From Salt Lake City we drove to Park City where we stayed in a little cottage on the hillside! We didn't originally plan on going to Park City, but I'm so glad we made the spontaneous decision to check it out because it was super cute and probably one of my favorite evenings the whole trip! Also it was kind of weird being in such a famous ski-town without the ski-resort open! But there was still plenty to do without it.
Upon arriving we strolled through the main street with shops, boutiques (a lot of CUTE boutiques), restaurants, etc. before landing on Davanza's for lunch. They were the cheapest option, but also really good food, especially the burgers! It's funny because the next day after our balloon ride we got a recommendation for Davanza's from a skydiver that had been on board with us - they said it was a favorite local spot.
A lot of the restaurants were more expensive and upscale - though we still received a lot of recommendations for them and they all sounded great (I'll share all of the recommendations later in the post). But like I said in my last post we were trying to be easy on the wallet!
After food, we checked into our hillside Airbnb and spent a wonderful afternoon and evening in this quaint little space. We opened the windows, sat on the porch under the sun and did some reading: It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too), drank some wine, and took in the view! We later grabbed a frozen pizza and gelato from a nearby grocery store, put on some tunes, and played a game of Rummy - and it was the most relaxing and picturesque evening. I really wished that we'd had two nights at that Airbnb because it was my favorite!
The next morning we were up at 5am to go for a hot air balloon ride, but I'll share that in a separate post so I can share all of the pictures from it!
And then before we left town we stopped in at High West Distillery for lunch and whiskey! I got several recommendations for this place, so we HAD to check it out! The Distillery was a little ways outside of Park City, about a 30 minute drive, but if you don't feel like driving they also have a Saloon actually in town.
We ordered: Cob Salad w/Duck, Elk Burger and I tried their Core 4 Whiskey Flight! And since Sam didn't drink any of it I started to feel more and more like a cowboy in an old Western. I don't usually down straight whiskey unless it's honey or pecan flavored - I felt like I walked away with a hairy chest and a new appreciation for the wild west. Haha... and also I really enjoyed the Campfire Whiskey. It was smokey and good!
The view from where we ate was pleasant and with a wall full of windows you could still enjoy the sunny hills from inside. There were distillery tours every hour on the hour...but after four whiskey's I was ready to sleep on the drive over to St. George!
Local Recommendations as told by a local Airbnb host.
- Main Street Deli - This is the first place to open on Main St. They are open early and have a good fried bacon and egg sandwich. So this is a good place for early risers.
- Eating Establishment - Also in Main St. They open at 8am. They have a great breakfast selection and good service. Can get busy after 10am.
- Pink Elephant Coffee Shop - Tiny place above a clothing store on Main St. Hipster vibe. Some of the best coffee on Main St.
- Five Seeds - This place is owned by an Aussie couple that moved to town about a year ago now. Adam is the owner and he's always there. Gabe will likely greet you at the door and seat you. They are great people! The food is authentic Australian. Order the lamington with your coffee. Don't worry what it is, you'll love it! They are located near The Market grocery store on Park. It's a drive but worth it for the Eggs Benedict! Worth dropping in here after you do the grocery shopping.
- No Worries Cafe - This is a local favorite. Run by Dante, this place is packed with up to an hour wait if you get there after 9am on weekends. By far the best bacon and eggs in town. It's a drive, being located in Pinebrook. If you are driving to little cottonwood ski slopes early one morning this is the place to grab breakfast on the way.
- Handle - Handle is located at the bottom end of Main St. Great small plate menu. Cool vibe. Really good cocktail bar staff here.
- Riverhorse - this is a well regarded restaurant on MainSt. Known for their Buffalo steak entree. It's also a great place for lunch in the summer (ask for a table on the front deck)
- Prime Steak House - Prime is at the bottom of Main St. They have the best steak in Park City. The bone-in-ribeye is huge and arrives sizzling. In the summer they do 2 for 1 entrees. That's pretty good as a steak is quite expensive here. When you book, ask for a seat in the piano bar. It's much cooler than the back room and will have a piano singer there most nights.
- Mariposa - For a special night out heck out the Mariposa. It's up in deer valley and you'll need a reservation. It's only open in the winter. The Chef is a pretty famous NYC chef who is just here for the winter season. Arrive hungry and try everyone on the menu! Small plates with wine pairings. By far the best food in Park City. Also VERY expensive however.
- Cafe Rio
- Kneaders Bakery