To be a true romantic destination, a city must possess a certain charm - as well as a generous heaping of couples-friendly attributes and accommodations. Check out these 10 reasons to choose Park City for romance, and see whether you agree that it's is an ideal destination for couples in love:
Historic Main Street at Night — Photo courtesy of neighborhoods.org
Park City was settled as a mining town in the mid-19th Century, with its first street being completed in 1849. Today this fact is evidenced by Main Street’s well-preserved, historic structures, whose size and shape speak clearly of their age. Lined up shoulder to shoulder, these quaint and colorful buildings house scores of fine restaurants, galleries and boutiques - all within convenient walking distance of one another.
Irving Berlin really should have taken a trip to Park City with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to satisfy their yearnings for a white Christmas. Perched at 7000 feet above sea level, Park City is regularly coated in fluffy, white snow - with its ski resorts receiving an annual average snowfall in excess of 300 inches.
Cozy - Yet Elegant - Restaurants
Park City has a vast quantity of fine restaurants for a town of just 7500 residents - many of which fall nicely into the “romantic” category. Consider visiting Mariposa for New American, Prime Steakhouse & Piano Bar for melt-in-your-mouth surf and turf, or Grappa for robust Italian.
Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge
One of the most coveted dining experiences in all of Utah, Deer Valley’s fireside dining is as romantic as it gets. Make reservations as far in advance as possible for this four-course meal in the spirit of the European Alps. Sleigh rides optional.
Art Galleries and Gallery Strolls A’ Plenty
Park City holds over two dozen art galleries. On the last Friday of each month, these host a free stroll 6-9 pm, accompanied by refreshments and showcasing special exhibits and artwork.
Numerous companies offer horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout the winter. Choose among rides at Deer Valley, The Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort and numerous other mountain locations. Perhaps the most unique of all these is the ride to the Viking Yurt at PCMR - where guests enjoy one of the world’s most romantic dinners in an actual, mountain-side yurt.
Regardless of season, ice skating is certainly one of the most classic romantic activities for couples. When in town, check out the Park City Ice Arena for year-round skating or PCMR's resort-center ice sheet - free and open to the public all winter.
Bed & Breakfasts Galore
If you’re a sucker for quaint and cozy accommodations, Park City is the place for you. Here you’ll find an enormous of b&b’s, all of which lean toward the sophisticated side of this lodging category.
Hiking, Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing
In all seasons, Park City can be explored on foot. In summer, the slopes of Deer Valley, PCMR and The Canyons turn green with lush grass. Crisscrossed by hundreds of trail miles, these are open to hikers for no charge. In winter, the White Pine Touring Center rents snowshoes and Nordic skis, and provides ample terrain on which to use them.
Free Buses throughout City - A Built-in Chauffeur
No need to designate a sober driver in Park City. This town offers a free, city-wide bus service in all seasons, rendering a personal vehicle unnecessary.
Snow melts to reveal hiking trails — Photo courtesy of betsyweber