Guests and visitors are whisked from the welcoming lower lobby area by funicular to the St. Regis’s main lobby, restaurants and bars.
I’m not going to sugarcoat the obvious. Deals and discounts in a prosperous mountain town, where the median price of a home is currently listed at $1.25 million and rentals are $2,600/month, are few and far between. But, for dining options, you can eat like a king in Park City.
After a poolside dip at Silver Baron lodge, I was suggested après-ski at a gilded gem called the St. Regis at Deer Valley. The original was built in New York over a century ago. There are now dozens around the world. I whizzed up the mountain on a funicular arriving at beautiful outdoor deck slightly late for the daily, 5:30p sunset champagne saber toasts. I lucked out with an outdoor table next to a gas fireplace overlooking Deer Valley. My server complimented my famed 7452 Bloody Mary with a flute of bubbles.
The St. Regis staff are quick to claim the signature drink their own citing a bartender working at the lavish St. Regis hotel in Paris (circa 1920s) as the first to perfect the tomato and vodka cocktail. The piece de resistance is the glass is topped with a frothy mix of pureed lime, celery, green apple, salt and wasabi and served at 7,452 feet above sea level (hence the name).
The creamy, thick head reminded me of a craft beer on nitro. It’s topped off with the proverbial cayenne pepper and equal parts Worcester and tabasco. The glass is rimmed with black lava salt paying homage to the region’s silver mining history. Last by not least, a small plastic dispenser is filled with pepper sauce for extra heat. Squeeze at your own risk!
A starter plate at Zoom restaurant of Duck Confit tacos with mole, jicama and radish salad splashed with queso fresco.
Next stop, a free shuttle ride courtesy of lodging at the Silver Baron. Their easy-to-use texting service is as convenient as you can get. If you’re not bunking at D.V., the Park City trolley and bus transit system are free too.
Next up, a sampling of apps at Zoom, a Robert Redford-owned staple at the bottom of Main Street. It sits in the original 1886 Union Pacific train depot that delivered daily loads of freight, baggage and passengers during the glory days. During the Sundance Film Festival, in late January, the waiting list extends all the way to the PCMR lifts.
Cheaper alternatives for entrees and dessert await you off Main. Try any of the following (I can vouch for the first two):
1. Boneyard Saloon and Wine Dive – Chef Jerry Garcia whips up a mean mushroom stroganoff burger on the custom-built, wood-fired charcoal grill for $13. Listen to his radio interviews on Fridays on local NPR affiliate KPCW.
2. Windy Ridge Cafe: Trendy comfort food with extensive patio seating for a bowl of their signature Southwestern Corn Chowder made famous by Rachael Ray of $40/Day show on the Food Network.
3. 350 Main
4. 412 Bistro
6. Flanigans Irish Pub
8. Blind Dog
9. Cafe Terigo
Executive Chef Jerry Garcia of the Boneyard can’t carry a tune very well but he can cook up dishes that sing.
Unless you’re a resident of Utah or in the military, saving while shredding on the Greatest Snow on Earth®
is no easy feat. Utah’s Cottonwood Canyons are one of the snowiest places in the world, with Alta averaging 551 inches of snow annually. For the average visitor, it’s a matter of constantly reviewing the specials, promotions and hot deals provided by the Park City Chamber and Visitors Bureau
website and the Ski Utah website. Here are two links to savings on lift tickets:
No matter the hotel, resort, condo or house, staying one night (let alone the standard three night minimum) in Park City is wildly expensive. If you can secure an overnight for less than $300, it was probably a typo. So, sadly, this is where my research for upholding the ‘blue-collar budget’ sort-of falls apart. The next best option would be to review the options provided by each resort (Deer Valley, PCMR and Canyons) and consult the Park City Chamber and Visitor Bureau and Ski Utah websites for discounts during the off-peak season.
I can tell you that ‘Value Season’ at Deer Valley typically runs the first and last weeks of the season. Next year it will be Dec 5-10 and Mar 28-Apr 10. The lowest rate will be $345 for a hotel room, however the Early/Late Value Package would provide an additional 25% discount on stays of three nights or more with a minimum lift ticket purchase of four adult tickets. As mentioned above, three nights is the lowest minimum length of stay during the winter.