Park City Journals

Sundance Festival

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A January 2002 trip to Park City by Go Girl!

Vie Retreat Spa Photo, Park City, Utah More Photos
Quote: Hollywood takes over this rather charming mountain town every January. If you love films and sking -- it's a dream!

Sundance Festival

Overview

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Sking the slopes until you're exhausted.
Taking in Midnight premieres.
Waiting in line for tickets.
Meeting interesting people from all over the world.

Quick Tips:

Book accomodations well in advance since they go rather quickly during the festival.

Best Way To Get Around:

Shuttle for sure! It's free, easy to use and another great way to meet other festival goers.

Blind Dog Grill

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Restaurant

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Who'd have thought you'd have to travel to a mountain ski town for the best crabcakes in the state? It's not about fancy sauces or pretty presentation; it's about high quality white crab from Maryland. Blind Dog Grill has a feel I like. Upscale for sure, but comfortable and unpretentious. Canines are the theme at Blind Dog, named for the owner's dog who suffered a loss of sight after being struck by a car. The restaurant is a dog lovers paradise, with photos, cartoons and other renderings of mutts adorning the walls. In fact, you're invited to bring your own pet's picture to add to the collection. The food, as I say, is serious-but not stuffy. And it's a credit to Blind Dog Grill that they are...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Blind Dog Grill
1781 Sidewinder Drive
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 655-0800

Vie Retreat Spa

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Attraction

Vie Retreat Spa Photo, Park City, Utah
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The moment you set foot in Vie Retreat Day Spa, you enter a different world--a place whose serene ambience invites you to relax after a long day on the slopes or recuperate from the numerous cocktail parties that abound during the festival season. Personally I don't get to ski a lot during the festival, so for me I go to rejuvenate -- and it did just the trick.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Vie Retreat Spa
1492 Park Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 649-6363

Park City at Midnight

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Attraction | "The Film Festival"

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America's premiere showcase for independently produced documentary and dramatic films, this festival offers audiences the first opportunity to view 32 features, (usually amazing films at that). As a writer it's a source of great inspiration and valuable contacts. It's one big smooze-a-rama. However, my favorite part of the Festival is what they call, 'Park City at Midnight' which provides a late-night treat for film enthusiasts. Aimed at those die-hards still hungry for more after a day's film-going, this series provides kinetic, surprising, and occasionally outrageous concoctions throughout the week. The hit of last year's series was the world premiere of The Blair Witch Project. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Park City at Midnight

Park City, Utah
(435) 615-5150

Celebrity Sightings

Attraction

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Since Park City is a TINY town, you're envitably going to run into celebrities but recognizing them all bundled up in scarves and hats may prove difficult. The last Sundance I attended, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite actors - Gabrielle Burn. Simply walking down Main Street I spotted Parker Posie, Matt Damon, Rosie Perez, Kevin Spacey just to name a few. Main street is by far the best place for people watching and star gazing!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Celebrity Sightings
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Park City, Utah

Park City at Midnight

Attraction | "Midnight Madness"

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Wednesday night, and you're standing in a cold alley on Main Street, hoping against hope you'll get into the theater to see a movie that you know very little about, that stars only marginally famous people, but which is nonetheless sold out. And you don't have a ticket. You're not alone. There are about 30 other festival-goers in front of you and another 20 behind. Just like you, they're bundled up and watching their breath vapors, bored as hell and trying not to freeze. The wait will be a long one, nearly two hours. If it never dawned on you before that you aren't exactly a V.I.P. at the Sundance Film Festival, now it should. Welcome to Park City at Midn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Park City at Midnight

Park City, Utah
(435) 615-5150

After Parties

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Not only do independent films compete at Sundance, but so do the after parties. Sometimes I think people are more concerned about getting into the party of choice than screening of choice. These parties get rather crazy --people often end up naked in the snow and it's not uncommon for cops to be called.One party I attended encompassed two houses as well as its Park City-ubiquitous bus (equipped with a rooftop projector that screened shorts on the semi-snowy hillside). Tiki torches led the way to a long line outside the multi-level condo, converted into a throbbing house party with three separate dance floors (one being a crowded downstairs garage). Inside, a youngis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000