Utah Destination Guide

Smooth Ride
The convenient new TRAX line between Salt Lake City's airport and downtown makes the trip in 20 minutes for $2.50. The downtown area/convention district is a "Free Fare Zone," where all TRAX journeys are complimentary.

SALT LAKE CITY

Local Update:

• Two new overflow hotels will open this year and next. A 159-room extended-stay Hyatt House Hotel should be finished in fall 2014, and a 175-room Courtyard by Marriott will debut in spring 2015.

• The 515-room Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation; among the hotel's revamped offerings is a grand ballroom spanning more than 13,000 square feet (maximum capacity: 2,000).

Meeting Hotels: Close to the convention center are the 515-room Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, 499-room Hilton Salt Lake City Center and 381-room Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown. Nearby are the 850-room Little America Hotel, 775-room Grand America Hotel, 362-room Sheraton City Centre Hotel Salt Lake City and 359-room Marriott Salt Lake City Center.

For a more complete listing of area hotels and meeting facilities, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: Salt Palace Convention Center; exhibit space, 515,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 67; (801) 534-4777; bit.ly/1jvHBUD

Airport Transit: Salt Lake City International Airport, six miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $12

Taxes: Room tax, 6.85%; sales tax, 5.75%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.67%

Group Venue: A traveling exhibition called "do it" runs through the end of May at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, an exhibit of do-it-yourself projects and installations explained by renowned contemporary artists. Also on display through the end of April is "Trent Harris: Echo Cave," a retrospective of works by the cult filmmaker. For a culturally inspired evening that will foster a slew of fascinating conversations, the facility has a 115-seat auditorium and a boardroom for 30, while the exhibit space accommodates up to 40 people for a private reception. (801) 328-4201; utahmoca.org

Contact: Visit Salt Lake, (801) 534-4900 or (800) 541-4955; visitsaltlake.com

Hearty Welcome
Salt Lake City and Park City both buck Utah's old teetotaling reputation by offering fun joints serving local brews and spirits. Try Salt Lake's Squatters Pub (squatters.com) or the High West Distillery in Park City (highwest.com).

Scare Tactics
A nightly guided ghost tour along Park City's Main Street reveals the haunted history of the turn-of-the-20th-century buildings. parkcityghosttours.com

PARK CITY


Local Update:

• At the 199-room Marriott Park City, the restaurant, bar and common areas have been reconfigured. The eatery now is called DEN (drink, eat and network), and the lounge is Timbers. The hotel's Starbucks outlet also has expanded. The property offers 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

• The new Stein Eriksen Ballroom spanning 4,150 square feet has opened at the 180-room Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley. The additional venue brings the resort's total meeting space to 25,074 square feet. The property also features ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, a 23,000-square-foot spa facility recently given a coveted five-star rating by Forbes magazine, and two restaurants -- the Glitretind, serving regional American cuisine, and the casual Troll Hallen Lounge.

• The 175-room Waldorf Astoria Park City has added a meeting room called Frostwood (for the namesake boulevard the hotel stands on) that seats up to 50 people classroom-style in its 972 square feet of space. The property now has a total of 4,600 square feet for meetings and events.

• The Red Rock Brew Pub in Park City's Redstone district has opened a private-events room that seats 60 people. The space features a wood-fired pizza oven and is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and other high-tech features.

Meeting Hotels: Major properties in and around town include the 450-unit Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, 350-room Canyons Grand Summit Hotel, 227-room Lodges at Deer Valley, 220-room Montage Deer Valley, 199-room Park City Marriott, 185-room Newpark Resort, 181-room St. Regis Deer Valley, 181-room Yarrow Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 180-room Stein Eriksen Lodge, 178-room Hyatt Escala Lodge and 175-room Waldorf Astoria Park City.

To find and compare more area hotels and meeting spaces, as well  send RFPs, go to  mcvenues.com.

Airport Transit: Salt Lake City International Airport, about a 35-minute drive from downtown Park City. Transfer cost to Park City, $76 roundtrip

Taxes: Room tax, 3%; sales tax, 7.45%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10.45%. At the St. Regis Deer Crest in Wasatch County, room tax is 11.6%.

Group Venue: A casual eatery is ideal after an active day in the mountains. Burgers & Bourbon at the 220-room Montage Deer Valley serves classic favorites using locally sourced beef and artisanal cheeses, along with hand-cut fries, hand-stirred milkshakes, and spirits from old and new distilleries. Groups of up to 64 people can take over the restaurant. (435) 604-1300; montagedeervalley.com/burgers-and-bourbon.php

Contact: Park City Convention & Visitors Bur­eau, (800) 453-1360; visit parkcity.com/meeting-and-group-planning