friday during the conference, I’m a great admirer of your site.

    • bridgette

      ooh! i didn’t know there was an etiquette discussion! i will totally be there- very curious to hear what people have to say :)


  • Thanks for the great comprehensive guide! I am headed to Park City next Wednesday and am happy to have the restaurant suggestions.

  • When I was there about five years ago I fell in love with the Mountain Body Spa and Cosmetics Deli. They have all kinds of beauty and skincare products arranged like deli products, with “to-go” containers and everything. I thought it was such a great idea at the time. I just checked and it’s still there!


  • If you ski Deer Valley, it has the best food – try the turkey chili or the salad bar at Empire! Also, see if local band Motherlode Canyon Band is playing anywhere – and then go. They played at our wedding last year, they also opened for Sheryl Crow in Park City and they are terrific. A bit blues and lots of rock n’ roll. I think they are at The Spur (music,dancing & food) on Main Street in PC on Jan 30th.


  • It’s great to see Park City on the guide. I want to encourage some culture in the guide… go see the Park City Museum on main street.

  • I lived in PC for a long time and I would definitely go have sushi at The Flying Sumo. It doesn’t have the best atmosphere but it hardly matters because the sushi is amazing. The staff can be flighty (it’s a ski town, they are young and fun) but just have a Money Roll or Super Bueno Roll and you will be happy. Oh, the hamachi kama is also amazing and the seared tuna…..

    I live in Brooklyn now and have not found anything comparable.


  • if you want great vegan food go to fair weather foods! its a small grocer they have awesome soups salads, juice, smoothies!

  • I’m moving to Park City from Little Rock in just a few weeks! I can’t wait to check out some of your recommendations. Great article!

  • I love seeing one of my favorite boutiques, Cake, mentioned. The owner is amazing – they always have the best style!

  • I’m lucky enough to have friends who live in Old Town so have been visiting for over ten years. If you’re going to be there for a while you should check out the newly renovated MARC – Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center. It’s the most amazing community rec center I’ve ever been to. I get a ten pass and treat it like a yoga/pilates retreat. They have every kind of class you could desire along with tennis courts, weights, machines and a track. I also like to take a road trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer. I’ve done the roundtrip in a day but it’s probably more fun to go for a few days and see a bunch of plays.

  • Ahhhh So great to see Park City being represented! Its such a great little Gem! We LOVE Flight Boutique- its always a must-stop for every trip we take to Park City. Seems like you covered all the great stops- love that you included Heber & Midway too- those are great off-the-beaten path towns worth a stop! (Tarahumara is our favorite over there for lunch!)

  • I actually enjoyed your post. The way you delivered your view/opinion, was very insightful. Your contribution to this community will be very fruitful to us.