As I have mentioned in the past, I enjoy sharing all Park City has to offer with its visitors. Although the current COVID-19 situation has most of us altering our plans, summer is still one of Park City’s best faces. We may not have our regular summer concerts or the Park Silly Market, but there is still plenty to do during a trip to Park City this summer. As you enjoy our Park City summer travel guide, be sure to follow proper social distancing guidelines and wear your mask whenever possible.
- Grab some provisions to keep you going throughout your trip at Park City Provisions by Riverhorse. While you’re there, partake in the “early menu” for breakfast.
- Once the clock strikes 10:00, hop on the free bus, head up to Deer Valley and purchase some lift tickets. If you’re really on your game, buy your tickets in advance as they are running on limited operations and could sell out. Enjoy a scenic chair lift ride as a round trip, or complete the adventure with a hike or bike ride back down to the base. Note, lifts begin turning June 26, 2020.
- All that fresh air should have worked up your appetite, so stick around at Silver Lake and enjoy lunch at the Royal Street Cafe. I recommend dining al fresco if weather permits.
- Head back to your vacation property to freshen up for the next adventure in our Park City Summer travel guide. For this, I recommend a quick walk through the Park City History Museum. It’s a great way to learn about this unique area and get into the mindset at the front end of your trip.
- To cap off your first day, dinner on Main Street couldn’t be better than Chimayo (a “blend of culinary style from Southern Mexico to Southern Utah”). But, since Chimayo and all of Bill White’s restaurants are currently closed for COVID with no indication of reopening, I also recommend Shabu (“freestyle Asian”). Either way, you can’t go wrong.
- Since most people’s second day is a Saturday, it’s likely to be the most crowded on Main Street. So the theme of day two is “off-Main”. I recommend FiveSeeds if you have not tried it for breakfast. It’s in the Snow Creek plaza with plenty of parking.
- Then, depending on how much of a thrill-seeker you are, I have a few recommendations:
- Leisurely – Take a scenic drive up Guardsman Pass road and hike the 10,420 trail, Bloods Lake or anywhere else around the newly preserved Bonanza Flat area.
- Adventurous – Rent a bike from Jans or White Pine Touring and check out some of Park City’s gold trail rated singletrack.
- Thrill-seeker – Book a guide such as All Seasons Adventures and head out for a wild and wet ride rafting on the Weber River or tubing on the Provo River. The water does get chilly but it’s a great way to beat the heat mid-summer!
- I recommend Freshie’s Lobster Company in Prospector Square. Fun fact: Freshies was ranked World’s Best Lobster Roll in 2018.
- Now, it’s time for a break. The spas are open in Utah with restrictions, so be sure to book a reservation and enjoy a little self care on your vacation. A facial, massage or pedicure might just hit the spot.
- Sticking with the off-main theme, Silver Star Cafe is open for dining and the outdoor patio can’t be beat. If dining outdoors, try to stick to the early schedule as even the warmest summer days turn to chilly nights in Park City.
- Back to Main Street you go for some of the best breakfast and brunch spots around. With the same location and new owners, the Eating Establishment remains a Park City staple.
- By now, you’ve probably fallen in love with Park City. The space. The fresh air. The friendly people. Why not take some time to check out some real estate before you depart? I would be happy to meet with you and show you a few places. If I can meet you face-to-face and have an understanding of what you’re looking for, I can also provide personalized real estate recommendations even after you leave town.
- As an alternative, if real estate is not in the cards for you at this time, I suggest a jaunt over to Jordanelle Reservoir. The beaches are a nice way to enjoy the water, and you can also rent watercraft at the marina there. I would be happy to update you on Mayflower Mountain Resort, a hot development topic at the same exit as the Jordanelle.
- One of the best Park City pizzerias is in Kimball Junction, close to your way back to the airport. Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery is home of the “fat kid pizza”.
- If you have time before you depart, walk off your pizza at the Swaner EcoCenter. This nature preserve includes a 1,200-acre wildlife refuge and education facility where you can see and learn about elk, deer, cranes, mink, beaver, fox, coyote, hawks and a large variety of birds.
If you’re visiting Park City in the winter, I wrote a more in depth winter trip agenda this past year when everything was still “normal”. Feel free to reach out for tips during your visit.
Note: although I have links to various restaurants and companies, these opinions are my own. I am not compensated in any way as my blog is something I enjoy and a service I provide for my readers.