What do you do when the temperature starts to climb in AZ? Head to cooler weather of course! I just returned from what was one of the most lovely and luxurious weekend getaways to Park City- more specifically, Deer Valley and I’m bursting at the seams to share every detail. Now 48 hours may not seem like enough time for a “vacation” but if you plan it right- it’s plenty of time to unwind and create special memories. My 2 rules of travel: 1. Stay at a spectacular property and #2. Fill your belly with amazing dining experiences. I did just that.
Where to stay:
When we arrived at The Stein Eriksen Lodge about a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City airport where we were warmly greeted with the highest level of customer service in the industry. (Trust me, I’ve stayed at many luxury hotels and resorts and the Stein knows how to treat their customers!) That was just the beginning.
The accommodations exceeded my expectations-not only was there a full kitchen to cook in; there was an outdoor hot tub heated to a perfect 104, mud room complete with washer/dryer, and the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on while traveling. Seriously- I’ve never slept so well on vacation. Every room at the Stein Eriksen is styled slightly different but features old world decor and rich mahogany accents throughout. Every detail from The Stein’s ski buffet loaded with international cuisine, every dessert you can imagine (hello caramel apple bread pudding with vanilla bean rum sauce!) and sliced to order local buffalo to the slippers and caramels placed in the room during evening turn down service was purely perfection.
The property itself offers ski-in/ski-out access, transportation to and from Main St., a European inspired spa, the only 4 star Forbes dining experience in town, and delightful 360 degree views throughout the resort. If you want to live in luxury when visiting Deer Valley, the Stein Eriksen is a MUST for a cold or warm weather escape. http://www.steinlodge.com/
Where to eat:
The Mustang: It’s no wonder The Mustang has a wall devoted to celebrity’s autographs. Clearly, even the most famous people in the world know where to go if they want a fine dining experience in the heart of Park City. We started with the highly suggested shrimp pot stickers which did not disappoint. These delicate glass noodle stuffed pillows are not your typical pot stickers, that’s for sure! If you know me, you know I’m adventurous when it comes to food so when the owner, Dustin suggested we indulge in the Elk steak- I of course went along. The steak was fabulous and not “game-y” at all. If you’re going to eat elk, you better do it here. The fried goat cheese salad was delicious and a light option to serve as a prelude to the red trout entrée and mashed potatoes. You cannot dine here without saving room for the chocolate soufflé which is light as a cloud. Honestly, this little piece of heaven is worth every calorie, and hey isn’t it mostly calorie free air anyway? Whatever it is, it’s the best soufflé I’ve ever had. The rich history and family recipes at The Mustang make this spot one of my favorite dining destinations in town! http://www.mustangparkcity.com/
Deer Valley Resort Seafood Buffet: Ok, if you love seafood- the Deer Valley seafood buffet must make it onto your dining list. The name says it all- it’s seafood upon seafood, upon seafood. They have everything from freshly shucked oysters to crab legs with clarified butter, to huge peel and eat shrimp and a raw make your own poke’ bar. The warm entrees rotate nightly and there is a salad bar and non-seafood grill for anyone who may not want to stuff their face with treasures from the sea. The live harp music adds to the ambiance and the wait staff is attentive and treats you like royalty. It’s no wonder this spot makes the list as one of “America’s Favorite Restaurants” according to the Zagat restaurant guide. http://www.deervalley.com/dining/wheretoeat/seafoodbuffet
Windy Ridge Café: The first time I learned about the Windy Ridge Café was on the food network and they were featuring the most delicious looking corn chowder. I immediately cataloged this little gem as a “must visit” on my foodie bucket list. Indeed, the Windy Ridge casual dining experience did not disappoint. Their homemade chicken noodle soup was perfect on a cold snowy day and it’s no wonder they have won awards about their salads. I highly recommend the chopped version! The popcorn shrimp were divine and you could tell every bite is hand crafted with love. Now, Windy Ridge Café is not the fanciest place to eat in park city, but that is the appeal of it. When you just want an old fashion made from scratch meal located slightly off the main drag, this is the place to go! http://windyridgecafe.com/