Photographer Kyle Jenkins on Chasing Foliage, Moose, and More Park City Classics


Once upon a time, Kyle Jenkins was a photographer at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. But after half a decade of photographing real estate, his camera was drawn to subjects other than the finest homes in the Park City area. The wildlife, the desert, and the river otters (for real) called.

Since I’m featuring one of Kyle’s psychedelic panoramas on my homepage this season, I thought I’d see what he’s been up to and also get his tips on how to capture your own epic foliage photographs this fall. Here’s the latest on the talented Kyle Jenkins.

Post-Sotheby’s photographic pursuits: Over the past year, I have been expanding my career further into commercial photography for ad campaigns and have increased my contributions to the Outdoor Project, an online resource for people searching for nearby adventures. Along with countless adventures in Utah, they have also sent me to Sun Valley, Idaho and Jackson Hole. It’s just a part-time gig, but for someone like me, it doesn’t get much better than that.

moose

All-time favorite subject: Without a doubt, wild animals. There is nothing that makes me more hyper-aware than when I come across a bear or a large moose along the trail. Getting my technical settings correct and composing the shot while staying safe is the most exciting aspect of my career. My favorite recent encounter involved a family of river otters in Grand Teton National Park. While a little skittish, they seemed just as interested in me as I was in them.

Tips for photographing foliage: Most of us only have smart phones to use, so make sure to under-expose or darken your photos before taking them. You can do that on an iPhone by dragging your finger downwards on the yellow line next to the yellow focusing box. Most people don’t know about this feature, but it comes in handy here because the colors often look washed out. The same concept applies even if you have a large camera—don’t make it too bright, otherwise the colors will lose their drama.

park city foliage

Favorite Park City fall destinations: Iron Canyon in Park City isn’t normally very crowded and has blankets of stunning yellow aspens along the trail—not to mention the view from the top. Mill D North in Big Cottonwood Canyon sits right across from Donut Falls, but doesn’t get nearly the number of people. Pine Hollow Loop has very little traffic in American Fork Canyon and has stunning views.

Best way to take autumn glamour shots: I love getting people surrounded by color when shooting family photos in autumn. Look for pockets of hanging maple branches covered in red, or hunt down a grove of aspen that are extra tight and colorful. While pointing up towards the trees is a great idea for landscape photos, it’s not very flattering for portraits. If you want to mix it up, get higher than your subjects and show off the all the colors that have fallen onto the ground.

nighttime arch

Top mud-season getaway: Once the fall colors are gone and the trails get muddy in northern Utah, I always head down to the deserts in the southern part of the state. The colors start to make their way down to the Cottonwood trees along the Virgin River that runs though Zion. My wife and I love the lesser known Yant Flat just north of St. George, and it’s also the perfect temperature to go stand-up paddling at Sand Hollow Reservoir just outside of town.

Dream photography trip: I have always wanted to spend a week at Ankgor Wat in Cambodia. I am not really interested in spending too much time at the main buildings and temples because of the large crowds, but I would love to explore the overgrown jungles. It would be an amazing journey back in time to see the un-restored structures and how the jungle has covered them up over time.

You can check out more of Kyle’s work on his website.

Live October in Park City to the Fullest


Foliage excursions, Halloween happenings, harvest celebrations—take your pick! October is our last hurrah before the official holiday season and there’s so much to do in Park City. I already highlighted a few things happening—like Harvest Fest and a shot ski competition—this month in my fall events round-up. But here are some other ongoing and one-time activities worth checking out in October in Park City.

Hocus Pocus in the Woods – October 5

Horror movies are meant to be watched in the forest, right? Along with this outdoor screening of Hocus Pocus will be fire pits, food trucks, a costume contest, games, and more. This screening will take place at the Rivers Edge Festival Grounds. Bundle up, pack a blanket and snacks, and head to Heber with the family for this spooky event.

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides – October 5-30

The Halloween family fun doesn’t end with Hocus Pocus. A horse-drawn wagon ride through Soldier Hollow is just a 30-minute drive away in Midway this month. As you ride, your guide will relay the classic Washington Irving tale of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Paired with dinner in Midway, this ride would make for a great unconventional date night. It’s also fit for families with adventurous kids—keep in mind, the later the ride, the darker the skies, the scarier the vibes. Tickets are $25 per person, but deals are available for groups and families.

Women’s Adventure Film Tour – October 11

Where my ladies at? On Thursday, October 11, hopefully the women of Park City will be at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Old Town Library for the screening of this femme fatale outdoor fest. This annual touring film fest features two-and-a-half hours of women crushing trails, waves, slopes, and rock alike. Don’t worry, this theater serves wine, beer, popcorn, and usually some other tempting treats to keep you fueled up for all the stoke.

The Art and Science of Arachnids – through December 9

If spiders don’t totally give you the heebie-jeebies and you actually find them fascinating, then head to Swaner Eco-Center this fall for this exploration of all things arachnid. Or, do as the exhibit suggests and “turn your fear into fascination.” From spider-themed activities to over 100 real, live spiders on display, you’re bound to learn a lot about the eight-legged creatures weaving webs in your home as I write (unless it’s a Sotheby’s-listed home, in which case, I’m sure it’s spider-free!). The exhibit will run through December 9 and is accessible Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Warren Miller’s Face of Winter – October 27

There are two kinds of skiers in Park City. There are the folks who love skiing, but also love their seasons and summer sports. Then there are the diehard skiers who start the countdown to Opening Day approximately a day after the chairlifts stop running. If you consider yourself among the latter category, you probably already know about Warren Miller’s newest ski flick, Face of Winter. If you’re in the former category, you may or may not be ready to watch several hours of skiing. The film will screen on October 27 (at 6 and 9pm) at the Eccles Center Theater. Fuel your pre-game jitters.

Photo Credit: Howl-o-Ween

Howl-O-Ween! – October 31

Every year, “Bark” City and its beloved pups head to Main Street in Old Town to show off their costumes, procure candy from local businesses, and take lots of adorable photos #dogsofinstagram. I already featured this annual tradition in my fall events round-up, but this list of October events would be glaringly incomplete without Howl-O-Ween! See you and your pup there.

5 Real Estate Podcasts Worth a Listen


Guess what’s right around the corner? The opportunity to make a new year’s resolution! For many of us in the real estate business or industry, that might mean growing our business or our portfolio. Where to begin? Get 2019 off to a hot start by listening to a real estate podcast or two. The great thing about a real estate podcast is that you can learn at times when you wouldn’t normally be able to do so. Whether you’re waiting for your flight in a terminal, taking a hike, or commuting to work, here are a few podcasts worth listening to.

Bigger Pockets Podcast

1. BiggerPockets Podcast

Best for: Real estate investors (actual or potential), but informative for agents looking to sell investment properties as well
New episodes: Weekly
Available on: iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play, and YouTube
The gist: Interested in getting into investment real estate? Start here. Hosts Brandon Turner and David Greene interview different real estate investors and entrepreneurs in each episode. This could easily be a radio borefest, but it’s anything but. Conversation is lively and authentic. And the hosts and guests don’t just talk about their wins. They also get real about their mistakes, which you can learn from, too. Enhance your listening experience with co-branded books, guides, and more.
Listen: BiggerPockets Podcast

Agent Caffeine

2. Agent Caffeine

Best for: Tech-savvy real estate agents
New episodes: Weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm MST
Available on: iTunes and Stitcher
The gist: Obviously, real estate agents need coffee, especially for those early A.M. property tours. But we also need inspiration to fuel us, and this is what former realtor Kelly Mitchell dishes out in Agent Caffeine. Here you’ll find real estate trends, strategies, and new tech from folks in the biz. Recent episodes have covered everything from the HomeSnap app to lead generation.
Listen: Agent Caffeine Podcast

Tim & Julie Harris podcast

3. Tim & Julie Harris Podcast

Best for: Real estate agents on a lifelong quest for perfection (er, the first step is to admit you have a problem)
New episodes: Daily (!)
Available on: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, BlogTalkRadio, and more outlets
The gist: Do the names Tim and Julie Harris ring a bell? After this real estate power couple sold 100 homes in a year, they graduated to becoming coaches to other agents. They maintain a great online resource and now also oversee a daily podcast. This is great for those who don’t really want to subscribe and look forward to new episodes every week, but would rather search for podcasts by topic of interest when they have the time. T & J categorize all podcasts into topics like Business Planning, Lead Generation, Mindset & Motivation, and Top Producers. Get on top of your game and check it out.
Listen: Tim & Julie Harris Podcast

hgtv and me podcast

4. HGTV & ME

Best for: People who watch HGTV or are interested in HGTV things (house hunting, fixer uppers, DIYing, etc.)
New episodes: About twice a month
Available on: iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and more
The gist: Real estate with a sense of humor? Yes, please. This new podcast, to be clear, is not offered by HGTV, but HGTV fan/writer/podcast pro Rebecca Lavoie. Sometimes, she talks about HGTV shows (Property Bros.: love ’em or hate ’em?), while in other episodes she investigates trends like tiny houses. This is fun passive listening that can easily be digested in spurts during short drives between open houses.
Listen: HGTV & ME Podcast

5. Lifetime CashFlow through Real Estate Investing

Best for: Real estate investors (and agents who want to help buyers interested in investments)
New episodes: Weekly
Available on: iTunes and YouTube
The gist: Imagine someone wrote a textbook about investing in real estate, then parsed it out into 267-and-counting podcast episodes. This podcast is a wealth of knowledge, with the specific things you’ll learn listed in each podcast’s description. A little “house hacking” here, a little property value-adding 101 there. Host Rod Khleif, a real estate investor himself, also picks fascinating interviewees, like a Syrian immigrant who became a real estate whiz with 6,000 holdings.
Listen: Lifetime CashFlow Podcast

Park City Season Pass Guide: Winter 2018-2019


While we’re lucky to have so many places to ski here in Utah, the sheer number of season pass options can sometimes be a little paralyzing. Do you abide the maxim, “Variety is the spice of life” and go for a collective pass? Do you pledge your loyalty to your favorite mountain? Do you go for the budget option? If you’re overwhelmed by choice (or if you just need updates about what’s available this year), read on. Here’s my annual season pass guide for Winter 2018-2019.

Single Mountain Passes

Deer Valley Season Passes

If you know me, you know that Deer Valley is my jam. Whether it’s winter or summer, you can find me there skiing, hiking with the family, or aprés-ing (is that a verb? It should be).

Deer Valley

Stoke level: high.

Opening Day: 12/8
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/15
Full Season Pass Price: $2,365 going up to $2,766 on 11/1
Benefit highlights: 2 tickets each to Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton; an Ikon Base Pass (if purchased by 12/13); a summer season pass
Discounted Rates: Available for couples, students, teens, children, seniors, and military
Local Hook-ups: Check out some locals’ only deals here
Another Pass Option: Midweek Season Pass (excludes weekends/holidays): starting at $1,235
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Park City

Runs for days (Photo Credit: Park City Mountain)

Epic Pass

The Epic Pass unlocks the largest resort in the United States. So if you’re the type of rider/skier who prizes quantity and never wants to get bored, this pass may be for you.

Opening Day: November 21
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/7
Epic Pass: $929 with no restrictions and access to a whopping 65 other resorts, including Vail, Telluride, Crested Butte (that’s a new one!), and many more Vail-owned resorts, plus international resorts from Canada and Japan to the Alps.
Epic Local Pass: $689 with restricted use during major holidays (discounted tickets available during these blackout dates) and access to 27 Vail-owned resorts
Park City Youth Pass: $369-$439 for unlimited access to Park City—no restrictions but also only half-price tickets available at select Vail-owned resorts
Discounted Rates: Available for kids, students, seniors, and military
Other Pass Options: The Epic 7-Day, 4-Day and and Park City 4-Pack offer Park City season pass options for those who only plan to ski a handful of days this season
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Snowbird Season Passes

snowbird season passes

Nothing like a tram ride on a bluebird day (Photo Credit: Snowbird)

For lovers of extreme terrain, Snowbird is more than worth the trip up Little Cottonwood Canyon. It also stays open later than many area resorts and has an uber cool tram.

Opening Day: November 23
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 9/14
Summit Pass: This is the main full season pass option for Snowbird and Snowbird only. It starts at $1,099 and has no restrictions
Benefit highlights: 2 tickets each to Alta, Solitude, and Deer Valley; 50% off Mountain Collective tickets; one free night of lodging; discounted friends; and family tickets
Discounted Rates: Available for seniors and kids
Other Pass Options: A combo Alta-Bird pass, a Value Pass, and a shareable 10-pack
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Alta

Photo Credit: Alta

Alta Season Passes

Beware: skiers’ only! For some skiers, this makes Alta a dream. For others who have family and close shred pals who ride, that makes Alta a nightmare (well, maybe not quite that dramatic). Either way, the scene is subdued, the powder is deep, and backcountry access is plentiful.

Opening Date: November 23
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 11/4
Unlimited Adult Season Pass: $1,o99 with no restrictions
Discounted Rates: Available for young adults, kids, seniors, military, and medical residents
Other Pass Options: A Mid-Week Pass, a Family Season Pass (a great deal!), and Alta-Bird combo passes
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Sundance Resort Season Passes

Sundance season passes

Sundance founder Robert Redford shredding the gnar (Photo Credit: Sundance)

Sundance: not just a film festival. It’s also a picturesque resort just a few miles past Heber. Summer or winter, Sundance makes for a great place to play outdoors and enjoy a staycation. If this sounds up your alley, consider a season pass.

Opening Date: December 8
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/31
Adult Unlimited Pass: $595
Benefits: Complimentary passes to Silverton Mountain in CO, 3 day passes to Brian Head Resort, discounted tickets, discounts on gear rentals, free access to nordic trails, summer lift pass
Discounted Rates: Available for youth, college students, and seniors
Other Pass Options: A Midweek Pass, VIP pass (for line cutting and other discounts), a Corporate Pass, and Night Skiing Only Pass
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Multi-Resort Season Passes

Mountain Collective Pass

Mountain Collective pass

If your goal is to ski as many resorts as possible this winter, than the Collective may be for you. For under $500, you can ski two days at 17 different resorts. That’s over a month’s worth of skiing and a heck of a lot of variety. Keep it local at Alta, Snowbird, and Snowbasin. Journey north to Big Sky in Montana and Sun Valley in Idaho. And journey even further north to Banff! Mountain Collective is also family-friendly, offering the same situation for kids for just $99.

Opening Date: Varies
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: No pricing deadline, but there are only a limited number of passes available.
Mountain Collective Pass: $449 (the only pass in this list that has decreased this year)
Benefits: Discounted lift tickets at participating resorts and lodging discounts
Discounted Rates: Available for dids ($99)
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Ikon pass

Ikon, as in Iconic (Photo Credit: Ikon Pass)

Ikon Pass

If “Will Travel for Skiing” is your winter motto, then Ikon is a new alternative to the Mountain Collective. Offered by Alterra Mountain Co. (owner of several resorts including, most recently, Deer Valley, this “curated” pass experience rounds up 36 of the best of the best from the Rocky Mountain West and Vermont, to Canada, Australia, and Japan. In Utah, the Ikon goods are at Deer Valley, Solitude, Alta, Snowbird, and Brighton.

Opening Date: Varies
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: None
Ikon Pass: $999
Benefits: Discounts on friends and family tickets, food, and beverage; Ikon Pass holders also get first dibs on booking CMH heli-skiing trips, which tend to sell out fast.
Discounted Rates: Available for kids, students, and military
Other Pass Options: Ikon Base Pass is a more affordable option at $699, but some restrictions/blackout dates apply
Buy Now

Here are a couple more unconventional passes worth considering:

  • Yeti Pass: A ticket to every resort in Utah for those who truly want to ski Utah!
  • The Gold Pass: For the ballers out there, this pass entitles the holder (or whoever she or he decides to share it with) to 50 days of skiing at every Utah resort except Park City.

Other Utah Season Pass Options

Solitude season pass

A ski patroller and avy dog at Solitude (Photo Credit: Solitude)

Curious about more season pass options? There are many more places to ski our state’s signature Greatest Snow on Earth. Below I’ve included links to season pass info for all the other ski resorts in Utah—and there are oh, so many …

Wherever you decide to ski or board this winter, enjoy your season and let me know if you’re tempted to look at some mountain properties that will feed your need for world-class powder in the Wasatch.

Must-Do Fall Events in Park City


From the cool mornings to the bouquets of orange, yellow, and red decorating our mountains, it’s clear that fall has arrived in the Wasatch. There’s so much to be excited about this time of year in Park City. It’s time to take in the foliage. Score our last hurrahs by foot and by bike on summer trails. It’s time to celebrate Halloween, consume pumpkin everything, and enroll in your favorite ski conditioning class. And, of course, it’s also time to express our gratitude. I’ve rounded up some of the best events in the Park City area to tick most of these autumn activities off your list. Here are the must-do fall events in Park City for 2018.

Red Bull 400 – September 15

The Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in Kimball Junction is an all-seasons sort of place. Indeed, for the UOP, there’s no off season. The now annual Red Bull 400 event proves it. The uber-athletic, the daring, and the Red Bull-fueled will race up the venue’s 400-meter ski jump. If you count yourself among those groups, enter the challenge. If not, you might still want to head up to UOP to observe the insanity. Not a bad place to take in sights of foliage in Park City either. My Olympian friend and client Liz Stephen won the battle in 2015.

Autumn Aloft – September 15-16

On lucky mornings in summer, I catch sight of a colorful hot air balloon floating against an alpine backdrop. There’s something about this vision that sets my mind at ease. Maybe it’s the serenity of an artful object drifting through an already beautiful setting. Or the magic of a giant balloon up in the sky. Now, imagine dozens of these balloons taking flight all at once. That’s Autumn Aloft. This annual hot air balloon festival is enchanting to children and a prime photo opportunity for the camera-inclined.

Tour de Suds – September 16

For some, this annual Skullcandy-sponsored race is a grueling mountain bike race. For others, it’s an opportunity to give your Halloween costume a trial run on wheels. And for racers of all stripes and spectators alike, Tour de Suds is a rockin’ party in the woods. Riders will climb nearly 3,000 feet from City Park in Old Town up to Guardsman Pass, then descend back down. This is when the suds part comes in, served up by Red Rock Brewery, alongside awards and a costume contest.

Snowbird Oktoberfest

Photo Credit: Snowbird

Oktoberfest at Snowbird

Speaking of suds, an annual pilgrimage (or three) to Little Cottonwood Canyon for Oktoberfest is an autumn essential. It’s the best time and place of the year to drink one of 50 local brews out of giant beer steins while listening to German folk music. But Snowbird’s Oktoberfest isn’t only for beer fiends or those with proud German heritage. The beer-averse can partake in the wine garden or throw back shots of Jager. And the kids will go crazy for giant pretzels and apple strudel.

Park City’s Longest Shotski – October 13

If you want to make drunk history (again), show up on Main Street to take a synchronized shot this fall. Park City has been claiming and reclaiming the title of longest shot ski from Breckenridge for three years now and the time has come once more to take what’s ours, Park City. So whether it’s the spirit of this friendly competition or actual spirits that move you, get your ticket now and join 1,274 others in knocking one back on the afternoon of Saturday, October 13.

Photo Credit: Howl-o-Ween

Howl-O-Ween! – October 31

If there’s one thing everyone in Park City can agree on, it’s that we love our pups. So dress up your beloved dog and head to Old Town this Halloween to show him or her off in this annual parade. You may find me there with our fast-growing puppy Callie. Little children and treat-hungry dogs alike will be invited to trick-or-treat their way up and down Main Street. Adults will be invited to steal their children’s candy (as usual) and snap photos galore.

Park City Ski Swap – November 2-4

The ski swap is not a casual affair. It’s not an, “Oh, maybe I’ll swing by and see what they’ve got” situation. This is a make-a-game-plan-a-week-ahead-and-line-up-two-hours-before-doors-open-then-shop-til-you-drop type of thing. Why partake in the intensity? Because there are indeed incredible deals to be had on skis, snowboards, helmets, goggles, jackets, and everything else you need to shred this winter. And it’s kind of fun to be reminded of just how ski-crazy this town really is. Need a slightly-used downhill suit for a costume? This is the place for you. If you think you’ve got what it takes, I do recommend showing up to Basin Rec a couple hours early with camp chairs, snacks, beverages, and patience. Make an evening out of it! If you really want to go but are the claustrophobic type, settle for smaller inventory and show up later on day two or three to avoid the chaos.

My family and I participating in the Live PC Give PC Float in the 2016 Miner’s Day Parade

8th Annual Live PC Give PC – November 9

I feel strongly that the heartbeat of Park City is our thriving nonprofit community, filled with people committed to making a difference. The annual Live PC Give PC event is the ultimate chance to support that community. This day of giving drums up funds for over 100 local organizations. Last year, over $2,000,000 was raised in a 24-hour period. This year’s goal is 4500+ individual donors, so whatever you can contribute will make a difference; the minimum donation is $5.00. While this is more of a virtual event, be sure to mark your calendar and identify the causes you hope to support this year. You can check out some of the local nonprofits I’ve highlighted in the past here.

My Bio Video


This bio video has been a long time in the making, but it was more than worth the wait. Future clients will get a sense of everything from my passion for real estate and my family life, to my pillow karate-chopping prowess, which helps make a bedroom or living room that much more photogenic for a photo shoot. A big thank you to the incredible Summit Sotheby’s International Realty marketing team for their hard work from conception and filming to the editing room.

 

5 Places to Catch Fall Foliage in Park City


The Uinta hills looking their best (Photo Credit: Devin Stein)

A week or so ago, most of us woke up to a sprinkling of the season’s first fallen yellow leaves across our yards, patios, and sidewalks. The first signs of fall always inject no small dose of exhilaration into this skier’s heart. But before ski season actually arrives, we have much else to look forward to, from pumpkin everything and Halloween, to glorious fall foliage. If you’re a foliage fiend, here are five places to strike autumn gold in the Park City area.

1. Hike Wasatch Crest Trail from Guardsman Pass

Sometimes, you have to get high to get the best view—and I don’t mean Colorado high. Topping out at nearly 10,000 feet, the Wasatch Crest will give you a boost in elevation that also boosts your foliage view. Access the six(ish)-mile out-and-back trail from Guardsman Pass, where you’ll also catch some beautiful leaves. You can also mountain bike this trail if you prefer a faster, more adrenaline-filled tour de leaves.

2. Snowbasin’s Blues, Brews, & BBQ … and Bouquets of Foliage

While you might think of the Cottonwood Canyons as primarily winter destinations reserved for when you want to explore new mountains, Snowbird, Snowbasin, and other area resorts also have great hiking trails, scenic lift rides, and events that should motivate you to make the trip any time of year. Snowbasin hosts a free Blues, Brews & BBQ event every Sunday afternoon through September 30. Pair your local beer and brisket with the breathtaking fall colors.

Snowbasin leaves

A Gondola ride: the most passive way to sit back and watch the leaves (Photo Credit: Snowbasin)

3. Lunch at Moosehorn Lake in the Uintas

For those looking to get a little further off the Park City foliage circuit, Moosehorn Lake awaits just past the summit of Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Drive through Kamas and continue into the Uintas. Stop at the Byway’s peak to take some killer panoramic photos, then descend a couple of switchbacks until you see Moosehorn Lake on your left. In the shadow of Bald Mountain and ringed by trees, this is a beautiful place for fall canoeing, fishing, camping, or just destination picnicking. Turn it into a full day trip by stopping at other photo opps on the way there and back.

4. Drive the Long Way to SLC via Emigration Canyon

Have a trip to Salt Lake you must make this fall? Turn it into a mini road trip with gorgeous views by hopping off I-80 at the East Canyon exit. From there, turn right on East Canyon; after a couple miles, hang a left on Emigration Canyon. Immensely popular with road bikers, this alternate route switchbacks up and down through forested areas overlooking East Canyon Reservoir. Eventually, you’ll pass This is The Place Park and Hogle Zoo until you intersect with Foothill Drive in Salt Lake. Stop along the way and grab some grub at Ruth’s Diner.

5. Make a Scarecrow at McPolin Farm

One of the perks of living in a place that prizes open space, trees, and trails is that you don’t have to venture far to take in the foliage. We’re right in the thick of it! You can catch shimmering golden Aspens and hills that resemble jars of pumpkin spice potpourri right in Old Town or nearby at, say, the McPolin Farm. This Park City landmark is a great spot to take foliage photo shoots and, if you need another excuse to visit, is hosting its Scarecrow Festival on September 22. Kids will have a blast with face painting, pumpkin painting, and scarecrow crafting, while you bask in the alluring autumn setting.

Business Spotlight: Haute Hostess & WISH


Did you know that Park City has a party muse? This shouldn’t come as a surprise in light of the inimitable parties our town does indeed throw. From Sundance affairs to backyard bashes and, of course, killer Sotheby’s soirees, Park City loves a party. Behind some of the best of these fetes is Haute Hostess and sister biz WISH. And behind these two local businesses is hostess extraordinaire Emily White.

It all started in 2010, when Emily began following her passion for “the merriment of organizing and creating events.” While Emily has called Park City home for two decades, her Southern roots back in West Virginia play a formative role in driving her passion for hospitality and entertaining. While a good party in her book takes a dose of her whimsical style and plenty of time-earned savoir-faire, she believes that a true successful event should speak to the people being celebrated and the people celebrating. Her ultimate mission? To create personal and meaningful social events.

Six years later, in 2016, Emily opened her complementary party boutique WISH. “It was an extended branch of Haute Hostess to bring Park City locals the very best in party decor, favors, cards, gifts, and, of course, our ultimate balloon bar,” says Emily. It’s the perfect place to find a tastefully curated collection of tableware and global party gear to set your next event apart.

For Emily, one of the best parties in the books at Haute Hostess was one of her own: a Housewarming/Halloween Party following a two-and-a-half year home renovation. To accommodate the over 100 attendees, she tented the driveway and added lounge furniture. And to create the conditions where indelible party memories are made, she brought in mirrors, chandeliers, a bar, and a DJ. Desserts were all black and white, while specialty drinks were served with spooky smoking dry ice. “With the help of Culinary Crafts, we threw one fabulous party!” Emily recalls.

Want to throw an amazing party of your own? Below are some tips from Emily. For more cues from Park City’s unofficial party maven, reach out to Emily at Haute Hostess or stop by WISH.

Party tips from Haute Hostess

  • A successful party is about thoughtful preparation and careful attention to detail. I can’t emphasize this enough … plan ahead!
  • Set the scene and take time to get your venue party-ready.
  • Call for back-up, hire help, and round up the troops. You shouldn’t tackle an event alone. After all, you want to enjoy your party, too!
  • Our favorite product on the market right now and a bestseller at WISH is our crepe paper fringe balloon tassels in every color under the sun (pictured above)!

If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you can take advantage of a special promo that I partnered with Haute Hostess/WISH to offer this September. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Recycle Utah


Park City recycling center

Photo Credit: Recycle Utah

Glass! It’s the bane of Summit County. With no curbside recycling, the eco-friendly wine, beer, and kombucha-guzzlers among us must horde their used glass like squirrels stock acorns. Then, at some semi-regular interval, we load up all the empty glass bottles and make a quarterly, monthly, maybe even weekly visit to Park City’s friendly neighborhood recycling center. No doubt, most of you reading this have been there. But did you know that it’s not just a happening recycling scene, but also a nonprofit organization doing so much more than accepting our semi-valuable waste?

Yes, Recycle Utah has been at it since 1991. Today, they not only recycle our stuff, but also help local business be more environmentally friendly, educate the public, and host regular events. We chatted with Director of Outreach and Communications Haley Lebsack to learn more about what Recycle Utah is up to …

Choose Park City: How has Recycle Utah evolved since it first started?

Haley Lebsack: In 1991, Recycle Utah was the only recycling solution in Park City. There was no curbside, and the Park City Conservation Association DBA Recycle Utah was created to offer a solution to an ever-growing waste management problem. Currently, Recycle Utah sees over 400 cars a day and diverts 3.5 million pounds from the Summit County Landfill.

Former board member, Christie Babalis, says it best, “I don’t know if there is anyone in Summit County who has not been touched by what Recycle Utah does, whether they realize it or not.” We started as a drop-off location with a few clean-up events. Now, in 2018, we educate over 5,000 students a year and work with over 70 Summit County businesses to improve their sustainability in our Green Business program. We accept over 50 items at the center and host four Dumpster Day weekends and two hazardous waste collection days.

What are your best recycling tips for Summit County citizens using your center?

Remember that waste reduction is always the first step. Where can you cut out single-use products? It’s as simple as using a reusable water bottle instead of plastic, bringing your own bag to the grocery store, buying bulk, and using your own to-go containers.

Reusing is the the second step. Can you utilize items for a different purpose before throwing them in the recycling or garbage bin?

Recycling is the third step. It is important to stay educated on what can and cannot be recyclable. Never bag your curbside recyclables; the bag will be thrown away because it cannot be sorted. Plastic bags, glass, and styrofoam cannot go curbside. They contaminate the load. If you are worried about contamination, the best thing you can do is talk to your neighbors. Ensure what they are putting in their bins is recyclable so that the entire load doesn’t end up in the landfill.

What is the biggest misconception about recycling?

A big misconception is that recycling is a money-making business. Recycle Utah spends a lot of money to ensure things like plastics, electronics, and packaging styrofoam get recycled. We do it because it is the right thing to do. Our future generations depend on it. Collection is also not diversion. It is important at Recycle Utah that you put the items in the correct bins. I’ve pulled plastic bags filled with ribbons and bows, golf shoes, diapers, etc. out of our paper bin. If we don’t catch it here, nothing in that bag will get recycled. Bagged recyclables of mixed materials will also end up in the landfill.

Photo Credit: Recycle Utah

You just held 100-Mile Meal. Was it a success?

100-Mile Meal was a huge success. We sold out prior to the event this year. We raised over $30,000 at the event. I love this event because it takes hard work and collaboration from our board members, volunteers, staff, donating food vendors, and the Park City Mountain Culinary team to ensure that this event is a huge success. Our two biggest sponsors, Gallery Mar and Park City Mountain EpicPromise, have been with us from the beginning and really helped this event grow over the last three years.

Glass recycling is a challenge in Summit County. Will we ever see curbside glass pickup? We’ve also heard rumors that glass collected is buried in the ground. Set us straight on glass!

When it comes to glass we can only speak to what we do here at the center. We partner with Momentum Recycling. Our clear and green glass is turned into fiberglass insulation by a company down in the valley. Brown glass is turned right back into brown glass. And blue glass is used for flooring and art within construction.

One ton of recycled glass saves 42 Kwh of energy, 0.12 barrels (5 gallons) of oil, 714,000 BTUs of energy, 7.5 pounds of air pollutants, and two cubic yards of landfill space. Over 30% of the raw material used in glass production now comes from recycled glass.

glass bottles

Photo Credit: Recycle Utah

Harvest Fest is coming up. Will this event differ at all from last year? Tell us why we should come!

Harvest Fest is in its eighth year. It’s our most family-friendly event of the year. We celebrate fall with pumpkins, apple pies, local vendors, and kids’ activities. This year’s Harvest Festival will be on Saturday, October 6 from noon until 5pm at the High Star Ranch in Kamas. The festival is free and open to the public. There will be dozens of vendors selling a dazzling array of local goods; you’re bound to admire the character, flavor, and creativity of the area! The festival will feature local food and drink, activities for kids, wagon rides, live music, local crafts, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Get involved

Save the date for Recycle Utah’s upcoming events:

  • September 11: Green Drinks. Learn more about environmental education at the Park City Day School.
  • September 27-29: Dumpster Days. Get rid of residential and yard waste. Donations appreciated! If you miss this one, it returns October 25-27.
  • September 29: Household Hazardous Waste Collection. From 9am-1pm in the Canyons parking lot, get rid of your paint, motor oils, and other hazardous wastes for free.
  • October 6: Harvest Fest. Take in live music, local food and drink, crafts and more in celebration of fall. The festival takes place from noon until 5pm at High Star Ranch in Kamas.

You can also support Recycle Utah’s mission by making a donation or volunteering. You can also support them during Live PC Give PC (this year it falls on Friday, November 9).


After every sale, I make a donation to a deserving nonprofit selected by my client. Nonprofit Spotlight highlights the recipients of these donations. My tradition of giving fits into the larger charitable mission of the nonprofit Sotheby’s Cares, wherein Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s sales associates routinely give to worthy causes. We have donated to many organizations, including The Park City Foundation, the Mountain Trails Foundation, KPCW, Summit Land Conservancy, and PC Reads. Our contributions since 2010 amount to over $600,000. 

Viridian Park City Residences: Life on the Green


Viridian kitchen“Mountain life begins on the green” goes the slogan of one of the newest residential developments to hit Park City. In this case, Viridian Park City Residences refers specifically to the new Canyons Golf Course where it’s situated. But there’s also the forest green backdrop to these townhomes in the form of pine trees and aspens. Green just happens to be my favorite color, so I, of course, am partial to Viridian. And in case you didn’t know, the color called viridian is actually a teal-esque shade of blue-green—a fitting name indeed.

Construction on Viridian kicks off this fall and there’s a lot to love about this new development. “The design for this price point is notches ahead of the traditional condo project in Canyons,” says Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate agent Tracey Jaret. “Not to mention the short walk to Frostwood Gondola and location on the golf course.” 

Viridian amenities

Amenities include a private pool area

Indeed, Viridian’s location is prime, surrounded by year-round recreation opportunities, from a golf course and hiking/biking trails, to, of course, skiing. No more loading up your gear and braving traffic to dig into some pow. From Viridian, residents will be able to walk to the lift. It’s also an equally quick jaunt to Old Town and to I-80 to get to Salt Lake City. What’s more, the design of Viridian Park City Residences shines with a contemporary vibe and open floor plans. The architects clearly also prized views and natural light in plotting this property.

What else do you need to know? Here are the vitals on Viridian:

Total units: 24

Units available: 15—the rest are reserved. You’ll want to move fast if you’re interested.

Size: Townhomes range from two bedrooms (1,421 square feet) and three bedrooms (2,062 square feet), to five bedrooms (2,522 square feet).

Pricing: Viridian Residences start at $799,000. Pricing tops out at $1,725,000.

Short-term rental eligible? Yes.