Best of the Beehive Winners – Park City

Best Park City. Each year, the editors and writers at Salt Lake magazine scour the state for the best of, well, everything. We eat the food, shop at the shops, drink the beer, go to the shows, to guide you to the Best of the Beehive. It’s hard work, we know. You’re welcome. Check back each week for another dose of the Best of the Beehive. Or just buy the magazine already to get it over with.—Eds.

Best Bean: Pink Elephant Columbia Huila

Parkites suffer no shortage of locally-roasted caffeinated beverages, but Pink Elephant’s Colombia Huila is beyond compare. The husband-wife team of Mitch and Kelley Baker created a roast that’ll transport your taste buds to the foggy coffee shops of the Pacific Northwest. Stop by Pink Elephant’s über-hip Main Street shop to try out all their varieties or pick some up to brew yourself at Whole Foods. 509 Main St., Park City, pinkelephantcoffee.com

Best Way to Meet Your Monthly Culture Needs: Last Friday Gallery Stroll

Park City has established itself as an art destination, but with so many galleries lining Main Street, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Last Friday Gallery Stroll, hosted by Park City Gallery Association on the final Friday of each month, is free of charge, highlights special exhibits and artists and is a wonderful introduction to the myriad styles, mediums and settings that make up the town’s art community. parkcitygalleryassociation.com

Best Corporate Conglomerate Ski Pass for the Nomadic Parkite: Ikon Pass

he never-ending arms race to acquire as many ski resorts as possible under a single banner welcomes a new superpower: The Ikon Pass. A shot across the bow of fellow four-letter word Epic Pass, the Ikon offers seven days of skiing locally at Deer Valley, along with seven at Alta/Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Aspen/Snowmass and more, along with unlimited skiing at Steamboat, Squaw Valley, Winter Park and more, all for $899. You’re up, Vail. Ikonpass.com

Most Affordable Fun: Basin Recreation Fieldhouse

The best thing about this 87,000 square foot athletic center (other than the friendly staff) is the price. For seven bucks you get access to a splash pad, indoor turf field, batting cages, cardio machines, weight rooms, golf simulator, a two-lane running track, a four-lane lap pool and a hot tub. 1388 Center Drive, 435-655-0999, basinrecreation.org

Best Rotating Taps: Red Rock Brewing

In an age where brewers engage in an endless battle to out-hop their competitors, creative restraint is invigorating. Red Rock Brewing breaks the mold with their assortment of beers eschewing the usual microbrew clichés. The Special Bitter is an inspiringly smooth throwback ale worthy of your attention, especially when paired with the halibut fish and chips. 1640 W. Redstone Center Drive, Park City, 435-575-0295, redrockbrewing.com

Best Creative Social Lubricant: The Paint Mixer

Those among us who need a bit of coaxing and perhaps a touch of liquid courage to unleash our inner van Gogh will find a willing partner in The Paint Mixer. The studio aims to help people let loose and create, free from judgment. The 21+ classes partner with local brewers and distillers including RoHa, Proper and High West to help unleash the inspiration while putting brush to canvas. 738 Main Street, Park City, 435-604-0820, thepaintmixer.com

Best Way to Trade Corporatism for the Slopes: Inspired Summit Adventures

Want to avoid the rat race altogether when your head out to ski? Hook up with the guides at Inspired Summit Adventures for unparalleled solitude in the Uintas—home to Utah’s tallest peaks. The Park City-based duo of Shaun Raskin and Weston Deutschlander have an exclusive permit to lead you into the Uinta’s vast expanses with no traffic, no people and no tracks leaving you to enjoy private, custom tours and ski mountaineering courses. Inspiredsummit.com

Best Sporting Club to Join: Park City Curling Club

Aerials, halfpipe and skeleton are too risky. Nordic skiing and speed skating are too exhausting. How about a sport that appears suited to an in-competition beverage and Olympic heroes who look an awful lot like the rest of us? The Park City Curling Club has “Learn to Curl” events and regular league play to help us channel our inner John Schuster and be the athletes we were meant to be. 600 Gillmor Way, Park City, parkcitycurlingclub.com

Best Locally Made, Locally Played Film: Hereditary

Hereditary makes good on Park City’s cinematic potential. The film was produced locally at Park City Film Studios, premiered locally during Sundance, and had scenes filmed throughout town—including exterior shots of a home you can gawk at from the Iron Mountain side of the Timberline Chairlift at Park City Resort. On top of that, it’s a great horror film starring Toni Collette that signals Park City is ready for the big screen. A24films.com/films/hereditary

Best Restaurant For Varied Palates: Twisted Fern

Getting strict vegetarians, devout carnivores and opportunistic omnivores to agree on a restaurant can be like convincing Sharks and Jets to share west side real estate. Chef Adam Ross’s menu features a seasonal, vegetable-forward menu that will suit any dietary inclination with dishes stretching from an old-world vegan ratatouille to the open-faced Shorty Melt with braised short rib, apple-bacon sauerkraut and a fried egg. That’s what we call “range.” 1300 Snow Creek Drive, Park City, 435-731-8238, twistedfern.com

Best Way to Bring Tiki to the Mountain: St. Regis Whiskey Passion Fruit Fizz

A house made passion fruit compote sharpened by whiskey refreshes without becoming cloyingly sweet, presenting a new future for tropically-themed cocktails once limited to the realm of cliche. Ideally, you’ll find a seat on the patio. You won’t even miss the palm trees. Don’t forget to ask for the rosemary and olive oil popcorn. 2300 Deer Valley Drive East, 435-940-5700, stregisdeervalley.com

Best Way to Start Your Week: Yoga at Silver Star Ski and Sport

Nurture your mind and body with early morning yoga on the Silver Star Plaza, hosted by Silver Star Ski and Sport. These people know how to live life right. Mondays at 7:30 a.m. 1825 Three Kings Drive, 435-645-7827, silverstarskiandsport.com

Best Al Fresco Dining: DV Grocery Cafe

It’s not one of the most dramatic al fresco dining venues, but a casual meal on the balcony patio overlooking the lake is a rare scene spot to enjoy baked goods, soups, sandwiches and entrees prepared with Deer Valley’s signature excellence. Try the chicken curry wrap, wagyu beef skewers or shrimp tacos. Music on Sundays. 1375 Deer Valley Drive, 435-615-2400, deervalley.com

Originally published in Salt Lake Magazine.

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Reasons To Live (The Dream) In Park City, Utah

“Quality of life.”

That’s the short answer to why we moved from Los Angeles to Park City, Utah, in 2016.

The long answer is that I wanted my kids to grow up in a small community, ideally a ski town. I also wanted them to go to quality public schools, to have a range of winter sports available to them and to experience all four seasons. Selfishly, I wanted to ski up to 100 days per year and live within a sprawling network of mountain biking trails. Bottom line, though, I wanted to reduce my living costs and have a house big enough to host a large family and store all my toys.

In other words: quality of life.

Why would someone want to move to Park City, Utah? The answer to this should be self evident. But since you asked, here are 10 good reasons:

1. Some of the Best Ski Resorts in the World:

At 7,000 feet above sea level, Park City has a year-round population of about 25,000 and is home to two ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. The former was voted the #1 ski resort in North America by SKI Magazine (2018) and is exclusive to skiers. The latter has the most skiable terrain (7,300 acres) in the United States and is open to snowboarders.

2. More Amazing Ski Resorts:

There are many more world-class ski resorts within an hour’s drive: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Powder Mountain to name a few. Not to mention Powderbird Helicopter Skiing, which picks up in town.

3. Education:

The public school system is the best in the state, and Park City High School ranks in the top 2% nationally. Park City public schools let out at 12:30pm on Fridays so students can go skiing or participate in other sports. There is also Winter Sports School, a charter high school that operates on a reverse schedule to accommodate winter competition and travel. If private school is preferred, Park City Day School goes from kindergarten to eighth grade and has been under the leadership of Ian Crossland for the past year.

4. Convenience:

Salt Lake City International Airport is a 30- to 45-minute drive from town (no traffic), from where a flight to LA or San Francisco is about 1.5 hours. To accommodate growth, the Utah Department of Transportation has been widening highways, resurfacing roads and expanding traffic circles on a huge scale this year, all of which is well ahead of any congestion issues.

5. Business Opportunities:

The Beehive state is booming. The Salt Lake/Provo/Park City triangle, dubbed Silicon Slopes, is an emerging tech powerhouse. This is supported by two universities (the University of Utah and BYU) as well as big tech companies (Adobe, Microsoft) and several startup unicorns (Banjo, Domo, Qualtrics).

6. All Four Seasons:

Summers are actually better than winters. High temperatures average about 80 degrees F with low humidity. In early June, the aspen trees and wild flowers explode into bloom. Soon the mountainous landscape becomes a tapestry of rich greens that seem to glow as the sun sets after 9:00 pm on the summer solstice. Just 25 minutes away is the Jordanelle Reservoir, which supports boating, paddleboarding, wake surfing, fishing or just relaxing on a pontoon boat for the day. Lest I forget, Park City is home to seven golf courses.

7. Mountain Biking:

Park City holds the distinction of being the very first Gold Level Ride Center, deemed as such by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). “It all stems from a commitment to master planning,” says IMBA’s VP of Programs, James Clark. “The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area.” That network includes nearly 500 miles of singletrack trails that appeal to all ability levels. Plus, Deer Valley runs the lifts for mountain biking and is continually building trails to expand its world-class bike park.

8. Cost of Living:

Moving from high-tax states like New York and California can reduce living costs substantially, especially given new tax laws. According to TaxFoundation.org, Utah ranks middle of the pack nationally (25th) for state income taxes with a maximum rate of 5%. For combined sales tax, Utah is 29th at 6.77%. As for property taxes, the Beehive State is 40th at an average of 0.65%. However, the property tax rate in Summit County (Park City) is only 0.463%. According to some back-of-the-napkin math, you’ll get three- to four-times as much house for the money compared to LA’s West Side. And property values appreciated 9.9% annually as of Q1, which ranks fifth in the country according to the FHFA.

9. The State of Utah: 

Park City is one of many gems in a state full of natural riches. Utah is home to five of the premier National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef — all within a few hours drive time. Renowned mountain biking and off-roading destination, Moab, Utah, is a five-hour drive and also offers access to rafting on the Colorado River. A little further and you can be in The Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks.

10. All About the Community:

When you move to Park City and meet someone who lives in Park City, it’s something very powerful you have in common. More than likely you’re both here for these 10 reasons and many others. There’s an immediate bond. Our next-door neighbors hosted a welcome-to-Park-City party three days after we arrived and invited the surrounding neighbors. I can send a group text to locate my kids in the neighborhood and have them sent home. My wife has made lifelong friends at Park City’s premier workout studio/social club, Beau Collective, through a shared passion for fitness. This is partly because the majority of Park City residents are transplants from California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Washington and all parts Back East. And since we all moved here for about the same reasons, it creates a community fabric that is woven together with a combination of Lycra, Gore-Tex, carbon fiber and a profound sense of joy and gratitude.

Originally published on Forbes.com.

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Midway, UT 84049

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