This AAA Four Diamond Award–winning hotel is modeled after the Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg, Austria. Many of the hand-carved furnishings are imported directly from Austria.
It’s in the heart of Deer Valley Resort, whose slopes are great for hiking in warmer months. If you make the trek up, you earn free passage on the chairlift back down, and can enjoy panoramic views of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains along the way.
A three-minute drive gets you to Park City’s historic main street, which is lined with art galleries, shops, and restaurants where you can dine alfresco.
The inn’s 20 rooms are each individually decorated and feature hand-painted furnishings and down comforters. Some even have private balconies and wood-burning fireplaces.
In the Bavarian-style dining room or on the flower-filled outdoor deck, you can sample American and European dishes such as the popular cheese fondue, the Wiener Schnitzel, or the Niman Ranch New York strip loin with a side of truffle tater tots.
The concierge is happy to arrange airport transfers, dinner reservations, and alpine pedicures at one of the nearby spas.
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. In the warmer months, you can weave through groves of trees on miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. Travelers can also take part in a vast variety of other local activities, including horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides, concerts, and golf. 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. 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.