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The Best Places to Eat, Stay, and Ski in Park City

The Spring Gruv is a pretty cool event. For 16 days, my hometown of Park City hosts a huge festival, complete with free concerts, the Pond Skimming Contest, and parties abound. It started a few days ago, but it lasts well into April. Honestly, this is my favorite event of the ski season here in Park City, and if you can stop by for any part of it, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.

That said, some people make the trip to Park City just for this event (if that’s you, I commend the dedication!). When that happens, the city is flooded with newbies trying to find the best ski deals, the best food, and the best hotels. Well, I’m here to help you out. I’ve made a few lists of my favorite Park City establishments, and if you’re here, you should check them out.

Where to Eat

When I went on vacation as a kid, choosing where to eat was one of the most stressful events of the week. This is especially true in Park City, where the restaurants are more expensive than what most people are used to. Luckily, you have a local to help you find the best food at the best prices!

If you want a nice breakfast or easy lunch, the Deer Valley Grocery Café is the way to go. They have a simple menu that won’t break the bank, and they have everything from lox and salmon to skillet-fired Dutch babies. If you want something even more budget-friendly, El Chubasco, just off Prospector Avenue, is an excellent fast-casual Mexican joint with an incredible salsa bar.

Now, if you’re in Park City, you’re probably on vacation. This warrants, at the very least, one pretty nice meal during your time here. If you want to spend a little more on some absolutely unforgettable food, check out Handle, an American, small plate style restaurant. Their menu changes seasonally and includes everything from small bites and cold dishes to hearty plates and dessert. You won’t be sorry – just try to get your reservation in ASAP.

Where to Ski

If you want to watch the Pond Skimming contest, you’ll need a lift or gondola ticket to Park City Mountain Resort. Like most of the big resorts in the area, these tickets can be pretty pricey. This upcoming Saturday (March 30), for example, will cost almost $200 for an adult lift ticket purchased at the window. Yikes!

Luckily, you have some options. Brighton and Solitude aren’t too far away, and while they’re not as big as Park City, they give you a pretty good bang for your buck. If you’re committed to Park City, you still have options. There are tons of Park City Mountain deals perfect for shaving a few dollars off your lift ticket and ski rental here and there.

Where to Stay

This is always the hardest part of trip planning: you don’t want to compromise quality, but you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a room you won’t spend a lot of time in. Plus, you have tons of options – from hotels and condominiums to hybrids and ski-in/ski-out homes. That said, I have a few ideas.

The Hyatt Place Park City is one of the best bang-for-the-buck deals in Park City. The resorts are a quick drive away, it was just built in 2016, and the rates are consistently affordable. If you want something family-friendly, the Marriott Summit Watch is a great option; you can easily walk to Main Street and the Town Lift, and there’s a big activity room and several pools. If you want the crème de la crème of Park City resorts, though, check out Montage Deer Valley, which offers ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley, luxury suites and endless on-site activities.