Park City Journals

After the Olympics in Park City

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A January 2005 trip to Park City by SFPhotocraft

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Quote: Our son has the travel gene, and on his January birthday, he prefers a ski trip over a birthday party. This year, his pick was Park City, Utah, so off we went to hit the slopes!

After the Olympics in Park City

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Overview

Park City Photo, Park City, Utah
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I had not been to Park City since the Olympics. Boy, was I shocked! The sleepy little ski town I had remembered has boomed. I have to say that I was not sure I liked all the changes I saw. Downtown Park City use to have an old mining-town flavor. It felt like small-town America and had a funky and fun edge to it. Since the Winter Olympics and the growth of the Sundance Film Festival, it has grown up. The area around Park City looks more like suburbia rather than an old mining town. Huge homes and condos are springing up everywhere. The first thing you now notice when you turn off the freeway is a Wal-Mart and d...Read More

Lodge At The Mountain Village

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Hotel | "The Lodge at Mountain Village"

Lodge At The Mountain Village Photo, Park City, Utah
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Whenever we book ski accommodations, we have one main feature that we look for - location, location, location. I would rather be at a basic hotel on the mountain and near the lifts than a deluxe resort away from the mountain. My least favorite thing about skiing is the equipment. I quickly get bored of the lugging, dragging, and moving skis, boots, and poles. I would much rather get ready and start my day from my front door. So we knew we could have stayed farther away at a much nicer place for less money, but for us, The Lodge was exactly the kind of place we were looking for. It is located in the center of Mountain Village (as the name suggests), and the back units sit right at the f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 31, 2005

Lodge At The Mountain Village
1415 LOWELL AVENUE
Park City, Utah 84060
435-649-0800

Hungry Moose Pub and Grill

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Restaurant

Hungry Moose Pub and Grill Photo, Park City, Utah
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We have a family tradition when we travel. Everyone gets one night when they are in charge of picking where we eat. The kids count as one unit, but they always take this chore very seriously. Now from an adult's standpoint, I can tell you that 8 times out of 10, we are in for a not-so-great meal. The kids have a very different criterion for picking than we adults. They look for glitz and gimmick. So when we took a walk down Main Street, I knew in heartbeat we would be spending one night at the Hungry Moose. It had all the hooks that needed to draw in kids. It had a silly mascot and a name like Hungry Moose, and it was bright and had TVs going. Who cares about the food when you have a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Hungry Moose Pub and Grill
438 Main Street
Park City, Utah
(435) 649-8600

Blind Dog Grill

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Restaurant

Blind Dog Grill Photo, Park City, Utah
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We had lunch at the Blind Dog Sushi and fell in love. It didn't take Patrick long to pick the grill for his birthday dinner. We made reservations, and we counted down the hours to our dinner here. It did NOT disappoint! Blind Dog Grill is located in Prospector Square, a few blocks away from Main Street Park City. The grill is named Blind Dog in honor of the owner's black lab, who was hit by a car and survived but was left blind. The blind-dog theme runs throughout the restaurant. I love the white plates with the blind-dog logo across them. We did note that it is curiously similar to the black-dog theme in Martha's Vineyard. BDG has even opened a sma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2005

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

Blind Dog Grill

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Restaurant | "Blind Dog Sushi"

Blind Dog Grill Photo, Park City, Utah
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When we arrived in Park City, it was nearly noon. We checked into our hotel and wanted to go to town and get lunch. I had heard raves about Blind Dog and read IgoUgo reviews with high marks. We all agreed we wanted to try it. When we asked for directions at the front desk, the clerk's eyes lit up and she could only say, "YUM". We knew we were in for a treat. We found Blind Dog and headed up to the door only to find it locked. You should have seen the disappointment on our faces. Then we noticed the sign on the door, "Serving Lunch and Dinner, Monday to Saturday from 11:00am until closing". Okay, it was Thursday at 12:30pm, why was t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2005

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

Taste of Saigon

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Restaurant

Taste of Saigon Photo, Park City, Utah
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One day, we let the kids ski as we went for a day in town. Finally we could pick a place for lunch that would suit our tastes and not theirs. I noticed that Park City had a Vietnamese restaurant that peaked my interest, although I was not sure how good Vietnamese food would be in the middle of the Utah mountains. We found the Taste of Saigon on the second floor of the Galleria Mall on Main Street in downtown Park City. We walked into an empty restaurant. We almost made a HUGE mistake by turning around and leaving when we walked in and found we were the only ones here! I figured an empty restaurant was NOT a good sign. However, good karma was with us, as we sat down anyway. The owner w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2005

Taste of Saigon
580 Main Street
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 647-0688

Cafeteria

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Restaurant | "The Cafeteria at Legacy Lodge"

Cafeteria Photo, Park City, Utah
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I was thrilled when I walked into the cafeteria at Legacy Lodge. I have come to know the cafeterias that are found at the base of any ski mountain to be marginal, at best. However, Legacy Lodge was redone for the 2002 Winter Olympics and is stunning. The cafeteria has high ceilings, cozy fireplaces, and a wide choice of food stations. The walls are all glass and have unobstructed views of the mountain and the runs. This is for sure an upscale cafeteria. There are also TV sets hung from the ceiling all over the dining room. We noticed a peculiar custom in Park City of having TVs in eating establishments, turning them on to a news channels, and then turning off the sound. What is so interestin...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 27, 2005

Cafeteria
Legacy Lodge At Park City Mountain Resort
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 649-8111

Eating Establishment Express

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Restaurant

Eating Establishment Express Photo, Park City, Utah
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The Eating Establishment is one of the popular carb filling stations in downtown Park City. It's the kind of place skiers go for good wholesome food to refuel after a day on the slopes. So it made sense that The Eating Establishment would open an outlet a little nearer to the mountain, allowing skiers the chance to get this carb refill without a hike into town. The Express isn't much to look at. It's a pretty basic corner establishment with no glitz, nor glamor. However, it does have one of the best and most central locations on the plaza--front and center. It's located just in front of PayDay Lift. The little outlet is surrounded by shops and ski rental stores. We had our fir...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2005

Eating Establishment Express
Park City Ski Plaza
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 649-7289

Snowed Inn Sleigh Company

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Restaurant | "Snowed Inn"

Snowed Inn Sleigh Company Photo, Park City, Utah
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Getting here is half the fun! Snowed Inn is located halfway up a ski run on Park City Mountain, and the only way up is via horse-drawn sleighs. Reservations are accepted three times nightly for a limited amount of guests to come on up for dinner. The cost for dinner with your round-trip sleigh ride is $59 for adults and $34 for children. We were told to dress warm and stand at the bottom of Pay Day Lift. We waited with anticipation, and shortly there it was... a horse-drawn sleigh coming down the ski slope. It stopped at the lift and the cowboy driving it had our names on his list. We climbed in and covered ourselves with the warm blanket...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2005

Snowed Inn Sleigh Company
3770 North Highway 224
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 647-3310

Park City Mountain Resort

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Attraction | "Kid's Mountain School (ski lessons)"

Park City Mountain Resort Photo, Park City, Utah
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Our kids have gone to ski schools at different resorts, and I have learned that no two schools are the same and philosophies differ greatly from resort to resort. I found Kid's Mountain School to be a little laid-back. When I called to reserve, I was told they do not take any reservations for older kids. I was promised there was never a problem getting kids signed up on the day of the lessons. We didn't have any problems, but I did note that some other families were bumped, as lessons, especially afternoon half-days, were indeed sold-out.The cost is $122, which includes lesson, lunch, and lift ticket. The classes run from 9:30am...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2005

Park City Mountain Resort
1310 Lowell Ave
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 649-8111

Getting a Drink in Utah

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Story/Tip

A State Run Liqour Store Photo, Park City, Utah
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Utah drinking laws have become a bit of an urban legend. There is a lot of incorrect information out there concerning these laws. I will admit that some of Utah's drinking laws are a bit quirky, but finding a cocktail or a beer in Utah is seldom a problem. I have friends who won't even consider skiing Utah, as they think it's a dry state and they won't be able to find a beer or a glass of wine at lunch. I feel sorry for these guys, as they are dead wrong and are missing some of the best skiing in the country. So, okay, the two big lobbies in Utah are the Mormon church and the tourism industry (skiing). Sometimes these two groups are on the same side and sometimes they butt heads. They...Read More