Hotel at a Glance: The Lodge at Stillwater
Nestled along the Jordanelle Reservoir near Park City and Deer Valley, The Lodge at Stillwater provides a quiet place to get away from it all and see the brilliant foliage autumn brings to the region. The reservoir is home to all types of water sports—from boating and stand-up paddleboarding to waterskiing and fly-fishing. A wealth of hillside hiking trails, rolling golf courses, and mountain streams teeming with rainbow trout round out the outdoor activities.
- Mountain views can be had from the fitness center; guest rooms look out on the mountains or the lake.
- Get the top score in the game room, which has both arcade games and table games including pool and air hockey.
- Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or any of the three hot tubs.
- Breathe in the fresh air at Jordanelle State Park, which offers swimming, kayaking, fly fishing, and plentiful hiking and horseback-riding trails less than 1 mile from the hotel.
- Tee off at the 36-hole Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course in Midway, a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
- Quick drive to mountain resorts: 9 miles to Park City Mountain Resort; 10 miles to Deer Valley Resort
Heber Valley, Utah: Lush Alpine Scenery Close to World-Class Skiing
Heber Valley—a top-notch outdoor-recreation spot—is sometimes overlooked. But this alpine area, located less than 20 miles from Park City, across the Wasatch Range, has bragging rights of its own. Among them is Deer Valley Resort, named one of the Best Ski Resorts in North America by Outside magazine for its upscale amenities, including heated sidewalks. At Deer Valley, more than 100 runs spread out across several peaks and cater to a variety of skill levels; in winter, hardcore skiers will find plenty of steep trails near the peaks.
Park City, nearby, 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 world-renowned venue for 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.