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Vogue Visits Sundance

A Weekend in Park City, Utah: Where to Eat, Stay, and Play During Sundance


Though Park City boasts plenty of grand ski resorts and mountain lodges, there aren’t many options for those who prefer a more intimate hotel experience. One exception, however, is Washington School House. The charming, 12-room hotel is housed in a lovingly refurbished 1889 schoolhouse and decorated with a timeless mix of contemporary art and European antiques culled from the owners’ private collection. From the super-fresh chef-prepared breakfasts (served each morning under the grand chandelier in the main lounge), to the heated outdoor pool, to the cozy downstairs ski lounge, the vibe hits the perfect note between old-school luxury and low-key hygge. And, despite the prime hillside locale just steps from the central town lift, you may be tempted to just hunker down inside—especially now that the hotel has introduced a daily fireside tea service with altitude-combating herbal infusions from iconic Park City café Atticus and baked goods from the hotel’s in-house pastry chef.


For an indulgent afternoon pick-me-up, head to Ritual Chocolate. Though the airy coffee shop and chocolate factory is located on the edge of town, the trek is well worth the trip: Visitors can sample the line of small-batch chocolates (the Ecuador 85% and the Mid Mountain Blend 70% are particular favorites) while they watch how it’s all made. Better yet, stop by on a Thursday or Friday evening to take part in one of the chocolate-maker’s official tours, which includes ample time for tasting, of course. Since opening less than three years ago, Handle has become a local favorite, revered as much for its regionally sourced small plates as for its fresh takes on classic craft cocktails and the lively yet comfortable dining room. And speaking of that dining room: It’s one of the city’s most attractive, with a black-and-white tiled bar, rustic wooden shelves, and walls papered with vintage botanical drawings. If that brisk mountain air just makes you want to carb-load, then Cafe Terigo—a quaint Italian spot on Main Street—is just the place to do it. Be sure to order the house-made ricotta cheese with tomato jam, then be prepared to order another one. It’s that good. A trip to Park City wouldn’t be complete without at least one visit to High West’s Saloon, the in-town restaurant by Utah-based whiskey brand High West. Modeled after a classic, Old West watering hole (complete with a grand wood bar, reclaimed wood walls, and stacked whisky barrels), the restaurant features stick-to-your-ribs mountain fare like bacon-spiked mac and cheese, lamb stew, and a gooey, 8-ounce bison and beef burger with broiled Gruyère. Just be warned: The restaurant doesn’t take reservations and is always—always!—busy.


Mountain-sport newbies (and those who could simply use a refresher course) can sign up for half-day family lessons or private sessions with Park City Ski & Snowboard School. Forgot your gear? Make an appointment with the concierge equipment service Skis on the Run, which will custom-fit you in everything from boots to snow pants, and will deliver to your hotel. For a truly unique outdoor experience off the slopes, schedule an excursion with Park City Yoga Adventures, which offers guided snowshoe, hiking, or rock-climbing tours accompanied by an hour of yoga. Don’t miss the stand-up paddleboard yoga option, which takes place in a 10,000-year-old crater filled with 95-degree geothermal spring water—a memorable, mind-blowing experience indeed. Afterward, soothe aching muscles at Aura Spa on Main Street, which offers everything from balancing hot-stone massages to reflexology.