Zell’s been traveling a lot this year for the army. First there was Idaho for 3 weeks. Then Austraila for another 3 weeks. Then a week in Reno, NV. Now he’s up near Salt Lake City, Utah. ::Sigh:: The life of an army wife.
Considering Vegas isn’t at all far from Salt Lake, we planned ahead for me to go visit him one weekend. I had stopped thru Salt Lake City before, but never really explored. When looking up things to do on TripAdvisor, a suggestion came up to visit Park City, which is less than an hour from Salt Lake.
In high school I recalled the 2004 Winter Olympics being held there as well as classmates traveling up there for skiing and snowboarding, ditching when there was “fresh powder”. I always wondered what was so awesome about that enough to ditch school so I figured why not Zell and I go while I visit him.
As usual, I went to TripAdvisor and after spending almost two days winding down our options, I settled on the number one rated resort, Stein Erickson Lodge. And while it was a bit pricier than other properties, it was TOTALLY worth it.
I booked us a one bedroom suite, that was nearly 1300 sq ft, including two fire places, a king bed, a pull out, a full kitchen, a jet tub, and a private balcony with a hot tub. IT. WAS. AMAZING. Even the room service was good.And all we kept talking about the entire time we were there was we couldn’t wait to come back.
The property has a complimentary shuttle into town and we happened to arrive the day of the town’s attempt at the Guinness World Book Records’ longest shot ski. They had lost the title Breckenridge, CO in January 2017 and were attempting to get it back. I honestly don’t know if they won it back but there were a TON of people there. I had never even heard of a shot ski before but it’s as literal as it’s named: people take a shot from a ski together.
The town of Park City was super cute, with nice shops and restaurants. The we ate pizza and meatballs as soon as we arrived but a fun highlight was the donut shop we found, Little Donuts. They had tons of varieties for the donuts but we opted for just glaze and cinnamon sugar, the latter being like a churro. The owner made us some fresh ones and they were even more amazing.
The weather couldn’t have been any better; we missed the snow falling that morning but some was still sticking. It wasn’t that cold, which was great. And the hot tub?!?! OMG – so nice. On Sunday morning we went to the lodge’s brunch which was much bigger and better than I expected. Being from Vegas which is king of buffets, we were pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the large assortment of omelets on demand, fresh lamb, short ribs, Belgian waffles, bananas foster with crepes, shrimp and crab and so much more.
I honestly had no idea how awesome Park City was and Stein Erickson certainly was the icing on the cake. We will definitely be back in the future.