Park City is unique, to put it mildly, as one of the wealthiest towns in the U.S., with more tourists populating its city limits than permanent residents. You'll soon see why everyone from ski fanatics to socialites flock here. Why not consider this charming mountain town for your honeymoon or even second honeymoon?
The natural beauty of Park City, located on what locals call the "Wasatch Back" (the backside of Utah's 12,000-foot range), beckons nature lovers of all kinds, boasting over 500,000 acres of wilderness and over 370 miles of hiking and biking trails. It's no wonder folks consider the town one of the prettiest and best. So hug a tree and hug your honey for bringing you here. Incredible views of Park City from above — Photo courtesy of Park City Balloon Adventures
Unlike other great little ski towns with cool summer vibes, City Park is easily accessible, with an international airport only 30 minutes away, in nearby Salt Lake City. If you're looking for an escape, and a romantic one at that, then look no further than this hot little spot. Even President Kennedy, in the early '60s, aided in its popular success, when one of his programs helped open one of the large resorts. Then along came Robert Redford in the early '80s, who started the incredibly successful international Sundance Film Festival, which brought a bevy of attention and wealth to the area.
Five star accommodations, top ski resorts and award-winning dining are the norm here. Get the picture? Park City, mountain town extroardinaire — Photo courtesy of Visit Park City
So enough justification for why you should come here with your sweetie. Just pack your casual clothes and whisk your partner away for a hip mountain trip that's sure to satisfy. If you want to go with top-drawer accommodations with ski-in, ski-out access, then look at the luxurious Deer Valley resort hotels such as Stein Eriksen Lodge, St. Regis Deer Valley or Hotel Montage. Also, skiers might like the same privileges at the Canyons Resort, with hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria or the Grand Summit.
Want to stay right in the heart of the historic downtown close to all the great restaurants and shops? Then check out the Sky Lodge, Washington School House Hotel or Treasure Mountain Inn. Budget conscious folks may appreciate the Hampton Inn, right at the Kimball Junction freeway exit.
So after a good night's rest, set your alarm early and follow these tips for a wonderful day of romance and adventure. Stop by Park City Roasters for a scone or breakfast burrito and cup of joe, and off you go to meet your pilot from Park City Balloon Adventures. Greet the sunrise in the skies over Park City with your mate and enjoy a champagne toast along with flight certificate upon landing. Even those afraid of heights don't seem to be bothered, as liftoff is calm and quiet and the views take over. Sunrise over Park City from above — Photo courtesy of Visit Park City
Back on terra firma, take your sweetie for a stroll through historic Main Street and enjoy the old west feel of the buildings and the contemporary flair of the upscale shops and galleries. Ladies may like Hilda, Envy or Flight boutiques, while gentlemen usually gravitate towards the masculine western art and bronzes at Mountain Trails Gallery. Watch out, though. You may get the urge to wrap your sweetheart in luxury at Alaska Fur Gallery or get tempted at Baranof Jewelers. One of the many boutiques on historic Main Street — Photo courtesy of Visit Park City
Step inside Riverhorse on Main for an interior feast for the eyes, and a scrumptious bite for the tummy. They serve brunch Thursday-Sunday until 1:30 p.m. The duck confit eggs benedict or shrimp and grits may call your name. If there earlier in the week, then try Bistro 412 for some hearty beef bourguignon to warm your soul in the winter. Inside Riverhorse on Main — Photo courtesy of Riverhorse on Main
With your tummy full and your body sleepy from the early rising, consider a pseudo nap on a massage table . . . together! Couple's massages are offered at many fine spas in the area. For total indulgence, experience the private couple's suite at Amatsu Spa in the Sky Lodge, right on Main Street, where the two of you can soak in Japanese Ofuro tubs and have an 80-minute massage, followed by a couple's pedicure. Other less expensive spa options are within close proximity.
If you happen to be in Park City the latter part of January, then you'll want to experience the world-famous Sundance Film Festival. Documentaries, premieres and shorts are shown throughout the day and evening. The Egyptian Theatre is one popular and iconic spot along Main Street to catch a flick. It would be wise to purchase tickets online long in advance.
During the holidays, a must-see with your sweetie is the Torchlight Parade, a tradition in Park City. Deer Valley resort has its own parade beginning at dusk, or 6 p.m., with over 80 skiers participating in this spectacular show on the mountain. Complimentary hot cider and cookies are served. In the heart of town, Park City Mountain Resort has its own parade, also. Bundle up and look for Santa! Amazing display on the mountain — Photo courtesy of Deer Valley Resort
Cap off the night with some delicious Southwestern food like none you've ever had at Chimayo Restaurant on Main Street. Chimayo will surely delight with their smoked chipotle black mussels and green pipian seared trout fajitas. Just jump on the free trolley to get there and almost anywhere in Park City. It runs until 11 p.m.
After that last bite of Mexican chocolate fondue, you can definitely mark this down as one day to always remember in Park City. The Park City trolley — Photo courtesy of Visit Park City