Join SSIR for the Top Summertime Events


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

There’s no better way to celebrate America than Park City’s 4th of July parade, and SSIR has your front-row seat!

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

The Utah Symphony pays homage to the Rolling Stones on August 9, sponsored by SSIR.

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.

World-class cyclists spin through Park City during the annual Tour of Utah.

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.

Business Spotlight: Indigo Highway


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 future holds.  

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. 

A Favorite for locals and visitors alike, this sterling silver necklace is hand stamped with the coordinates of Park City, Utah.  Everyone’s favorite Mountain Town!

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.

Specially designed for Indigo Highway, this smudge bowl is the perfect accessory for your ritual space.

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. 

From Indigo Highway’s exclusive fossil and artifact collection, this one of a kind necklace is signed and numbered on the back by the artist.

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!

Stop by Indigo Highway (1241 Center Drive in Redstone) and receive 10-percent off your purchase (valid through June 31, 2019).

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you can take advantage of special promos every month. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you June’s coupon.

Mother’s Day Gifts Mom REALLY Wants


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.

Causebox allows Mom to blend social consciousness with style.

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.

Create as many mandalas as time allows at The Paint Mixer’s “Moms, Mimosas and Mandalas” class on May 11.

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.

Mom can experience mountain mindfulness at Sundance Resort.

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.

Tupelo’s biscuits (shown here with honey butter) have been named some of the best in Utah.

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 Concert Primer: Lists, Tips and Tricks


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 15th Deer 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 either ordering 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 the Design-A-Series and receive up to 20% off.

(Photo Credit: Deer Valley Resort)

Tip: VIP 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.

Trick: 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.

The List (only Main Stage concerts listed; smaller venue shows can be found on this listing:

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.

Michael Franti & Spearhead, along with Ziggy Marley, kick off the Deer Valley Concert Series on June 30 (Photo Credit: Deer Valley Concert Series)

Tip: Lukas 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.

Trick: 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.

Rickie Lee Jones performs at Park City’s Historic Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre from June 7-9 (Photo Credit: The Egyptian Theatre)

Tip: Join The 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.

Cam performs the final show of this year’s Big Stars Bright Night’s series, scheduled indoors at The Eccles Center this summer (Photo Credit: Park City Institute)

Tip: Keep an eye out for information about off-site gatherings before each show, as food and beverages are not allowed inside the Eccles Center.

Trick: Purchase a membership before tickets go on sale to the public on May 6 for the best seating options.

The List:
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.

(Photo Credit: O.P. Rockwell)

Tip: 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.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit play Sept. 19 at Red Butte Garden (Photo Credit: Red Butte Garden)

Tip: Tickets 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.

Trick: 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.

Brad Paisley opens the USANA series on June 13 (Photo Credit: USANA Amphitheatre)

Tip: From 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.

Trick: 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.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, along with Melissa Etheridge, play the Sandy Amphitheater this summer on July 16 (Photo Credit: Sandy Amphitheater)

Tip: Sandy City has just voted to allow the previously-dry venue to sell beer to its thirsty patrons.

Trick: 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.

Leftover Salmon plays in Kamas at the DeJoria Center on June 21 (Photo Credit: DeJoria Center)

Tip: Enjoy dinner onsite at the State Road Tavern & Restaurant before the show. 

Trick: Stay out of the fray and purchase a VIP Booth for certain shows, which includes eight seats, complimentary soft drinks and a dedicated server.

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

Local summer events are one of the many reasons so many Choose Park City. You can, too, by calling Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visiting her website by clicking here.

Summit Sotheby’s Brand Overview 2019


We could tell you about why Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is like no other, but we’d rather show you. Freshly cut from our in-house creative gurus and part one of a multi-part video campaign, this short-film is a snippet into the life of our brand. We’re all about breaking the mold, redefining the business of real estate and having a whole lot of fun in the process.

Nonprofit Spotlight: EATS Park City – Striving for a Healthier Generation … One Park City Kid at a Time!


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 kids.

Photo credit: EATS Park City

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.

This mission 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.

According to 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.

EATS at Ecker Hill
Photo credit: EATS Park City

For high 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.

In striving 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.

EATS Park City’s Fork in the Road Fundraiser is Saturday, April 27.

“The money 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.”

Can’t make the fundraiser, but still want to support EATS’ efforts? Click here to learn more about ways to donate.

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! 

Running with Ed Turns 10!


Running with Ed (RWE), a.k.a. Park City’s most celebrated relay race, is turning 10, and I’m thrilled to be co-chairing the event this year with my good friend and fellow real estate rockstar, Amy Courage Lineen. Together, we hope to surpass the 2019 fundraising goal of $110,000!

Photo of me at race
Me with my daughter, Lila, geared up as part of our team, the Average Joes!

Over the past decade, RWE has raised more than $1.7-million for Park City’s school kids, with all proceeds going to the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF). PCEF was founded in 1986, and provides support for local schools in a variety of ways, including STEM project materials, teacher grants, college prep materials for at-risk students, afterschool programs, art supplies and reading materials. With Utah consistently placing last in the nation for class size, teacher salaries and per-pupil spending, private funds are critical to ensure our kids are being educated on a level playing field with their peers in other states.

Dia de los Muertos
Costumes are just part of the fun during Running with Ed each year.

This year’s RWE is Saturday, May 18, and if you haven’t experienced it in previous years, I encourage you to register a team. The event is more costume party – emphasis on “party” – than your average race, with teams pulling out all the stops in terms of creativity and spirit to try and win one of the top three costume prizes. Because there are 10 legs comprising the 38-mile course, runners of all abilities can find a segment perfect for their speed. You can view the full course map by clicking here.

To help bolster participation, the seven PCSD schools compete for participation challenge grants of $5K, $3K and $2K, sponsored by Park City Mountain. Every school with a minimum of 50% participation will receive a $1,000 grant from PCEF, with the final results announced at the Finish Party at the Fieldhouse.

Another incentive for participation is through discounted pricing for students and runners age 18 and younger. If you’re thinking about participating, don’t delay – the deadline for registering without the late fee is April 18 at 11:59 p.m., with April 30 being the drop-dead, final registration date. You can register online by clicking here.

New this year, individual fundraising gifts will be awarded to the racers who raise the most money, and includes things like dinner for four at Firewood, a summer family membership to Silver Mountain Sports Club, a Real Salt Lake VIP package, Olympic Park Season Passes and hotels stays.

For the non-runners among us, volunteering is an option that provides a fun way to support the cause and help cheer on the teams. Volunteer sign up can be found here. The individual schools along the race course will also need volunteers, so connect with your kid’s school to see if they can use your help.

Not feeling like running OR volunteering? No problem! You can donate to a team by clicking here. If you don’t have a team of choice, I’d love for you to support my girls and our team The Average Joes. Select “Mike Grenney.”

Whether running the longest leg, or handing water to runners, participating in Running with Ed – especially with your children – is a healthy and fun experience they’ll long remember.

Few communities are as family-focused as Park City, so if you’re considering whether to Choose Park City, be sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to learn more about the amazing place where so many parents have decided to raise their children!

Business Spotlight: Mountain Town Olive Oil


Photo Credit: Mountain Town Olive Oil

 

Mountain Town Olive Oil is a Park City based company that aims to provide customers with the best olive oils and vinegars the world has to offer.

I chatted with Jessica McCleary—owner of Mountain Town Olive Oil on Main Street. Her goal is to not only sell extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic vinegar but to be a resource regarding how these liquids are used.

How did you end up in Park City?

I moved here for a position with Sundance Catalog. I thought I would be here for a year, and now I am coming up on 11 years in Utah!

How and when did you first get the idea for your business?

I first got the idea in August of 2009 and we opened 3 months later! I actually started my career in retail as a buyer for Papyrus stationery and Williams Sonoma cookware before I began working at the catalog. I merged my experience as a buyer with my passion for cooking and experimenting with recipes. The nutrition aspect is important to me. Extra virgin olive oil is so great for your digestive, brain and heart health. It’s a healthier alternative and I wanted to share this with the public.

Photo Credit: Mountain Town Olive Oil

How has Mountain Town Olive Oil Co. evolved since 2009?

We have grown in size, in selection, and in offering different experiences. At first, it was just tasting oils and vinegars. Now we have spice blends, flavored salts, gourmet foods, and a wide selection of gifts and accessories for the home.

Can you tell us about your bottle recycling program?

We offer refills on our 375ml bottle for 20% off. All you need to do is clean your bottle after use and we can refill with any flavor. It is a great way to save some money and also reuse the bottle.

Photo Credit: Mountain Town Olive Oil

What are your most popular and sought after products?  

Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and our 18 Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar.

Are you working on anything new that we should know about?

In the past 6 months, we have started offering a food and wine pairing class called the Next Course. A private chef demonstrates how to make each recipe and guests get to taste everything. After the class is over, the students get to take the recipes, cooking methods and a shopping list of ingredients home. They also receive a free mini bottle as well as a discount to shop in the store afterwards. Past Next Course themes include Paleo, Festive Finger Foods, Irish Feast, Champagne Brunch and After Ski Snacks.

The whole point is to show the class how to use the oils and vinegars that are found in the store. So many times people tell me how much they love the oils and vinegars we have, but they don’t know how to use them. That hurts my heart, because I want customers to use these products to enhance their cooking.

Photo Credit: Mountain Town Olive Oil

What’s your favorite aspect about your job?  

I love evolving my business and making it fun and exciting not only for me, but also for our customers.

Stop by Mountain Town Olive Oil on Main Street today and redeem 20% off the Purchase of 2 or more Full Sized Bottles (valid through 4/30/19) – OR – 10% off your Next Course Food & Wine Pairing Class (valid through 8/31/19).

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you can take advantage of special promos every month. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you April’s coupon.

Got kids? Summer Camp Options Abound


Even though a few more snowy days can be expected in Park City before school ends, it’s time to start planning for summer camp. Let’s face it: There’s no such thing as a lazy summer for Park City kids, and with options that exercise both the mind and body, there’s a camp destined to fit every child, no matter their interests. (Reminder: School ends for Park City on June 6 and starts on August 20)

Full-Summer Solutions

Kids get kooky at Park City Recreation’s Day Camp in City Park (Photo credit: Park City Recreation)

 

Basin Recreation Summer Blast Day Camp
1388 Center Drive
Park City, Utah 84098
(435) 655-0999

Basin Recreation offers themed weeks for their Summer Blast Day Camp. Kicking off on June 10 and finishing on August 16, campers ages 6-12 can expect swimming, sports, games and art. Registration is offered by the day, week or entire summer, and starts at $40/day. Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and registration opens at midnight on April 1. Contact Angie Greenburg for more info. In addition to their Day Camp, Basin Rec also offers a wide array of daily excursion and weekly camps, including “Mini Mountain Bike Camp” (6-8 years), “Introduction to Lacrosse Camp” (6-12 years), “Munchkin Soccer Camp” (4-6 years), “H2O Adventure Camp” (7-12 years) and “Indoor Volleyball Camp (6-14 years).

 

Park City Recreation Summer Day Camp
1354 Park Avenue (City Park)
Park City, UT  84060
435-615-5401 (435-615-5440 when camp is in-session)

Park City Recreation offers a summer-long day camp, headquartered out of its City Park building (by the Miner’s Hospital). Camp is held daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and includes arts and crafts, sports, games, fields trips every Friday, and Wednesday trips to the outdoor pool at the MARC. Full-summer cost is $1,950, beginning on June 10 and ending on August 16. Daily campers pay $53 per day, while weekly options are $215 per week. Add-on activities include four-day golf lessons, swimming lessons and skateboarding. Camp registration opens at 6 a.m. on April 1 and can be accessed online by clicking here. Park City Recreation also offers a Counselor in Training (CIT) program for teens ages 13-15. The program focusses on leadership and job skills while working side-by-side with Summer Day Camp staff and campers. Applications for CIT are due on Monday, May 6th, and can be found here.

 

Deer Valley Resort Summer Adventure Camp
2250 Deer Valley Drive South (Snow Park Lodge)
Park City, UT  84060
435-645-6648

Deer Valley Resort’s Summer Adventure Camp calls Snow Park Lodge its home base, but the entire mountain is its playground. Hiking, mountain biking and SUP are complemented by games, puzzles, arts and crafts. As a state-licensed center, infants as young as two months are welcome, with options available for kids up to 12 years of age. Camp begins on June 10 and runs five days per week throughout the summer. Prices for 2019 have not yet been posted, but a full-summer camper in 2018 was between $2,739 and $3,190 for the little ones. Visit Deer Valley’s website for more info.

 

YMCA’s Park City Summer Day Camp
4501 UT-224 (Park City Community Church
Park City, UT  84098
801-839-3379

Headquartered out of Park City Community Church (behind Park City Nursery on S.R. 224), this YMCA camp is excursion-based, which means day campers get to go out and explore their own backyard daily. The camp is for ages 5-12, with a special quiet room for the five-year-olds and a staff-to-child ratio of no more than 1:6. Beginning on June 12 and running through August 16, some of the weekly themes include “Wacky Science,” “Disney Heroes,” “Campers vs. Wild,” “Star Wars” and “Around the World.” Daily hours are 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. for $225 per week, with optional extended care starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. for an additional $15 per week (financial assistance is available).

 

For the Sporty and Outdoorsy

Kids who participate in the Utah Olympic Park’s FUNdamentals Sport Camp get to try out their freestyle skills in the UOP’s famous pool (Photo credit: Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation)

Young Riders Camps
(Locations throughout Park City)
435-640-8642

The Young Riders Youth Cycling program offers weeklong camps from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning June 10, and provides opportunities for riders ages 5 – 14. Seventeen camps are available throughout the summer for every level of rider, including Pee Wee, Never-ever, Beginner, Intermediate and Advance. Registration is now open and most camps are waitlist, but it’s worth getting on the list in case another kids cannot make it! Visit their website for more info, or contact Julie Minahan at Julie.Minahan@Gmail.com.

 

Utah Olympic Park
3419 Olympic Parkway
Park City, UT  84098
435-602-9401

The UOP’s FUNdamentals Sport Camp introduces kids ages 7 – 10 to a variety of outdoor pursuits, including golf, tennis, swimming, water polo and sailing. Each of the six sessions are held Tuesday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (early drop off at 8:30 a.m. is available), and include an opportunity to try freestyle skiing skills in the park’s famous pool. Cost is $330 per week, and registration is currently open. Click here for more details.

 

Summit Community Gardens
4056 Shadow Mountain Drive (off Old Ranch Road)
Park City, UT  84098
info@summitcommunitygardens.org

Kids can learn about nature, gardening and growing healthy food through Summit Community Gardens’ summer camps. Each week’s theme includes hands-on gardening activities and has options for kids entering kindergarten through 8th grade. The varied themes include “Summer Camp: A Week in the Life of a Farmer” (3rd & 4th grade), “Summer Camp: Art in the Garden” (7th & 8th grade), and “Cycles” (3rd & 4th graders). Camps are $180 per week and run Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here for more info.

 

Summit Land Conservancy Outdoor Explorers and Little Explorers Camp
1650 Park Avenue, Ste. 200
Park City, UT  84060
435-649-9884

For kiddos who love being outside and engaging in “nature play,” Summit Land Conservancy has the ideal camp experience planned. Children will learn about ecology, botany, biology, wildlife identification, local history, and the importance of land stewardship while acting as a junior conservator. Half-day camps from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. are available for Little Explorers (ages 5 & 6), with themes that include “Mountain Bike Monday,” “Trail Trekking Tuesday,” “Water Wonders Wednesday,” “Thrill Seeker Thursday” and “Farmer Friday.” The Little Explorers camp is only held for one session – August 12–16 – and costs $200/camper. However, five sessions of the Outdoor Explorers Camp for ages 7-12 are offered throughout the summer, with each session running five full days, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. The themes are the same as those for the Little Explorers, with the exception of “Weber River Wednesday,” featuring a raft tour of the Weber. Outdoor Explorers costs $375/camper; drop-off and pick-up is at the City Park softball field for both age groups. Registration opens on April 3 at 9 a.m., and can be completed online here, or by stopping by the Summit Land Conservancy’s offices at 1650 Park Ave. Contact Caitlin at 435-640-9884, or caitlin@wesaveland.org for more information.

 

Getting Arts & Science-y

A student draws at the Kimball Art Center (Photo credit: Kimball Art Center)

Swaner Nature Preserve
1258 Center Drive
Park City, UT  84098
435-649-1767

The week-long educational summer camp programs offered through Swaner Nature Preserve run June 17 through August 16, and include both half-day and full-day options. A few openings remain, so click here to check them out, or ask to be placed on the waitlist for others, as openings are always possible. Then, purchase a membership by Feb. 28, 2020 and mark your calendar for March 15, 2020 to register early as a member next year for the best selection of camps.

Kimball Art Center
1401 Kearns Boulevard
Park City, UT  84060
435-649-8882

Camps at the Kimball Art Center are designed to inspire, educate and foster an appreciation for art in all its forms. From June 10 – August 16, kids ages 3-17 will find offerings across multiple media, including sculpture and pottery, graphic design, painting, mosaic and jewelry-making. Classes are Monday through Friday, and run 2.5-3 hours each. Peruse the many options by clicking here.

 

Park City School District
(Various locations around Park City)
435-645-5617

PCSD’s “Summer Fun” offers week-by-week programs for every grade from June 10 through August 11. Many of the dozens of week-long camps incorporate STEAM concepts with a fun twist, and include subjects like, “Camp Invention” (grades 1-6), “Off the Chart Art – The Art of Pixar” (grades 3-5), “Pete the Cat – It’s all Groovy” (ages 4-6), “Play Well Legos – Harry Potter” (ages 5-12), and a variety of “Chef School Jr.” options. The full catalog and class details go online on March 29, and can be found by clicking here, or email Jane Toly at jtoly@pcschools.us.

 

Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT  84108
801-581-6927

Natural science and STEAM-related summer camps are available for grades kindergarten through 7th at the Natural History Museum of Utah, located on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Camps begin the week of June 10, with some featuring nearby partners like Red Butte Garden, Tracy Aviary and Clark Planetarium. Topics range from “Farm to Table (with Wasatch Community Gardens),” to “Art with Power Tools for Girls Only,” and “LEGO WeDo and Engineering (with Play-Well TEKnologies).” Most camps for younger kids are half-day, while older kids attend from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

 

Utah’s Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Avenue (840 South)
Salt Lake City, UT. 84108
801-584-1700

Utah’s Hogle Zoo offers camps for kids from (incoming) 1st through 8th grade, with the littlest campers starting out in half-day camps lasting just three days per week, and the oldest campers scheduled for full-days and a five-day week. Some of the more in-depth zoological experiences include, “Let’s Do Lunch” where campers learn the hunting and dining techniques of animals, and “Dr. Zoo,” which takes kids behind the scenes to see what goes into caring for every species, from the cockroach to the rhino. Prices range from $80 for half days to $330 for full days, with discounts for zoo members.

 

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
12033 Lone Peak Parkway
Draper, UT. 84020
801-355-FISH (3474)

For kids fascinated with life under the sea, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium offers weeklong camps throughout the summer. Themes include “Tide Pool Titans,” “Feathers, Fins and Fur” and “Full STEAM Ahead.” Campers are grouped by ages 6-7, 8-9 & 10-11. There are two half-day camp options for ages 4-5 and 6-7, and the Marine Biologist in Training camp is available for ages 12-14, plus a special field-trip session for ages 14+ All campers receive a t-shirt, water bottle, backpack, behind-the-scenes experiences and animal encounters of the most creepy-crawly kind! Camps begin on June 3 and end August 16, with half days from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and full days run 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended care options. Prices are $130 for half day and $255 for a full day, with discounts for aquarium members.

 

Overnight Adventures

Even the littlest campers get to spend the night at Camp Roger (Photo credit: Camp Roger)

 

Highly-revered overnight camps are available close by through the YMCA’s Camp Roger (on Mirror Lake Highway jut past Kama) and the Girl Scouts’ Camp Cloud Rim (above the Montage in upper Deer Valley). Camp Roger offers week-long camps from June 9 – August 16 for ages 6-15, featuring mountain biking, hiking, archery, arts and crafts, and horseback riding. Camp Cloud Rim offers an idyllic, lakeside setting at 9,200 feet, where girls entering grades 1-12 can experience week-long, themed camps, such as “Boating Bonanza,” “Artrageous” and “Backpacker.” Some camps even allow younger and older siblings to share in the experience, with younger kids staying just a few nights, and older siblings camping for the full five days.

 

With so many options for day, week and summer-long adventures, you’ll quickly realize why Park City is the choice for so many families. If you’ve just decided to Choose Park City, be sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to explore future adventures of your own! 

 

 

Hitting the Road for Spring Break


Ahhh. Spring Break in Park City. Will there be sun, or will there be snow? Unlike our ever-unpredictable weather, options for Spring Break getaways seem to dwindle the longer you have kids going through the system. What was exciting and new for the first born becomes “been there, done that” by the youngest.

To help alleviate Spring Break ennui, we’ve put together a few last-minute road trip ideas to help make this year’s Spring Break one for the books!

National Parks in Record Time

Capitol Reef - Cassidy Arch

Capitol Reef – Cassidy Arch (Photo credit: Utah.com)

 

Deciding which of Utah’s five National Parks to tackle can be daunting, so why not do all of them in one week! Busy, yes, but imagine the reward of your kiddos going back to school after earning Junior Ranger pins from all five parks in one fell swoop!

This “5 Utah National Parks in 5 Days” article from Utah.com maps it all out for you. Starting with Zion on day one, and ending with Arches on day five, the simple bragging rights of saying you did all in one week should be incentive enough. And the benefit of having a Spring Break that lands after other Utah schools districts’ should mean the parks are slightly less crowded than usual.

Vegas Revisited

For many Utahns, Vegas is merely a rest stop on the way to Southern Calif. And though Vegas went through a bit of a schizophrenic phrase (transitioning from a “family-friendly” message, to the iconic “What Happens in Vegas” campaign), you can always count on new attractions coming on line in Sin City.

Whether you’re passing through or staying for a few days, fans of Virtual Reality (VR) should head to The Void, located at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel. Opportunities to “step inside The Void” include “Ralph Breaks VR,” “Ghostbusters Dimension” and “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.” Each experience is immersive and tackled as a team, which makes it sound like an escape room on steroids. There are some restrictions – guests must be 48 inches and the recommended minimum age is 10, so take the younger kids on a gondola ride or indulge in the French pastries at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon. Ironically, The Void is based in Lindon, Utah, but their Beehive State location is not open to the public, so Vegas is the closest opportunity to experience this homegrown technical achievement in entertainment.

FLY LINQ zipline over the Las Vegas Strip (Photo credit: FLY LINQ)

 

Thrill-seekers will enjoy the new FLY LINQ zipline, which allows up to 10 riders to zip along over the Vegas strip side-by-side. This $20-million attraction launches riders from a 114-foot tower (approx. 14 stories) along a 1,121 foot-line to a 54-foot landing tower. The trip lasts 35-45 seconds and sends guests rocketing at speeds averaging 35 mph. To fly this high, you must weigh at least 60 pounds, with seated daytime passengers costing $25 (you pay $35 if you want to take the trip lying down), and nighttime adventurers will pay $30-$40. For more info, click here.

Though Cirque du Soleil’s traveling productions visit Utah regularly, their sets really don’t hold a candle to those enjoyed at the company’s Vegas installations. With six shows presently in residence, including the more family-friendly “KÀ,” “The Beatles LOVE,” “O” and “Mystère,” seeing Cirque du Soleil in Vegas is an unmatched theatrical experience. The bonus: The shows have been running for so many years, that ticket specials are often available. Check them out by clicking here.

If the Strip is too frenetic for you and your kids, consider staying at one of the resorts on the outskirts of town in Henderson. A few local faves include Green Valley Ranch and the casino-free Westin Lake Las Vegas. 

A Ghostly Getaway

While evidence of Utah’s frontier heritage is abundant, our neighbors in Idaho also boast many boomtowns turned ghost towns within a day’s drive.

Most boomtowns were built solely around mining enterprises, and were abandoned as quickly as they were settled. Throughout Idaho, 100 ghost towns harken back to the Gem State’s mining heritage, and quite a few are worth the trek to help little history buffs take a step back in time.

Yankee Fork gold dredge

Yankee Fork gold dredge in Custer (Photo credit: Atlas Obscura)

 

The following suggested route hits the highlights, while also allowing for overnights in areas where lodging is plentiful and opportunities for recreation to enhance your historic trek are abundant.

First on the stop is Chesterfield Historic Town, located between Lava Hot Springs & Soda Springs, a three-hour drive from Park City. The Chesterfield Foundation is working to preserve many of the sites, but 11 buildings currently exist to help tell the town’s pioneer heritage. From Chesterfield, either drive to Pocatello to spend the night, or go on to Stanley, swinging through Bayhorse and Mackay on the way.

After a night in Stanley, check out nearby Custer Ghost Town. Founded in the 1870s, Custer’s historic site designation in 1981 preserved the town’s buildings and artifacts, many of which have been restored and can be visited via docent-led tours. Nearby, a few buildings remain in the town of Bonanza, but most burned in a fire in 1889, sending the majority of residents to nearby Custer.

Head north from Custer for an overnight in Missoula, Mont. While in Missoula, check out Unseen Missoula’s “Basements & Back Alleys” tour, which gives visitors a glimpse into secret spaces few tourists get to see. To continue the ghost town tour, drive just 30 miles from Missoula to find Garnet, which was named after the semi-precious stone found there, and boasts more than 30 preserved historic buildings. Also nearby is Coloma, where mining shafts and railroad artifacts can still be found.

Leaving Missoula, head northeast toward Coeur d’Alene and the town of Wallace, once known as the “Silver Capital of the World.” The Wallace Area features the Sierra Silver Mine Tour, which takes you into the main drift of the actual silver mine. Though the area has produced more than a billion ounces of silver in its 100-year history, it’s now a draw for outdoor recreationists, especially bicyclists, thanks to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes – a paved bike path under I-90 – that passes above Wallace as it follows the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River through the Silver Valley.

Sierra Silver Mine Tour

Visitors enjoying the Sierra Silver Mine Tour (Photo credit: Sierra Silver Mine Tour)

 

Just seven miles north of Wallace is Burke Ghost Town, built in a canyon so narrow, the train went right through the hotel lobby. Head from Burke up to Coeur d’Alene, where a night at The Coeur d’Alene Resort should help kick off the dust in luxury.

After a good night’s rest, drive south to Boise, stopping by Placerville, where the original Boise Basin Mercantile building from the 1860s has been converted into one of the town’s museums.

Once in Boise, take a few days to check out the rich history of Idaho’s capitol city, including the Old Idaho Penitentiary, which is included in one of the Boise Township Tours that takes visitors to a variety of historic spots via trolley.

The trip from Boise back to Park City can be a haul, so plan to stop by Shoshone Falls – a 212-foot waterfall that’s actually taller than Niagara Falls. There, you’ll find playgrounds, picnic areas and hiking trails. It might be too brisk for a swim, but the beauty of the falls makes for a nice break on the way home.

Bonus: While driving between ghost towns, play a little Idaho Bingo with these nifty cards designed by the Idaho Department of Commerce – Tourism Development.

Whether hitting the road, or opting for a staycation, the destinations above will be waiting for you next time you’re bitten by the last-minute wanderlust bug!

Want to learn more about planting roots in amid the natural beauty and historic neighborhoods of Park City and surrounding towns? You can Choose Park City by calling Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visiting her website by clicking here.