Welcome to Park City
Park City is a hidden gem – this charming little ski town in Utah has a lot to recommend it. It is known for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics as well as the largest festival in the United States – the Sundance Film Festival. It’s an incredibly wealthy town and unsurprisingly, also tops the rankings for best city to live in, across numerous surveys. Intrigued you say? Well you’re not alone. The town is now on everyone’s radar. Hollywood celebrities have snapped up homes here. Ski enthusiasts abound – both competing and enjoying the unspoilt piste. And then there’s the sleepy community of retired billionaires who too enjoy the many riches of the city.
Our Accomodation – Stein Eriksen Lodge
I’m lucky enough to be married to an ex competitive skier. He was raised in Park City and maintains a base here. But I didn’t let the fact that Park City is his home town deter me. A romantic surprise was on the cards. One that would blow him away. So I made a few calls (as one does) and we were in business. Our destination – a weekend at the legendary Stein Eriksen Lodge.
The hotel is luxurious. We’re talking 5 star everything (5 star, 5 diamond, 5 thumbs up – if there’s an accolade, it’s won it). The vibe is Norwegian chalet-chic and importantly for hubby, ski-in-ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort.
Now if you haven’t heard of Deer Valley – I’m guessing you’re not a skier? Deer Valley Resort is only one of the best ski destinations on the planet. The hotel was founded by Stein Eriksen – Norwegian, Olympic-Gold medalist (you can guess the sport). Needless to say, there are a lot of trophies. A lot. These are displayed in burnished splendour in a large intricately hand painted cabinet in the main lodge.
As an interiors afficionando – I was in awe. The tasteful chalet-chic decor. The roaring fireplaces. And the sumptuous rooms (each unique) with luxurious mahogany finishes, marshmallow beds and cavernous bathrooms with Molton Brown amenities. We stayed in a luxury suite. That means a sprawling apartment – complete with kitchen, dining area, two enormous fireplaces, huge bath and walk-in shower. Not to mention, our own private deck with a hot tub overlooking the snowy mountains. We were only here for a weekend. But our pace was leisurely – it was all about the R&R. Soaking our tired skied-out bodies in the teaming water of the hot tub. Enjoying the fresh mountain air and luxuriating in the breathtaking panoramic views.
Not gonna lie – these kind of mini-breaks don’t come cheap. So if you’re on a smaller budget and can’t affored the stay at Stein Eriksen Lodge I recommend that you still try one of their celebrated restaurants: Glitretind or the Troll Hallen Lounge. The food is original, delicious and comforting. Their selection of hot cocktails (I am a sucker for any good variations of mulled wine or Irish coffee) is phenomenal. I don’t use that word lightly.
Amongst the other facilities is the huge, outdoor heated swimming pool. I mean, just beyond cool. Imagine swimming under a snowy Utah sky, brushing away fluffy white snowflakes from your eyelashes. Of course, there is also the beautiful spa – complete with massage rooms named after the Scandinavian Gods.
I hope you enjoyed joining me in Park City! Probably not as much as I enjoyed the magic of Stein Eriksen Lodge – but I’m glad I managed to bring you along for the journey.
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