Park it in Park City

While best known for hosting the Sundance Film Festival and a recent Winter Olympiad, Park City also happens to be ideal off-season—especially for the outdoorsy and adventurous, which aptly describes my family (and, sometimes, even...


Grappa, Park City: Great Italian food in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. The pastas are plentiful and flavorful, but a must is the Grape and Rosemary Piadina.

Talisker on Main, Park City: Even in the town’s fanciest restaurant, you can still wear your hiking pants. They just had better have an expandable waistline for this gastronomic dream.

The Farm at The Canyons: You can’t pick a bad choice on the menu of this new farm-to-table spot, whose offerings change constantly for that very reason. However, the burger should be a constant, and it does not disappoint.

The Montage: Nestled deeply into Deer Valley’s many mini valleys, the massive Montage looks like some old-world chalet hidden up in the Swiss Alps. Still has a cozy lodge vibe, though. All rooms have fireplaces, and with a location like this, no room has a lousy view. Another plus: They allow dogs. Meet the resort’s mascot, Monty.

Spa Montage: After all that eating, nothing like a massage to redistribute the fat cells! Spa Montage offers every kind, including The Surrender. Every Surrender is custom designed according to each client’s needs. I kept it simple: I. Need. A. Massage.