Hotel at a Glance: Stein Eriksen Lodge
With stunning views of pine trees and peaks and immediate access to the slopes, Utah’s stately Stein Eriksen Lodge would be right at home in the Alps. The comparison is so apt, in fact, that Forbes Traveler called the five-star ski lodge—trimmed in massive stones and natural timber beams—a “Scandinavian masterpiece.”
- Notable awards: AAA Five Diamond rating, 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Ski in and out with immediate access to Deer Valley Resort. The lodge also has a full-service ski locker room.
- Luxurious deluxe rooms make you feel at home with jetted bathtubs, in-room humidifiers, and free WiFi.
- Eat local at Glitretind Restaurant, where steelhead trout, duck-breast confit with waffles, and pork tenderloin are served amid picturesque views of Deer Valley ski runs.
- More than 10,000 wines pack the redwood-lined wine cellar, which is kept at a crisp 55 degrees Fahrenheit; guests can indulge in tastings and evening wine receptions.
- Sprawling spa offers vichy showers, thai massages, and oxygen facials.<p>
Park City, Utah: Historical Mining Town Turned Ski Mecca
Park City has humble roots as a mining town nestled in the Wasatch Range east of Salt Lake City—but in the past 30-odd years, the town has blossomed into an international skiing destination. That’s largely due to Park City Mountain Resort, a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games halfpipe and alpine giant-slalom events. Each winter, the mountain is blanketed with an average of 365 inches of snow, which means plenty of fresh powder across 100-plus ski runs and three terrain parks. In the warmer months, you can weave through groves of trees on miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. The Alpine Coaster, open year round, hurtles down the mountain at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Back in town, Park City’s former saloons and boarding houses have given way to more than 100 independent boutiques, 30 art galleries, and 50 restaurants along historical Main Street. For about 10 days each January, Park City glams it up Hollywood style as the host of the Sundance Film Festival. When Sundance isn’t in town, you can catch a play, concert, or comedy show at the circa-1929 Egyptian Theatre. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the early ’20s launched a nationwide fascination with ancient Egypt, and hundreds of Egyptian-revival theaters were built across the country. Today, Park City’s carefully preserved theater is one of only six of its kind remaining in the United States.
Located on the main drag, the 12,000-square-foot Park City Museum chronicles the town’s history with artifacts and interactive exhibits. In the eerie museum basement, you can check out the former territorial jail—nicknamed “the dungeon” for its dim lighting, stone walls, and rusted leg irons. In the space between cells, Wanted posters showcase the outlaws, murderers, and thieves who passed through the subterranean slammer.