The first week in December we found ourselves in Utah. It was early in the ski season, so while we did not know how the snow would be, we decided to take a few days to spend in Park City and we are glad we did.
In the three days before we got there, it snowed 15 inches, leaving lots of powder to enjoy during our stay. On the way through the canyon to Park City, I had to drive through some of the densest snow I can remember driving through. It was bittersweet to have to go through a tense ride, knowing we would be happy it snowed the next day when we could enjoy it on the slopes.
Where We Stayed in Park City
If you are looking for a great Park City hotel that is also a great value, check out the Westgate Park City Resort & Spa. I first knew about the Westgate when I worked at the resort next door 12 years ago. Since then I learned they also have Las Vegas hotels and hotels in New York City We are also hopeful we can make it out to one of their Coco Beach Resorts next year.
Since we went early in the season, rates were extremely low. If snow isn’t your top priority then we strongly recommend going during the first two-three weeks of ski season. If you are lucky with the snow levels, great! If not, the resort has plenty to check out on its now.
First, we loved our room. It had a balcony with an amazing view of the mountains and the resort area. The night we arrived, we went to the indoor/outdoor pool and went swimming in the heated pool while it was snowing. There was an outdoor hot tub (which was dreamy as the snow came down) as well as a sauna and steam room.
The resort has a couple options for food if you don’t want to venture out. We grabbed bagels for breakfast at the coffee shop in the lobby each morning. They also have a Park City sports bar, Drafts, which is great for a quick bite or to watch the game.
Things To Do During a Romantic Trip to Park City
Stroll Main Street
At the end of our stay, while we soaked up our last bit of time in Park City, we parked along Main Street and enjoyed stopping into the shops and grabbing some hot chocolate. Once again, since we came early in the season it was super easy to park and we did not have to worry about crowded shops.
Go Skiing or Snowboarding
You can’t go to Park City without enjoying some time on the slopes. We went to the Park City Mountain Resort.
Staying at the Westgate, we were able to rent everything we needed from Aloha Ski & Snowboarding Rentals without even leaving the hotel. There are several other locations as well, so check them out if you are headed to Park City. They got us all geared up and we just had to walk a few yards to be on the gondola up the mountain.
We were very impressed with the level of service we received during our day on the mountain. The staff was extremely helpful as we tried to navigate our way around the Park City ski resort.
Take Advantage of the Food Scene
Park City is known for having amazing restaurants focused on local produce and products. We went to the Stein Eriksen Lodge and dined at the Glitretind Restaurant.
The service was impeccable and the food was extremely fresh and hearty. Since we aren’t drinkers we enjoyed Pink Citrus Lemonade to drink.
Enjoy a Day at The Spa
After a day of snowboarding, we loved having a jacuzzi tub in our room to help soak our sore muscles. Since the snow was so great, we didn’t spend much time in the resort and didn’t have time to enjoy the Park City spa located there. If we did have the time we would have loved to enjoy couples massages.
Go For a Hot Air Balloon Ride
It may not seem like a good idea to go on a balloon ride outdoors in the middle of the winter, but with a flame responsible for keeping you in the air you can actually stay warm up there.
There are tons of winter activities in Park City. One of my favorites is going snowmobiling. If you like 4-wheeling or jet skis, this is the closest thing for the snow.
Go For a Bobsled Ride
There are very few places in the world where you can go for an actual bobsled ride. After the 2002 Olympics, the bobsled track was opened to the public to go on rides themselves. You will go with a trained professional on a ride zooming down the track that is truly an thrilling experience.
We really have fallen in love with Park City and highly recommend it for anyone who would like a winter wonderland for a vacation. Let us know what you like to do while you are there!
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.