One of the coolest cities for sports (with an accent on winter) has a Main Street (pictured) constantly renewing itself with new or refurbished restaurants and shops. In lodging news, a splashy new Hyatt Centric has come to town, and some favorite established properties are sprucing up.
SPORTS FOR ALL SEASONS
• Any time of year, group activities abound at Utah Olympic Park, where facilities were repurposed following the 2012 Winter Games. Among the fun options are bobsledding in winter and summer, and skeleton (sled) sessions in winter. In summer, enjoy ziplining, a 65-foot freefall from the Drop Tower, intermediate and advanced ropes courses, and facilitated team-building at the Base Camp.
About 20 minutes outside Park City, the Dejoria Center in Kamas features live music, facilities for groups of up to 2,000, and outdoor fun such as snowshoeing and horseback-riding.
• Last year, the Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City became the Hyatt Centric Park City, joining the chain's brand of more eclectic properties. The hotel features 130 residential-style rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, the Escala Provisions Company Restaurant & Bar and a 24-hour fitness center.
• The 360-room Grand Summit Hotel, a ski-in, ski-out property that is part of Park City Mountain, will close from April through midsummer for renovations. The hotel has 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space.
• At Park City Mountain's 4,000-square-foot Red Pine Lodge, built halfway up the mountain at 8,000 feet above sea level, the main level has been doubled and a deck has been added. Up to 450 people can gather at the site, accessible via gondola.
• The Edge Steakhouse at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa has been awarded a Four Diamond rating from AAA. One standout is the lobster and black truffle risotto. The property features a 30,000-square-foot spa and about 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
• The 127-room Park City Peaks Hotel, a former Radisson, has been under renovation for a year and just finished work on 50 rooms. The rest will be renovated after the 2017 ski season ends. The Spruce Room holds 120 for receptions and 70 classroom-style. The Aspen Room holds 45 classroom-style. The restaurant, which was revamped and reopened in mid-January, now features locally sourced après-ski fare.
GO OFFBEAT TO MEET
Groups that have lodging but need off-site meeting space have new option in town: the top-notch conference rooms at the Blair Education Center at Park City Hospitals,
which opened Jan. 11. (435) 901-4916
A handful of small eateries offering quick healthy bites has opened in town, among them Vessel Kitchen. Trendy ingredients like farro, lentils, quinoa, tahini and beets make up the restaurant's roster of hearty soups, stews, salads and sandwiches. Vessel also is available for catering.
Meeting Hotels: Park City hotels generally can host groups of up to 700. Properties include the 488-room Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, 360-room Grand Summit Hotel, 220-room Montage Deer Valley, 199-room Park City Marriott, 176-unit Lodges at Deer Valley, 182-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City--The Yarrow, 180-room Stein Eriksen Lodge, 175-room Waldorf Astoria Park City, 138-room Hyatt Centric Park City and 127-room Park City Peaks Hotel.
To find and compare Park City area hotels, as well as to send RFPs, go to mcvenues.com.
Airport Transit: Salt Lake City International Airport is about a 35-minute drive from downtown Park City. Shared transport to Park City includes SuperShuttle and Park City Transportation, starting at $45. Uber service starts at $54.
Taxes: Park City, 10.45%; Summit County (Canyons Village to Kimball Junction), 9.35%
Group Venues: Last December, the Eating Establishment, a Main Street staple, was reopened following an extensive renovation and repositioning under new owners. The eatery was purchased last spring by a group that includes Modern Family's Ty Burrell. The menu now features a selection of craft cocktails and locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant will continue to serve its signature breakfasts, and has added a dinner menu. Parties of up to 14 people are welcome on the fly; call ahead for larger groups. (435) 649-8284
All hard wood and open space, the Chef's Kitchen at the Big Moose Yacht Club easily accommodates groups of up to 47 people for a variety of culinary events and other special gatherings. The venue also features an artisan dining table for up to 14, a spacious living room with a fireplace, and a 1,400-square-foot main room -- not to mention the luxurious Commodore's Suite, ideal for accommodating a VIP overnight. (435) 731-0113
Golf: Among the 15 scenic golf courses in the area -- most available for tournament play -- are the 18-hole Canyons Resort Golf Club, 18-hole Crater Springs Golf Course, 18-hole (and Arnold Palmer-designed) Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club, 18-hole Park City Golf Club, 36-hole Soldier Hollow Golf Course and 36-hole Wasatch Golf Course. Find them all at parkcityutahgolf.com.
Contact: Visit Park City, (800) 453-1360