“… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin, 1789
As the end of summer approaches, so,
too, does the dreaded arrival of the Summit County Property Tax Notice. While
rising property values are beneficial if you’re buying or selling, the increase also
means a home or business owner’s tax burden will go up over the previous year.
Taxes in our community fund essential services, such as road
maintenance, public schools, fire and police protection. The amount of tax paid
is based on the appraised home value, which the office of the Summit County Assessor, Stephanie Larsen, determines the
reasonable market value for your home, based upon prevailing local real estate
market conditions but not necessarily “market
In Utah, if a property is a primary residence, is it taxed at
55% of assessed value for up to one acre – anything more than one acre is taxed
at 100% of assessed value. This can also apply to a property that is rented to
a single tenant year-round, provided the owner applies for a Primary Residence Exemption. Second homes used as vacation homes, along with
homes that are rented nightly or for short periods of time, are taxed at
100-percent of assessed value.
Make sure the county has not listed your property as a second
home or vacation property if it is your primary residence, which can nearly
double your taxes owed. It will state “Primarily Improved Property” as the
property type. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure the
information on record at the assessor’s office is accurate, and property owners
cannot receive refunds for any previous taxes on properties not listed as
primary. The exemption form can be found online by clicking here.
If the amount on the notice seems unreasonable, property
owners do have the option to appeal their market value by the mid-September
deadline. The following are a few steps to take to determine if your property’s
assessed value is fair:
Double Check the Property Description
If the number of bedrooms, square footage and/or other
amenities are inaccurate, this can affect the assessed value. This can be
corrected by a reappraisal of your property, or by submitting drawings to the
assessor’s office. The office relies on property owners to provide the most
accurate information possible.
Talk to Your Neighbors
If your bill seems high, it’s likely your neighbors are
having similar thoughts. Get together to strategize and possibly present a
unified appeal for your particular neighborhood or subdivision. A homeowners
association in Georgia recently mobilized, involving the state in their appeal,
when their taxes increased by as much as 1,000%. However, if recent sales in
your neighborhood demonstrate a significant jump in property values, which is
not uncommon in Summit County, it might be best to appreciate the fact that
your investment is sound.
Hire an Appraiser or Use a
It’s possible your property was
over-assessed. If you’ve recently purchased your property and have a current
appraisal that falls well below the county’s version, it’s likely the
professional appraisal provided at the time of your transaction will be
considered as valid.
After receiving your property tax notice, you have 45 days to file
an appeal. This can be accomplished by either submitting an electronic Board of
Equalization Appeal Form via the county’s online portal, or downloading
a PDF version to fill out and send to the Summit County Board of Equalization.
You must include a copy of your property tax notice, along with any evidence,
such as an appraisal, sales comparable to your property or MLS – Multiple
Listing Services – data to support your appeal. Contact me if you would like help with this.
Decisions depend on the
availability and workload of Board of Equalization Appeal Officers, and could
take several weeks. Once a decision is reached, you can expect
to receive a “Notice of Determination.” If your appeal is denied, you cannot
appeal your final property tax bill when it is received in November.
For more information, contact the
Summit County Assessor’s Office at 435-336-3257, or visit them at the county
courthouse in Coalville, at 60 North Main Street. The Assessor can be emailed
have any questions or need help finding comparable properties to support your appeal, please
reach out to me. I’m happy to walk you through the art of how to
appeal your property taxes anytime.
There are many reasons people Choose Park City beyond continually-increasing home values. Connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visiting her website by clicking hereto learn more about the many benefits to living in this amazing area.
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launched an iconic advertising campaign for their shampoo wherein one person so
loved their product, she “told two friends, and they told two friends, and, and
so on, and so on …”
In the era of social media, every interaction
is now broadcast as a similar word-of-mouth endorsement, with both positive and
negative experiences shared with our group of followers or friends. And with
online review sites, those experiences can be seen globally.
The majority of my business comes through
referrals, and many of those clients making referrals have also taken a few
minutes of their valuable time to write a review about how I helped them buy or
sell their property. The value of potential clients learning from past clients about
how I might handle what is often the largest transaction of their lives is
invaluable, and I am eternally grateful to have so many clients who are willing
to provide an endorsement that reflects our time together. For me, it’s the
equivalent of a chef earning the much-coveted Michelin Stars, or an author
reaching the top of The New York Times bestseller list.
I encourage you to check out my Google, Zillow, and Facebook reviews, and – if
we’ve worked together – let me know how I did. In an increasingly-competitive
industry, I am continually striving to earn every star that every client – past
and future – is generous enough to bestow upon me, especially if it inspires more
people to Choose
Park City in the
Though many recognize Park City as a winter sports mecca, locals know that summer days can be the best days when the Greatest Snow on Earth has left the mountains to fill our many refreshing reservoirs.
Deciding where to start can be daunting, so I’ve culled 10 fun things to do in Park City in the summer, offering something for everyone, regardless of age or ability.
Utah Olympic Park Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show
Saturdays & Sundays through Sept. 1st at 1 p.m.
Witness the awe-inspiring athleticism of winter sports athletes – sans winter – at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP), one of the Olympic Legacy venues from the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games. Originally the location of the bobsled, luge, skeleton and ski jumping events, the venue continues to be the training ground for current and future Olympians and National Team skiers and snowboarders, some of whom spend their Saturdays and Sundays in the summer wowing the crowds with their gravity-defying freestyle tricks. During this no-cost, 30-minute choreographed show, athletes soar up to 60 feet in the air before landing the UOP’s Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool. While you’re there, be sure to tour the Alf Engen Ski Museum and George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games Museum. There are also nature trails available for hiking and biking, and the Discovery Zone features a climbing wall and playground to let the wee ones get their wiggles out.
Standup paddle boarding (SUP) has become one of the most popular low-impact water sports over the past decade. Many local SUP enthusiasts will head to the nearby Jordanelle and Deer Creek reservoirs, but for a uniquely-Utah experience, I recommend you head up into the Uinta Mountains and bring your SUP to a pristine alpine lake.
Park City provides easy access to the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, which contains the western portion of the Uinta Mountain Range, created by presidential proclamation in 1906 and containing more than 1,000 lakes. Encompassing 460,000 acres, it is the largest wilderness area in Utah. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), “Uinta” is derived from the Ute word “Yoov-we-teuh,” meaning pine tree or pine forest, while “Wasatch” is a Ute word meaning “low place in high mountains,” and “Cache is the French word for “to hide,” harkening to the fur trappers who were the area’s first European visitors and would hide their bounty until it could be traded.
The stunning Mirror Lake Highway takes visitors from nearby Kamas up through the forest, cresting at its namesake, a 53-acre lake located at more than 10,000 feet above sea level and encompassing 53 acres. Mirror Lake offers a cool respite from the summer heat at lower elevations, but is often inaccessible until late spring/early summer.
There is a fee for recreating along Mirror Lake Highway, so be sure to stop by one of the ranger stations or self-service areas on the way in. It’s just $6 for 1-3 days, and annual passes are $45. More information on area access and passes can be found by clicking here. Many local shops rent SUPs, but Park City SUP – located in lower Deer Valley – specializes in the sport and provides quick lessons to help get you on your way.
Park City’s network of mountain biking trails garnered the very first Gold Level Ride Center award from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), and for good reason. Mountain bikers from novice to expert can find room to roll among the town’s 400 miles of contiguous, non-motorized recreation trail. One of the most popular and accessible areas is Round Valley, which encompasses 700 acres of preserved open space, and includes 30 miles of soft surface double-track and flowing single-track trail. Considered appropriate for bikers of all skill levels, you will also find hikers and trail runners enjoying the area. MTB Project provides a good overview of trails to try; check it out by clicking here.
Just visiting, or don’t have wheels of your own? There are many bike rental shops to choose from, with a comprehensive list of rental companies listed here. There are many access points for Round Valley, but the most popular tends to be by the Quinn’s Junction Recreation Complex, located off S.R. 248 just as you head out of Park City.
Summertime temps in Park City can be downright hot, even at 7,000 feet. To cool down, many locals head to the reservoirs, but if you’re looking for some out-of-the-box watersport action, check out the AQUA x ZONE at Jordanelle Reservoir. Located 10 minutes from Park City, the AQUA x ZONE is an inflatable modular water sports park that accommodates up to 75 people at once for running, jumping, swinging and swimming through a variety of obstacles designed for every skill level. Participants must be at least six years old and 48-inches tall, and life vests are provided and required. Passes can be purchased in advance, and vehicles entering the state park must purchase an access pass.
AQUA x ZONE Jordanelle State Park 515 UT-319 (off Highway 40 on the way to Heber City at the Mayflower exit) (435) 962-9663
Stewart Falls Hike at Sundance Resort
Any reason is a great reason to visit Sundance Mountain Resort, and the chance to experience one of the most beautiful water falls in Northern Utah is definitely among them.
Stewart Falls is named for the Scottish family that – for two generations – inhabited the land that is now Sundance Mountain Resort, ultimately developing it into a small ski area named “Timp Haven.” In 1969, the land was purchased by actor/activist Robert Redford, whose vision was to create a community dedicated to environmental conservation and artistic experimentation. In addition to visiting the falls, I encourage you to visit one of the restaurants at the resort base, and check out the general store and mercantile, famous for their high-quality artisan goods.
The hike to Stewart Falls is considered an easy 3.5-miles (total), and takes you through beautiful groves of pines and aspens on the east side of Mt. Timpanogos. The trail begins at Aspen Grove, located along the Alpine Loop Trail, and offers plenty of parking and rest rooms. There is a $6 entry fee, which is paid at the Forest Service pay station. The Utah Outdoor Activities site provides excellent directions to the trailhead and down to the falls. Check that out by clicking here. The falls can also be accessed from Sundance by purchasing a chairlift ticket to Ray’s Summit and hiking down. On a hot day, plan to go all the way up to the falls and cool off in its mist.
Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley Resort
Wednesday nights at 5:30 through August 21
What began years ago as intimate outdoor shows at the City Park pavilion has morphed into a weekly community gathering of music-lovers at the much larger Snow Park Amphitheatre. Thanks to local nonprofit, Mountain Town Music, this all-ages event features local performers, free-of-charge, serenading crowds who hang out on blankets and chairs, enjoying picnics and the camaraderie of their fellow mountain-town dwellers. Bring your kids, but not your dogs, your favorite cocktail and a bite to eat and revel in one of the regular happenings that makes Park City so very special. Make the evening extra easy-going by pre-ordering something from Deer Valley Resort’s world-class culinary team. Picnics for specific shows can be ordered by clicking here, and concessions items are ordered here.
Mondays – Saturdays, May through September Shuttle starts at 10 a.m.
The Provo River originates in the high Uinta Mountains and flows into the Jordanelle Reservoir in nearby Heber City. Below the Jordanelle’s dam, the “Middle Provo” flows to Deer Creek Reservoir, while the lower section of the Provo flows out of Deer Creek through Provo Canyon and into Utah Lake. The river is named for trapper Etienne Provost, for whom the city of Provo is named. It’s known for running high and fast in the spring, due to snow runoff, and the Lower Provo, where I recommend booking a tubing session with High Country Adventure outfitters, features Class I and some Class II rapids, along with obstacles.
For that reason, the outfitter recommends individual tubers be at least 12 years old and taller than 5’2”. Adults can link tubes with children ages eight and older. The weight range for tubing is 80-275 pounds, with heavier swimmers, and those who are non-swimmers, able to enjoy the river on a guided raft, as tubing is strenuous and requires decent swimming skills and good physical shape. The two-hour tube rental includes shuttle service, life jackets and basic river navigation. You can also rent wetsuits, booties and a smaller tube to hold your cooler. Sign up for their $29 barbecue add-on, available with the 4 p.m. rafting trip, and feast on ribs, smoked turkey, pulled pork, beef brisket, BBQ beans, rolls, cheesy potatoes and coleslaw post-float.
Few activities are considered more “Western” than horseback riding, and you won’t find many places to ride in the U.S. more scenic than the nearby Kamas Valley. Located 20 minutes from Park City, the Kamas Valley has retained much of its agrarian roots, and today is still comprised of many working farms and ranches, intermingled with housing developments.
Because so many wide open spaces still exist in Kamas, it’s a perfect place to book a horseback ride through Rhodes Valley Outfitters. Their rides are customized for riders of any level, and utilize a herd of friendly, reliable horses to traverse more than 800 acres of mountainous terrain. They only book private group rides, so no sharing the trail with strangers as the horses plod forward, clustered head-to-tail. Rides are offered year-round, and riders must be at least eight-years-old to participate, and cannot be heavier than 230 pounds. They’ll even start you off with a 10- to 15-minute arena lesson to introduce you to your horse. Rhodes also offer pack trips to help get your camping gear to into secluded spots, without the hassle of carrying it in yourself. Treat yourself after the ride to a cool beverage or tasty meal at the on-site State Road Tavern & Restaurant.
The Weber (pronounced “WEE-bər”) River begins in the northwest area of the Uinta Mountains and empties into the Great Salt Lake. Named for the American fur trapper, John Henry Weber, the Weber flows through pastoral farmlands lands in rural Summit County, offering a river rafting experience singular to the area.
Destination Sports & Adventures takes groups of all abilities (ages 3 years+) out on the Weber for half- and full-day adventures, with options for add-ons like lunch, dinner and transportation to/from Park City. The river experience begins with mild, flat stretches of water that lead to Class II+ rapids and culminate at Taggart Falls. Trips that conclude in the early evening are recommended for the best wildlife viewing. Reservations can be made by clicking here; packages featuring additional activities, such as fly fishing and biking, are also available.
If you’ve always wanted to be like the 5th Dimension and go “up, up and away” in a beautiful balloon, Park City is the ideal location, with 360 views of the mountains and valleys surrounding the area.
Balloons launch at sunrise, as that’s when the atmosphere is the most stable and predictable (balloons operators will not launch if the weather is unstable or if winds increase to more than eight-to-ten miles per hour). Rides last an hour, and participants can help with the set-up of the balloon, if they’re interested. Most flights finish with a glass of champagne (or juice) in homage to a tradition started in 18th Century France, when the first hot air balloons would land in random fields, prompting farmers to attack them with pitchforks after mistaking them for fire-breathing dragons. Upon landing, the balloon pilots would offer the farmers champagne in a show of goodwill, which was gratefully received as suitable payment for landing rights. I, however, like to think of the champagne as a toast to landing safely on terra firma …
We are excited to announce the release of Summit Sotheby’s International’s 21st edition of Collections Magazine. Featuring the homes, estates and lifestyles of Utah, this edition of Collections Magazine displays perspectives of our state from above. With 115,000 copies being distributed across the state through our strategic partnerships, racks and events, Collections Magazine, provides our clients and their properties Utah’s most comprehensive level of exposure.
Below, please find a few words about this edition of Collections Magazine from Thomas Wright, President and Principal Broker of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty:
Welcome to Summertime in Utah. The mountains are vibrant with wildflowers, the rivers are carving through the valleys and locals and visitors alike are enjoying our state’s one-of-a-kind lifestyle. All too often we hear “I came for the winter and stayed because of the summer” from our newest residents as they experience their very first summer in Utah.
Summer is a time for celebration, togetherness and a sharing of our company culture here at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. It is a time where we work hard, play hard and share a lot of who we are with our communities. There’s just something special around Summit Sotheby’s International Realty in the summertime, a renewal of sorts, an energy that runs through each sales associate and employee, that in turn, we share with each of our clients.
I invite you to enjoy the pages of our newest edition of Collections Magazine. I, along with all of the staff, management and sales associates of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty wish you the best of summers – may it be one you look back upon fondly for years to come.
When it comes to
partnering with some of Park City’s most iconic summertime events, it’s hard to
beat Summit Sotheby’s International Realty (SSIR). SSIR is at the heart of the
following events, ensuring clients get the best seats possible to comfortably experience
all the action.
July 4: Parade Viewing Party
Park City’s legendary 4th
of July parade rivals any small-town Independence Day celebration from sea to
shining sea. But SSIR’s digs at 625 Main Street provide the ultimate location for
our annual viewing party, featuring great company, yummy treats and festive drinks. Get in touch if
you’re interested in attending and I’ll add you to the invite list.
August 9: Deer Valley Music of the Rolling Stones Concert
Summer in Park City is synonymous
with music under the stars, so SSIR helps bring some of that music to the
mountain by sponsorship one of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s Deer Valley Music Festival concerts at Snow
Park Amphitheater. This year’s concert is “The Music of the Rolling Stones: Circa
1969,” featuring a multi-media celebration of the 50th anniversary of
two Stones albums – Beggars Banquet
and Let it Bleed. The show starts at
7:30 p.m. and is held rain or shine. Either bring your own picnic, or order one
of Deer Valley’s sumptuous picnic baskets. Tickets start at $40 and are available online.
August 12-18: Tour of Utah Live Streaming
Considered to be one of
the top professional cycling events in North America, the grueling Tour of Utah always winds its way through Old Town Park
City, with world-class cyclists whizzing right by SSIR’s Main Street office.
Which means there’s no better place to catch either the live action, or enjoy live
streaming of the seven-day event. Want to come watch with us? Drop me a line and
we’ll make it happen.
Indigo Highway is a stunning boutique in Park City’s Newpark Town Center, featuring exotic and eclectic items curated to make your home as unique its owners.
I spoke with Indigo Highway owners, Jennifer & Dean Tutor, about the “Indigo
Highway” philosophy, the origin of their amazing merchandise, and what the
How did you both end up in Park City?
We were living in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry. We were fortunate enough to travel the world for productions in different locations for shoots. Utah was continually a place we would return to, and we began to fall in love with all Utah had to offer. Eventually, we were ready to leave the craziness of L.A. and made Utah our home.
How did the idea for Indigo Highway come about?
We were working in Florida, consulting with a b2b (business-to-business) brand. Having just returned from Morocco, where we made some of the most amazing friends, we looked out at the ocean, making its way over to where we just returned. This made us think of connectivity and how different, yet similar, we all are. Different countries, different languages, different religions, etc., but at our core, aspirations, beliefs and desires were the same. We thought about how the blue water below and the blue sky above connect us as a global community … the Indigo Highway appeared before us. We wanted to create a brand that would be all about the journey. Your journey, our journey, the journey we are all on together … Indigo Highway summed this up perfectly.
When did you open, and how has the business evolved since then?
We opened the doors in September of 2016. When we opened it was just the two of us working every day. Now, we are grateful to have a wonderful team of exceptional women that bring ideas, kindness, enthusiasm and inspiration to the shop each day and take great care of us. It’s also been terrific, meeting amazing new friends through the Indigo Highway connection. As for its evolution, Indigo Highway is continually evolving based on what our clients wants and needs are, and always will.
How do you select your merchandise; is much of it custom-made or exclusive to Indigo Highway?
Jennifer’s many years as a celebrity stylist definitely comes in to play when selecting the merchandise. Instead of having just one client, the community of Park City is the client. I like to choose things not only I love, but pieces I feel the Park City community would wear and use in their journey of living an active, yet stylish life. Some of it is exclusive to us, some of it custom-made, and some otherwise.
We like to support as many women-owned businesses as we can and search out artisanal products that are doing great things when it comes to sustainability. Doing right by the planet, and women supporting women, is something we feel very strongly about. We love beautiful hand-crafted products and the stories that make them so special. A great example would be our new concert/picnic blankets. This is a Mother/Daughter brand that is working with a village in Baja to make the greatest blanket. The village recycles old clothing and turns it into new yarn to weave the products. They’re modern, yet use an age-old method. Something we are all about!
Can you tell us about your apothecary items?
The Apothecary items we choose to carry are selected very carefully to make sure ingredients are natural and effective. We believe strongly in the use of essential oils and their benefits. One of our favorite products is an amazing honey lotion made by two women in Chicago. They make the lotion like wine, in big barrels. There are only a certain number of bottles each season and if it goes bad, we’re out for months. We also have these beautiful meditation bundles from a social co-op that works with the natives in South America to harvest Palo Santo for incense and soaps. We respect and honor the ancient methods and practices of those who came before. We are in awe of how the Native Americans base their lives and rituals around the earth and sky.
What defines an “artisanal home?”
We believe an artisanal home is when you curate your surroundings based on items with meaning, and knowing the story and the artist behind each piece. Nothing mass-produced just to fill a space. For instance, these incredible pillows made by a woman in Bend, Oregon. She gets fabric decorated with organically-dyed cactus fibers and makes the most gorgeous pillows. We also carry pottery from artisans in California and Oregon that make the most beautiful coffee cups and smudge plates, exclusive to Indigo Highway. Gotta have a great smudge plate to house your Palo Santo and Sage, right? Again, all based on Native American practices to clear away negative energy and bad vibes, but also welcoming in the positive.
Which products do your customers get most excited about (and are most challenging to keep in-stock)?
Gosh, that’s a tough one. We keep trying to figure out what the patterns are and it’s really all over the place. We carry such a large variety of products, and it’s always changing, so it’s really hard to tell. We’re like a modern trading post, in a sense. The large art pieces having words that move you, are hard to restock as they take a while to make. Jewelry is meaningful and a lot of the time, one of a kind … people always get excited about that. Right now, we carry a jewelry line made from Anasazi Pottery and walrus fossils. Each piece is signed and numbered by the artist and no two will ever be alike. We love to constantly change-out inventory to keep things fresh. The vintage indigo pieces and crystals are hard to restock because we have to go select these personally, by hand. We have a great time with sassy cards. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we want people to have fun when they come visit.
Are you developing other areas of retail or online offerings?
We are in the process of expanding our custom made items, like our give-back candles and t-shirts for a wholesale side of Indigo Highway. Our website is up and running, but is hard to keep everything photographed and entered due to the constantly changing-inventory and one-of-a-kind pieces. We keep getting approached to open other locations or franchises, but feel Park City is Indigo Highway’s home and want this to be the only location for a while.
What does the future hold for Indigo Highway?
Making more friends all over the world along the Indigo Highway and continuing to do what we love here in Park City. Hopefully, our travel- and nature-inspired goods will be found around the world, the website will be fully stocked, all while adding more stamps in our passports. Then, more time for “Travel Nights” (special events held at Indigo Highway) where we get together with friends, clients and fellow travelers to talk all things travel. Hope to see you along the Indigo Highway!
by Indigo Highway (1241 Center Drive in Redstone) and receive 10-percent off
your purchase (valid through June 31, 2019).
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The scramble to find something memorable for Mom on Mother’s Day is as old as the day itself (founded in 1908, that means 111 years of macaroni necklaces). This year, don’t fret or fight the crowds on Saturday. Instead, set Mom up with an experience to replace the bauble that will inevitably land at the back of her underwear drawer (never to be seen again until the kids move you into a retirement home).
And, while most moms would agree a chance to simply sleep-in tops their list, offering up a nap might not be quite enough to honor the woman who birthed you or your kids. Instead, I’ve compiled a few last-minute, but wholly worthy, ideas to try out this year. You can thank me later.
The Gift That Celebrates Mom Year ‘Round Though subscription boxes have become this century’s fruit-of-the-month-club, there is something to be said about receiving a gift that reminds you of your value throughout the year, and not just on Mother’s Day. For moms who are voracious readers, Amazon Kindle Unlimited Books provides access to more than 1-million titles and thousands of audio books for just $9.99 per month. Voracious readers who also love coffee will cozy up to the My Coffee and Book Club, which sends a 12-oz bag of hand-roasted coffee and two hardcover books from the recipient’s fave genre for $32 per month. Moms with a sweet tooth will go wild for the monthly boxes from Dylan’s Candy Bar, starting at around $31 per month for a 12-month subscription, while beauty junkies will enjoy the sample-filled boxes sent by Birchbox starting at just $13 monthly.
More substantial boxes are
offered quarterly by a variety of online companies, including FabFitFun, which ships 8-10 full-size items every
three months for $179.99 annually, and even lets members pre-select certain
items. For a quarterly subscription box with a conscience, Causebox sends ethically-made products every
three months for less than $200 per year, while one of the more luxe boxes – Mostess – sends six or more full-size,
curated home and hosting goods starting at $120 per box.
How ‘Bout Some Art (a Picasso, not a Garfunkel) Tapping into her inner Monet (and the chance at a kid-free afternoon), The Paint Mixer, located on lower Main Street in Old Town, offers “Moms, Mimosas and Mandalas – Rock Painting,” on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. However, if she wants to paint with her wee ones, sign her up for “Mother’s Day Painting – Colorful Elephant” on Sunday at 1 p.m. Even better, send Mom up the street to Aura Spa for an eco-conscious treatment while Dad and the kiddos create one-of-a-kind masterpieces for the most important woman in their lives.
Speaking of Spas … Living in a resort town places some of the best spas in the country at our fingertips, so deciding where to send Mom on Mother’s Day comes down to personal style. For the Minimalist Mom, Knead a Massage offers a no-frills rubdown starting at $50 for a 30-minute session, while Massage Envy provides a 60-minute massage session for just $60, or a package of three facials for $150. On the swankier side, each of the area’s luxury hotels boast in-house spas with world-renowned treatments, including the Waldorf Astoria Spa, Spa Montage Deer Valley, Remède Spa at the St. Regis Deer Valley, and The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge. For a rustic lodging and spa experience, head down Provo Canyon to Sundance Resort for their “Journey to Wellness” package, which includes a private mountain cottage, daily meditation and yoga, breakfast, a spa treatment, and a complimentary Art Studio class.
Lest We Forget … Brunch! A post on Mother’s Day experiences would be truly lacking in a town chock full of culinary options, so I’ve culled a few of the highlights. On the high-end, Riverhorse on Main is always a winning bet, while Tupelo brings rich southern traditions to the Rockies, including chicken & biscuits and cheese fritters. For a healthy vibe, head to Five5eeds and enjoy breakfast all day, or chill out on the patio at Windy Ridge Café. If a Sunday drive is on the menu (and you’re not in a rush), enjoy the scenery on the way to Woodland and indulge at the now-famous Woodland Biscuit Company. Two new options in Redstone at Kimball Junction – Bartolo’s and Hearth and Hill – are definitely worth checking out for their super-fresh takes on breakfast classics.
Never forget the value of the simple things. Unlimited hugs and kisses are ALWAYS welcome.
Special experiences to share with friends and family are
just a few of the many reasons to Choose Park City. You can, too, by calling Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or
visiting her website by clicking here.
Summer concerts in Park City embody the “come for the winter, stay for the summer” cliché so often repeated, and for good reason: Watching either an upcoming or legendary performer outside, at night, at 7,000 feet is an experience not soon forgotten.
We’ve compiled a list of the top local venues, both in Park City and the Salt Lake Valley, to help you plan your summer concert schedule. But fair warning: With the amazing variety and breadth of shows coming to the Beehive State this summer, you’ll need to be strategic with both your time and your money. So take a few minutes to download the following listing to plot your summer musical course:
Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge has long been the summertime mountain home of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO), and this year’s 15thDeer Valley Music Festival lineup is sure to impress.
Kicking off with the venerable Chris
Botti on June 28th, and finishing with every ‘90s
college student’s fave, the Indigo
Girls on August 10th, the series features headliners
performing with one of the few full-time symphony orchestras remaining in the
U.S. Not many musical experiences can compare to sitting outside under Park
City’s starry skies with a picnic and a beverage. Bonus: You can either bring
in your own picnic and beverages, or enjoy the legendary Deer Valley cuisine by
in advance or purchasing on-site.
Tickets are either lawn or reserved, with low-slung (9”
or lower) chairs allowed within the lawn seating area. And, while individual
tickets are available for each show, you can also build your own package with
and receive up to 20% off.
packages that include special parking and admission to the
Intermission Reception start at $1,000 (tickets not included), and since the
USUO is a nonprofit, a portion of your purchase supports the arts and is tax-deductible.
Take free public
transit from Park City Mountain, where there is plenty of free
parking and a convenient transit stop. The Red and Lime busses will take you
directly to the concert venue.
List (only Main Stage concerts listed; smaller venue shows can
be found on this
June 28: Chris Botti June 29: Marie Osmond with the Utah Symphony July 5: Patriotic Celebration with Broadway’s Hugh Panaro July 6: Bravo Broadway! Life is a Cabaret July 12: Aretha: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul July 13: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Film in Concert July 19: Disney in Concert: A Magical Celebration July 20: Renée Elise Goldsberry July 26: A Symphonic Space Celebration July 27: Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Mettavolution Tour August 2: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture & Piano Concerto No. 1 August 3: An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth August 9: The Music of the Rolling Stones: Circa 1969 August 10: Indigo Girls
The resort’s other concert series, aptly-named the Deer Valley Concert Series, begins on June 30 with Michael Franti & Spearhead + Ziggy Marley, closing on Sept. 7 with ‘80s mainstay Squeeze. As with the USUO shows, both reserved and lawn seats are available, however, this series places a “GA Floor” section between the reserved seating and the stage, with additional lawn seating behind reserved, while the USUO series places reserved seating right in front of the stage. Chairs no higher than 9” are permitted on the lawn, but the series does reserve one side of this section for blankets only. Tickets are available online by clicking here.
Nelson (yep – Willie’s son) and his band, Promise of the Real, were featured in
the recent blockbuster, “A
Star Is Born” as Jackson Maine’s backup band, so take a
minute to watch (or re-watch) the film before checking out Lukas’ show.
Summer nights in Park City in late August and early September can get downright
chilly, so be sure to bring layers – and even a down jacket – to put on as the
evening cools considerably from the day.
The List: June 30: Michael Franti & Spearhead | Ziggy Marley July 11: Jenny Lewis plus special guest August 8: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real with special guest The War and Treaty August 11: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals | Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with special guest Jessy Wilson August 17: John Butler Trio + | St. Paul & The Broken Bones August 23: Thievery Corporation September 7: Squeeze – The Songbook Tour with special guest X
Park City’s historic Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre has an impressive lineup of concerts and live theater this summer, as well, beginning with Rickie Lee Jones on June 7, 8 & 9, and running through to Labor Day weekend with The Lettermen performing Aug. 30, 31 & Sept. 1. With fewer than 300 seats, the Egyptian offers an intimate musical experience unmatched by larger venues. All shows conveniently have multiple run dates, and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Pharaoh Club to access front-of-house seating, and to
also receive a few tickets for the Sundance Film Festival.
Trick: Park for free in the lower Deer Valley Resort lots and either walk to Main Street or grab the free city bus (but only on nights where there isn’t a concert at Snow Park Amphitheatre).
The List: May 16-19: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone June 7-9: Rickie Lee Jones June 13-15: An Evening with Leo Kottke June 19-21: Patty Griffin June 27-29: Hot Tuna July 5-21: A Chorus Line July 26-28: Martin Sexton August 2, 3: Stand-Up Comedy August 9-11: Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor August 14-18: Barefoot in the Park August 22-25: Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals – Egyptian Theatre August 30-Sept. 1: The Lettermen – Egyptian Theatre
This year’s Park City Institute Big Stars Bright Nights series will be held indoors at the Eccles Center, and includes six shows, with Brothers Osborne on July 7, and concluding with Cam on Aug. 24. Tickets went on sale to members on April 26, and will go on sale to the public on May 6, when they will be available by clicking here.
an eye out for information about off-site gatherings before each show, as food
and beverages are not allowed inside the Eccles Center.
Purchase a membership
before tickets go on sale to the public on May 6 for the best seating options.
July 7: Brothers Osborne July 30: Punch Brothers
August 13: Taj Mahal Quartet, and Marc Cohn featuring special guest vocalists Blind
Boys of Alabama
August 16: Gone West
August 24: Cam
There are many indoor spaces along Main Street to get your funk on, but none so perfectly laid out to allow for up-close-and-personal experiences with touring artists as O.P. Rockwell. Named for Orrin Porter Rockwell, controversial bodyguard to Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith, the venue offers craft cocktails and ample vantage points to enjoy the raised stage. Only a few shows for the summer have been announced, so far, and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Sit above the crowd in one of the three VIP reserved seating areas, which
include restricted entry and dedicated cocktail service.
Trick: Get a leg-up on the hottest shows coming to town before everyone else hears about them by subscribing to the venue’s newsletter.
The List: May 18: Sean Kelly and The Samples June 7: Poor Man’s Whiskey
Concerts at one of Salt Lake’s most beloved summer music venues, Red Butte Garden, go on sale to members on Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m., but – unfortunately – you can no longer buy a membership, as they have been placed on-hold until April 30. However, many shows are already on-sale, and tickets can be purchased here. This year’s series features an impressive 31 shows, and begins with Béla Fleck & The Flecktones on May 31. Highlights include Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (July 23), The Mighty O.A.R. with American Authors (Aug. 8) and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (Sept. 19). Like the Deer Valley venue, concert goers can bring in their own food and drink. Tickets are available by clicking here.
for many sold-out shows become available on the day of the performance when
artist holds are released, so keep an eye on the venue website or head to the
box office when it opens that day.
Grab a group of friends and hire a local transportation company to bring you to
and from the venue so you don’t have to worry about parking.
The List: May 31: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones’ June 5: Little Feat 50th Anniversary Tour June 6: A Concert Version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat June 25 Howard Jones – Transform Tour 2019 with Men Without Hats and All Hail The Silence June 26: Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6 June 27: Greensky Bluegrass with The Lil Smokeys July 2: Utah Symphony’s Patriotic Celebration July 10: Galactic with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe July 11: Pink Martini with singer China Forbes July 14: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band July 18: Seal July 23: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats July 26: Trampled by Turtles with Dead South July 30: John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness Tour with I’m With Her August 4: Umphrey’s McGee with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong August 5: Johnny Lang, J.J. Grey & Mofro August 7: Mandolin Orange August 8: The Mighty O.A.R. – Summer Tour 2019 with American Authors August 13: Shakey Graves/Dr. Dog August 14: Lord Huron August 16: The B-52’s – 40th Anniversary Tour with OMD & Berlin August 19: Steve Miller Band, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives August 26: The Stray Cats – 40th Anniversary Tour August 28: The Wood Brothers, Colter Wall August 29: Amos Lee – My New Moon 2019 Tour with Madison Cunningham September 4: An Evening with Gov’t Mule September 6: Gary Clark, Jr. September 11: An Evening with Mark Knopfler September 15: Boz Scaggs September 19: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit September 23: Tash Sultana with The Teskey Brothers
USANA Amphitheatre, Utah’s outdoor venue for headliner concerts, is located in West Valley and is the place to see many of the hottest tours of the summer. This year’s USANA series begins with Brad Paisley on June 13, and includes the highly-anticipated performance by Sting with the Utah Symphony to benefit Zion National Park on Aug. 31, plus a return of Dan Reynolds’ (of Imagine Dragons) LoveLoud Tour on June 29 to benefit national LGBTQ+ charities. Tickets for all shows can be purchased by clicking here.
May 1-7, $20 all-in (no additional fees, etc.) tickets will be available for 15
USANA shows, with a T-Mobile presale on starting at 5 a.m. on April 30. Visit this
link for more info.
Take a staycation at one of the many nearby hotels and use Uber or Lyft to get
to the venue.
The List: June 13: Brad Paisley Tour 2019 June 18: Train, Goo Goo Dolls June 21: Summer Gods Tour 2019 June 29: LoveLoud Festival – Kesha, Martin Garrix, Tegan and Sara, Daya, Grouplove and others July 2: Santana: Supernatural Now July 9: The Avett Brothers July 18: Shinedown: ATTENTION ATTENTION World Tour July 20: Jon Bellion: The Glory Sound Prep Tour July 27: Jason Aldean: Ride All Night Tour 2019 August 1: Knotfest Roadshow featuring: Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, Behemoth August 7: Wiz Khalifa with French Montana, Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods and DJ Drama August 13: Mumford & Sons August 20: 311 & Dirty Heads August 27: Dave Matthews Band August 30: Heart: Love Alive Tour August 31: Sting and the Utah Symphony Celebrate 100 years of Zion National Par September 12: Florida Georgia Line: Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour September 14: KISS: End of the Road World Tour September 20: Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour September 25: Breaking Benjamin
Located at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley, Sandy City might be the last place you’d think to enjoy some solid musical entertainment, but the Sandy Amphitheater has been growing its reputation and roster of artists every year since opening in 1999. The 2,750-seat venue offers 2,000 reserved seats and 750 lawn spaces, and features a ton of blast-from-the-past artists this summer, including Pat Benatar and the Gin Blossoms. Tickets are available by clicking here.
Sandy City has just voted to allow the previously-dry venue to sell beer to its
Got kiddos? Arrive early and beat the Salt Lake Valley heat to enjoy the
adjacent water feature,
a.k.a. splash pad on steroids.
The List: June 7: Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband June 8: Foghat June 21: Imagine + Beatles Orchestral Tribute June 22: Tommy James & The Shondells June 25: Lee Brice June 29: Arrival: The Music of ABBA July 6: Home Free July 12: Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stone Tribute July 13: Colin Mochrie presents HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis July 16: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge July 19 & 20 Norah Jones – Sandy Amphitheater August 2-10: MAMMA MIA, The Musical August 15: Lost ‘80s Live: A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, The Vapors, Boys Don’t Cry, The Escape Club, Real Lafe, Farrington & Mann August 16: The Bellamy Brothers August 23: Broadway Princess Party featuring Broadway’s Original Cinderella, Belle and Anastasia August 27: Collective Soul & Gin Blossoms: Now’s The Time Tour August 30: KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019 September 7: Peter Breinholt September 13: Zeppelin USA September 19: Brian Wilson with Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin plus special guests The Zombies
Located in nearby Kamas, the DeJoria Center offers two indoor venues – the main arena and the more intimate State Road Tavern – in which to present their summer concerts, which include Leftover Salmon (June 21), Wynonna and the Big Noise (Aug. 2) and UB40 (Aug. 23). Tickets are available by clicking here.
Stay out of the fray and purchase a VIP Booth for certain
shows, which includes eight seats, complimentary soft drinks and a dedicated
The List (this does not include smaller shows at the State Road Tavern or community events): June 7: Air Supply July 5: Roots & Boots 90s Electric Throwdow July 26: Queen Nation July 19: Scotty McCreery
summer events are one of the many reasons so many Choose
You can, too, by calling Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visiting her
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Change is afoot in the Park City School District cafeterias, and the six-year-old EATS (Eat Awesome Things at School) nonprofit is proud to be the catalyst for that change.
Homemade menu items like
tomato soup, cheese sticks, chili and freshly-prepared fajitas are now available
alongside old-school items, such as chicken tenders and tater tots. But decidedly-healthier
options, such as roasted cauliflower with cilantro and lime, and homemade
hummus with veggie chips and pitas, far outnumber their less-healthy
counterparts, thanks to an effort by EATS to up-the-school-lunch-ante for local
In 2013, community
concerns over healthy lunch options led to the creation of EATS, whose mission is to help local
kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits and have access to fresh, nutritious
and appealing food.
let to the eventual Hungry
for Healthy Campaign, launched in 2016. That same year, the 15 TO CLEAN initiative was
kicked off in the school district, which featured a three-year plan to remove
15 potentially harmful ingredients from the food program, while introducing
locally-sourced foods made from scratch, when possible. The 15 TO CLEAN program’s
mission came to fruition this school year, as kids around the district started
to see drastic – and delicious – changes in their cafeterias.
EATS, healthy food can help bridge the achievement gap, reduce risky behavior
and prevent childhood obesity. What began as visits to the schools during lunchtime
to introduce kids to new types of fruits and vegetables has morphed into a
full-circle program providing nutrition education that the nonprofit sees kids
bringing into adulthood.
Today, more than 300 students in grades K-5 are enrolled in their Curious Cooks program, with approximately 50-percent of participants receiving scholarships, demonstrating the dedication EATS has to reaching underserved members of the Park City community. Curious Cooks is a series of interactive cooking classes helping kids to get hands-on with the preparation process. Students participating in these classes will leave elementary school with knowledge of good nutrition and basic food preparation.
EATS has also
expanded their focus beyond the elementary schools, where volunteers could be
found throughout the week, introducing students to new and unusual foods during
lunchtime. Now, kids in grades 6-9 can participate in classes offered through a partnership
with Youth Sports Alliance (YSA), with kid-friendly topics like “Fueling
Favs of Pro Athletes” and “A Fresh Take of Fast Foods.” These classes are sold
out for spring, so keep an eye on the YSA website for future opportunities. The
YSA classes were so popular, they led to the creation of afterschool cooking
classes at Ecker Hill.
schoolers, EATS encourages students to volunteer by either assisting
with the classes for younger kids, or working as counselors during the summer
camps. Adult volunteers are also critical to their mission, and are needed for
help with events and in the school gardens.
To extend their mission outside of the schools and introduce the greater Park City community to healthier eating, EATS offers a variety of recipes on their site, with categories that include “Breakfast,” “Entrees,” “Salads,” “Side Dishes, “Snacks and Apps” and “Soups.” They will also be holding family cooking classes over the summer.
to reach all members of the Park City community, EATS works with the Christian
Center to provide backpacks to students providing nonperishable food for the
weekend (when they’re not able to access breakfast and lunch at school), and
holds demos showing
how to prepare meals using common food pantry items.
As a nonprofit,
however, EATS could not operate without financial support from donations,
sponsorships and grants, so they’re holding their much-anticipated “Fork in the
Road” fundraiser on Saturday, April 27, at Park City Mountain’s Legacy Lodge.
The annual 21 & over fundraiser features a variety of fun foods, including
a raw bar, charcuterie, roasted veggies and unique spirits. Tickets are
available by clicking here.
from our fundraiser will fill in the gaps left open from our restricted-grant
funds,” Executive Director, Meaghan Miller-Gitlin, recently told The
Park Record. “It will help us provide good, nourishing and
appealing food to Park City students and their families.”
the fundraiser, but still want to support EATS’ efforts? Click here to learn more about ways to
EATS Park City is one of the many
community-supported programs that demonstrate how Park City rallies around all
of its residents, and why so many families Choose Park City over similar areas in
which to raise their children. If you’re considering a move to Park City, be
sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238!
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